To inspire, encourage and help people through their lives, that is a great thing to do. But to continue do it twenty two years after they have passed away, is nothing short of extraordinary! That is exactly what Tupac Shakur continues to do.
In the O4LOnline exclusive series, ‘Heart of an Outlaw’, we have discussed some of the really positive things that Tupac Shakur did for people and society. The media branded him a trouble maker, a gangster, who’s lyrics were too violent and harsh. I hope the ‘Heart of an Outlaw’ series puts to bed some of the lies and preconceived ideas of what Tupac was actually like.
We kicked the series off talking about Tupac’s love of poetry. When he was seventeen, Tupac attended Leila Steinberg’s poetry workshop and continued his love for writing. The poems he wrote were very deep and emotional, some sad, some fueled by anger and frustration but some that are full of inspiration. More On Poetry OF Tupac
We also found out the definition of a true thug, when we explored Tupac’s take on the word THUG. Pac made an acronym out of the word; The Hate U Gave Little Infants F’s Everyone. This would inspire the Thug Life Movement. Read Definition Of A True Thug
“When I say thug I mean not a criminal, someone who beats you over the head , I mean the underdog. You could have two people – one person has everything he needs to succeed and one person has nothing. If the person has nothing succeeds, he’s a thug. Because he overcame all the obstacles. Don’t ask me why, but it doesn’t have anything to do with the dictionary’s version of thug. Sorry. I have a whole energy that represents not just black youth but white youth, Mexican youth…Youth” – Tupac Shakur
Next up we heard of the heart breaking story of young Joshua Torres, a terminally ill eleven year old boy from Maryland, who’s last wish was to meet Tupac. As soon as ‘Pac heard about him he caught the next flight from New York to Maryland to visit Joshua. Tupac put a smile on the young boy’s face, holding and comforting him. Later the same evening that Tupac visited him Joshua passed away. Read Tupac Makes Last Wish Come True
Tupac’s compassion didn’t stop there. In June 1996, Tupac invited one of his bodyguards nieces to join him in the studio for the day. Lemika Early, Frank Alexander’s niece, was involved in a car accident in 1995 which left her paralysed from the waist down. She was involved with the Make-A-Wish Foundation, who was setting up for her to meet her idol, Janet Jackson. Read Tupac’s Compassion Knows No Bounds
Then in the previous installment we heard from the people who knew Tupac personally, to get a better understanding of his character and to find out more on the love he had for people. Read Tupac Kindness From The People Who Knew Him
The people that Tupac continues to inspire
After hearing many stories of how Tupac has gone onto inspire people, has helped them through tough parts of their life, it would be fitting to include some of these stories.
Kristen is a huge Tupac fan and even got to meet Tupac’s mother, Afeni, at Tupac’s 40th birthday celebration in Atlanta on June 16th 2011.
“Tupac helped me a lot. I had my first son at 15. I felt like the song Brenda’s Got A Baby was about me. When I had problems with my kids dad’s Keep Your Head Up got through. Tupac had a very good heart, he gave generously without wanting recognition. He wanted to have a community center in every major city for the children. I never met Pac but I felt like I knew him. PAC was very raw and real and greatly misunderstood. He always kept it 100. Pac was a rapper, an actor, a poet, a baby panther”
“2pac inspired me as I was growing up and as well as today through his music. I truly consider him a Thug Angel, that he was sent to this world to shed light on all us minorities growing up. I still listen to his music today and stuff that he is talking about is going on in today’s society. For example, on the song ‘Keep Ya Head Up’, “They got money for war but can’t feed the poor”. Such a strong message, and will be, until they fix the problem. 2pac really had a strong impact on my life and gave me hope when I needed it most. In my opinion he will always be the greatest of all time. 2pac taught me to stand up for what you believe in”
“Tupac is my mentor. He always spoke the truth. I’ve been the biggest fan since I was a little child. I love him so much. He is always there for me, in good and bad times. I listen to Tupac and The Outlawz all day, everyday”
Tell Us Your story!
Some truly touching words from people who have been and continue to be inspired by Tupac Shakur. The aim at the beginning of the series wasn’t to say that Tupac was an angel who did no wrong. He made mistakes and a few bad choices along the way. We wanted to showcase Tupac’s compassion, love and his good heart.
If you have any stories that you would like to share for part 2 of Tupac Inspiration email them to [email protected] or comment below!
So, the next time you hear anyone else saying “Tupac was just a thug” point them in the direction of the ‘Heart of an Outlaw’ series. Maybe then they will understand that ‘Pac continues to inspire and help thousands of people around the globe. Like ‘Pac said in ‘Thugz Mansion’ “No one knows my struggle, they only see the trouble.”