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Cyntoia Brown is Coming Home!

Cyntoia Brown has been Granted Clemency by Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam!

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee governor’s decision to grant clemency to a woman who killed a man when she was 16 had the potential to pit political interests against widespread support for her cause. Yet the governor says the decision came down to doing the “right thing.”

Outgoing Republican Gov. Bill Haslam on Monday quietly issued his decision on Cyntoia Brown, who says she was a sex-trafficking victim. However, the news quickly spread, thrilling criminal justice advocates, celebrities and other supporters who had been fighting for years to help Brown, 30. -via wtop.com

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With everyone in a frenzy over the recent airing of #SurvivingRKelly I can’t help but wonder if that had anything to do with the decision to grant Cyntoia Brown Clemency after serving 15 years. Granted she did kill a man in his sleep at the age of 16, but in the same breath that people are questioning the clemency ruling, they want R kelly in jail or dead for doing the exact same abuse that Brown had been subjected to in her teens. Its a weird take on the matter because who’s to say whether she was right or wrong in killing a man 3 times her age paying her for sex (statutory rape), or if she was coerced by her abusive boyfriend who was abusing and pimping her into sex trafficking. Regardless of all that she just sat in a state pen for 15 years and is finally getting out of her negative situation. She will be freed August 7th 2019, and will be placed on a extremely lengthy 10 year parole. I am going to continue to promote and uplift this young woman because I too believe #BlackGirlsMatter and sex trafficking is wrong, and our judicial system is flawed.

Cyntoia Brown embodies my whole G.O.O.N.S. movement and in no way am I using this woman’s hardships to promote my brand but the total opposite, Im using my brand to spread awareness to my community so they know of the struggles our people go through and situations we make it out of.

tHE sTATE oF fASHION

The State of Fashion Address... *Cues Presidential Band Music*

Being from the DMV area Fashion matters. The world may not know it yet but fashion matters so much in our area's culture. There aren't many fashion icons coming out of our city in comparison to NY or LA or even Chicago which seems to have made a huge imprint in the fashion world as of late with Virgil Abloh, DonC, JoeFreshGoods, and oh yeah Kanye West, but that doesn't mean we don't want a say so in whats hot and whats not. I see a lot of trends begin right in DC/MD and Seeing MD kids like Jay IDK walking in NYFW and Kelow basically the face of the reemergence of Champion. Its a beautiful thing and I believe our area's style has so much more to give the fashion world. I see the inspiration and similarities everyday from things we've done ten plus years ago. Adversely I've also seen how our area has taken on other cities styles and got lost in the sauce so to speak. For example like how I'm hearing DC rappers say "Cap/No Cap" instead of "No stunt", or "you welling", or however you interpret the saying, a lot of monkey see monkey doing going on but I digress.

 Taking the taste that the fly kids create and turns it into a contest of likes and cosigns is something Im not a fan of. Seeing brands being started everyday and pushed onto influencers trying to get the attention from hypebeasts following and liking every post as if the Influencer has a magic wand to make the clothes you gave them for free worth the hyped price on your site; that you charging regardless of shitty quality. Kind of how Vlone got away with using Gildan tees up until Ian Conner exposed them. Or how 2Chainz ran it up and made a mil selling Gildan Xmas Sweaters a few years back by gifting one to every social media influencer before hand for promo.  Social Media Influencers have taking over the power of brands and how they're marketing and can possibly change the taste of a generation. Now I probably will come off as a hater to some because I don't have as many followers and with everything being a popularity contest instead of talent speaking for itself, but I call it how I see it. Ive been apart of this culture way before many of you knew what the difference between haute couture and Streetwear was, and to see the two fusing together now is amazing and enticing as a Designer and Stylist.

Growing up I wanted to be a stylist I wanted to be the guy behind the scenes that could get his hands on any and every brand or garment on the face of the planet. Seeing brands like Louis Vuitton and Supreme collaborate was but a dream 5 years ago and I never thought I'd see stylist get just as much attention as their clients do now. I Also never thought orthopedic shoe silhouettes would catch on *Shrugs* wins and losses. But as a whole I believe our culture is moving forward and allowing more and more people that look like us into the fashion world. I'm excited to see where things will go from here. I love seeing trends unfold, I love creating and I still dream of working with Haute Couture Fashion Houses but I also love the Underground. GoonMilk has its own cult-like following and the support feels genuine. I don't have to be fake to some lame blogger to get sales, or throw a pop up every day of the week, over-saturating the market and watering down my product. Im doing things my way and making it work with what I have. Staying Humble and Hungry and still Getting Out Of Negative Situations. 

rELAPSE

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Turns out I am more attached to Social Media than I thought. After careful consideration and studying my demographics, who visits the site, and how. Its more beneficial to the brand for me to be posting on social networks as well as from the blog. driving traffic to the site is essential to building a culture behind the GoonMilk brand. Showing people the ins and outs of running a brand, networking and reaching out to influencers and other brands are apart of growing a successful brand. And with social media introducing creatives to the world almost instantly, completely leaving social media can stipend your cash flow as well as potential clientele. I lasted a good 7 days without social media but once back on my IG, twitter, and snapchat, I found that my presence and the presence of the brand had been missed on my followers timelines. I still haven't posted anything on my personal pages, trying to abstain from excessive social media usage. But after watching some Gary Vee and Nipsey Hussle youtube videos, I had to get back to pushing content and promoting the brand. Heres a gem I found of them meeting for the first time talking culture and kicking game.

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Saturday December 2nd, 2017.

Day 2 of no social media was not as bad as I thought it would be, having a pop up and not being able to post on social media about it. Instead I sent out texts to endless people and doubled up on Email blasts. Getting back to actually reaching out to people instead of relying on others to see an IG post or Tweet. 

The Pop Up was dope, a lot of creative minds and entrepreneurs trying to get their brands off the ground. I used to get excited for pop ups but now it’s strictly business and trying to be as professional as possible. Engaging with the potential customers and handing out endless business cards and stickers.  

Got some great footage and Jordan came by and got some shots of me in Entrepreneur mode. Made a few sales and networked with a few other brands, so it was definitely a success. Shoutout to the Carryout for having me and my brand. And a huge thank you to those who came out and gave their time or money towards the brand. Support is always appreciated. 

Recap video will drop soon! 

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Day 1.

First day without social media was actually a breeze, I thought I would at least have to look up a number and re download IG or something but nah not even an ounce of social media withdrawal in the first 24 hours. I spent the majority of the day out in the city shooting some new outerwear I've been working on.

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Staying busy and reaching out to people is key. I have a pop Up Shop tomorrow at The Carryout DC, Its a new retail/Event space on Rhode Island Avenue. Almost directly across the Street from The Museum Shop another of my favorite local black owned businesses giving the city more Art, Fashion, Culture and Opportunities. The Carryout gives a "street" vibe in my opinion. A more underground feel to it, being just opening, and actually resembles something close to a DC carryout, a staple in any DC hood. The space is intimate but big enough for a Pop up to be poppin'. Tomorrow should definitely be a good time and I hope some of you G.O.O.N.S. make it out. Got some dope custom made pieces available and some old favorites. 

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Private Stock Pop Up

2209 Rhode Island Avenue Washington DC

Saturday December 2nd 2017 6-10pm