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One-stop website brings culture, nightlife to black community

April 27, 2017 06:33 PM

Recent reports say millennials are a group we should all be paying attention to because of their size and influence. They want to live in a place with not only good jobs and great public transportation, but they want a city that offers a culture and nightlife. They’re also quick to start something they feel a city is lacking.

Ada Harper was raised in Schenectady and attended high school there. However, when she returned from college, she wanted more from her hometown.

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"I was looking to expand my social network with new people," she explained.

She says there are a lot of black millennials moving to the area and wanting the same thing.

"I was meeting a lot more professionals of color in the area moving here for these great jobs. I always say people come here for these jobs and they’re killing it at work. Then, they go home and they’re bored to tears," noted Harper.

It's not that there weren't meet-up groups, restaurants, bars and vibrant downtown areas, but they always left her wanting more.

"There were some websites that were posting events going on, but they weren’t speaking about my community. They weren’t speaking about people I knew that were doing great things," pointed out Harper.

So in 2015 she launched the online website 518blk.com, connecting blacks with entertainment, poetry slams and social and cultural events all on one website. She's hoping to put the grapevine out of business.

"It’s funny the thing about this area with a lot of events, it’s like you don't know about something unless you know someone that knows. I’m trying to put a stop to that," asserted Harper.

So far, it seems to be working.

"They love it," Harper exclaimed. "It's just great to have a one-stop shop for the community of color to find events that are relevant to them."


More information:

518blk blog

518blk Instagram

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WNYT Staff

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