March 31, 2019 will more than likely be a day a lot of us will remember exactly what we were wearing and exactly what we were doing when we first heard the news of Nipsey Hussle’s fatal shooting by alleged suspect Eric Holder, right in front of Nipsey’s store.
Right in the heartbeat of his community.
For me, it was late afternoon on that gorgeous Sunday and I was walking to the other room trying to tell my boyfriend something…
“Babe?” I called out wondering why he wasn’t answering.
“Hold on babe, Nipsey Hussle just got shot.” He responded dryly, then proceeded to make a phone call.
The energy was definitely different.
At that moment I didn’t understand the weight and importance of what was taking place.
History was being made and it was also repeating itself.
Another substantial brother and King might be taken away from us.
When the news of Nipsey Hussle spread that he transitioned, my boyfriend lost it and I was at a loss because I had no clue what to do or what to say to console him.
I didn’t understand why he was so upset and affected by his death.
I immediately took to my phone to read up on it and I was blown away at the impact this was causing. Instagram, Twitter and Facebook were filled with shock, sadness, anger and hurt at the loss of someone so impactful.
I had no idea.
My heart immediately became heavy. My brow furrowed with sadness and disappointment. Mind racing.
Martin Luther King Jr, Marlcom X, 2Pac….. fuck.
Nipsey Hussle, born Ermias Asghedom was a musician, a father, a son, a brother, a husband, a philanthropist, an activist and a leader.
The impact he’s had on his local community is something that we have been missing from a powerful African American man for a very long time.
Not only was he successful and a Grammy nominated artist for is album Victory Lap, he also put it all right back into his people. He was accessible, he was relatable and gave people that came from the same place as him, hope. He gave black men hope. He gave little black boys hope.
He gave men like my boyfriend hope.
His legacy began with his music, rapping about his truth and where he comes from but his legacy will also live on through the businesses he started, the programs he began and more importantly the people he has touched.
“The vision is to launch franchises,” said Nipsey, imagining a line of Marathon stores, barbershops, fish markets, restaurants. “There’s such a narrative to this parking lot—that’s a part of my story as an artist.”Nipsey Hussle for Forbes
NIPSEY HUSSLE HAD THE FIRST SMART CLOTHING STORE
Nippsey Hussle opened his brick and mortar clothing store Marathon Clothing on the corner of Slauson and Crenshaw in 2017.
This isn’t just any old clothing store, this is a ‘smart clothing’ store.
Each item has a scannable QR code on the tag that gives access to his unreleased music which also featured other well known artists. This was music you could not find on Apple Music, Tidal, Spotify or Pandora 3 days before anyone heard it.
The money earned from streaming was put right back into his neighborhood, investing in restaurants to provide healthier eating choices for his community.
He strategically began building product and service stores around the same area knowing a lot of the people in his city didn’t have transportation to expand on their options for healthier eating and quality products.
NIPSEY HUSSLE WAS WORKING ON A DOCUMENTARY ON DR. SEBI
If you don’t know who Dr. Sebi is… you need to Google him.
Dr. Sebi has proven to be a very important person to the African American community that has proven to beat cancer, diabetes and other diseases coined as incurable.
The government tried to sue Dr. Sebi twice. Both times he won.
Nipsey Hussle was going to shine a light on his trials bringing more awareness to the late doctor’s works and discoveries.
There has been divided speculation that the release of such a documentary might have been the reason for Nipsey Hussle’s death.
HELPED TO LAUNCH S.T.E.M. PROGRAM
Nipsey began to develop a program with business partner Dave Gross called S.T.E.M.
Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.
The idea of this program is to serve as a bridge between Silicone Valley and the Inner City.
Coining the mantra ‘TO BIG TO FAIL‘.
NIPSEY HUSSLE WAS LOOKED UP TO AND VALUED BY MANY
And I mean some pretty extraordinary people…
New York Mets first baseman Dominic Smith had planned on meeting with the late rapper to seek advice.
Smith was also born in LA and Nipsey was going to mentor him as they both came from poverty.
No one better to learn from then someone who made it and stayed consistent in their success.
Businessman and motivation mogul Gary Vee has always admired Nipsey Hussle and we all know how difficult it is to earn genuine respect from that guy.
He recently paid tribute to his friend in his latest YouTube post
“He’s so thoughtful about the way he [Nipsey] produces his songs and he paints such a clear picture of his truth. Nipsey is more of a psychologist and thinker in that way”Ask Gary Vee
Even the LAPD mourned the loss of such a great man.
LAPD Chief Michel Moore spoke out when he learned of Nipsey’s Death
“I Could Not Believe It, This Is A Voice That Was Trying To Help”LAPD Chief Michel Moore
HE WAS A LOVING PARTNER (HUSBAND) & FATHER
We also can’t forget about his family that was left behind when Nipsy transitioned.
He leaves behind partner (wife) Lauren London and 2 children.
Today, Lauren broke her silence and spoke out after news were confirmed of Nipsey’s alleged shooter Eric Holder was arrested.