Blogger: ‘Russell Simmons hasn’t paid me since January’

Last year, the Russell Simmons-owned website Globalgrind.com took steps to cease scraping websites and blogs for their content. But not before building his prominent Internet brand off the backs of hard working bloggers without our permission.

It took many complaints and numerous negative write ups on blogs before Simmons and Global Grind stopped stealing our content.

In a post titled Global Grind Copies Content, Patrick O’Keefe detailed how Simmons and Global Grind rose to the top of the blog rankings by scraping content from established blogs (such as mine) as if the content originated on Global Grind.

This strategy helped Global Grind position its brand in the global marketplace which enabled Simmons to secure lucrative sponsorships from large corporations.

Simmon’s seedy reputation was further tarnished by the RUSH pre-paid debit card controversy, which has been well-documented. It seemed Rush had no qualms about stealing from his own people. Now an urban blogger has come forward to expose yet another one of Global Grind’s questionable business strategies.

According to Michelle Brown, who is enrolled in Global Grind’s ad network, she has not been paid for advertising on her blog since January, 2011. According to brown, owner of Straightfromthea.com, she was told by GG’s accountant, Deepa Shah, that another ad network, Adify, is tasked with paying bloggers their Global Grind revenue for advertising.

Brown was given the runaround by Shah in a series of confusing email exchanges, in which Ms. Shah explains that Global Grind paid out ad revenue to Adify, and now Adify was responsible for disbursing the money to bloggers in its ad network. You can read those emails below.

Brown says she wasn’t aware of GG’s business relationship with Adify when she initially signed up with Global Grind’s ad network. So why should she, and other bloggers, be forced to wait over 4 months for their money?

Brown’s attempts to reach out to Simmons via email and on Twitter.com have failed. Brown told Sandrarose.com that Global Grind’s ad network owes her close to $10,000 in ad revenue.

For the record, Sandrarose.com is not in the Global Grind ad network. We have no issues with our advertising partners with regards to revenue disbursement.

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64 Responses to “Blogger: ‘Russell Simmons hasn’t paid me since January’”

  1. 1

    So now you a collection agency Sandra? :think:

  2. 2
    Fayla says:

    Sandra, I have a great amount of respect for u & what u do. This is one more reason why. Blastin ppl for shady chit like this. Russelina really needs to do better with his business practices. If he keeps going this route the Rush card is gonna be the only one he’ll be able to get.. :coffee:

  3. 3
    Fayla says:

    :rofl: Man u’s a fool!!

  4. 4
    BlackBeauti says:

    All the money he blow on paying for teenage pootang he need to pay his workers…. Word to Russell I hope when he hit the bottom you remember the people you spat on while on top…

  5. 5
    eastpointvet says:

    cash some of them phat farm and baby phat checks he still getting and pay the people

  6. 6
    Fayla says:

    @Blackbeauti..what in genetic hail is goin on with that gravi??

  7. 7
    Sandra Rose says:

    Man, I just don’t care™ says:

    So now you a collection agency Sandra? :think:
    ___________________

    I wear many hats :D

  8. 8
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    BlackBeauti says:

    I had this gravi before that other person… I just change it to the real me.. I guess it has not switched over as yet

  10. 10
    ELove says:

    :rofl: At EVERYBODY Above ME !!! (Word…) :rofl:

  11. 11
    Sandra Rose says:

    Fayla says:

    Sandra, I have a great amount of respect for u & what u do. This is one more reason why. Blastin ppl for shady chit like this.
    _______________

    Thank you Fayla! :)

  12. 12
    Princess Pleasure Me says:

    *sits in LoverMan’s lap with a freshly scrubbed face and waits for BlackBeauti to answer Fayla’s question….**

  13. 13
    StillASassyOne says:

    @Sandra

    Damn! Well since you helping folks get paid- my cousin owes me $975 his share of the rent, and about $150 in his share of an electric bill from my apt he moved in with me in June- September 2007 (when he was getting evicted from his apt, in the same complex, right across the lawn from where I moved in.)

    Can you help me get that? Cause texts, calls and running up on him at family functions aint doing much…

    AND I lent him and his now wife $45 for an apt application fee which they were supposed to pay me back for three days later, and so far, I’ve only gotten $25 back.

    OH! And his brother owes me $50 for a bday gift I got for his mother on his behalf last year cause he asked me to cover him…. and I done threatened that negro so bad that he said I he’s not coming to any family function I’m attending anymore…

    Sandra- can you help me make sure these negroes pay what they owe?

  14. 14
    BlackBeauti says:

    The Rush card is a scam… No wonder he has white folks advertising for him. Even black folks with bad credit prefer netspend over the rush card.

  15. 15
    CFREE says:

    FAY FAY!!! :hug:

  16. 16
    Sandra Rose says:

    Other blogs have not been paid either, but they are too scared to speak out for fear of retaliation cough*FreddyO*cough :coffee:

  17. 17
    BlackBeauti says:

    Fayla I was created in the image of GOD so I guess that is what GOD look like

  18. 18
    CFREE says:

    COTDAMNIT SASSY FRASSY!! :rofl:

  19. 19
    Sandra Rose says:

    @ StillASassyOne: Your cousin was in the process of being evicted when you generously offered him housing at a reduced rent. Therefore, you should have known the type of character that you were dealing with when you let him move in. That’s not the same situation that Ms. Brown faces. :coffee:

  20. 20
    HoneyDip aka QueenSJ says:

    @SASO,

    You’ve made me humble because I wanted to beat my roommate’s ass for not paying her $45 portion of the light bill. She just up and left. I haven’t heard anything from her in months. Now after reading your situation, MAYBE, just maybe I should let it go. But I don’t know….Damn slouch…

  21. 21
    Dymond says:

    :lol: @ Sassy :hug:

    Sup Cfeelfree to touch my body!! :danban1:

    ***scrolls up to read story***

  22. 22
    HoneyDip aka QueenSJ says:

    @Fayla,

    Boo if that’s you in your gravi, you looks fabulous!

  23. 23
    BlackBeauti says:

    Sandra Rose becoming the 2pac of blogs…. Not afraid to put people on blast… I hope you have bodyguards when you go out in the public… Folks are looney.

  24. 24
    CFREE says:

    DYMOND!!! drapes myself allll ova yo bawdy! :hug: hiyah hon!

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    MsOnederful says:

    Oh Sandra, you could have blurred out that man’s # at least. He may get calls from your millions of readers. It looks as though he is trying his best to help Michelle. It’s not his fault. You put the middle man on blast. When you clearly well not you when Michelle see’s he is clearly trying to solve the matter. I guess Michelle’s like nope she’s gonna have to lay it LOW and SPREAD it WIDE! For $ until she gets paid so put em on blast it is lol. Poor Deepa

  26. 26
    Fayla says:

    @BlackBeauti surely u don’t think i was throwing shade ur way, but that “man” in ur gravi threw me 4 a loop, that’s what i see. a man. not an attactive one

    Wifeeeeeey!!! :kiss:

    @HoneyDip, yes that’s me, & thx boo ;)

  27. 27
    Fayla says:

    yw Auntie!!!

  28. 28
    BlackBeauti says:

    Fayla GOD spent more time when he created me and I am not ashamed of the perfection he created… Every guy things I am HOTT.

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    West Coast Chick says:

    Take that R Simmons! :jack:

  31. 31
    Dymond says:

    ***twirls in my new CFree cape***

    I never really liked Global Grind anyway :coffee:

    :lol: @ Dubb C

  32. 32
    Fayla says:

    @Black :thumbsup:

  33. 33
    DMisses says:

    I believe that both Russell and Diddy have both become rich from robbing people blind smh

  34. 34
    GAGIRL87 says:

    MsOnederful says

    I agree hun :yes:

  35. 35
    Tatted Diva says:

    Sandra ~

    I’ve heard that Russ has been robbing folks since the beginning of his success! Can you do a medical minute on Excessive Unattractiveness?

    I think Russ suffers from this….as many others!

  36. 36
    anti-PC says:

    BlackBeauti says:

    Fayla GOD spent more time when he created me and I am not ashamed of the perfection he created… Every guy things I am HOTT.

    *****

    Which God??? :blink:

  37. 37
    BlackBeauti says:

    The GOD who created us all. Anyways I am leaving to take some glamor shots for an upcoming spread in a fashion magazine. I see these urban blogs does not recognize true beauti.

  38. 38
    laykeya says:

    Umm, blackbeauti What is that in your avatar? O_O.

    Hi tatted :hi:

  39. 39
    Peachpussycat says:

    **pops in**

    GIRL STOP!!!

    **exits**

  40. 40
    West Coast Chick says:

    me too… I never liked GG.. all the info IS recycled and they stay up the kardashians fake azzes.. the site is “boring” dot com at best :coffee:

  41. 41
    StillASassyOne says:

    @HoneyDip
    Sometimes you’ve got to get your point across- whip your cuz’s azz over the $45! Cause big or little amount- they still owe it to you!

    @CFree
    What I do?! These negroes think I’m a damn ATM and that they don’t NEVER have to replenish their accounts!

    @Sandra
    So……then….you’re NOT going to help me get my money back then? That ain’t right a’tall!

  42. 42
    GAGIRL87 says:

    And Um Sandra you might as well put her name in the headline of the article chit her name and email address included anyway… She should at least give the man some more time chit it’s just January and like Msonederful said he seem like he was trying his best to help her it’s not like he was avoiding her emails and phone calls *blank stare*… And imo Michelle seems like she kisses your azz boo :yes:

    #not tryna take up for Russel either but this chit here :nono:

  43. 43
    CFREE says:

    Sassy u aint did nathan bew! When u type i swear i can hear u talkn! I know u was dead serious but that chit was funny! :lol:

  44. 44
    StillASassyOne says:

    As for Michelle, like the folks that caused the recession- if you cant beat em, join em. Make you a “Straight From the ‘A’” card that charges exorbitant fees, and then get some smaller blogs to let you advertise and not pay them.

    There needs to be room in the industry for “equal-opportunity-pocket-raping” to occur. *shrug*

    Hell- I’m doing it now- trying to get in on the next market “bubble” so that when the economy goes straight to hell, I’d be so filthy rich I don’t feel it just like the rest of them rich fukks on Wall Street. :yes:

  45. 45
    StillASassyOne says:

    @Cfree
    I WAS! DEAD.AZZ.SERIOUS. I want every shiny penny of the money them negroes owe me!!

  46. 46
    StillASassyOne says:

    Sandra, can I change my name to “Still ‘TheseBishesBettaHaveMy$$’ Sassy”?

    Would you let that fly?

  47. 47
    howmanylicks_07 says:

    Man, I just don’t care™ says:

    So now you a collection agency Sandra?
    __________________

    Boy, u got me at the job :crying: that was too funny

  48. 48
    howmanylicks_07 says:

    BlackBeauti says:

    All the money he blow on paying for teenage pootang he need to pay his workers…. Word to Russell I hope when he hit the bottom you remember the people you spat on while on top…

    ______________________________________________________

    :dead:

    First man had my ass crying but ur a*s just killed me

  49. 49

    @sassyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy :hug:

  50. 50

    No surprise here – I mean his reality show imo was a desperate cry for revenue and the fact that Kimora is no longer with Baby Phat says something also :coffee:

  51. 51
  52. 52
    Sandra Rose says:

    StillASassyOne says:

    Sandra, can I change my name to “Still ‘TheseBishesBettaHaveMy$$’ Sassy”?

    Would you let that fly?
    _______________

    Why not? As long as it passes the profanity filter :)

  53. 53
    kahmmillion says:

    LOL! When will black ppl learn not to do business with Russell Simmons.

  54. 54
    Fayla says:

    Tatted Diva says:

    Sandra ~

    I’ve heard that Russ has been robbing folks since the beginning of his success! Can you do a medical minute on Excessive Unattractiveness?

    I think Russ suffers from this….as many others!
    _________
    :rofl: Guhl u ignit!!

  55. 55
    Fayla says:

    StillASassyOne says:

    As for Michelle, like the folks that caused the recession- if you cant beat em, join em. Make you a “Straight From the ‘A’” card that charges exorbitant fees, and then get some smaller blogs to let you advertise and not pay them.

    There needs to be room in the industry for “equal-opportunity-pocket-raping” to occur. *shrug*

    Hell- I’m doing it now- trying to get in on the next market “bubble” so that when the economy goes straight to hell, I’d be so filthy rich I don’t feel it just like the rest of them rich fukks on Wall Street
    ______________
    :hahaha: u slay me Sassy!!

  56. 56
    Ty says:

    Why does Russell and Kevin Liles look like they have that big disease with the little name? I think His calls it that “Grandma” LOL

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  58. 58
    ATLien says:

    @Sandra (((hugs))) :claps:

    I’m not gonna spend too much time here cause I gotta go out and shake some “A”zz for some cash but I just wanted to say I appreciate your support.

    What Sandra DIDN’T show y’all was all the emails where they had been making promises to pay by xyz date and the date came and there was no $$ in my account.

    Think of it this way, what if your paycheck wasn’t in YOUR account on payday. Would you be ok waiting 3/4 months for your dough? You may have it like that, but I don’t. I’ve got bills to pay… :pc:

    @GAGIRL87 <<< Dayum… I thought we was cool! But Just FYI my reading SandraRose (and Crunktastical) every day in my cubicle (back when I had to sit in one) is the reason I started blogging. I give credit where credit is due… No A*ss kissing necessary. :peace:

  59. 59
    OSHH says:

    I don’t like that queen…

  60. 60

    I can totally relate to the frustration of having to wait for payments for so long, especially when it’s already bad enough us bloggers only get paid once a month. Russel Simmons and his Global Grind network is shady as hell; just another greedy attempt from a bigger source to try and steal from the smaller blogs who really work hard. There are so many shady sources out there, bloggers have to really be careful who they work with. I’m grateful to have found a few networks that I can trust, especially now with so many bloggers, getting into “a good network” that pays anything is almost impossible.

  61. 61
    Sandra Rose says:

    Here’s an update to let you know that Global Grind reached out to Michelle within minutes of this post going up. Hopefully she will get all her cash before the week is out. :yes:

  62. 62
    Sandra Rose says:

    ATLien says:

    I’m not gonna spend too much time here cause I gotta go out and shake some “A”zz for some cash but I just wanted to say I appreciate your support.
    _______________

    You’re welcome, hun. :)

  63. 63
    MsOnederful says:

    Awww Sandra does love other bloggers *HUGE COMMENT HUG* 2 you both! Muahzzzz

  64. 64
    Ty says:

    Sandra Rose says:

    Here’s an update to let you know that Global Grind reached out to Michelle within minutes of this post going up. Hopefully she will get all her cash before the week is out.
    _________________________________________________________________________
    Awwwww Auntie using her kick azz stick to help other bloggers :love: Michelle should kick Ms. Russell’s azz if she doesnt get her check this week. She could take the lightweight LOL

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