Fans Signing Petition to Rename Crenshaw & Slauson as Nipsey Hussle Blvd

Nipsey Hussle

Getty Nipsey Hussle

A petition by Project Islamic Hope to rename the Crehshaw Boulevard and Slauson Avenue intersection as Nipsey Hussle Boulevard has taken off.

“I knew Nipsey Hussle personally. He wasn’t just a rapper. He was a community icon,” the petition creator from Project Islamic Hope wrote.

Hussle was executed in front of his store on Slauson on Sunday afternoon. Suspect Eric Holder, aka Shitty Cuz, a Crip, is in custody.

Shared by Nipsey Hussle’s childhood friend GI JOE OMG, the petition which a=had around 5,000 signatures Monday has surpassed its goal of 75,000 signatures and is trending.

The signers are calling on Los Angeles City Councilman Marqueece Harris-Dawson to get it done. Harris-Dawson, who said he was a friend of Hussle’s quoted his lyrics while speaking with Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, Los Angeles Police Chief Michel Moore and LAPD commissioner Steve Soboroff during a morning press conference to update people on the investigation into Hussle’s murder and also to address the late rapper’s goal of working toward helping to curb street and gang violence in LA.

“Bullets don’t have names and as long as they are flying all of us are in danger.”

The murder of LA native Hussle, born Ermias Asghedom, has struck a powerful chord within the community and perhaps the larger culture. As homage to Hussle’s work to change hearts, minds and lives, fans are asking that the intersection be renamed Nipsey Hussle Boulevard.

Not everyone is totally on-board, but for different reasons.

“yall really think yall should name Crenshaw and Slauson Nipsey Hussle blvd?……. yall know those are two individual streets that cross at an intersection right? I need more detail on how that would happen if it would because right now that looks like a no.”

And this take:

“I Don’t Think Nipsey Would Want Y’all To Change Crenshaw & Slauson To Nipsey Hussle Blvd .. I Mean Those Streets Meant Something To Him , Why Touch That ?”

Meanwhile, every three or four seconds, another person signs. As this was being written the number climbed from 65,000 to more than 95,000 signatures and counting.

You can sign here.

Hussle’s reach was local and global. His mission was to provide inspiration and hope. He paid an artist to create street murals for a local basketball court with the words ‘safety,’ ‘respect,’ and kindness,’ as part of the motif. Putting messages of positivity on the very ground kids played on. He called them “principles to live by.” Hussle was also the face of Vector 90 a community collaborative designed as a work space for people in the Crenshaw community to collaborate, network and find the resources they need to realize their entrepreneurial goals. Next to his Marathon Clothing store, on the corner fans hope to see renamed, he has a store that carries important basics at low prices. And he’s only hired locals.

Rapper Nipsey Hussle creates change in South Los AngelesRapper Nipsey Hussle creates change in South Los Angeles Subscribe to my Youtube Channel https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCKG5MnSp_VadJCAaWPJyYFw Support Independent Media ! Support Make Monthly Donations to Bro . Monroe Jr https://www.patreon.com/monroejr Follow Me on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/brothermonroe.muhammadjr Donate to the Economic Blueprint for our people http://www.economicblueprint.org/ Sign up for Jay Morrison 's Tulsa Real Estate Fund https://tulsarealestatefund.com/ You can make donations to our channel @ the links below CashApp / Square Cash https://cash.me/$MonroeJr Bitcoin Donations Wallet Address 13rocBeLMhV4BWtKcbafRzkBkqC1p4grMK Etherium Donations Wallet Address 0xfe60ae710fafe8a2894ad081a492b59ee154f610 Litecoin Donations Wallet Address LX9vFngrJyYbkAZrYiCfwCtfY7U8ycKRyn Subscribe to my Youtube Channel https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCKG5MnSp_VadJCAaWPJyYFw Follow Me on Instagram ( I will start posting soon ) https://www.instagram.com/brommjr/ Follow me on Twitter https://twitter.com/noifoi48 Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/BroMonroeJr/ One day before the February release of his highly anticipated debut album "Victory Lap," L.A. rapper Nipsey Hussle cut the ribbon on a combination co-working space and STEM center in the Crenshaw district. The center, partly dedicated to calling attention to the lack of diversity in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields, launched under the name Vector 90. The hope is to serve as a conduit between underrepresented groups and corporate partners in Silicon Valley and beyond. "Growing up as a kid, I was looking for somebody — not to give me anything — but somebody that cared," said the 32-year-old via phone on a break from rehearsing new songs. "Someone that was creating the potential for change and that had an agenda outside of their own self interests." Hussle, born Ermias Asghedom, decided to be that person for his native South L.A., hoping to bridge the gap between young talent from impoverished neighborhoods and opportunities in Palo Alto. "In our culture, there's a narrative that says, 'Follow the athletes, follow the entertainers,'" he said. "And that's cool but there should be something that says, 'Follow Elon Musk, follow [Mark] Zuckerberg.' I think that with me being influential as an artist and young and coming from the inner city, it makes sense for me to be one of the people that's waving that flag." The inner city Hussle grew up in was the South Los Angeles of the '90s, a place where gang culture dominated. Yet he managed to develop a love of music and technology. A deep interest in the latter led him to seek out computer auctions, and after collecting parts he eventually learned to build a PC from top-to-bottom. "I grew up in gang culture," he said. "We dealt with death, with murder. It was like living in a war zone, where people die on these blocks and everybody is a little bit immune to it. I guess they call it post-traumatic stress, when you have people that have been at war for such a long time. I think L.A. suffers from that because it's not normal yet we embrace it like it is after a while." Ultimately, his goal was to combine his music interests with his tech sensibilities — partly due to financial constraints. "I had to learn how to use software early because I wanted to record myself," he said. "I didn't have a budget to pay engineers, so I had to learn how to use software myself. Just growing up, being an '80s baby that grew up in the '90s, technology was a part of culture, so I was always interested in it." This fueled a strong entrepreneurial spirit, leading today to a top-10 album in "Victory Lap" — a work that explores Hussle's rise and the lessons he's learned as a self-taught, self-funded MC. Along the way, Hussle pioneered a number of innovative measures in marketing and self-promotion, and caught the attention of some of the biggest names in hip-hop. Hussle's label, All Money In, has a partnership with Atlantic Records. He also owns what he calls a "smart store" for his fashion brand, the Marathon Clothing, at West Slauson Avenue and Crenshaw Boulevard, where visitors can use an app to enhance their experience. Additionally, he is part of an investment syndicate that includes DJ Khaled and the Lakers' Luol Deng leading a bid to acquire the leasehold for Santa Monica's historic Viceroy Hotel. "I just want to give back in an effective way," he said. "I remember being young and really having the best intentions and not being met on my efforts. You're, like, 'I'm going to really lock into my goals and my passion and my talents' but you see no industry support. You see no structures or infrastructure built and you get a little frustrated." source:latimes2018-11-24T08:07:18.000Z

His impact on his community will be felt for generations. And tens of thousands want to see his name on that street sign.


For full Nipsey Hussle coverage, go here.