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How Cxmmunity Is Paving The Way One Scholar At A Time

Kenneth J. Williams Jr.

Apr 13, 2022

I'm a cultural critic doing the work to call out anti-Black woman and anti-LGBTQ+ rhetoric.

Representation isn’t just a buzzword; it’s a way of ensuring that individuals see themselves reflected in everyday life, especially those from marginalized communities. That’s exactly what Cxmmunity, a nonprofit organization intent on diversifying the gaming and esports industry, is doing.

Led by founder and CEO Ryan Johnson, Cxmmunity partnered with Verizon for its second annual HBCU Esports League Verizon Celebrity Pro-Am last month, during which students from Historically Black Colleges and Universities came together for a Fortnite tournament alongside a host of celebrities who are also avid gamers. Live-streamed on Twitch, the virtual event also featured the likes of T-Pain, Brett Gray, Tarik Cohen, and more.

For(bes) The Culture caught up with Johnson to discuss the HBCU Esports League Verizon Celebrity Pro-Am, centering diverse voices in the gaming industry and ways Cxmmunity is leading the conversation on opening doors for marginalized voices.

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