As the digital divide slowly begins to narrow, more women of color and Black women in-particular are creating their own mobile apps. As a result, many have become self-made entrepreneurs. There are a myriad of reasons for creating a mobile app whether it’s for beauty tips, social networking or finding the love of your life. Here is a short list of the best apps made by black girls in recent years:

Morgen Bromell – Thurst 

Morgen Bromell is the creator of Thurst, the first dating app for queer people across the gender spectrum. This millennial black creative launched a device that is inclusive of queer cis, trans and non-binary folks seeking to find the right connection. Bromell has created a safe space for a populace of people who are often ignored or marginalized in the mobile app dating community.

Terry Karungi – Matatu

Terry Karungi is the founder of the Google Play mobile game Matatu. Matatu is a two-player card game that has origins in Uganda. The goal of the game is to play all your cards before your opponent. First to play all their cards wins, but don't rush just yet — Many pitfalls follow. Karungi is also a co-founder and production lead at Kola Studios, an App Development and Design Company that specializes in Mobile and Web Games. 

Raissa Tona – Meld

Raissa Tona is the brains behind Meld, a dating app for black professionals. Dating while black, single and professional can oftentimes come with a myriad of challenges. MELD, which specifically caters to this niche category of single black professionals, has a goal to connect sophisticated singles on one platform and build romantic bonds.

Kaya Thomas – We Read Too

Kaya Thomas is the developer behind the literary resource app that features titles written by authors of color called We Read Too. This comprehensive app for bookworms everywhere features over 800 Children’s and Young Adult fiction books written by authors of color. 

Jamie Broadnax is the Editor-In-Chief and creator of the online community for Black women called Black Girl Nerds. Jamie has appeared on MSNBC’s The Melissa Harris-Perry Show and The Grio’s Top 100. Her Twitter personality has been recognized by Shonda Rhimes as one of her favorites to follow. In her spare time, she enjoys live-tweeting, reading, writing, and spending time with her beagle Brandy.

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