Didn’t you listen to Machiavelli? Tupac faked his death.
The CIA killed Tupac.
If you’re a Hip-Hop head who listened to and loved slain rapper Tupac Shakur, you’ve probably heard a variation of one or more of the above statements. If you’re a superfan with a healthy distrust of the United States government, you probably believe some version of the last statement — insert FBI or LAPD where you will.
…decided to “take 10 mins to answer 5 of the top questions” they’ve been asked to celebrate their #Twitterversary. And in doing so, the shadowy organization flamed the enduring urban legend that Tupac still walks among us:
As previously reported by NewsOne, Shakur was shot several times in a drive-by on September 7, 1996 after attending a Mike Tyson fight in Las Vegas. He was rushed to a nearby hospital, where he reportedly resisted treatment. He died on September 13, six days later, after his mother Afeni Shakur ordered doctors to stop reviving her son.
From <a href="http://hellobeautiful.com/2015/12/22/sandra-bland-family-non-indictment/" target="_blank"><strong>Sandra Bland</strong></a> to the shootings in <a href="http://hellobeautiful.com/2015/06/20/why-is-south-carolina-using-a-judge-in-the-charleston-church-massacre-who-has-used-the-n-word-before/" target="_blank">Charleston, South Carolina</a>, African Americans were sadly reminded that being <a href="http://hellobeautiful.com/2015/12/13/police-brutality-2015/" target="_blank">Black in America</a> is much harder than it ought to be. And yet in the same breath, 2015 was a year of Black joy during which our culture dominated not only in our lives, but in the mainstream consciousness. From <a href="http://hellobeautiful.com/2015/07/16/lee-daniels-and-taraji-p-henson-emmy-empire/" target="_blank">Cookie Lyons</a> to the <a href="http://hellobeautiful.com/2015/10/17/ebony-editor-comments-cosby-cover/" target="_blank">Cosby <em>Ebony </em>cover</a>, our brilliance helped to push the conversation, affirm our greatness, make history and most important, make us laugh.
So to celebrate that greatness, we put together this list of the most defining Black pop culture moments of 2015. And don’t worry: <a href="http://hellobeautiful.com/2015/12/08/rachel-dolezal-interview/" target="_blank">Rachel Dolezal </a>is nowhere to be seen.