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The invitation-only, exclusive, Black online community.

Are you tired of being banned on social media for… being Black? Have you ever been harassed by a racist, sexist, or homophobe and been informed they weren’t “against community standards”? Does it affect your mental and emotional health? Does it make you feel unsafe, silenced, or dismissed? Don’t you ever want to just be with people who understand you?

Enter The Cookout Online. The Cookout was created by three Black, LBGT+ Women who meet via social media, who, like you, were tired of being targeted for online abuse for having the audacity to embrace their identities loudly and proudly. As entrepreneurs, they understood and acknowledged the importance of having a public social presence for entrepreneurial pursuits, but they also wanted a place where people like them could engage in social media safely. A digital home. Thus, The Cookout was born to address the pain points many Black users experience with larger social media apps.

A few months and hundreds of 5-star app store reviews later, The Cookout is flourishing as a unique, invitation-only, social media experience where Blackness is celebrated, not tolerated. Cookout users report:
- higher satisfaction with social interaction on The Cookout than other social media apps
-a feeling of safety, intimacy, and community
-a feeling of being heard and valued by the creators of the platform

...all of which were missing from their social media experience prior.

Our community values of Authenticity, Community, and Afrocentricity create an online experience like no other and with community standards that center the diaspora, users hardly ever run afoul of "Cookout jail".

Are you reading this and thinking, “Man I can totally relate”?
Great! Come on over and apply for The Cookout today.

What’s New

Version 1.47.7

We update the app regularly to deliver a beautiful, smooth, and bug-free experience. This new version includes experiential, performance, and security improvements as well as bug fixes. Enjoy the community!

Ratings and Reviews

4.6 out of 5
126 Ratings

126 Ratings

lioconvoy32 ,

Awesome networking app

This app is wonderful. It’s aesthetically pleasing. You can tell someone took the time to put thought into how it would look on the screen. It’s easy to use, intuitive, without requiring instructions on how to, where to, etc. With all of the social networking apps available these days, these two things are important. Do I want to use it? Can I use it without a manual? Yes to both.
The best thing about this particular networking app is the network included with it. It’s a beautiful space for beautiful melanated people. Best network out in these eStreetz.

MusicHead2011 ,

The Cookout is the best social media app period.

The Cookout is THE app for the Black community. You won’t have to worry about racists, anti-Black rhetoric, gaslighting, 6fs, or ashiness here. The community is wholesome and has an empathetic atmosphere of supporting one another. The app is sleek and well-designed and offers a lot of features and a variety of community based groups you can join as well. Streaming is available, the ability to share pics/gifs/videos is there, and much more! Join this high quality app today and converse with such amazing Black people!

Ess-o ,

Looooove IT!!!

I love what these women have put together. The app works so seamlessly and anyone can easily navigate through it. I love how this space is inclusive and safe for everyone who is a part of it. I really wish the other social media apps would follow they lead on their guidelines. Not only do they do amazing work, they put their all into this platform and the ppl that are on it. They are dedicated to their craft and I’m so happy I found myself in this place. Literally the best place on the internet. Keep doing amazing work ladies.

App Privacy

The developer, Uppity Negress LLC, indicated that the app’s privacy practices may include handling of data as described below. For more information, see the developer’s privacy policy.

Data Used to Track You

The following data may be used to track you across apps and websites owned by other companies:

  • Identifiers

Data Linked to You

The following data may be collected and linked to your identity:

  • Contact Info
  • User Content
  • Identifiers

Data Not Linked to You

The following data may be collected but it is not linked to your identity:

  • Identifiers
  • Usage Data
  • Diagnostics

Privacy practices may vary, for example, based on the features you use or your age. Learn More


  • Family Sharing

    With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.

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