“A Different World” actress Jasmine Guy and Jamal Joseph to executive-produce Afeni Shakur Davis biopic: the Activist, Organizer, Leader follow 2Pac's “All Eyez On Me” film.
ACTRESS JASMINE GUY IS MAKING A BIOPIC ABOUT TUPAC SHAKUR'S MOM
The film is set to be produced by Harlem Nights actress Jasmine Guy ─ director, singer and dancer. Titled “Peace, Love & Respect, the Afeni Shakur/Panther 21 story,” along with writer/director Jamal Joseph.
Variety reports, on Thursday (February 17), the late mother of hip hop Icon 2Pac and a prominent member of the Black Panther party — is in the works from Amaru Entertainment and the Shakur Estate.
A forthcoming film, titled Peace, Love & Respect; the Afeni Shakur/Panther 21 Story, is releasing sometime this year. Afeni joined the Black Panther Party in 1968 after hearing Bobby Seale speak and soon married fellow Black Panther Lumumba Shakur. The film spans a two-year period — from April 2, 1969 when Afeni and 20 other Black Panthers were arrested and charged with conspiracy to bomb New York City police stations, through June 16, 1971, the day Tupac was born. The film is a particularly important to LaPolt, whose mother greatly admired Afeni.
“My mother was very much a part of the civil rights movement,” LaPolt said. “She taught me about Afeni and how she was arrested as a member of the ‘Panther 21.’ When the trial started, Afeni had gotten pregnant when she was out on bail, Two of the Panthers absconded, the judge freaked out and Afeni got put back in jail. She was five months pregnant [with Tupac] and made a motion to get a glass of milk for her unborn child! She had a lot of self-confidence, and that’s our movie — it begins with the day she was arrested.”
Afeni ended up representing herself during the trial and was acquitted, which LaPolt called, “a testament to what a powerful woman she was.”
Adds LaPolt, “Afeni always wanted Jasmine to write her book, the Shakur estate could not imagine doing Afeni’s biopic without Jasmine Guy involved.”