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The Nuances of Blackness

nuance (nu·ance) n. A subtle difference in shade of meaning, expression, or sound. Being black in America has never been easy, but how we are seen and represented has certainly evolved. Who we are and how we see ourselves has likely always been a bit nuanced to the way the rest of America chooses to identify us. As a collective of diverse people, we are all human beings, are many things at once; never holding…

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PIO 2018 Recap

The end of the year is a great time to reflect on the journey of highs and lows one has faced in order to prepare for the year to come. A new year often symbolizes a reset, to start anew and with that in mind it is important to consider that you don’t necessarily need a date change in order to have a reset, you can choose to evolve when you feel it is best.…

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PIO Winter 2018-19: New Release and Sneaker Tips

PIO Winter 2018-19: New Release and Sneaker Tips Amongst the plethora of accessories that exist, shoes might just be the best accessory to complete an outfit for anyone. Although PIO does not sell sneakers (YET!), sneakers are one of the best shoes to rock with your PIO gear. PIO’s Kerrick Faulkner is quite the connoisseur of sneakers.  Take a look at his suggestions for the perfect pairing with our new winter release products. First up:…

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Thanksgiving: Giving Thanks to Tradition or Remixing the Norms?

Traditionally Thanksgiving has existed as a holiday to represent coming together over a feast to celebrate all the things you’re grateful for particularly amongst family. What it used to represent versus what it means to Americans today and the pressures to uphold this tradition are different. Thanksgiving has also gained a side tradition: Black Friday which has bled over into Thanksgiving evening. Has the focus of something “socially deemed” as special been turned into more…

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PIO’s Own Ryan Lucas and A Tribe Called Fresh

A Tribe Called Fresh is the name of a collaborative album made by PIO’s own Ryan Lucas in collaboration with a plethora of great artists he has worked with from all over the country throughout the span of his music career. It is an homage/tribute to the iconic group A Tribe Called Quest, following in the spirit of stepping out of the box and not being afraid to explore. There’s hip hop, r&b, dance/edm vibes;…

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ELW 2018 and Afro Cool Fest Recap

ELW 2018 and the AFRO COOL FEST in Charlotte, NC July 20-22, 2018 Ever heard of ELW? It stands for Empowering Lifestyles Weekend and is a weekend collective of events created to implement empowering experiences. From a 5K race, to an all white yacht party, to a music and dance filled PIO hosted mini festival, this weekend is jam packed with fun and good vibes. It has been hosted in Charlotte, NC for the past…

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Our Annual Community Power Up Weekend: #ELW2018

July 2018 means another edition of our annual community power up weekend…we call it Empowering Lifestyles Weekend!  Empowering Lifestyles Weekend (ELW) is the collective vision of Power In One (PIO) Fashion Boutique, Fit Bye Pharr Fitness Studio and I Can, We Will.   ELW 2018 is presented by Power In One Clothing and Healthy Phit Physical Therapy & Wellness Consultants. Our desire is to build knowledge and recognition of our brands while uplifting the community, the…

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Kolpeace in his Own Words

[reflection on being a Power In One Brand Ambassador]  Power In One gave me a chance to change my opportunity, give back to my community, and create a new experience. When I first started working with this brand, they didn’t treat me like another obligation or a reason to improve their brand. They treated as if I had the power to change my own future. Funny thing is , it took me until now to…

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Malcolm X Day 2018

  Malcolm X Day 2018 3-D is not a term that just applies to a film format. Our bodies are 3-Dimensional as well as our physical brains so why wouldn’t our minds have the same ability to view the world through multi layered lenses, to see people for all the things they are instead of the stereotypes and character types we expect them to fulfill without even knowing them. It is easy to also remember…

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Emancipation Day: The District of Columbia

The District of Columbia (D.C.) is the capital city of this country known as “the free world”. It is the only city in the U.S. that functions as a state without representation in Congress. Although it houses this country’s federal government, it has its own local government that makes forward moves. Most might know of emancipation day as the day slaves were emancipated, but in D.C. on April 16th 1862, the D.C. Compensated Emancipation Act…

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