What To Know About The Doctor In Nipsey Hussle’s Reported Documentary
Close to a week after the untimely death of rapper Nipsey Hussle, interest has grown on one of his passion projects. Hussle was reportedly working on before he was killed in Los Angeles outside his Marathon clothing store. According to several reports, Hussle was working on a documentary focusing on a herbalist in Honduras who claims to have found a cure for AIDS.
Dr. Sebi is a herbalist who claimed he had found a cure for AIDS in the 1980s.
Google Trends shows a spike for the search term ‘Dr. Sebi’ in March. Related search queries include Nipsey Hussle, Dr. Sebi documentary, and Nipsey Hussle dr. sebi documentary (among others).
In case you don’t know who Dr. Sebi is, here are some fast facts to know about the herbalist that has been fascinating social media users and conspiracy theorists over the last week.
Dr. Sebi called Honduras his home.
Born Alfredo Bowman in Ilanga, Honduras, Dr. Sebi did not consider himself African Honduran, but instead referred to himself as an African in Honduras. He established the USHA Research Institute on the coast of Honduras, 15 miles from La Ceiba, Honduras. The research institute features natural springs for bathing and is now managed by his daughter Samma Bowman. It has been visited by celebs, tourists and locals looking to ail their cures with a rigorous diet and holistic healing. After some legal troubles, the institute relocated to California.
He gained both praise and notoriety for his “African Bio-Electric Cell Food Therapy”, which claimed to cure AIDS, cancer, leukemia, epilepsy and other health problems.
In part, critics were skeptical of Dr. Sebi’s ways because he was not a trained medical doctor. After marketing his products in the U.S. in the 1980s, he was charged with practicing medicine without a license. However, a jury found his not guilty because he had not prescribed medications or made diagnoses.
He was a celebrity herbalist to pop stars and entertainers.
After Dr. Sebi died in 2016 at the age of 82, the Telegraph wrote an obituary listing some of the herbalist’s former clients, including Michael Jackson, Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes, Eddie Murphy, and John Travolta.
His legal troubles followed him until his death.
Months before he died in November of 2016, in May of that year, Dr. Sebi was arrested in Honduras for having cash he couldn’t account for, and was subsequently charged with money laundering. It is reported he died while in police custody, and the AP reports the official cause of death was pneumonia.
Conspiracy theories abound on Dr. Sebi’s death.
In an article published this week by the AP, the theories surrounding Dr. Sebi’s death were once again re-visited. Some believe Dr. Sebi was killed by the government to silence his natural cures. Some go further posting that perhaps Hussle’s death was caused because he was trying to shed light on Dr. Sebi’s health claims through the documentary.
Other social media users are reminding other users to calm down on the conspiracy talk.
There is no evidence of people being cured of their ailments strictly based on Dr. Sebi’s tactics.
The documentary seems to be getting a new producer.
Despite the controversy Dr. Sebi’s methods stir up, Nick Cannon wants to make sure Dr. Sebi’s legacy lives on by honoring Hussle’s work and continuing the project for him. Cannon posted on his Instagram he will be “picking up the baton” for Nipsey Hussle and will continue his work on the documentary on Dr. Sebi.
No release date has been set for the documentary, but if Cannon finishes it, we’re sure he will also be posting it to his IG page.