BLK and Zoosk Top the List for Best Black Dating Apps

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When it comes to black dating apps, you have two different paths you can take. One—you can use a dedicated, black-only dating app that is specifically for black singles, or two—you can use a mainstream dating app with robust filters that allow you to sort and only see other black singles. Each has its pros and cons.

The dedicated apps don’t require you to do any additional filtering to see the types of singles you want to see, but they also tend to have far fewer members and less resources they can dedicate to adding new features. On the other hand, mainstream dating apps require a little extra work to set your filters properly, but generally you get access to a much larger number of singles, which may make it an effective tradeoff.

As you’ll see below as we break down the list of the best black dating apps, we’ve included options from both ends of the spectrum so you can make the most informed decision about which option is best for you.

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35 million. That’s the number of singles you’re going to find on Zoosk—and wow, is that number impressive. When it comes to dating apps for black people, Zoosk is an option that should be at the top of every conversation just by sheer numbers alone.

But there is also a lot more to like about Zoosk that we want to mention. The app is easy to navigate, allows you to select your ethnicity preferences (and change them easily), and is one of the most affordable black dating apps on the list with pricing starting at $12.50 per month.

One thing we also like about Zoosk is it can be used on your computer or your phone (iOS and Android). So, if you’re someone who is always on the go—it’s ready to accommodate you. At the absolute very least we recommend checking out the Zoosk free trial to search for the singles who are online in your area right now. You never know who might be just around the corner (or click of a mouse)!

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With nearly 5 million members, AfroIntroductions has quietly stamped its place in the black dating app scene. Powered by the Cupid Media network of sites, AfroIntroductions is designed specifically for African singles who live in the US, Africa, or abroad. It’s a healthy mix of local dating within a culture, as well as an international option for people who want to date across borders.

The app is easy to use, super affordable, and could be where your special someone is waiting for you. Much like Zoosk, we recommend at a bare minimum creating a free account and searching through the singles in your area (or abroad). AfroIntroductions is available on the App Store and the Google Play store where we do see some impressive numbers. The app has a 4.4 star rating in the App Store and a 4.3 star rating over 1 million+ downloads on Google Play.

One great review from Jacob P. in the Google play store shares, “At first I hated this app because everyone is too young to date and lives on another continent, but I have had some great conversations with some really cool people that I would not have met otherwise.” Other reviews show that the larger part of the userbase is international, but there are still local singles.

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When it comes to black dating apps, we shouldn’t be surprised that a Tinder-esque option made its way onto the scene. For black singles looking for swipe-style dating, BLK might be worth your while. It’s a newer app but has grown quickly in size, thanks to the backing from a rather large parent company, Match Group (who also owns Tinder).

BLK is available on Google Play where it has a 4.2 star rating and over 1 million downloads. The app is also available on the App Store where it has an impressive 4.6 star rating over 330k reviews. This is one of the highest App Store ratings we’ve seen for a dating app ever.

If you’re looking for something a little more serious or less looks-focused, BLK might not be the right pick for you. But if you like Tinder and you’d prefer a Tinder with only other black singles, then BLK is probably worth a try.

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One of the OGs when it comes to black dating sites is BlackPeopleMeet. Operated by People Media (the sister company to Match.com who we already mentioned owns BLK), BlackPeopleMeet is a pretty traditional dating app but only for black singles. Unlike some of the other options on our list, there really aren’t going to be any options if you decide you are open to dating other ethnic groups. But if that’s not a concern of yours, then that’s not going to be a negative at all.

The site does have a bit of an “I need a makeover” look to it, but it still works well and is available on iOS and Google Play. It’s ratings are not as good as BLK with a 3.4 in the Google Play store and a slightly better 4.0 in the App Store. While we do knock the app for needing a makeover, the company is still actively pushing out feature updates, so we’re hoping that maybe a bigger overhaul is coming soon.

Again, we’re bigger fans of using mainstream dating apps with filters for black singles dating online, but this is surely a good dedicated option worth trying if that is more your speed.

What stands out for Black singles at these dating apps

Transparency is so important when it comes to recommendations, and that’s something we certainly value. For that reason, we wanted to share a few of the reasons we selected these as the best dating apps for black people.

Lots of black single men and women

This is always going to be at the top of the list. If a dating app doesn’t have a ton of high quality black singles in your age bracket, the site is pointless even if everything else is perfect. All of these dating apps come packed with singles.

Options to filter for interracial dating

We fully understand that people have different wants and needs when it comes to dating, and we think that a great dating app should honor that. While some of these recommended black dating sites are only for black people, many of them do have options to set preferences to see other ethnicities in case interracial dating is something you’re interested in.

Plenty of room to share what makes you, you

Culture is extremely important to the black community. The only way you’re going to connect with the right person for you is if you have the freedom to share the unique things that make you, you. The black dating apps we’ve recommended have robust profiles, room to upload a lot of photos, and interest fields to showcase everything that makes you awesome.

Security and proactive support

No matter what or who you are looking for online, it needs to be safe. And while some of that responsibility always falls on the user, the black dating apps need to do their part too. This includes things like message encryption, safe purchase integrations, overall site security, and a proactive support team seeking out scammers and fake profiles.

Actively investing in growth of the brand

Unfortunately, a lot of dating apps tend to become stagnant after seeing success. What this means is they stop investing as aggressively in the growth and sustainment of the brand. What this means for you is far fewer singles joining every month. For that reason, we look for brands that are actively investing in growth, expansion, and upgrades.

Looking at more niche Black dating options

While we already touched on BLK and Black People Meet earlier in the guide, we did want to address why we’ve included so many mainstream dating apps (for all ethnicities) in our guide. We also wanted to share a few more niche-based options in case that’s what you’re looking for.

The reason for more mainstream options is simple. Niche apps sound like a great idea. However, they often fall flat because they don’t have the same resources as bigger mainstream dating apps to bring in the quantity and quality of singles. What you often end up with are small sites without a diverse group of quality singles to choose from.

Additionally, just because you’re black doesn’t mean that you might not want to date someone from another race. Because of that, we want to make sure that the black dating sites we recommend give you that option. But, that they also give you the option to only see black singles if that’s more your speed.

Ideally, they produce the best of both worlds and therefore are really the best dating sites for black people. But just in case you really want to see some other options out there, here are a few more to consider.

  • Black Cupid – This is one black dating app that was extremely close to making our top list solely on the fact that it comes from the reputable Cupid Media Network of sites (just like AfroIntroductions). What we’d like to see before we move it up is a little more growth in the size of the userbase. That being said, this is one niche app that is also probably worth a quick search with a free account to see how popular it is in your area.
  • AfroRomance – Targeting mainly interracial dating, AfroRomance does look like a black dating app in major need of a facelift. We did like that they showcase pictures of happy couples showing a track record of success. However, the look and feel of the site gives us some serious concerns about security, features, and whether or not someone is truly investing what is needed into the site. For us, this is going to be a pass.
  • RBL (Real Black Love) – RBL s an interesting one because they make some pretty big claims about their numbers and the quality of their singles, but we’re not quite sure if they can be validated. We also get a little weirded out when a black dating app brags about having real people on it. Yes, that’s a concern of the industry as a whole, but makes us curious why it’s being brought up. Overall, this looks like a decent dating app, but there are better options out there.
  • BlackSingles.com – The last niche black dating app on our list is BlackSingles.com. What’s interesting is that the homepage (which looks aggressively outdated) mentions being a part of the Spark Network of sites. Spark Network is one of the most respected brands in the industry known for its quality and upkeep. That all being said, it looks like this site is one they may have decided to prioritize resources away from. Again, there are probably better options out there.

Is it wrong to only want to date other Black singles?

We live in a world now where people are always preaching that we should not see color. They say that we should look at someone and not see any color but only see a person. While we know their intentions are good, we do disagree slightly.

What we think they mean to say is that you shouldn’t see people for the incorrect and negative stereotypes that are attached to them. There is nothing wrong with being more attracted to a different color of skin. There is nothing wrong with wanting to date someone that will probably understand you and your culture much better and more quickly.

Basically, it’s not wrong at all to know what you want and go after it. If people have an issue with it, that’s their problem. You’re not on a search to find the perfect match for them. You’re on the search to find the perfect match for YOU. If that happens to be someone you find at a dating site for black people, then more power to you!

Most people in this world struggle to know what they want. You should feel awesome that you’re a step ahead and know what you are and are not attracted to.


Matt Seymour

Written By: Matthew J. Seymour, MSF

Matthew J. Seymour is a dating industry expert with over a decade of experience coaching singles, reviewing dating apps, and analyzing trends within the industry. Matt is a published author with his most recent work “Get More Dates: How to Master Online Dating Apps” that hit shelves in 2023. With a Masters of Science in Finance (MSF) degree from the University of Florida and extensive knowledge of the innerworkings of the online dating industry, Matt frequently serves in an advisory role to some of the largest dating apps on the market. In Matt’s current role with Healthy Framework, he leads the interview team that regularly interviews key dating industry leaders, and leverages his financial knowledge and dating app experience to review and share what singles need to know to get the most out of dating online.

Dr. Nicolette Natale

Reviewed By: Dr. Nicolette Natale

Dr. Nicolette Natale is a physician with a strong background in Psychology, General Medicine, and English Literature, a D.O from Nova Southeastern University and a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Miami. Dr. Natale has over 6 years working in the mental health field with a specialized expertise working with mood disorders, PTSD, depression, and anxiety. Her work has been featured on major publications including Healthcanal, Lecturio, NCHC, and EH project. At Healthy Framework, Dr. Natale serves as our lead medical reviewer ensuring that our dating and dating app content is safe, accurate, and best serves our readers.

Charles Roscopf

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Charles Roscopf is an expert in all matters finance, with a specialty in accounting, financial processes, and personal finance. Charles currently serves as the Vice President and Controller of Bluescape Group based out of Dallas Texas and as the Senior Finance and Cost Expert at Healthy Framework. With a Master of Accountancy and Accounting Degree from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville and over a decade of experience in the financial sector, Charles is a welcomed expert helping singles best navigate dating finances and dating app pricing.