Dating Apps for Single Black People
by Imani Bashir



February 11, 2021


6 Minute Read


Dating Apps for Single Black People

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Y’all KNOW that we are here to celebrate Black love in all its forms and phases! A part of celebrating our love is also celebrating those in the courting and dating stages, as well as single Black people on the quest to courtship. As we step into a new decade – and still mostly under at-home lockdown – that quest can be extremely multifaceted and has transformed from those face-to-face, real-time interactions to a digital age where you can get to know someone at the flick of a swipe or the press of a button. 

If you’re single and finding the pool around you a bit too small, try a dating app. No seriously, try it! Just know that a dating app is a means to an introduction. Getting to know someone new is what it’s all about, so get in those DMs and see what happens next. Here are 3 dating apps for Black singles:

BLK (Dating for Black Singles)

The BLK app is absolutely free with the exclusion of upgraded packages.

Here’s their mission: “To create an exclusive community where Black men and Black women can find meaningful connections with people who share similar likes and interests.”

BLK states that it’s user-friendly and here’s how it works:

  • Simply scroll through a personalized list of profiles.
  • If you’re interested, slide the profile to the right to give the person a ‘Yeah’, or click the ‘Heart’ icon.
  • If the feeling’s mutual, then you’re a match and can start chatting in our app right away.
  • Not interested? Slide the profile to the left to give the person a ‘Nah’, or click the ‘X’ icon.

Right when you join, all members can:

For their “Premium” membership you can also:

  • Rewind on people to give them a second chance
  • Send 5 “Really Likes” per day to stand out from the crowd and let people know that you’re really interested
  • Boost your profile each month to be one of the top profiles in your area for 30 minutes
  • Send unlimited amount of likes to other members
  • Have an uninterrupted experience with no ads!

It’s available for iOS and Android.

Straight Black Love

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This dating app for Black singles crosses all boundaries by connecting Black singles from around the globe. Straight Black Love wants single people to experience a plethora of opportunities to meet someone beyond the scope of culture and language, but celebrating our Blackness in its vastness. 

They describe the app as being for “traditional, marriage-minded singles in the African and African Diaspora community, worldwide. If hook-ups aren’t your thing and you are ready to settle down and find your king or queen – give SBL Dating a go!”

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The app allows you to instant message, call, video chat, with additional features including read receipts, invisible browsing, and seeing who liked your profile. The app description states that you can “browse and chat with Black men and women all around the world OR set your search criteria to only show users in your city or within a short distance of your town! You can either set distance in miles or search entire countries and cities.”

Just follow these steps:

  • Sign up.
  • Upload two clear profile photos.
  • Wait for the moderator to accept them
  • Fill in your profile information.
  • Start browsing the database of beautiful, single black bachelors and bachelorettes.

You can find it for iOS and Android.

Black Gentry

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The Black Gentry app is described as a dating app “specifically designed for the Black community. You can meet Black professionals who are focused on achieving and are serious about dating and finding partners. You can also meet people who want to form authentic friendships and connections.

Their website states that they originated in Atlanta and “was created by young Black professionals who grew up in cities such as Washington, D.C. and Atlanta. The creators of the app experienced, first-hand, the difficulties of dating for African Americans and the lack of dating apps that catered to Black professionals. Having to swipe all day on other apps just to find a few people who shared the same interests or dealing with apps whose algorithms did not favor people of color or any minority group.”

Download the app for Android and iOS.