1: illegal or prohibited traffic in goods : smuggling
2: goods or merchandise whose importation, exportation, or possession is forbidden; also : smuggled goods
3: a slave who during the American Civil War escaped to or was brought within the Union lines
Imagined first in 2012, just the ideas of a hustler with dreams of being free. Contrab&nd Br&nd Conspiracy (CBC) was inspired by the struggle. The struggle that all of us go through when your not accepted by the mainstream, by the powerful, when your marginalized and disenfranchised. The idea is to take back our power instead of giving it to those who exploit us. We should own ourselves, own our visions, own our works, and own our communities. It’s time that we take back ownership of ourselves. The name of this movement was inspired by a poem written by radical activist Assata. It’s essence is the struggle of the oppressed and the battle to overcome the odds. Through this movement I’ve got to take you through what I’ve seen, through where I’ve been, to where I’m from. Where I’m from you don’t want to go. Where I’m from nothing is illegal or off limits. Well … nothing except for the heart to care about someone, to care about something, really to care about anything. Where I’m from nothing is illegal except for love.
cause love is a acid
that eats away bars.
But you, me, and tomorrow
hold hands and make vows
that struggle will multiply.
The hacksaw has two blades.
The shotgun has two barrels.
We are pregnant with freedom.
We are a conspiracy.
It is our duty to fight for our freedom
It is our duty to win
We must love each other and support each other.
We have nothing to lose but our chains.” -Assatta
Contrab&nd is really just a concept, a philosophy, an idea for the people, for our people. The idea that with technology and hustle we don’t have to depend on those who don’t want us to succeed. We can turn life’s negatives into positives and make money in our own networks. We started from the bottom but we can share ideas, concepts, and projects and bring ourselves up together to the top. Contrab&nd is gonna talk to ” The Trap” to ” The Set” and give street soldiers the tools, ideas, and products to come up. Our circumstance & the statistic can be over come with planning, hard work & faith in the vision. Let’s control our own destinies & socioeconomic futures, create new stories for the hood, and empower ourselves without selling out. Contrab&nd Br&nd is a Community Company using Technology to Empower The People And Share Resources. Crowd Funded, Person 2 Person, Crowd Resourced, Locally Renewable & Curated by Us. Contrab&nd Counterbr&nd is for the Trappers and The Hackers Of Life… Apps & Goods & Services & Stories & Philosophy For The Streets. Defiance By Design. We Are A Conspiracy. We Are Contrab&nd. Goods and Services For Empowerment.