“First I wanna say “Peace to my Mother” she not here but I have to give a peace out to her, cause I wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for my mother, and I look on the front of this thing and it says, “Start from with in, to rebuild are original greatness”, right. Ok, well that’s what my mother did, know-what-Im-sayin? And I’m listenin’ about freedom fighters and strugglers, will you gotta understand that when it was in, to have a gun and to be in the street, my mother gave that up, to be in a house and to wash the dishes know-what-Im-sayin? And feed us and put the thoughts in our brains, know-what-Im-sayin? Because we didn’t get any of that history from all of those soldiers that we lost. We got none of that! They all went to jail, if you can remember. They all went to penitentiaries. We didn’t see any of that knowledge, if it was not for my mother who stayed home and didn’t go out and do that, then I wouldn’t have shit! Excuse my language…but I wouldn’t have been nowhere.”
- excerpt from Tupac’s 1992 Malcolm X Grassroots movement Speech
danaigurira: ‘All Eyez On Me’ is the untold story of the late, prolifically talented and seminal hip hop artist, Tupac Shakur. The film also profiles Tupac’s mother, Afeni Shakur, who I had the honor of portraying. As active as she was as a Black Panther and an advocate for equal rights in her time, she was pivotal in teaching her son to have an agile mind that questioned the status quo and a revolutionary’s spirit. It was an honor to delve into the crucial moments in history she gave her all to, including the largely under known Panther21 trial. A trial she was on while pregnant with Tupac. It was an honor to embody her rich, complex narrative in support of bringing her son’s life to the screen. As someone who has been a serious Tupac fan for as long as I can remember I was so thankful to be a part of this. I hope you all have a chance to see the film when it opens in theaters this Friday, June 16. #alleyezonme
Black Panther, COINTELPRO Survivor, Ab’Orisa and Philanthropist, formerly married to Lumumba Shakur and political prisoner Mutulu Shakur. Mother to Tupac Shakur, Ayize Shakur, Sekiywa Shakur, and Chinua Shakur.