Remember the hashtag #AirbnbWhileBlack?
Well, there may be not one, but two solutions for Black customers who feel discriminated against when they use the homesharing site.
Noirebnb and Noirbnb are new enterprising sites offering an all-encompassing platform aimed at Black travelers all over the world.
USA Today reports that Rohan Gilkes, a tech entrepreneur, conceptualized Noirebnb two weeks ago. Gilkes reached a boiling point when a White friend was offered lodging on Airbnb in Idaho at a home that Gilkes was previously told was unavailable.
“I felt a responsibility to do something,” said the forty-year-old who hopes to launch the service in six weeks. A promotional video posted on Noirebnb says you can “be yourself wherever you are” and offers hosts in 130 countries.
Meanwhile, Ronnia Cherry, 30, and Stefan Grant, 27, created Noirbnb after an Airbnb stay in Atlanta went totally left.
“The next day the neighbors called the police because they thought we were robbing the house. The cops showed up with guns drawn,” Grant says. “Luckily we were able to deescalate the situation.”
Grant posted a tongue-in-cheek response on Twitter to the accusations:
Airbnb flew Cherry and Grant out to their headquarters in San Francisco to discuss the incident.
“We told them it would happen again,” Grant said in an interview with USA Today. “I am not sure if they thought we were joking or if they didn’t take us seriously.” This past weekend, Grant and Cherry announced Noirbnb.
Twitter erupted with joy over the news that Black entrepreneurs decided to take matters into their own hands. Their only beef: the names are too similar.
Cherry agrees that two companies offering similar services could be confusing and confirms she has been in contact with Noirebnb.
“We haven’t reached an agreement, but we are open,” she said.
SOURCES: USA Today | PHOTO CREDIT: Getty, Twitter
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