It can be hard to keep up with the latest trends and apps in an age of such rapid technological growth. With more computing power in the palms of our hands than ever before, Black women are using advances in coding programs and technologies to create apps catered to dating, beauty, books, networking, and more! Check out these 26 apps created by Black women, and while you're at it, download the For Harriet app for iPhone or Android.
- Myavana by co-founders Candace Mitchell, Jessica Watson, Chanel Martin, and Joy Boulamwini. Myavana is the first hair care recommendation system for women of color and provides hair analysis, products, and styling techniques catered to specific hair types and textures.
- Bill Organizer-Manage & Track Your Bills by co-founders Nnanna Obuba and Chidi Oparah. Bill organizer is a go-to app for managing and tracking bills. With the ability to sync on multiple devices, it's more than convenient for anyone trying to budget.
- Black History Milestones by co-founders Nnanna Obuba and Chidi Oparah. How well do you know your Black history? This app wants to test it through educational and inspirational facts from the past.
- Matatu contribution by Terry Karungi. Matatu brings a two-player Ugandan card game straight to your phone. Karungi was also the only woman to work on the team that created the mobile app.
- Iman Cosmetics by Iman. It can be so difficult to find makeup that matches your skin and undertones. This Iman Cosmetics app solves that with Customized product recommendations to match your complexion and style.
- Thurst by Morgen Bromell. Thurst is the first app created for queer people of all genders with a goal to create an inclusive and mindful of the community's specific needs.
- Didyoudangle by Mari Mergerson. Parents can manage their children's tasks and chores and assign rewards all in one place with Dangle. Look out for Dangle when it launches early fall!
- dumpdapp by Fatima. Dumpd wants to be the first place to connect with others struggling with similar relationship problems. You won't have to explain another breakup to someone that doesn't understand again.
- Plum Perfect by Asmau Ahmed. Plum Perfect wants make sure you're perfectly styled through patented technology engineered to find the best fashion and beauty brands for your personal look.
- Cast by Sian Morson. Make sure the weather won't mess up your good hair day and perfect makeup with Cast. It is the first app that uses weather data to provide personalized skin and hair care tips and product recommendations.
- We Read Too by Kaya Thomas. Authors of color are not in short supply. We Read Too compiles a list of over 300 books by authors of color featuring characters of color.
- Tastemakers Africa by Cherae Robinson. TSTMKRS is great for discovering the unique cities in Africa. Find the best restaurants, bars, nightclubs, and spas the city has to offer.
- On Second Thought by Maci Peterson. Everyone has sent a text that they regret. On Second Thought gives you a chance to fix it.
- Workday contributions by Frances Liddell. Workday customers can keep business transactions, personalize home pages, and fill job requisitions in-app.
- Dubblen by Sheena Allen. Dubblen splits your photo horizontally or vertically to create fun and unique photos.
- Orange Snap by Sheena Allen. Add multiple filters and frames on photos with Orange Snap. Afterwards they can be uploaded to Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr.
- PicSlit by Sheena Allen. PicSlit allows you to create photo blocks to your Instagram page like a photo puzzle. Make fun picture banners and contribute to the #PicSlitContests.
- TwtBooth by Sheena Allen. Find Twitter photos all in one place with TwtBooth along with the original tweet, date, and user all in one place.
- InstaFunds by Sheena Allen. InstaFunds is a must have for anyoneie with a budget. It keeps all transactions and finances in an accessible spot.
- Words on Pics by Sheena Allen. Words on Pics does exactly what it says! Add captions, quotes, and thought bubbles directly onto photos that can be shared through email, Facebook, and Twitter.
- Pavo by co-founder Chanelle Henry. Pavo is set to find the right style inspiration for you. Join specific style communities to discover others with similar looks.
- Meld by co-founder Raissa Tona. If you are a Black professional looking to start a relationship with someone with similar goals, then Meld is right for you. Meld aims to bring groups of like-minded Black professionals onto a single platform.
- iPORT by Lyndsey Scott. iPort is ideal for models and artists looking to create a professional portfolio, with photos and videos, conveniently.
- Code Made Cool by Lyndsey Scott. A fun way to learn code! Code Made Cool uses fun scenarios, parodies, and even Ryan Gosling, to teach computer programming.
- Squarify by Lyndsey Scott. Squarify is a simple way to convert rectangular photos and videos in square shapes ready for Instagram and anywhere else!
- Educate! by Lyndsey Scott. Educate! is an organization that works to develop young leaders and entrepreneurs. You can learn about its members and their ambitions through the app.
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Joneka Percentie is a junior studying Mass Media Communications, Africana Studies, and Women’s and Gender Studies at UNC Charlotte. When she’s not working with SPARK Movement, or tweeting @jpercentie, she enjoys singing, dancing, and sleeping. Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org