Film and TV director Ava DuVernay is giving props to the “respectful” media coverage of Nipsey Hussle’s murder.
On Thursday, DuVernay was honored at the Free Expression Awards at the Newseum in Washington. During her acceptance speech, the 46-year-old dedicated her award to Nipsey and applauded the media for its positive coverage of the legendary rapper. “This week, I have been motivated and deeply moved by the press coverage of this brother from South Central Los Angeles,” DuVernay said. “His life has galvanized a …response that has become a real powerful moment for me and for so many people who rarely see that kind of attention given to people like him.”
Hussle was a leader within his community who strived to make change for his people by investing in businesses, educating others on economic wealth, providing jobs for the youth and many other notable acts. In addition, he promoted Black ownership and wanted peace amongst rival gangs. He was fatally shot on Sunday, March 31 by now charged Eric Holder.
DuVernay continued, “I was honestly surprised by the quality of coverage of television outlets, local and national, who covered the story over a number of days with what felt like actual respect,” DuVernay said. “So many journalists rising to the sad occasion with the clarity and care that I rarely recall for the … discussion of black life.” DuVernay explained not only was the positive coverage a nod to “newsrooms with inclusive staffs,” but also a testament to who Nipsey was and represented.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
“I will always hold him in my heart. A heart that breaks for his family tonight that breaks for all of us who loved and admired him,” she said. “His vision and voice will continue to ring in my ears like they did when we talked.” DuVernay continued: “Thank you Nipsey. May you rise in power and be a reminder to us all to live and tell our truth as fiercely and as adamantly as you did. Until we meet again.”
According to Newseum, the Free Expression Awards honors individuals’ “courageous acts of, and contributions to, free and fearless expression.”