5 Things You Should Know About Assata Shakur


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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