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Soon after the murder of the beloved emcee and community activist Nipsey Hussle, many memorials in honor of the artist began to pop up around Los Angeles. One of the memorials that stood out from the rest can be seen at the Crete Academy charter school. The memorial features a mural of Nip on the school’s basketball court, created by Gustavo Zermeno. Crete Academy is just blocks away from the Marathon Clothing store. It is a non-profit institution and an educational home to poverty-stricken youths. The aim of the institution is to uplift and build character in the next generation.
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While the genesis of this court remains deeply saddening – it has been inspiring to see @gz.jr realize the vision of @veniceball with such a powerful portrait. I hope that this court is a reminder to everyone who finds peace, joy and friendship within it’s borders that working to improve one’s own community is among the most powerful actions a person can take. #Repost @shafik ・・・ The Marathon Continues 🏁 #ripnipseyhussle – 🎨 @gz.jr @alfonsogarcialettering @jaasevjournal 🧠@veniceball 📽️ @project_backboard 🏋️👷👷♀️ @slowmotion00 @simplyfarnold @trappysmoov @cappa23 @kingericnash @mmcld @georgehobbsart @iammargaretroberts @bill_dur @ivanareds @crete_academy @organicko @sickpencil @ruthlesscreationz @bobbychamberlain.1 @maximillianmorten @sickpencil @organicko @art.work.basketball
On Wednesday, Swae Lee visited the school with hopes of sharing some love in this holiday season. He surprised the kids with an appearance at their school, and then surprised them again by announcing that he was giving the kids Xboxes. Catch the clip of Swae announcing the surprise to the students below!