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FUBU is a major line of sportswear and the company of the same name. The name is an acronym of "For Us, By Us" (referring to Black Americans).

The company was founded in 1992 by entrepreneur Daymond John with a line of hats made in his house in Queens, New York. With seed money of around $5000, John and a group of five neighborhood friends turned half of his house into a factory and the other half into living space for the five, which included J. Alexander Martin, Keith Perrin, and Carl Brown. The "05" commonly found on FUBU jerseys is a reference to these five founders of the clothing line.

FUBU staff started the company for their community, which employs a high percentage of African-Americans. The founders intended to compete with predominantly White-owned sportswear companies such as Nike, which use inner-city Black youth in New York and elsewhere to research what is cool, then make products from the feedback. FUBU felt that Nike was profiting from the authenticity of New York street fashion without giving enough back to the community, and that to this extent Black culture was being exploited. In targeting African-Americans and defining their competitors this way, FUBU stirred controversy as to whether the company intended to shut out non-Blacks (although many people of other backgrounds have evidently had no problem wearing their clothing). FUBU insists they are not intentionally exclusive, and their marketing targets all races.

The FUBU collection consists of T-shirts, rugby shirts, football jerseys, hockey jerseys, baseball caps, and denim jeans. All are embroided with the FUBU logo. Most of the products, such as the jeans, are imported from around the world. FUBU has now expanded to include various lines such as Platinum FUBU, FUBU footwear for men and women, Intimate Apparel & Active wear, Swimwear, Watches, FUBU suits, and FUBU tuxedos. The Platinum FUBU collection also includes the Fat Albert and Harlem Globetrotters clothing lines.

FUBU have received several honors for their entrepreneurial achievements. These include two Congressional Awards, two NAACP Awards, the Pratt Institute Award, the Christopher Wallace Award, the Online Hip-Hop Award and a Citation of Honor from the Queens Borough President. They also won a prestigious award from Essence, a popular African-American magazine.

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The above article is licensed under the GNU Free Documentation License. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/FUBU  1/25/06

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