Article by the TBHC News Staff
Published Dec. 21, 2020
An online store has been launched to help support Black communities nationally and globally.
The Black Hats Collective launched its online store on Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2020.
The founder and president of the organization, Dell Hannah, said the store was necessary to create to be a tool to help meet the needs of the Black collective.
“It was another entity that was needed for the community,” Hannah said. “We give a percentage of sales to the community and to help fund different events.”
He said he hopes people support the store and for them to know that there is an organization who has the community’s best interest at heart.
“We want people to know more about the organization and for them to know that there’s an organization that cares about the community,” Hannah said.
There are over 50 t-shirts on the online store that Hannah helped design — a feat that he is proud of.
“I love that we can share positive and conscious messages,” he said. “We need each one to teach one. These shirts can enlighten the people on certain things and can raise their consciousness.”
The online store has received a couple of sales a few weeks after its launch.
TBHC customer Sharron Lenard bought t-shirts and referred the store to other people to support.
“I like the graphics,” Lenard said. “I feel great knowing that my money will be going to the Black community for Black empowerment. I feel good about anything that uplifts my people.”
Arthur Holloway, another TBHC customer, said the t-shirts are a great way for him to express himself.
“They have truthful meanings that vocalize thoughts that express how I feel without having to physically say it,” he said.
Holloway shared that, “Buying Black adds color to life” and more people in the community should support small Black-owned businesses.
“I feel that we should always support small businesses that start in and around our community,” Holloway said. “The support we give not only helps to shape our future but the future of our children, their education, their knowledge, their freedom, their mindset and the likeness thereof to be inspired and an inspiration to others and themselves. When they look back, they can stand proud — front and center — of their own accomplishments because it could be them in need of that same support someday.”
Hannah said supporting the online store will help keep the Black dollar circulating in its communities and provide job opportunities for the people.
“The store can help create jobs and create an income for people so they can have a way to support themselves,” Hannah said. “It’s important to keep the money in our communities to help us economically.”
Hannah shared that there are more items the community can look forward to buying in the future to help uplift Black people as a collective.
“There will be more merchandise, new products, and better messages,” Hannah said. “When the store is making money, we have something to offer to the community. Supporting the store will help uplift the community and help our children. I’m looking forward to support our community through our store.”
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