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This post was pulled from the archives and originally posted on September 15th, 2014
"What a difference a year can make"...is how I wanted to start this post, but sadly I cannot. A year after the first African-American Journalists post and things are still the same. We hardly have any representation in games media and this year's E3 proved that we still have a long way to go on the development front. But the games industry isn't alone, even tech companies like Google have published company statistics in an attempt to bring more light to the subject. And after the events of #gamergate, people who love games have found themselves dealing with growing pains. It is these growing pains that make me wonder if our energy would be better served creating our own platform.
While you are reading this article do me a favor.
- Open up a new tab in your browser
- Visit your favorite major gaming outlet
- Find the staff section
- Count the number of African-American writers on staff
How many Af-Am writers are employed at your favorite gaming outlet? If you aren't satisfied with your answer you can visit another site and follow the steps listed above. Did you find any this time?
I have often wondered why I do not see more African-American writers on the staff of popular video game websites. I know that we exist.
Update: This morning, May 21st, A Jordan 6 Carmine Restock actually landed on the SNKRS app as well as Nike.com
When Nike first unveiled the SNKRS app I thought it was simply to combat Adidas during All-Star Weekend. While Nike usually enjoys the spoils of free reign during All-Star Weekend, this year Adidas was making moves. A Yeezy Boost release overshadowed many of Nike's releases and Adidas announcement of a mobile app was icing on the cake. Of course Nike wasn't going to rest on its laurels. In response to the news, Nike released its own app for dedicated Nike fans- the SNKRS app. Built to be "invite only", the app was created to help people get kicks during All-Star Weekend with a promise of more to come.