PLATFORMS THAT SILENCE YOU DON'T DESERVE TO PROFIT FROM YOUR PRESENCE
The Cookout is an invitation-only, Black-centered social media platform and safe space where Black speech, ideas, activists, creatives, and entrepreneurs are centered and celebrated. Hate speech and anti-blackness are policed with respect to the target demographic for whom the platform was created. Named for a Black community tradition and safe space, The Cookout seeks to bring the spirit of community that is inherent to its namesake, to a digital platform.
Black millenials, entrepreneurs, and academics are growing increasingly disillusioned with larger social media platforms.
Large social media platforms are missing the mark on Black user's needs. Unfair, skewed community standards on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter leave Black and POC users feeling unfairly targeted. These platforms hide Black businesses and products in algorithms tagged with the word "Black" and label them as inherently political and controversial.
This platform is invitation only. All applicants are screened prior to being invited or they are invited by vetted members within the app. All users are responsible for who they add to the platform. You will always know whether the user you're interacting with is a real person. We are here to build meaningful connections and have progressive discussions.
Our community standards center Black people. Black political and social speech will never be policed on this app unless it encourages intra-communal hate or oppression. Conversely, anti-Black speech will have a zero-tolerance policy. This is directly contradictory to most platforms where Blackness is policed but anti blackness runs wild and free.
The Cookout is about community quality, not community quantity. We make sure that our users know they are appreciated, valued, and heard. Our platform provides a safe space for users to take down the defensive walls they are often forced to create in order to engage on other platforms. The Cookout is a community and a culture, not just an app.
How It Works
A Digital Space Where You Can Just BE
The Cookout has three membership levels, Unverified, Verified, and Premium.
The cookout. To me, it’s like coming home from a long day and catching up with family that I haven’t seen in AGES! Truly a special place 🌹 “
The Cookout is a beautiful, well-crafted, safe-haven of an atmosphere where Black people, their speech, their businesses, and their ideas are protected and celebrated. Since its inception, I have not directly encountered nor seen an instance of racism, anti-Black rhetoric, homophobia, transphobia, sexism, gaslighting, or any other kinds of hate speech; The Cookout, truly is THE social media platform and experience Black people throughout the diaspora have been waiting for to engage! I love this space, this community, for I finally feel like I have found my home.
There are so many reasons why I love The Cookout, but here are just a few reasons. We are a community! Networking, resources, making new friends and supporting each other in so many ways. There is something here for everybody... If you're black!😝 We finally have our own space where we be who we are with no apologies. ✊🏽✊🏾✊🏿
Having a place that is only for black people is the best feeling, ever. The women who have created and curated this space are wonderful. There’s no worry about being invaded by those only seeking to cause strife on social media on the Cookout. It is also up there on functionality to compete with other well known social media apps, and that’s fantastic considering that this is only the second launch. Things can only go up from here!
Whoa, I love the easy and helpful user interface! I'm so excited to be a part of this community. I support this app past the fullest. I'm so glad to have an online community that is a home. This app is our space, created and driven by us, in a world that refuses to acknowledge our existence (as humans). Kudos on the app and I am so excited to see our community become a true community. I highly recommend this app.
I loved the first version of the Cookout App, but I REALLY love this new one!! It's welcoming, straightforward, the topics and groups are great, and it's so soothing and uplifting to be surrounded by a community that is focused on staying moisturized and nontoxic. I never have a bad experience whenever I open the app and I feel more motivated to participate. Truly a gated community and a blessing.
25 COMBINED YEARS OF EXPERIENCE
WE ARE THE COOKOUT
The Cookout's team is comprised of three LBGT+ Black women who are writers, scholars, activists, front end developers, and Adobe recognized digital creatives.
WE'RE REFRAMING SOCIAL MEDIA
Social media has the incredible power to connect you outside of the boundaries and limitations of your geographical location. In fact, the story of The Cookout starts on social media 9 years ago. Learn More HERE