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Welcome to! We spotlight Black-owned food businesses and services located in Washington D.C., Maryland, and Virginia. We have social media accounts spanning TikTok, Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. TikTok is by far our most popular platform with over 70,000 followers and growing. We love trying new places and showcasing our experiences online. Take a peek at our content, leave a like, and don't forget to follow us. Also, if you're looking for Black-owned places to eat, explore our online business directory,

If you have any questions or would like to get in touch with us, please feel free to reach out to us via email or social media.


About Us

We started as an Instagram account during the summer of 2020, where we mainly posted compiled lists of Black-owned restaurants. Since then, we have expanded to posting videos of our adventures on TikTok, Twitter, Facebook as well. Our mission is to assist in driving patronage to Black-owned food businesses in the DMV area.

We have visited so many incredible places and met so many amazing business owners! It feels great to know we are putting money into the black community and helping local businesses, which are truly the backbone of our community. Our Blacklist following grows every day. We are so happy that you have joined us on this journey!

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Liz Beal
Co-Founder, Social Media Coordinator
Liz is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh, where she studied Developmental Psychology and Elementary Education. She is currently a Fifth Grade teacher in the DC area.
Favorite Food(s): Pad Thai, Mac 'n' Cheese
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Shi Johnson-Bey
Co-founder, Software Developer
Shi is a graduate of the University of Delaware and Carnegie Mellon University, where he studied Computer Science and Biomedical Engineering, respectively. He is currently a Ph.D. student researching autonomous character AI tools at UC Santa Cruz.
Favorite Food(s): French Fries, Fish Tacos, and Mangos

Why Black-owned Food Businesses?

According to, the average median wealth of white families is 12 times that of black families! This disparity is known as the racial wealth gap. Eating at Black-owned restaurants is a fun, easy, and delicious way to help close the gap. Supporting Black-owned businesses can create more property ownership opportunities, credit building, and generational wealth in black families. (


Contact Us

We can be reached via any of our social media accounts or by email. However, Instagram and email have the best chances of receiving a more timely response.

Business Spotlights

If you want us to spotlight your business, please reach out to us via email ( or our Instagram page. We will work with you on logistics such as scheduling, recording, and determining the items for review (requesters are expected to provide the food). Spotlight approvals are made at our discretion.