Tuesday, June 16, 2009

TUPAC is alive....

I have been blessed to have visited the Tupac Amaru Shakur Foundation in Stone Mountain, GA with my daughter and it was a very spiritual experience for me. Like others Tupac has affected my life immensely. His music has carried me through happy and rough times in my life. In 1996 I became a young single mother to my beautiful daughter. This marked a very transitional part of my life which was definitely determining my future days ahead.

Pac for me was someone I could identify with only because he shared his pain, suffering and struggles with his life. No I didn't grow up like him or have the same issues but something about his life sucked me in. From "Thug Passion" to "Dear Mama" I just felt something very strong for him as an artist and as a man as he tried desperately to find himself. He did so publicly with alot of flack from haters but I think this came mostly because Pac was like a mirror. We could see so much of ourselves in him as a human being who only tried to better himself and his community everyday.

He was the first man I ever painted... my co-workers would ask me to draw him. My first artwork ever sold was a framed drawing of Tupac ($60) to a friend of a friend. (drawing on side not mine) And as I walked into the TASF building I saw all the paintings, drawings and poems that people had sent to Afeni over the years. I welled up & shed a tear just because I felt a connection with not only Tupac but with all those others that had felt just like I had. His legacy has transcended racial barriers, social barriers and music barriers and still does to this day. I do wish he was still here because I know that just before his passing Pac had found a certain stability/peace he hadn't had before and he was just beginning to live out what he had always wanted. Pac had a vision, a vision for his community, for his life and his art. I just wish I could have seen it all come out of him. BUT NO ONE knows Pac better than his mother Afeni Shakur and through her we are able to see a piece of him. This side the media never showed but was very much there.
I just heard his song open one of the NBA Finals games and again I teared up because at that moment I felt he was ALIVE. Tupac lives because we allow him to live in our hearts, our music, poems, art and our day to day. But I urge you all to let him live through the children that are taught, mentored and loved at his foundation center by donating. Donate your time, resources and or money !!!!

And a special shot out to Mike Epps for KEEPING IT REAL!!!!

to help and for more info go to http://www.tasf.org/...

The Tupac Amaru Shakur Center for the Arts is proud to announce a star-studded birthday celebration presented by Afeni Shakur and Hollywood actor/ comedian Mike Epps who decided to augment his schedule by honoring the late rapper’s birthday with a fund-raising event to support The Tupac Amaru Shakur Center for the Arts and an unforgettable birthday celebration. “I’m a long-time fan of Pac’s music. It’s always been the soundtrack for overcoming struggle and when my life was in a desolate place it was his messages that helped bring me through,” says Epps. “I wouldn’t be where I am today if it wasn’t for his inspiration. It’s an honor for me to stand alongside his mother, Afeni Shakur in celebrating such a personal moment in her son’s history.”

... “The next generation of young fearless brothers and sisters will live their lives based off the standard that Tupac left us with. In his victory and his losses we will see the birth of revolutionaries,” says M1. “This celebration is an expression of my gratitude for all of Tupac's fans for continuing to support and love my son. Pac's life was a gift from God, “says Afeni Shakur. “We continue to carry on Pac's legacy via his art and foundation.”

TASF was formed to bring quality arts training to youth, encourage freedom of expression, serve as a resource for families, and empower via education. The Foundation was founded in 1997 by Afeni Shakur, mother of multi-talented Tupac Shakur. TASF offers book clubs, after school enrichment classes, cultural exchange, workshops, and leadership & arts summer camps. TASF is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization located at the Tupac Amaru Shakur Center for the Arts in Stone Mountain, Georgia.The Tupac Amaru Shakur Center for the Arts features rotating exhibits, Tupac memorabilia, performance area, gift shop, and 6 acre Peace Garden replete with flowers, trees, three screened pavilions and a statue of Tupac Shakur. Tax deductible donations can be made online at http://www.tasf.org/.

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