The winner of the $300 AKOO gift card AND Beats by Dr. Dre is…

The decision wasn’t easy, but after reading through the emails sent in by my readers, one email stood out apart from the rest. The winning essay was written by EJ Flemmon! EJ will receive a $300 AKOO gift card and an invite to Tip Harris‘ private birthday bash on Saturday.

But that’s not all. In addition to dressing EJ in a wardrobe by AKOO, T.I. also threw in a pair of Beats By Dr Dre Solo HD headphones! Click the link below to read EJ’s excellent winning essay!

Thank you to everyone who sent in essays!

Loyal reader EJ Flemmon writes:

“The late writer, Gore Vidal once said, “Style is knowing who you are, what you want to say, and not giving a damn.” It’s a statement that I find befitting for this moment. Not only is it applicable but it takes pride to all new existence of none.

As a native of Alabama and a recent transplant to Atlanta, Georgia, I, EJ (Emil Jamal) Flemmon, haven’t exactly had the most lucrative year creatively or even opportunistically. Like so many others under the tumultuous umbrella of unemployment – I unfortunately lost my job a week after my twenty third birthday right after the first of the year. Soon after I lost my apartment due to payment failure and unwilling to leave pride and ask for a handout from my parental units. My uncle who resides in Douglasville offered to take me in and house me for as long as I wanted until I was able to establish a foothold on either a career path similar to what I was already doing or a job.

You’re wondering what makes this a special case of circumstances that differ from any other applicants. The answer is – none. We should not compare our situations to that of others which can supplement envy by only knowing what appears on the surface instead of underneath. I fought myself daily because of my mishaps until I sought refuge in my faith and realized that sometimes a pit is God’s way of trying to gain your attention and that he was. To help restore your faith when things come crashing down is take that faith and your own finesse and style to overcome that of which is plaguing you.

That style is one of the many elements that I correlate to describe the classic looks AKOO offers. With its hint of urban flare dipped in a universal appeal in everything from its v-neck crew tees to its woven’s, AKOO speaks to the every day man suitable for its acronym – A KING OF ONESELF. I enjoy how I feel being a man behind the clothes with the confidence needed to exude that style.

What makes me unique enough to override the numerous entries that you’ll receive? What I can say to qualify for such a relaxing prize perhaps worthy just about everyone who makes a choice to enter? Sometimes, a pick me up is always refreshing. It provides just the right amount of levity to inspire and motivate a man for just about anything in conquering day to day challenges. Though in the physical a lack of funds, strained resources and a limited opportunistic flow being a factor for me in the moment – I’d like to believe that I’m deserving of this prize. To eliminate pride which can easily dictate things in my life or interfere with the needs that have now seemed like a mere privilege to obtain?. I’d be incredibly grateful to acquire this because I genuinely now know what it means to have an appreciation for necessities that others don’t may not opt to always think twice about or even those who aren’t fortunate to have anything more than the clothes on their backs.

Thank you respectfully for providing an outlet for those who could really benefit from this gift of style, confidence and the art of knowing you are expressively through a form of fashion such as AKOO.”



 


68 Responses to “The winner of the $300 AKOO gift card AND Beats by Dr. Dre is…”

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    YSoSrs says:

    CONGRATS EJ!! :partyhat:

    Bring us back some cake. :grin:

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    Kei_lyme says:

    Congrats dude

    Sale that AKOO gift card…… to someone who still wear fubu

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    spiceykay says:

    Congratulations EJ

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    luVn_liFe... says:

    Well when i seen how long the essay was I knew it wasnt IGO,He said his was very short and said he should win just because..
    :lol:

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    jazi65 says:

    Congrats EJ :applause:

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    Aryanna says:

    I read it.. VERY NICE!
    CONGRATS!

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    luVn_liFe... says:

    Nice letter “EJ”

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    BrownSuggaBabe says:

    :cheer: EJ Well Written!

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    Bootcampgirl says:

    That was excellent EJ and congrats :cheer1:
    Annnddd, I know that is not MF’n Sass back in the house :shocked: waiting on those updated pics of your abs :waiting:

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    Ididntreallymeanit says:

    Congrats

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    You betta Do it !!!! :cheer: Congrats EJ :yes: Excellent writing by the way :trophy:

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    honeybun3757 says:

    Very nice.

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    Blackswan says:

    Congrats EJ!!!! Awesome essay.

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    luVn_liFe... says:

    Morning Roses..I hope Everyone’s having a great morning!!

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    GAGIRL87 says:

    Loved that letter EJ :yahoo:

    Moaning luVn_liFe :waves:

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    Natasha38 says:

    Good Morning ALL!!!!!! :waving:

    @Jenie WHY?????? :crying:

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    FuturedocDonte says:

    Morning everybody :waves:

    By now y’all should know why I do my dirty bird dance every Thursday :yahoo:

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    WUT'S YONI IS DELICIOUS WITH COOL WHIP says:

    GOOOOOODDDDD MORNING EVERYONEZ!!!! :nino: <—–got my exercise on before work this morning!

    Ummmm Jenie… come here baby.. :hug: …SIKE!!! :spank: damn gravi made me jealous from the neck down and scared from the neck up…stop that… too early….

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    NaijaGal says:

    :whistle:
    now the world don’t move
    to the beat of just one drum
    what might be right for you
    may not be right some

    Morning Folks :waves:

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    WUT'S YONI IS DELICIOUS WITH COOL WHIP says:

    @luvin:

    My day doesn’t get better until 4:59pm… :nono:

    Welp… gotta lurk…and work… see yall!! :hug:

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    WUT'S YONI IS DELICIOUS WITH COOL WHIP says:

    NaijaGal says:

    now the world don’t move
    to the beat of just one drum
    what might be right for you
    may not be right some
    ——————
    Now a man is born he’s a man of means
    then along come two and they got nothin but dreams… :whistle:

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    FTP_L@kEz*.* says:

    EJ CONGRATS LOVE UR LETTER :cheer:

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    Ms.Fashion says:

    Morning All!! :waves:

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    lovezoe says:

    :yawn: Morning Roses

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    Milky says:

    Good Morning All it’s Friday Eve! :wave: Congrats EJ well-written essay.

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    NaijaGal says:

    WUT WUT in Da BUTT – turns out the words are “they got nothing but their jeans”…I always thought it was dreams but nope, jeans…learned that ish some years back and it messed me up :lol:

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    NaijaGal says:

    I knew the show was ending when they married off Mr Drummond and brought on that white boy Sam with his ginger ass…where him these days and what is Doug (Arnold’s bestie) doing these days? Remember when Doug almost got molested by the bicycle man

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    luVn_liFe... says:

    I sweater fo GAWD General contractors Are dycks!!!! so dayum Smart and dont Know SHYTTTTE!!
    Done ruined my morning!”

    :koolaid3:

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    Natasha38 says:

    @Naija… who doesn’t remember that “A Very Special Episode of Different Strokes” with the PSA at the end… good times…

    @Lakes I fonted you a question yesterday about a special trick… Please tell me what it is… if you don’t want to tell the board, I can give you my email address :yes:

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    Trendsetter says:

    Good Morning Roses :waves:

    Congrats EJ

  31. 31
    FTP_L@kEz*.* says:

    NATASH ESSSPECHUL TRICK? :hug:

  32. 32

    Morning Roses :waves: Trend, Natasha, Fashion, Naija, Lzoe, WUT, Milky, GAGIRL my suga :kiss: and everyone else that I missed :waves:

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    FTP_L@kEz*.* says:

    JENNIE :hug: ALL OF A SUDDEN I WANT PUDDING.. AND THEN :hurl:

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    WUT'S YONI IS DELICIOUS WITH COOL WHIP says:

    NaijaGal says:

    WUT WUT in Da BUTT – turns out the words are “they got nothing but their jeans”…I always thought it was dreams but nope, jeans…learned that ish some years back and it messed me up
    ————————–
    :smack: JEANS? well damn! Thats a new kind a poor when all you got is a pair of jeans… :rofl:

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    NaijaGal says:

    Can’t listen to R Kelly’s songs the same anymore…your body’s calling was just playing and all I picture is him saying it to a 14 years old *le weep*

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    Natasha38 says:

    @Lakes… yes it’s in the Honey BooBoo post

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    Milky says:

    Morning :wave:
    lakez
    jenie
    trend
    luvn
    naija
    lovezoe
    msfashion

  39. 39
    SamIAMnotHAM says:

    Good Morning Roses
    :offtopic:
    Juicy on Rickey Smiley is killing lil wayne song how to love :rofl: I don’t mean in a good way. Loved her singin refill tho’

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    NaijaGal says:

    JENIE :waves:

    @WUT – RIGHT!?! That means Mr Drummon was a tight ass with his ends…shoot even Florence had more than just her jeans :lol:

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    WUT'S YONI IS DELICIOUS WITH COOL WHIP says:

    jeniefrumdabloc says:

    Morning Roses Trend, Natasha, Fashion, Naija, Lzoe, WUT, Milky, GAGIRL my suga and everyone else that I missed
    ————————
    :nono: Read comment 18 ma’am… makin me sick so early….

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    WUT’S YONI IS DELICIOUS WITH COOL WHIP says:

    jeniefrumdabloc says:

    Morning Roses Trend, Natasha, Fashion, Naija, Lzoe, WUT, Milky, GAGIRL my suga and everyone else that I missed
    ————————
    :nono: Read comment 18 ma’am… makin me sick so early….
    ____________________

    U don’t like ole Bill in Dragg :shrug:

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    Anna says:

    Nice essay. :congrats:

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    SamIAMnotHAM says:

    Oh Jenie, is that Bill Cosby in your gravi!!!!! :hurl:

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    WUT'S YONI IS DELICIOUS WITH COOL WHIP says:

    NaijaGal says:

    Can’t listen to R Kelly’s songs the same anymore…your body’s calling was just playing and all I picture is him saying it to a 14 years old *le weep*
    ———————-
    :no: me neeevah!

    You know what other song is giving me a cringesation…. Sorry but Anita Bakers remake of Tyrese song. Have I told I Love you! I bought a ticket and a belt…taking the next flight out to whip Anita’s azz for that :spank:

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    Keesh says:

    Congrats!!!
    Morning yall!!!

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    WUT'S YONI IS DELICIOUS WITH COOL WHIP says:

    jeniefrumdabloc says:

    WUT’S YONI IS DELICIOUS WITH COOL WHIP says:

    jeniefrumdabloc says:

    Morning Roses Trend, Natasha, Fashion, Naija, Lzoe, WUT, Milky, GAGIRL my suga and everyone else that I missed
    ————————
    Read comment 18 ma’am… makin me sick so early….
    ____________________

    U don’t like ole Bill in Dragg
    ————————
    It is just somethings you shouldn’t run across early in the morning tis all… Cosby showing his jello pudding is up there on the hell naw list… :rofl:

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    WUT'S YONI IS DELICIOUS WITH COOL WHIP says:

    :kiss: Hey LAKES sugah cube!

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    SamIAMnotHAM says:

    Oh Jenie, is that Bill Cosby in your gravi!!!!!
    _____________

    :yes:

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    Milky says:

    :wave: Keesh

  52. 52
    Kei_lyme says:

    Hi all bye all.

    @Luvn
    Hit me up on twitter I know you have questions

  53. 53
    NaijaGal says:

    MILKY – :waves: how was the b-day celebration or are you saving that for the weekend

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    Ms.Fashion says:

    jeniefrumdabloc says:

    Morning Roses Trend, Natasha, Fashion, Naija, Lzoe, WUT, Milky, GAGIRL my suga and everyone else that I missed

    ___________

    Hey Honey!! :waves:

    I tweeted you. You ignored me. Hmmppff… :coffee:

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    Ms.Fashion says:

    HEYYY @Milky!!! :waves:

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    Milky says:

    :wave: @Kei. I hope ur feeling okay today. :kiss:

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    FTP_L@kEz*.* says:

    WUUUUUUUUT! :kiss: SUP MIJA!

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    Milky says:

    NaijaGal says:

    MILKY – how was the b-day celebration or are you saving that for the weekend

    __________________________________
    im celebrating all week, but im having a get together tomorrow. I know the shots will be flowing. How r u today hunty?

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    lovezoe says:

    Jenie- :waves:

    Anyone here watch Sons of Anarchy?

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    FTP_L@kEz*.* says:

    NATSH I DIDN’T SEE IT :shrug:

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    NaijaGal says:

    WUT’S YONI IS DELICIOUS WITH COOL WHIP says:

    me neeevah!

    You know what other song is giving me a cringesation…. Sorry but Anita Bakers remake of Tyrese song. Have I told I Love you! I bought a ticket and a belt…taking the next flight out to whip Anita’s azz for that
    ================================
    Chile you ain’t never lied…but Anita is in a desperate state since her ex took her for her ends

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    NaijaGal says:

    Milky says:

    im celebrating all week, but im having a get together tomorrow. I know the shots will be flowing. How r u today hunty?
    ===========================
    ah sookie sookie now…get you a cake shot…I’m chilling, ready to go home though :lol:

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    Trendsetter says:

    lovezoe says:

    Jenie-

    Anyone here watch Sons of Anarchy?

    __________________

    The mister loves that show…

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    Smokie says:

    Lost me at “parental units”…too much.

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    GAGIRL87 says:

    Jenie :hug:

    Naija :hug:

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    Ty says:

    Congrats EJ :applause:

    Definitely well written :thumbsup:

    Let us know who is creeping at the party mmmkkkaayyy rofl:

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    MIAmixtapes says:

    :newbie: men clothes are so expensive i feel like the $300 will be one outfit or 2 outfits MAX, but im not familiar with akoo nor do i feel like researching it(just researched jeans $84 etc.) , but that’s $300 saved! Congrats EJ

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