The Best Apps from Black Developers: Self Care, Social Justice & More

Are you looking for a way to support people of color and the Black Lives Matter movement? One easy thing you can do is support black app developers by downloading and using their apps. Here's a collection of apps from black developers to try out, including kids' apps, community apps, free game apps, a reading app, a restaurant app, a money management app, and more. Enjoy!

Related: 5 Free iPhone Apps to Support People of Color in Your Community

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Support & Community Apps

 

We Read Too (Free)

Created by Dartmouth grad Kaya Thomas, this directory of books by authors of color is easy to navigate with categories from picture to young adult and a section to suggest books to add to the database.

 

Myavana ($1.99/month)

Created by four female cofounders, Myavana provides in-depth analysis and product and styling recommendations for all hair types of women of color.

 

Kiddie Kredit (Free)

Entrepreneur Evan Leaphart wants kids to grow up understanding money management. His app lets kids earn rewards for completing chores and learn about credit as they go.

 

Matatu (Free)

Terry Karungi brought this two-player Ugandan game to mobile. Play with your friend or against the computer and enjoy a break from the standard solitaire-style mobile games.

Lifestyle & Apps for Kids

 

Black Nation (Free)

By entrepreneur Rameish Budhoo, this app lets you search your city for Black-owned businesses. Choose a category and find highly rated establishments near you, or lend support from afar with online ordering.

 

Empowrd (Free)

Join events and follow organizations that you care about. Based on your location, you’ll get suggestions or partnerships and campaigns relevant to your interests.

 

Shine ($11.99/month)

This self-improvement app by Marah Lidey and Naomi Hirabayashi provides inspiration, anxiety management, and better sleep via community posts and audio programming.

 

Ujama (Free)

From the Swahili word for extended family, Ujama is an app designed to bring communities together. Find support for everything from childcare to trusted marketplace interactions.

 

EatOkra (Free)

This app is your guide to finding local Black-owned restaurants and food trucks. This app lets you choose your culinary preferences and serves up a curated list of local restaurants.

 

Choices (Free)

Enjoy a little romance and adventure with this choose-your-own-adventure drama game. Design a character and pick your story (in-app purchases apply to some content, but you can play plenty for free).

New App to Watch ForL

KingdomPay (Free)

In the coming months, look out for the launch of this promising Black-owned mobile banking app that’s aimed to help communities of color build wealth. KingdomPay will go head to head with apps like Venmo and Square Cash, as well as offer extra services like a debit card, rewards program, and in-app texting for social interactions.

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Amy Spitzfaden–Both

Amy Spitzfaden Both is a Feature Writer at iPhone Life, an award-winning novelist, and an iPhone enthusiast. Over the past decade, her work in the publishing industry has included live coverage of industry events including the Yale Publishing Course and Magazine Innovation’s ACT 9 Experience, providing editing services for several start-up publishing houses, and acting as newsstand consultant for magazines such as The Old Farmer’s Almanac and The New York Review of Books. She graduated from M.I.U. with a Bachelor’s in Literature and Writing, and has gone on to publish two novels and two short stories. Her debut novel Untold won the 2014 Chelson Award for Fiction.
Writing everything from book reviews to skincare tips, Amy discovered a passion for bringing exciting and useful information to even the most casual researcher. The mix of usability and endless possibilities is what drew her to Apple products originally, and the more she learns, the more she loves.
Amy lives in New Hampshire with her husband and daughter. When she’s not writing or glued to her iPhone, she enjoys hiking, traveling, and creating her own tea blends.