More than 20,000 people attended Nipsey Hussle’s memorial service at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Thursday, April 11 including the singer Steve Wonder who is also a renowned vegan.
During the memorial service, the rapper’s mother spoke about her son who was a celebrated community activist and encouraged everyone present to go vegan. “I want to encourage you to choose a vegan lifestyle,” she said before urging people to limit the consumption of alcohol and drugs.
Steve Wonder performed his song ‘Rocket Love’ to honor the late rapper and said there is a need for stronger gun laws. Jhene Aiko, a vegan artist, a singer and a friend to Hussle also gave a musical tribute during the memorial service.
It is a heartbreak to again lose a member of our family,” Wonder said. “It is heartbreak because it’s so unnecessary. It is so painful to know that we don’t have enough people taking a position that says: Listen, we must have stronger gun laws.”
“It is unacceptable,” he added. “It is almost like the world is becoming blind. I pray that we will grow and that the leaders who have the responsibility to perpetuate life will do it by making sure that the laws will make it very hard for people to have guns and take their frustrations out to kill life.”
Nipsey Hussle had planned to work with Los Angeles Department to reduce gang violence, invested in local schools to support training of young people and started businesses that employed community members.
Snoop Dogg was another rapper who attended the memorial service. “We’re going to respect another man from another neighborhood when he comes from where we come from,” Snoop Dogg said. “You are a peace advocate, Nip. That’s what you are.”
The rapper was also remembered by the founder of the Vegan Club – a clothing brand that highlights vegan celebrities. Nipsey Hussle was an avid vegan supporter and encouraged people in the black community to go vegan.
“This homage goes to a true hustler,” Vegan Club wrote on its Instagram page. “That’s the price you pay when you fight the big corps and try to bring the truth out there… Being a vegan rebel has its price.”
A Powerful Voice For Change
The rapper’s mother urged the people to go vegan, which belief came from Hussle’s own diet and lifestyle as well as his work against gang violence.
“I want to encourage you to choose a vegan lifestyle,” she said. “I want to encourage you to let [go off] your use of alcoholic beverages and narcotic substances. I want to tell you that we come from royalty and regality. I want to tell you that we are very loving and kind and a spiritual race of people. I want to tell you that we are very traumatized and pressurized people.”
Hussle had a strong vision and desire to protect his local community so he became a keen real estate investor to keep gentrifiers out of the community.
Kathleen Gonzalez who was present during the service said how Hussle treated everyone —“a homeless man, an average man, a man without papers who was here illegally,” she told the Times, “He gave everyone the same praise he received.”
“He walked among the blue with a heart full of red, and all the colors in between, because his life was for unity,” Minister Louis Farrakhan, the Nation of Islam leader, said in his remarks at the service. “His homecoming will be a life call for us to get up from where we are and be a new man and new woman.”
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