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A Black company launches website and free iOS app

TRUDY TOMLINSON | 6/27/2013, 1:30 p.m.

James Lewis, co-founder and designer of the site, stated in a press release that people are very happy with the visuals. "My goals were to create an aesthetically pleasing experience for our users and to make sure that the aesthetics reflect the communities we're targeting. All the feedback says mission accomplished."

Jones added that very few websites have a mobile app. They are then either very specific and are not nationally based. "We wanted to bring quality to the site while keeping it clean and simple," he said. "We spend a lot of time with James coming up with designs for the webpage and application because we wanted something that focused on our message."

MCU was released quietly in December 2012, and the first four months were dedicated to listening to feedback and enhancing the user experience. MCU is available now for all iOS devices. An Android app is expected to be released later this year. MCU plans to expand to the San Francisco Bay Area and New Orleans in the near future. They also want to broaden their horizon in expanding to the Carolinas and Indianapolis and internationally to Toronto and London.

"New York is one of our major cities because it has so many activities and so many different things going on, such as plays, workshops and cultural events," said Jones. "We make sure we cover a variety of events there and are really dedicated in raising the awareness of what's going on across the boroughs."