NBBD acquires black media app
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A Dayton-area company is making strategic acquisitions. The National Black Business Directory is the new owner of the BLVCK app (pronounced ‘black’), a popular news hub for black people.
BLVCK brings more than a dozen black media outlets including BET, Black Enterprise, Ebony Magazine and Blavity all in one place for readers. The app had more than 10,000 downloads and reached as high as #27 on the App Store’s News category rankings two days after its launch.
New features coming to BLVCK in 2019 include a redesign facelift, new in-app features and an Android app to complement the current iPhone version. Nate Dillard, founder and CEO of NBBD, said BLVCK will tie in with NBBD’s focus on cultivating black-owned businesses while also developing new features for the app.
“We have a redevelopment plan in place to turn the app into the new business, political, and philanthropic news hub for the black community,” said Dillard.
Eric Townsend – the self-taught engineer, husband, and father of two who single-handedly built the app – is glad to see the app is in capable hands. “It’s hard to let it go, but I can’t wait to see what’s in the future for BLVCK under new leadership,” said Townsend.