Gemini children, both of us; his mother's birth name is the same as mine; and both of our mothers are from the state of North Carolina and still live there. Those are just a few things Tupac Amiri Shakur and I had in common. And though we never met, I felt as if I had known him for years.
Multi-dimensional with boundless potential, "Pac", undoubtedly was on his way to becoming more than just a rap star. Though not always right, but definitely not always wrong either, his willingness to not only express his beliefs, but to stand by them too, was what I admired most about him. And then suddenly he was gone, snatched from us in an unsolved murder that still haunts us today.
That fateful night in Las Vegas was more than a decade ago, but the indomitable, artistic spirit of Tupac still lives not just in his fans, but also in those that work to keep his true legacy alive. The Tupac Amiri Shakur Foundation, founded by his mother, Afeni Shakur, works diligently to do just that. And recently, the foundation hosted it's first Los Angeles Leadership and Arts Camp at Art Share in downtown LA.
Surrounded by beautiful, eclectic artwork, colored walls, and enthusiastic kids I talked with those in attendance about the importance of the camp, giving back to the community, and how TuPac personally inspired them. Listen to what they had to say.