BlackPlanet
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Cost Free
Popularity 1.1 million active users
Very popular
Gender make-up Men/women equal
(1 to 1)       
No gender bias

A highly popular social networking site for Black and African American people. Black Planet is a site where you can connect with black people; discuss any topics, share photos, videos and music. For those interested in meeting someone for romance, there's a separate dating section.

Black Planet allows African Americans (i.e. persons of African descent who now reside primarily in the USA) to meet one another for romance, friendship, or simply social networking. Membership is free, and members create a profile that includes photographs and personal information. Once you've joined, there's lots to do: post on forums, search for other members with similar interests, or read a number of informative and entertaining articles that pertain to African American interests.

You can join and organize groups of users that share your interests, look for jobs, and even organize social events. The site offers tools that let you create a personalized network of friends from all over the country. Membership can even help you find a job, as the site offers bulletin boards for employers to post job openings. Of course, this site also offers excellent means of kindling a romance, as there are plenty of tools to find other members who share your interests--and your relationship preferences. Membership is free, but you can access additional site features by earning "member points." The way to earn these points is to contribute to site content, whether by posting photographs of yourself, writing articles, or recommending the site to friends.

By Tara Miller

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