If You Can’t Find Something to Live For, You Best Find Something to Die For
Many of us know Afeni Shakur only as Tupac’s mother. We instantly associate her with her son. I’m a big fan of Tupac’s music and the legend he left behind. But Afeni’s story needs to be separated from her son’s. It needs to stand alone and show how she stood strong.
Afeni Shakur was an activist and a member of the Black Panther Party. In 1969, Afeni and 21 other members were arrested. She was released on a $100,000 bail. She represented herself and others after reading Fidel Castro’sbook History Will Absolve Me. After eight months of trial, Afeni and all the 21 members were acquitted. Afeni was pregnant with Tupac while fighting a 300-year jail sentence.
People like Afeni aren’t born warriors. They battle struggles that allow them to become the people they were meant to be. Like any other human, she also made mistakes. She was a reformed drug addict and battled with her addiction with crack cocaine during Tupac’s adolescent years. Activism along with her addiction caused her to miss out on Tupac’s childhood. As the warrior she became to be, Afeni took a 12-step drug treatment and reconciled with her son.
Learning about Afeni’s drug addiction and the mistakes she made, grew my respect and admiration for her. We never get to hear the mistakes or step backs our heroes make. These stories make people real. They allow us to recognize that no one is perfect and strength is a muscle. You have to practice it every day. Afeni’s story is one that should be celebrated every. She is a reminder of the power of women. So tell HER story, because SHE is also a true legend.
“Remember to keep yourself alive, there is nothing more important than that.” -Afeni Shakur
There isn’t much to this outfit, except for my t-shirt. I had it made at a custom print shop. My focus was on the shirt because that’s what tells the story. The bomber jacket framed the shirt. But Afeni’s expression speaks for itself and for HERself.
Bomber Jacekt: H&M ($30)