BlackCupid is a popular dating service aimed for black singles and others looking for black partners across the world. It’s also open to anyone who is interested in black dating, ebony dating or interracial dating with black people. It provides a friendly and welcoming environment for anyone with a diverse background.
With hundreds of new members signing up each day, and a large online community with unique backgrounds, you will definitely have a lot of matches to choose from. You can browse through the site and find someone who fits your preferences anytime, anywhere.
All members are free to make sparks fly and show interest to any of their matches on this site. But you should keep in mind that messaging other standard members, and keeping in contact with them can get tricky and might come with a price.
The site features an intuitive sign-up proceess, detailed match features, messaging and video chats. The recommended age at this site is 30-50.
Black Cupid lets you sign up via email or Facebook. The process is simple and can be done in minutes. You can join Black Cupid for free within minutes. You just need to follow three simple steps. The first thing you need to do, in order to meet scores of interesting singles, is creating a personalised dating profile. You need to include information about yourself, upload some nice photos of you, and describe, in a nutshell, your preferences regarding romance, and about what your ideal partner would be.
Secondly, you are given the chance to look for other like-minded black American singles living in your area. You can browse thousands of profiles filtering your search by location, lifestyle preferences, and special interests. Finally, you can start communicating with those guys/girls who caught your attention. Basically, show your interest, and if the other person is mutually interested, you can start to knowing each other.
The site lets you choose up to 5 photos from your computer or Facebook, with a few guidelines: your primary photo must clearly show your face, be well lit, and contain no nudity. One interesting guideline states that you must be alone in your primary photo.
In addition to your name and basic details, the profile questionnaire has about 35 questions with drop-down answers. Answers are mandatory for all profile questions. They range from questions on basic appearance (hair and eye color, facial hair, body art), to lifestyle questions (drinking, smoking, marital status, children, occupation, and income), to questions about nationality, political views, religion, and your star sign. There are also 2 text boxes where you are asked to write a short self-summary and a description of what you’re looking for.
Design and usability
The design layout of Cupid Dating is very friendly especially to the majority of their members (30s to 40s). Some millennials may not find its interface attractive because of the lack of gimmick and fancy designs. But its simplicity and the things that the site has to offer actually helps members to focus more on getting to know their matches. The profile information, as well as the other pages, are concise and well-organized. It is easy to navigate and explore.
Black Cupid offers three tiers of membership: Standard, Gold, and Platinum. Standard membership is free and allows you to “send interest” to other members (i.e., “flirt”) and correspond with Gold and Platinum members. Standard members can go to the trouble of writing to another Standard member, but one of the two of you will need to upgrade for the message to be read.
Gold members ($14.99 a month) can communicate with all members of the site, no matter the member grade. And what do Platinum members get for $19.99 a month (or $10 monthly with a one-year commitment)? They can watch video profiles, send and receive video mail, and have their messages translated into the recipient’s language.
Black Cupid’s search functions are relatively bare bones, though there are some advanced search options that allow you to narrow your choices down. On the main page where your matches are shown, you can search by age, location, and distance from that location. The advanced search tab gives you a few more options; you can search for profiles with photos only, you can narrow your searches by “last active,” and you can check general physical traits such as hair color, height, and weight.
Black Cupid’s matchmaking section is by far its most detailed part of the user experiences. Under “edit my profile” you’ll find a Match section with almost 100 topics you can check off in order to better match with other singles.
Overall, the matchmaking tools provide an ample amount of personal traits for you to check off. These will surely help the algorithms find you a compatible match, though the distribution seems a little lopsided, for example the favorite sports section, which is the 2nd largest category and leaves those uninterested in sports blocked from a good portion of the matchmaking functions.
You might ask what makes BlackCupid special compared to other dating websites. Well, aside from the fact that they cater mostly to black singles, they also have cool features that make them stand out.
Beside each user’s photo is a heart icon that you can click to “show interest” in that person without outright contacting them. Members using the free plan are limited to using this feature to communicate interest in one another.
Another feature is the CupidTag, which is similar to a hashtag. You can add certain keywords that will be attached to your profile and help those with similar interests more easily find each other.
Messaging is available for paid users, as are instant messaging and video chats. One interesting feature is the ‘translate’ feature, which will translate languages if you and your match are from different parts of the world. It’s a creative idea that at its best offers another method of connecting people, though it could seem a bit superfluous given that most users are looking for people within their vicinity, and those who message people from other countries aren’t typically the most ideal matches.