KampInd's 2016 #colorFULLguide


 
KampInd Presents colorFULL Gift Guide to Spice Up Your Holidays 

 

We’re excited for the holidays! And, to spice up the season, we’ve created a colorFULL gift guide of brands celebrating culture for children.

While themes of family, togetherness, and giving back ring true during the holidays, you can probably think back to your childhood and recall the anticipation of receiving a special gift.

Today, it’s *still* hard to find companies celebrating our little global citizens, yet we know how important it is for children to see themselves reflected in the world around them. From the toys they play with, books they read, media they consume, and daily interactions. 

Therefore, we have created our own, carefully curated colorFULL guide for YOU. Enjoy! 

 

Gifts that teach, Gifts that nurture, Gifts that inspire

 

 

BLUBEATLDN CLOTHING - FASHION / ART

BlubeatLDN clothing is a collaboration between two sisters, combining their love of fashion, music, and history." Growing up in the musically diverse city of Bristol, United Kingdom, and being raised in a Jamaican household where fashion, music & history went hand in hand, it was natural for us to be inspired by the great stories we grew up hearing and the beautiful music we’re blessed to be exposed to from an early age. Through our designs, we have found a way to carry the stories from our childhood into adulthood," said the co-founders of BluebeatLDN.

Each style is hand drawn, then digitally illustrated. These designs are available on a selection of apparel in adult and child sizes as well as pieces of art, exclusively printed for the home.

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Q- What was the defining moment that pushed you to create your product(s)? 

A- We had a ‘lightbulb’ moment when we realized our passion and experience in art, fashion and music combined with our Jamaican heritage could create timeless T-shirts. 

 

Q- What is your greatest hope from children who receive your gift or product? 

A - We want children to have pride in wearing a T-shirt representing some of the most talented black musicians and influential leaders, and to also feel inspired to learn more about them.  

 

Q - What’s the one piece of advice you’d give to future creators?

A- Always follow your dreams, no matter what obstacles and hurdles you may face-- passion, focus, and determination will allow you to achieve.

 

 

KampInd - LIFESTYLE

KampInd is a lifestyle brand at the intersection of culture x travel x fashion. After Swetha and Jonah Batambuze came up empty handed while searching for baby accessories that represented their Ugandan and Indian heritages, the couple decided to create their own collection. Inspired by the birth of their daughter, Iyla, KampInd was born to provide global citizens with options that reflect worldly cultures and colorFULL experiences. KampInd believes in changing the world by stimulating thought, challenging misconceptions, and inspiring action through their community and products.

 

Q- What was the defining moment that pushed you to create your product(s)? 

A- "Like many parents, we spent countless hours looking for the best products for our child. We were uninspired, and couldn't find anything that reflected who we are. Not only did we want the best—we wanted memorable, individual pieces that told a story.  On a quest to find something that didn't exist, we decided to create our own," said Swetha Batambuze, co-founder of KampInd.

 

Q - What is the most inspirational comment you've received from a parent?

A - "My little one loves his Wavy Bandana bib, and doesn't want to take it off! And now, a year later, he's still wearing it as if it was new," said Markette Sheppard, co-host of Great Day Washington.

 

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CALLALOO - CHILDREN’S MEDIA 

Callaloo is a children’s media brand that promotes cultural understanding and social awareness education for toddlers and children ages 3-7 through books, animation, live performance, digital content, games and arts education tools. Callaloo aims to empower all children to take pride in themselves and expand their horizons.

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Q- What was the defining moment that pushed you to create your product(s)? 

A- "I created the original idea for Callaloo in 2011 as a theatrical play. However, it wasn't until our team created our first book in the series, "Callaloo: A Jazz Folktale," and began performing the story with puppets to audiences in schools and children's festivals, that we realized we had to continue to build the Callaloo brand through books, media, live performance and a variety of culturally focused educational products," said Marjuan Canady, co-founder of Callaloo.  

 

Q - What is the most inspirational comment you've received from a parent?

A- A great quote from a customer from Amazon.com; "I absolutely love reading this book to my children and my children love reading it to each other! "The Legend of the Golden Coqui" helped spark conversation about our family's Puerto Rican heritage, and for that I'm grateful!" -Ajahmure Clovis

 

Q - What’s one piece of advice you’d give to future creators?

A - My advice would be to follow your passions, work hard, be patient with yourself, and create a strong supportive team.

 

 

BINO & FINO - CHILDREN'S MEDIA

The Bino and Fino show is an African educational cartoon series from Nigeria. The show is for parents, schools, home-schoolers and others who are finding it difficult to find positive, fun, educational content about Africa for their children to watch.  

The cartoon is available in several languages such as Swahili, Portuguese, Dutch and French, and is produced by the animation studio EVCL, based in Abuja, Nigeria.  Bino and Fino also provide a range of other products around the show including plush soft dolls and educational posters. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
CULTURE CHEST - CHILDREN’S SUBSCRIPTION BOX COMPANY

Culture Chest is a subscription box company created by Rose Espiritu, delivering cultural experiences to the doorsteps of children and teachers. Each box has two hand-picked books and one-two activities. Their monthly themes are based on a geographic region and a universal theme such as food, music, sports, and more.

 

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Q- What was the defining moment that pushed you to create your product(s)?

A- “I made Culture Chest because it is something I wish existed when I was a child. As an Asian American, I brought "weird" Asian foods to lunch and was made fun of by my elementary school classmates. I eventually began bringing sandwiches and lunchables to school, and this was one of many experiences where I diluted my culture to avoid being different. It wasn't until I was much older and began traveling that I truly began to appreciate my heritage and all of the things that make me, me,” said Rose Espiritu, founder of Culture Chest.

 

Q- Can you share an example of a recent theme.

A- October's box had an Asian Cuisine theme. It had two books about traditional Asian foods, snacks, and recipes. My hope is that someone receiving the snacks or cooking the foods with their parent can see someone else at school and stand up for them or think that it's cool that they have different foods.

 

Q- What is your greatest hope for children who receive your gift or product? 

A- “I hope that Culture Chest can inspire children to become curious about how people from other parts of the world live. I hope that they can learn that differences are something that should be celebrated.  We want children to feel good about who they are while celebrating others,” added Espiritu.

 
RAYO & HONEY - INTERIOR DECOR

Rayo & Honey was created by Roachele Negron, and combines black popular culture with a clean, modern design aesthetic. The intent is to create goods that not only add adornment to patrons personal spaces, but also to craft:

  • Text that prompts emotion in a work space.
  • Words that conjure sentiment in a living space.
  • Phrases that inspires magic in a children’s space.

With Rayo & Honey, Negron dips into the crates for iconic hip hop lyrics, black & Latino pop-culture references, inspirational mantras, and wondrous quotes that are motivational to her.

Each product combines cultural consciousness, subtle hand-crafted details, and a mixture of textures.

 
 
 

 
BOLE ROAD TEXTILES - MODERN TEXTILES
Brooklyn based designer Hana Getachew started Bolé Road Textiles out of a desire to merge her love of Ethiopian handwoven fabrics with her career in interior design.  During her eleven years at a major New York City architecture firm, Getachew realized her affinity for vibrant colors and graphic patterns was a direct result of her upbringing in a home filled with amazing traditional Ethiopian textiles. Her designs for Bolé Road are an homage to that cultural inheritance and a reflection of her own personal global modern aesthetic.  A new addition to the family has inspired a new collection, known as Bole Road Baby, consisting of baby pillows, hooded towels, and blankets. 
 
 
 
 
 
Hey A.J. It's Saturday - App
Martellus Bennett was tired of being known only as the super athlete who plays football in the NFL.  Drawing from his family adventures, along with his daughter Jett, Bennett created an interactive children's picture book app called, "Hey A.J. It's Saturday."  Kids help the main character,  A.J., as she tries to make breakfast for herself on Saturday.  On his inspiration; "I want my daughter and other kids of color to grow up with a character of color that focuses on imagination and adventures; not just the color of her skin," said Martellus Bennett, founder of Hey A.J. It's Saturday.
 
 
 
AwesomeBlackDads

The parenting space has largely been dominated by mothers, however, there's an increasing number of blogs, websites, and personalities expressing fathers' perspectives.  We had the pleasure of sitting down with Terrell Lindsey, founder of AwesomeBlackDads, to see how the holidays are spent in his household. And, we also got his take on shifting media & society's perception of black fatherhood. 

Q- What are the holidays like in your household? Do you have a family tradition?
A- Holidays in the Lindsey household are a combination of travel, family, and wonderful food.  My wife’s father currently resides near New Orleans, Louisiana, so we alternate holidays between my mother and her father in an attempt to spend valuable quality time with family. That distance allows our family to travel, at the very least, once a year to one of the most cultured cities in America.  It is my hope that my boys 
grow to remember those travels as a tradition that they attempt to continue.

Q-  What's your fondest childhood memory during the holidays?
A- The most memorable holiday for me was Christmas 1996.  My mother would threaten us each year with the possibility of not receiving any gifts for Christmas.  In 1996, that threat materialized.  My sisters and I were being our typical teenage ungrateful selves  and my mother had enough.  Needless to say, on Christmas day we woke up to a bare floor underneath our 7-foot, fake pine Christmas tree.  I know you are asking, why is this my fondest childhood memory?  I believe this is the moment I truly realized the importance of being grateful for everything in life because nothing is guaranteed.  However, there is a happy ending.  My mother made us suffer until after dinner when she revealed our gifts.
 
 
Q: Through your blog, how to do seek to change media and society's negative perception of Black fatherhood?
A- The impetus behind Awesome Black Dads was simple.  I was sick of the negative images of black fathers.  Therefore, I took to social media to share conversations and images aimed at encouraging fathers to share their stories and collectively grow into what we would consider awesome. While I understand that there is room for growth with respect to fatherhood and accountability in my community, I also know that we are not all that we are portrayed to be.  We are active, we are present, and we care.  Mainstream media won't show that narrative, so who better to create a platform dedicated to controlling the narrative with accurate context.  The blog is an open forum of sorts that gives dads a platform to speak freely about the reality of being a black dad by sharing their true experience.  My hope is that the content will create a back and forth dialogue that will encourage positive growth amongst black fathers trying to navigate and get fatherhood right.
 
Q: What's on the horizon for Awesome Black Dads in 2017?
 
A-  We plan to kick off the new year with our first major photo campaign which will showcase black fathers and their true experience due to be released on Father's day 2017.  A percentage of the proceeds from the campaign will be donated to a local charity.

 
 

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