by Mike Winslow
(AllHipHop News) The HSTRY line has announced an exclusive run of dashikis, as well as graphic tees, sweatshirts and hats.
Each article of clothing is emblazoned with various phrases like “Black Don’t Crack,” and “I’m Black and I’m Proud.”
Nas is also infusing the line with a little bit of humor, by featuring pro-black versions of cartoon characters like Bart Simpson, The Pink Panther and Charlie Brown.
Nas’ HSTRY line will donate a portion of the proceeds to the National Black Child Development Institute. The rapper developed the line out of his disenchantment with Black History Month, according to the Huffington Post.
“I used to low-key cringe when Black History Month came around,” Nas told the Huffington Post. “It felt like a slap in the face with all the hell we catch daily. Like a small reward for a dog’s good behavior, then back to the kennel. But I’ll take it. I’ll take what I can get and that’s all I need to go to new heights.”
During last year’s Christmas holiday, Nas used his clothing line to raise funds for criminal justice reform, by selling ugly sweaters with a kneeling Santa, which was inspired by Colin Kaepernick’s decision to kneel during the U.S. national anthem at the start of preseason games for the San Francisco 49ers.