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Farrakhan Refers To Rapper Nipsey Hussle As ‘Nipsey Russell’ During Memorial Service
April 11, 2019 at 10:40 amFiled Under:Nipsey Hussle Memorial Service
LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – Minister and Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan referred to Nipsey Hussle as “Nipsey Russell” more than once during Thursday’s memorial for the slain rapper.
During a speech at the Staples Center ceremony, Farrakhan called Hussle – whose real name is Ermias Joseph Asghedom – the name of Russell, the former comedian and actor who was best known for “The Wiz” and as a panelist on numerous TV game shows.
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Farrakhan made the flub a second time, saying, “I thank Nipsey Russell” before backtracking and saying, “I said it right”. He then referenced Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook, who dedicated his historic 20/20/20 game to Hussle after his death.
“And he said, ‘This is for you, Nipsey’,” said Farrakhan, before going on to connect the numbers with the Book of Revelation in the Bible.
Farrakhan added: “Nipsey Hussle and Russell Westbrook? Who are they? What happened to Nipsey Russell and Bill Russell? Why are there so many new black celebrities all the time? If we can make so many celebrities, how come we can’t make any money?”