WV Fortnite player hosts charity event for Juneteenth
CHARLESTON, W.Va. — West Virginia native Michael Reynolds, known as The Fierce Diva online, will host a virtual charity event called “The Black Cup” in honor of Juneteenth. Reynolds is a professional gamer who streams live on Facebook. He has more than 40,000 followers on the Facebook platform.
The event includes creators from the Black game creation program on Facebook Gaming, which will be participating in a Fortnite tournament to raise funds for Feeding America. Fundraising will be supplemented by Game on Facebook up to $25,000, and the Facebook-owned company, Great will match up to $5,000. Super is a new interactive live streaming platform.
The Black Cup kicks off Friday, June 17 at 2 p.m. ET for a first part, which will be a panel discussion on the meaning of Juneteenth and diversity and inclusion within the online gaming space. This event will take place on the new Facebook Great Platform.
“Streaming and content platforms aren’t always livable for black voices,” Reynolds said, “black culture is fun, vibrant, and unapologetically authentic. The nuances of our culture as black creators don’t match not always to the platform’s algorithms that drive creator distribution and growth, which is why it’s critical that platforms like Facebook Gaming and creators in general continue to celebrate black creators, raise black voices and to normalize black culture in games.
The Fortnite tournament will take place on Sunday, June 19 from 2-11 a.m. ET.
“Through this June 19 event, we hope to not only feed 1 million families through charitable donations, but also significantly bridge the gap between the game industry as a whole, the incredible creativity of game creators black people and their communities,” Reynolds said.
Previously, The Fierce Diva raised funds to provide more than 100,000 meals to West Virginia families through a charity campaign with the Mountaineer Food Bank for Black History Month. He is also in the process of creating esports teams and providing the required equipment at some of the largest high schools in West Virginia.