2Pac Facts Essay Research Paper
In April of 1969 Afeni (Alice Faye Walker) and 20 other members of the New York Black Panthers were arrested and charged with felonies including conspiracy to bomb police stations and department stores in New York City and the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens. While out on bail Afeni dated Legs a gangster and William Garland a Panther. She was married to Lumumba Abdul Shakur the main defendant in the Panther 21 case who remained incarcerated. She had four or five miscarriages. In 1970 Geronimo Pratt also Panther was put in a California jail on homicide charges on Caroline Olsen on a Santa Monica tennis court in ‘68. His lawyer was Johnnie Cochran. When Lumumba found out Afeni was pregnant he divorced her. In 1971 Afeni’s bail was revoked and lived at the Women’s House of Detention in Greenwich Village. In May Afeni was acquitted of all charges. She defended herself with a cross-examination of a witness who turned out to be a undercover government agent. On June 16th Lesane Parish Crooks was born in Brooklyn. Gloria Jean Afeni’s sister and Joan Bird sat outside the delivery room. The doctor took Lesane to Gloria to bear witness to who he was. The Panthers renamed him Tupac Amaru Shakur. Tupac Amaru means wisdom and courage and is after a Cuban insurrectionary active. Shakur is Arabic for thankful to God. His mom Afeni and Billy Garland who had two other kids from previous relationships had separated. Tupac’s Social Security number was 546-47-8539. Afeni took a job as a legal assistant to Richard Fischbein a New York trial attorney. Afeni sang Roberta Flack’s “I Love You In the Morning” as a lullaby to him. Afeni never said who Tupac’s dad was but she did say that it wasn’t Lumumba. Tupac said “She just told me “I don’t know who your daddy is. It wasn’t like she was a slut or nothing.” Geronimo became Tupac’s Godfather. Afeni and Tupac moved in with Lumumba’s adopted brother Mutulu Shakur who became Tupac’s step-dad. In 1972 Geronimo was sentenced to prison for 25 years to life. In 1973 Tupac’s uncle Zayd Shakur was driving on the New Jersey Turnpike with Assata Shakur born JoAnne Chesimard when they were stopped by a trooper. In a shoot-out that followed Trooper Werner Foerster killed Zayd and Assata was later charged and convicted in the killing of Werner. In 1975 Tupac’s half-sister Sekyiwa was born. In 1976 Tupac started school at Oakley. Billy invited Tupac over for sleepovers with his other kids and sent Afeni’s mother cash. In 1979 Assata escaped from prison and fled to Cuba where she is now living under a grant of asylum from the government of Fidel Castro. In 1981 a minister asked Tupac what he wanted to be when he grew up. He said “A revolutionary.” Afeni brought Tupac Vincent van Gogh’s The Starry Night from the library it held his attention for hours. Van Gogh was a Dutch painter who shot himself. All of van Gogh’s work was produced in 10 years. Punishment for Tupac was reading The New York Times. Mutulu left the family and went underground. Legs came to live with the family Tupac had always assumed that he was his real dad. Tupac said “That is where the thug in me came from.” He introduced Afeni to crack. In 1983 Tupac estimated that he’d lived in “like eighteen different places” when he started junior high. F.B.I. agents would come to Tupac at school and ask him if he had seen Mutulu. He was on the Ten Most Wanted list. In 1984 Gerard saw Tupac for the first time he said that Tupac had shirt with MC NEW YORK written with iron-on letters and he was rapping. All these people was around him. They were enemies at first but then they made a crew Born Busy DJ Plain Terror Ace Rocker and D on the beat box. In 1985 Tupac started writing poetry in grammar school in New York. Afeni Tupac and Sekyiwa joined The House of the Lord Pentecostal Church in Brooklyn. In 1986 Legs was sent to prison for credit-card fraud. In September Tupac joined a Harlem theater group called 127th Street Ensemble where he did his first performance as Travis in A Raisin in the Sun at the Apollo theater to raise money so Jesse Jackson could run for president. Tupac said “Right now I can remember the bug biting me right there. I lay on a couch and played sleep for the first scene. Then I woke up and I was the only person onstage. I can remember thinking “This is the best shit in the world!” That got me real high.” They moved to Baltimore where Afeni would have a job. When she called Legs to let him know where she was she found out he had died of a crack-induced heart attack. Tupac said “I couldn’t even cry man. I felt I needed a daddy to show me the ropes and I didn’t have one.” Tupac said “We didn’t have any lights. I used to sit outside by the streetlights and read the autobiography of Malcolm X. And it made it so real to me that I didn’t have any lights at home and I was sitting outside on the benches reading this book. And then of course my mother had books by people like Patrice Lumumba and Stokely Carmicheal Seize the Time by Bobby Seale and Soledad Brother by George Jackson. And she would tell me these stories of things that she did or she saw or she was involved with and it made me feel a part of something.” Tupac auditioned and was accepted to the Baltimore High School of the Performing Arts. Tupac said “The white kids had things we never seen. That was the first time I saw there was white people who you could get along with. Before that I just believed what everybody else said “They was devils ” but I loved it. I loved going to school. It taught me a lot. I was starting to feel like I really wanted to be an artist. I was fucking white girls. I learned ballet poetry jazz music everything Shakespear acting everything as well as academics.” He was the mouse king in The Nutcracker and Othello in Othello. He read The Prince by Nicolo Machiavelli. Machiavelli was an Italian war strategist who advocated faking his own death to fool his enemies. Lumumba was found dead in Louisiana just days before Mutulu was arrested for the ‘81 Brinks robbery in which two Nyack New York policemen and a Brinks guard were killed. He became friends with Jada Pinkett. At school they made a video of themselves lip singing to to Will Smith’s “Parents Don’t Understand.” He started rapping and became known as MC New York. He wrote his first song “Breakin’ Through.” 2Pac started performing at benefits for Geronimo and other prisoneers. Tupac stayed at a rich classmate’s house and wore his clothes but he went back. In 1987 Tupac and Jada taped a video of themselves at Paramount’s Kings Dominion amusement park in Richmond Virginia. Tupac’s family could never pay the rent of their apartment. When he first learned how to drive he had a green Celica. He went out with some friends and Ricky Coleman came up to him and asked why he was claiming Oakland. Tupac wrote the poem I Cry and a eulogy to Huey P Newton Fallen Star which he recited. In 1988 a boy was killed in a gang shooting so in June Afeni sent Tupac and Sekyiwa on a bus to spend the summer with Geronimo’s wife Linda in Marin City California. Tupac and Charles Fuller (Man Man) went to the rec and played basketball. He shot bricks and airballs. He met Brewster at the rec. Tupac bagged groceries and worked odd jobs. Then Linda called Afeni and told her she needed to come to California because she was going to alcohol rehab the next day. Tupac and Sewyika lived with Afeni in door 1 at an apartment called the 89 building but got into a series of arguments so he moved out. Tupac met Marku Reynolds who introduced him to his cousin Klark Gable and Darron Page. Dimitrius Striplin and Gable were like the two DJ’s in town and they all got together and became TC (The Crew). They spent time rapping and at the studio together. They did “Lifstyles of the Poor and Homie ” “Let’s Get It On ” and “Get Some For Girls.” Their theme song was “Thug Life.” He lived with Man Man because Sewyika was dating his brother. He went to school at Mt. Tamalpais High on Miller Ave. in Mill Valley California. He worked at a pizza parlor. Tupac said “I didn’t fit in. I was the outsider. I dressed like a hippie they teased me all the time. I couldn’t play basketball. I didn’t know who basketball players were. I was the target for the street gangs. They used to jump me things like that. I thought I was weird because I was writing the poetry and I hated myself I used to keep it a secret. I was really a nerd.” Tupac became friends with T.A.C. and Anthony. Dimitrius introduced Tupac to Ryan D. who was with Terry Agust at a bus stop. They had a rap battle and Tupac did “Girls Be Tryin’ To Work a Nigga.” The bus came and they called it a tie. They were both going the same way and they became the One Nation Emcees. Dimitrius’ dad had just gone to jail so they all moved in to his house. Terry told Tupac to do the dishes by the time he got home. Tupac and drank and played nintendo all day and he spilt a jug of something all over and didn’t clean it up. Terry came home with his girlfriend and they got in a fight. Tupac went to hit Terry with his right hand and he missed and hit the washing machine. Then Terry beat him up. He never went to a doctor and it didn’t heal right. They put a tour together and went to L.A. to do a show for the New Afrikan Panthers. They didn’t know how long it would take to get there so they kept having to call them from pay phones telling them that they would be late. They finally got there six hours late but they still did the show. The performed “Panther Power ” “One Nation Emcees ” and “Fantasy.” The Panthers had a whole agenda for them for that night and the next day and one of the thing they had was a Self Defense training class. Tupac learned a move where when you get knocked down you can lay on your back and kick the person and they can’t get to you. When the instructor called on Tupac to fight someone before the guy even hit him he got down on the ground. He made “I Thought U Knew” and “Leave Us Kids Alone ” his first professional recordings. In September Mutulu was sentenced to 60 years in prison for conspiring to commit armed robbery and murder. Tupac wrote “Tha’ Lunatic.” One of his friends Molly Monjouze said she’d go with him for a hamburger and coke and he’d start writing songs on a napkin. Tupac said he was “in the same things everyday holes in my jeans the fucked up sneakers.” 2Pac performed at the Apollo Theater in New York. One night in Marin City Tupac Ryan D. Troy Gable and some other guys were drinking in Troy’s cousin’s Jetta. They started talking about girls and Troy said he messed around with one of Tupac’s girls. Troy wanted Tupac to get out of the car so they could fight but Tupac wouldn’t. They started fighting and Troy got him out of the car. Tupac bit him and he bit him back. Then Tupac did his move he learned. Jerry Aquak had Ice and Tupac watch his girlfriend while he went to take of some business. They both did his girl put back on their clothes and Jerry never knew. In 1989 Tupac started selling drugs and dropped out school just before graduation. Tupac went to the Travelodge hotel in Mill Valley on Redwood Hwy. with Brewster Marku and some other guys. Some guy wanted to leave and Tupac started beating him up. The guy went to his car and Tupac hit his window. The police came and put Tupac in one car and Marku in another car to find out who they were but since the guy left they let them go. They went back to Marin City and Tupac was still mad. He took a flowerpot and through it through the back window of his of his apartment. Tupac got his GED. Watani invited him to L.A. where he was organizing youth programs in the South Central ghetto. He joined one for several months but Wantani reminded him too much of Afeni’s politicalness and moved back. At a park Tupac overheard Leila Steinberg reading Winnie Mandela’s A Part of My Soul Went With Him. He said “That’s a good one. It really moves well.” They talked for a while and Leila offered him a room in her Sonoma County house and Tupac made her the manager of his group Strictly Dope (2Pac Ray Luv and one of D.U.’s DJs). He joined The Poetry Circle in Santa Rosa California which was a writer’s circle that included Leila and Ray Luv. He wrote In the Event of My Demise And 2Marrow The Rose That Grew From Concrete In Depth of Solitude Ambition Over Adversary Can You See the Pride In the Panther and Something 2 Die 4. He also wrote a tribute to van Gogh Starry Night and one to Marilyn Monroe. Tupac and Leila toured inner-city schools and Tupac rapped for eight months without a gig. One night when Leila and Tupac were eating his specialty potato tacos Tupac said “Just tell people what I always tell you: that I’m gonna sell more records than any rapper ever.” The next day Leila called Atron Gregory the manager of D.U. He introduced him to Shock G who gave him a live audition and invited him on tour. He didn’t have any place to keep his clothes and stuff because Shock moved out of his apartment caus ehe wanted to get a new one. So Tupac kept his stuff at Gable’s apartment and said he said he would help pay rent. He went on tour with D.U. to Japan. Tupac went to Astroworld in Houston while he was on a tour with D.U. and New Kids on the Block. He performed with D.U. at the Astrodome that night. Tupac said “On my spare time when we go on tour I pick up all that shit I have to pick up drop that down and brush down the piano.