‘White Lives Matter’ trademark reportedly owned by 2 black radio hosts who say Kanye, others can’t use it

Two black radio hosts in Phoenix, Arizona, have dropped the mic on rapper Kanye “Ye” West’s controversial “White Lives Matter” t-shirts.

According to black activists Ramses Ja and Quinton Ward, Ye can’t sell his “White Lives Matter” apparel because he doesn’t own the trademark on the phrase — they do, and they did it to prevent people like him or anyone else from profiting off of it.

Speaking to radio station KRRL-FM, the hosts of the nationally-syndicated radio show, Civic Cipher, made clear that Ye had better pay them a visit if he intends to sell that shirt.

“We are the holder of the federal trademark for White Lives Matter,” Ja stated. “If you want to sell that shirt, you have to come knock on my door, or you have to face Morris, my lawyer.”


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As BizPac Review reported, liberal heads exploded after Ye, joined by outspoken conservative host Candice Owens, were seen wearing “White Lives Matter” t-shirts at an impromptu Yeezy fashion show in Paris in early October.

The backlash was immediate.

Amid online attacks, Ye sat down with Fox News’s Tucker Carlson and slammed abortion, his ex-wife Kim Kardashian, the entire entertainment industry, and, of course, his relentless critics.

As the left raged, Ye was booted from both Twitter and Instagram for saying he is going to go “death con 3 on Jewish people.”

In the days that followed, the entertainer was canceled by his bank, Adidas, his agent, and other business partners in moves that have reportedly cost Ye billions.

And now, say Ja and Ward, he can forget about “piggybacking” off the efforts of Black Lives Matter.

It was one of the duo’s listeners who owned the “White Lives Matter” trademark and chose to transfer it to the radio hosts.

“This person who first procured it didn’t really love owning it, because the purpose was not necessarily to get rich off of it; the purpose was to make sure that other people didn’t get rich off of that pain,” Ja told Capital B.

The new owners of the phrase vow that any use of it will benefit black and brown communities.

“We know that phrases like ‘White Lives Matter,’ ‘All Lives Matter,’ and ‘Blue Lives Matter’ continue to cause harm and to dilute the narrative that was intended to be established by Black Lives Matter,” Ja said. “Those phrases are all piggybacking off of black people’s creativity and efforts, so we’re all for helping to use this as a measure to allow black people to retain a little bit of ownership.”

According to the Daily Mail, the “White Lives Matter” trademark was first registered on October 3 to Civic Cipher LLC.

While Ye can continue wearing “White Lives Matter” on his wardrobe, the trademark means he can’t make a dime off doing it.

Back on Instagram, Ye wrote, “I lost 2 billion dollars in one day. And I’m still alive. This is love speech.”

“I still love you,” Ye continued. “God still loves you. The money is not who I am. The people is who I am.”

 

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