I’m SekouWrites. I’m an author and a journalist (see the blog) but around 2016, I started making bracelets. For each item I sell, I give 10% to a cause or nonprofit. So, how did I end up making bracelets? It’s a LONG story, lol! See below.
I’m an automotive journalist — while filming a test drive car review for SimplyRides.com, my passenger and I were accosted by two white men.
Because of this unpleasant interaction, our video ended up being more about racism than the car we were test-driving. Later, it was accepted into the Roxbury International Film Festival. Eventually, I started a GoFundMe campaign in an effort to turn that short video into a documentary film but, sadly, I never achieved that goal.
I also made a deal with someone to create bracelets that would raise money and awareness for the project. Later, only to reduce my overhead, I learned how to make the bracelets myself. Once I did, people started asking me to make custom bracelets.
Initially, I said, “Uh … heck no, I’m a writer!”
But people kept asking. After a while, I finally gave in and ROCKS BY SEKOU was born.
Since it originally began as a way to fund a social justice project, I decided to keep using my new jewelry platform as a vehicle for social impact in the African-American community.
That said, 10% of the purchase price of each item is donated to a nonprofit working in the space of mental health for Black men. Check out my charity page for more info about why.
Anyway, I’m enjoying this new and unexpected journey! Hope you’ll join me.