Memories of Tupac

This is my favorite photo of #Tupac, I believe from the infamous Vibe Magazine photo shoot with Snoop Dogg and Dre when they all signed a deal to be on Death Row Records with Suge Knight. I also remember exactly where I was when I got the sad news of his death. I was a student at Kent State University in my senior year in fall 96, riding in the car with my friend Heather and we heard it on the radio. For a couple of 20 somethings to hear about the demise of someone so talented who was our age, it was devastating. And who could have predicted that Biggie would also be gone only about 6 months later. #the90s #HipHop #OldSchool #CollegeMemories #BlogPost #the40andoverproject

Tupac Amaru Shakur (/ˈtuːpɑːk ʃəˈkʊər/ TOO-pahk shə-KOOR; born Lesane Parish Crooks, June 16, 1971 – September 13, 1996), better known by his stage name 2Pac and, later, by his alias Makaveli, was an American rapper, songwriter, and actor. He is widely considered one of the most influential rappers of all time. Much of Shakur’s work has been noted for addressing contemporary social issues that plagued inner cities, and he is considered a symbol of activism against inequality. #Wikipedia

Throwback Thursday. RIP Biz Markie

RIP to another rap pioneer, #BizMarkie, what are your favorite songs? Mine include:  Nobody Beats the Biz, Vapors, and Just A Friend #OldSchool #40AndOver #the80s #the40andoverproject #HipHop #GenerationX #PopCultureUpdate

From Wikipedia : Marcel Theo Hall (April 8, 1964 – July 16, 2021),[2] known professionally as Biz Markie, was an American rapper, singer-songwriter, DJ, and record producer. Markie was best known for his 1989 single “Just a Friend“, which became a top 40 hit in several countries. In 2008, “Just a Friend” made No. 100 on VH1‘s list of the 100 greatest hip hop songs of all time.[3] Markie was sometimes referred to as the “Clown Prince of Hip Hop“.[4][5][6]

Throwback Thursday: Janet Jackson Control

The Control album dropped 35 years ago in February 1986 and I was 13. I don’t know about you, but that album changed my life. The record producers who made her famous, Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis are releasing their own album, dropping on Friday. What are your favorite songs from the album: Nasty Boy, Pleasure Principle, Let’s Wait A While? I loved them all! And who else thought they were Janet Jackson dancing in the mirror? 🖐️LOL #OldSchool #40AndOver #the80s #the40andoverproject #GirlPower

One More Chance. March 9, 1997

I always know it’s March when the anniversary of this rap icon, the Notorious B.I.G, comes upon us. March 9, 1997, I remember it well. Not only is my birthday in March but, in 1997, I was in my last year at Kent State University, a graduating senior. Tupac had just been killed in the Fall of 1996. This all happened 24 years ago. What a crazy time in #HipHopHistory #OneMoreChance #StillMyFavorite #the90s #BiggieSmalls #BabyBaby

Photo Credit. Barron Claiborne

#LetsDiscuss: A Relationship With Reading

In recent years we’ve seen reading and books take many forms, from the likes of a company, Amazon, selling books online to reading books on electronic devices to listening to books via audio apps, reading, thankfully, is still a thing! I, for one, have let my love for reading, fall by the wayside over the last few years, however, for 2021, I am vowing to read more. My favorite reading material today includes multicultural literature, poetry, cookbooks, and magazines. But when I was younger, I had different reading tastes. Also, if you are 40 and over, much of what we read was required reading for class.

I was a Scholastic junkie back in the day. As a poet, my favorite book was Honey, I Love by Eloise Greenfield and the Shel Silverstein books, including Where The Sidewalk Ends. For fiction, I loved To Kill A Mockingbird and the older Judy Blume books like Superfudge. And I’m dating myself, but back in the day many of the children’s movies were often accompanied by a recording (on LP record) and a read-a-long book. I had alot of those.

I saw this discussion in a Facebook group @bgrtbookclub (Black Girls Read Too) and thought I would borrow it and continue the conversation here! Whether it’s ONE book or a LIST of books that launched your love of reading, please share. Can’t wait to see your books! #LetsDiscuss #40AndOver #moderndayadulting #ReadABook #readingisfundamental