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“Dedication, hard work plus patience; The sum of all my sacrifice, I’m done waitin’; I’m done waitin’, told you that I wasn’t playin’” -Nipsey Hussle (1985-2019)

“Dedication, hard work plus patience; The sum of all my sacrifice, I’m done waitin’; I’m done waitin’, told you that I wasn’t playin’” -Nipsey Hussle (1985-2019)

Joy Moore, U.S./World News and Politics Editor

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   Over the weekend, rapper, activist, and father Nipsey Hussle was murdered outside of his clothing store, ‘The Marathon Clothing’, in South Los Angeles on Slauson Avenue. Nipsey’s death came as a great shock to everyone who knew him and what he stood for. The industry has suffered a great loss from one of its most influential artist.

   Nipsey Hussle was a powerful artist and was recently nominated for a Grammy for his debut album, ‘The Victory Lap’. Although Nipsey did not win the Grammy, he had already won with the nomination. Being nominated was an award in itself for Nipsey and he couldn’t have been more grateful for that. On top of the music Nipsey was a big family man, he has two children, Emani Asghedom and Kross Asghedom. Emani who is from a previous relationship and Kross who is from his current relationship with Lauren London. Nipsey and Lauren have been together for a number of years. When the news of his death first came out, Lauren did not post anything on all social media until Tuesday, “I am completely lost, I’ve lost my best friend, My sanctuary, My protector, My soul….,I’m lost without you, We are lost without you babe, I have no words.” Along with the post she included four intimate photos with Nipsey as well as their children and family. This post shows how losing someone who has meant so much to you for so long hurts.

   Nipsey made strong efforts to help stay active in his community. A community that is filled with gangs and a great deal of violence. Nipsey has never been one to shy away from his past, in an interview in 2014 he brought up how was a member of the Rollin’ 60s a gang that is affiliated with the crips. Instead of letting violence overcome him, he overcame the violence. In his music he states about his past experience with dealing with crime and gangs. In his community he was making a change for youth because he knew that the youth is the future. He opened a various amount of shops and stores throughout his old neighborhood. Nipsey was someone who truly stood for unity and change and that is something that you could never take away from him. Days after his death was supposed to be a meeting scheduled with the LAPD that Nipsey himself requested to help stop gang violence in his community.

 

   He also focused on educating the African-American community on what the government tried to hide from. For example he was doing a documentary on Dr. Sebi who was a herbalist known for finding a cure for AIDs. Dr. Sebi went to trial and beat the case. Although he beat the case he passed away in 2004 in Honduras mysteriously. Nipsey stood for knowing black history and being aware of what is going on in today’s society.

   Nipsey (Ermias Joseph Asgedom) Hussle was not given the chance to achieve his full potential but he has shown the world where being an educated black man go. Nipsey Hussle is an example that being educated doesn’t make you seem weak whoever says otherwise says so doesn’t matter. Though gone, but never forgotten, Nipsey Hussle’s legacy lives on forever in the hearts of everyone who fights for what he stood for.