BET Awards: Nipsey Hussle Wins Humanitarian Award And His Mother’s Speech Nearly Breaks The Internet

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LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - JUNE 23: Nipsey Hussle's family (L-R) Kross Ermias Asghedom, Samantha Smith, Angelique Smith and Emani Asghedom accept the Humanitarian Award in honor of Nipsey Hussle onstage at the 2019 BET Awards on June 23, 2019 in Los

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When rapper Clifford “T.I.” Harris took the stage at the 2019 BET Awards to introduce the genius of rapper and philanthropist Nipsey Hussle, the pain was visible. T.I’s eyes teared up, but he continued to illuminate the community and social activist work that Hussle focused on in addition to the rapper’s various companies and his music. It’s only been three months since the rapper was slain outside of his clothing store in Los Angeles, and the proverbial wounds are still fresh for close family and friends.

“He was a leader well beyond his years,” said T.I.

The family - including Hussle’s grandmother, his girlfriend Lauren London, his mother Angelique Smith, his father and his children - all walked to the stage to accept the award and all of them had something poignant to say.

Hussle’s grandmother said she was overwhelmed by the worldwide support for her grandchild.

“Thank you guys for your love and support,” added London. “The marathon continues again.”

But, Hussle’s mother, Angelique Smith, once again brought fierce calm and knowledge to the understanding of her son’s death. Smith gave a detailed account of how she learned that her son died, what happened when she came upon the murder scene on Slauson and Crenshaw and her impressions of that moment.

”One of Ermias’s close friends was very traumatized,” she said as part of her speech about her son, born Ermias Davidson Asghedom. “I told him, “You know that we are spiritual beings having a physical experience, right? You understand that right? So even though our bodies die, as they call it on this side of eternity, our spirits live.”

She said that she felt a spirit of “retribution” rise up out of this guy, and she “chased” those spirits away from him. She also got a standing ovation and became a trending topic on social media after these spiritual remarks. Smith’s statement is consistent with the messages she’s been spreading ever since the murder. She’s a spiritual person, and she speaks of issues and beliefs that are largerly heralded amongst those who mourn and Hussle’s fans.

The tribute continued with an uplifting musical performance led by Marsha Ambrosius, who performed “Real Big,” and finally incorporating YG, John Legend and DJ Khaled, who performed “Higher.”

Hussle’s legacy and plans for urban renewal were documented at length in this Forbes article, which ran just months before he was gunned down. In it, he discussed plans to buy property in Crenshaw and revamp it in order to better serve the local community and provide more access to technology and jobs. His ultimate goal was to do the same in other cities and areas that encouraged new development lower income or underserved areas.



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When rapper Clifford “T.I.” Harris took the stage at the 2019 BET Awards to introduce the genius of rapper and philanthropist Nipsey Hussle, the pain was visible. T.I’s eyes teared up, but he continued to illuminate the community and social activist work that Hussle focused on in addition to the rapper’s various companies and his music. It’s only been three months since the rapper was slain outside of his clothing store in Los Angeles, and the proverbial wounds are still fresh for close family and friends.

“He was a leader well beyond his years,” said T.I.

The family - including Hussle’s grandmother, his girlfriend Lauren London, his mother Angelique Smith, his father and his children - all walked to the stage to accept the award and all of them had something poignant to say.

Hussle’s grandmother said she was overwhelmed by the worldwide support for her grandchild.

“Thank you guys for your love and support,” added London. “The marathon continues again.”

But, Hussle’s mother, Angelique Smith, once again brought fierce calm and knowledge to the understanding of her son’s death. Smith gave a detailed account of how she learned that her son died, what happened when she came upon the murder scene on Slauson and Crenshaw and her impressions of that moment.

”One of Ermias’s close friends was very traumatized,” she said as part of her speech about her son, born Ermias Davidson Asghedom. “I told him, “You know that we are spiritual beings having a physical experience, right? You understand that right? So even though our bodies die, as they call it on this side of eternity, our spirits live.”

She said that she felt a spirit of “retribution” rise up out of this guy, and she “chased” those spirits away from him. She also got a standing ovation and became a trending topic on social media after these spiritual remarks. Smith’s statement is consistent with the messages she’s been spreading ever since the murder. She’s a spiritual person, and she speaks of issues and beliefs that are largerly heralded amongst those who mourn and Hussle’s fans.

The tribute continued with an uplifting musical performance led by Marsha Ambrosius, who performed “Real Big,” and finally incorporating YG, John Legend and DJ Khaled, who performed “Higher.”

Hussle’s legacy and plans for urban renewal were documented at length in this Forbes article, which ran just months before he was gunned down. In it, he discussed plans to buy property in Crenshaw and revamp it in order to better serve the local community and provide more access to technology and jobs. His ultimate goal was to do the same in other cities and areas that encouraged new development lower income or underserved areas.



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