Nipsey Hussle’s Family, Girlfriend Lauren London Speak Out On Rapper’s Death

“It was like he was sent by God to give some love to bring us together because that’s what his lyrics were saying, always,” Hussle’s father Dawit Asghedom said in an interview with ‘The Los Angeles Times’ published Friday.

Days after rapper Nipsey Hussle was shot and killed outside of his clothing store last Sunday (March 31), his loved ones spoke out for the first time about his shocking death in an interview published Friday with The Los Angeles Times.

“I would like for him to be remembered as a humble, spirited, respectful man who had, since his childhood, had an extraordinary and unlimited intellectual capacity,” the rapper’s mother Angelique Smith told The Times of her son (real name Ermias Joseph Asghedom).

Smith also said that her son was always aware of his talents and “capability” that would lead him to have a successful music career. “He recognized at an early age his own capability. His own potential. He has always known.”

Despite grieving herself, Smith also said that she finds herself comforting mourners and “chasing away the spirit of fear and grief … retaliation and anger.” “I’ve been at perfect peace,” she said.

Meanwhile, Hussle’s father Dawit Asghedom said he believes his 33-year-old son’s death symbolized that he had “completed what he needed to be doing” from God’s plan.

“It was like he was sent by God to give some love to bring us together because that’s what his lyrics were saying, always. He’s not shy to tell the truth even though it might not look good. He wasn’t scared of anything. [God] sent him to send a message,” Asghedom said. “It looks like, ‘Your time is up because you have completed what I sent you to do.’ We all have a plan, but God has his own plan. So he had completed what he needed to be doing and he did it early so [God] probably want to take him early too.”

Hussle’s brother commended his brother for turning the area they grew up into a “landmark” through his activism. “There’s a lot of politics within the area that we grew up in, but he stayed the course and showed what he was about. He made something work in an area that was run-down, that people were scared to come to, and he turned it into a landmark,” said Samiel Asghedom.

Meanwhile, Hussle’s longtime girlfriend Lauren London, whom he also shares a daughter with, praised the rapper for always ensuring that “his family came first” and asserts that she will keep her “head high” amid the somber time for their family.

“He was a protector and wanted us to be our best at all times. He was a truth seeker and truth speaker.” She added: “I’m going to keep my head high and always represent for my king to the fullest. He loved his kids. He was a family man. His family came first.”

London also mourned his death in an Instagram post, where she expressed how “completely lost” she felt without her “best friend.” “I am completely lost. I’ve lost my best friend. My sanctuary. My protector. My soul….I’m lost without you We are lost without you babe. I have no words,” the actress captioned the photos.

Eric Ronald Holder, 29, of Los Angeles was arrested Tuesday following a massive manhunt after he allegedly shot and killed Hussle on Sunday afternoon in the area of Slauson Avenue and Crenshaw Boulevard. He was then charged with one count of murder, two counts of attempted murder and one count of possession of a firearm by a felon. The criminal complaint also includes allegations that he personally used a firearm and caused great bodily injury and death, according to the district attorney’s office. Holder pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Holder is being defended by Christopher Darden, a former prosecutor on the 1992 O.J. Simpson murder trial, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.

Hussle’s death sparked sadness and outrage from the music, sports and entertainment community. Some of the biggest stars shared their heartbreak and anger via social media, including Meek Mill, Pharrell Williams, Chance the Rapper, Lebron James and Ava DuVernay, among others. https://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/hip-hop/8505942/nipsey-hussle-death-family-girlfriend-lauren-london-statement

Buju Banton delivers big at Long Walk to Freedom concert

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For two hours, reggae artiste Buju Banton, whose given name is Mark Myrie, belted out hit after hit at his Long Walk to Freedom concert at the National Stadium in Kingston.

If there were questions about the his state of mind and his ability to perform in front of a sold out crowd, after almost a decade in isolation, Buju put those to rest, breezing through his extensive catalogue of musical masterpieces.

Dressed in an all white ensemble, Banton entered the stage with a pensive look on his face, and that was enough to indicate that he meant business. He opened his set with a worship song asking, “Lamb of God, have mercy on me”. He then smoothly transitioned into Not An Easy Road, a song many thought would have been his track of choice, based on all he has had to overcome. As he sang through the lyrics of the song, the crowd went wild.

Hits like Destiny, Champion, Driver, Untold Stories and Wanna Be Loved had the crowd singing and rocking along. And he was not alone as he wrote a piece of entertainment history. The Gargamel’s set involved several collaborations as he invited the likes of Beres Hammond, Marcia Griffiths, Wayne Wonder and Gramps Morgan to share the stage. SOURCE : http://jamaica-star.com/article/entertainment/20190317/hit-after-hit-buju-banton-delivers-big-long-walk-freedom-concert

NEWLANDS PARK APPROVED!

In years to come, the 11th March 2019 will be remembered as one of the most important days in the entire history of Luton Town Football Club – as Luton Borough Council’s development control committee determined that the plans for Newlands Park should be approved.

This momentous decision comes two and a half years after the plans were submitted and following a rigorous period of scrutiny from the Council’s planning department.

We can now all look forward to a future in the state-of-the-art stadium at Power Court, a secure future will give us the best possible opportunity to compete at the highest level and a bright future for Luton, with the Club’s developments at the heart of the town’s regeneration.

As well as the obvious benefits to the Club, the developments will bring in the region of 10,000 jobs to Luton, and a much-needed boost to the local economy to the tune of £250m annually.

On March 1st, the planning department revealed their report, which recommended Newlands Park for approval – laying the foundations for this evening’s decision. The plans, which were revealed to the public in 2016 alongside the plans for the new Hatters stadium at Power Court, consist of new offices, retail, leisure facilities, restaurants and bars as well as a 300-bed hotel. The development will provide the people of Luton exciting new places to work, relax and play with easy access to the town centre, M1 and London Luton Airport.

2020 Developments have already invested approximately £30m purchasing the land for the developments at Power Court and Newlands Park, demonstrating their absolute commitment to the Town, and the projects, which were the best supported in UK history with some 11,000 letters of support received by the local council for the two projects.

We would like to extend our thanks to Hatters everywhere for their patience and support – which has gone a long way to help us achieve planning consent, especially those volunteers who have given up their time to support the applications so vocally.

Even with this evening’s positive news, your support may still be required. In due course we will discover whether the Secretary of State will ‘call-in’ the Newlands Park project or if it has to go to a Judicial Review. We will of course keep you up to date with any information as it becomes available.

We should also once again thank Luton Borough Council – who have diligently and meticulously examined the applications, and made a secure decision following the required protocols. The scale of their task should not be underestimated.

In November 2007, Luton Town Football Club were on the edge of the abyss, and on the verge of disappearing altogether.

In 2008 Luton Town Football Club 2020 Ltd took the reins – and began implementing their vision that by the year 2020 the Club would be reborn. The rebirth would come in the shape of a new stadium, playing football at a level befitting of a Club with the heritage and standing of our great Club – and they have kept their word.

Tonight’s future-making decision will be celebrated by Lutonians, and Luton Town supporters everywhere from Bury Park to Berlin, Marsh Farm to Melbourne and New Town to New York. Today’s place in the history books is guaranteed.

But this decision is not about the Club’s past. It is about the future. SOURCE : https://www.lutontown.co.uk/news/2019/march/newlands-park/

R Kelly back into custody over child support

R Kelly was taken back into custody Wednesday after appearing at a child-support hearing, authorities said, hours after the broadcast of an interview in which the R&B star cried and ranted about being “assassinated” by allegations of sexual abuse.

A spokeswoman for the Cook county sheriff’s office said Kelly would not be released from jail until he pays $161,000 in back child support.

Kelly’s publicist, Darryll Johnson, said Kelly came to the hearing prepared to pay $50,000 to $60,000, but the judge wanted the whole amount. He said Kelly did not have the whole amount because he has not been able to work.

The singer’s next hearing is scheduled for 13 March, sheriff’s spokeswoman Sophia Ansari said

‘It’s not fair’: R Kelly tearfully denies abuse allegations in tense interview

Kelly was charged last month with 10 counts of aggravated sexual abuse and has pleaded not guilty. He spent a weekend in jail before someone posted his $100,000 bail. His defense attorney said at the time that Kelly’s finances were “a mess”.

The interview with CBS This Morning was Kelly’s first since he was charged. Kelly called his accusers liars and alleged that people are after him for his money. He told interviewer Gayle King that he never sexually abused women or controlled their lives.

The 52-year-old singer is accused in Chicago of sexually abusing four females dating back to 1998, including three underage girls.

“All of them are lying,” Kelly said in segments of the interview broadcast Wednesday. “I have been assassinated.”

At one point during the interview, Kelly angrily stood up and started pacing, his voice breaking as he yelled: “I didn’t do this stuff! This is not me!”

He cried as he hit his hands together. “I’m fighting for my (expletive) life,” he said.

Kelly, who was out on bail following his 22 February arrest in Chicago, said earlier in the interview that he had done “lots of things wrong” in relationships with women, but said he has apologized. He denied doing anything against their will. The songwriter said he believes social media is to blame for fueling the allegations.

“I have been buried alive, but I’m alive,” he said, later adding that he needed someone to help him “not have a big heart”.

When pressed about whether he was attracted to younger women, Kelly said: “I’m an older man who loves all women.” He acknowledged being in a relationship with two young women who live with him.

The recording artist has been trailed for decades by allegations that he violated underage girls and women and held some as virtual slaves. Kelly has consistently denied any sexual misconduct and was acquitted of child pornography charges in 2008. Those charges centered on a graphic video that prosecutors said showed him having sex with a girl as young as 13.

SOURCE :  https://www.theguardian.com/music/2019/mar/06/r-kelly-back-into-custody-after-child-support-hearing

28-Year-Old British Rapper Killed In Car Crash Enroute To Concert

A British rapper was killed in a car crash while he was en route to a concert, police said.
The 28-year-old rapper called Cadet, whose real name is Blaine Johnson, was being driven to a gig at Keele University in Staffordshire on Saturday, CNN reported.

A statement on Cadet’s Instagram page, said: “We the family of Blaine Cameron Johnson known as Cadet (Underrated Legend) would like to share the sad news that during the early hours of February 9 he passed away as a passenger in a taxi, en route to a performance.

“Right now we the family appreciate your patience and will share with you any information as and when we can. Thanks for your support in advance.”

Police said the rapper died at the scene following a collision between the taxi and a van. source :https://www.ndtv.com/world-news/cadet-blaine-johnson-british-rapper-killed-in-car-crash-enroute-to-concert-1991186