Through technology, black online communities have made life digitally connected for black people around the world. The support these black online communities provide is particularly important during this black history month.
There is a need for everyone to feel like they belong. In the absence of physical connection, you can rely on digital tools to stay connected, informed, acknowledged, inspired, and celebrated.
Below, I share 12 black online communities that offer you all the support you need as a black person, regardless of where you reside.
11 Black Online Communities You Should Join
Black Twitter is a network of black people or people who support issues affecting black people. Among black online communities, this is a group of culturally connected black people using Twitter to draw attention to issues of concern to black communities. The platform aims to coalesce around an issue, speak back to depictions, and offer alternative ways of seeing black-lived experiences.
Black Twitter speaks to the uncomfortable culture familiar to all black people growing up in their places of residence, schools, workplaces, and social lives. The communities are made up of black people in tech, black journalists, black women in tech, black travelers, black designers, and black artists, among others.
The online community was born from significant conversations surrounding how black people use Twitter. Among such conversations was Farhad Manjoo’s in 2010, when he wrote an article for Slate called “How Black People Use Twitter.”
Sometimes the community is visible through hashtags and trending topics; sometimes it’s not. Black Twitter has influential personalities adding their voices to significant conversations happening in the community.
The UK Black Community
This black community on Facebook was created by Stephen Ogongo. The group is a safe space for members of the black community in the UK to have conversations about what is going on in the world. According to Stephen, the community supports “Black Lives Matter” and black businesses.
If you’re a black person living in the UK looking to bond with others within the same demographic, the UK Black Community is the space for you.
Spotcovery Global Black Community
Spotcovery’s Global Black Community on Facebook is a unique group that seeks to unite all black people on a platform that promotes culture, creativity, entrepreneurship, economic growth, and, notably, support for black businesses.
On its Facebook page, the group shares original, authentic, informative, inspiring, and empowering content on black businesses, finance, black media, and black culture, among others. You will meet black people from all over the world who share your interests.
The mission of Spotcovery is to empower all descendants of the African continent to become economically, culturally, and creatively independent. Regardless of which continent they reside on today.
You might also like to join Spotcovery’s business directory. Nearly 80% of consumers turn to directories with reviews to find a local business. List your business for free in our exclusive Spotcovery Black-Owned Business Directory.
Black American Cares Group
Black American Cares, or BAC, is a Facebook group that provides positive and informative information regarding the black community in the U.S. and abroad. Additionally, the group promotes black-owned businesses.
The goal of the group is to encourage, inspire, and inform one another positively. There are so many negative things happening around the world—the black American Cares Group is a space for a brief escape from that.
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Singles Black Travel Group
Singles Black Travel Group currently has over 66k members. The group is for singles who are ready to mingle! Their hope is that you meet someone within the group and start dating. If you do, you both can stay in the group as, ‘legacy members.’
Black Travel Network
Black Travel Network is a small but mighty group. They focus on inspiring “people to venture outside of their comfort zone to explore new countries.” The group currently has over 7k members.
Black Folks Travel Too!
Black Folks Travel Too! is a unique group, “whether you’ve traveled internationally, domestically, or are just discovering the treasures near your home.”
You can continue to be a part of this group while staying in your hometown. Display any of your travel-related images or movies to this group’s more than 29k members.
Well-Read Black Girl
Black girls, women, and non-binary readers and authors are the only members of the book club Well-Read Black Girl. This online community has voices at the forefront of the discourse at an annual literary festival that the group organizes. The group regularly releases reading lists that include books by both traditional and modern African women writers.
Join our Spotcovery Global Black Community Facebook Group for early access to exclusive content and share in a lively discussion.
Puerto Rico Black Edition
Puerto Rico Black Edition is a small organization dedicated to black visitors and residents of Puerto Rico. This group created “a safe place for black people to get information on moving to, or traveling to, the island.”
You might want to join this group!
Therapy for Black Girls
A 2018 study found that more than 300 black Americans killed by police each year in the U.S. have a negative impact on the mental health of the general black American community.
Yet, therapy has long been stigmatized in black culture, and the cost of therapy services also has a big impact on how often black individuals seek mental health care.
Therapy for Black Girls steps in to help with that: It’s an online group that not only de-stigmatizes but also supports black women’s mental well-being. It has a podcast, an Instagram feed with advice, and a Facebook page.
You can locate a therapist who has a natural understanding of the complex emotions and experiences that come with navigating the world as a black woman by using the Therapy for Black Girls directory.
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Clever Girls Know!
Clever Girls Know! is a Facebook community developed specifically for women to talk about money. Clever Girls Know was founded by Bola Sokunbi to provide a forum for women to learn about finances and network with other women.
She offers exclusive advice and resources in the Facebook group that you can use to improve your financial future.
Which of these black online communities is your favorite?
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