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Constantly. Reaching. Inspiring. Motivating. Everyday. Society. From hoodies to track sets, everything that this fashion apparel brand sells highlights current and past events in U.S. history that are teachable moments. The goal is to remind people about what is going around them and ultimately motivate and inspire them to make a difference. Their revolutionary fashion has been worn by celebrates including ice Cube and Jermaine Dupri and was also worn by Issa Rae on her TV show “Insecure.” CRIMES crimes.online @crimes_ DISTINCTLY DC distinctlydc.com @distinctlycreative A platform committed to promoting and advocating for black creatives and entrepreneurs looking to broaden their skill sets and reach. Distinctly Creative offers a black creatives directory, events, #BlackCreativeMagic contest and web series and t-shirt line. Every facet of the platform was created with the intent of reinforcing to the world that representation matters. Actor Gbenga Akinnagbe started this lifestyle brand to inspire people to act. Simple as that. The women’s and men’s apparel and accessories highlight liberation dates of nations around the world, in order to unite all types of people as global citizens in a common struggle for freedom in all of its forms. By intersecting art, culture and politics, the brand hopes to fuel humanity and create change in the world. The brand additionally has a philanthropic component that has been supported by an array of celebrities, as 15% of sales from its “Our Son Trayvon” line go to the Trayvon Martin Foundation. DUA LIPA | store.dualipa.com | Dua Lipa is an English singer, songwriter and model. In 2017, she successfully made the U.K.-to-U.S. pop crossover while still maintain her artistic vision. Part of that vision included her own apparel and accessories merch. LIBERATED PEOPLE weareliberated.com @liberatedpeople @dualipa Her glam-meets- tomboy style is reminiscent of the 90s and carried throughout the line. Much of the line is inspired by her track “New Rules,” which gained acclaim as an anthem against the F-boys of the world. This collaborative strategy company connects with brands, businesses and events that encourage passion and purpose. They believe life is black and white – straight up straightfor- ward. Their motto, “Shut Up Keep Grinding,” reflects this, en- couraging their target of young professionals to omit excuses as they overcome obstacles. made-magazine.com | 25 GRIND MATCH Grindmatch.com @GrindMatch