According to the United States Black Chambers, Inc., there are more than 2.6 million black-owned businesses in America. Black business owner Antwon Davis told NBC news that up to 80% of these businesses fail within their first two years, due to “a lack of exposure, a lack of capital, and a lack of business acumen.” Poverty, homelessness, unemployment, crime, poor education and even police brutality, can all be improved by the mere support of more black-owned businesses. It’s time for the black community to change this statistic and begin to invest more in each other economically. Here are four black-owned businesses to support this spring!
You’re likely already familiar with the billion-dollar corporation, YouTube, which boasts an average of 1.5 billion viewers every month. Despite the company’s unprecedented success and popularity, it’s no secret that black content creators struggle to reach the same level of success as their white counterparts on the platform. Black youtuber Francesca Ramsey stated, “I think there’s people from all walks of life on YouTube, but I think many people of color struggle to reach the same level of visibility on YouTube as white content creators. Historically audiences are more likely to gravitate towards creators that look like them, and are used to/comfortable seeing POC in very limited or more stereotypical roles.” Thankfully, BlaqSpotTV is the alternative solution to YouTube, where black content creators are free to bring unapologetically Afrocentric content, commentary and news without fear of content being unfairly demonetized. BlaqspotTV is a live streaming and video-on-demand platform that allows you to broadcast live videos and upload videos straight from your device. You can also interact with your favourite creators by leaving hearts and comments on their videos. Join BlaqSpotTV today to connect with like-minded individuals on a platform that is free of the “social pressure, trolling and oversight” that black people are often forced to endure on traditionally white-owned media outlets.