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A Los Angeles jury found reputed gang member Eric Holder Jr. guilty of first-degree murder for the 2019 fatal shooting of rapper Nipsey Hussle.

Holder, 32, was convicted on Wednesday, July 6, for the March 31st murder of Hussle outside a clothing store he owned in the Crenshaw neighborhood of Los Angeles.

Holder showed no reaction after the jury announced the guilty verdict.

Hussle, a rapper who was beloved for his benevolence, was shot 11 times and pronounced dead at a local hospital. Two other men were shot but survived their injuries.

A woman who unwittingly drove the getaway car turned herself in two days later and identified Holder as the shooter. He was arrested at a mental hospital in nearby Bellflower.

Holder and Hussle, real name Ermias Asghedom, were both members of the notorious Rollin 60s street gang. Witnesses testified that Hussle had warned Holder there was "paperwork" on him — an implication that he was a police informant.

Prosecutors say Holder became enraged and gunned Hussle down in front of witnesses.

Holder's attorney said a gang member of Hussle's status calling him a snitch in front of other gang members left his client so "triggered" that he wasn't thinking clearly when he shot the rapper.

"This was not just a pleasant conversation between homies who are chopping it up ... this was a serious accusation," Jansen said during closing arguments. "Mr. Holder Jr. took it serious, as it was. He knows the consequences of being called a snitch in this manner."

Los Angeles County Deputy Dist. Atty. John McKinney dismissed Jansen's argument as "ridiculous".

Holder wore a black mask in court that concealed facial injuries he suffered during a jailhouse beat down last week.

A photo of Holder's swollen face went viral on social media.

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Eric Holder, the suspect accused of killing Nipsey Hussle, was assaulted in jail and was unable to attend his murder trial on Tuesday.

According to reports, Eric Holder was badly beaten after he left a Los Angeles courtroom on Monday.

The extent of Holder's injuries weren't revealed. He was treated for his injuries, but his day in court was canceled on Tuesday.

"Based on some unforeseen circumstances that are no fault of parties here, we won't be in session today," Judge H. Clay Jacke announced in court on Tuesday.

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Holder is accused of fatally shooting rapper Nipsey Hussle on March 31, 2019 in the South Central Los Angeles shopping center the rap mogul owned.

Bryannita Nicholson, 35, who drove Holder to the shopping center that day, testified last week that she heard gunshots ring out moments after Holder got out of the car.

She said Holder soon returned to the car. "I was like, 'What happened?,'" Nicholson testified. "He said, 'You talk too much. I ought to slap you.' And he was just like, 'Drive! Drive!'" she said.

Closing arguments are scheduled for Wednesday but could continue into Thursday. Holder has pleaded not guilty. He faces life in prison if convicted.

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The woman who drove gang member Eric Holder to kill Nipsey Hussle testified during Holder's murder trial at Los Angeles Superior Court on Monday, June 20.

Bryannita Nicholson, 35, told the jury that when she and Holder pulled into a South L.A. shopping center on March 31, 2019, she was surprised to see Hussle, since she was a fan.

Hussle was standing outside his clothing store The Marathon and the Master Burger restaurant with a group of friends.

"I said, 'Ooh, there goes Nipsey, he fine,'" Nicholson testified, "I want to take a picture with him.'"

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Nicholson said Holder told her to stop at Hussle's burger joint so he could get food.

She claimed she didn't know Hussle owned the shopping center.

Nicholson said Holder hopped out of the car and walked over to Hussle while Nicholson was looking for parking.

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She said she thought Holder wanted to approach Hussle before she could get to him.

"I just thought he was trying to beat me to go see him before I saw him," Nicholson said.

After parking her car, she joined Holder next to Hussle. She said Holder's voice was raised but she didn't think he sounded aggressive.

"Eric was asking Nipsey, 'Did you tell somebody I snitched?'" Nicholson said.

She waited her turn then took a selfie with Hussle. The photo was shown in court.
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"I was just excited, I was just happy, I just wanted to show my Facebook friends," said Nicholson, who hurried back to the car and posted the picture online.

Holder went into Master Burger for some food. He came out with chili fries, and told her to drive around the block, according to The Associated Press.

As she drove, Holder pulled out a black semi-automatic handgun and loaded a magazine into the firearm.

"I was like, 'What are you doing?' You put that away, you ain't going to shoot nothing outside my car," Nicholson testified. She added that he did put the gun away.

Holder ordered her to pull into an alley beside the shopping center where he said he wanted to stop and eat. She said he didn't seem angry or upset.

After eating a few bites, he told Nicholson he would be right back and hopped out of the car.

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Moments later, she said she heard gunshots, and saw an older man running. She considered driving off, but she waited for Holder because he may have been hurt.

Holder soon came into view, "power-walking," she said, and got in her car.

"I was like, 'What happened?,'" Nicholson testified. "He said, 'You talk too much. I ought to slap you.' And he was just like, 'Drive! Drive!'" she said.

Nicholson testified on day four of Holder's murder trial. She resumes her testimony on Tuesday.

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An aspiring rapper was shot and killed while live streaming on Instagram last week. Police confirm 21-year-old Zerail Dijon Rivera was found deceased in a car in Hawthorne, California on Thursday, July 8.

Indian Red Boy, of Inglewood, was apparently shot 12 times while live-streaming with a fellow gang member, Kapone.

The graphic video shows Rivera was hit under his left eye and in his neck and upper torso. He pleaded with Kapone for help and said he was in Hawthorne, before he began spitting up blood.

Rivera's death sparked speculation that the Bloods gang member was killed for vandalizing late rapper Nipsey Hussle's mural in the Crenshaw neighborhood of Los Angeles.

His friend, Kapone, who is seen in the livestream, recently dropped a video in which he bragged about defacing Nipsey's mural.

OG rapper Willie D called out Rivera's senseless murder and the ongoing gang violence and retaliation that may result. Watch both videos below.

CAUTION: Video contains scenes of graphic violence. Viewer discretion is advised.

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Lauren London shut down Internet gossip suggesting she is pregnant with her third child.

The 36-year-old model and actress insisted she is still trying to cope with the 2019 death of her fiancé Nipsey Hussle.

The actress, who shared four-year-old son Kross with Nipsey, took to Twitter on Wednesday to dismiss the lies.

"Woke up to some straight bulls**t," she tweeted. "Rumors ! Lies ! On a woman trying her best to heal?! Please stop. I'm NOT pregnant [sic]."

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London was devastated in March, 2019 when Nipsey, real name Ermias Asghedom, was fatally shot outside his clothing store in Los Angeles. He was 33.

In the months following the tragedy, Lauren made it clear she wasn't interested in shacking up with any man anytime soon, because she had two boys to raise.

Lauren inked a series of tattoo tributes to her late fiancé.

After she was romantically linked to rap mogul Sean 'Diddy' Combs last year, Lauren silenced the rumors by posting a photo of Nipsey on social media and declaring herself "still his".

She added, "King Ermias! Never Forget!"

In addition to son Kross, she also has an 11-year-old son named Cameron with Lil Wayne.

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Someone vandalized Nipsey Hussle's Marathon clothing store in a strip mall the rapper previously owned in the Hyde Park neighborhood of Los Angeles.

A Twitter user uploaded video of the destruction with a caption threatening the lives of whoever did the damage:

"A niggh bet not find out who did this shit... bitch ass nigghs something awful gone happen to Yu!! Long Live The Great @NipseyHussle shit fucced up cuz, love u bro [sic]."

The same user uploaded a second video that shows a group of volunteers sweeping up the shattered glass outside the store.

Vandals also hit the T-Mobile store next-door to Marathon Clothing, and other stores were hit as well.

Nipsey, real name Ermias Joseph Asghedom, was shot and killed near the doorway to his store in 2019. He used his rap revenue to open the shop in his childhood neighborhood of Crenshaw in 2017.

There is still no word on why the vandals hit the most famous strip mall in South Central.

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An Antifa protester was assaulted by a Trump supporter for playing an anti-Trump rap song by rappers YG and Nipsey Hussle.

The incident happened in a convenience store parking lot in Denton, Texas on Saturday.

Trump supporters held a small rally outside the Buc-ee's convenience store in support of President Trump, who was under observation at Walter Reed Medical Center after testing positive for Covid-19.

Jason Lata was arrested after he punched an Antifa protester who played an anti-Trump rap song, "F**k Donald Trump," in his pickup truck.

In cellphone footage, Lata and another man confront the protester, as the song played in the background. Lata yelled profanities and screamed "Turn it off!", before punching the man in the face.

The song is by rappers YG and the late Nipsey Hussle. It was released in 2016 as part of a movement to motivate Black rap fans to vote for Hillary Clinton.

    Don't let Donald Trump win, that ni**a cancer
    He too rich, he ain't got the answers
    He can't make decisions for this country, he gon' crash us
    No, we can't be a slave for him

Lata was booked into the City of Denton Jail and bail was set at $15,000.

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Nipsey Hussle's daughter, Emani Asghedom uploaded a disturbing video to social media, revealing she spent the day outside because her mom, Chyna Hussle, locked her out of the house.

Nipsey's fans remembered him on the anniversary of his death on Tuesday, but 11-year-old Emani shocked fans by accusing her mom of locking her out of the house.

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Via -- "In the video shared on social media Imani claims to have been locked out of her mother's house for hours while her mother was inside cleaning and says her grandfather is also not answering his door. Imani complained about being left out in the heat and admitted she had been crying."


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Sean Combs was forced to cancel his appearance at a party on Friday night after he tripped and fell, suffering an injury to his quadriceps, the large muscle group in his thigh.

The injury was the perfect opportunity for the Instagram showman to garner sympathy for himself.

Just 24 hours earlier, Combs, 50, was the laughing stock of the Internet after Nipsey Hussle's widow, Lauren London, curved him on

Combs was humiliated on Thursday, when he tried to start a rumor by posting and deleting a B&W photo of himself admiring Lauren London.

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London, 35, took to Instagram to set Combs straight and to assure her fans that she is still mourning the love of her life, Nipsey, who was gunned down by a rival gang banger on March 31, 2019.

"I'm all love and peace but never forget....I'm a woman in grief and I don't play about Nip, my family , my character and code," London said.

She added: "Stop f*cking with me and my name. Now let me get back to healing.”

Combs took to Instagram on Friday to share various clips from his hospital bed as he prepared to go under the knife to repair the leg injury, telling fans he's "probably one of the most accident prone people in the world".

"Yes, I'm accident prone... I'm clumsy, I trip, I fall, I fall in holes. It's always been like that," he said in one video, where he listed his surgeries over the years.

"I've had two rotator cuffs, a knee replacement, and now it's on quad. At the end of the day this is God's work to slow me down and take better care of body and ya know, eat right and just stop treating my body like a machine," he said.

In one video, Combs, wearing a blue surgical cap and gown, promoted his upcoming talent competition reality show. He explained he's holding auditions for talented R&B singers. The first stop is in Atlanta next week.

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To make sure the young ladies tune in to the show, the aging rapper enlisted the help of his handsome young sons - Justin, Quincy Brown, and Christian, to be judges on the show.

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Sean "Puffy" Combs tried to start a rumor by posting and deleting a B&W photo of himself admiring Lauren London at a Roc Nation pre-Grammy brunch. He tagged her in the photo, but Lauren is not here for the disrespect.

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Combs, 50, initially posted a pic with the caption #lostfiles ... @laurenlondon [heart emoji]." When the picture sparked rampant fan speculation, he followed up by reposting the photo which he captioned: "More Lost Files ... Me & My Sister @laurenlondon at the @rocnation brunch."

London, 35, took to Instagram to set Combs straight and to assure her fans that she is still mourning the love of her life, Nipsey, who was gunned down by a rival gang banger on March 31, 2019.

"I'm all love and peace but never forget....I'm a woman in grief and I don't play about Nip, my family , my character and code. Bout to drink a green juice to start the day though," she wrote.

She added: "Stop f*cking with me and my name. Now let me get back to healing."

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Usher Raymond, Justin Bieber and Snoop Dogg are among the stars calling for the NBA to change its logo in honor of the late Kobe Bryant.

The Los Angeles Lakers legend was just 41 when he was killed in a helicopter crash alongside his daughter Gianna, 13, their pilot, Ara Zobayan, 50, and six other passengers in California on Sunday, Jan. 26.

Following the heartbreaking news, tributes have poured in for Bryant, and fans are petitioning the NBA to change its logo to recognize the star.


Naomi Campbell (pictured) and Vanessa Hudgens were also among the famous faces backing fan Nick M's campaign on website, which features a logo mockup by graphic artist Tyson Beck.

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The petition aims to replace the current image, which features former basketball player and executive Jerry West in a silhouette (far right). The current NBA logo was designed by Alan Siegel in 1969.

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Lakers legends Jerry West (left) and Bryant posed together after the Lakers defeated the San Antonio Spurs in Game Five of the Western Conference Finals during the 2008 NBA Playoffs on May 29, 2008 at Staples Center in Los Angeles.

"Couldn't be a better time or all around athlete and person for it," Usher wrote on Instagram, adding, "#changethelogo."

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But many NBA fans disagree. They want the NBA to leave the logo the way it is. Fans say social media has a tendency to make martyrs out of celebrities such as mixtape rapper Nipsey Hussle, who was gunned down in Los Angeles in March 2019.

When went to press, the petition had amassed over 1.5 million signatures.

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Nipsey Hussle is deceased and Michelle Obama is not a performing artist. But they both earned Grammy award nominations on Wednesday.

The slain rapper is up for 3 Grammy nominations, eight months after his tragic death in Los Angeles. The Grammy nominations were announced on CBS This Morning on Wednesday, Nov. 20.

Hussle earned three Grammy nods in the Best Rap Song and Best Rap/Sung Performance categories for his appearance on DJ Khaled's "Higher" with John Legend.

Former first lady Michelle Obama is nominated for Best Spoken Word Album for her best-selling memoir "Becoming."

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Alicia Keys, who is the proud mom of a LGBT+ child, will return to host the 62nd annual Grammy Awards on Jan. 26, 2020. She is pictured with Mrs. Obama at the 61st annual Grammys last year.

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Pop singer Lizzo leads all Grammy nominations with 8. The morbidly obese "Truth Hurts" singer expressed her excitement, tweeting in all caps, "This has been an incredible year for music and I'm just so thankful to even be part of it. We are all winners."

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One-hit rapper Lil Nas X earned 3 Grammy nominations, including record of the year, album of the year and best new artist for his "Old Town Road" remix, featuring Billy Ray Cyrus. "No f-cking way," Nas X tweeted on Wednesday.