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4 Black teen artists created powerful PopSocket PopGrips that reflect their life experiences

Moriba Cummings
·3-min read

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PopSocket has revolutionized the phone grip market, standing as one of the most popular and widely used options today. To expand its wide range of designs and inspirations, the brand recruited four Black teen creators who produced four special PopGrips reflecting their life experiences and who they are.

Credit: PopSocket
Credit: PopSocket

In celebration of Black History Month, PopSockets and Best Buy announced this partnership where PopSockets’ designers mentored four Black teen creators (DJ, Dredrick, Jalen and Weslyn) who attended a Best Buy Teen Tech Center.

According to a press release, Best Buy Teen Tech Centers are “safe after-school learning sites where teens learn new skills, stay on track with school, nurture positive adult and peer relationships and discover career pathways.”

The three-month mentorship led to each teen creating a new Poptivism PopGrip design that embodies the Black experience through their own respective lens.

50% of every $15 sale goes to the Best Buy Foundation to support the Teen Tech Center programs.

The brilliant teens’ final PopGrip designs showcase a Black king and queen, a Black woman with an afro inspired by Solange’s song Don’t Touch My Hair, along with depictions of Black minds in tech and people of various skin tones coming together.

1. PopSockets Poptivism “Esse” Pop Grip, $15

Credit: PopSockets
Credit: PopSockets

Designed by a 15-year-old Pittsburgh-native DJ, this PopGrip features people of different skin tones uniting.

“We all come in different shapes and sizes and colors, but at the end of the day, we’re all sort of the same,” DJ said.

2. PopSockets Poptivism “Wisdom” Pop Grip, $15

Credit: PopSockets
Credit: PopSockets

Designed by Weslyn, an 18-year-old Howard University freshman from Minneapolis, MN, this PopGrip represents Black minds in tech.

“Circuits, galaxies [and] the brain all represent places where ideas are created,” she said. “This has helped me see my worth, especially as an artist and a creator.”

3. PopSockets Poptivism “Crown” Pop Grip, $15

Credit: PopSockets
Credit: PopSockets

Designed by 17-year-old Lakewood native Jalen, this PopGrip took inspiration from Solange Knowles’ hit song Don’t Touch My Hair.

“The first thing I thought about when I thought about making a PopGrip for Black History Month is Black women’s hair — it’s such a powerful thing,” he said.

4. PopSockets Poptivism “U+ME=US” Pop Grip, $15

Credit: PopSockets
Credit: PopSockets

Designed by 18-year-old Minneapolis native Dredrick, this PopGrip shows a Black king and queen.

“They’re leaning up upon each other, gently supporting each other,” he said of his design. “I wanted to show the emotional side.”

All four Black History Month Poptivism PopGrips are available here.

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