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Updated on Apr 8, 2020. Posted on Apr 7, 2020

This Teen's "Something New" Challenge Blew Up While Everyone Was On Coronavirus Lockdown

Kerrington Keyes created the challenge in February, but it really took off when people started to stay at home during the coronavirus pandemic.

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This is 18-year-old Kerrington Keyes from Raleigh, North Carolina. He is a student at East Carolina University.

In February, Keyes and his friends posted this video to TikTok and accidentally started a challenge. He told BuzzFeed News it all came together at 3am while he was hanging out with his friends.

While Keyes made the TikTok back in February, the fact that more and more people were going into isolation meant that everyone was at home. A lot of people, especially families, started to re-create his video.

Tried to teach my Ethiopian parents the something new challenge and this is how it went ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿคฆ๐Ÿพโ€โ™€๏ธ

Tried the something new challenge with my Sudanese parents, good bonding time ๐Ÿ˜‚My dad ran down the stairs so late lmfaaaoooooo ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ธ

Keyes said one of his favourite videos was by LeBron James and his family.

And this one by Cameron Henderson (@thekingofweird) is another favourite because his take was so creative.

Keyes said he was surprised to see it become so viral because when he had posted it initially it only got a few hundred views.

He said: "But six days later, I was at a birthday dinner and I started receiving a lot of notifications on TikTok and saw how a lot of people were starting to like it.

"I never really created it [with] the intentions of it becoming as huge as it did, but Iโ€™m glad that people all across the world are having fun and being expressive."

Wiz Khalifa, who made the song, also took part in the challenge with his family.

Wiz Khalifa released "Something New" in 2017 and it features Ty Dolla $ign.

Keyes hasn't been getting credit for his challenge from many people re-creating it and in media coverage of the dance. But he thinks it's because so many people started doing the challenge that he's gotten lost in the mix.

To fix this, black TikTok users have been trying to help highlight his account and give him credit.

He duetted with Keara Wilson (@keke.janajah), the creator of the "Savage" challenge, and some creators like @fuxkma.ttt and @makayladid have been tagging him.

TikTok user @fuxkma.ttt, in particular, has been posting about several other black TikTok users not getting credit for their original content and challenges under the hashtag #BlackCreatorsFedUp.

Ikran is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.

Contact Ikran Dahir at ikran.dahir@buzzfeed.com.

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