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Afeni Shakur by Jasmine Guy
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Dec 16, 10

bookshelves: hip-hop, memoir, nonfiction, politics
Read in December, 2010

I was surprised to find a biography of Tupac's mother written by Jasmine Guy. I'd only known her from A Different World, but she was a good friend of Pac's, and became close to his mother (and the rest of his family) after he died. This is a very interesting, powerful, and well-written look at her life and the stories behind "Dear Mama". A must-read for anyone interested in hip-hop, the Black Panthers, or what happens when a movement skids out of control. (Shakur says "We dropped the ball.")

My heart smiled to find so much emphasis on education, poetry, and people taking care of people. As with Michael Eric Dyson's Holler if You Hear Me, it makes me wonder what Tupac would be like today.
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