I am reminded of the tragic story of a young man who had gained moderate success in the entertainment world as a rap artist. His first studio album "Victory Lap" was released on February 16, 2018 and debuted at number four on the Billboard 200. Victory Lap was also nominated for Best Rap Album at the 61st Grammy Awards held on February 10, 2019. On March 31, 2019, he was shot and killed. His name was Ermias Asghedom better known to the world as Nipsey Hussle.
Aside from Nipsey's success as an entertainer, he owned and operated the Marathon Clothing store in the strip mall at 3420 W. Slauson Avenue, and a weed dispensary where he grew a specialized strain of weed known as the Marathon OG. He purchased the entire strip mall on Slauson. He employed people he knew, and it seemed like people loved him. But Nipsey had a lot of enemies many of whom set him up to be murdered. Nipsey died knowing he had been betrayed by people he thought cared about him.
The official story of Nipsey's murder is he was lying on the pavement in front of the Marathon Clothing after being shot multiple times by suspect Eric Holder whom witnesses claimed exchanged words with Nipsey shortly before the shooting. But the video footage of the shooting that was circulated around social media and mainstream news didn't show the entire unedited footage. Nipsey was set up, and his murder was a well-orchestrated hit.
When Nipsey's mother Angelique arrived at the scene, she said that she noticed no blood on the pavement. He was shot multiple times and yet there was no visible blood on the pavement. The confrontation did not begin outside. He was shot inside one of the establishments and his body was later moved outside. Nipsey's murderers wanted his body on full display like a public lynching. There were bullets from two different guns that were recovered from his body, according to the autopsy report. The news reports originally stated he was shot six time. However, the coroner's report stated he was shot at least eleven times. The video footage shows only one shooter: Eric Holder. But there was another shooter involved. Others had an indirect hand in his murder. These people are still walking the streets of L.A. while Holder gets to sit behind bars and eat up taxpayer dollars thinking he's safe just because he hasn't snitched...yet.
Right now, there's a complete media blackout on Eric Holder. For all we know, Holder could be murdered inside the jail and the world wouldn't miss him. People close to Nipsey got paid for setting him up to be killed. He was way too trusting of people he should never have trusted. He thought he could make his money and live happily ever after among scoundrels, killers, thieves, and treacherous persons. Many people Nipsey dealt with lack integrity and basic decency, which is why some of them were able to be bought off for their silence. His heart was in the right place when it came to those he loved and tried to look out for. He was optimistic about Black people's future in a land of white supremacy. Unfortunately, optimistic thinking did nothing to keep him alive long enough to watch his oldest son grow to an adult. Nipsey wanted to help revitalize his community and bring opportunities to people that live in the area. But he was surrounded by too many people that were jealous of him and wanted everything he had: lots of money, fame, and success. Nipsey was a true success story. He grew up having very little...in a neighborhood where murders occurred almost every other day. Black boys and girls were murdered routinely in the Crenshaw neighborhood.
Like Nipsey, I grew up in dangerous environments where murders occurred. Unlike Nipsey, people influenced me toward church, which kept me out of the streets. I developed a fondness for going to church, because it gave me hope in a Savior that would come back one day and rescue all of us 'good' Christians from this evil world. But hope and faith doesn't pay the bills or provide a roof over your head. Hope and faith doesn't keep you safe from a system of racism and white supremacy.
I was taught by Christian ministers that it was okay to be poor because Christ was poor. Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. That's what the bible said, and I believed it. Now I'm older and I realize it really sucks being poor. I live in a country that is one of the most expensive countries on the planet. A person can literally go from having million in his/her bank account to extreme poverty within a short number of years. Places like New Jersey, New York, and California have some of the most expensive housing in the entire country and, as a result, the homeless population in the state of California alone has grown in recent years to at least 100,000 people. There are roughly 58,000 people homeless in Los Angeles County. People are literally strewn all over the streets of downtown Los Angeles living in their own feces and urine. Many of these people had good-paying jobs or careers. Then, they became unemployed for whatever reason and many lost everything they owned except for a few items of clothes/shoes they had in their possession or on their person at the time they became homeless.
Christianity has influenced the way I think about money, the world, and has caused me to make decisions for my life that otherwise I would not have made had I not been exposed to such debilitating teachings at a young age. The only things Christianity and church have managed to save me from are the crack epidemic of the 1980s, having babies that I knew I could not economically provide for, and falling in with the wrong crowd at a young age. I was always at church and occupied with outdated teachings that provide no answers for problems in the real world.
Nipsey was never a Christian. His religion was his gang association. He joined the Rollin 60's Crips when he was a teen. But that never stopped him from achieving mild success although I think his environment led to the inevitable: his murder by his own street family many of whom were jealous of him and also hated him because he outgrew all of them.
The one thing that really annoys me about foundational Black Americans is most are very jealous of other Black people's successes. Most hate to see other Black people come up in the world and are extremely violent toward others of whom they are jealous. What I've often encountered from other Black people is jealousy. And it has cost me good-paying jobs and my career in 2017.
Foundational Black Americans are being poisoned by the water, the air, the food. Babies are also poisoned through vaccines and baby formula like Similac. As a result, the brains of babies do not always properly develop. Many have learning disabilities, short attention spans, and often don't behave well with other children. Many children are extremely violent toward their peers. Lead poisoning have also caused many to become extremely violent toward others. This country has an extraordinarily high rate of mass murders, serial murders, rapes, child sex abuse, and suicides. A black boy has a greater chance of being murdered by cops or people that look like him before he reaches the age of 18. Black boys are also more likely to be incarcerated before age 18.
Nipsey passed out of this life on March 31st, 2019 at the hands of serial killers who were envious of his success and felt like they were entitled to continue eating off him. They didn't have much going for themselves and wanted Nipsey to continue illegal activity with them. But Nipsey must've had an awakening. He didn't want to continue on the path that others wanted him to travel. He had too much to lose and everything to gain. His music could be heard all around the streets of L.A., and they were jealous that it wasn't them. Nipsey's passing from this world was premature and he'd probably still be alive today had he moved away from the state of California. But those responsible for his murder will one day face the Scales of Justice.
Thousands of years before any Christian concept of Hell, the ancient Egyptians knew of divine judgment, punishment, and how the dead traveled once separated from their physical bodies. The god of the dead and of the Underworld, Anubis, was one of the primordial gods in the Egyptian religious system. It was before Anubis in the Judgment Hall of Truth that the recently deceased stood awaiting their final judgment upon the Scales of Justice (Ma'at). The heart of the deceased was measured upon the large scales against the feather of Ma'at. If the heart weighed heavier than the feather, the deceased's heart was consumed by Ammut, a large demon. If Ammut ate the heart, the deceased was not permitted entry into the Field of Reeds (peaceful afterlife). However, if the heart weighed lighter than the feather, the deceased gained entry into the afterlife. The heart was not weighed down with evil. Therefore, the deceased transitioned into the afterlife and was permitted entry into the Field of Reeds.
"A'Aru (The Field of Reeds)," according to Joshua J. Mark (of Ancient History Encyclopedia), "was the Egyptian afterlife, an idealized vision of one's life on earth (also known as Sekhet-A'Aru and translated as The Field of Rushes)."
"The Egyptian afterlife was a mirror-image of life on earth. To the Egyptians, their country was the most blessed and perfect world," wrote Mark.
Having lived in a system of white supremacy, I want nothing to do with a mirror-image of my life on earth [in] the afterlife. In fact, if a place called "Paradise" truly exist, that's where I want to go when my time is done here on earth. I want to go where there are clean oceans and rivers, lakes and streams. I want to go to a place where I can feel and breathe clean air, drink crystal clear and clean water, eat many different fruits and good edibles, play with kind animals, ride swift horses who can also fly, have pets of my own, and walk on clouds. I want to have the ability to fly everywhere. I want to feel like I'm on a permanent vacation, because I was unable to go many places during my life on earth. I want to have lots of good and loyal friends [in] the afterlife, because I never had lots of good and loyal friends during my life on earth. I want my mother and I to be side by side [in] the afterlife. I know she's in a good place. My mother had a good heart and she truly loved me even at times when she could have turned her back on me or given up on me. During her lifetime, she could've heeded her family members' negative opinions about me and separated herself from me. But she continued to care about me and love me to the very end of her life. She was truly a gem, and was too good for this world...for this time period.
Nipsey was too good for them. They took his life due to jealousy and envy. But the Scales of Justice will one day decide their final fate. What will that fate be? Many have not been able to transition to the afterlife. Many find themselves in a hell-like experience because they lived like hell when they were on earth in their physical form. They've murdered people. They've harmed people. Many suicides are unable to transition. You don't get to escape the evil you've caused or done to others. Your life blueprint matters. What you do really matters. Nipsey turned a different corner in the latter end of his life. But he still met his end...violently. His death was tragic in the sense that he was betrayed and watched all those that betrayed him before taking his last breath. These are the lowest of the low who won't lift a finger to revolt against a current system of white supremacy and racial terrorism whose ancestors probably willingly accepted their condition as slaves. They didn't fight back and neither will the cowards who assassinated Nipsey. But they are so big and tough against other Black people and got these social media revolutionaries like Tariq Nasheed scared. He has no plans to stir up the pot because he's living comfortably in L.A. with his wife and kids. Meanwhile, Nipsey's killers still walk the streets untouched and unharmed, even protected by the LAPD. The Rollin 60's threatened Christopher Darden away from representing Eric Holder because they knew Darden would've gotten the truth out of Holder who is as good as a dead man walking. Holder's younger brother was murdered following Nipsey's assassination. Other family members of his were also murdered. Today, it seems the LAPD are afraid of the gangs. Go back 30 years, and the gangs were afraid of the LAPD.
Nipsey didn't deserve what was done to him. He certainly didn't deserve to meet his end by traitors. But such are the lives of many who go out of our way to help people but only end dead at the hands of those whom we've trusted and helped. This was Nipsey's story and the legacy that will follow him.