CINCINNATI, Ohio — For the past 10 years, Originalitees in Cincinnati has been the home of clothing that promotes city and state pride.
And now with the recent Black Lives Matter movements happening across the state, CEO and Owner Khisha Asubuhi says she wanted to do more.
What You Need To Know
- Originalitees recently rolled out its 'Cincinnati Believes Black Lives Matter' t-shirts
- Proceeds go towards Cincinnati Bail Fund and Obama Foundation My Brother's Keeper Alliance
- Shirts can be ordered online
“I thought why don’t I use what we have,” said Asubuhi. “Why don’t we create shirts that displays how people feel in the city? So that’s how we came up with ‘Cincinnati Believes Black Lives Matter’.”
Asubuhi says purchasing one of these shirts is another way for people to show city pride, and "it’s a simple way that somebody can show how black lives matter,” she said. “This is something that’s important in our city, in our country and heck, it’s happening in other countries and things like that.”
And not only is Originalitees showing their support for the Black Lives Matter movement, but they are also showing their support for other community organizations.
“I wanted to be able to give money back to some organizations that have their feet on the ground and that’s why we’re giving 20 percent to the Cincinnati Bail Fund and some of it’s going to the Obama Foundation My Brother’s Keeper,” she said.
She says it’s important to give back to organizations like the Cincinnati Bail Fund, which is helping bail out protesters, because it further supports the message of Black Lives Matter.
“We have been seeing a lot of people arrested for protesting and things like that,” she said. “We seen that Beloved Community Church was doing more so that’s why we chose this organization.”
If you would like to purchase a shirt you can do so by visiting their website.
Shirts will also be available for purchase in person once the store officially opens in the next couple of weeks.
“We’ve had to redirect our focus kinda on this project,” she said. “So it has kind of taken away from opening and things like that. But we’re trying really hard to reopen our doors by the end of the month.”