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Summer Walker Wants To Create Her Own App Like Instagram To Cut Down On Censorship

Like other celebrities who have had enough of censorship on social media platforms, Summer Walker might be throwing in the towel with Instagram too. Last Thursday (Aug. 26), the R&B singer took to her secondary Instagram account to share with her followers an alternative solution to solve her problems with the visual app, REVOLT reports. “I’m bout to look into creating a app similar cause this IG shit going to hell,” she wrote in a post before also adding, “idk if I even wanna drop my Galactawhore merch on here….. lol it might go against they “‘guidelines.’” Walker has ran into some trouble recently with the content she’s posted on her Instagram page, citing her violations against the app’s guidelines after posting several controversial posts online — including anti-vaccination rhetoric. “I’m done w this app, and really this whole plandemic agenda,” she wrote in a since-deleted post in response to Instagram flagging her content. “It goes against guidelines to say sleep, water,...

Njera Perkins

Aug 30, 2021

Barbershop Appointment App SQUIRE Technologies Triples Its Valuation To $750M Overall

Barbershop scheduling app SQUIRE continues to grow amid its success with users according to its latest funding round. A press release reports that SQUIRE Technologies, Inc. — the only full scale barbershop management and POS system of its kind — has raised a $60 million Series D, bringing its total raised since launching to roughly $165 million, thus tripling its valuation to $750 million overall. The funding round was led by Tiger Global, with participation from existing investors such as ICONIQ Capital, Charles River Ventures and Trinity Ventures. Since 2015, SQUIRE has been offering its unique slate of services to benefit shop owners looking to scale their businesses and clientele, allowing them to cut back on time spent managing back office operations. With its new funding, the company plans to expand its engineering teams and increase sales as it continues to grow exponentially beyond its existing markets. “Our software helps our customers with nearly every workflow in their...

Njera Perkins

Jul 28, 2021

BLAQUE Launches First All-In-One Fitness & Wellness App Dedicated To The Black Community

This Juneteenth, it’s not only important to commemorate the value of Black liberation, but health and wellness as well — according to this New York city-based fitness club. Blaque — known as the first luxury fitness experience designed by Black people, for Black people — understands that our community has specific needs for wellness services because of the disproportionate rate at which preventable diseases affect us. This is what prompted the platform to launch The BLAQUE Movement App — the first all-in-one fitness app that caters to Black people. “Our mission [at BLAQUE] is to help Black people live their best lives through optimal fitness and wellness,” the company shares. “Our app-driven coaching program is built by fitness and wellness professionals and provides a customized, interactive and focused approach on cultivating members’ optimal well-being.”   View this post on Instagram   A post shared by BLAQUE.INC ( According to BLAQUE, the new app’s features include...

Njera Perkins

Jun 18, 2021

After A Year Of Reckoning, TurnSignl Creates An App To Protect Citizens During Police Interactions

The social reckoning that sparked a national conversation around police brutality and racial justice last year became part of the origin story for many companies and their initiatives. Much of this was in response to George Floyd’s murder that occurred in Minneapolis, MN and as a result, three men living in the center of this movement decided to take matters into their own hands to help protect their communities. Late last year, Mychal Frelix, Andre Creighton and Jazz Hampton — co-founders of TurnSignl — left their corporate jobs to develop an idea around an app that protects both drivers and police officers during routine traffic stops by recording interactions that are guided by a lawyer on-call in real time. The app was developed in conjunction with both local Minnesota police chiefs and attorneys to help advise on the best way for this technology to exist. The premise of the app is to ultimately make these interactions less intense by giving all parties involved a level of...

Njera Perkins

Jun 18, 2021

Black-Led FinTech Company MoCaFi Raises $12M Series A With Investments From Mastercard and Citi

Last year, Black-owned fintech company MoCaFi announced updates to their platform to better ease financial burdens for Black and brown communities. Today, they share news of closing a $12 million Series A funding round to expand into larger capacities. “In addition to offering high-quality, low-cost financial products and services that have helped many individuals and families across the nation, we are excited to launch a new strategy that allows municipalities to systematically address a significant market failure – the lack of access to banking products for large portions of the population,” said Wole Coaxum, Founder and CEO of MoCaFi, in a statement. “Communities of color are disproportionately impacted by this phenomenon. Our model reimagines how cities work with financial services to deliver banking and disbursement solutions to all their residents. Together we have the potential to play an important role in closing the racial wealth gap in the United States.” A press release...

Njera Perkins

Mar 1, 2021

Barbershop Scheduling App, Squire, Raises $34 Million In Series B Funding

With the COVID-19 crisis keeping us bound to the confines of our homes for months, and the world slowly reopening little by little, news of Squire Technologies’ Series B could not have come at a better time. Squire is a Black-owned scheduling, point-of-sale, and management app created for barbers and male groomers. With Squire, barbers can manage waitlists, set up loyalty programs, have their customers book and pay for services, and much more. Plus, all transactions are contactless and cashless, which is a major advantage in a post-pandemic society. In an announcement made on June 9, 2020, Squire has raised $34 million in Series B funding led by CRV, with participation from Tiger Global, San Francisco 49ers organization, and the former CEO and Chairman of Infor, Charles Phillips. In June 2019, Squire raised $8 million in a round of Series A funding led by Trinity Ventures, bringing their total funding at the time to $12.2 million. The tech startup can now proudly say they have...

Stephanie Ogbogu

Jun 9, 2020

4 Must-Have Inspirational Apps Made for Black People by Black People

Zig Ziglar once said “ People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing – that’s why we recommend it daily.” On your quest for entrepreneurial greatness, motivation can be the secret sauce you need to excel to new heights. So, we’ve put together a list of apps to give you your daily dose of motivation. Check out these Black-owned motivational apps that are a sure go-to when you need a pick-me-up on your entrepreneurial journey. 1. iShallBe iShallBe which is “an Instagram strictly for affirmations” was created by Florida A&M graduate, Shelby Tinsley. The app will deliver motivational quotes and inspirational messages to your phone daily. The app also features a goal tracker to help users stay accountable to long and short-term goals. 2. Black History Milestones This app features historical Black pioneers who have made history and paved the way for generations to come. Created by co-founders Nnanna Obuba and Chidi Oparah , the Black History Milestone app will...

Devin Crudup

Feb 13, 2020