In Defense of a Revolutionary

In Defense of a Revolutionary

If you didn’t know already (I’m sure you do, right?), Afeni Shakur is much much more than Tupac’s mom or the recovering crack fiend in his song Dear Mama. She was a leader of the New York City Black Panther Party and part of the famous New York Panther 21, a group accused of a conspiracy to wreak havoc on NYC. Pregnant with Tupac, a young Afeni ended up having to defend herself  against over 150 charges–and she was acquitted. If this piques your interest, I have two ways for you to gain more details. The first is pick up her biography, Afeni Shakur: Evolution of a Revolutionary by her friend Jasmine Guy. The book was a super quick read and very conversational. I enjoyed every second and gained so much insight about the atmosphere during that time.

The second is a play entitled Afeni Shakur: In Her Defense and exhibit that premieres tonight at the Tupac Amaru Shakur Foundation in Stone Mountain. Inspired by one of the most expensive political trials ever in the State of New York, this play is opening 40 years exactly from the day Ms. Shakur’s acquittal. The accompanying exhibit includes court records and TV new coverage. This is sure to be well worth the trip out to Stone Mountain ( 🙂 @ my outside of perimeter friends). It runs until May 22, so put this on your calendar as soon as possible!

And don’t worry–I’ll be back to share my thoughts as soon as I see it! I’m so excited!

I Love Reading

I Love Reading

So I participated in this Top Ten book listing on Shelfari today so I just wanted to share with youse all.

The top ten books of those I read this year are:

The Alchemist – Paulo Coelho
A Lesson Before Dying – Ernest Gaines
Blackgammon – Heather Neff
Soul Identity – Dennis Batchelder
Afeni Shakur: Evolution of a Revolutionary – Jasmine Guy
The Godmother – Carrie Adams
Saint Training – Elizabeth Fixmer
The Time Traveler’s Wife – Audrey Niffenegger
Them – Nathan McCall
The Notebook – Nicholas Sparks

I also read:

Soul Intent – Dennis Batchelder
Want to Start a Revolution?: Radical Women in the Black Freedom Struggle – Jeanne Theoharis and Komozi Woodard
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll
Dirty Little Angels – Chris Tusa
From the Browder File – Anthony Browder
The Purpose Driven Life – Rick Warren
The Help – Kathyrn Stockett
The Lost Symbol – Dan Brown

I’m currently reading:

The Witching Hour – Anne Rice
Last Lion: The Fall and Rise of Ted Kennedy – Peter S. Canellos
The Last Empress – Anchee Min

What are you reading?