Great news for Tupac fans today as the John Singleton-directed biopic that has been much talked about the past year has been acquired by Open Road Films. This is the next step in the process, with casting to come next. I’m excited to see how they bring Tupac to film, and John Singleton, who directed ‘Pac in Poetic Justice seems like the right man for the job.
Jada Pinkett was on Arsenio this week and had some glowing words about her time dating Tupac Shakur:
Pac was probably one of the first male figures that I had in my life that saw the beauty and the talent and my intelligence, separated from sex. That’s something that a child, a young girl usually gets from her father. I didn’t have that. Pac was the first one… that… it wasn’t about sex. It was about, ‘You? You’re a beautiful woman. You’re talented. You’re strong. I respect you and you are MY girl! You’re gonna sit right here and I’m gonna protect you! I’mma make sure, if nothing else, you get what you need!’ And that’s what our relationship was like. We kind of did that for each other.
Fellas, this is the sign of a mature man. I really respect that mindset that 2Pac had and how Jada so effortlessly described it. You can tell that he had a deep impact on Jada.
Pinkett Smith also shared some nice things about her husband Will (you know, the actor/rapper/mega-star). Here are some snippets to read on top of the full segment above.
On meeting Will for the first time:
When I was 19, I auditioned to play one of his girlfriends on Fresh Prince and they told me I was too short. But then, many years later, once I started a film career and everything, Mr. Smith decided he wanted to come and ask me to play his girlfriend again. And I had to tell him ‘no’ again. Thank goodness because I think if I had done it, we would not be married today. Because you have to meet people when you’re ready and neither one of us were ready at that time.
On her mom knowing Will was the right one for her:
I remember meeting him one time at Bullock’s. Bullock’s is this department store here in Los Angeles. And I was with my mother! And here comes Will. He’s like, ‘Hey Jada!’ and saying hello to my mother and just as cheery and happy as he always is. And my mother said, ‘Why can’t you date a nice guy like him?’ I said, ‘Will?! That’s the Fresh Prince! What I’mma do with him?!’ And of course, look at me now. He got me on lock down, Arsenio! He got me! Finally!
Our most popular Instagram of the last week deserves some shine in the Design section as well. This art by @hamedhazel speaks volumes given Kendrick‘s star power as the widely regarded ‘best young MC’ and his SoCal roots akin to where 2Pac made his name. One small thing I love about this piece: the Bugs Bunny portrait on the wall as well. Bugs was my favorite when I was Lil’ Tibs, ha!
A quick funny video to break up your day as this weekend revealed that Blake Griffin is definitely a 2Pac fan. Here he is in a fourth quarter timeout, singing the chorus to “California Love” as Sasha Vujacic sits next to him debating whether or not to join in. He’s a new Clippers teammate, still feeling his way out. Ha! Enjoy.
As I Instagrammed:
2 A P I A R C
Seen on Nate Robinson’s IG, and done by @naturel