WHAT I LEARNED FROM THE LIFE OF NIPSEY HUSSLE

By Demetrius Carrington

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Truth be told, I wasn’t a huge fan of Nipsey Hussle’s music. I knew who he was and I liked some of the stuff I’d heard from him, but I’d be lying if I said I rocked with Nip.

Like most of you, I learned the most about who Nipsey really was after his untimely death. I learned how great of a Father he was, how brilliant of a businessman he was, how much he loved his people (black people), and how he put his money where his heart was.

I cried while watching all the videos he posted sending us message after message about what we need to do. Like when he spent 90 days in Africa and how that changed the way he dealt with women. He spoke about how we need to take responsibility for ourselves and how he saw the error in his past as a gang banger.

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I cried when I learned that he purchased a whole block of property and developed it into viable businesses and hired all people from the neighborhood. Nipsey changed lives, he made people whole again, and he gave them purpose and a sense of pride. Nipsey gave people life.

Nipsey showed us that where you start isn’t where you have to finish. He showed us how to love a woman. As I listened as his girlfriend spoke about him in the most glowing terms, terms reserved for a King, I realized the Nipsey wasn’t like most of us. Nipsey was a King. He figured it out. He walked in his purpose. Nipsey’s dream for his family was the same dream he had for mine and yours; he dedicated his life to making others better.

From now on, Nipsey sits alongside others like Muhammed Ali, Gandhi Martin Luther King, Mother Teresa, and Malcolm X.
I know he’s not the only one; every city has a Nipsey Hussle. I will seek out my city’s Nipsey Hussle. I will lend my support and resources. I will be like Nipsey, unafraid, unapologetic, and strong.

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As I watched the tape of his murder, I couldn’t imagine who would want to kill this man, a man who’s done so much for his city. This can’t be! Why would someone want to silence this man? Why?

But the truth of the matter is, some people aren’t ready for the world to be a better place.

Some things just aren’t right. We have to pull together and make things better for all of us. We can make a change. As cliché as it sounds, if we change one person, it’s worth it. Think of all the lives and impact Nipsey Hussle is having on people worldwide. It can be done. I will rejoice in Nipsey’s memory and be inspired by his work. But for now I’m mourning this loss I guess it’s true, sometimes it snows in April.

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