Charles Ramsey launches new website to work his newly trademarked name.
*Charles Ramsey will always be known for his heroic rescue of the three women in Cleveland that had been in the custody of kidnapper Ariel Castro.
But he didn’t accept any monetary rewards. He declined and asked that all monies be given to the women that were held in custody.
But Ramsey has thought of another way to get money for his fame by trademarking his name and using his name for commercial ventures.
According to the Smoking Gun:
“The 43-year-old Ramsey’s USPTO applications–which cost a combined $1650–cover several different kinds of products, including “Halloween costumes and masks sold in connection therewith,” bracelets, t-shirts, and shoes.”
*Ludacris isn’t only about booty droppin’ and bottle poppin’. He’s got substance too.
He and his 10-year-old daughter, Karma, have been working together to launch an interactive, educational website filled with fun activities and of course, music for the kids.
In an interview with Ebony, the rapper revealed that the site (KARMASWORLD.COM), which was originally launched last December, will be relaunched in time for the new school year, laced with 11 new tracks.
“The whole thing came about because my daughter followed me into the studio…and as time progressed she continued wanting to…pursue something in music,” he said. “Basically what happened was she kept saying she wanted to do it and I said, ‘Well, if you want to record music you have to talk about what’s going on in your life, and that was basically education and school, where it came from.’ And she actually did all 20 songs that are on the website right now. I’m an extremely proud father, especially that she’s an entrepreneur at the age of 10 right now.”
He admitted the site and his daughter’s songs have helped her improve in school. He says her progress is a testament that this stuff really works.
Check out more here.
*Former Destiny’s Child member, now solo artist, Letoya Luckett is down on her luck somewhat.
One of her popular fan sites shut down in a dramatic fashion after posting a harsh letter to the singer.
Before the Letoya News Network shut down, the site administrator described what seems to be a terrible break up, scolding Luckett for ignoring her loyal fans. The writer reminds the singer turned actress that her true gift is in music.
Check out the hissy fit filled post below from the sites administrator, “Common”:
“Most artists would kill to have a fanbase like yours. I don’t understand this reluctance to communicate with your fans. Break the barrier already!
STOP this secrecy. You have (had?) DIE HARD fans, not every artist has that. But for some reason it feels like you neither respect nor appreciate them. You make us feel like we’re trash, like we don’t count. You have said hurtful things to fans I won’t mention here. You shouldn’t forget that you’re on our payroll and that without us fans there wouldn’t be a LeToya.
You don’t understand how the new music industry works. Your mindset is still very old school. You always leave fans in the dark. As a result you’re losing them by the minute….
I absolutely don’t give a F about Smooth Touch, I don’t care about Gospel plays, I don’t care about any of the acting. I wanted MUSIC and most importantly for some unknown reason I wanted to witness you being successful at it. It’s not just that I want to have more tracks from you. It’s that I want to see you enjoy success like a Drake or a Keri Hilson because I know you deserve it so much….
Anyway when your album comes out, if ever, I’ll definitely download it on rapidshare. I’ll enjoy it but no more me buying hundreds of them and selling them around for you…
You just lost one of your greatest stan. PS: If you don’t address this, it will be the proof to me that you don’t give a damn about your fans.”
Well guess who’s all kissy- kissy now? Letoya reached out to Common and had a heart to heart so all is forgiven. Awww. Click here to see how the drama was resolved.
*George Zimmerman, the self-appointed neighborhood watch volunteer charged with killing unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin, has raised at least $200,000 through a website set up to fund his defense, his lawyer said on Thursday.
Donors contributed “just over $200,000,”said Mark O’Mara, Zimmerman’s defense lawyer.
The site set up to solicit funds for Zimmerman’s defense, therealgeorgezimmerman.com, has since been shut down.
Zimmerman was released this week on $150,000 bail and has been moved to an undisclosed location. He had surrendered to police earlier this month after prosecutors charged him with second-degree murder in the February shooting death of Martin in a gated community in the central Florida town of Sanford.
Zimmerman has pleaded not guilty and says he killed Martin in self-defense.
The incident has prompted civil rights protests and a national debate over guns, self-defense laws and race in America.
O’Mara told CNN that he would inform the judge in the case of the funds on Friday.
The initial wallpaper for George Zimmerman's new website.
*The tragedy of Trayvon Martin’s death has not completely permeated the nation as we expected.
The disrespectful electronic construction sign outside Detroit depicting him as a racial slur and now the black cultural center on The Ohio State University’s campus has been vandalized with “Long Live Zimmerman” written across the outside of the building.
But, if you think that’s disrespectful, George Zimmerman chose to use it for wallpaper on his new website. (more…)
*Herman Cain must be the man that made up the phrase “Can’t stop! Won’t stop!”
Well, up until he became the latest casualty in the race for President. But, up until the very end he had something up his sleeve each and every time.
But, it was the meeting with his “boss” (Mrs. Cain) that shut down the campaign that he claims he pulled out of on his own because his wife “would never ask” him to step down. (more…)