" EACH OF US HAS SO MANY TALENTS, ASSETS, WISDOM, AND POWER TO MAKE THINGS HAPPEN WHEN WE CAN COME TOGETHER TO CHANGE, BEING ANNOYED AT THE OBVIOUS."- TAMIKA MOULTRIE, FOUNDER, GEEK GAME TYTE
Holding a Master System controller at three turned into REDinFamy The Master Geektress. My passion for wanting to discover more people that look like me in this space by changing the narrative. My journey to fulfill that goal began when I started my career in media, delivering news and interviews in the gaming industry, tech, and esports ten years ago.
Interviewing legends from Walter Day, Sundance, Sespo, Developers, Execs, Pro athletes, and Trailblazers with various well-known media outlets. When I discovered the FGC (Fighting Games Community), what I call the heart of Esports, Black and Brown professionals surrounded me in the industry that I yearned to have.
I had the honor to meet and befriend Esports legend Triforce Johnson on the issue of lack of representation in the industry. It was disheartening to learn that his team, Empire Arcadia, the Guinness World Record holder for the most wins as a team owned by a Black man, was never on the newswire as much nor talked about, even by Black news outlets at least. There are many Black-owned organizations and companies within
esports, so why does someone like Drake or Kevin Durant not know of them to invest?
Through my experience in this industry, I learned that there are Black and Brown creators, but our voices are either silenced or hidden. How is it that the Godfather of Console Gaming, Jerry Lawson, a Black Engineer, is now receiving his recognition in this space? Not enough exposure to what my people have contributed to in the STEAM and Geek culture industry inspired me to create GEEK GAME TYTE in 2015, a media company showcasing Black, Hispanic and Native people in the Gaming, Tech, Geek, and Sciences. We contributed to the foundation of it all, and are the breathing culture, yet not the face.
So instead of basking in the words of the ancestor, Fannie Lou, “tired of being sick and tired,” I wanted to change the narrative and create a room full of tables to sit at. A media push for my people to shine, get exposure and educate every one of our existence, not a pledge for acceptance. When you see someone who looks like you, it gives hope, but it ignites that person that they can achieve it at a higher rate.
During the lockdown of the pandemic, I was inspired to create two shows, Hidden Code, a talk show interviewing Black, Hispanic, Native developers, and Innovators in the Gaming and Tech Industries due to the lack of media presence.
Uncovering Black Women in Esports was the next venture that became precious to me because it was my truth, along with so many in this industry, that constantly gets overlooked.
A thread conversation inspired the show on Twitter by the award-winning Champion Pro Tekken Player, Jeannail “Cuddle_Core” Carter, who discussed her disappointment and annoyance of not seeing Black Women spoken of nor showcased in Esports as much as their White and Asian counterparts. When I witnessed this from a fellow Black woman in the industry, I had to do something because I have always felt that same way for a decade. Uncovering Black Women in Esports debuted at PAX Online and continued as an ongoing series to do the job that the industry purposely lacked to provide.
Each of us has so many talents, assets, wisdom, and power to make things happen when we can come together to change, being annoyed at the obvious. To form the platforms needed to educate more. For allies, it is beyond a click, and alike, it is boots on the ground to disrupt for change. As we move more into the digital age, aka “Metaverse,” we as Black and Brown have a stake in STEM, blockchain, crypto, and more, but sharing resources to build together should always be the goal for countless
generational wealth and power.
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