Iconic emcee Tupac Shakur has made headlines lately as fans anticipate the release of his biopic, All Eyez On Me. In the movie, Jamie Hector (who played Marlo on The Wire) has been tapped to play Pac’s revolutionary stepfather, Dr. Mutulu Shakur. Dr. Shakur has made headlines today, as the Bureau of Prisons has made it known that he is being considered for release after spending 30 years of a 60-year sentence in federal prison on RICO charges.
Tupac was certainly a revolutionary in his own right. That spirit was surely inspired by his mother, Afeni Shakur, as well as Mutulu Shakur. Pac’s stepfather helped him to draft his “Thug Life Handbook.” In addition to being a world-renowned acupuncturist, Dr. Shakur is a legendary Black nationalist, a life he began at the age of 16, when he joined the New Afrikan Independence Movement. In the late sixties, he worked closely with the Revolutionary Action Movement (RAM), the Provisional Government of the Republic of New Afrika and the Black Panther Party.
With such deep in Black activism, of course, Dr. Shakur was on the radar of COINTELPRO, the FBI’s counterintelligence program. With the status as an enemy of the state, he and ten others were indicted on RICO charges for eight incidents that occurred between December 1976 to October 1981, including the 1981 Brinks armored car robbery that left two Nyack police officers and a security guard dead. Dr. Shakur is also accused of masterminding the prison escape of Black revolutionary icon Assata Shakur (government name Joanne Chesimard), who now lives in Cuba.
While he awaits to hear the news of whether he’ll be released or not, Dr. Mutulu Shakur (federal inmate #83205-012) sits in Victorville USP, a high-security federal prison in Adelanto, CA. For information of Dr. Shakur, check out his official website.