Posted by Robert
Rap News Network
10/8/2003 2:38:00 AM
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This is out of the San Francisco Bay Veiw.com web site. October is Black Panther month. There are alot of good articles on this site. This is just one. And remember to read something related to Black Panther month. Remember the cost many of those brothers and sisters paid so we can have what we take for granted today.
Tupac passed on Sept. 13, 1996 – six years ago – and his legacy seems to be just as strong or stronger than it was when he was breathing.
Recently, a writer with the LA Times claimed to have uncovered some overlooked evidence that he says points a finger at Biggie for the murder of Tupac. Personally, I think that the LA Times is attempting to throw gas on the long simmering rivalry in Hip Hop between the West Coast and the East Coast. Can you say FBI misinformation campaign?
It’s called divide and conquer, and, Black people, we have been falling victim to it since our days in Africa when we couldn’t unite enough to repel the European invaders … all the way down to the East Coast-West Coast rivalry that went on between key people in the Black Panther Party and led to the party’s demise.
Tupac has been a controversial figure in life and probably more so after passing. Instead of the Bay View interviewing somebody in the entertainment industry about the Tupac that they knew - the kind of interview we can expect to cloud the TV and radio on Sept. 13 - we wanted to bring it closer to home, with someone who knew Pac before he was hooked up with Ray Luv and Digital Underground. Jamiel of the Black Panther F.U.G.I.T.I.V.E.S. lived for a number of years in Pac’s household growing up in New York. Both of his parents, just like Tupac’s, were members of the Black Panther Party and extremely active in the Movement. This interview is an attempt to shed light on Tupac as a youngster, the Tupac that we know so little about.
“Back in ‘80, that’s when me and Pac was going to Black Liberation Army rallies. I was on the congas and Pac would be up there reciting poetry like he was Langston Hughes or some shit,” said Jamiel, laughing at the memories.
“We were real revolutionaries then. What we were doing was real. While our potnas was at arcades, fairs and the movies doing kid shit, we was onstage in front of thousands of people, not even tripping off of the ramifications of what we were doing. All we knew was that we had to free Uncle So and So that was our mamas’ friend, someone who frequented our house, our family, “ said the very down to earth Jamiel. “Back in those days, it was going down for real, for real …
“Right around that time, me and Pac was starting to feel our nuts, so to speak. We were out doing wild shit, like robbing liquor stores. When our parents were away fighting cases, which they always were, we was out doing wild shit.
“We stayed in Manhattan. When Afeni (Tupac’s mother) was at work, we would go to Aunt Gene’s (Afeni’s sister) house in the Bronx or Yazmyne Fula’s (the mother of Khadafi from the Outlawz) house in Brooklyn. Gene’s sons Billy and them used to torment us. They would be putting hot sauce in our noses when we were ‘sleep. Once they made Pac jump out of a 12-foot window into a 6-foot pool. Everybody was in the projects in the late ‘70s, early ‘80s.
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