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The marathon continues: Lessons from Nipsey Hussle

TAYLOR TOYNES | 4/14/2019, noon
Last week, our culture and community lost a powerful individual by the name of Ermias Asghedom, who was of Eritrean ...
Taylor Toynes

I sensed Hussle felt at home and comfortable in our community. While checking out, he stated that he would come back every time he came to Dallas.

It saddens me to write this about Hussle, knowing that his family won’t ever be able to embrace him again, and that his community won’t be able to catch a glimpse of their shining star that was shifting the paradigm of the Crenshaw neighborhood.

As I talked to Al Herron this week about the tragedy, he recited Proverbs 13:22, which states, “A good man leaves an inheritance for his children’s children.” This scripture is the embodiment of Hussle and what he represented.

In a recent interview, Hussle talks about his brand, The Marathon, stating, “The journey is where you’re at right now and where you’re going, everything else in the middle doesn’t matter.”

Our brother has crossed the finish line and is now taking his victory lap. Hussle promoted Black ownership and entrepreneurship and collectivism as a people, and we must keep that in our hearts for us to be victorious. Hussle gave us his best and most authentic product, and I appreciate and love him for it.

As Hussle always stated, “The marathon continues…”

So in Neighborhood Nip’s spirit: Get up, get out, and “hussle” and motivate.

Rest in peace, Cuz.

Taylor Toynes is the founder and executive director of For Oak Cliff, whose mission is to liberate Oak Cliff from systemic oppression. He can be reached through http://foroakcliff.org.