Today, thousands of family members, friends, and fans will come together to honor the life of the slain rapper, Nipsey Hussle.
Nipsey Hussle's public memorial––taking place today at Los Angeles' Staples Center followed by a funeral procession through South Central Los Angeles––will be live-streamed on multiple outlets starting 1 p.m. ET/ 10 a.m. PT. The "Celebration of Life" stream is meant to commemorate Hussle's life and legacy for those unable to make it to the funeral in person and can be accessed on Tidal, ET, or BET.
The 33-year-old rapper and activist (real name: Ermias Asghedom) was fatally shot on March 31, outside of his store, Marathon Clothing. The intersection of Crenshaw Boulevard and West Slauson Avenue, where the shooting took place, is to be named Ermias "Nipsey Hussle" Asghedom Square, in his honor. The suspect behind the shooting, Eric Holder, was arrested on charges of homicide. Before his death, Hussle launched initiatives with the LAPD to end gang violence.
According to the Los Angeles Times, the last time Hussle was at Staples Center was in 2018 while headlining the BET Experience concert.
Hussle leaves behind not only his Grammy-nominated music but also a legacy of entrepreneurship and commitment to uplifting his native South Los Angeles community. He invested in businesses in the area, worked on redevelopment plans for Slauson Avenue, and co-founded a co-working space in South L.A. and a STEM program for youth.
Hussle's hope to create unity amidst violence is felt more strongly than ever today, further immortalizing his vision for a better future.
Sara is a music and culture writer who lives in Brooklyn. Her work has previously appeared in PAPER magazine and Stereogum.
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