The Crips Go Corporate and Make Move to Trademark Nipsey Hussle’s Slogan

They’ve been immortalized in rap music, movies, and the crime blotters of national newspapers. Now, the notorious Crips gang is making news for a legit business move. In effort to keep Nipsey Hussle’s legacy alive, both his brother Samiel “Blacc Sam” Asghedom and the Crips gang have filed documentation to trademark the slain rapper’s slogan, “The Marathon Continues.”

Born Ermias Joseph Asghedom, Nipsey was gunned down on March 31 in front of “The Marathon Clothing,” a smart store he opened in 2017 in South Los Angeles. The Grammy-nominated rapper also named his 2011 mixtape “The Marathon Continues.” However, he never obtained a trademark for the motto, according to The Blast.

Weeks after his death, the LA Crips filed a trademark for the slogan under their holding company, Crips LLC, on May 16 to continue Nipsey’s community work in the South Los Angeles area.  According to the filing, the trademark will be used in services geared toward gang prevention, community building, and creating youth sports programs. The application also mentions a documentary titled The Marathon Continues that is slated for release this summer along with entertainment services to be provided by celebrities and community organizers from both the Crips and the Bloods. Nipsey admitted to joining the Crips-affiliated set Rollin’ 60s when he was just 14. At the time of his death, the LA-born artist was actively involved in curbing street violence.

Despite their efforts, it appears that Nipsey’s brother may want to keep the slogan in the family. According to documents obtained by The Blast, Blacc Sam filed a separate trademark application on May 28 to lock down “The Marathon Continues” for entertainment services, music, and “charitable activities.”

“Neither application mentions the other one, but once U.S. Patent & Trademark officials notice the dual filings, they will begin to sort out who actually has a right to profit off the “The Marathon Continues.”

The Crips and Bloods registered as holding companies Crips LLC and Bloods LLC under the brand ‘Blood Cuzz’ns’ in 2018 in an attempt to “shine up a sullied reputation,” according to a press release. In recent years, they’ve taken part in organizing local community events.

“From banging to branding is par the course of cultural evolution. It’s right alongside the technology (ride sharing) that has given way for our 15-year-old daughters to jump in and out of cars everyday being driven by complete strangers and is definitely in stride with the government’s war on drugs (marijuana) that sent many of these guys away to prison for a very long time, that now is not only legal but also encouraged. With the brands cultural equity in place, it’s sure to set a trend and may soon become as American as apple pie, which is a definite game changer,” said Bryanna Jenkins, Chief Operating Officer for Blood Cuzz’ns in a press release.




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Tanisha Foster, Mom Of Nipsey Hussle’s Daughter, Discusses Their Relationship, Being “Good” With Lauren London

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There has been a lot said and implied about Tanisha Foster ever since rapper Nipsey Hussle passed away. She is the mother of his 10-year-old daughter Emani Asghedom, and she’s currently fighting with the rapper’s sister, Samantha, for custody of the child. Emani has been living with Samantha, and according to TMZ, during a recent court appearance, Tanisha broke down in tears because she claimed she hadn’t seen her daughter in months. Nipsey’s family is reportedly trying to organize visitation for mother and daughter.

The family believes Samantha can provide Emani with the most stable living situation and claim Tanisha has a substance abuse issue that they want to help her deal with. The custody case continues in July, when both sides meet for their next court date.

Until then though, Tanisha is speaking out. She took to Instagram Live on Tuesday to clear up some misconceptions. She also wanted to thank people for their support, saying, “Thank you, I’m going to stay strong. I have to stay strong because I have babies.”

As far as what people think of her lifestyle based on what they see on social media, including when it comes to her social media names, which reference Nipsey, she’s going to keep doing what she wants to do.

“I’m going to live my life,” she said. “It was 16 years. He was 16 years of my life. Do anybody know that?”

“I don’t prove nothing to nobody,” she added. “I don’t have to.”

With that in mind, she said she doesn’t worry about or deal with the “disrespectful sh-t” people say online because when Nipsey was alive, he showed her nothing but love.

“My child’s father didn’t disrespect me,” she said. “I talked to him 30 minutes before he died. How about those apples? Do y’all know that?”

“I don’t feed into negativity, baby. I don’t pay ’em no mind,” she added. “I don’t give a damn about these people. They give a damn about me, though. So all the haters can eat my sh-t, but the people who love me, I love y’all.”

She also wanted to make it clear that despite what she may have said or done in the past in reference to Lauren London (there were some past regrettable tweets and “likes” of negative comments about the actress), they have no issues.

“I don’t have a problem with Lauren. She don’t have a problem with me,” she said. “We good.”

Last time Tanisha spoke out about Nipsey on social media, she found herself heavily criticized by people who felt that since she was his ex, her public condolences were inappropriate and disrespectful to Lauren. Still, she’s always stood by the positive relationship they had and the sentiments she shared.



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Nipsey Hussle’s Sister Files for Guardianship of His Daughter Emani

Nipsey Hussle’s sister, Samantha Smith has filed for legal guardianship of one of his children.

She filed documents in L.A. County Superior Court asking for guardianship of 7-year-old Emani Asghedom.

via TMZ:

Sources say Samantha believes the child’s biological mother is unable to care for the child.

We’re told Nipsey cared for Emani before his death March 31 after being gunned down at his L.A. clothing store.

Samantha says she has assisted in the care of Emani throughout her life and wants “to ensure the continued stability for Emani and ensure that she will be able to maintain her current and ongoing relationship” with Nipsey’s family.

Nipsey had another child, 2-year-old Kross, with Lauren London. Kross is not the subject of the conservatorship. Kross lives with Lauren.

On April 2, Samantha posted in her Instagram account a tribute to Nipsey, and in it she says, “I got Emani.”

The judge has yet to rule on the guardianship petition.  

We hope this doesn’t get messy.

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This FOX Reporter Joked While Talking About Nipsey Hussle’s Funeral

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Nipsey Hussle’s tragic death broke hearts across the hip-hop community and beyond. His untimely passing inspired a truce between Los Angeles gangs. He had a grand home going service at the Staples Center where fans packed the venue to pay respects the the late rapper and his family. Whether you are a fan of not, this terrible loss was felt. While many outlets covered his funeral with respect, FOX News laughed and joked while covering Hussle’s farewell.

“Yesterday in  thousands lined the streets to say goodbye to rapper Nipsey Hussle,” FOX News reporter Laura Ingraham said during The Laura Ingraham Show Friday (Apr. 12). “This dear artist recently released a song called FDT ― F Donald Trump.”

“FDT” is actually rapper YG’s  2016 track that features Hussle and after she played a clip of the chorus she then mocked the rapper saying “That’s a very creative refrain, very catchy. “The chorus, it goes on and on. Is that related to the lowest unemployment ever basically for African Americans.”

Ingraham and her guest Raymond Arroyo also made fun of Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan for mistakenly calling Hussle Nipsey Russell during his service.

“It’s always a good idea before you give a eulogy to know the name of the deceased,” Arroyo said sarcastically.

As a journalist it is very disrespectful, tactless and insensitive to discuss Hussle’s murder and funeral like it had no meaning or impact. Plus, the comment about the black people having the  lowest unemployment rate ever is false. Our unemployment rates were lowest while Barack Obama was in office.

Take a look at a brief clip of Ingraham below.



Reggie Bush Donates $10,000 to Nipsey Hussle’s Children, Starts GoFundMe to Reach $100,000

Reggie Bush has announced that he and wife Lilit Avagyan have donated $ 10,000 to Nipsey Hussle’s two children.

He also set a GoFundMe for a $ 100,000 goal for the children.

“[Nipsey] touched a lot of lives in a positive way,” Reggie said. “He wanted to make a difference in his community, and communities like it all around the world. As a tribute to Nipsey, I would like to offer support to his children, and all funds from this GoFundMe will be transferred directly into a trust that was created solely for his legacy, his two children, Kross & Emani,”

If you’d like to donate, you can do so by clicking here.


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Nipsey Hussle’s Killer Fired Off More Shots After Rapper Talked Back

More details are emerging about the death of Nipsey Hussle and Eric Holder, the 29-year-old reportedly responsible for fatally shooting the beloved rap star outside his clothing store in Los Angeles last Sunday afternoon.

According to TMZ, Holder became enraged when Nipsey talked back to him after he fired off two shots that hit the L.A. native.

Via TMZ:

Sources at the scene of Nipsey’s murder tell us … after Eric Holder allegedly shot Nipsey twice and the rapper fell to the ground, Nipsey raised his head and said something to the effect of, “You shot me, you got me, I’m good.”

We’re told Holder — who had already started to walk away — turned around and walked back in Nipsey’s direction when he realized the rapper was still alive. That’s when Holder fired additional shots at Nipsey … those bullets, eyewitnesses believe, that killed him.

The surveillance video shows Nipsey raise his head after the first two shots. Holder approaches him and fires again, back off, then fire again. He then kicks Hussle before running into an alley.

The gunman was arrested two days after the incident and has been charged with 1 count of murder, 2 counts of attempted murder and 1 count of possession of a firearm by a felon. He pleaded not guilty Thursday and his
bond has been set at $ 5 million. Famed attorney Chris Darden is representing him.

According to the LA Times, the woman who drove the getaway car turned herself in to authorities and is said to be cooperating with investigators. At the time of this report, she had not been arrested.

Nipsey’s funeral will take place Thursday (April 11) at the Staples Center.

Holder returns to court May 10. He has been placed in solitary out of fear he’ll be killed by other inmates.

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Chris Darden’s Daughter Has Been Harassed Over Her Father Defending Nipsey Hussle’s Alleged Killer

Rapper Nipsey Hussle's Alleged Killer Eric Holder Makes First Court Appearance

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Since it has been announced that Chris Darden is defending Nipsey Hussle’s alleged killer, Eric Holder, his daughter Jenee Harden said she has been getting harassed via social media.

She addressed the hostility coming her way via Instagram and said she found out her father is defending Holder on social media with the rest of the world.

“I was not prepared for this backlash that has triggered bad memories from the O.J Simpson Trial,” she wrote. ” My father is a grown man and has been a defense attorney for some time. I have no say in the cases he takes on.”

Harden went on to say that she understands the outrage and pain surrounding Nipsey Hussle’s murder but it doesn’t justify the “vile comments”  that have been thrown her way.

“Instead of attacking me and others who have nothing to do with this case, channel that energy toward continuing Nipsey’s legacy in strengthening our communities and lifting up each other.”

Holder was charged with one count of murder, two counts of attempted murder and one count of possession of a firearm by a felon and has pleaded not guilty to all charges. Holder is accused of shooting Hussle six times outside of his The Marathon clothing store on March 31st. Holder, 29, was arrested on April 2nd.



Nipsey Hussle’s Funeral Will Be Held At The Staples Center

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Due to rapper Nipsey Hussle’s influence on hip-hop, it’s only right that his home going service be magnificent. It has been announced that the L.A rapper’s funeral will be held next week at the Staples Center, TMZ reports.

The venue, which holds 21,000 people, will host Hussle’s funeral on Thursday, April 11th, 2019. LAPD officers will be present to secure the event. In order to attend the funeral, you will have to purchase tickets. This isn’t the first time the Staples Center hosted a funeral for a major celebrity. Michael Jackson’s funeral was also held there back in 2009.

Nipsey Hussle, born Ermias Asghedom, was shot and killed on March 31st in front of his Marathon Clothing store in his hometown. The alleged shooter is Eric Holder, who recently plead not guilty to murder charges. Hussle was only 33-years-old and left behind his two children, his son Kross and his daughter Emani.

His tragic killing sparked a gang truce that led to a peace march through the Crenshaw district in Los Angeles. Gang members from Watts, Compton and Inglewood all came together to discuss ceasing fire and creating more unity to prevent more killings in the South Central L.A community.




Huge Venue Needed For Nipsy Hussle’s Funeral/Memorial Service

Nipsey Hussle‘s family is looking for an appropriate venue to hold funeral/memorial services for the slain rapper. The problem is that Hussle was a very, very popular person in the community and they’ll need a large venue to accommodate everyone.

We’re talking a venue large enough for 15,000 people or so. Fortunately in the Los Angeles area there a several to choose from, including The Forum, Staples Center, the Long Beach Arena, and not to mention USC’s, Long Beach State’s or UCLA’s basketball arenas.

Speaking of Staples, it might be in play (if available) to host the services because for one, it’s the home of the LA Lakers of whom Nipsey was a huge fan and also don’t forget that Michael Jackson’s memorial/funeral was held there in 2009.

Other options would be outside venues such as the Hollywood Bowl or even LA’s 2 professional soccer stadiums.

We would guess the other challenge would be getting one those venues on a date that’s not already committed.

As TMZ notes, “Nipsey was a man of the people, and we’re told his family wants to ensure everyone who wants to will be able to celebrate his life. Nip had an enormous impact on the community and his murder resonated in L.A. and way beyond … with memorials and candlelight vigils popping up across the globe.”

TMZ is also reporting that the family wants his funeral/memorial service to happen within the next two weeks.

As we reported, the beloved rapper/entrepreneur was shot and killed outside his store Sunday afternoon (03-30-19) in the Hyde Park section of L.A.

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Suspect in rapper Nipsey Hussle’s killing arrested in Los Angeles suburb

The man suspected of fatally shooting Grammy-nominated rapper Nipsey Hussle in a personal dispute was arrested in a Los Angeles suburb on Tuesday, a day after authorities named him publicly, police officials said.
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Lauren London Breaks Her Silence on Nipsey Hussle’s Murder: ‘I Am Completely Lost’ [Photo]

Lauren London took to Instagram for the first time since her longtime boyfriend was tragically gunned down over the weekend.

In an emotional post, the actress shared a few words on how she’s dealing with her loss.

Take a look:

Earlier today it was reported that police have apprehended the suspect they believe is responsible for Nipsey’s murder.

Our hearts to out to her and their family.

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Police Seek Nipsey Hussle’s Killer, Believe Shooting Was Gang-Related

Police are continuing to seek the killer of rapper Nipsey Hussle, who was shot outside his store in South Los Angeles in a burst of gunfire that injured two other people, officials told the Los Angeles Times. The Grammy-nominated rapper (legal name: Ermias Asghedom), whose business efforts in his native neighborhood made him a local […]