The Declaration of Equality – Teamebonyte – 1

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“Do not call for black, white or green power. Call for brain power.” –Barbara Jordan (an American politician and a leader of the Civil Rights movement. She was the first African American elected to the Texas Senate).

Till today most of our peers and acquaintances feel its far-fetched to have taken “Equality” as our main driving force, at some point it does feel like we cant make an impact as vast as we expected, we cant touch as many lives as we hoped to, but it starts somewhere, the ills of stereotype and classification based on color or religion still plagues us till today, its not gone away and it doesn’t seem like it will soon. But, since we approached it through apparel (since fashion trends cut across dividing lines) that appeals to the age group we intend to enlighten, its a much wiser approach to a problem that seems to stem from parenting and influences.

A vivid reminder is the murder of drummer Lee Rigby, in broad daylight in the busy Woolwich area of London. The 2 men that committed the murder felt it was justified “under their own version of the Islamic religion” to kill. One said “We swear by almighty Allah we will never stop fighting you until you leave us alone. Your people will never be safe. The only reason we have done this is because Muslims are dying by British soldiers every day.” , But there are British soldiers as well losing their lives in efforts to restore peace in these areas, and still reinforcements get called in and casualties keep piling up. Who avenges these murders then?.

“An eye for an eye” he said after he had committed the murder, In acknowledgement that he had avenged on behalf of the Muslim religion but Khaled M. Abou El Fadl (the Omar and Azmeralda Alfi Distinguished Professor of Law at the UCLA School of Law ) asserts that “There is not a single verse in the Quran that calls for an unmitigated, unqualified, or unreserved obligation to fight the unbelievers.” According to Esposito and Mogahed, the Quran balances permission to fight the enemy with a strong mandate for making peace: “If your enemy inclines toward peace, then you too should seek peace and put your trust in God” (Quran 8:61).

Further, Muslims are commanded not to be aggressive: “Fight in the cause of God those who fight you, but do not transgress limits; for God loveth not transgressors” (2:190) In addition, when the enemy inclines toward peace, Muslims are commanded to cease hostilities: “But if the enemy incline towards peace, do thou (also) incline towards peace” (8:61). The guiding principle of Islam with respect to non-Muslims is one of tolerance and mutual respect, plain and simple: “God does not forbid you from dealing kindly and justly with those who do not fight you for (your) Faith nor drive you out of your homes: for God loveth those who are just.” (60:8)

“We must call for brain power” to understand that at the days end we really are just a grain of sand on a seashore, a live lost is a live lost, Christian, Muslim or Hindu, to someone, that’s a brother/sister/son/dad/husband or wife they’ll never meet again. “We must call for brain power” to understand that at the days end we really are all … equal.

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KTS-TV freestyle

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We grew up listening to hip hop, its in almost every street and every home, so is freestlyling. It is art and thought combined into lyrics, From Manchester, England – Devaughn Trey drops hard lyrics on this cipher, and he does it in his custom fit Ebonyte tee. Hope you guys enjoy and replay it as much as we did.
Representing Equality Allday.

Think before you Ink (unedited)

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98th & trillville

Hey bro

You alright?

Though to share this with you

Tattoos : there really isn’t any need to define the word, we’ve all seen a few, large sleeves with detailed art, a small bird inked behind a lady’s ear. They come in different shapes and sizes, some look like works of art and precision, some like a sketch a 2 year old had drawn.
Recently there’s been a sharp rise in the number of people tatted, it seems like everyone’s getting one these days and being someone who already has 3, at 22, I’m grateful mostly because a long sleeve shirt will cover all 3 up perfectly, a lot of people cant say that, still i regret more now, at some point if practically you were to look at it, it became more popular when stars and celebrities all seemed to be getting inked, i’m not pointing the blaming…

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I am not my hair

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98th & trillville

India Arie
Bro what’s good

With music these days, anything goes, it doesn’t have to have a message in it, all that’s required is to know the wordings to any song with a good rhythm to it, so as to seem in the know and “current”…

This was one of the songs we watched on tv back in 2005, that definitely deserves a listen even today.
i hope this one would cheer’s you up like it did me – India Arie’s – I am not my hair

enjoy 🙂

“Little girl with the press and curl
Age eight I got a Jheri curl
At Thirteen I got a relaxer
I was a source of so much laughter
At fifteen, it all broke off
Eighteen i went all natural
February 2002
I went on and did
What I had to do.
Because it was time to change my life
To become the women…

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Carry on and be grateful.

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98th & trillville

Hey bro

How were the holidays?

Penned some new stuff down i have to share with you

It took growing up, to realise that in every situation there are always more things to be grateful for than not, we are all just programmed by default to complain and ponder about the problem longer than its imminent solution, instead of being grateful for what we all have ( life ) and face the solution to a problem with a clearer head. Life is golden, it is the only assured gift of hope, with no price tag on it – be grateful.

So when asked – I’m grateful for My God, My Family, My Team and My Booboo … the reason being, in our daily lives, we must realise that it is not happiness that makes us grateful, but gratefulness that makes us happy.

Later bro

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What is Ebonyte please?

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The Ebonyte Blog

Where better to start than at the very beginning?

Ebonyte is a word that we coined to mean – self-esteem, it’s simply a  feeling of content in one’s own-self, against classification. that’s practically the simplest way to put it, although its meaning has changed over time to signify a melting pot of similar people from all over the world with the same beliefs.

Ebonyte is Anti-stereotype? Yes, but not vulgar or aggressive (check out the full details at ebonyte.com/aboutus) instead we “represent” ( individually always have a sense of pride in our origins, nationalities etc. )  through our apparel, and as such unify through SWAG (something we’ve all got)  that’s what breaks the boundaries of stereotype. It takes times to understand but the concept behind Ebonyte is really simple 🙂

Ebonyte is a clothing company too? Yes, the word is aptly used to signify our style of apparel and our approach to unifying…

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