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eBay To Prevent Users From Selling Nipsey Hussle Memorial Booklets

“Any items that attempt to profit from human tragedy or suffering are not allowed to be sold on eBay.”

Similar to the scalping of tickets to the Nipsey Hussle memorial service on Thursday (April 11), a few eBay users planned to auction the memorial booklets for prices upwards of $500, TMZ reports. To combat this, eBay issued a statement to the website to reassure consumers that this action is prohibited, indefinitely.

“These booklets are prohibited under eBay’s policies,” the statement reads. “Any items that attempt to profit from human tragedy or suffering are not allowed to be sold on eBay.” Additionally, eBay plans to send personalized messages to those that posted the memorial booklet for sale as to the specifics of their guidelines on profiting off of a tragedy.

As noted by HipHopDX, eBay alongside Craigslist prohibited the sale of tickets to the memorial service, which was held at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Per the Los Angeles Times, a bundle of four tickets were priced at $400.

On March 31, a 33-year-old Nipsey Hussle was fatally shot by detained suspect Eric Holder. The “Slauson” rapper was gunned down six times outside of his Marathon Clothing store in South Los Angeles. Holder faces charges of possession of a weapon as a felon, murder, and attempted murder.

As a method of commemorating Hussle’s legacy, the city’s council will rename Crenshaw Boulevard and West Slauson Avenue as Ermias “Nipsey Hussle” Asghedom Square. During the service, Hussle's mother Angelique Smith remembered her son as a beacon of light, stating, "My son Ermias Joseph Asghedom was a great man. He was intelligent, radiant and a superhero."

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Alabama Deputy Is On Leave For Comments About A Gay Teen Who Took His Own Life

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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