Former US President Barack Obama, legendary singer, Stevie Wonder and rapper, Snoop Dogg eulogised slain rapper, Nipsey Hussle in a very emotional memorial in Los Angeles on Thursday.
Obama wrote a letter to the family, which was read by Karen Civil, Hussle’s friend and business partner, where he praised Hussle’s attempts to revitalise the gang-plagued neighbourhood where he was raised, and where he was gunned down in March.
“While most folks look at the Crenshaw neighbourhood where he grew up and see only gangs, bullets and despair, Nipsey saw potential. He saw hope,” Obama’s letter said, referencing his efforts to build a skills-training centre and a co-working space.
The memorial was held at the 21,000-capacity Staples Center, a sports and pop concert venue, which was packed with fans wearing white and blue for the three-hour memorial.
The ceremony was followed by a 25-mile (40-km) procession through the streets of south Los Angeles.
Fellow California rapper, Snoop Dogg, recalled Hussle’s former connections with the notorious Crips gang that the musician later parlayed into efforts to combat gang violence.
“For God so loved the world, that he gave us a good Crip, the late great neighbourhood Nip. Rest in peace,” Snoop Dogg said.
He called the Grammy-nominated singer “a peace advocate” because of his work with all members of the community.
Wonder played his 1980 hit Rocket Love and a version of Eric Clapton’s Tears in Heaven to pay respects to Hussle.
Also, Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan said Hussle has become “to hip hop and rap what Bob Marley was to reggae.”
“He lived the gang life but he didn’t stay there. He lived the life of the ‘hood but he rose above the pull of gravity,” Farrakhan said in a speech.
Hussle’s two-year-old son, dressed in a blue suit, was brought on stage in the arms of the musician’s girlfriend, model Lauren London.
Hussle, 33, was shot on March 31 outside a clothing store he owned in south Los Angeles. Shortly after, a stampede erupted at a local vigil for Hussle after reports of a gunman in the crowd.
A 29-year-old man on April 9 pleaded not guilty to murder charges.
Police said Hussle’s shooting was motivated by a personal dispute, although it took place in a surge of gang-related violence in south Los Angeles in March.
Hussle, whose real name was Ermias Asghedom, was Grammy-nominated earlier this year for his debut studio album Victory Lap.
Nigerian Movies Generated N7bn in Cinemas in 2019 – NVFCB
The National Film and Video Censors Board says Nigerian movies generated nearly between N6.4bn and N6.7bn at cinemas nationwide in 2019.
According to the body responsible for the regulation of movies in Nigeria, it was evident that the sector was going massively. The Executive Director, Adedayo Thomas, said this during an interview with The PUNCH on Sunday.
“The box office generated almost N7bn in 2019. Between N6.4bn an N6.7bn was generated. But from information at our disposal, money generated from DVD sales may have been higher. This is because less than 20 percent of the population is watching cinema,” he said.
Justin Bieber Says He’s Been ‘Recently Diagnosed with Lyme Disease’
Justin Bieber has come out to announce that he is battling Lyme disease.
The made this known via his Instagram page on Wednesday, January 8, 2020, while dispelling the rumours that the reason behind his frail look is because of the use of hard drugs.
“While a lot of people kept saying Justin Bieber looks like shit, on meth, etc. they failed to realize I’ve been recently diagnosed with Lyme disease, not only that but had a serious case of chronic mono which affected my, skin, brain function, energy, and overall health.
“These things will be explained further in a docu series I’m putting on YouTube shortly.. you can learn all that I’ve been battling and OVERCOMING!! It’s been a rough couple years but getting the right treatment that will help treat this so far incurable disease and I will be back and better than ever NO CAP,” he wrote.
Lyme disease, also known as Lyme borreliosis, is an infectious disease caused by the Borrelia bacterium which is spread by ticks. The most common sign of infection is an expanding area of redness on the skin, known as erythema migrans, that appears at the site of the tick bite about a week after it occurred.
Jason Momoa Steals Show at Golden Globes with His Tank Top Fashion
If there’s one person who can singlehandedly save every award show, it’s America’s sweetheart, Jason Momoa. Whether he’s simply playing with his own hair, rocking a scrunchie, or just being a hunky muscular dude, he can truly turn even the most cringeworthy ceremony into a monumental night. And he didn’t disappoint at the 2020 Golden Globe Awards.
One person even pointed out that this is the dude equivalent of taking your bra off at the end of a stressful day, which just makes it even more legendary.
You have to stan this beautiful, VSCO girl of a man.
As if the simple existence of his muscles wasn’t enough, it appears that Jason only took his blazer off to give it to his chilly wife, Lisa Bonet. I’m not crying! You’re crying!
Unfortunately, he did not present in said tank top, keeping the velvety blazer for that moment, and this is a disappointment that will haunt me for the rest of my life.
But, to be honest, his full outfit (tight black tank + buttery smooth blazer is pretty incredible, too. So I really don’t think we have anything to complain about, blazer, no blazer, no shirt, snowsuit, whatevs. Thank you for existing, Jason.