Mythbusting Game Night: An Intro to our Blog

I'm starting this blog with some Usher vibes and a confession: I've never watched 'Mythbusters.' But I've got my list of game night myths that keep people from using the power of play to reduce stress and potentially prolong life. These myths might sound like truths, but it's time to set the record straight.

 

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Myth 1: “Games Are for Kids”

Think games are just for kids? Think again! Games are for bosses, too. Adults, CEOs, and the 200 million people who tune into the Super Bowl every year know that games are the ultimate way to build community and reduce stress. They boost leadership skills, spark creativity, and strengthen professional networks. Ever wonder why corporate leaders seal deals on the golf course? Historically, Black people and women haven’t always been invited to the fun. That’s where our signature game, Trap Snatch, comes in, creating a new lane for us to reap the benefits of play.

Myth 2: “I Don’t Have Time to Play Games”

No one has time to play games with friends anymore, right? Well, I do—it’s my business. Even if you’re not getting paid to play, scheduling just one game night with family and friends can pay off in other ways:

  • Meaningful Connection: Technology makes it easier to connect, but according to Mintel, Black people still feel more disconnected. Games are a great way to get your Erykah Badu on, make people put their phones down, and truly connect.
  • Reduce Anxiety: Anxiety is at an all-time high, especially among Black women, according to NBC. Playing games releases endorphins, reduces stress, and helps you perform better in all areas of life.
  • Exercise Leadership: What's the most important leadership skill? Conflict management. I've seen it firsthand playing Trap Snatch with thousands, from corporate leaders to church youth groups. Everyone gets petty! Game nights are a fun way to practice this skill. Ever been to a game night without a bit of conflict? If you have, you probably weren’t doing it right! 

With all these benefits, the real question is: can you afford not to make time for fun and games? 

 

Myth 3: Learning Black History is Boring

Any topic can be boring if it's not taught in a way that supports your learning style. But there is no greater source of power than knowing your heritage. I feel empowered when I remember that I share a heritage with legends like Sojourner Truth, Shirley Chisholm, Madame CJ Walker, and Claudette Colvin. If any of these names are new to you, you’re not alone. I didn’t learn about them until well into adulthood. These names are often left out of educational curricula and mainstream media.

Studies show that most people don’t retain information from reading and lectures. I can attest to that with over 10 years of experience as a professor. That’s why I created Trap Snatch—an innovative way to spark conversations and help you better understand your past and present. Our Black History 365 edition of Trap Snatch is as wildly fun as it is unapologetically Black, helping you see your history in a new light.

Now that you know the truth, give yourself permission to play, have fun, and let your hair down. 

Let me know in the comments if you have another myth about game night we can bust together  

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Where Can You Find Our Next Game Show Experience?

I’m thrilled to announce that we’ll be hosting game nights at The Black Women’s Expo in Chicago! Join us for an epic three days filled with fun and laughter. Stop by our booth and play a round of Trap Snatch with us!

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