Written By: Steven Kennebrew-Turner
~Dub Deuce The Poet~
Nike, say it ain’t so…Allegedly stealing…again? Yes, yes, yes, the giant of the sports apparel, Nike, is under fire for allegedly copying the images of a documentary serious about the history of Alkebulan (African) culture, Hidden Colors (1 & 2). The Nike Hidden Image t-shirts bear the resembling image that is alleged to be a copyright infringement. The Hidden Image t-shirts are a part of the LeBron James Collection. Without even looking at the images, just the name itself bears a similar resemblance…compare them Hidden Colors, Hidden Colors 2, and Hidden Image. Hhhmm…
Hidden Colors 1 Cover (left), Hidden Colors 2 Cover (center), Nike’s Hidden Image (right)
With nothing but a simple glance at a Nike Hidden Image t-shirt, it is quite obvious that the creative mind that conceived the cover of Hidden Colors 1 & 2 birthed identical twins in the form of triplets. The carbon copy image (Nike Hidden Image) does not sit well with the producer of Hidden Colors Tariq Nasheed. Nasheed simply states that his legal team is looking into these matters of similarity.
This is not the first time that Nike may have been inspired by Supreme documentary and philosophy. Before his untimely death, martial arts legend Bruce Lee provided commentary on the martial way. In his wisdom on control or lack-there-of, Bruce introduces the operative philosophy of “Just Do It”. Hhhmm, sound familiar…(see video below).
After comparing the images and name, Nike definitely has some explaining to do. The irony of the whole situation is that the Hidden Colors DVD series outlines the stolen & hidden accomplishments of the aboriginals on this planet Earth…the Alkebulans or Moors. And, Nike has allegedly attempted to do exactly what the series has amplified in its content…stolen an idea & invention and claimed it as it own. Hhhmm.
Well, I guess that Nike saw nothing wrong with duplicating a culture. Take a look at these images, and let me know what registers in your subconscious…Hotep:
Converse Shoe in the 1980s.
Under Armour Logo (left), Nsibidi Love & Unity Symbol (center), Adinkra Universe Symbol (right)