As a woman who spends my days working to empower women, I didn’t expect to find myself feeling devastated by the loss of a man that I never met or knew much about. When I was scrolling social media last night and came across a post with the headline, “Nipsey Hussle Has Passed Away After Being Fatally Shot”, I immediately felt sick to my stomach. I couldn’t believe what I was reading and felt hurt enough tear up. Now, I wasn’t his biggest fan nor did I ever listen to his music so part of me was confused about why I felt so strongly about his passing. I mean, as unfortunate as it is, hearing that another black man got shot and killed isn’t surprising. I can admit that, as much as I hate it, I’ve become desensitized to news like this. It happens so often, justice is hardly ever served, and I feel like there’s nothing I can do to stop it so I, like many others, usually don’t allow myself to feel the pain of all of it. But not this time. This time, it was different. This time I felt overwhelming heartbreak. I found myself wanting to know more about Nipsey Hussle and what about his death was causing me so much discomfort.
After seeing the flood of posts and comments on social media from people who were also heartbroken by his seemingly early departure (he was only 33 years old) I began reading up on him and learning more about the impact he has been making in his community. I found that his real name is Ermias Asghedom and he is of Eritrean descent. I learned that he came from the hood, rose above the circumstances he was born into, and then used his success to build up the community he was raised in. Nipsey Hussle was all about educating his community to build wealth, invest in real estate, improve their mindset, and most recently he was working on a documentary about Dr. Sebi, a Honduran Herbalist and Healer, whose methods have been said to cure many diseases, including HIV and cancer, naturally. From what I could tell, he was loved and valued in his community and not a bad word could be spoken about him. He was a good father and a loving partner to actress, Lauren London. Who would want to kill him and why?
There’s been a lot of conspiracy theories being shared about why he was murdered and I can’t say that I disagree with all of them, but instead of focusing on who killed him, I found myself asking why God would allow it to happen. The answer I came up with gave me peace. As I mentioned previously, I didn’t know much about Nipsey Hussle until after his death. I never listened to his music, followed him on social media, or heard about the strides he was making in his community until very recently. I actually just started taking notice of him when I saw the lovely GQ photo shoot he did with Lauren London. But his death changed that. Feeling the way I feel about the loss of this powerful man whose power I didn’t recognize while he was living makes me see that his death is not in vain. Nipsey Hussle’s death has sparked something in me that makes me want to ensure that I’m living my life in a way that leaves an impact as great as he did. When the loss of a person can influence the kind of emotion that his loss has, you know that person was walking fully in their purpose. While the enemy intended to put out his light, God made it shine even brighter.
Death is something that none of us can escape. Although the loss of Nipsey Hussle at the young age of 33 , when it appeared that he was just getting started, is a hard pill to swallow, he leaves behind a legacy of love for community, commitment to family, and inspiration to rise above whatever obstacles you are faced with by elevating your mind and mastering your energy. I pray that we all live our lives as full and purposeful as Nipsey Hussle did. I pray that we all gain inspiration from his life and legacy to move forward with the intention to leave the world better than it was before we entered it. Rest in power Ermias Asghedom. Your death is not in vain and your legacy will live on.