Perhaps one of Angelou’s many memorable moments took place during the filming of John Singleton’s 1993 film, “Poetic Justice,” where she diffused an argument involving Tupac Shakur. “I didn’t know who he was… He was into a big rowel with another young man, and so I said to him, ‘May I speak to you?’ And he was cursing. ‘I wouldn’t give a…’ I said, ‘I understand that, but let me speak to you.’… ‘If these mutha…,’ I said, ‘I got ya. However, let me speak to you.’ And finally I said, ‘When was the last time anyone told you how important you are? When was the last time anybody told you or reminded you that our people stood on auction blocks so that you could live today? Somebody in your background decided they would stay alive despite this. They laid in the filthy hatches of slave ships to stay alive so that they would have some descendants. And here you are. You’re more valuable than you can imagine.”
“And finally he heard me and stopped talking, and started to weep. And I put my arms around him, and I walked him back into the arena. And he cried.”… “I went back to my trailer and Janet Jackson came running in and said, ‘Dr. Angelou, I don’t believe you actually spoke to Tupac Shakur!’ And I said, ‘Darling, I don’t know him from 6-pack.” … No matter who you are, remind yourself that you are valuable & important. THANK YOU for leaving behind an incredible legacy Dr. Angelou! - @cruziiie | #MayaAngelou #championsmantra


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