This past week, rapper, actor, and entrepreneur T.I spoke at a press conference at the Capitol along with Charlamagne tha God to pick up where Nipsey Hussle left off.
Rapper Nipsey Hussle, who passed away earlier this year after being killed in front of his store in Crenshaw, The Marathon, actually had plans to meet with Congress to discuss a proposition to help increase money and jobs in South L.A. and other minority communities across the country.
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So on this day, the two met with the members of the Congressional Black Caucus on Caucus to discuss developing investment in struggling urban areas. They met at U.S. Capitol for around two hours of with Reps. Karen Bass of Los Angeles, Hakeem Jeffries of New York, Joyce Beatty of Ohio, Steven Horsford of Nevada, Frederica Wilson of Florida, Cedric Richmond of Louisiana, Antonio Delgado of New York and Majority Whip James E. Clyburn of South Carolina, the Los Angeles Times reports.
The Root says, “The idea is the take advantage of “opportunity zones,” a provision of the 2017 tax law that offers companies a seven-year opportunity to defer or reduce capital gains taxes in exchange for their investment in impoverished communities.”
According to the Los Angeles Times, T.I. says in his speech, “Nipsey was the founder of the idea to bring everyone together who may individually be able to do great things and make significant impact on their own in their communities,” T.I. said, according to the Los Angeles Times. “But for us to come together, we can impact so many more communities and spread our efforts so much wider.”
He said, “It was an incredible loss” while he spoke on the rapper’s murder. “We’re like the ‘Avengers’ of investment,” and losing NIpsey was “like losing Ironman.”
T.I says that Nipsey Hussle’s legacy will be continued through his work and that, “This is an event that Nipsey actually invited me to” the rapper told TMZ, “I’m here on his behalf and my own because I also have interest in Atlanta as he does in South Central on Crenshaw.”
Hussle convinced him to “take much-needed advantage” of the new law to “benefit and revitalize the underserved areas of society that we all come from.”
He notes that Nipsey Hussle’s legacy is not necessarily in capitol it’s about “discussing legislation we can use to benefit places like Crenshaw and Bankhead” and “other areas of the community where we come from”
He even told TMZ that he’s okay with working with Republicans, “I don’t have a problem with Republicans, I dont think its about black, white I don’t think it’s about Democrats, Republicans, it’s about decent and indecent, it’s about working with decent people.”
Although the meeting seemed to have gone well, he includes that more obstacles need be addressed and solved, like the racial wealth gap which “comes more poverty and more crime and inevitably more violence.”
Written by Imani Maxberry
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[VIDEO] Kanye West Opens Up About A Memory He Had Of His Mother A Couple Weeks Before Her Passing With David Letterman
It has been 12 years since Kanye West’s mother, Donda West, passed away after complications following cosmetic surgery. West and his mother were very close, and he has recently opened up about his mother during an interview with David Letterman on his Netflix show ‘My Next Guest Needs No Introduction.’ The episode will air May 31.
In the trailer video Letterman asks Kanye, “The memory of your mother, you carry it with you each day?” where the rapper answers, “This would have been the funniest time of her life,” he says in the promotional video, “to have those kids running around that house, and being able to, like, go and buy them toys.”
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West, 41, and Kim, 38, have been married for five years and share four children. Their kid’s names are North, 5, Saint, 3, Chicago, 1, and they have a son who was recently born this month named Psalm West.
After this he shares a memory he had of his mother a couple of weeks before her passing, “I remember my mother bought me a bear that was multicolored, and I was very into Takashi Murakami at the time of [my] third album, Graduation, so she bought it and said ‘That kinda feels like Murakami,”’ he continued, “And then I was sorta like ‘I don’t want that, it ain’t no Takashi Murakami bear.’ And then she passed a few weeks after and I did everything I could to find that bear and place that bear on top of all the Takashi Murakami stuff I had in the house.”
Despite her passing, Kanye says that “she’s here with us and she’s guiding us.”
Written by Imani Maxberry
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