Within the last weeks of 2018, the case and sentencing of Cyntoia Brown rocked the country, with many being vocal and expressing outrage on social media. For those unfamiliar, Cyntoia Brown is the young woman who, at 16, was forced into sex trafficking, endured rape and abuse from her pimp “Kut Throat”, served a 13-year sentence for the murder of the real estate agent, Johnny Allen, who she believed was going to kill her. She was given a life sentence; she won’t be eligible for parole until she serves 51 years, which means she won’t be eligible for parole until she’s 69-years-old.
Celebrities including Rihanna, Kim Kardashian, and Lebron James have spoken about this heated topic. Campaigns from different social groups and political organizations have started encouraging others to donate money and write letters to congressmen and politicians in Tennessee as well as Brown herself. Many organization have also started campaigned yo One Chicago based clothing line is taking it a step further and using fashion to serve justice.
Free Breakfast Apparel, a clothing line inspired by the free breakfast program started by the Black Panther Party while it was established and thriving, decided to donate profits from their weekend's sale to Cyntoia Brown personally. After an Instagram follower asked the company how much money have they put on her books, Free Breakfast Apparel donate $5 of each purchased item to Brown’s book over the weekend. In less than 24 hours, the company raised $200 and by the end of the weekend, over $500 was raised for Brown. Hannibal Pace, the founder of Free Breakfast Apparel, says that wanted to financially support her during this holiday season and do more than give her moral support, especially since he has daughters of his own. Pace also took to Twitter to confront how local and mainstream media have ignored his efforts for Cyntoia Brown, but insist on focusing on the violence in Chicago. “How do I feel about mainstream media ignoring my efforts? Not surprised. This country's attitudes towards those who are incarcerated are largely driven by the heavily reinforced stigma attached to being "criminal". Most people who are exposed to stories like this can't see or even think past their conditioning which includes the attitudes and opinions they have about ‘convicted criminals’", Pace told Made In Stone.