The tension was crazy. Grammy-award winning, Houston-based rapperChamillionaire ventured into a Twitter territory that few other hip-hop artists have entered, and those names have started with a Jay, or a Kanye or Ddddd-diddy. You know those guys. However, tonight in an incredibly strategic move Chamillionaire managed to make it to the #2 trending topic on the social network known for its micro-blogging or “tweets.” Though he didn’t stay in the #2 position long, he enjoyed the process so much he told the almost 4,000 viewers of his live stream on Justin.tv that he wanted to trend again the next day.
These limited edition CD’s will be autographed and the multiple ways to win them are posted on Chamillionaire.com; there are 12 options in all – (found HERE).
Fans have gone all out in their attempts to become one of the lucky few since the announcement of the contest on July 13th, with one in particular putting up a winning eBay bid of $8,400 for a copy.
One more copy will be made available for auction on eBay in the near future and all proceeds from the sales of these 2 copies will go to the Houston advocacy agency for infants and children of incarcerated parents, No More Victims, Inc. an organization to which Chamillionaire has donated his time in the past.
Visit No More Victims, Inc. for more information or to learn how you can help.
Chamillionaire is no stranger to the use of technology and social media for branding purposes. Chamillionaire was crowned the biggest selling Ringtone artist ever, with over 5 million ringtone sales, and was certified by the RIAA as the first multi-platinum Mastertone artist in history. His Myspace site has exceeded 15 million profile views, earning him over 4 million in digital sales, outselling established stars such as Nelly and T.I.
From The Harris County Sheriff’s Office:
On Monday, 08.03.2009, at approximately 1250 Hrs, the Houston Fire Department responded to a car fire near a Harris County Flood Control retention pond, located in the 13600 Blk. of Westpark, in west Harris County. After the fire department extinguished the fire, they discovered a badly burned unidentified body inside the vehicle. Investigators with the Harris County Sheriff’s Office Homicide Unit were called to the scene and are conducting the investigation.
Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to contact the Harris County Sheriff’s Office Homicide Unit at 713.967.5810 or call Crime Stoppers at 713.222.TIPS (8477)
Note: This is not the actual car!
WOULD YOU TAKE A JOB AT ANY OF THESE COMPANIES?
I have been keeping my eyes open when I’ve been out and about. I’ve noticed there are a lot of customer service jobs that are open. The latest job openings I’ve seen are at two very popular companies. One is the Whataburger chain. From the signs I’ve seen they’re hiring for all positions. Also, the big electronics store Best Buy is hiring. They have part time openings for those who are looking for work. Are these jobs you would be interested in at these popular stores? Why and why not…Leave your comments here on the blog!
On Tuesday, August 4, 2009 Kofi Taharka the newly elected National Chairman of the National Black United Front (NBUF) will be in Fort Worth, Texas at 11:00am at the Tarrant County Justice Center located at 401 W. Belknap. Chairman Taharka will join the community in support of Broderick Gamble and Silk Littlejohn. Additionally, he will be standing in solidarity with Frederick D. Haynes, III Senior Pastor at
Grace Head a white
Because of the efforts of Pastor Freddie Haynes, the E.R.A. movement members, Thomas Muhammad (Community Activist/NBUF representative) and the strength of the victimized couple over the past two years this case has not been swept under the rug. Grace Head has entered a plea of not guilty by reason of insanity.
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) arrested 25 foreign-born sex offenders in the Houston area during a five-day operation that ended Friday.
The ICE-led initiative was carried out with assistance from the sheriff’s departments of Fort Bend, Harris and Montgomery counties, and the probation departments of Galveston and Brazoria counties. ICE agents and officers located and arrested 25 aliens, some of them in the United States illegally and some with legal status. Those with legal status have been convicted of one or more criminal offenses, rendering them removable from the United States.
“Everyone should be able to live a life free of sexual exploitation and abuse,” said Robert Rutt, special agent in charge of the ICE Office of Investigations in Houston. “ICE will not rest in its pursuit of those who physically or sexually abuse others, especially children. We remain steadfast in protecting of those who are unable to protect themselves.”
Below are descriptions of some of those arrested.
- A 49-year-old Conroe resident and lawful permanent resident (“green card” holder) was convicted in California of lewd and lascivious acts with a child under the age of 14. The man repeatedly sexually assaulted his 12 and 15-year-old stepdaughters.
- A 38-year-old Houston resident and lawful permanent resident was convicted of aggravated sexual assault of a child. The victim was his 12-year-old daughter.
- A 21-year-old Houston man was convicted of sexual assault of a child. He sexually assaulted a 15-year-old girl on two occasions.
- A 33-year-old lawful permanent resident from Pasadena was convicted of sexual assault after he entered his estranged wife’s house as she slept with their 2-year old daughter, then dragged the woman into another room and sexually assaulted her. Another daughter was awakened by the victim’s screams and witnessed the assault.
Of those arrested, four entered the United States illegally; two entered as students but had remained beyond the expiration of their visas; and one had been lawfully admitted but had not yet obtained residency status. The remaining 18 were lawful permanent residents.
Those arrested are from the following countries: Cuba, El Salvador, Guatemala, Kenya, Laos, Mali, Mexico, Pakistan, Sierra Leone, Venezuela and Vietnam.
Previous convictions were for a variety of crimes including: aggravated sexual assault of a child, sexual assault of a child, sexual assault, online solicitation of a minor, indecency with a child, indecent exposure, lewd and lascivious acts with a child, and injury to a child. Not all of those arrested were convicted of sexual offenses involving minors; some victims were adults.
This operation was part of Operation Predator, a nationwide ICE initiative to protect children from sexual predators, including those who travel overseas for sex with minors, Internet child pornographers, criminal alien sex offenders and child sex traffickers. Since Operation Predator was launched in July 2003, ICE agents have arrested more than 11,600 individuals, including more than 1,090 in Texas.
ICE encourages the public to report suspected child predators and any suspicious activity through its toll-free hotline at 1-866-DHS-2ICE. This hotline is staffed around the clock by investigators.
Suspected child sexual exploitation or missing children may be reported to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, an Operation Predator partner, at 1-800-843-5678 or http://www.cybertipline.com
Gene Locke today formally filed paperwork with the City Secretary’s Office to place his name on the November ballot to be Houston’s next Mayor.
Waiting for Locke outside City Hall, a large and diverse crowd of supporters whipped up a frenzy of excitement as Locke was leaving City Hall. There were chants of “Locke, Locke” as many people held up “Locke for Mayor” signs and others sported their orange “Locke for Mayor” t-shirts.
“I thank each of you for joining me today. I thank all of you for all of your work, all of your tireless hours in this campaign.” Locke told the cheering crowd. “We’ve done some great things already, but the future is so bright, and the greatness that is in front of us is awesome. We’re going to win this election!”
In response to a reporters question about partisan support of his campaign, Locke said, “….what’s special about this race [is] that I have tremendous Republican support, I have tremendous Democratic support, I have tremendous support from the business community, from the labor community. It’s my ability to find a common ground among all of us that allows us to work together for the betterment of Houston.”
Locke ended his remarks by asking Houstonians to join his campaign–the traditional way by volunteering at his headquarters or putting a sign in their yard, or by going to his website, www.genelocke.com and signing up on Twitter and Facebook.
The election for Mayor of Houston will be held on November 3, 2009.
It’s always the small things that catch my attention. I was at Houston’s City Hall when I was quite thirsty. I started to drink from the old Jane Pittman water fountain near the elevators when a city employee stopped me. He said the water that came from the system tasted like rust. He directed me to a small conference room near City Council chambers. That’s where I saw it. The new Culligan 5000. Well, actually, it’s not the 5000 model but that sounds cool. It was the Culligan water cooler. It gives you several options. Cold water, tap water and even warm water for those hot cocoa days. I was pretty excited. The only thing I had to track down was a plastic or Styrofoam cup. Once I had that I was in heavenly bliss. The fountains were so cool until I had to do some digging to find out more about them. I tracked down General Services director Issa Dadoush. He said about two months ago his office received a request and the machines were leased. The price is $34.99 for each cooler. The annual cost for the 10 machines is about $3499 a year. Like you couldn’t do that simple math. Anyway, the coolers can be found in the main building and the annex. It’s an investment as a taxpayer I could live with. What about you? Have you had some of the cool crisp water yet?