Every year that goes by I miss him. Tupac Shakur for me was a voice that was much needed, a long time coming. Most people remember all the negative and every bad accusation that was ever brought against him. What I remember is the love he had for his community, US. I remember all the encouraging thoughts he provided for us to reflect on even though he is not here to hear us ponder on his idea. I remember all the uplifting thoughts he shared with women. For me, Tupac Amaru Shakur was that voice in the wind that I needed to leave a toxic close to deadly situation. Every time I hear the song “Keep Ya Head Up” I smile cause I know if it wasn’t for Him and ‘Pac I might not be here. Tupac gave me the fire I needed in my belly every time I decided it was my turn to grab the mic on a vacant stage. I listen to him when I am happy, when I’m sad, when I’m angry, when I’m feeling sexy, and even when somber times call for it. Tupac meant so much to me. Tupac was a needle in a haystack, a diamond beneath ruin, a lyricist, a poet, a philosopher, a professor, that was cut down in the midst of his season. We will never know how far his greatest could have reached. I just know I still feel his light. I love him for his passion, for his philosophy, for his belief, Tupac you will be missed. Even though it’s been 7 years it seems like yesterday. Tupac on this anniversary year I wish you Thug Peace.
6/16/71 – 9/13/96