Official Black Wall Street Needs Your Help To Launch An App For Buying Black

September 21, 2016  |  

Mandy Bowman

Mandy Bowman

Brooklyn, NY-based entrepreneur Mandy Bowman found it frustrating that only 2 percent of the Black community’s $1.1 trillion buying power was being spent with Black businesses. So in 2014 the 26-year-old did something about it. She created a web-based platform what has been tapped as the “Black yelp,” and it has been getting more and more popular. Official Black Wall Street features more than 1,900 listings by Black-owned businesses and is currently crowdfunding to create an Official Black Wall Street app. Since its inception, Official Black Wall Street has grown to over 110K engaged followers across Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter, reported Black News.

The new app will let users locate local Black-owned businesses complete with full listings, advanced Google maps, ratings, reviews, and directions. The app will also feature special offers and business tips  to incentivize users to “buy Black.”  The Kickstarter campaigns hopes to raise $30,000 for app development.

“This is something I really believe in and I know it will have a major financial impact on our community. After all of the tragic events that have affected us lately, from Philando Castile to Alton Sterling, it is extremely important for us to protest with our money,” Bowman said. “We’ve learned through history that policies are changed when bottom lines are impacted. The Official Black Wall Street app will undoubtedly take this movement to another level.”

To support the app development, click here.

 

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