Obama And Farrakhan Show Love For Nipsey Hussle
The tragic and untimely death of hip-hop artist/activist Nipsey Hussle on April 7, 2019, has shown that a wide array of people respected the 33-year-old Grammy-nominated rapper, his art, and his community work. In the wake of his shooting death, LA gang members united, and praise has come in from everyone from former President Barack Obama to Nation of Islam leader Farrakhan.
Recently members of the Nation of Islam paid tribute to Hussle by erecting an “awe-inspiring” salute, Rolling Out report.
Prominent community leader Minister Tony Muhammad helped to organize the
Listen to GHOGH with Jamarlin Martin | Episode 42: Flawed Thinking in Our Community
Jamarlin goes solo and talks about flawed thinking within our community. He covers R. Kelly’s alleged sexual abuse, Special Counsel Robert Mueller and the FBI, support for the late Nigerian dictator Sani Abacha and Sudan in the ’90s.
“In 2005, one of the Rollin 60’s Crips was murdered by a rival gang member,” Muhammad recalled. “The victim’s family asked if I would come out and do a prayer vigil to help keep the peace. The police came out to intimidate the brothers, and I stepped up to confront the police officers and let them know what we were doing. Some of the police reacted and a fight broke out between the Nation [of Islam] and the police. They handcuffed me, threw me to the ground and start kicking me in my face. Nipsey was a teenager then, and he and a few others were yelling at the police to leave me alone.”
Muhammad and the Nation of Islam were known to support Hussle’s Marathon Clothing store, and Nation of Islam leader Minister Louis Farrakhan visited the store and spoke at Nipsey’s homegoing service at the Staples Center on April 11.
Obama also praised Hussle in a letter addressed to the late rapper’s friends and family that was presented at the homegoing.
“He set an example for young people to follow and is a legacy worthy of celebration,” Obama wrote.
“While most folks look at Crenshaw neighborhood where he grew up and see only gangs, bullets, and despair, Nipsey saw potential,” Obama wrote. “He saw hope.”
Hussle’s friend, Karen Civil, read Obama’s letter during the public memorial service at the Staples Center. “More than 20,000 people filled the stadium to honor Hussle who was beloved for using his celebrity and resources to invest in his South Los Angeles hometown and advance social justice causes,” Buzzfeed reported.
“He saw a community that even through its flaws taught him to always keep going,” Obama wrote.
“His choice to invest in that community rather than to ignore it, to build a skills training center, a co-working space in Crenshaw, to lift up the Eritrean-American community, he set an example for young people to follow and is a legacy worthy of celebration,” the letter said.