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Thursday, June 23, 2005

Tupac Shakur arts center opens in Atlanta

Ladies and gentlemen, I give you the pinnacle of Western civilization:
When rap artist Tupac Shakur was murdered nearly a decade ago, his mother vowed to keep his memory alive.
Shakur-Davis' dream became a reality this month with the opening of the Tupac Amaru Shakur Foundation Center for the Arts on Memorial Drive in DeKalb County. The grand opening of the visitor center and peace garden is the first phase of an anticipated $11 million project that eventually will include a performing arts theater, museum, art gallery, community meeting space and classrooms.
Such a wonderful tribute to a man whose poetry included poignant lines like "F*** the world."
The adjacent 6-acre peace garden is the centerpiece of the arts center, according to Maxie. A bronze statue of Tupac will be installed there in September.
A peace garden? Are you kidding me? The guy -- a convicted rapist -- had "THUG LIFE" and an AK-47 tattooed on his stomach. His mom, who is opening the center, was a violent Black Panther activist who was imprisoned for her attempts to set off a race war. [Hat-tip: Lauren]

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