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D.C. Full of Young Nipseys Eager to Innovate and Dismantle Injustice

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When Nipsey Hussle (born Ermias Asghedom) passed, the world lost something special.

We lost our brother.

Our community lost a revolutionary thinker.

The world lost an innovator.

The murder of Nipsey shook the hip-hop world and community. His sudden and tragic passing by a senseless act of violence had a devastating impact on young Black men and women across the country, who respected his work in the community and as a prolific rapper. Committed to unapologetically celebrating Blackness and serving his community, Nipsey gave voice to issues often ignored in the mainstream. He also gave his time, money and eventually his life to make sure the people around him were better off.

A thoughtful entrepreneur and innovator, Nipsey inspired a generation of Black innovators in his community to use technology to solve problems in the community. As the founder and CEO of Vector90, a technology hub and hip-hop driven STEM initiative based in Crenshaw, Nipsey created space and opportunity for Black women and men to disrupt an exclusively white tech industry. Nipsey’s hustle and commitment to Black and brown-led innovation are admirable and we must push his work forward. We can do this by supporting and cultivating the necessary skills among our youth to make an impact in the tech industry.

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Kevin Beckford is a graduate of Yale University and majored in African-American studies and Political Science. A Gates-Cambridge scholarship recipient, he received a Master of Philosophy degree in African Studies and also received a Master of Science from the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education. Kevin taught middle and high school history and English in Philadelphia and consulted with the New York City Department of Education as an Education Pioneer Fellow, before working in the White House Office of Presidential Correspondence and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development as a special adviser. At HUD, Kevin worked on affairs concerning ConnectHome, a White House initiative that sought to provide Internet access for families living in HUD-assisted housing. Currently, he works in as an Advancement Manager for an education nonprofit in NYC and produces on a radio show at Sirius XM. He is also the Co-Founder of The Hustlers Guild, a nonprofit dedicated to expanding STEM opportunities to young people through Hip Hop.

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