Fight Discrimination - Ja’mal’s Dream

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Raised by 257 people in 3 months
Created December 2, 2018
Some of you may have heard or even read the article in The Daily Camera this week, that my good friend, neighbor and brother from another mother, Ja’mal Gilmore, is losing his dream. His barbershop. His livelihood. The life savings he poured into it all. 

“The barbershop established to serve Boulder County's non-white residents, and one of only a few black-run businesses in the city, is being uprooted after sinking tens of thousands of dollars into its rented space in favor of a wine bar run by the owner of a competing barbershop.” (The Daily Camera)

It’s so shady and wrong how he and his team are being treated by the landlord and the soon to be new tenants.  This is what subtle, legal, discrimination looks like in 2018 

Ja’mal always paid his rent on time, and completely  gutted the space and invested tens of thousands of dollars toward tenant improvements that the new wine bar will benefit from. Using his own life savings to make his dream a reality because no one would give a small business loan to a black, first-time business owner. The shop is rad!

The landlord never even offered to extend his lease - why?especially because Ja’mal has brought so much light and attention to the center and is so busy, he has to turn customers away. Ja’mal has been a resident of Boulder for some 20 years, married and raising his family here. An incredibly kind, generous and loving father, friend, husband and business owner. He would give you the shirt off his back in a heartbeat if he knew you needed it. 

This isn’t right. It just isn’t right. I want to help raise money for him to relocate his business, because it would be the biggest shame to see him have to walk away from everything. 

Currently, even if Ja’mal were to find another space for his shop he wouldn’t be financially able to relocate. Here’s hoping we can raise enough money to help get him a small business loan now that he has three years of successful business ownership under his belt.

The name of Ja’mal’s business is The Brooklyn Barber Academy. His wife and business partner is Kelly Stapleton.
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We are hosting a FUNDRAISER at Illegal Pete’s on January 25th 5pm-close on Pearl St in Boulder.
100% of all proceeds will go to Ja’mal and The Brooklyn Barber Academy.
There will be live entertainment as well!
Hope to see you all there.
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It’s been an amazing 3 days and we are almost at our goal. Ja’Mal and his family are completely overwhelmed by the amount of love and support.

We are hosting a fundraiser at Illegal Pete’s on Pearl St On January 18th, where 100% of their proceeds will go towards Ja’mal and his shop to relocate. We will have entertainment and tons of fun. Mark us down on your calendar.

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Much love and appreciation

Sarah Rice
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