Russell Wilson Introduces Clothing Line “Good Man Brand”

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Quarterback for Seahawks, boyfriend of Ciara and general nice guy Russell Wilson has launched clothing line called “Good Man Brand.” Wilson offers contemporary styles with a hefty price tag with the prices ranging from $88 to $348 for blazers, shirts, tees, polos, pants, shorts, sweatshirts, and shoes. Wealth is not the only factor for the clothing line but also philanthropy. For every purchase, $3 donated to the Why Not You Foundation, a charity also created by Wilson that focused on “empower[ing] change in the world, one individual at a time, and one child at a time.” Pay for an expensive shirt and help the world with Russell Wilson.

The Black Vote

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Pandering to the minority voters is standard practice when election season comes around. Doing the latest urban dance moves, attending historically black colleges and universities and repeatedly referencing the detrimental effects the War on Drugs caused for black men and women. All and all, it comes down to believability and relatability.

President Barack Obama brought the highest black voter turnout for the 2008 and 2012 election. Being the first black nominee for a major party then becoming the first black U.S. President, President Obama offered hope and opportunity embodied in his first campaign slogans, “Yes We Can” and “Change.” Simply being black did not seal his fate with black voters as demonstrated by the lack of support given Herman Cain in 2012 and Ben Carson in 2016.

Sexual misconduct scandals, proclaiming that black democrats were “brainwashed” and comparing social security to slavery were just some of the of the problems that plagued Cain’s road to presidency. He was the Donald Trump of 2012 with controversial statements and alienating crusades. Being out of touch seems to be the largest problem facing GOP candidates who disregard to racial disparities that affect minorities socially and economically.

Even for Democrats, pandering the black vote can be hard. Hillary Clinton is working overtime with references to her time spent with Black superstars Beyoncé and Jay-Z while Bernie Sanders highlighted his arrest in 1963 during a demonstration protesting the city’s segregated schools. With Black Lives Matters continuing to press on, being able to understand and relate to movement is another crucial point.

Donald Trump is the leading GOP candidate though the party vehemently can’t stand him. Bernie Sanders has the youth rallying for socialism. Political memes are flooding social media and facts have become commodities rather than necessities. Getting that black vote requires more than slang and eating soul food but empathizing and understanding that being Black in America is not always easy while also coming up with solutions to deal with the violence, poverty, racism and other issues plaguing the Black community without simply blaming hip-hop and violent video games.

Black History Month

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Garrett Morgan discovered a formula that could straighten hair, created and patented the predecessor gas mask in 1914, launched an prominent African-American newspaper, Cleveland Call, in 1920 and patented an improved traffic signal with three options, go, slow down and stop rather than two in 1983 and he ultimately sold it to General Electric for $40,000, a significant amount at the time. Mae C. Johnson was the first African-American woman astronaut to go to space , a dancer, an actress, a doctor, a college professor and holds numerous accolades from her career that began in 1973 when she graduated high school with honors then went to Stanford before flourishing and making history. In 2001, Robert Johnson, creator of Black Entertainment Television became the first African-American billionaire.

History continues to be made for African-Americans. Rihanna became the first Dior campaign star in 2015. Lebron James was the first black man on Vogue and the first lifetime contract at Nike. Besides being the first African-American to be World No. 1 in 2002 and being a key advocate for equal prize money for men and women players in tennis, Venus and sister Serena were the first African-American women to have an ownership stake in a NFL franchise. To name a few of the many record shattering feats Beyoncé, she was the the first African-American woman to win the ASCAP Songwriter of the Year award in 2001 and the first female to receive the International Artist Award at the American Music Award in 2007.

Not to limit ourselves to entertainment,  African-Americans have made many feats in recent history. Father and son, Troy and Chase Reed, created the world’s first sneaker pawn shop with $30,000 inventory/collection, social media and a dream. What started as a way to deal with bullying, skyrocketed Egypt Ufele to fame with her line, Chubiiline, being debuted in New York and Atlanta at the tender age of ten in 2015.

Black History Month will soon be over but black history will never stop being made. Black women continue to lead in entrepreneurship and education attainment. Black Lives Matters has made history with its mission of ending police brutality. Laverne Cox is crusading for LGBT rights and making history in the progress with TRANSform Me making her the first African-American trans woman to produce and star in her own TV show and being the first open transgender to appear on TIME, among other feats.

Regardless of the month, black excellence will continue to shine and prosper. Acknowledge the growth and seek out improvements. Remain unapologetically black. Work with Rihanna. Get in formation with Beyoncé. Stand with Kendrick Lamar. Record your passions with Ava DuVernay. Talk politics with Anthony Foxx. Invest with Charles Hudson. Just don’t be stagnant.