Tech entrepreneur Cary Wheelous is the genius behind Hayti, a news app site solely focused on amplifying Black voices from around the globe by aggregating articles, videos and podcasts from Black publishers.
The app is named after Hayti, the first Black community to become fully self-sufficient in America, also known at one point as the “The Black Capitol of the South.” The app was founded in 2020 during the height of the Covid-19 pandemic.
In a recent interview with Afro.com, Wheelous talks about the inspiration behind his new application.
“I said to myself, ‘Somebody has to help these Black publishers and these Black newspapers,” said Wheelous, later adding, “Black history has always been important to me,” adds Wheelous. “It’s been, basically, a sort of support system to me knowing what my ancestors did to be able to bring me this far.”
Hayti already boasts the largest selection of Black media, featuring over 200 Black publishers in one app.
“The app is for everybody because everybody wants to know what’s going on in the Black community,” said Wheelous. “For the very first time, everybody can find out what’s happening and what’s taking place in the Black community.”
You can read Wheelous’ full interview over at Afro.com.