8 black apps and developers you should know about #BlackBusinessMonth
If you are looking for the best soul food restaurants in the south or black owned shops or just about anything black people have organized or created, wouldn’t it be great if this information was compiled in one convenient place without having need to go browse the interwebs to conduct your own research?
There are plenty of apps created by app developers Black for users who are interested in everything from the best places to dine to tips on money management. There are apps that occupy children’s time and those that help galvanize black people for social justice causes.
Today, to kick off National Black Affairs Month, BLACK COMPANY presents a few apps that will help guide you in the hope that you will find something to download that will make your life easier while supporting a black owned business.
Scroll below to find apps for the whole family.
This app connects minority servicemen, spouses and others within 200 miles of a military base anywhere in the world, to local businesses that welcome both their dollars and their presence. FindMe Mobile goes beyond any other similar directory service, connecting the black military community to businesses approved and recommended by the community.
This application allows users to record real-time video of police encounters. Mbye Njie came up with the idea for the app after the police murder of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri in 2014. He believed that an app capable of recording video might have resulted in a different outcome for Brown and others.
Color Noir is a coloring book app created by Muoyo and Nicaila Matthews Okome, to celebrate black art, people, culture and beauty. For the husband and wife duo, it all comes down to performance. âBlacks and culture are propelling so many products and technology platforms to massive success without us really benefiting, participating in ownership or being properly represented,â Muoyo told Black Enterprise. âThis has to change. Color Noir is our first attempt to be part of changing that dynamic, and the response so far has been incredible. “
Kaya Thomas created the app to bring diverse characters and stories to picture, chapter, intermediate, and young adult books written by black authors. For Kaya, this is a dual purpose: to improve representation in stories read by black children and to celebrate and shine a light on black authors.
Sofia Ongele created this app while a student at Fordham to provide resources and advice to victims of sexual assault, and to provide them with a support system as well. Ongele said Bloomberg that when she began to review the law surrounding sexual violence, it seemed to benefit abusers. âIt seemed that the road for the attackers was paved with yellow bricks and the road for the survivors was barren and unpaved. “
James Chapman said he created his networking app to “market serendipity,” according to WRAL TechWire. Users receive suggestions of people to connect with and are alerted when people with similar profiles have signed in to the app or are nearby.
Evan Leaphart designed Kiddie Kredit to help educate children about the importance of maintaining good credit. Leaparth learned about the cost of bad credit firsthand when he struggled to get a mortgage and a business loan. He decided that teaching young people about credit could give them a good start to financial success right down the line.
This app was started by Husband and Wife Team Anthony and Janique Edwards and offers a directory to help diners find listings of Black owned restaurants and culinary events.
Dawn Onley is a freelance writer based in the Washington, DC metro area.