“Pac was probably one of the first male figures that I had in my life that saw the beauty and the talent and my intelligence separated from sex.

That’s something that a young girl usually gets from their father. I didn’t have that. Pac was the first one, that it wasn’t about sex. It was about you, you are a beautiful woman, you’re talented, you’re strong, I respect you and you are my girl.

You’re gonna sit right here and I'ma protect you, and I'ma make sure, if nothing else, you get what you need, and that’s what our relationship was like.”

 - Jada Pinkett-Smith (Arsenio Hall Show)

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.