Before WBL was a nonprofit, it was a t-shirt.

Our connection to apparel as a method of community building goes back to our founding at the University of Maryland (shoutout Terps!). Our founder worked with a design created by Boondocks’ creator, Aaron McGruder, to bring UMD’s Black Student Union its first piece of apparel featuring a fist-raising Testudo, the university mascot.

That one shirt represented a culture of unity amongt marginalized students from all over the world together with ethnic and racial communities laying the groundwork to create the Words Beats and Life Hip Hop conference. We are now Words Beats & Life Inc., building bridges extending beyond DC throughout 5 continents and it all started with a shirt. Everything here is a part of our legacy.


BBNH Hoodie Black [$30]

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Freshest Tank [$20]

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90’s Blast Hoodie [$40]

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HARD COPIES

Words Beats & Life: The Global Journal of Hip-Hop Culture

I AM: The Connective Power of Identity [$15]

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“Who Are We: Deconstructing Identities in Hip-Hop"

Who Are We: Deconstructing Identities in Hip-Hop [$15]

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Untitled [Fall/Winter 2012 Issue]

Untitled – Fall/Winter 2012 Issue [$15]

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Crowning Too Early by DC’s 1st Youth Poet Laureate, Malachi ‘MalPractice’ Byrd [$15]

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DOWNLOADABLE PUBLICATIONS

Vol 1 Issue 3

Vol 6 Issue 2 [$8]

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Vol 1 Issue 3

Vol 6 Issue 1 [$8]

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Vol 1 Issue 3

Vol 5 Issue 2 [$8]

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Vol 1 Issue 3

Vol 5 Issue 1 [$8]

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Vol 1 Issue 3

Vol 4 Issue 1 [$8]

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Vol 1 Issue 3

Vol 3 Issue 2 [FREE]

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Vol 1 Issue 3

Vol 2 Issue 2 [FREE]

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Vol 1 Issue 3

Vol 2 Issue 1 [FREE]

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Vol 1 Issue 3

Vol 1 Issue 4 [FREE]

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Vol 1 Issue 3

Vol 1 Issue 3 [FREE]

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Vol 1 Issue 2

Vol 1 Issue 2 [FREE]

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Vol 1 Issue 1

Vol 1 Issue 1 [FREE]

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