Nipsey Hussle’s Sister Will Keep Custody of His Daughter, Judge Denies Mother’s Request

Nipsey Hussle’s 10-year-old daughter, Emani will remain in the custody of her aunt Samantha, despite her mother’s efforts.

According to TMZ, Tanisha Foster faced the late rapper’s family in court on Monday in an attempt to regain custody of her daughter, who has been living with Hussle’s sister since his passing in March.

Apparently, Foster left the courtroom crying and was “pissed off” at the judge’s decision. 

Foster’s criminal record and current warrant for arrest could be the reason for the denial of her request for custody, and Hussle’s family agrees. The family believes that although Foster is Emani’s biological mother, she is unfit. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

Hussle’s sister Samatha was one family member in particular who helped raise Emani when Hussle was still alive. In her petition for custody, Samantha wrote that she wants to “ensure the continued stability for Emani and ensure that she will be able to maintain her current and ongoing relationship” with her family. 

The hearing on Monday was sealed, but Foster’s lawyer Larry Lewellyn told reporters that he is working with Hussle’s family on an amicable visitation schedule that will benefit Emani. Both parties are set to return to court in July.

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About Retonjah Burdette

Retonjah Burdette is a publicist and published content curator from Atlanta, Georgia. After receiving her Bachelor’s in Public Relations from Georgia Southern University in 2017, Burdette then went on to get field experience with one of the top entertainment PR firms in Atlanta. Since the start of her career, Burdette has worked with a number of actors, authors, entrepreneurs and independent artists. She has secured placements on media outlets such as TV One’s Sister Circle, Good Day Atlanta on FOX, V-103, CBS 46, Kontrol Magazine, KISS 104.1 and Rolling Out to name a few. In addition to her growth in PR, she is currently a writer for Baller Alert, a top platform for news and entertainment. In hopes of bringing the visions of others to life, she launched Girl Avant-Garde in 2019, a creative agency specializing in innovative content, branding and PR in entertainment. Her overall goal is to have autonomy over her creative thought process and to teach branding to new entrepreneurs and others pursuing a career in the public eye.

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