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Ye aka Kanye West’s potential objective of promoting his controversial t-shirts appears to be like to be thwarted because of an unlikely duo proudly owning the trademark.
The “White Lives Matter” t-shirts that the controversial rapper sported a few weeks again together with conservative advocate Candace Owens, have added to the outrage he’s incurred. In line with a latest interview, any potential plan Ye could have needed to promote these tees for revenue is useless on arrival as a result of possession of the phrase belongs to 2 Black males – Ramses Ja and Quinton Ward, hosts of the radio present Civic Cipher.
The Phoenix, Arizona-based duo revealed that they got here into possession of the trademark because of an nameless donor who had scooped it as much as forestall it from stepping into the incorrect palms. “This one that first procured it didn’t actually love proudly owning it, as a result of the aim was not essentially to get wealthy off of it; the aim was to ensure that different individuals didn’t get wealthy off of that ache,” Ja mentioned within the interview.
After they contacted Ja and Ward in early September to supply them possession of the trademark, the deal grew to become official on Oct. 28. In consequence, the 2 have sole possession over the phrase and possess the power to sue anybody utilizing it for revenue.
“We all know that phrases like ‘White Lives Matter,’ ‘All Lives Matter,’ and ‘Blue Lives Matter’ proceed to trigger hurt and to dilute the narrative that was supposed to be established by Black Lives Matter. These phrases are all piggybacking off of Black individuals’s creativity and efforts, so we’re all for serving to to make use of this as a measure to permit Black individuals to retain slightly little bit of possession,” Ja continued.
The hosts acknowledged the emotional turmoil of Ye’s feedback. “[I]t’s not one thing that was surprising as a result of I do know that Kanye has been shifting on this path for a while. I do my finest to attempt to keep in mind the Kanye that I knew in ’04 and ’05. The Kanye that mentioned George Bush doesn’t care about Black individuals,” Ja mentioned. The Civic Cipher hosts have mentioned that they haven’t heard from any of the rapper’s representatives concerning the trademark.