Sunday, February 19, 2006

Get Tupac a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame (online petition)

Get Tupac a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

February 19th, 2006 - by Pittsey

The Hollywood Walk of Fame is a sidewalk along Hollywood Boulevard and Vine Street in Hollywood, California, United States, which is embedded with more than 2,000 five-pointed stars featuring the names of celebrities honored by the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce for their contributions to the entertainment industry.

The stars celebrate entertainers from all walks of industry, from film to television, from the recording industry to the broadcast radio industry to live theater; there is a star from nearly everyone relevant to Hollywood history.

However there is one entertainer who is revered by millions across the globe who is yet to have a star. He is the largest selling rapper in history. He has appeared in films with stars such as Mickey Rourke, Tim Roth and Thandie Newton.

The entertainer in question is one Tupac Shakur, the multi album, unofficial greatest rapper of all time.

Why does he deserve a star? Well it’s very simple. There isn’t a rapper in the business today that hasn’t been influenced by Tupac in some way. The tattoos, the swagger, the confidence is evident in every rapper since. When influences are discussed in interviews Tupac is continuously one of the first names mentioned.

When we also consider how he excelled in the rap music industry and is still today, nearly 10 years since he passed, he has released nearly an album a year posthumously. The millions of albums sold, over 30 Million. The many die hard fans across the globe, which visit websites daily and speak on his influence to anyone that will listen. To the many who saw his recent documentary and the Oscar nomination it received.

If we also look at the Stars that have already been given Pat Sajak, Thomas Edison, Big Bird, Pee Wee Herman and Mabel Taliaferro, then doesn’t Tupac deserve a star? He is in a different class to those "entertainers".

Well some people believe he does, and some of them are making an effort to ensure he receives that deserved recognition, and the Star. A group has been set up to pursue this and is headed by rapper Muszamil (some fans might remember him as Hellraza from the Outlaw Record days and as Napoleon's little brother). The group is working hard to get 2pac the proper recognition by presenting him a star in the Hollywood Walk of Fame. They have a set up a critical meeting next Friday with some key members of the committee as well as with some influential politicians and business leaders.

Where is Tupac's star? If Ryan seacrest has one it is an outrage that 2pac is ignored. It is the early stages of the nomination process and if people step up and participate in the petition and spread the word and show the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce the importance of Tupac, we will see that deserved star.

If you too feel that Tupac has been ignored and want to help in the movement, then please fill out the petition below. It is not just an online fan petition and will be taken to the people most likely to help us achieve our goal. Let’s show that Tupac has a huge following and that he needs to be recognized on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

To: Hollywood Chamber of Commerce and the Walk of Fame Selection Committee

We are committed on getting Tupac Shakur a posthumous star on the Hollywood walk of fame. It would be a fitting tribute to a modern day legend that passed before his time. We will officially present this petition to members of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce as well as the honorary major of Hollywood Mr. Johnny Grant who is the head of the Hollywood Walk of Fame selection committee. Tupac Shakur known to millions of fans worldwide as 2pac was a true modern day icon. As far as popularity Tupac Shakur can easily be placed under the same category as Elvis Presley. 2pac accomplished so much in the music industry and in entertainment in general that even nine years after his untimely death he still a remains a power full presence in society. Besides selling countless number of records and breaking worldwide marks for music sales, 2pac also left a lasting impact on society. His poems, and musical work have been studied in various schools with courses on 2pac being taught in numerous colleges ranging from UC Berkley in Northern California, to the University of Florida, and the historic Morehouse college in Georgia. It would take twenty plus pages + to list all of 2pac's accomplishments as a power full entertainer and a beloved human being. We encourage all members of the rap community to step up participate and spread the word. This petition and movement to get Tupac Shakur a much deserved star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame is being organized by Muszamil a protégé of the late Tupac Shakur and a member of his extended family. We thank you all for participating and for your support.


The Undersigned


Hip-Hop Icon Tupac (2Pac) Remembered in Wax

2/4/2006 6:15:39 PM by Robert

This past September the Tupac Amaru Shakur Center for the Arts (TASCA) unveiled the memorial bronze statue of hip-hop rap icon Tupac Shakur (2Pac), making Tupac the first rap icon to immortalized in bronze. The bronze statue was designed and created by noted sculptor Tina Allen.

Now again the greatest figures in hip-hop culture Tupac Shakur (2Pac) will be immortalized, but this time in wax. The world-famous Madame Tussauds in Las Vegas at the glorious Venetian Hotel, will unveil the sculpture on April 5, 2006 at a special ceremony commencing at 11:00 A.M.

The wax portrait of Tupac is being sculpted by Jeni Fairey of The Tussauds Studios based in London. Unlike the bronze statue that portrays Tupac the man, in a suit; the wax sculpture will be based on the now-iconic ‘Thug Life’ image of a shirtless rap artist Tupac (2Pac) sporting a bandana and proudly displaying his tattoos.

The Tupac wax figure will be created from hundreds of photographs and measurements provided to Madame Tussauds by Tupac’s mother, Afeni Shakur Davis. Each of Tupac’s tattoos will first be redrawn and then individually hand-painted onto the sculpture.

The finished figure will take months to complete, involving more than 700 hours of work and over 330 pounds of clay. The entire figure will weigh around 55 pounds. To put Tupac in his own environment, Madame Tussauds is in negotiations with 2Pac’s old label, Interscope Records, to obtain original music from Tupac’s world and add a further layer of reality to the unique “Tussauds experience.”

To commemorate the historic 10th Anniversary of Tupac’s (2Pac) murder, Madame Tussauds is considering sending the new wax figure on its own world tour later this year. Once it has been viewed at the Las Vegas museum, the sculpture may travel to the museums in New York, Hong Kong, Shanghai and London before it will be exhibited at the Tupac Amaru Shakur Center for the Arts (TASCA) in Atlanta for a full month. The figure is scheduled to arrive at the Center by the end of this memorial year.

Tupac Shakur has consistently been the celebrity most requested to receive a wax tribute from Madame Tussauds Las Vegas museum. The sculpture’s unveiling arrives nearly ten years after Tupac’s murder in Las Vegas and it will be exhibited for years to come.

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