The long awaited and highly anticipated biopic film based around one of hip hop’s most prolific artists, Tupac Shakur, is ironically set to debut on his birthday, June 16th. He would have been 46 years old.
The film, which chronicles Pac’s journey from up and coming rapper to international hip hop and media sensation, looks to be another street classic. The look and feel of the movie reminds me of one of my other favorite hood masterpieces, “Straight Outta Compton” which debuted in 2015. I appreciate how this film incorporates his parents, Afeni and Mutulu Shakur, and portrays their lives as Black Panther Party members and how it shaped and created — Tupac.
Check out the official movie trailer:
Tupac’s stepfather, Mutulu Shakur is currently still incarcerated for his alleged role in a 1981 Brinks bank robbery. His mother Afeni, who was also a Black Panther Party member and the central figure of one of Pac’s most revered songs, “Dear Mama,” went on to become one of the world’s most well loved and respected political activists for the black community. She passed away May 2, 2016 of cardiac arrest. Up until her unexpected death, she oversaw her late son’s estate and music dealings. Tupac is still said to have hundreds of unreleased songs and poems in his catalog.
There are multiple petitions in support of Mutulu, the former bank robber turned revolutionary leader and activist who is now referenced as, “Dr.” Hopefully the success of this movie will aid in expediting Dr. Mutulu’s release, who is now in his mid 60’s. According to Biography channel, he was set to be released in 2016.
MutuluIsWelcomeHere.com was launched by supporters of the former Black Liberation Member, who has been in jail for over 30 years.
Check out this post for more information on how to join the #FreeMutuluShakur movement. Will you be watching “All Eyez On Me” on June 16th? I know I will!
In the past few weeks, there have been rampant rumors that Mutulu Shakur, 65, was already free, but that was not the case. His legal team will be arguing for his release at a hearing on April 4. They will argue – in part – that Dr. Shakur has had no behavioral or legal incidents since being incarcerated in the mid-80’s.
The campaign formally launches on March 1.
MutuluIsWelcomeHere.com has been launched to help free the former Black Liberation Member, who has been in jail for over 30 years. “If you have been influenced or affected by Mutulu in a positive way, put your testimony on there (MutuluIsWelcomeHere.com),” said Zayed Malik, who is an artist and a leader in the organization. These testimonies will be given to Shakur’s legal team as examples of his upstanding impact to the population.
They outlined their agenda on a call. The website says the following:
“There are enemies of our struggle who are intent on proving that Dr. Mutulu Shakur is a threat and danger to the community and society and does not deserve to be let free to come home. It is important that we challenge that narrative with true stories of personal experiences with Dr. Mutulu Shakur and how we have benefited from knowing him. We are asking that you take the time to describe the impact he has had on your life.”
Additionally, supporters of Mutulu are encouraged to use the hashtag #MutuluIsWelcomeHere and to use social media to push the messaging. The movement will also record a music video and accept songs in honor of Shakur. They will be used for radio and internet play so clean versions of the music were encouraged for submission on the organizational call.
“If you got a beautiful singing voice, sing a song for Mutulu,” said Malik.
Mutulu Shakur is well known for aiding in the escape of Assata Shakur in 1979. He was was sentenced to 60 years in prison in 1986 conspiracy to aid in a bank robbery that resulted in the death of two police officers. Shakur was not involved in the actual robbery.
Dr. Shakur is technically Tupac’s step-father, but the rapper regarded him as his father, even if it wasn’t biological.
For those seeking to help financially or offer legal aid should go to MutuluShakur.com.
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