As a platform, we aim to focus on current news that is inspiring and motivating. For this, we typically stay away from celebrity death topics. But Nipsey Hussle was more than a celebrity and his passing is something we need to highlight. He embodied our goal of creating mindsets where people of color can thrive.
The Grammy-nominated artist created a journey that others from similar backgrounds could use to build a new cycle of wealth. His upbringing mirrored many people who never made it out of poverty, yet he found a way to prosper.
Hussle invested with purpose and didn’t make meaningless partnerships. He stressed the importance of accumulating continuous wealth through ownership instead of endorsements.
He advanced his community in many ways. For instance, he created a co-working space and business incubator for inner-city entrepreneurs in the Crenshaw district of Los Angeles. His vision was to bring representation to the science, technology and mathematics industries by creating a pipeline between his neighborhood and Silicon Valley. He hired felons who couldn’t get work, invested in influential local businesses that were declining and worked toward ending gang violence.
He approached his community’s issues as if he was a parent working to break generational curses. He built infrastructure that his community could inherit and benefit from. He provided resources to catalyze growth.
He was not only working to change dreamers into doers, but aimed to build dreamers.
This type of loss can leave us angry and hopeless for change. We’ve been robbed at a time when we need every single one of our resources. He wasn’t just a beacon of hope. He was a caretaker for the disenfranchised, putting people in places to thrive and building places for people to thrive.
So, for those of you who are understandably feeling sad and lost, bring his vision to life. Invest in his businesses. Build your own businesses. Be rebellious against a system that wasn’t made for us and pursue your dream. Accumulate lasting wealth to build cycles and make strategic investments. Support reverse gentrification and support businesses of color. Give back to your community and help those who need it.
Nipsey Hussle was a loved father, husband, friend, idol and more. But importantly, he was a teacher.
Water the seed he planted by moving in his vision and adding to his momentum.