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Don't Know Where to Find Black-Owned Businesses? These Five Apps Can Help

August is set aside to help shed light on Black ownership and encourage others to support Black-owned businesses. This month marks the fifteenth anniversary of the holiday, National Black Business Month , which was started by Frederick E. Jordan and John William Templeton in 2004 . However, supporting Black-owned businesses can be difficult if you don’t know where they are. We’ve rounded up a list of five apps or websites that will help direct you to Black-owned businesses. From restaurants to hair care, there’s a little bit of something for everybody. 1. EatOkra (iOS and Android) If you’re in the mood for food, consider checking out EatOkra. Founded by Anthony and Janique Edwards in 2016, this app helps you locate Black-owned restaurants in 35 different cities, including Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, Minneapolis, Chicago, and more. Don’t get offended if you log on and notice that a beloved Black restaurant from your city is missing. EatOkra relies on users to help direct it to...

Vanessa Taylor

Feb 26, 2020

New Pew Survey Shows 44 Percent Of Young Americans Are Deleting Facebook App

A new Pew survey found nearly half of all young Americans have deleted the Facebook app from their phones in the last year. This comes amid Cambridge Analytica collecting user data on tens of millions of Facebook users without their knowledge. Facebook users ages 18 to 29 are more likely to say they have deleted the app from their phone in the last year. Older users are less likely to have adjusted their privacy settings in the past year. The Pew surveyed over 4,500 participants between May and June 2018. Results showed 26 percent of overall users say they have deleted the Facebook app and 42 percent reported taking a break from checking the platform for several weeks or more. In 2016, Cambridge Analytica, a political data firm, collected the private data of over 50 million Facebook users, from which the social media company has drawn much scrutiny. Check out the full report here.

Jenna Chambers

Nov 6, 2018

Doly is making affordable app creation possible — even if you don't know how to code

Turning your creation from idea to an actual app isn’t easy — or cheap. But Doly, which launched earlier this month, hopes to disrupt this system by creating a user-friendly platform that makes app-making intuitive, even for people who don’t know how to code. On average, turning your ideas into mobile apps for smartphones or tablets costs between $50,000 and $150,000. And that’s before software maintenance that can tack on up to 20 percent of the initial cost yearly. A quick look at Doly’s structure shows that creating your app is free — but when you’re ready to publish your app, they offer three different subscription plans that can be paid monthly or annually. Having such a powerful and affordable tool created with the non-coders of the world in mind is a huge step in making these tools accessible for more people who have ideas for the future of tech. “We’ve created a very easy to use platform that will allow anyone with an idea or business to be a part of the technological...

Christine Cauthen

Apr 12, 2018