A Letter to Nipsey


image via  Billboard   Ermias Joseph Asghedom | August 15, 1985 - March 31, 2019image via  Billboard   Ermias Joseph Asghedom | August 15, 1985 - March 31, 2019

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Ermias Joseph Asghedom | August 15, 1985 – March 31, 2019

Dear Nipsey,

This is my first of these; I figure I can speak directly, now. I can’t say I was your biggest fan, I just know I knew your songs even if I wasn’t aware of it. Only thing I ever knew about you was you did it your way; I’m learning to walk my walk. Music is a powerful thing. Still, it seems you were well aware of the greater evil lurking. It’s a shame violence chases men like you, like it does.

We’re all trying to figure out what a “man like you” is. Death is a strange thing from this side, I wonder if it’s stranger from where you sit now. When my brother passed, I heard all the good and all the bad. Same is true of you… The media and the internet are at war trying to understand how to good men and be bad and bad men can be good. With your coils and copper skin, you are certainly the same God that walked so many years ago.

I hope young men are truly inspired to only see the best parts of you. We need positive role models, even and especially if perfectly flawed. It’s such a shame that tragedy teaches the best lessons. I pray your family takes every day with ease… they’ll never stop missing you. As the days pass and the world continues to turn and people try their hand…I wish them all the strength necessary.

It’s more of a shame how the hatred and anger of one person can ruin the lives of so many. It’s a selfish world…It’s hard for me to forget that… you happen to be an example. I learn well from examples. Thank you for trying, Nipsey. You did one hell of a job.

Truly,

Ella

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