Afeni Shakur was an activist, Black Panther, and mother of legendary rapper Tupac Shakur. She did peaceful community work in hospitals and schools, but was put on trial for conspiracy to bomb police and public places in New York city, as part of the Panther 21. However, she represented herself in court, and her questioning secured an admission under oath that a witness and was in fact an undercover police officer, and that he'd infiltrated the group and planned the heinous crimes as a way to disrupt the Panthers. She also went on to advocate for gay rights within the Panthers.
Framed behind acrylic glass.
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I’m a visual artist living and working in New Orleans, LA. From three-story murals to small oil paintings, my work focuses on portraits of humanity, often touching on themes related to community, social justice, and culture. I use a realistic style of portraiture to attempt to create an immediate and intimate connection with the viewer. Drawing from my background in Buddhist meditation and study, I strive to convey my subject’s inner presence and innate value.
Born in Northern New York, I received a BFA in Painting from Syracuse University. My work has been exhibited in New Orleans, Detroit, and Washington DC. I’ve executed over a dozen large-scale public murals in Louisiana and New York. In 2020 I received a Federal grant for public art in the Gentilly Resilience District, New Orleans. My memorial portrait series Irreplaceable: Taken by the Pandemic was selected for the Ogden Museum’s Louisiana Contemporary, and became part of a mayoral event on the first anniversary of the pandemic