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In 2015, Nielsen released a report on increasingly affluent and educated African American consumers, highlighting the underreported story of success in the black community. However, long before the Nielsen findings, media outlets were catering to African American consumers interested in enjoying luxury goods, travel, and fine dining and cuisine all while advancing their careers.
What better way to celebrate Black History Month than to highlight the top publications focusing on luxury, leisure, and business for African Americans who travel, dine, and deal.
1. Travel Noire
Travel Noire is the premier website for world travel from a black perspective. The site has a sleek modern aesthetic, beautiful imagery, and inspiring content.
Going beyond similar sites, Travel Noire includes essays on the personal experiences of black travelers and ex-pats to share a vision of limitless exploration of the world. The site also provides detailed coverage of destinations, food, entertainment, and travel gear and tech.
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The Atlanta Tribune is a business-focused publication from the economic capital of Black America. It provides “relevant, thought-provoking news and information on business and generational wealth-building” to its audience of “powerbrokers, decision-makers, trendsetters and go-getters.”
Beyond business, the site offers coverage of technology, culture, and lifestyle mixed with local, regional, and national news.
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3. Cuisine Noir
Cuisine Noir touts itself as “a culinary publication that complements readers’ lifestyles and desire for a diverse epicurean experience” as “the first magazine to feature the talents of black chefs across the country.” The online magazine focuses on food, wine, lifestyle, and travel.
The recipe section mixes favorites from across the African diaspora with trendy ingredients around the food world, and a special section profiles black-owned wineries, breweries, and distilleries around the world. There also are product and cookbook reviews, features with chefs and entrepreneurs, and coverage of travel and luxury stories.
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AfroTech is part of the Blavity network and focuses on African Americans in tech industries. The site is the online home of “one of the largest multicultural tech conferences in the United States.” It aims to bring “leaders in technology and business together to exchange ideas and build a strong black tech community.”
The site supplies coverage of tech and business news alongside profiles of entrepreneurs and other inspiring stories.
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Black Enterprise is the destination for entrepreneurship, wealth-building, and business news for African Americans. The magazine states its mission is to “educate and empower our audience to become full participants in wealth creation within the global economy.”
The site covers African American-focused business news from across all industries while paying special attention to technology and education.
Super.selected is a visually sophisticated digital fashion magazine “created by a fashion stylist […] with a fine art background.” The content includes fashion editorials featuring black models, as well as art and photography. There also is a database of black designers and shops.
While the focus is on fashion, the site also has coverage of music, entertainment, and celebrities, in addition to news and LGBT-interest topics. The World Travels section is particularly attractive with photo-essays, travelogues, and images from runways around the world.
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Uptown is an online magazine dedicated to luxury and lifestyle for African Americans. The site supplies ample coverage of entertainment and society news and arts and culture stories.
Readers also can find auto reviews, fashion and beauty spreads, destination profiles, and plenty of cocktail recipes.
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Make sure to check out past lists from 2018 and 2019 covering even more top news sites for the black community.
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Nicole Howard is an associate product manager at Cision, as well as an editor and freelance writer. When not working or reading, she enjoys word puzzles and the outdoors.