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Nipsey Hussle attends the Warner Music Pre-Grammy Party at the NoMad Hotel on February 7, 2019 in Los Angeles, California.
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Nipsey Hussle Laid To Rest During Private Burial At Famous Cemetery

The 33-year-old recording artist was buried at Forrest Lawn Cemetary. 

Nipsey Hussle has been laid to rest. Close family and friends, including his longtime girlfriend Lauren London, attended a private burial ceremony at Forrest Lawn Memorial Park Hollywood Hills Friday (April 12).

London was photographed at the cemetery with her children Cameron and Kross, the latter of whom is her 2-year-old son with Nipsey, along with his young daughter, parents, siblings, and more loved ones of the 33-year-old Grammy-nominated rapper and community activist.

A motorcade of vehicles were spotted at the gravesite led by a black hearse presumably carrying his casket. Neighborhood Nip joins several other celebrities buried at Forrest Lawn, including Rick James, Michael Jackson, and actors Britney Murphy, John Ritter, Paul Walker, Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher.

Hussle, born Ermias Asghedom, was celebrated by 21,000 fans, friends and family members during a three-hour celebration of life at the Los Angeles Staples Center Thursday (April 11). Nipsey’s parents,  Angelique Smith and Dawit Asghedom, his brother Sam, London and her son Cameron, Snoop Dogg, and Min. Louis Farrakhan were among the speakers at his funeral, which featured performances from Stevie Wonder and Jhene Aiko.

The ceremony was followed by a 25-mile procession around Los Angeles, giving thousands of fans who didn’t score tickets to the public funeral, a chance to pay respects to the slain recording artist who was gunned down outside of his Marathon Clothing store two weeks ago.

Prior to Friday's burial, Nipsey’s family and friends attended a Los Angeles City Council meeting to mark the unveiling of the Nipsey Hussle Square sign which will be located at Crenshaw Blvd. and Slauson Ave. The city council voted unanimously to officially rename the intersection after the Grammy-nominated rhymer.

“I am honored to announce that the LA City Council voted unanimously to name the intersection at Crenshaw and Slauson as ‘Nipsey Hussle Square,’” Los Angeles City Councilmen Marqueece Harris-Dawson tweeted Friday. “Thank you to his family and community for coming out to celebrate this monumental occasion.”

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Alabama Deputy On Leave After Comments About Gay Teen's Suicide

An Alabama deputy has been placed on leave after making insensitive comments on social media about a teen who committed suicide after allegedly being bullied for his sexual orientation.

According to reports, the officer has been with the Madison County Sheriff's Office in Huntsville for 12 years and sparked backlash for referring to LGBTQ qualms as "a fake movement which requires no special attention but by persons with an altered ego and fake agenda."

"Liberty. Guns. Bible. Trump. BBQ. That’s my kind of LGBTQ. I’m seriously offended that there is such a thing such as this movement," the deputy allegedly wrote in a Facebook post. "Society cannot and should not accept this behavior. I have a right to be offended and will always be offended by this fake movement which requires no special attention but by persons with an altered ego and fake agenda.”

The law enforcement officer defended his statement as freedom of speech before it was taken down. It was made in reference to 15-year-old Nigel Shelby who took his own life Thursday (April 18) after being bullied for being gay.

In a statement, Monday, the Madison County Sheriff's Office revealed a deputy had been placed on leave, while Local sheriff Kevin Turner offered kind words to the friends and family of Nigel Shelby.

Turner said: “Bullying of any group or person in or outside of schools is unacceptable, and I welcome any and all efforts to raise awareness to bullying and bring bullying to a stop. The Madison County Sheriff’s Office is proud of the community support and engagement we have received over the years, and we look forward to growing those community partnerships.”


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Jay-Z's Foundation Is Helping Kids Visit Black Colleges

With accepted students days happening on college campuses across the country, the timing of Jay-Z's foundation's newest endeavor is right on the money. The Shawn Carter Foundation is teaming up with Toyota to launch an HBCU college tour for prospective students.

The week-long tour will take selected high-achieving students to visit 11 historically black colleges and universities located along the East Coast from Washington, D.C. to Atlanta, Georgia. While on this tour, selected students will be able to meet with college admissions counselors as well as former Shawn Carter Foundation scholars. Over 125 schools in the New York/New Jersey area have been invited to take part in some of the college prep workshops that will lead up to the tour. Then in September, administrator-selected students will tap into weekend ACT/SAT prep sessions that also touch on resume skills and dressing for success.

Jay-Z's mother Gloria Carter, 93.9 WKYS radio personality Angie Ange and Creative Writing M.F.A. Candidate Candice Wong (the latter two of whom are Howard University alumni) will kick off the 2019 Shawn Carter Foundation College Bus Tour on Howard's campus this week.

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Russell Wilson Buys Amazon Stock For Select Teammates

Russell Wilson recently made history as the National Football League's (NFL) highest paid player. To celebrate this wealth, the Seattle Seahawks quarterback purchased Amazon stock worth $12,000 apiece for 13 of the team's offensive linesmen, TMZ reports.

The premise behind the gesture is to help set the players on a lucrative path post-NFL. "We all have dreams of what we can build and accomplish off the field," he wrote in a memo. "One important lesson I have learned thus far in my career: The memories on the field will last forever, but we have to constantly prepare for life after football."

In the letter that was sent to his teammates, Wilson said he was indecisive on what to give them as a sign of his appreciation for their protection on the field. "Some were flashy, some were cool, but I wanted to give you something that had a lasting impact," he said. "Something that would affect the lives of you, your family, and your children." According to CNBC, each linesmen's stock could be worth $270,000 in the next 10 years if Amazon's shares continue to result in a return of 2,200 percent.

Earlier this month, Wilson signed a $140 million contract. He'll suit up with the Seahawks for the next four years. The re-signing follows a previous four-year agreement the 30-year-old athlete made with the team.


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