Revealed: 9 Places to Meet Black People
As an African American, growing up in a predominately white neighborhood, finding and meeting black people to interact with has been my biggest challenge. Back in the days, there was no Instagram or snapchat, or Facebook to get instant access to people all around the world. You actually had to do the work of going out to find people to talk to. Wow how things have changed!
Luckily, with technology nowadays, finding black people is generally a swipe, click, tap or DM away. Meeting them though? Well that’s another story. If you are readying this post, you will agree with me that it is now harder than ever to meet people (not just black people) anywhere even with technology.
On the internet, you are tricked into thinking we can meet women on demand through apps like Tinder, Plenty of Fish (POF), Bumble, Grindr or other dating apps. But you soon realize that there are thousands, if not millions in the very same city as you, trying to meet or talk to that exact same person you are interested in. You are just another fish in the pond and unless you have an extraordinary way to wow women with your cyber pictures, cyber pickup lines, and cyber “connection”, you are simply wasting your time.
Trust me, you are not alone. We’ve all been ignored after dropping what we thought was the dopest pickup line, on these dating apps!
Things such as the fear of being catfished, friend zoning, and more, can and have hindered women from meeting you in person after your cyber interaction.
What’s worse is that, if you’ve spent a lot of time on these dating apps, you will notice that, black women (at least in my experience), seem to be a rare species. After hours, days, even months of searching for that African American woman to talk you, it suddenly dawns on you…black women are nowhere to be found, well at least on the internet.
Well I am here to tell you that, black people are out there, you just do not where to look.
What I’ve realize is that black people are specific and intentional as to the places they like to hang out. A common theme resonates with them that draws them to specific places in abundance. That common theme is culture and the only place that has culture are in your major cities. Once you realize this fact, you will soon understand and easily pick out where to find or meet them in your neighborhood.
But until then, this blog will reveal the top 8 secret places you will be sure to find and meet black people.
1) RELIGIOUS GATHERINGS
Religious gatherings hold a lot of meaning to black men and women. Growing up, it was where our parents or grandparents took us every Sunday. Having a spiritual foundation is important to African Americans because it helps us draw closer to God.
Typically, most black people are looking for companions that share the same God-fearing belief and this is why you will find most black people at churches or other religious gatherings.
That being said, it is not every church that will have an abundance of black individuals to interact with. There are churches that black individuals will specifically go to more than others for many reasons. Here are the top 7 religious gatherings where you can find and meet black people:
- Seventh Day Adventist
- Baptist Church
- All Nations Church
- Presbyterian Church
- Anglican Church
- Jehovah’s Witness Churches
You will find meeting and talking to black people at religious gatherings to be the easiest out of all the other places mentioned in this blog. This is because people in general are a lot of friendlier and at ease at religious gatherings.
3) Black American Forums (Black Community Forums)
Black American forums are places where African Americans meet to discuss various topics about their black experience. These topics may include relationships, hair, music, self care and more.
Forums allow you to start conversations with others, share your conversions, and even engage with others. They are the perfect platform to meet and start new relationships with those who share similar experiences as you.
The best Black American Forum is My Black Community. It is free to join and supports many features that allow you to post, share, and engage in a variety of topics pertaining to your black experience. Try My Black Community today!
4) BLACK FESTIVALS
If religious gatherings are the easiest place to meet and talk to black people, Black Festivals are by far, the best place to meet fun and outgoing black women.
Afro Festivals are festivals, typically in local cities that host a parade or concert, particularly about Black Culture.
Here are some of the most popular Black Festivals you may find in a city near you:
- Caribana – Caribana is the biggest Canadian festivals that happens every summer in Toronto, Ontario. It originated from Caribbean immigrants who wanted to showcase food, dance, and music of Caribbean culture.
- Afrofest – Afrofest is the largest free African Music Festival in North America. It happens in Toronto, Canada as well, drawing over 125,000 people a year. It is a festival to bring attention to African culture, music, food, and clothing.
- Essence Festival – Essence Fest is a festival run by Essence, to celebrate the anniversary of Essence, a magazine aimed toward African-American women. It is usually held in New Orleans, Louisiana and attracts more than 500,000 people worldwide.
- Curlfest – Curlfest is an annual natural beauty festival that was created by the Curly Girl Collective! Their mission is to create a movement that showcases the beauty of natural hair and the best brands for modern black women. The festival is an opportunity for black women to connect, play games, see live demos, learn about hair products, shop, dance and to see their beauty reflected.
- Brookyln Hiphop Festival - The Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival is New York City’s largest Hip-Hop cultural event that showcases Hip-Hop culture. It was established in 2005 to celebrate promote hiphop culture, community building and social change. The festival music performances, panel lectures, exhibitions, movie screenings and a family-friendly block party.
- American Black Film Festival – The American Black Film Festival is an annual event which showcases a wide range entertainment by African American artists, creators, producers, and directors. Some of these include films, television screenings, engaging panels, networking events, activities designed to educate, nurture career development, and inspire attendees, and more.
- Afropunk Festival – Afropunk Festival is an annual arts festival that includes live music, film, fashion, and art produced by black artists. It is typically held in different locations in brooklyn
- Odunde Festival – Odunde Festival is a one-day festival and mostly a street market catered to African-American interests and the African diaspora. It is derived from the tradition of the Yoruba people of Nigeria in celebration of the new year.
These festivals are a lot fun because you will find lots of cultural elements in food, dance, clothing, and music.
Use your curiosity to learn about the different cultural elements in your city and I am sure you will find a Black Festival near you to meet lots of great African Americans.
5) CLUBS OR LOUNGES
Visiting a local club or lounge is a great place to meet black women and men. The best clubs to meet black men or women are those that feature urban, hiphop, R&B, or African music. Such clubs are typically the favorite spot for African Americans because they play music to dance to and have fun.
Hiphop, R&B, and African music (afrobeats) are music to dance to and if you do go to these clubs, make sure you bring your dancing shoes.
Personally, I find clubs are the best place to meet black people, especially if you are willing to dance. Once the music starts playing and you start dancing, it is easy to find a partner to match your energy.
6) Black Wedding Receptions
Black wedding receptions are almost like clubs when it comes to meeting black people. The only difference is that black wedding receptions are a bit more formal.
Just like clubs or lounges, expect to dance! I generally find that with black wedding receptions, the easiest spot to meet and conversation with black people n is on the dance floor. If you dance (even if you are alone), chances are you will bump into someone to dance with you.
5) Apps or Sites to Meet Black People
Although there are many apps out there, not all of them are specifically made for African Americans. Tinder for examples is catered mostly to White Americans and many black girls have complained about the racist and sexist remarks from men on the app.
Thankfully, there are apps out there that are culturally friendly and a great place to meet black people.
Here are the top free apps or sites to meet black people:
- MeetUp - MeetUp is a social app where people can host events for just about anything. The app itself is free to use but the MeetUp events may come at a small fee to participate in. On MeetUp you can find events that cater to meeting single black men or women, or take part in an event that caters to African American women. As a tip use the search bar on MeetUp to find things you know black women would enjoy. Try these search common search terms on the app to help you get started: dancehall, afrobeats, African americans, African American, Africa, afro.
- Eventbrite – Eventbrite is similar to MeetUp. It is an app where people host events of all type to attend. The app itself is free to and similar to MeetUp, hosts of the events may charge a fee to participate in their event. I like Eventbrite because it is very culturally inclusive and does well to show case events for people of color. I have found success finding events for black women using the search terms: black women, black men, Africa, natural hair, African, dancehall, and afrobeats. Just like MeetUp, it offers many events that cater to black people in general.
- BlackPeopleMeet.com – Black People Meet is dating website for African American singles. I personally have not used their service but I have heard of great reviews from it’s use. If you are in the dating scene and are trying to find a black woman to date, this may be a good option to start. It receives millions of visitors monthly, which makes it a great dating platform for black women. Users have the option of a free or paid account, each with its own benefits and setbacks. Its predominately black audience makes it the best place to meet a black women.
- JustBlackSingles.com – Just Black Singles is just that, a website for black singles. It is easy to set up and delivers over 2 million potential matches. If you are looking for forming a relationship with a black woman, this may be a place to find it. Find and mingle with single black women near you. The site offers both free and paid memberships.
- Meet Me – Meet me is an app not catered to black women or black people specifically but it can be a good place to meet black women. Meet Me is an app that helps you find new people nearby who share your interests and want to chat now. You can meet people live along with millions of other to chat, virtual date, and play all kinds of games that the app offers. The app is connect to Plenty of Fish as an extension to the dating app. You can find tones of awesome black women from around the world on Meet Me. As a tip, I suggest speaking to black women that have a small audience on their feed. This will allow you to build a better connection with them. Unlike other dating apps, Meet Me is more about building connections and friendship more than it is about dating. Whatever your goal is on the app, you will find it to be a fun way to meet great black women.
7) Black Owned Barbershops or Hair Salon
For African Americans, the barbershop and hair salon are not just a place to get your hair done. It also a place where you can have candid conversations regarding issues surrounding black culture. Hence, the perfect place to meet black people in general.
The best about a black barbershop or hair salon is that you go for the hair but stay for the conversations.
If you serious about meeting black women, visit your local black owned barbershop or hair salon and chime in on some of the conversations. You will find it very easy to make a connection with someone even if you may have different opinions.
Concerts are another sure place to meet black women. The right musicians can attract black women far and wide at his or her concert and can create an amazing opportunity for you.
Besides screaming black girls or women, you will find black women at these concerts are typically outgoing and just want to have a good time.
The best concerts to find black women are R&B concerts and hiphop concerts that feature predominately black female artists.
Be sure to check out concerts with these black music artists if you are looking to find and meet black people:
- Meg Thee Stallion
- Doja Cat
- Nicki Minaj
- Chris Brown
- Rihanna (if she does a concert again)
- Lauryn Hill
- The Weekend
- Janelle Monae
HBCUs are Historically Black Colleges and Universities and are made to predominately attract African Americans. They are a great please to meet black women and experience the culture of African Americans in general.
To take this a step further, consider joining a fraternity, or a black social club. These clubs are a sure way to introduce yourself to people and who knows, you may find yourself mingling with black women.
Bonus – 8 More Ways to Meet Black People
The above list of place to meet black women is not exhaustive. Here are a few other ways to meet black people:
- Through a mutual friend
- Take a walk in downtown urban areas. This is where you will find people of all races and colour and a sure place to meet black people
- Colleges or University are also filled with people of all races and culture and are a sure way to meet black poeple. Aim for colleges and university in urban cities
- Join a a coed sports team such as soccer, basketball or volleyball
- Create your own event on a platform and cater to African Americans
- Join in on rallies and protests that bring awareness to social issues such as Black Lives Matter.
- Use social media and search for platforms that cater to black individuals. As a tip, the largest group on social media which attracts black women are natural hair groups
- Parks host BBQs and cookout. Although you may need an invite, some make it open for anyone to join. Find a park in your inner urban city and see you may find black people there.
As we have seen, meeting black people is not as hard is it looks as long as you know where to look. As previously mentioned, the common themes among these places are culture. Know where black culture is and I can guarantee that you will find black people in general. Use these tips as a guide to help you find and interact with black people in your local city and who know what kind of connection you may spark!