We had the good fortune of connecting with Amon-Ra Macbeth and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Amon-Ra, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
I started my company because I wanted to create T-shirts that interested me. T-shirts about black history, black empowerment, black pride, and pop culture. When I took a look at what was out there, many of the popular companies had a generic feel. When I search their social media & webpages it didn’t feel authentic, and they weren’t transparent about who the owners were. So when I started my company I wanted it to be authentic. I wanted people to know that BPT was created by a proud HBCU graduate and how much pride I have in my culture in my history.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
A creative person at the core, I’ve worked in the corporate world for over 15yrs. I started off as a Graphic Designer, then moved to Website Development, eventually becoming a Digital Design Manager. I was making six-figures, but I still felt like something was missing. I still had the desire to create designs that make a statement, and people were still asking for it. So for the past few years I’ve dedicated all my free time, and not-so-free time, to creating Black Pride Tees. Now I get to share my creations, one t-shirt, one statement, one conversation starter at a time.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Well, first I have to give a disclaimer. All of my answers refer to pre-COVID conditions and not the restrictions we are under now. I’m definitely an event and festival person, so I would tell my friend to come during and event, like the Jazz Festival, for example. It’s a great event to hear live music, relax in some lounge chairs, people watch and eat some great food! Outside of the festival, I would take them to some of my favorite hang-out & shopping areas, starting with Little 5 Points. I love the eclectic mix of cultures, fashions, and styles. I also like supporting the local businesses and vendors. When it comes to food, Atlanta has a great selection, but I’m a seafood kind of guy. Some of my favorites are Pappadeaux, Atlanta Fish Market, and Six Feet Under, which has a delicious fried catfish meal!
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I would like to shoutout my close friends and family who inspire me and continue to motivate and support me as I chase my passion.