“Hey, Kori, I’m parking my car now.”
Me: “OK, cool, I just parked. See you in a minute.”
I hopped out of the car and headed towards the restaurant to meet Joniero Bryant, a tall, caramel-skinned young brotha with one of the friendliest smiles I’ve ever seen. Now before y’all nosy folk start busting out the eye emojis on me, this wasn’t a date.
Joniero was actually meeting me to share the story behind his inspirational clothing line, Knockout Clothing Apparel. When we met Tuesday evening, he was wearing this dope hoodie — like it literally had “Dope” written in bold, custom-designed lettering across the front — with the Knockout brand name and logo. It was one of Joniero’s latest designs that he created on his vinyl plotter machine, an investment that nearly cost him the roof over his head. [Read more…]