September 29, 2023




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Hey, hey & mo hey Happy National Poetry Month Closet Crew!!!

This issue is very special to me for two reasons. Not only do we get to highlight one of our favorite poets, the honorable and remarkable Madam Mayor Tekesha Martinez, the first African American mayor of Hagerstown, MD, but we also get to celebrate a milestone for Charlotte’s Closet Brand. It’s my one-year “Big Pin-up” anniversary. You may have seen me rocking my “Big Pin-Up Energy” apparel on IG or in the skreets (no typo). In honor of the anniversary, we’re offering a 15% discount when you shop at and use the code BigPinUp. You know I can’t resist a shameless plug.

The Big Pin-Up collection is special to me, not just because the line is cute, which it is, but because it also represents the power of manifestation.

ISSUE 24: Mayor Tekesha Martinez – INTELLECTUAL INK

Good old cold ass February: where we get twenty-eight days straight of advertisers bombarding us with ads to tell us how woke and down for the culture they are. Mmmmm… okay.

We see you, Gucci.

The whole thing is a scam to get their hands on the almighty Black dollar. They want our rhythm, but never our blues.

Being Black in America can be mentally taxing, yet somehow, we still manage to push through. We push through all of the microaggressions. We push through all of the agony of watching our people get murdered by White and Black cops alike.

With all the things society throws at us to keep us down, we still manage to rise and continue to be some of the biggest Influencers in the history of this country, America was built on the backs of our ancestors and continues to thrive because of our influence.

ISSUE 23: Ken the Photographer – INTELLECTUAL INK