Cheers to stepping outside of comfort zones and really making things happen within the community.
For the past few years, I have always tried to figure out ways that I could expand the conversation of news media through my communications platform: The Conqueror Movement. Many moments have presented themselves, and we’ve addressed many issues that hit close to home, such as the common stereotypes of the African American male, the natural hair movement and how it’s perceived to other cultures, and now the constant discussion of identity and representation of African Americans in news media (their portrayl, stories that often don’t get discussed, stories that aren’t discussed enough, misconceptions, etc.).
Many have also expressed to me that the platform needs a shirt – and people would actually wear it.
But, I wanted to do something different.
I wanted to create a message – a message that people could identify with and be proud of.
So, I reached out to one of my good friends, Devin Green who is a phenomenal graphic designed and illustrator who owns his own clothing company, Style Clothing Co
He created this vision for me based on what I expressed above and the current campaign I was leading “I Am Not My Skin”. Thus, “I am Change, I am not the Problem” was born.
This design was inspired by the voices of many who always seem like they have to explain the importance of their existence because of something as simple as race or gender.
This message couldn’t be more relevant, especially now. By challenging this notion that color tells a lot about who a person is, or gender, we defy what many people begin to call “reality” when it is simply not.
I am hoping that this will not be the end all, be all for The Conqueror Movement, and that we will continue to bring forth many different initiatives and opportunities for conversations like this to occur. This won’t be the last you see of the movement this year, but this is the start of what supporting the initiative looks like. Without you, growth won’t be possible. Invest in the local game changers and change makers.
To support the initiative of the Conqueror Movement by purchasing a t-shirt, click here.