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5 Things You Should Know About Assata Shakur

Until Thursday (May 2), hearing the words "woman" and "FBI most wanted" in the same sentence was a rarity, but Assata Shakur, the first woman to be added to the Federal Bureau of Investigation's (FBI) terrorists list.

Since 1979, the social activist has been living in Cuba where she was granted political asylum after escaping prison. The self-proclaimed "20th century escaped slave" may be a trending topic, but few know her real story. Click through the pages to learn more about the revolutionary woman.

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1. In May 1973, Assata and fellow activist Zayd Malik Shakur were pulled over by New Jersey State Troopers Werner Foerster and James Harper. According to Harper, Zayd starting shooting when asked to step out of the vehicle, while Assata claims the police initiated the gunfire even after putting both hands in the air. Once the violent exchange left Zayd and Foerster dead, an injured Assata was charged with murder that same year and given a life sentence. With the help of allies, she fled to Cuba in 1979, where she remains to this day.

Assata Shakur

2. Shakur has an incredible amount of supporters decades after her arrest. Most believe her fate was decided by a corrupt political system post-Civil Rights. A number of experts argue that sustained interest in the case is linked to white America's guilt over its racist past. She is considered a revolutionary by Cuba, whose government provides her living expenses.

In 1998, she read an open letter to Pope John Paul II, who was asked by FBI to extradite her during his visit to Havana.

 

Women Black Panthers

3. Assata Shakur was born Joanne Byron in Jamaica, Queens, New York City. She joined the Black Panther Party at age 23 after graduating college and changed her name when she joined the Black Liberation Army in 1970. During her time at the City College of New York, she participated in countless protests and sit-ins as part of the Civil Rights movement.

Tupac Shakur

4. Shakur is the godmother of Tupac Shakur, whose politically charged lyrics were no doubt influenced by the work of Assata and her comrades in the 1960's and 1970's. Conspiracy theorists like to believe that Tupac is in Cuba as well.

Common visits the White House

5. Hip-hop has long embraced Assata as a hero, not a murderer. Besides Tupac, Public Enemy's Chuck D. name-checked her in the late 1980's, sparking the minds of youth who had no idea who she was. Common also made headlines when he was invited to the White House in 2011 and recited "A Song for Assata" in support of the "wrongly convicted cop killer."

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In an interview with Billboard, Rowland shared her hopes for putting out a new body of work and the pressure that she's encountered since she's been in the studio. "This is by far the longest, most pressure-filled process ever, only because I know what it's supposed to be and I have been so hard on myself. I know it," she said. "And it's the first time I've said it out loud. I've been extremely hard on myself. But it's definitely coming, and I'm more so excited about this project than anything else."

The news follows the recent release of Rowland's "Kelly" track, which was met with critical acclaim in November 2018. In addition to preparing the release of new music, the "Motivation" singer discussed fans' wish for a Destiny's Child reunion. The rumors have been fueled by social media photographs of Rowland with either Beyonce or Michelle or all three, especially during Beyonce's past Coachella performance. But Rowland assures readers that it's not what they think.

"It's so funny. I guess every time people see us together, they just see music but I see sisterhood, and that's what we are and that's what me, her, Michelle [Williams] and Solange and I are. People see us all together, they immediately think music. I'm like, no. Just family." As Rowland previously mentioned Solange, she hopes to one day work with her again.

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Solis passed away at his home in Texas, surrounded by friends and family, according to the outlet. No official details have been released about his passing.

Solis had reportedly been keeping his cancer battle private. His death came as a shock to his loved ones. On Friday (Dec. 21), Braxton seemingly mourned the loss of her ex-husband with a cryptic Instagram meme reading, “I need a hug..E bottle of wine.”

The former couple tied the knot in 2003, and appeared together on previous seasons of WEtv’s Braxton Family Values. Despite finalizing their divorce in 2015, Braxton and Solis confronted lingering issues from their marriage during an episode of Iyanla: Fix My Life, earlier in the year.

Braxton has since moved on to a new relationship, but remained friends with Solis.

 

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