Hi Everyone,

We hope everyone is staying safe this spring. Allergy season is here 😷! Thank you for sticking with us on this journey. The Blacklist DMV would not be where it is today without the love and support we receive from all of you. We do our best to bring you quality content, and we love hearing about your experiences.

We know that everyone has been eagerly awaiting the re-release of our website. We initially planned to launch at the beginning of this month. However, we decided not to because we need to sure-up some business details on our end. We assure you that it will be released! Thank you again for being patient with us 😅. This is our first time starting a business, and we want to make sure that we do it right. Every day we learn something new about running a business.

Over the last year, this has grown from a social media past-time into a venture that requires a full-time commitment. We both have demanding jobs, and we do our best to manage time between the two.

In the spirit of making this scale, we are using a new procedure for spotlighting businesses. We are humbled by the amount of outreach we receive. If you would like a business shoutout on Instagram, Twitter, & Facebook, we have a Google form for that. It is linked below. Tik Tok's are a little tricky. Each one takes a lot of time to create, and we strive to record high-quality shots of the food and facilities. So, at the moment, we cannot take requests for TikTok spotlights. We don't have a way where we can scale with the demand and retain the same quality. Also, we can't give all businesses equal food spotlighting because we're both vegetarians.

Much love,

Liz & Shi, The Blacklist DMV Team

About Us

Hi! Welcome to The Blacklist DMV. We are the largest directory black-owned food businesses in Washington D.C., Maryland, and Virginia. This website gives locals and visitors a quick and easy way to find black-owned businesses. We started as an Instagram account during the summer of 2020. Since then, we have expanded to TikTok, Twitter, and Facebook, highlighting and spotlighting Black-owned food businesses. Also, We have been featured in the DCist.

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

Thank you for visiting!

Our Story

This site was created by Shi Johnson-Bey and Liz Beal, two Maryland residents. In June 2020, Liz noticed there were tons of Black-owned restaurant lists circulating Instagram. Finding places close to ger that also served vegetarian options was pretty time-consuming. This challenge sparked an idea for a website that would serve as a directory for the restaurants! In it, you could search for Black-owned restaurants using a location, search distance, and food preferences! She presented the idea to Shi, and he was immediately on board. Shi is an experienced computer scientist and has been working tirelessly to make this dream a reality. Currently, He is a Ph.D. student studying Computational Media. Liz is a Fifth Grade Teacher and created and maintained the original spreadsheet of over 500 Black-owned restaurants and food services, complete with addresses, websites, social media pages, and attributes.

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 small and local businesses, which are truly the backbone of our community.

Our Blacklist community grows every day. We are so happy that you have joined us on this journey!

Why Black-owned Food Businesses?

According to www.greenamerica.org, 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. (Source: www.greenamerica.org)

Contact Us

We can be reached via any of our social media accounts or by email.

Want your business to appear in search?

We are so happy that you want to join our directory of businesses. Please fill out our google form with the necessary information, and we will add you to our system.

We are currently working on methods for businesses to manage their information. Until then, please work with us to ensure that your page displays the most accurate information.

Thank you for your patience, and we will be in touch shortly.


We have received a lot of inquiries for business spotlights. To scale with the demand, we are working on a system for reviews and spotlights. Stay tuned for details.

If you have already reached out to us, don't worry. We haven't forgotten you. We are working on it. Thank you for your continued patience.