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Jamaal Grantham looks to inspire, empower with Gr8 Clothing


This Black History Month is passing the page to local Black business owners to talk a little bit about their story in their words

I owe a debt of gratitude to my immediate family, particularly my uncle, grandparents, and other close relatives, who ensured that my siblings and I never lacked basic necessities and shielded us from the harsh realities of our circumstances.

My upbringing in this environment has profoundly influenced my trajectory. From a young age, I admired my uncle, a successful businessman and fashion designer whose entrepreneurial endeavors left an indelible mark on me. Witnessing his creative process and business acumen ignited a passion within me for entrepreneurship, a flame that continued to burn through my academic pursuits in Business Management at North Carolina A&T University – also where my uncle attended college, and later in earning my Master of Business Administration.


In 2017, during a conversation with my now-wife, the pieces of my aspirations fell into place. Reflecting on my affinity for clothing, entrepreneurial zeal, and cherished memories with my uncle, the concept for GR8 Clothing Line crystallized in my mind.

Since its inception, GR8 has been more than just a brand; it's a platform for inspiration and empowerment. Guided by a mission to instill confidence and positivity, every step of the business journey, from conceptualization to consumer engagement, has been deeply fulfilling.

The sight of people of all levels donning GR8 garments fuels my determination to expand the brand's reach and impact. Beyond business, I am committed to community initiatives, such as a violence interruption program aimed at breaking destructive cycles within our neighborhoods.


At the heart of everything I do lies a simple yet powerful message: No matter your walk in life, be GR8 at it. Set goals, chase dreams, be intentional! The capacity to rise above adversity and strive for greatness resides within each of us. Whether through clothing or community outreach, I endeavor to instill this belief in our youth, empowering them to transcend their circumstances and realize their full potential.

My journey from adversity to entrepreneurship serves as a testament to the transformative power of perseverance and self-belief. By sharing my story, I hope to inspire others to embrace their own greatness and become catalysts for positive change within their communities.

Ultimately, the path to collective upliftment begins with individual empowerment. As I continue to lead by example, I remain steadfast in my commitment to inspiring others to unlock their potential and become living embodiments of greatness.

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