Through forced migration and gentrification, which promised a better life, Black folks in Los Angeles, in the early 80s, met resistance and suffered unintended consequences. In essence, we traded one type of community violence—such as gangs, drugs, and poverty—for the physical, emotional and financial violence of racism from dominant cultures.
On 420, a global holiday celebrated by cannabis consumers and supporters, Barbadian filmmakers, Hermina Elcock, Mikul Elcock and Jamal Weekes released the first of a three-part short docuseries titled, CannabisCulture on Facebook. Little did the filmmakers know that their project would incite much conversation around their modestly-populated island of 250,000 then island jump in the region.
The untimely murder of Nipsey Hussle, birth name, Ermias Asghedom transformed me. From shock to anger to grief to sadness to purpose—all these mark the stages that end with this impromptu major collaborative project, The Nipsey Hussle Edition.