I’m SekouWrites. I’m an author (check out the books page) 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.
I decided to call the short video Brown Boy Bad. 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.
I also made a deal with someone to create bracelets that would raise money and awareness for the Brown Boy Bad project. Later, 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, “H*ll 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 for social justice via my growing network of charity partners. Since I’m an automotive journalist, I try to donate to organizations in the automotive industry
Anyway, I’m enjoying this new and unexpected journey! Hope you’ll join me.