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Exclusive Afeni Shakur-Davis Interview - wwwThugLifeArmy.com PDF Print E-mail
Written by Robert ID4503   
Sunday, 24 August 2008 21:49

This is Part Two of our ‘Exclusive’ web interview with Afeni Shakur-Davis, mother of the late hip hop icon, poet, actor, and social activist Tupac Shakur (2Pac).

In the second part of the interview Afein Shakur-Davis goes into Pac’s Kids and the summer camps, the publishing of Tupac hip hop music, the Tupac Amaru Shakur Foundation, a normal day for Afeni Shakur-Davis and life on her organic farm. She also tells us her favorite Tupac (2Pac) tracks, music and the remains of Tupac’s ashes. We also ask what she would like Afeni Shakur-Davis’ Legacy to be. She also speaks to the young people and gives direction to them.

Most notably you will hear that she asks for help. Not for herself, she is a giving person, but help to finish the Center for the Arts. The Foundation and the Arts Center are dear to her and she needs help to finish them and preserve them for future generations.

This is a side of Afeni Shakur-Davis that is rarely seen or heard. She did the phone interview from her home and she was comfortable. She was in her element and it is obvious that she is most comfortable at home.

The Tupac Amaru Shakur Foundation and Center for the Arts are not only part of hip hop’s Legacy and the Legacy of Tupac Shakur but they will become apart of Afeni Shakur-Davis’ Legacy as well. And it is time for everyone to step up and help her finish what she and the family have started.

Tupac touched the entire world, not only as a hip hop artist or a rap lyricist but as a person who recognized the wrongs in the world and he was not afraid to point them out; and the entire world should be interested in seeing the Center for the Arts finished and the Tupac Amaru Shakur Foundation flourish.

The children are depending on all of us to help finish this project and support it so the magnificent work they do can not only go on, but can grow and produce the leaders of tomorrow. An investment in TASF or The Center for the Arts is an investment in our future.

We hope you enjoy this interview with Hip Hop’s most famous MOMMA, Afeni Shakur-Davis. But most of all we hope and pray that you will answer Afeni’s plea for help and respond with any donation you can afford to the Center for the Arts, so it can be finished.

To read a message from Afeni Shakur-Davis please visit - http://www.thuglifearmy.com/news/?id=4490

And please visit http://www.tasf.org to learn ways to donate to the Center for the Arts and or the Foundation.

Also please visit the only ‘Official’ Tupac web site on the net at http://www.2paclegacy.com

Below are both Part One and Part Two of the interview, so you can listen to it in it’s entirely.

Afeni Shakur-Davis Interview Part One

Afeni Shakur-Davis Interview Part Two

Last Updated on Saturday, 20 September 2014 02:39
CRNLive explains the simple truth about the benefits the Un-documented bring to the U.S.A. PDF Print E-mail
Written by CRNLive   
Wednesday, 17 September 2014 05:43

Don't talk with your mouth full!

"It's real simple, as citizens of the United States we pay for Social Security out of our pay checks, the government squanders it to the point of insolvency, period. Then the un-documented put hundreds of billions in to the system without getting anything in return so it keeps Social Security afloat making the un-documented an asset to the country not a liability" -- CRNLive




Social Security, which provides retirement income to millions of elderly Americans, is largely stable – at least for now – thanks in part to the more than 3.1 million people who are working and paying taxes in the U.S. using fake or expired social security numbers. Every year, undocumented immigrants have collectively paid as much as $13 billion into the system while only receiving $1 billion in benefits in return.


The contributions are starting to add up. In total, undocumented workers have contributed more than $100 billion over the last decade while living in the shadows, says Stephen Goss, chief actuary of the Social Security Administration (SSA).


“You could say legitimately that had we not received the contributions that we have had in the past from undocumented immigrants … that would of course diminish our ability to be paying benefits for as long as we now can,” Goss told msnbc.


In 2010, the agency estimated that as many as 2.7 million undocumented immigrants have social security numbers on the books – and are earning credit to their names for potential benefits in the future if ever granted legal status – either because they have temporary authorization to work, have overstayed their visa or obtained work by using fraudulent documents. Another 3.9 million other immigrants are estimated to be working in the U.S. but in the underground economy.


Since the 9/11 terror atacks, Goss says the SSA has cracked down on fake IDs, which were often obtained in the mid-1980s through fraudulent birth certificates. But there remains a significant amount of money contributed to the Social Security system by undocumented workers that continues to go unclaimed.


Those contributions are crucial as more and more of America’s baby boom generation reaches retirement age. The Social Security Trust Fund released its annual report last month finding that there are major causes for concern for the program down the road. Unless Congress reforms the system, the retirement trust funds will be depleted by 2033 and the revenue coming in will only be able to cover 77% of benefits.


One of the solutions proposed to offset the diminishing funds has been comprehensive immigration reform. In a study commissioned by Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, a Republican member of the Senate’s Gang of Eight architects for immigration reform, found that the legislation would have boosted GDP by 1.63% and created more than 3 million jobs.


Adriana Kugler, a former chief economist of the U.S. Department of Labor under the Obama administration and a professor at Georgetown University, said lifting undocumented immigrants into the legitimate workforce would have a significant impact on Social Security’s long-term future.


“The net contribution over the next 30 to 40 years will be very crucial in alleviating the pressure on the system,” said Kugler. “That’s really key because it’s a time when a lot of people will be retiring.”


Massachusetts Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren has made the same argument, saying that comprehensive immigration reform is vital to preserving the program.


“One of the ways we can save Social Security is to pass comprehensive immigration reform,” Warren said speaking before the National Council for La Raza (NCLR) conference last month. “Bring more workers and bring more people out of the shadow economy and into the fully paid economy where everything is above the table.”


While hopes of immigration reform languish in Congress, President Obama is expected to take executive action by the end of the summer that could protect 5-8 million people from deportation. The actions under consideration could temporarily grant work permits to some undocumented immigrants, allowing them to get jobs and pay taxes.


In 2012, Obama instituted the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, known as DACA. Under DACA, more than 580,000 so-called DREAMers – young immigrants brought into the U.S. as children – are protected from deportation under a two-year, renewable program eligible for DREAMers who have lived in the U.S. continuously since 2007.


The immediate economic impact has been a boon for the young immigrants and their communities, according to a study released earlier this summer by American Immigration Council. More than 60% of DACA recipients were able to find a job after receiving their benefits, and those jobs translate into more taxable revenue for the state.


Goss said the impacts of the president’s pending executive action would be relatively modest in terms of additional revenue for the Social Security Trust Fund, but still a net positive.


“We estimated that a good number of those people would remain in the country and would remain in the above ground economy,” Goss said.



Last Updated on Friday, 19 September 2014 23:36
Stevie Wonder Takes 'Songs in the Key of Life' on the Road PDF Print E-mail
Written by Gail Mitchell   
Wednesday, 10 September 2014 22:58

Legend will perform iconic double-album on 11-city Live Nation tour, kicking off Nov. 6 in New York.


Stevie Wonder will hit the road this fall with the Songs in the Key of Life Performance Tour.


Daft Punk Jams With Stevie Wonder, Pharrell at the Grammys


Announced during a press conference Wednesday (Sept. 10) at the Grammy Museum at L.A. Live, the Live Nation-produced and -promoted tour will kick off Nov. 6 at New York's Madison Square Garden and wrap Dec. 5 at Oakland, Calif.'s Oracle Arena. Additional stops on the 11-city tour include Washington, D.C., Boston, Philadelphia and Atlanta.


This isn't the first time Wonder has re-created his landmark Songs in the Key of Life onstage. The legendary singer/songwriter/musician performed the 1976 double-album in its entirety during his 18th annual House Full of Toys holiday benefit concert last year at the Nokia Theatre at L.A. Live.


Pre-sale tickets will become available to Citi card members on Sept. 16 through Citi's Private Pass PROGRAM. General tickets for select cities will be sold via Live Nation beginning Sept. 22.



Nov. 6 - New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden

Nov. 9 - Washington, DC @ Verizon Center

Nov. 11 - Boston, MA @ TD Garden

Nov. 14 - Chicago, IL @ United Center

Nov. 16 - Philadelphia, PA @ Wells Fargo Center

Nov. 20 - Auburn Hills, MI @ The Palace of Auburn Hills

Nov. 22 - Atlanta, GA @ Philips Arena

Nov. 25 - Toronto, ON @ Air Canada Centre

Nov. 29 - Las Vegas, NV @ MGM GRAND Garden Arena

Dec. 3 - Seattle, WA Key @ Arena



Last Updated on Friday, 19 September 2014 23:37
Tupac Shakur Died 18 Years Ago Today PDF Print E-mail
Written by Billboard   
Saturday, 13 September 2014 18:28

Tupac Shakur, who lived the life of a hip hop and rap luminary, was born June 16, 1971 in New York. Interestingly enough, the most outspoken and unpredictable rap artists of all time was named after a Peruvian leader, by the same name, who led a civil rights rebellion. “Tupac Amaru” also means “Shining Serpent,” and “Shakur” means “Thankful to God.” Tupac, aka 2Pac, was a natural born leader; not only did he impact the world of hip hop and rap music, he also frequently spoke on societal issues regarding class-ism, racism, and sexism. Despite his troubled upbringing, controversial life, and untimely demise, Tupac is remembered by his family, friends, and fans as an artistic genius and a prophetic speaker who ripped the truth wide open and left it exposed and raw for the whole world to see.

Tupac and his mother Afeni Shakur


No doubt, Shakur took after his mother, Afeni Shakur, who was notoriously a member of the civil rights activist group The Black Panthers. Tupac and his mother were close, and he stuck by Afeni despite her struggles with drug addiction and being a welfare mom. To hear him say it, she had a tough job raising a precocious young man who was as diverse in his emerging mindset as he was rigid about his ascent out of the poverty that surrounded his early upbringing. During this rare interview, Tupac describes how living life in the ghetto molded him as an artist and an individual.

“Everybody needs a little help when they are working on their way to being, you know, self reliant.”


Tupac was also known to dabble in the arts. Acting, dancing, and music were the things he loved to spend his time doing as a young man. Throughout his teenage years, he attended the Baltimore School for the Arts. Staying true to what could be referred to as his “Yin/Yang” energy, Shakur thrived on a well-rounded education, and even received formal training in ballet while attending the Baltimore School for the Arts.


Tupac first began to come up when he developed an alliance with hip hop group Digital Underground. At first, Tupac showed up as a dancer and roadie for Digital Underground, but once Greg “Shock G” Jacobs (better known as “Humpty Hump”) heard the work Tupac put in on the mic, he insisted on making Pac part of the troupe. In 1990 and 1991, Tupac was included vocally on two of their albums, This is an EP and Sons of the P. While writing for Digital Underground, Tupac began drafting his own material.

In 1993, Tupac showed that he not only had musical chops, but was also a force to be reckoned with on the big screen. He was cast alongside Janet Jackson in the movie Poetic Justice. His role as smooth-talking, ambitious Lucky Lawrence garnered rave reviews, and even landed Tupac a nomination at the Image Awards in 1995 for Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture.

Tupac and Janet Jackson on the set of ‘Poetic Justice’.


Many of Shakur’s songs were about the trials and tribulations of living life as an African-American in post racial times. He was fearless in his writing, and often would tenaciously tackle lyrics that exposed the lifestyle of his self-professed “thug life.” Tupac was passionate about several social causes and was not hesitant to speak out in the name of social justice. His hustle and charisma would make Tupac a role model and inspiration to the hip hop and rap genres of music and one of the most highly respected MCs of all time.




2Pac - Ghetto Gospel


2Pac - Dear Mama


2Pac - Hit 'Em Up (Dirty) (Official Video) HD


Life Goes On - Tupac


Read more at http://www.inquisitr.com/1468130/tupac-shakur-died-18-years-ago-today-a-look-back-at-raps-most-influential-mc/#FmzVsXZL4otDDiSb.99


Tupac was a walking dichotomy, however. He often showcased both his inner street thug persona as well as a side that was sentimental, almost sensitive. In “Ain’t Nuthin but a Gangsta Party,” Tupac not only exposes his lyrical prowess but also his thuggish machismo. “Dear Mama” was the first single off of Shakur’s third studio album, Me Against the World, which was released in 1995 and showed a more tender, compassionate side of his personality. To be able to express his emotions and personality through song so freely and without care of judgment was something Shakur would become well known and well respected for among his fans.


In 2013, Tupac’s mother Afeni went public with the news that she’d be releasing more Tupac material. In a statement via Billboard, Afeni addressed the intention and motives behind this release.


“I believe it is our responsibility to make sure that Tupac’s entire body of work is made available for his fans. My son left many incomplete pieces and even more unfinished ideas. Using blueprints he gave us, I am committed to fulfilling this duty.”


Shakur would be party to several legal troubles throughout his career, and spent time locked up for sexual assault charges, allegations for which he claimed innocence until his dying day. Despite his legal woes, Tupac would continue to blow up the rap scene throughout the 90s until his untimely death in Las Vegas on September 13, 1996, when he was gunned down after attending a boxing match at the MGM Grand with Death Row Records mogul Suge Knight.


Tupac Shakur was a hugely successful artist who many feel was just hitting his stride when he died. Though his meteoric rise to rap super-stardom was met with such a sudden and tragic end, Tupac Amaru Shakur’s life and legacy has left an indelible mark on the world as we know it. The message that he brought to the world through his own brand of rugged, heart-wrenching, in-your-face lyrics only grows stronger and more prophetic as time marches on.


[Photo credit: Billboard/All Hip Hop]

Last Updated on Saturday, 13 September 2014 18:33
Brown case should resonate with Latinos PDF Print E-mail
Written by Raul Reyes   
Tuesday, 02 September 2014 15:25

Ferguson, Mo., shooting is not unlike similar incidents in Hispanic communities.

Peaceful protesters under siege by armed officers. A minority community roiled by issues of race and social justice. Allegations of law enforcement misconduct, conspiracies and cover-ups. These circumstances could all apply to the recent unrest in Ferguson, Mo. Sadly, they go back as far as Aug. 29, 1970.

Forty-four years ago Friday, a huge crowd turned out for a march through East Los Angeles to protest the number of Mexican Americans dying in the Vietnam War. Although the gathering was largely peaceful, a few scattered reports of looting led the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department to move in with tear gas, and the march degenerated into a melee. Scores of people were arrested, and three were killed.

Among them was Ruben Salazar , 42, the most prominent Latino journalist of his day. Salazar died after a sheriff’s deputy fired a tear gas projectile into a bar, striking him in the head and killing him. An inquest was later held, but the deputy who killed Salazar was never charged. Even today, there are lingering questions about his death .

Although they occurred more than a generation apart, the deaths of Ruben Salazar and Michael Brown are linked together by the common thread of alleged law enforcement brutality in minority communities.

That’s what makes the results of a new Pew Study troubling. Pew looked at the response to the Ferguson police shooting among whites, African Americans and Hispanics. African Americans were about twice as likely as whites to say that Brown’s shooting raised important issues of race that need to be discussed. A majority of Latinos agreed that Brown’s killing raised important racial issues. But only 18% of Latinos said that they were following the Ferguson news closely.

Yet Latinos should be following the Brown case closely. Like African Americans, Latinos are disproportionately policed and incarcerated . What’s more, Latino communities have too many of our own Michael Browns. Los Angeles police are investigating the death of Omar Abrego, 37, after he died in an altercation with two sergeants. Andy Lopez, 13, was shot and killed by sheriff’s deputies in Northern California because he apparently was carrying a pellet gun. Manuel Diaz, 25, was unarmed when he was shot and killed by police in Anaheim, Calif. in 2012. In fact, the deaths of Hispanics at the hands of law enforcement officers literally stretch across the country – from California to Oklahoma to New York City .

To their credit, a coalition of 39 leading Hispanic advocacy organizations issued a statement condemning the excessive use of force by police in Ferguson. The League of United Latin American Citizens, National Council of La Raza and the Hispanic Federation were among the groups expressing their solidarity with the Brown family, and calling for a full investigation into their son’s death. As Marisa Franco of the National Day Laborer Organizing Network wrote at MSNBC.com , “When Latino and immigrant constituencies see the case of Michael Brown, we should recognize this problem well.”She’s right. Hispanics, along with African Americans, share the struggle for full equality under the law.

Decades ago, Ruben Salazar wrote , “Mexican Americans … are on the lowest rung scholastically, economically, socially and politically. Chicanos feel cheated. They want to effect change. Now.” Switch out the words “Mexican Americans” and Chicanos” for “African Americans” and “Blacks” and Salazar could have been writing about the tensions in Ferguson. So there is no better way to honor his legacy than to continue the struggle against the discrimination, police brutality, and profiling that still plagues minority communities today.

Hispanics ought not to ignore the Michael Brown case. Latinos have a stake in Ferguson because we have a stake in ensuring justice for all.

Raul Reyes is an attorney in New York and a member of USA TODAY’s Board of Contributors.

In addition to its own editorials, USA TODAY publishes diverse opinions from outside writers, including our Board of Contributors. To read more columns like this, go to the opinion front page or follow us on twitter @USATopinion or Facebook .

Last Updated on Tuesday, 02 September 2014 15:27
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