The website was started by founder, Anthony Onaf. Being an avid African-American traveler Anthony found himself struggling to find places black people frequented while visiting various U.S. cities. He went online to various forums and discussion boards looking for recommendations, but was sometimes greeted with members who felt offended by his asking of, “where are the black people in [insert city here]”, when he felt he was only asking a honest and legitimate question, without any intended malice.
Anthony noticed the same offense was not felt, when other races asked similar questions, such as “where are the asians in [insert city here]” or “what places to avoid in [insert city here]” (because the places to avoid were usually places frequented by black people). This is when a lightbulb went off and he knew there needed to be an online resource anyone could come to find things to do for black people in any city in America.
Anthony knows there are characteristic and cultural differences between African-Americans and other races. That’s why he knew BlkPeople.com needed to be created. BlkPeople.com can help you find places to get your hair done, and be certain you find someone who is familiar with the texture of your hair and can style it the way you want. It also can help you find a local soul food or southern cuisine restaurant, that is a popular spot for African-Americans in the area. BlkPeople can help you find places to shop for stylish and hip African-American cultured clothing in any U.S. city. It can help you find a nightclub, bar or lounge that caters to a black crowd.
The differences between African-American characteristics and culture compared to other races are endless. Therefore, it was necessary for Anthony to create a resource like BlkPeople, so anyone can easily find places frequented by black people. The best part is that it is 100% free to submit a business and get listed. The business doesn’t even have to be black-owned, just frequented by black people and welcoming.
Do you know a place that is mostly frequented by black people? Create a BlkPeople account, log in and submit it here, http://www.blkpeople.com/