2pac & jada

Tupac Shakur wrote a comment to his friend, Jada Pinkett, in the 1989 Baltimore School for the Arts yearbook. After their Junior year, Tupac reluctantly moved to California with his family in the summer of 1988.

In 2007 Jada Pinkett Smith donated $1 million to the Baltimore School for the Arts, asking that its new theater be dedicated to classmate Tupac Shakur, who was murdered in 1996. The donation from the Will and Jada Smith Family Foundation, which is based in Baltimore was used for renovation and expansion. Jada wanted the theater named for Tupac because of the friendship they developed at the school. 

2Pac: The Theatre, 1983.

While most know 2Pac for his music, he also acted in movies and wrote poetry. One might think that the artistry just came natural to Tupac, which might be the case to some degree, but he also had his fair share of training before getting roles in movies such as “Poetic Justice” and “Juice”.

He was a mere 12-years old when he enrolled in Harlem’s 127th Street Repertory Ensemble and was cast as ‘Travis Younger’ in the play “A Raisin in the Sun”. A role which he performed after turning 13, at the Apollo Theater in Harlem, to raise funds for Jessie Jackson’s presidential campaign.

After his family moved to Baltimore in 1986, Tupac spent two years at Paul Laurence Dunbar High School before transferring to the Baltimore School for the Arts. There, he studied acting, poetry, jazz, and ballet, performing in Shakespeare plays and starring as ‘the Mouse King’ in the ballet “The Nutcracker”. It was also at the Baltimore School for the Arts that he met his very dear friend Jada Pinkett (Smith).