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Summer 2017 Legal Update

Your support is meaningful; it provides valuable insight into the ever evolving world and culture outside these penitentiary walls. I find inspiration in your expressions of compassion, dedication and curiosity.

I continue to dedicate myself to the principles of Truth and Reconciliation. We all must search our hearts for the strength to heal, use our creativity to teach, express ourselves and continue to learn. Consider that in today’s time, over 600,000 opioid and opioid derivatives are prescribed everyday in this country. The struggle against addiction is where we began; today it continues and we must find ways to contribute and have an impact.

The fight for freedom is ongoing; from the denial of mandatory parole to Obama’s non-response to my Clemency petition. I will again be considered for parole in 2018. We are conducting a comparative analysis of those granted pardons and those denied. The basis for those decisions can indicate useful information and insight into the unprecedented current political climate of fake news and disinformation. We must “Stay Woke,” just as Erykah Badu has encouraged us.

AEOMThe arts have always played a role as a catalyst for change. Production of the biopics, “All Eyez on Me” and “Resurrection,” indicate that our culture continues to demand inspiration. I have been contributing to the production of a documentary focused on the Lincoln Detox and BAAANA clinics. These projects are about defining our legacies and ensuring their survival. The Tupac Amaru legacy has and will continue to penetrate culture around the world; this is on my oath.

You are able to continue showing your support by writing a letter to the US Parole Commission in preparation for my 2018 hearing. Details on where and when to send the letter to Family and Friends of Mutulu Shakur will be posted on www.mutulushakur.com. I look forward to a brighter 2018 and the manifestation of dreams yet to come.

Pray for me and picture me rollin’,
Dr. Mutulu Shakur

Fight for the Legacy (July 2014)

A commentary on Holler If Ya Hear Me, the Tupac-inspired musical directed by Kenny Leon and starring Saul Williams.

holler-if-ya-hear-me-poster-600x222In these times, we must demand something from the culture. Over the years, the mainstream culture has forced the pop culture to use unthinkable maneuvers to try to destroy Tupac’s essence, and the success of his legacy. From objective observation, the mainstream culture hasn’t been successful. The media has been a tool and an sidekick of political order to destroy, characterize and quiet a voice they oppose. Thus far, Tupac and his legacy, with the help of his fans and family has defeated their strategy. The death of his persona should not be left in the hands of those who rejected him.

Broadway is an important indicator of any artist’s legacy. It’s a place where the world recognizes such. It’s not a question that Tupac must make it on Broadway, not only for his legacy, but for the endurable spirit of the hip-hop culture, and yes the struggle. Tupac personifies both aspects. It is said on Broadway that, “if you can make it on Broadway, you can make it anywhere,” but in truth if you are loved everywhere Broadway should want you there. As the caravans and theater workshops spreads his legacy and contributions of the culture that he represented around the shantytowns, favellas and ghettos of the world, his story told on Broadway must be whole-heartedly supported. As a symbolic worldwide recognition of his importance and contribution to the art and the struggle.

Broadway is known as the vehicle theater where tragedies, joys, triumphs of events, extraordinary people, and extraordinary accomplishments have prevailed.

The tradition of doing a play on his birthday is distinguished by the Broadway play. Broadway theater does not diminish the very real importance of the grassroot and street theaters all over the world, but as we say, “his fans and admirers must overwhelm the Broadway venue as an act of protest-‘yes’ protest!” From then, we have encountered the manipulation of his legacy and maintained that his work and his life has a universal acceptance. Thereby memorializing his legacy in that venue.

Tupac wanted change and the mass media resisted that change, because of:
1) some couldn’t understand it,
2) many was afraid, and
3) a small conglomerate wanted it silenced.

We the dreamers, the hopers and the have-nots understood it, embraced it, and was all the way down with it. Tupac’s special ability to be self-revealing through his art is what made him uniquely qualified as an artist to express our desires, fears and vulnerabilities.
Tupac represented the tragedy of change, the triumph of change, and the joy of change. He gave us hope, he gave voice to not the voiceless, but to the voices that were rejected, crying out for comprehension and a new tomorrow. He truly felt that pain. Tupac’s art and his lyrics represented those who wanted in and yes those who wanted out, and to be left in their own space. His representation of moving the people in a free-spirited direction, searching for answers to represent us all from the chains of the struggle. Tupac’s direction was positive, unified an the task was herculean especially in light of his own admitted faults vulnerabilities and unconventional thinking he exposed to the world through his lyrics, his performance, and songs [a triple threat capability], consequences be damned and we loved it. Pac said “lace me with the words of destruction and I’ll explode, but supply me with the will to survive and watch the world grow.” And he also said “shattered black talents style thoughts I throw, if it remains in your brain then of course it grows.”

The new generation must know who he was, what he represented and see the impact that he has left today all over the world. Tupac was not a aberration, a fad, or a trend. He was a healer, he was a continuation of a spirit, he was a voice, he was love, he was the struggle and a painter through the manifestation of his art…He believed we would follow him through his art as he painted the world before our eyes. He saw nothing but his dreams  coming true while staring through the world from his rearview. He had found the answer to his question, if dreams come true?, by leaving behind his legacy and paving the way for our future of having the first Black president. He screamed, “never forget those locked-down who fought for our freedom that we enjoy today- they are our political prisoners.”

As Bob Marley, Hugh Maeskla, and Nina Simone, when your voice remains as powerful as Tupac’s, the challenge to discern its different forms and genre can seem dyslexic. In fact, for many navigating the presentation of his art and his different forms, venues, various angles and colors begs for intense examination while being forever nimble in its tasks; that is essential for the appreciation of his essence.

The same has been true for the hip-hop culture overall as it arrived to a permanent footprint in the artistic landscape. In the past, someone or some great event ushers in the transition; in this instance, we cannot deny that Tupac was a major contributor in our third eye. We watched him stubbornly, with severe sacrifices, resist stereotypical typecasting; yes he braved the expansion, gave his body and soul to save the culture he loved from being kidnapped into the abyss, and had the audacity and the ability to inject into our DNA the real purpose of hop-hop culture that is a vehicle of change. With that, we became whole. This is a man’s work now intergrading the great white way. For Tupac, it is ripe to seize the time. In our lives, we define who we are through struggle. We never know if time is precise; we depend on other indicators to guide the way.

The ethereal callings not to be over-metaphysical, but we come from a different place, we survive off of different laws of the universe. The “stars” (a special ensemble) emerge to transmit this play/legacy into the rightful place in our cultural passage.

Afeni Shakur, his mother, believes in this play it continues her ever consecrated devotion to assure the memorialization of Tupac and his art and give to us. She acknowledges and understands how germane and imperative it is for this era.

Tupac like Pablo Neruda performed in his other self voice gave the defiant silence of the masses of chile the courage to resist the oppressive state apparatus. He became the beacon not only for Chile but for Latin America. So to has the phoenix of Tupac our true renaissance artist of his generation gave voiced to a jettison and ignored culture, and demanded respect. We are hip-hop and relevant; this man child gone too soon served us well.

Tupac the invisible man, Curtis Mayfield predicted will come is still here. Whether he becomes “invisible” depends entirely on us. I prevail on you to support this play now what it would mean for the future renaissance.

“Right on to the darkness”
Long live the words of Tupac,

-Dr.  Mutulu Shakur

Culture is a Weapon – March 16 & 17, 2012

The Tupac Shakur & Gil Scott Heron Legacy Continues….

A (2) Day – All Day “True Skool Revolutionary Conscious Minded Spoken Word & Hip Hop Benefit” For U.S. Government Held Political Prisoners Of War; Dr. Mutulu Shakur, Sekou Odinga & Sundiata Acoli

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Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Labor Center Auditorium
310 W. 43rd Street (bet. 8th & 9th Aves.)
New York, NY 10036


Friday, March 16, 2012
2:00PM – 10:00PM

Confirmed Revolutionary Conscious Performing Artists
The Last Poets
Autumn Ashanti
George Edward Tait
Tony Mitchelson
Louis Reyes Rivera
The Verbal Artisan
Lora Rene’ Tucker “The Therapeutic Poet”
Aidge of the “Aesthetics Crew”


Saturday, March 17, 2012

Confirmed Revolutionary Conscious Performing Artists
M-1 of Dead Prez
Maroon Society
Final Outlaw
Hassan Salaam
Rebel Diaz
Unseen Reality
The Sargonites
Immortal Technique
Yatta Kill


RSVP & Info. Contact: Bro. Shep
(212) 650-5008 or [email protected]

Organized By: The Safiya Bukhari-Albert Nuh Washington Foundation, The Universal Zulu Nation & The Grassroots Artists Movement

Letter to Biggie’s Family


To Brother Biggie’s Family; We believe the lost of Biggie and Tupac will have a tremendous impact on our younger generation. When all the facts are received and analyzed, it will show through all the negative and false accusations and unprincipled actions in the public which is where our young draws its influence, Brother Biggie acted in a principle way toward our son and his public actions were principled by their very nature which was true to the life game in which he lived.

Our family has not come to any final conclusion as to who killed our son, Tupac. Nor, why he was killed. His murder and the death of Yafeu “Kadafi” Fula son of Yaasmyn Fula and P.O.W. Sekou Odinga a month after Tupac, and the senseless murder of Javana Thomas the daughter of Freedom Fighter Innie Thomas and the late B.L.A commander JOHN THOMAS has our family and extended family in constant grief as well as searching for the truth in all matters. It has always been our position that with no investigation, no right to speak or act. We are continuing our investigation as to determining the truth of all actions and the matters associated with reasons; thereby determining our actions.

We do know that Brother Biggie was a part of an industry that has been under attack from the highest form of government officials. They have targeted Tupac, Sister Souljah, Ice T, Ice Cube, and Snoop Dogg to just name a few. The object of this attack reportedly was the lyrics’ contents and the connection to crime. “If” this is/was the only case why would devil worshippers (music and artist) not be hounded out also? Since they openly worship the devil in a so-called, God fearing country. (Their music and profane religion outright denounces the government while preaching mayhem, destruction and even death to their parents, government and even nonbelievers in their philosophical satanism).

Yes, we must take responsibility for our own actions. We must acknowledge that we have powers to shape minds and souls. Tupac, Biggie and Yafeu all could bring us closer to the real deal or turn us in upon ourselves. That power is not easy to comprehend when your only goal is to “come up”. The struggle of saving and speaking for has been a tremendous task for most if not all leaders. But, this government and those who have profited from the music culture of Black people; really know “power” and how to utilize it both internally and externally. Their goal has been long range and very specific to their economical survival and political agenda.

Whereas our loved ones; our rappers, wanted to explain their pain and identify from where they came, and describe their present life and at times asked us to hope for a better tomorrow, if all things were fair. If our family’s (Shakur’s) lack of response to rumors and allegations contributed to any confusion as to what principle we stand on; let it be known and clear!! We do not believe in COINCIDENCES. We believe history has demonstrated that the murders of Black people (young & old) who can have a profound impact; those who refuse to “Bow Down,” even if they themselves are not clear on the reasons why, have and will be targeted by the government at its highest level. These murders have historically proven over time to have the hand of government secret agents or the stimulation by the government for negative responses and was initiated by these agents working on behalf of the government and their secret agendas.

We mourn Brother Biggie and Tupac with the rest of the Black Nation because they (our son, brother, father and leader in their own rights) have clearly been victims of a set of circumstances which was implemented outside of their control and/or ability to influence. While I disagree with the method of discussing issues of our internal contradictions in the entertainment media. Tupac in his Makaveli record clearly changed his wrongful view of who shot him and who was heading it in New York, and why? That’s not to say that we know the Makaveli allegations is correct, only that any “Fan” of Tupac’s would surely have known that Tupac revised his wrongful (stance) against Biggie’s involvement concerning his shooting in New York. And he wanted his “Fans” to know it.

It is common knowledge that Brother Biggie was under surveillance by the FBI or other government agents. And his every movement was reportedly being watched concerning a parole or possible parole violation. How come those agents did not protect him, or at least apprehend or pursue the people who did the shooting? (and, the same must be said, for my son Tupac). The tactics by law enforcement agencies in the past have been to arrest these high profile artist on gun violations. Leaving them in a “catch 22″ situation to violate parole by defending themselves. Or leaving themselves defenseless making them easy prey for a would be assassin and stick-up kid. Surely, the FBI was at the party.

Afeni and I have never supported a Crip vs. Blood feud as presented by the Las Vegas Police concerning our son’s assassination. And, I have always pushed the “Codes of the Thug Life”. Which demands that the various crews select representatives and sit down as the peace table and talk about any disputes and misunderstanding that falls between them. Our life is committed to our people, even with the death our our own Tupac and Yaki. (They are not the only martyrs of our family killed under questionable circumstances, and probably won’t be the last. Though I pray otherwise). If we, on the East Coast and the West Coast or the Crips and Bloods (as well as other rival Black Gangs and Street Organizations) began to kill each other (ourselves) over or, for unclear reasons in revenge for matters we are not sure of, we will be killing good potential warriors, who will be needed greatly in the face of OUR REAL STRUGGLE against THE REAL ENEMY (Like you don’t know!!!) who has masterminded the dissension that now exists between families of the same Nation by eradicating ourselves with (Black on Black) crimes.

What we must understand is that our warriors are needed when it has been proven beyond contradiction that the CIA were principal importers of Crack Cocaine and Cocaine period into the hood, initiating the newly created Drug laws that were blatantly racially motivated to set into motion tactics of genocide to destroy and lock away our brothers and sisters for the rest of their lives. They have also created conditions that breed the worst in us. Look at how long the struggle in South Afrika was extended because of the fighting of (Afikan on Afrikan) Zulas against A.N.C and P.A.A.C.

Rap music and the Hip-Hop nation is a movement unclear of its final objectives, but a movement nevertheless, with potentials this government already fully understands and is prepared to destroy. If we look back in our history on the Black Nationalist Movement, the assassination of Bunchy Carter and John Huggins two great Panthers on the West Coast by the members of U.S. organizations ran by Mr. Ron Karenga. Afters years of my investigation as a member of the National Task Force for COINTELPRO Litigation Research, in connection with Geronimo Ji-Jaga’s trial. The motivation and participation in the murders by the FBI has been proven beyond a doubt. The murder- assassination of Robert Webb, a West Coast Panther functioning out of New York, killed on 125th St. and 7th Ave, sparked a vengeful killing of another great Panther, Sam Napier.

The assassination of Robert Webb was revealed to be FBI motivated as well as their direct participation in his assassination which in design was to split the parties East Coast and West Coast connection. At that time many of us functioned out of our emotions and ignorance and played into it. These types of specified killings helped to destroy our movement, accomplishing the governments’ goals. Don’t go for it!!! Learn from our past mistakes…Act at all times by rationale and reasoning. We do not want the death of Tupac or Biggie to be used as a base for internal fractional side contradictions. Nor for Biggie and Tupac to be used to fuel further strife, dissension, and destruction internally by the Federal/Mass Media governing the situation.

In the name of Biggie and Tupac, stop playing yourselves, and start putting resources into the real struggle. Show love to your warriors, pay attention to the game that’s being played on/against us. SEARCH FOR TRUTH!!! Don’t look at who shot Biggie and Tupac, but WHY they were shot. Don’t be fooled by the media that (seldom if ever had a kind word for rappers) has never shown real concern for your/our welfare. STOP FAKING TUFF…BE TUFF…!!!

Remember Biggie for being a principled man, not playing into the media’s hype; jumping the gun even in the face of some clear disrespect which I apologize for. Don’t allow them to continue to play them. Instead show them love…Tupac and Biggie will talk on another plane.

Let Tupac’s and Biggie’s fans grow into a true bond like when they first started out.

Let’s do it for them!!! Continue to search for truth.

May ALLAH give comfort to Brother Biggie’s family. Especially his offspring as well as friends and fans. MUCH LOVE TO YOU, BIGGIE!!!

To all the Thugs; Live by the code, protect yourselves at ALL times. Failure to do so could cost us all.