Essay about The Life of Tupac Shakur

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Tupac Amaru Shakur was born on June 16, 1971. Named after an Inca Chief, Tupac Amaru means “Shining Serpent” referring to wisdom and courage and Shakur meaning “thankful to God”. Shakurs mother, Afeni Shakur, was a leading member of the Black Panthers, a radical wing of the civil rights movement, with support for hardcore ghettos as well as white patronage. When Tupac’s mother was pregnant with Tupac she was spending time in the Woman’s House of Detention in Greenwich Village for conspiring to bomb several public places in New York City. All growing up his family lived in homeless shelters and run down town houses. Many times his family could not even afford lighting in the house. The only fond member he ever told of his childhood…show more content…
At this same time he released his debut solo album, 2pacalpyse Now. With the release of his first record, he also got his first arrest. As one Tupac fan once put it, he never had a record until he released a record. The first of his many offences was in 1991, when he was arrested for jaywalking and resisting arrest. Claiming police brutality he filed a public suit against the police department. In 1992, during a confrontation with old acquaintances at a festival celebrating Marin City’s fiftieth anniversary, a 6-year-old boy was shot in the head. No criminal charges where filed, but there was a civil suit. During the same year a Texas women filed a civil suit against him claiming that the young black male who killed her husband, a cop, had been influenced by Tupac’s music. Also in 1992, Tupac arrived at the FOX Studios to tape a segment when he claims his “limo driver disrespected my homeboy, screaming at him like he was less than a man. The limo driver went to his trunk, we didn’t know if the guy was getting a gun or what (Tupac Shakur(1992) ).” Tupac and his friends jumped out of the car and allegedly attacked the driver. Charges where later dropped. The next charge to come was in 1993 when Tupac was engaged in a fight with directors Albert and Allen Hughes over the loss of a role in “Menace 2 Society”. Also in 1993, on Halloween, Tupac was arrested for shooting at two off-duty, white, police officers.

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