The city of Los Angeles will officially rename the Slauson Avenue and Crenshaw Boulevard intersection the Ermias “Nipsey Hussle” Asghedom Square.
“Ermias Asghedom known as ‘Nipsey Hussle’ was an icon and West Coast hero,” Los Angeles City Councilmember Marqueece Harris-Dawson said in a statement. ”Nipsey’s genuine nature allowed him to be a light to everyone he interacted with from family, friends, fans, and his larger community. As a father, brother, and son, Nipsey was a rock helping to build an empire that will continue through generations. Nipsey will always be remembered for delivering a pure, authentic Los Angeles sound, his numerous philanthropic efforts, his innovative, community-focused business mindset, and his humble heart.”
Hussle’s mother Angelique Smith echoed Harris-Dawson’s sentiments about his son in an encouraging video. Looking strong and calm, she addressed the rapper’s grieving fans, saying, “Please do not stay down, do not stay stuck, do not mourn because Nipsey is great. Nipsey is the great.” She continued, “And now he’s even greater because he has no bounds and limits. His energy is everywhere. He’s there with you now and he’s here with me now. And pleased be encouraged.”
Hussle was gunned down outside his clothing shop located in that intersection last March 31. A petition to rename the corner garnered almost 500,000 signatures from supporters all over the world who respected and admired the rapper and activist. Suspect Eric Holder has pleaded not guilty to one count of murder, two counts of attempted murder and and one count of firearm possession by a felon.
Watch the rest of Smith’s words of wisdom below.
- LA Sentinel
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