Sometimes I host a giveaway and wonder — how will my bellas respond to this one? Not so much for the fly giveaway I hosted with Cut It Out Apparel — I know my readers are strong, bold, intelligent women with opinions to share — and Cut It Out’s teeshirts are SO very very Afrobella. Statement shirts!
The brilliant designers of Cut It Out helped me choose 3 lucky winners while I was at Fashion Week. And here they are!
The “Destroy Stereotypes” tee goes to Debbie, who says:
I love the “Destroy Stereotypes” shirt because through out my life I have fought to do exactly that. As an immigrant from Jamaica I fought my teachers in grade school who believed that as a foreigner I wasn’t as smart and did not know english, despite my advanced education gained in the islands. As one of a handful of students of color in a predominantly white affluent boarding school I once again bucked the stereotypes others tried to place on me by not being the token ghetto girl and by beating out most of my class for an acceptance to an Ivy League institution. Even though many claimed it was a result of Affirmative Action I knew it was because of my hard work and prayers. Once in college, I realized that once again my fight would have to continue as I found myself the only woman or the only student of color in my upper level science courses. I was unfazed and continued to work my hardest. Upon returning home from school, I repeatedly met old classmates and friends from my youth who were astonished that I had not fallen victim to the stereotype that my town has of churning out teenage mothers. Now as I enter in my doctoral studies, I realize that my fight against stereotypes will never be over. However, I face each new challenge and “box” that society attempts to place around me as my motivation to succeed.
The My Name is Not… tee goes to Mignon, who says:
Love the destroy stereotypes tee. The message is relevant and timely. Especially now. But, I SO need the “my name is not shorty” tee. I’m short (5 foot even). So I’m short and pretty cute so men think calling me “shorty” is cute. Uh, no no Boo Boo! My name is Mignon. K? Thanks! It frustrates me to no end. Maybe with this shirt, I wont have to breathe any words of disgust. I’ll stop the madness before it starts.
Anyways, thanks for hipping us to this company. Love supporting black owned businesses of relevance.
And last but not least, the CIO Peace tee goes to CoilsnKinks who said :
I am really digging CIO Peace. Its a message I would never hesitate to portray. I think that we should be able to walk around and exude an attitude that is amiable and not be so closed or angry. When we start there we can actively seek peace in our lives and in the lives of others. CIO PEACE!
Thank you SO much, Tirinda and Noricia, for offering your awesome tees to Afrobella readers, and for helping me choose winners at the busiest time of my life!
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Stay tuned, bellas — I’ve got some AWESOME, epic giveaways coming up!