Starting today, Kohl's will sell a line of T-shirts created by local printer and business owner, Rachaad Howard. The designs promote diversity and inclusion concepts that were inspired after the murder of George Floyd in May.
"After the George Floyd killing, we took our retail side to the next level to start speaking out against social injustice," says Howard.
Fifty Kohl's stores nationwide will sell the shirts, including the Bayshore location. They are also available online and at Howard's shop, Cream City Print Lounge, 8010 W. National Ave. The shirts are $20 and available in adult and child sizes. The messages include "Enough Is Enough," "Kids for Justice" and "Peace, Love and Equality."
Check out the full T-shirt line here.
Howard opened Cream City Print Lounge, the first "print and sip" lounge in Milwaukee, last fall. The print shop and bar offer custom bulk printing services for schools, businesses, clubs and groups of all kinds. Prior to the pandemic, Howard also hosted public events that combined socializing and art-making. Today, only private parties take place in the space.
Howard was connected with the Kohl's Corporation through a friend.
"When I got the call I was so excited for the opportunity to provide shirts to anyone who wants to speak their mind about social injustice or social change," says Howard.
Howard was born and raised in Milwaukee. He attended Milwaukee Madison and Vincent high schools and later received a degree in graphic design from the Art Institute of Wisconsin. He has been printing T-shirts for a decade.
"Cream City Print Lounge mission is to create a culture of expression through T-shirts, which are the biggest form of expression and can not be silenced," says Howard.
Molly Snyder grew up on Milwaukee's East Side and today, she lives in the Walker's Point neighborhood with her partner and two sons.
As a full time senior writer, editorial manager and self-described experience junkie, Molly has written thousands of articles about Milwaukee (and a few about New Orleans, Detroit, Indianapolis, Boston and various vacation spots in Wisconsin) that range in subject from where to get the best cup of coffee to an in-depth profile on the survivors of the iconic Norman apartment building that burned down in the '90s.
She also once got a colonic just to report on it, but that's enough on that.
Always told she had a "radio voice," Molly found herself as a regular contributor on FM102, 97WMYX and 1130WISN with her childhood radio favorite, Gene Mueller.
Molly's poetry, essays and articles appeared in many publications including USA Today, The Writer, The Sun Magazine and more. She has a collection of poetry, "Topless," and is slowly writing a memoir.
In 2009, Molly won a Milwaukee Press Club Award. She served as the Narrator / writer-in-residence at the Pfister Hotel from 2013-2014. She is also a story slam-winning storyteller who has performed with The Moth, Ex Fabula and Risk!
When she's not writing, interviewing or mom-ing, Molly teaches tarot card classes, gardens, sits in bars drinking Miller products and dreams of being in a punk band again.