A Collaboration Between Two African/Black Queer Owned Brands Who Believe In The Power Of Unity, Equality, and Community!

Our Story

Sankofa Athletics and the Nick Ricardo Collection have partnered together to create the "I AM ME" Campaign, a campaign that is backed by our passion to uplift our LGBTQIA+ and People of Color within our community. Our passion and eagerness to rise up stems from our appreciation of all that our community has contributed to our society.

We as creators of color hope to not only motivate our community to be unapologetically themselves, but to also show the importance of solidarity, and the need for queer and POC entrepreneurs to give back to their communities.

With this purchase of our "I AM ME" edition you will receive a fragrance sample set from the Nick Ricardo Collection that includes 15% off your purchase of a full-size bottle, and an athleisure apparel shirt that includes a 10% off your next purchase of apparel from Sankofa Athletics. We have both come together to partner with the T.G.I. Justice Project, an organization challenging the end of human rights abuse committed against transgender, gender variant, and intersex people, particularly against transgender women of color, in California prisons, jails, detention centers, and beyond. $2 of your purchase of our “I AM ME” Edition will be donated to the organization. To learn more about the organization go to http://www.tgijp.org/  

We want to lead by example by collaborating on this movement as we believe this partnership is bigger than us. Our "I AM ME" campaign is a reflection of us, and we hope that our stories inspire our community.  

Be You Collection

Our "Be You" Collection is geared towards inspiring people to love themselves no matter their gender identity or sexual orientation. 

Our goal is to encourage solidarity, and for Queer entrepreneurs to give back to their communities in any way that they possibly can.

We hope to push our community to pledge full support for their LGBTQIA+ businesses that are community focused. We have laid the foundation, and our goal is to build on this foundation. 


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BeYou Sample Set

The BeYou Sample Set is the discovery of finding your true authentic self through scent. Four 2ml beautifully handcrafted scents available for you to try before you commit to a full-size fragrance bottle. Purchase the Be You sample set today and receive 15% off your purchase of a Nick Ricardo signature scent. 


Khalia Ervin

Age: 33
Born: Cincinnati, Ohio
Profession: Entrepreneur & 
Behavioral Specialist
"Tap into your purpose, and stay the course!!" - Khalia E

Nick Ricardo Yeast

Age: 27
Born: Harrodsburg, Kentucky
Profession: Founder of Nick Ricardo Collection 
“Whatever your story is, own it and own it proudly” - Nick R.  

"Nothing I Accept About Myself Can Be Used Against Me To Diminish Me" - Audre Lorde