Former US President, Barack Obama paid tribute to Nipsey Hussle in a letter that was read at the celebration of life memorial held at Staples Center for the late musician and community activist on Thursday
Nipsey Hussle who was a hip hop artist and Philanthropist, as well as a business man lost his life in an untimely, senseless shooting on March 31st 2019.
He was laid to rest on April 11th, as Fans, friends and family gathered to celebrate his life during his memorial service that was held at the Staples Centre in Los Angeles.
The only other funeral memorial held at the staple centre in recent memory was The Great Michael Jackson.
The service which was televised by Black Entertainment Television (BET), ET Live, CBS News and many others across the United States saw a very well packed hall as many celebrities and well wishers attended the service.
As much as 34 thousands viewers including myself last night watched the memorial on YouTube.
As much as 20 thousand fans from California and around the world got free tickets to attend the memorial.
During the memorial, many celebrated Nipsey’s life by sharing memorable stories, some sent their condolences and performing musical tributes.
Among those people was the former President of the United States of America, Barack Obama.
He sent a message which was read out to all present by Karen Civil, the late rapper’s best friend.
The full text follows.
“Dear Friends and Family of Nipsey:
I’d never met Nipsey Hussle, but I’d heard some of his music through my daughters, and after his passing, I had the chance to learn more about his transformation and his community work.
While most folks look at the Crenshaw neighborhood where he grew up and see only gangs, bullets, and despair, Nipsey saw potential. He saw hope. He saw a community that, even through its flaws, taught him to always keep going. His choice to invest in that community rather than ignore it — to build a skills training center and a coworking space in Crenshaw; to lift up the Eritrean-American community; to set an example for young people to follow — is a legacy worth of celebration. I hope his memory inspires more good work in Crenshaw and communities like it.
Michelle and I send our sympathies to Lauren, Emani, Kross, and the entire Asghedom family and to all those who loved Nipsey.
The rapper’s legacy will continue to shine on and the lives he touched will never forget him.