A film producer - director I recently interviewed for a separate non-app project struck an emotional nerve with me by using social media for a noble cause he wants to help.
How did he do it? He used a timely surprise YouTube video to promote healing and understanding.
These are troubled times. In his video producer Chris Bournea challenged content producers to "create diverse works that reflect the multicultural fabric of our society."
This sounds great, but who actually does this on a regular basis?
Outside of the few weeks many feel obligated to participate in women's history month, Black history month, and other 'accomplishment appreciation' moments in selected communities, where is the day-to-day commitment?
I agree with Chris and always have. More of us should follow his lead by embracing his idea.
Our 10 second elevator pitch is derived from our founding focus on "apps, teaching tools, quizzes, and casual games with a multicultural touch."
Are we really walking the walk?
After hearing and watching Chris, we went all the way back to 2013 to find one of our very first Android Apps we've long since pulled out of Google Play.
One thing you'll notice in this 2013 game below is that we used white, black, and Asian avatars without even thinking twice about it.
In this 16 second video with grainy character headshots, you'll see a couple of scenes from Double Header Link Game.
Chris Bournea's idea is as relevant today as it was back in 2013.
Rather than trivialize inclusion, let's invite everyone to the party for an honest cultural mix!
Below I'm with Chris Bournea in a February, 2021 video conversation about his revealing Black history documentary movie. This is not related to his healing and understanding video I referenced above.
You can watch my conversation with Chris about "Lady Wrestler: The Amazing Untold Story of African-American Women In The Ring" on Facebook. Just follow the link.
Chris Bournea with Hugh Smith