“I've always said to my men friends, If you really care for me, darling, you will give me territory. Give me land, give me land.”

   - Eartha Kitt, actress

Who We Are

"Wherever Blackfolk are, Black Land Matters!"


Black... Land... Matters... Is a Real Estate Investment Cooperative.


It’s about sustainable stewardship practices of land in partnership with marginalized communities.


Our homes, businesses and green spaces are all under assault. So-called modern progress has depended on exploiting the land, people and resources as if they had no end.


We believe African Diasporic heritage-based communities must come together to pool resources and share our experiences as we reclaim our sacred connection with the Earth.


This is a space to learn, think extensively, rigorously, and personally about the best ways to keep our communities on the land and keep it alive and green for ensuing generations.


To compliment this virtual "think-tank", we've taken the obvious next step of tangible solution. We welcome you to join our Black Land Matters Real Estate Investment Cooperative (BLM-REIC) family by becoming a member for just $50/year. For details click here.

what's news

• Black Land Matters and duende natural announce 2017 tour schedule

Black Land Matters and Duende Naturál announces our return to Costa Rica with three tours for the 2017 season! After an amazing year, 2017 marks our first array of gender-customized tours for ‘the brothers’ and ‘sisters’; and we haven’t forgotten our full family excursions. Each will make you fall in love as we have with the Caribbean coast!
> Read Press Release


• Black Land Matters REIC NOW ACCEPTING membership

The Black Land Matters Real Estate Investment Cooperative invites you to join today! An annual membership of $50 grants you a voting share and access to exclusive cooperative land project listings we have available for participation. To learn more and to join click here.


• Black Land Matters & Duende natural's Egypt on the Potomac Field Trip May 7, 2016

> Read a recap of this field trip here: http://duendenatural.com/tour/may2016recap.html

The Egypt on the Potomac Field Trip is a guided journey through Washington, DC that uncovers secrets hidden in plain sight. Did you know there is information and wisdom embedded throughout the visual make up of the city: in federal building architecture, street alignment, symbols on streets and buildings, and numerical patterns found throughout all of these elements, among others?


By examining this embedded information, and exploring aspects of African mythology, African American, American, and Washington DC history, the Field Trip illuminates the ancient Egyptian influence on the founding fathers of the United States of America, as well as their acknowledgment of the Nile Valley origins of civilization.


The three-hour Field Trip, which is sponsored by IKG Cultural Resource Center and was created by author and cultural historian Anthony T. Browder, consists of video segments and site visits (both on and off the bus). A facilitator guides participants to understand the story of DC’s history that is hidden in plain sight. Educational resources such as DVDs, books, and posters are available for purchase for further study both before and after the Field Trip. See more details.



Nile Valley culture lives in the monuments of the District of Columbia. You will see evidence of ancient Egyptian architecture, symbolism and philosophy that has been embedded in various monuments throughout the city …literally hidden in plain sight. Join us by registering for this trip today! Limited seats available!


Watch his trailer here, register for this trip here: http://duendenatural.com/tour/may2016.html


• black land matters & duende natural's 2017 trips to costa rica

2017 marks a new season of tours to Costa Rica! The Costa Rica Caribbean Experience offers a little something for everyone! We'll have the opportunity to relax on pristine black and and white sand beaches, hike two unspoiled jungle National Parks to view monkeys, sloths and toucans to just name a few of the fascinating creatures we'll be spotting. The Caribbean Coast is the most culturally diverse area in Costa Rica. There's a mix of Afro-Caribbean, indigenous Tico, and foreign culture that mesh together. This year we have two trips scheduled:


• Brothers Health As Wealth Retreat - February 25-March 4 (details)
*This is a male only retreat*


• Womens Caribbean Revitalize Retreat - March 25-April 1 (details)
*This is a female only retreat*


• Egypt on the Potomac Field Trip - May 20 (details)
*This is a family-friendly trip*


• August Family Caribbean Excursion - August 12-20 (details)
*This is a family-friendly trip*


For details on where we're going goto: http://duendenatural.com/tour


• black land matters featured on the Laura Flanders show

September 8, 2015 Black Land Matters' co-founder, Mark Scott joined Weeksville Heritage Center's Tia Powell Harris on the Laura Flanders show on the historic relevance of using cooperatives as a tangible solution to addressing the disparities of POADUS' (People of African Descent in the Untied States) socio-economic opportunities. Watch below:


If you would like to join BLM-REIC but need more time to learn what we are about before you purchase a share:


  Download our Black Land Matters Real Estate Investment Cooperative Members Overview.


   You may complete our pledge card. Here you will be privy to planned projects and shared information.


  Complete our full membership application.


Pledged members are welcome to attend all meetings and participate on committees, but cannot vote or participate in governance until the full membership share is paid.


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