There, they both pursued fencing — Brian was ranked one of the top foil fencers in the state — and they frequently faced off against each another in tournaments, even though Justin is two years older.The brothers say their contrasting personalities have strengthened them as a team.There are some dating sites for black people, more in the vein, but not an app for young black users.Since the Gerrards launched Bae last April, the app’s user base has grown to more than 100,000 people, roughly split between men and women (they won’t give an exact user count).According to the OKCupid analysis, 82% of non-black men on the platform exhibit some form of racial bias against black women.Read More: The problem can go far deeper than an inability to find dates.Brian says friends have shown him screenshots of “being called a n-gger on Tinder. In San Francisco.” Phoebe Boswell, a Kenyan artist living in London, recently created an entire gallery show about the racist insults she has received on Tinder.
Non-black people aren’t prevented from signing up for Bae, as the app doesn’t ask your race when you create an account.
The Gerrards have three full-time and three part-time employees.
They’re not yet making money, but they hope to do so soon, perhaps through advertising.
The Gerrards don’t just want to create a hot app — they also want to help address the low marriage rates in the black community by making it easier for black singles to meet up.
Pew found in 2012 that 36% of black people over the age of 25 had never been married, up from 9% in 1960.
Justin Gerrard speaks quickly, Brian Gerrard speaks slowly.