Black-Owned Bank OneUnited Offers the Blackest Royalty Bank Card Money Can Buy

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Just when you thought it couldn’t get no blacker … BLAOW! Turns out that royalty is in more than our DNA; it’s in our ATMs, too.


OneUnited, the nation’s largest black-owned bank, recently announced its latest Royalty campaign to celebrate the power of melanated money. An official OneUnited statement on the Queen card reads:

[F]rom 2007 to 2018, the number of businesses owned by black women grew by a stunning 164%. According to Forbes, in 2018 there were 2.4 million Black women-owned businesses. In almost every sector, Black women reign!

According to Fortune, a 2018 Nielsen report found that the collective buying power of black America is a whopping $1.2 trillion annually, an amount we could get really ingenious with if we stay in formation and support companies that, in return, benefit black issues.

“We agree with Maya Angelou,” said OneUnited President and COO Teri Williams in the statement. “If you’re always trying to be normal you will never know how amazing you can be. We encourage the black community to celebrate the amazing past, present and future Queens in our community.”

The Visa card, available in both king and queen versions, was created by famed Miami muralist Addonis Parker.


“Art to me is a form of extreme communion with God,” Parker writes on his website. “Respectfully and with pride, I am a student of creativity and expression.”

You can watch their blackity-black ass commercial for it below:

Correction: Sept. 22, 2019, 4:23 p.m. ET: This story has been edited to add fuller sourcing.



I would grab that card, and use it at Hermes and Louis Vitton.. Just to piss them off. (tried to buy a Hermes 2002 for the wife 3 months ago, and the sales clerk kept giving me a “Are you sure, this is SOOOOOOOO expensive routine” (nevermind that we buy 200K homes like most buy Friday drinks, so I rolled my eyes and said yes.. and then the manager tried to push me out saying, they think my card (an AMEX Black) was stolen and I should leave (I think you can guess the races involved)... So walked over to the bank, withdrew the requisite funds (in large bills), walked back and said, would that be sufficient, they drooled, and then left saying, you lost my purchase thanks to your VERY inappropriate behavior, went to LV did the dirty deed there, and made a sales lady who didn’t try to belittle me, there VERY happy;