The family of Nipsey Hussle will honor him with a “Celebration of Life” memorial service today. The service will be held at the Staples Center in Los Angeles at 1 p.m. Eastern time, 10 a.m. Pacific time. BET will live stream the memorial service for all those who are unable to attend on its network and the BET News Facebook page.
The event was announced on Hussle’s Instagram account and free tickets were made available through the Staples Center website — all tickets for the event were quickly distributed. The event is scheduled to last for two hours, after which a 25.5 mile funeral procession will travel from Staples Center through Inglewood and Watts, eventually ending at a Crenshaw funeral home. Nipsey Hussle will ultimately be laid to rest at the Forest Lawn cemetery.
Hussle will be remembered for his business acumen and heart for his Crenshaw neighborhood. Hussle was part of a team of entrepreneurs and artists that developed Destination Crenshaw. The open-air museum on the iconic Crenshaw Boulevard will cement his legacy, “built for, by, and in honor of our community, and will celebrate the historical and contemporary contributions of Black L.A. and the Crenshaw community—the largest black community west of the Mississippi River.” Hussle was also set to release a documentary on herbalist and healer, Dr. Sebi in the near future.
Hussle was part owner of Marathon Clothing, which opened in June 2017 as a “smartstore,” complete with a smartphone app that allows fans to buy exclusive content and products. Hussle’s entrepreneurial pursuits were not merely motivated by profit but a belief in our collective future. As Hussle once said, “When you hear ‘buy back the block’ as the narrative, that’s powerful. That’s a step towards redefining the expectation.” Last year, he opened a STEM center called Vector 90 to connect young people without means to Silicon Valley.
While we mourn his death, all of us at We Buy Black choose to celebrate his example of self determination as well as his belief in and commitment to our community. We will continue to live out the principles he modeled in his life and urge others to do the same.