Sophia’s December Recommendation

Tupac: Resurrection, 1971-1996 by Tupac Shakur and Jacob Hoye

Sophia says:
“This biography is a first hand account of life that most middle class people of any race, don’t know much about. Reading this biography of Tupac Shakur’s life, I was touched by his insights, hopes, fears and inspiration.
Great artists live with contradiction: They must be vulnerable and authentic and yet at the same time they must create a mask that serves as both protection and identity. So it was with Tupac. God bless him, may he rest in peace.
I found myself rethinking my assumptions and conclusions. Removing them from the context of politics and placing them where they belong – in the context of human caring and human feeling. May the gift of his life inform us with compassion for each other whatever our circumstance may be.”
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