"the viewer can certainly take an awful lot away from this, a mixture of the prejudicial-racism both he and his mother faced, and how comparable it is with the state of affairs today"
All Eyez on Me chronicles the life and legacy of Tupac Shakur and is directed by Benny Boom and written by Jeremy Haft, Eddie Gonzalez and Steven Bagatourian.
The film received its title from Shakur’s fourth studio album which was released in 1996, and stars Demetrius Shipp Jr. as Tupac, as well as Kat Graham, Lauren Cohen, Hill Harper and Danai Gurira. It provides a valid account of The Black Panthers, of which Tupac Shakur’s mother* was a member.
The Panthers founded 50 years ago, won a mass audience revolutionising politics in the U.S. on a scale unrivalled since the 1930s.
'And why did Tupac leave behind the legacy that he did?,' you may ask. Inspired by a wide variety of writers, including William Shakespeare, he was renowned for releasing songs with seemingly diametrically opposed themes. In "Brenda's Got a Baby," for example, he deals with the issues that women face who fall pregnant out of wedlock. Tupac, you could say, was ‘intellectually accessible to the masses.’
It is unclear to this day whether or not Notorious B.I.G. et el. were behind the first shooting of Tupac, and the same can be said of the second, which proved fatal. His murder remains unsolved.
What we can take away from his short life, however, is to not trust anyone, who appears to be on your side at the very start. One such person was Suge Knight, who paid a bail fee of $1.4M in order for Tupac to be released from jail after he was accused of rape. But this came with a number of strings, he had to agree to release a total of 3 albums under the record label Death Row. And also, if you’re unhappy about anything, then to speak up about it. Tupac, ever the determined one, would always speak out about any injustice he came across.
We, the viewer can certainly take an awful lot away from this, a mixture of the prejudicial-racism both he and his mother faced, and how comparable it is with the state of affairs today
A former Black Panther activist best known for being the mother of Tupac Shakur, murdered in 1996 she elevated him to “cult icon status,” thus transforming his legacy into a multimillion dollar industry, the proceeds from which were used to set up a charitable foundation promoting the arts in education.
Afeni Shakur born Alice Faye Williams was the daughter of Rosa Belle, a homemaker, and Walter Williams, Jr., a trucker. She had a troubled childhood. "My momma left my dad because he was kickin' her ass," she is quoted for saying in an interview she gave to People magazine in 1997. Shakur began using cocaine at fifteen years old, and she struggled with a drug addiction then for most of her life.