How dope would it be if for Black History Month, you saw your favorite NBA player in a custom jersey celebrating the legacy of African Americans? If you ask me, that would be amazing. Good news is that it could soon be a reality. Two young men, Duane Rowe and Jah Meke Rodriguez created and designed a line of NBA jerseys, uniforms and apparel to honor the African Americans who have paved the way for us. And very similar to how the idea of Facebook came about, this idea was born in their dorm room while at UALBANY (my alma mater, let’s go Great Danes!!) They were watching the New York Knicks play, and Amare Stoudemire was shooting a free throw, and then the idea of seeing kente print incorporated within the jersey popped. photo 5.PNGphoto 2.PNG   So why Black History Month? Why not? A time of the year that resonates with African Americans, (kind of similar to the way October is known for Breast Cancer Awareness.) It’s a time where we can hope for the future, and continue to evoke solidarity, strength, and fight. This will be a time to celebrate our culture, spread positivity, and promote awareness and support amongst each other. The jerseys represent knowledge. Each design is dedicated to someone in African American history and is a celebration of their accomplishments. The African kente cloth used represents the design of our true being. That with the combination of basketball which is an influential sport with 80% of it’s players being African American is like a no-brainer. It’s like a new way to spread knowledge about our history while celebrating the culture. photo 4.PNGphoto 3.PNG They have created a petition in hopes of gaining the attention of the NBA commissioner, the players, as well as the owners and can use your help! It is super simple, click here to sign the petition and most importantly don’t forget to spread the word! And to keep updated, follow them on Instagram @nbabhmjerseys

Forever Stripped,

D. Wil xoxo



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