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B'Bop and Friends Wants More Black Representation In Educational Gaming

The gaming industry has skyrocketed over the past decade and one mother-daughter duo want in on the multi-billion dollar industry. B’Bop and Friends, created by Grefonda Hardy and her daughter Noelle Hardy, is an educational video game that helps children with their reading and writing skills. Grefonda says she wanted black kids to be able to play the game and see themselves in the characters and their experiences. “I wanted it to be authentic,” Grefonda Hardy said. “I wanted the game to be from the African American perspective.” The game features two male and two female characters whom all have their own storylines. Each character has their own room where they can participate in games and activities that enhance players’ reading skills. B’Bop and Friends also has multiplayer games including tennis and basketball. “It was important for me to make the game for today’s child,” Grefonda Hardy said. An app developer by trade,  Grefonda Hardy designed B’Bop and Friends herself.  Since...

Dec 17, 2018