Wednesday, December 8, 2021

Congressmember Karen Bass Honors Nipsey Hussle’s Career and Activism on the House Floor [VIDEO]

*Democratic Rep. Karen Bass, who represents Nipsey Hussle’s neighborhood in California’s 37th Congressional District, fulfilled her promise to formally enter the slain rapper’s contributions to South Los Angeles into the Congressional Record.

On Wednesday, Bass, a Democrat, honored the beloved artist and entrepreneur on the House floor, calling Hussle, born Ermias Asghedom, “an unabashed son of South Los Angeles,” whose legacy changed the neighborhood forever, The HuffPost reports.

“Nipsey Hussle used the platform he created with his music to lift our community as he climbed,” Bass said. “His business ventures, his investments, his philanthropy, his community engagement — every step of the way, he had a sole purpose of bettering the community he came from.”

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The 33-year-old father of two was fatally shot March 31 outside his Marathon clothing store in South Los Angeles. The gunman, Eric Holder, has pleaded not guilty to one count of murder, two counts of attempted murder, and one count of firearm possession by a felon. He faces life in prison if convicted on all charges.

A public memorial for Nipsey will be held on Thursday (April 11) at the Staples Center. The event is free to ticket holders and California residents only. The complimentary tickets for the service sold out in minutes after going live on Tuesday morning.

Meanwhile, the intersection of Crenshaw Boulevard and West Slauson Avenue will reportedly be named Ermias “Nipsey Hussle” Asghedom Square, in honor of the Grammy-nominated artist, per Los Angeles Times.

Before his death, Hussle, a former member of the Rollin 60s Neighborhood Crips gang, was scheduled to meet with the LAPD to discuss solutions to curb gang violence in the city.

“A humble visionary, he saw the overlooked and welcomed the dismissed. He reminded our community that the power we hold is the power of where we come from and that the awareness of that power can never be taken from us,” Bass said Wednesday.

She also took to Twitter to post “For all he was given, he gave back. And for that legacy, South Los Angeles has been changed forever. The contributions of Nipsey Hussle are now a part of United States history.”

 

 

Ny MaGee
Ny MaGee is an entertainment reporter with over 15 years of experience working in the film industry in areas including production and post-production, marketing, distribution, and acquisitions. She has worked for legendary film producer Roger Corman, Quentin Tarantino's production team at Miramax, the late Larry Flynt, MTV/ VH1, Hallmark Channel, Paramount, Jim Henson Co., Parade Magazine, and various LA-based companies representing above-the-line talent.

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