Your favorite rappers soda out. The commercialization of Hip Hop continues with Sprite.

Sprite, a Coke a Cola company launched an interesting soda campaign featuring some of your favorite rappers. The campaign is promoting 16 limited Sprite cans with lyric quotes from Drake, Nas, Rakim Allah and Notorious B. I. G. on the cans. So Lets break it down.

Drake:
Although he is the most current rapper in these advertisements we can’t even believe the Sprite Marketing team would have the guts to position Aubrey Graham as though he is the top rapper ever. Sorry Sprite but this Jewish actor from Degrassi didn’t start from the bottom and he still not there lyrically to be in the same sentence as Rakim, Nas, or Notorious B. I. G..
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The way Sprite positioned the campaign, it appears to any youngsta that Drake is the king of Hip Hop…and he’s not. #1 rap songs don’t make you the king considering radio programers basically know nothing about the culture and are influenced by guess who…Sprite advertisement money. This is wack on too many levels.


 

Nas:
The Homie from Queens is definitely a lyrical genius and rightly so, but have you ever looked at Nas?…he looks like he doesn’t age. Drinking Sprite or any soda will not prolong your beauty or increase your rhyme skill. It will only make you a funky diabetic. Go ask Phife dawg. Nas told us he was highly influenced by Rakim so we are sure Nas didn’t know his name would go in front of his mentor.
rappers soda out to sprite_nas


 

Rakim:
Hey Sprite his name is actually Rakim Allah…but we’re sure that didn’t go well with the campaign. We all followed the leader because he took the average party nursery type rhymes of the early 80’s and created his brand of prophetic / scientific / strong black male / five percent inspired / positive / Langston Hughes type lyrics to the masses. He should never be on the bottom of any hip hop list because he is the God of Hip Hop. Rakim is regarded as one of the most influential and most skilled MCs of all time. The only rapper in this campaign to be nominated for induction into the Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame…so tell us again why he is not on the top?

“While thinking of a Master plan,
(Sprite said) we gotta put a can inside his hand…now he’s paid in full (echo).”
rappers soda out to sprite_rakim


 

Notorious B. I. G.
No disrespect but somewhere Biggie’s Mom is cashing a fat check with no idea of the effects of this campaign. Somebody please tell Ms. Voletta Wallace don’t let them sell diabetes to black youth with your son’s legacy.
rappers soda out to sprite_BIG


 

Lastly, all soda is BAD…not Michael Jackson bad, but it will kill you Bad. Don’t drink Sprite or any sugar laced soft drink…obey your thirst by getting something that flows better than any MC… spring or alkaline water (not tap or purified). Peace.

Nation19 new issue: The food Issue.

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Bill Cosby’s innocence, Hollywood Pedophiles, and why all people don’t think alike.

While everybody is talking about accusations there are real rapist in Hollywood we should all be aware of, but mainstream media chooses to sweep their stories under the rug. On December 11th we published “Wilhelmina Model offered $15,000 to Destroy Bill Cosby Comes Forward” and received hundreds of thousands of views on our site and and close to two million views on Facebook. It appears that most people feel the Bill Cosby accusers could be a scam. While the major news outlets are hyping up allegations on Bill Cosby that are most likely not true… THERE ARE REAL RAPIST IN HOLLYWOOD!

Hollywoods best kept secret has been turned into a documentary Directed by acclaimed filmmaker Amy Berg. But this documentary is only the tip of the iceberg. We researched a few very powerful people in hollywood… here are a few.


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Woody Allen

His movies are really funny but his family is not laughing. Recently (2014) he was awarded Golden Globe lifetime achievement award. His net worth is about $65 Million.

What they say he did and what he did:
Woody Allen’s ex Mia Farrow found naked pictures of their adopted daughter Soon-Yi among Woody’s belongings. After he breaks up with Mia Farrow Woody Allen marry’s the teenage Soon Yi at 56.

His other daughter
Allen had been in therapy for alleged inappropriate behavior toward Dylan Farrow (Mia’s other daughter) with a child psychologist before the abuse allegation was presented to the authorities or made public. Mia Farrow had instructed her babysitters that Allen was never to be left alone with Dylan. Allen was accused of molesting Dylan when she was 7 years old.
His daughter Dylan Farrow who accused him of molesting her wrote a full letter that didn’t get to much hype from the press. Here it is. 

This is what Ronan Farrow (Woody Allen’s son who is a journalist w/ MSNBC/NBC) said after watching his Golden Globe tribute. (ouch!)


Brian Singer
Brian Singer

Brian Singer:
You might not know his name but you know his movies. The 49 year old director has a net worth of $70 Million and X-Men: Days of Future Past made close to a billion dollars worldwide since its release in May 2014. He is openly Gay and has been spotted on many occasions at wild gay parties with attendees such as Mogul David Geffen who is also gay.

Some of His Movies:
1995 The Usual Suspects
2000 X-Men
2006 Superman Returns
2011 X-Men: First Class
2013 Jack the Giant Slayer
2014 X-Men: Days of Future Past
1998 Apt Pupil *

What he is accused of doing:
Mr Singer has been accused of sexually assaulting a 17-year-old boy. The lawsuit filed in federal court in Hawaii, plaintiff Michael Egan, was 17 when he was forced to perform various sexual acts which include alleged forced oral and anal intercourse with Singer during the late-1990’s. The court papers allege Singer “manipulated his power, wealth, and position in the entertainment industry to sexually abuse and exploit the underage Plaintiff through the use of drugs, alcohol, threats, and inducements which resulted in Plaintiff suffering catastrophic psychological and emotional injuries.”

His Life imitating his Art:
In the film Apt Pupil, Bryan Singer filmed a shower scene at Eliot Middle School in Altadena, California on April 2, 1997, and two weeks later, a 14-year-old extra filed a lawsuit alleging that Singer forced him and other extras to strip naked for the scene. Two boys, 16 and 17-years-old each, later supported the 14-year-old’s claim. No charges were brought against the director. The films final scene shows the main character a 16 year old teenage boy blackmails his schools counselor into silence by threatening to accuse him of making inappropriate sexual advances towards him. 


Roman Polanski
Roman Polanski

Roman Polanski:
Most of the homies in the hood have never heard of him but he is an Academy award winning Director with 81 awards and 51 nominations. He has a net worth of 45 Million and is currently directing a new movie in Poland.

Some of his Movies: 
2015 The Stalking Moon
2002 The Pianist
1974 Chinatown
1968 Rosemary’s Baby *

What he did:
In March 1977, Mr. Polanski was arrested and charged in Los Angeles for drugging and rapping a 13-year-old girl Samantha Gailey five times. The actual charge was rape by use of drugs, perversion, sodomy, lewd and lascivious act upon a child under 14, and furnishing a controlled substance to a minor.

Instead of facing imprisonment Polanski fled to France in February 1978, hours before he was to be formally sentenced. Since then Polanski has mostly lived in France and avoided visiting countries likely to extradite him to the United States.

Pedophile sympathizer Hannah Slapper wrote “Roman Polanski’s lifetime achievement award reminds us that art should never be judged by the morals of the artist” in The Guardian in 2010. We wonder if she will say the same thing for Bill Cosby.

His Life imitating his Art:
Rosemary’s Baby is a 1968 Roman Polanski film about a woman whose husband signs a pact with the Satan-worshipping cult next door. Starring woody Allen’s Mia Farrow (kinda strange)

The film’s composer died of a brain clot one year after making the film, the same way a character in the film dies. Then producer William Castle suffered kidney failure soon after the film was made

But on August 9, 1969, while at home with friends, Roman Polanski’s wife Sharon Tate was murdered by the followers of Charles Manson’s gang in Los Angeles. Tate was eight months pregnant (kinda like the movie Roman Polanski did the year before) with Polanski’s baby at the time. Manson’s peeps stabbed her 16 times and murdered the four friends who were with her.


APDTA.

N!**@$ in Paris… another false flag hoax?

“Don’t let me get in my zone…
The stars is in the building
They hands is to the ceiling
I know I’m bout to kill it
How you know, I got that feeling
You are now watching the throne
Don’t let me into my zone” – Kanye west

To many of our international readers the Paris massacre has all the signs of a false flag operation. The mere fact that the alleged suspects in paris “were on police radar for years” yet somehow allegedly managed to carry out a professional hit on a well guarded building while going to great lengths to establish their identity as “AL Qaeda in Yemen”. One of them even alleged to have “forgotten his ID card at the getaway car” , which is reminiscent of Mohammed Atta’s magic passport that somehow “survived the plane crash and the collapse of WTC1 in 9/11″. Still fresh on our minds is the magical shoelaces and look of dummies on stretchers in the Brooklyn Police shootings make us wonder who intends to leverage this attack to advance a hidden agenda. We have no idea if innocent people were killed in this incident, but we have to report some of the facts that are cray.

Ball so hard m$%&*@!’s wanna fine me – Jay Z

Some actual facts
Islamophobia in Europe is growing, from the banning of minarets and religious clothing to the rise of ultra-right wing anti-Islam parties. According to a recent census there are about 5 million Muslims in France.

The alleged suspect facts:
French police officials have identified three men as suspects in the deadly terror attack at the Paris offices of the Charlie Hebdo newspaper. Two of the suspects, brothers Cherif and Said Kouachi, 32, are French nationals who were born to Algerian parents in Paris. The nationality of a third man, Hamid Mourad, 18, is unknown; police believe he is a high school student. One of the men, 34-year-old Cherif Kouachi, was convicted on terrorism charges in 2008

Let us Free (amistad)
A hashtag called #MouradHamydInnocent was trending in France, reportedly started by classmates of 18-year-old suspect Hamyd Mourad who said they were in class with him at the time of the attack.

Trending before anybody knew
Suspects in Paris attack were on police radar for years and their names circulated on Facebook and Twitter for an hour before French authorities confirmed that the Kouachi brothers had been identified.

Not a Muslim:
A 2005 Pittsburgh Tribune Review report, citing Kouachi’s lawyer, said the would-be terrorist was not religious, drank alcohol, smoked marijuana, had premarital sex with his girlfriend and had a job delivering pizzas. At the time, Kouachi had learned “the basics” on how to handle Kalashnikovs, Le Monde reported.

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Top L-R CHERIF KOUACHI 32: KILLED, SAID KOUACHI 34: DEAD AMEDY COULIBALY 32: KILLED AT A JEWISH RESTAURANT, AND HAYAT BOUMEDDIENE, 26 YEAR OLD WOMAN WANTED WHO ESCAPED FROM THE JEWISH RESTAURANT DURING A FIRE FIGHT

THE CAST:
HAYAT BOUMEDDIENE, (The Woman)26: WANTED. ESCAPED FROM THE JEWISH RESTAURANT DURING A FIRE FIGHT (?)
Is still wanted but all the brothers (literally) were killed.
Boumeddiene is wanted in connection with the shooting death of a policewoman, Clarissa Jean-Philippe, 27, and may be the girlfriend and accomplice of supermarket gunman Amedy Coulibaly, 32. Boumeddiene is Coulibaly’s common-law wife. She remains at large and is believed to be armed and dangerous.

How Did the Suspected Female Terrorist Escape the Kosher Market?
According to law enforcement officials, Boumediene was with her husband when the pair shot and killed a policewoman and proceeded to take hostages (killing four of them) at a Kosher bakery in Paris. She somehow managed to escape either before or during the final police assault, officials claim.

As part of a 2010 investigation into Coulibaly’s possible ties to Islamic extremism, Boumediene told police examiners that she had become radicalized by her lover, and that she viewed America as the ultimate evil. “When I saw the massacre of the innocents in Palestine, in Iraq, in Chetchna, in Afghanistan or anywhere the Americans sent their bombers, all that,” she reportedly said, “well, who are the terrorists?”

And as the Daily Mail reports: “The couple lived in nearby Bagneux, where they were known as devoutly religious couple, despite Coulibay’s regular run-ins with the law.” They had reportedly gone on a trip to Malaysia together, and then recently disappeared from the neighborhood only to re-emerge when their names were all over the news.

So how did Boumediene, who is described as “armed and dangerous,” escape the same fate as her husband? Police union spokesman Pascal Disant suggested she may have slipped out during the “confusion” of the raid. 10 hostages were among those who escaped the premises during or after the firefight. – Adrew Kirell (mediate.com)

AMEDY COULIBALY, 32: KILLED AT A JEWISH RESTAURANT
Coulibaly was sentenced to five years in prison in 2013 for his role in a plan to free Smain Ait Ali Belkacem, who was convicted in a bombing of a rail station museum in 1995, according to the French weekly Le Journal de Dimanche. He was released early from prison.

CHERIF KOUACHI, 32: KILLED
Police arrested Kouachi in 2008, days before he planned to leave for Iraq via Syria. His lawyer argued that his client had gotten involved with the wrong crowd and was a reluctant participant.

In 2010, Kouachi was arrested again, accused by France’s Anti-Terrorism Directorate of participating in the failed plot to free Belkacem, the railway museum bomber.

SAID KOUACHI, 34: DEAD
Both Kouachis were well-known to French police, and their names have been on U.S. ”no-fly” terror lists for years, the U.S. official said. They were French citizens, born in Paris to parents of Algerian descent.

HAMYD MOURAD, 18: SURRENDERED TO POLICE
Mourad’s role in the attack, if any, remains unclear. The teenager supposedly was at school at the time of the mass murder, the BBC reported.

This Sh! Cray! 

This video breakdown is very interesting.

 

Jay Z and Kanye West’s song is referenced only to bring levity to such a serious subject. In no way are we saying that Kanye is actually killing the people at the Charlie Hebdo newspaper building. It is only pure coincidence…right? 

Why are Christians abandoning Christmas? Here are the reasons some gave.

Why are Christians abandoning Christmas?

By now most people are aware that Corporate America makes most of their yearly profits during the Holliday Season (November 26th-December 26th). During a time set aside for family and good will toward man we see an increase in burglaries, alcohol consumption, stress related sicknesses, drug use and vehicular homicides and less about God and Jesus.  More than ever more Christians are abandoning Christmas – why? Below are the reasons some gave.


“I’m not sure it’s worth keeping Christmas anymore, the holiday has become a road show of reindeer, winter scenes, elves and the God substitute, Santa Claus, who serves as a front for merchants seeking to play on the guilt some parents bear for ignoring their kids the rest of the year.”

“Why participate any longer in this charade where the focal point of worship has shifted from a babe in a manger to a babe in the Victoria ‘s Secret window? . . . No room in the inn has been replaced by no room in the mall parking lot.”

“It’s instructive how just one season away from lusting after material things can break the habit. It’s something like liberation from an addiction or lifestyle choice. Being away from it can cause one to realize the behavior is neither missed nor needed for fulfillment and enjoyment.”

Cal Thomas  (American syndicated columnist who often writes from a Christian perspective)


“You can’t put Christ back into something He was never in. Some people admit the many problems with Christmas. But rather than face up to those problems, some assert that we should “put Christ back in Christmas.

However, it’s impossible to “put Christ back in Christmas” since He never was in Christmas in the first place! He never so much as heard the word “Christmas” during His lifetime on earth, nor did His apostles after Him. You can search the Bible cover to cover but you won’t find the words “Christmas,” “Christmas tree,” “mistletoe,” “holly,” “Santa Claus” or “flying reindeer.”

Putting Christ back in Christmas may sound like a nice sentiment, but it’s really only a misguided effort to try to justify a long-standing human tradition rather than what the Bible tells us we should do.”

S. Ashley, Arvada, Colorado


Why are Christians abandoning Christmas?


“I cannot find Christmas in the Bible nor can I find that Jesus Christ told us to observe Christmas. Santa Claus is a lie that some people teach their children every year. For that matter, Christmas is false since it has nothing to do with Christ or His birthday.

“Beyond this, business people, who make most of their income during this time of the year, have increasingly promoted Christmas. Well-meaning people go in debt during Christmas time to give gifts to other people, which in turn motivates other people to give gifts to them. It makes no sense to keep a religious holiday that is not biblical, that Christ never sanctioned, that promotes lying to children, that puts people in debt and that blinds people to what Christ really taught.”

—P.A., Georgia


“It is a historical fact that Christmas is not the day or the season when Christ was born. So why observe a day that is a lie? Most people do not want to admit this fact. For example, how does the use of Santa Claus depict the birth of Christ? How does the Christmas tree depict Christ? Celebrating Christmas violates at least the First, Second and Third Commandments of God’s Ten Commandments. Observing a pagan holiday is a sin. God condemns the worship of pagan gods.

“The Bible does not command people to observe the birth of Christ as a holiday. This day, Dec. 25, is the date that has been observed for centuries as a pagan holiday in honor of the pagan sun god. God commands those who want to serve Him not to observe pagan holidays or any custom that breaks His holy laws.”

—D.S., California


“Our family traditionally celebrated Christmas on Dec. 24. We then followed up with a family day on Dec. 25. One day I had a strong desire to walk in the footsteps of Jesus Christ, which I thought I had been doing up to that point. I met a number of people who were having the same strange experience. We asked ourselves, ‘What does God think about Christmas?’ ‘Are we truly pleasing God?’ ‘Am I doing something that Jesus did and taught?’

“I began to think of the songs we sang, ‘O Tannenbaum’ and ‘Oh! Christmas Tree.’ I had been singing to a tree as though it were alive and had some strange power. We decorated it and placed our gifts below the tree as though the gifts and good feeling emanated from and through the tree.

“I thought about the words to ‘Silent Night, Holy Night,’ a truly beautiful piece of music. I wondered about shepherds and their flocks in the fields on a lovely evening at the end of December. But this was a contradiction. December was a very cold time of the year and sheep wouldn’t be in open fields during that time.

“The Christmas stories about Santa Claus and the shepherds in the fields on Christmas Eve were false. I found out that Jerusalem has rain and cold that time of year and it sometimes snows in the region. Sheep are sheltered in the wintertime, not left out in inclement weather.

“I discovered that the Christmas tree and its ornaments and giving of Christmas gifts come from ancient Roman festivals. I also learned that the Christmas tree represents idolatry, which is an affront to God (Exodus:20:4-5). Jesus Christ never sinned in His life and says we should avoid sin, going against God’s will (Hebrews:12:1-4).

“The gifts our children had asked of Santa Claus created a financial burden on us. The lies about Santa Claus and his flying reindeer were misleading our children.

“Also, the Bible tells us it is more blessed to give than to receive (Acts:20:35). During Christmas time, I saw little joy in giving and I saw children always expecting to receive. I have come to understand that godly blessings come from carefully obeying God. This is why I don’t keep Christmas.”

—B.B., Canada

Why are Christians abandoning Christmas?
Although Jesus Christ never lived in a winter climate, snow themes with reindeers dominate Christmas celebrations.

“God tells us to avoid the ways of the ancient pagans. Though modern Christianity observes Christmas, this is where it came from. To be frank, Christmas is a lie. Christmas is a substitute for righteous behavior. It makes people think they are doing good things for God, which somehow does Him service.”

—A.H., Australia


“I have heard that Christmas has been around for nearly 4,000 years. If that is true, and I think it is, I do not see any evidence that the early apostolic Church observed Christmas or tried to ‘Christianize’ a pagan festival that predated Christ’s birth.

“It seems clear to me that the apostles and early Church kept the Holy Days recorded in the Old Testament, and there are several Old Testament scriptures that speak about the Holy Days being kept by all people after Christ’s return to earth. The Bible is clear that we are to shun paganism and observe the annual Holy Days and the weekly Sabbath day.”

—D.N., Oklahoma 


“I figure you can’t go wrong sticking with what the Bible says and by following the example of Jesus Christ Himself and the apostles and early Church. They never kept Christmas or anything like it. They knew what the Scriptures said about trying to use other religions’ practices to worship and honor God. It just doesn’t work; God expects better from us.

“It’s a shame that most people have never looked into the Bible and history to learn for themselves the true origins of Christmas. It’s an eye-opening study, one I started when I was only a teenager. I’ve learned so much more about what God is all about and what He wants and expects from us since I started relying on His Word rather than human traditions that have no basis in the Bible.”

—R.A., Colorado


Let us know if you are celebrating or abandon this holiday. Your comments may end up in our next printed edition..
Nation19 Magazine / APDTA

Actual Facts about Racial Profiling in Ferguson

Furguson Racial Profiling Actual Facts

The Actual Facts:
Michael Brown, a 18-year old from Ferguson, MO, was shot and killed by local police in front of his grandmother’s house on Aug. 9 2014. The unarmed teen — a recent high school graduate was reported to be starting college that week — was killed by a series of bullets from one officer’s gun, with witnesses saying that his hands were in the air while he was being shots. Photos of his lifeless body went viral on Twitter, with many people comparing his tragic death to those of other African American teenagers Trayvon Martin and Jordan Davis.
Was this an isolated for this city or does this city and other cities across America have a dirty little secret. Let’s look at the Actual facts. #APDTA (All Patriots Don’t America).

Burger King’s animal cruelty and another reason to go vegetarian. Food for thought

Burger King’s animal cruelty and another reason to go vegetarian. Food for thought

Back in February we published and article containing a phone interview between James Wickstrom and Rabbi Abraham Finkelstein, and why you should stop eating ground beef from McDonalds. After the post went live we received thousands of views but after a couple days our site was hacked and it cost us thousands of dollars to regain control of our server and rebuild the files. Well we are back with another video exposing the horrors of Burger King and its alleged animal cruelty practices. You can watch the video below. But before you watch think about the thoughts these animals had…the fear… and now imagine eating those last emotions while enjoying the next BK Broiler or Whopper.

Exclusive! Arsenio: All People Don’t Think Alike #APDTA

Exclusive! Arsenio: All People Don’t Think Alike #APDTA

All People Don’t Think Alike #APDTA
Was the Arsenio Hall show cancelled because of bad ratings or was there something else going on that led to the show’s 2nd death? Unlike other TV interviewers, Arsenio was not well liked because he actually stood for something and brought black leaders and entertainers to mainstream America. In 1994 on the announcement of bringing Minister Farrakhan on the show, Hall was quoted as saying “As always, I feel a strong responsibility to not only use my late-night arena for entertainment, but also as a vehicle to open dialogue as we strive for peace and harmony in America.”

While other TV shows shunned Hip Hop artist, Arsenio embraced these artist and other black national figures, giving them the only place to be interviewed on Late Night Television. Watch the video below from VladTV as Arsenio Hall explains putting Hip-Hop artists on his show eventually paved the way for his career. He says that talking to Russell Simmons about upcoming artists helped switch his focus to going after that segment instead of established artists.

Arsenio also speaks about being the first host to interview rappers, which put him in a category all by himself.

The Last Show Arsenio had before he was cancelled. Peep.

Farrakhan on Arsenio Hall Pt 1 by AndreDedm0nd69
Here is the original press release:
HOLLYWOOD, Feb. 7 1994 /PRNewswire/ — Minister Louis Farrakhan, leader of the Nation of Islam, is scheduled to appear on “The Arsenio Hall Show” Friday, Feb. 25 (check local listings). Minister Farrakhan and Arsenio will discuss a vast scope of subjects ranging from the condition of Black America to the recent controversies surrounding the Nation of Islam. “As always, I feel a strong responsibility to not only use my late-night arena for entertainment, but also as a vehicle to open dialogue as we strive for peace and harmony in America,” commented host Arsenio Hall.
Also scheduled to perform on the Friday, Feb. 25 show is the popular gospel group, The Kirk Franklin Family, who will bring their soulful singing to Stage 29.
Syndicated to more than 160 stations covering 93 percent of all U.S. viewing households, “The Arsenio Hall Show” is produced by Arsenio Hall Communications Ltd., in association with Paramount Domestic Television.
The Paramount Television Group is part of the entertainment operation of Paramount Communications Inc

The Clothing Line Commandments: Part 1, The set up

Ever since we started Nation19.com I have received a ton of request from some really cool people needing help on starting a clothing line. Below is A step-by-step booklet for you to get
Your game on track, if your line aint wack. (In my Biggie voice) lol, jk

The Clothing Line Commandments.

A good name is better than Gold
Think of a unique name for your company and register the company, domain and Trademark.
Once you have that perfect name you need to determine the legal structure of your line. Decide which form of ownership is best for you: sole proprietorship, partnership, Limited Liability Company (LLC), corporation, S corporation, nonprofit or cooperative. As you can see there are many types of business structures so do a little research on what works best for you. For Nation19, the umbrella of a LLC (Limited Liability Corporation) worked best for us.

Protect your Neck.
Registering a trademark is a complex legal process that may be overwhelming. If you are not familiar with this process you should consider hiring an attorney. The filing fee for a trademark is $325 in the US. Attorney’s will charge an additional fee for the TEAS search and the registration. For the trademark plan on spending $750 – $1500 depending on the attorney fees. Our Creative director started in fashion by working with The Godfather of Urban fashion, Karl Kani. One of the first things Karl Kani had him do is research on all the bootleggers using his name illegally.

Domain Name (wwww.yourcompanyname.com)
A domain name is the unique name that identifies your website. Stay away from names that are hard to spell, like www.2irnup.net (that’s really a terrible name anyway…lol). Many 4-5 letter names have already been taken years ago so just because you think www.turnup.com is a great name, someone else has probably grabbed that name a long time ago (Actually it’s available for $10,000). Domain names usually cost about $10 a year. Go Daddy is a good place to get a domain name.

Do your research and find good manufactures.
Whatever you do stay away from Zazzle, or Cafe Press.

Queen Muhammad Ali talking to Sergio Bakalos Owner at King and Duck in Scottsdale AZ
Queen Muhammad Ali talking boutique fashion with Sergio Bakalos Owner at King and Duck in Scottsdale AZ

Design, design, design
If you are NOT a designer hire a quality designer to create your designs.
A good designer and great design can be the difference between celebrities buying your Tee Shirts and wearing it on MTV or just your favorite Uncle wearing your T-Shirts walking around Home Depot only because he just loves you.

Don’t Bite.
Be Original. Inspiration from Nike’s new colors for winter is ok, but making shirts that say Just Do It® will get you in trouble and possibly in jail.

IMPORTANT: You can’t use photos or artwork that is not yours on T-shirts. You must obtain a license from the copyright owner in order to print and sell t-shirts.

Don't Do iT
Don’t Do iT

Set up a real website.
Try and avoid the free websites like http://www.wix.com. This is your window to the world use it wisely.

It’s not all about the Benjamin’s Baby!
Remember It’s a business, so treat it like a business. Most businesses DON’T make a profit for a few years. So don’t quit your day job or drop out of school just yet. This is a marathon…NOT a sprint. Be creative, network, build real relationships and get out to the public.

Don’t be a sellout. Buy something™
To see what Im talking about in action go to www.nation19.com/shop and buy a shirt or snap back. All our store items are all on sale until they’re gone with free shipping.

Stay tuned for part 2 coming soon.

About the writer:
Queen Muhammad Ali is a Seamstress, Designer, Model, Hip Hop Head and the Co-Founder of Nation19 Magazine / APDTA.
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Invisible Mexico Exhibit by Nation19 Magazine / APDTA

Invisible Mexico by Hakeem Khaaliq and Nation19 Magazine / APDTA

Check out a sneak peek of our first exhibit entitled “Invisible Mexico” by Nation19 Magazine / APDTA. The exhibit features a wide variety of photos of people, places and cultures of Mexico while spotlighting on the Afro Mexican townships of Costa Chica and Veracruz. Invisible Mexico features the work of Nation19 Creative Director Hakeem Khaaliq and spans many years of researching black and indigenous cultures in Mexico and Central America. The exhibit is a display of 10 selected photos from the book of the same name which will be released in May. After seeing the exhibit, Univision the largest Spanish speaking television network selected Nation19 and Hakeem Khaaliq to co-produce a two part mini documentary special with famed News Anchor and Television reporter Sergio Urquidi. The television special will air in June -July nationally and internationally on Univision.

Want to know more? Contact us at get@nation19.com

Los afro-mexicanos son ciudadanos voluntarios e involuntarios de las míticas zonas fronterizas donde negocian sus identidades, verifican sus lealtades, y se definen a los demás y a sí mismos mientras trabajan para aceptar las complejidades de las múltiples capas de su identidad afro-mexicana. No son simplemente mexicanos o simplemente gente negra; son ambos mexicanos y negros de una manera que personifican la idea del mexicano como “la raza cósmica.” Son tan indígenas a México como el mexicano más pálido con ascendencia estrictamente europeo. Sin embargo, el estigma social y el racismo internalizado asociado con ser negro y tener la piel oscura les hace a muchos afro-mexicanos sentirse avergonzados y con el deseo de negar su negritud en lugar de aceptarse y sentir orgullo por su piel oscura, pelo rizado y rasgos africanos. Los afro-mexicanos son los rostros invisibles de México como resultado de la amnesia histórica y de la historia oficial que prácticamente ha borrado la presencia africana y sus contribuciones a la nación mexicana. Mientras la historia del africano en México ha sido omitido, esta colección de fotos rinde homenaje a la gente negra de la Costa Chica en México y sirve para llevar la presencia del negro en México de la oscuridad a la luz, de la opacidad a la transparencia, y de la invisibilidad a la visibilidad de una manera que respeta la historia y la lucha mientras muestra la belleza y la fuerza de México Negro.

-Jameelah Xochitl Medina, PhD