Black Card Revoked

Latesha Williams (Courtesy Photo) | Black Card Revoked (Photo/Ariel Brands)

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If you’ve never seen the movie Coming To America, don’t know how to play spades or where to store the bag filled with plastic bags in the kitchen, then it may be time for you to get your ‘black card’ revoked.

In the past, you could only take this premise so far. But now, there’s a game for that.

Black Card Revoked, which plays off of ‘Cards Against Humanity’ questions, is testing our blackness in the best and most hilarious way possible.

Latesha Williams is the co-founder of Cards For All People, the parent company of the hit card game. The concept is the brainchild of Williams and a group of her friends. The Brooklyn, New York-based group came up with the idea to bring a bit of diversity to game nights hosted by black professionals.

Get to know more about Black Card Revoked through Latesha Williams.

What year were you founded?

Cards For All People was founded in July 2015, and we released Black Card Revoked in August 2015.

What inspired you to launch your business?

The connected experiences we saw on Twitter and in our daily lives during the Rachel Dolezal fiasco were hilariously inspiring. We realized the shared experiences of African-Americans exists within all cultures and wanted to tap into it. We also wanted to use those experiences to laugh, love and teach as well.

Latesha Williams (Courtesy photo)

Latesha Williams (Courtesy photo)

What makes your product unique?

Humorous trivia with emotional touchpoints is what makes our brand and products unique. We’re all about the inside joke and nostalgia — whether it is remembering what grandma taught you or that favorite movie moment. We want to celebrate the moments that shape people and culture.

Why should everyone #buyblack this holiday season?

Buying black is one of the best ways to support your community, because increased sales mean jobs and opportunity for others. Strong sales have a direct influence on the number of people entrepreneurs are able to employ. In our case, your dollar benefits the people who pack your order: grandmothers looking for extra holiday income and young adults in school.

How do you pay it forward within your community?

Each holiday season, we hire local high school students to join our fulfillment team to help meet the demand of our consumers. During our Black Card Revoked Live events, we donate proceeds to cultural institutions like the Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Art (MoCADA). We’ve also given free product to fundraising initiatives such as WEAA 88.9FM Baltimore’s Fall Membership Drive and look to continue paying it forward in the future.

What is your business mantra?

We have two. “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take” -Wayne Gretzky and “We must all learn to live together as brothers or we’re all going to perish together as fools. Our destinies are tied together” – MLK Jr.

Kimberly Wilson is a writer and social media director at theGrio. Follow her on Twitter.

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