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Welcome to! We promote and highlight Black-owned food businesses and services located in Washington D.C., Maryland, and Virginia. We have social media accounts on TikTok, Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. TikTok is by far our most popular platform with over 67,000 followers and growing. We love trying new places and showcasing our experiences online. Check out our content, leave a like, and don't forget to follow us. Check out our online business directory, Jyackl (pronounced like jackal), at

About Us

Hi! Welcome to The Blacklist DMV food blog. We started as an Instagram account during the summer of 2020. Since then, we have expanded to TikTok, Twitter, Facebook, and this site. We spotlight Black-owned food businesses in Washington D.C., Maryland, and Virginia.

We have been featured in the DCist and on ABC7 News

This site was created by two Maryland residents, Liz Beal and Shi Johnson-Bey. Shi is a Ph.D. student studying computational media, and Liz is a fifth-grade teacher. 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!

Liz Beal
Co-Founder, Social Media Coordinator, and Head of Data Collection
Shi Johnson-Bey
Co-Founder, Web Developer

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 racial wealth gap. Supporting Black-owned businesses can create more opportunities for property ownership, credit building, and generational wealth in black families. (

Our Blacklist community grows everyday, with 70K followers and growing.

If you have any questions or feedback, please feel free to reach out to us via email or social media.

Thank you for visiting!

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 would like us to spotlight your food/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). Please keep in mind that Liz is a vegetarian, and Shi is a pescatarian, so we cannot review food that doesn't fall within our dietary restrictions.

Update (September 2021): In-person school/classes have resumed, and we are working to balance the new time demands and this page. At the moment, we are not accepting requests. Thank you for your understanding and support.

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