I must admit I am not a follower of Nipsey Hussle music; however, I happen to be in Los Angeles the day he was shot during NAACP Image Awards weekend. In spite of the many layers to this conversation about Nipsey and this senseless shooting, it is still never easy to experience another gifted black man killed with no regard.
Death in general for particularly people of color always unite us and invoke conversations of examination, we will not generally indulge. Unfortunately, Nipsey Hussle death has open back up a larger conversation about gun violence, homophobia and the state of black men in America. We have work to do on all fronts to save our black children period from dying too soon killing the future.
I sincerely hope the life of Nipsey Hussle represent the urgency we all must admonish to live out loud the fullest portion of the life we’ve been given. Resisting the temptation of fear and procrastination but adhering to a higher calling for unconditional love and healing of a nation. This man 33 years of life, voice is now hushed into eternity. Absolutely, he is gone too soon.
May God grant his wife, Lauren London, children and family the grace to embrace his transition and the power to never let his name die in the earth.