Tupac Shakur took the Hip-Hop world by storm when he came into the rap scene. His untimely passing left a void in the industry. It appears fans will soon get to witness some crucial details about his mother, Afeni Shakur.
A new biopic centered around the mother of legendary rapper Tupac, is in the works from Amaru Entertainment and the Shakur Estate. The film is titled, Peace, Love & Respect; the Afeni Shakur/Panther 21 Story and it will follow a crucial two-year period in Shakur’s life from April 2, 1969 through June 16, 1971.
During that period. Afeni had joined the Black Panther party after hearing a speech from Bobby Seale. She was arrested as a member of the “Panther 21” and accused of conspiring to bomb police stations in New York. Shakur defended herself at the trial and was later acquitted.
Dina LaPolt, who has worked with the Shakur Estate for years, explained in a statement that her mother played a crucial role in teaching her about the “Panther 21.” She told Variety, “My mother was very much a part of the civil rights movement,” She also said, “She taught me about Afeni and how she was arrested as a member of the ‘Panther 21.’”
When the trial started, Afeni had gotten pregnant when she was out on bail, Two of the Panthers absconded, the judge freaked out and Afeni got put back in jail. She was five months pregnant [with Tupac] and made a motion to get a glass of milk for her unborn child! She had a lot of self-confidence, and that’s our movie — it begins with the day she was arrested.”
Afeni was born in North Carolina as Alice Faye Williams in 1947. She moved to the Bronx with her mother as an 11-year-old. What followed in her life is certainly a tale to tell. Fans are surely excited for the biopic to drop to get a closer look into her life.
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