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elioroche: oldmanyellsatcloud: eldritch-augur: bitterbitchclubpresident: the bill is one line: Terminate the EPA on dec 31st, 2018. you can contact the reps who authored this bill. ask them what happens to the data the agency collects? what about the current employees? what about the EPA’s powers? What’s their plan? Matt Gaetz FL ® Pensacola Office 4300 Bayou Blvd., Suite 13 (850) 479-1183 Pensacola, FL 32503 Thomas Massie KY ® Northern Kentucky Office 541 Buttermilk Pike Suite 208 Crescent Springs, KY 41017 Phone: (859) 426-0080Fax: (859) 426-0061Hours: Monday-Friday 9:00AM-5:00PM LaGrange Office 108 W. Jefferson Street LaGrange, KY 40031 Phone: (502) 265-9119Fax: (502) 265-9126 Steven Palazzo MS ® Hattiesburg Office641 Main Street, Suite 142Hattiesburg, MS 39401Phone: (601) 582-3246 Pascagoula Office3118 Pascagoula St., Suite 181Pascagoula, MS 39567Phone: 228-202-8104Fax: 228-202-8105 Biloxi Office970 Tommy Munro DriveSuite DBiloxi, MS 39532T: (228)864-7670F: (228)864-3099 Washington, DC Office2349 Rayburn House Office BuildingWashington, DC 20515T (202) 225-5772 Barry Loudermilk GA ® Washington, DC Office329 Cannon House Office BuildingWashington, DC 20515Phone: 202-225-2931FAX: 202-225-2944Woodstock District Office9898 Highway 92, Suite 100Woodstock, GA 30188Phone: 770-429-1776FAX: 770 -517-7427Cartersville District Office135 West Cherokee Avenue, Suite 122Cartersville, GA 30120Phone: 770-429-1776Galleria District Office600 Galleria Pkwy, Suite 120Atlanta, GA 30339 Phone: 770-429-1776Fax: 678-556-5184 it would be best if constituents from these districts called! ask some questions and let them know we are not ok with this! Please please please call these reps and the reps in your own state. We NEED to maintain protection for these species, as it is the only way to preserve the ecosystems that we DIRECTLY DEPEND ON for carbon sequestering, clean water, and clean air!! Legit. And in general, they keep you from being, you know. Poisoned by industry on a regular basis. Oh…. : AJ Joshi @AJ Follow This is it: Termination of the Environmental Protection Agency. @Greenpeace @EPA #TrumpImpeachmentParty congress.gov/bill/115th-con 115TH CONGRESS H. R. 861 ST SESSION To terminate the Environmental Protection Agency. IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES FEBRUARY 3. 201 Mr. GAETZ (for himself Mr. MaSSIE, Mr. PALAzzo, and Mr. LoUDERMILK) introduced the following bill which was referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committees on Agriculture. Transportation and Infrastructure, and Science, Space, and Technology, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned A BILL To terminate the Environmental Protection Agency Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, SECTION 1. TERMINATION OF THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY. The Environmental Protection Agency shall terminate on December 31, 2018 RETWEETS LIKES KEEP CALM SARAH! 379 235 RESIST 2:52 AM-15 Feb 2017 45 379235 elioroche: oldmanyellsatcloud: eldritch-augur: bitterbitchclubpresident: the bill is one line: Terminate the EPA on dec 31st, 2018. you can contact the reps who authored this bill. ask them what happens to the data the agency collects? what about the current employees? what about the EPA’s powers? What’s their plan? Matt Gaetz FL ® Pensacola Office 4300 Bayou Blvd., Suite 13 (850) 479-1183 Pensacola, FL 32503 Thomas Massie KY ® Northern Kentucky Office 541 Buttermilk Pike Suite 208 Crescent Springs, KY 41017 Phone: (859) 426-0080Fax: (859) 426-0061Hours: Monday-Friday 9:00AM-5:00PM LaGrange Office 108 W. Jefferson Street LaGrange, KY 40031 Phone: (502) 265-9119Fax: (502) 265-9126 Steven Palazzo MS ® Hattiesburg Office641 Main Street, Suite 142Hattiesburg, MS 39401Phone: (601) 582-3246 Pascagoula Office3118 Pascagoula St., Suite 181Pascagoula, MS 39567Phone: 228-202-8104Fax: 228-202-8105 Biloxi Office970 Tommy Munro DriveSuite DBiloxi, MS 39532T: (228)864-7670F: (228)864-3099 Washington, DC Office2349 Rayburn House Office BuildingWashington, DC 20515T (202) 225-5772 Barry Loudermilk GA ® Washington, DC Office329 Cannon House Office BuildingWashington, DC 20515Phone: 202-225-2931FAX: 202-225-2944Woodstock District Office9898 Highway 92, Suite 100Woodstock, GA 30188Phone: 770-429-1776FAX: 770 -517-7427Cartersville District Office135 West Cherokee Avenue, Suite 122Cartersville, GA 30120Phone: 770-429-1776Galleria District Office600 Galleria Pkwy, Suite 120Atlanta, GA 30339 Phone: 770-429-1776Fax: 678-556-5184 it would be best if constituents from these districts called! ask some questions and let them know we are not ok with this! Please please please call these reps and the reps in your own state. We NEED to maintain protection for these species, as it is the only way to preserve the ecosystems that we DIRECTLY DEPEND ON for carbon sequestering, clean water, and clean air!! Legit. And in general, they keep you from being, you know. Poisoned by industry on a regular basis. Oh….
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Kids can say creepy things ( Part 10): My son told me about a dead woman with blue skin, no hair, and black eyes who supposedly lived in our old follow us outside and try to get in our car but there was no room so she stood outside and watched us leave while I work with kids on the autism spectrum. One of them said: They can see us, but we can't see them." My daughter (age 3) woke me up in the middle of the night "momma, do you hear that breathingItold her that was me breathing, She said in a low voice "no momma, be very quiet and lilsten". I didn't hear anything but we slept with lights on the rest of the months early. Spent almost 3 months in the hospltal. As soon as my son and daughter in law brought her home, every now and then they would smell cigarette smole in the house and nelther of them smoked. Isabella would point to the walls whenever this would mom, known as Mimi. As soon as Isabella started talking she would ask about Mimi. 1 am not a church gaing girl!! She's4 now and still occasionally out of the blue will say she misses One night, when my daughter was 2 years old, she woke and could not get in bed and 1 took our daughter on my lap under a blanket in a chair. We were both a bit drowsy when she suddenly raised up her head and said:"Hello" towards the wall where the door was. As my heart started racing, she as if she was on the phone with She stopped when I called my husband. I jokingly asked: "What's the best way 7-year-old's response: "Tell her to be my girlfriend or she'll never see her passing me cake". I dutifully eat each "It was poison. You died." Oh, okay She then proceeded to "chop me up mix my chopped parts with some spice in a pot, and then serve the resulting Edit We have a lot of these, figured that'd be the one you guys would get the most kick out of, but we have quite I was babysitting a family friend's kid and it was just the two of us in the whispered to me: "We're not alone in My son was4 years old at the time, we and he got this really scared look on his face and said he wanted to go back inside. I asked him what was wrong and he pointed to the street (where nothing was there) and said the monster was staring at him. Seeing as how I krnow children can see things we cannot, I took that baby inside and said a prayer! My youngest daughter, who is now 25 used to wake up in middle of the night between ages 3 and 7 and tell me the beautiful angel was in her room watching over her, and that she was dressed in white with glorious white wings. She would say don't you see how beautiful she is mommy? Many years later between 18 and 22 once again the lady in white would show up, and even speal to her. There was one time L actually heard someone say, are yo alright with my own ears plain as day me, she turned around and look at me and said, why wouldn't I be okay? That's when it dawned on me our angel was asking her and I had the pleasure if and stories will I want to thank you all for your contribution children related story, either it's creepy, sacd, fun or strange, and you consider it worthy of sharing, don't forget to send it to me at Kids can say creepy things ( Part 10)

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quasi-normalcy: ursasminor: seldnei: meggory84: eldritch-augur: bitterbitchclubpresident: the bill is one line: Terminate the EPA on dec 31st, 2018. you can contact the reps who authored this bill. ask them what happens to the data the agency collects? what about the current employees? what about the EPA’s powers? What’s their plan? Matt Gaetz FL ® Pensacola Office 4300 Bayou Blvd., Suite 13 (850) 479-1183 Pensacola, FL 32503 Thomas Massie KY ® Northern Kentucky Office 541 Buttermilk Pike Suite 208 Crescent Springs, KY 41017 Phone: (859) 426-0080Fax: (859) 426-0061Hours: Monday-Friday 9:00AM-5:00PM LaGrange Office 108 W. Jefferson Street LaGrange, KY 40031 Phone: (502) 265-9119Fax: (502) 265-9126 Steven Palazzo MS ® Hattiesburg Office641 Main Street, Suite 142Hattiesburg, MS 39401Phone: (601) 582-3246 Pascagoula Office3118 Pascagoula St., Suite 181Pascagoula, MS 39567Phone: 228-202-8104Fax: 228-202-8105 Biloxi Office970 Tommy Munro DriveSuite DBiloxi, MS 39532T: (228)864-7670F: (228)864-3099 Washington, DC Office2349 Rayburn House Office BuildingWashington, DC 20515T (202) 225-5772 Barry Loudermilk GA ® Washington, DC Office329 Cannon House Office BuildingWashington, DC 20515Phone: 202-225-2931FAX: 202-225-2944Woodstock District Office9898 Highway 92, Suite 100Woodstock, GA 30188Phone: 770-429-1776FAX: 770 -517-7427Cartersville District Office135 West Cherokee Avenue, Suite 122Cartersville, GA 30120Phone: 770-429-1776Galleria District Office600 Galleria Pkwy, Suite 120Atlanta, GA 30339 Phone: 770-429-1776Fax: 678-556-5184 it would be best if constituents from these districts called! ask some questions and let them know we are not ok with this! Please please please call these reps and the reps in your own state. We NEED to maintain protection for these species, as it is the only way to preserve the ecosystems that we DIRECTLY DEPEND ON for carbon sequestering, clean water, and clean air!! Signal boost, because you can’t have late stage capitalism if we’ve all died from starvation and lead poisoning Remind Matt Gaetz that most of his goddamned state relies on eco-tourism and nobody wants to come see the Everglades if they’re full of chemical runoff. Fuckin im watching a documentary on sharks and GreenPeace is in it rn and if you don’t want to watch Humpback Whales being dragged onto boats and killed/ seals being beaten to death in the head/ or sharks being poached and fished out of existence, CALL YOUR REP HEY AMERICANS: You like having breathable air? You like being able to drink water from a tap without dying of lead poisoning? Then you need to get your fucking asses in gear and beat your goddamned representatives about the nads until they fucking agree not to vote for this monstrosity. This is serious! : AJ Joshi @AJ Follow This is it: Termination of the Environmental Protection Agency. @Greenpeace @EPA #TrumpImpeachmentParty congress.gov/bill/115th-con 115TH CONGRESS H. R. 861 ST SESSION To terminate the Environmental Protection Agency. IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES FEBRUARY 3. 201 Mr. GAETZ (for himself Mr. MaSSIE, Mr. PALAzzo, and Mr. LoUDERMILK) introduced the following bill which was referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committees on Agriculture. Transportation and Infrastructure, and Science, Space, and Technology, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned A BILL To terminate the Environmental Protection Agency Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, SECTION 1. TERMINATION OF THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY. The Environmental Protection Agency shall terminate on December 31, 2018 RETWEETS LIKES KEEP CALM SARAH! 379 235 RESIST 2:52 AM-15 Feb 2017 45 379235 quasi-normalcy: ursasminor: seldnei: meggory84: eldritch-augur: bitterbitchclubpresident: the bill is one line: Terminate the EPA on dec 31st, 2018. you can contact the reps who authored this bill. ask them what happens to the data the agency collects? what about the current employees? what about the EPA’s powers? What’s their plan? Matt Gaetz FL ® Pensacola Office 4300 Bayou Blvd., Suite 13 (850) 479-1183 Pensacola, FL 32503 Thomas Massie KY ® Northern Kentucky Office 541 Buttermilk Pike Suite 208 Crescent Springs, KY 41017 Phone: (859) 426-0080Fax: (859) 426-0061Hours: Monday-Friday 9:00AM-5:00PM LaGrange Office 108 W. Jefferson Street LaGrange, KY 40031 Phone: (502) 265-9119Fax: (502) 265-9126 Steven Palazzo MS ® Hattiesburg Office641 Main Street, Suite 142Hattiesburg, MS 39401Phone: (601) 582-3246 Pascagoula Office3118 Pascagoula St., Suite 181Pascagoula, MS 39567Phone: 228-202-8104Fax: 228-202-8105 Biloxi Office970 Tommy Munro DriveSuite DBiloxi, MS 39532T: (228)864-7670F: (228)864-3099 Washington, DC Office2349 Rayburn House Office BuildingWashington, DC 20515T (202) 225-5772 Barry Loudermilk GA ® Washington, DC Office329 Cannon House Office BuildingWashington, DC 20515Phone: 202-225-2931FAX: 202-225-2944Woodstock District Office9898 Highway 92, Suite 100Woodstock, GA 30188Phone: 770-429-1776FAX: 770 -517-7427Cartersville District Office135 West Cherokee Avenue, Suite 122Cartersville, GA 30120Phone: 770-429-1776Galleria District Office600 Galleria Pkwy, Suite 120Atlanta, GA 30339 Phone: 770-429-1776Fax: 678-556-5184 it would be best if constituents from these districts called! ask some questions and let them know we are not ok with this! Please please please call these reps and the reps in your own state. We NEED to maintain protection for these species, as it is the only way to preserve the ecosystems that we DIRECTLY DEPEND ON for carbon sequestering, clean water, and clean air!! Signal boost, because you can’t have late stage capitalism if we’ve all died from starvation and lead poisoning Remind Matt Gaetz that most of his goddamned state relies on eco-tourism and nobody wants to come see the Everglades if they’re full of chemical runoff. Fuckin im watching a documentary on sharks and GreenPeace is in it rn and if you don’t want to watch Humpback Whales being dragged onto boats and killed/ seals being beaten to death in the head/ or sharks being poached and fished out of existence, CALL YOUR REP HEY AMERICANS: You like having breathable air? You like being able to drink water from a tap without dying of lead poisoning? Then you need to get your fucking asses in gear and beat your goddamned representatives about the nads until they fucking agree not to vote for this monstrosity. This is serious!
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makaveli-immortalized: Tupac Shakur with Chi Modu Over the years, people have always said that my images of Tupac let them see a side of him beyond the Thug Life image, more about the human being. Before he was loved by the world, he was a young man trying to make his way in a society that is extremely cruel to the less fortunate. He made it his mission to speak for those in his community who needed to hear “keep your head up!” As I travel the globe, I’m amazed at how many people have told me that Tupac saved their lives. His words and passion inspired a generation, and these pictures that we created together help to keep that inspiration alive. It’s always sad when people die young, but if you leave behind the kind of legacy that Tupac did, you never actually die. You remain forever in the hearts and minds of people for generations to come. I knew that about him when we first spent time together in Atlanta, Georgia back in 1994. We both knew the importance of images and we set out to do a thorough job, not knowing what the future would hold. He died two years after that meeting in Atlanta, but his words and these images are all part of his lasting legacy. When I met him on location in Atlanta in ’94 he was quite cooperative and a really nice guy. It was a shoot for The Source magazine, and he arrived early. Tupac was the ultimate professional, and he respected my time and my skills. The public might not know that about him. They think he was just this crazy guy who had no real limits, but he completely understood who he was, and if he understood what you brought to the table, he was easy to deal with. In fact, we got along great. I think a lot of people want to buy into the ‘thug life’ image and the younger side of him, because he was still a young man. Let’s be clear, you kind of forget the ages of these folks. To be so prolific and so young, and have so much power — it’s hard to imagine Even with all the childishness — which I believe was age appropriate in a lot of ways—when you throw power and money in there, even with all that, he had a lot of care and love for his community and for the less fortunate. He always spoke on behalf of black people who were struggling. Even though he wrote songs that many would consider typical hip-hop party music, he also included a lot of black empowerment in his lyrics — “Brenda’s Got a Baby,” “Dear Mama” — which I believe is why women liked him. They loved him because he was real and he cared. We knew the silly side of him too, but who isn’t silly at the age of twenty five? So that never surprised me when he did the zany stuff. He was young and full of power in a world that’s biased against blacks, so what do you expect? Normally when I would see Tupac, I would always think of him being on blast — excited and moving at a hundred miles an hour. But when I first met him he wasn’t really like that. It’s funny how everyone always thinks about Tupac and the ladies, but I never really saw him chasing women that much. He was much more focused on his mission. I think that’s what made him stand out so much from his peers. Because while everybody was partying, this man was trying to make sure he created his legacy. And so here we are decades later talking about the man as if he’s still around. I don’t think you can take lightly the fact that this is two decades later and we’re still talking about this man. After we finished his first Source cover shoot in Atlanta, we went back to his home in Stone Mountain, GA to hang out. He called me aside and showed me his entire gun collection in his bedroom—all his AKs, banana clips, Glocks, everything. Then he moved a picture on the wall in his bedroom, revealing a bullet hole. This was from when he fired a shot in his bedroom because he was on probation and prohibited from going to the firing range. We all laughed afterwards. We would’ve all been in our 40s together, but he never got to his 40s, he didn’t even see his 30s with us. So that’s quite a body of work and experience that he put in during his short time on this Earth. He was one of the few stars who could cross over without compromising his roots. Tupac wasn’t going to compromise, that wasn’t him, but Versace still wanted to use him for their campaign. It’s funny when I see rappers trying to do that sort of thing. I think when you start to move in those commercial circles they make you change yourself to fit. You lose your authenticity, but Tupac wouldn’t allow that of himself. He took the streets with him wherever he went. The portrait shots of Tupac, like the one that’s on the cover of the book, were actually done with a 4x5 camera, which is a view camera. It’s the camera where you put the curtain over your head to focus. It’s large format. It sits on a tripod, and you put the film in, come out from behind the camera, you click it, then you switch the film. Kind of like the old style cameras. At that session in Atlanta, I photographed Tupac with my 4x5 with no assistant. It was just me and his people. When you shoot using a 4x5 you’re really very close to the subject. I was no more than three or four feet from him. I’m there but the gap between us is the camera, even though I’m right there with them. When you’re that close to someone frame after frame, that’s really how they get to know you. You’re almost breathing on each other, and I’m telling him, ‘Lift your head, bring your eyes down.’ I’m giving him instructions so he can look better. Once you spend hours with someone like that, you know them forever. I’m looking at every pore on your face. I’m on your team. In doing that first photo shoot in 4x5, I think that’s what made Tupac so comfortable with me because I was looking in his eyes, he was looking in mine at the same time, and real recognizes real. Once we got to that place we were cool. He gave me pictures he didn’t give anybody else and he said, ‘These are for you, Chi.’ Everybody knows the Thug Life Tupac, and we know that well. But they don’t know the Tupac in the quiet moments. Like that picture of him tying his bandana over his head, the profile shot. That’s an outtake. He was fixing his bandana with a cigarette in his mouth but he was relaxed enough around me where I could just photograph him. As a result you see a picture of a much more gentle Tupac. For me gentle and soft are not the same thing. Tupac was gentle but you wouldn’t dare step to him. He was prepared to take it where it needed to go. He wasn’t afraid. That’s who he was to me, and we got along from the first time we met. We were cool, so I got access to him that no one else could get. Tupac wanted me to shoot his album Me Against the World, he told me to get in touch with the art director in New York. By the time I went there to meet, they had already given the assignment to someone else. What’s funny is I had already taken what would later become the most iconic imagery of Tupac. So when you look at the more famous portraits of Tupac like him tying his bandanna and the Rolling Stone cover, I had already created those pictures before I went to meet the art director to discuss the album. No one knew at the time that the photos I took of him would be the images people remember and not the ones they used on the album. In a way you end up getting your justice if you wait long enough When I set out to take these photographs I knew they were important. I wanted to make sure the images stayed within the community. I wanted to make sure the person who created them was from the community. Historically that never really happens. Most of the visuals of the greats are owned and controlled by other people. That’s tricky because then they can put their interpretation on it. But when you look at my photographs, I’m there with them. I’m one of them even though I’m an observer. I was close enough to live it and I had the skills to document and record it. I had four sessions with him, and since we were close he let me in close. It’s friends hanging out with friends and there just happened to be a camera present. You can see the closeness and the warmth because I didn’t really look at my subjects as just celebrities. I saw them as young black guys like me. It allowed me to get closer and it allowed them to be comfortable and just be who they were. I offered no judgment. I was just there to document and make people look good. Even though I was the creator of these images, I’ve always felt more like the caretaker of them, because he was the world’s Tupac, not just my photo subject. He burned bright when he was here and his flame continues to glow. Thank you for being the voice of the voiceless, Tupac. Rest in peace, brother. Excerpted from Tupac Shakur: Uncategorized by Chi Modu, a 200-page hardcover book featuring over 100 powerful images of Tupac Shakur. : makaveli-immortalized: Tupac Shakur with Chi Modu Over the years, people have always said that my images of Tupac let them see a side of him beyond the Thug Life image, more about the human being. Before he was loved by the world, he was a young man trying to make his way in a society that is extremely cruel to the less fortunate. He made it his mission to speak for those in his community who needed to hear “keep your head up!” As I travel the globe, I’m amazed at how many people have told me that Tupac saved their lives. His words and passion inspired a generation, and these pictures that we created together help to keep that inspiration alive. It’s always sad when people die young, but if you leave behind the kind of legacy that Tupac did, you never actually die. You remain forever in the hearts and minds of people for generations to come. I knew that about him when we first spent time together in Atlanta, Georgia back in 1994. We both knew the importance of images and we set out to do a thorough job, not knowing what the future would hold. He died two years after that meeting in Atlanta, but his words and these images are all part of his lasting legacy. When I met him on location in Atlanta in ’94 he was quite cooperative and a really nice guy. It was a shoot for The Source magazine, and he arrived early. Tupac was the ultimate professional, and he respected my time and my skills. The public might not know that about him. They think he was just this crazy guy who had no real limits, but he completely understood who he was, and if he understood what you brought to the table, he was easy to deal with. In fact, we got along great. I think a lot of people want to buy into the ‘thug life’ image and the younger side of him, because he was still a young man. Let’s be clear, you kind of forget the ages of these folks. To be so prolific and so young, and have so much power — it’s hard to imagine Even with all the childishness — which I believe was age appropriate in a lot of ways—when you throw power and money in there, even with all that, he had a lot of care and love for his community and for the less fortunate. He always spoke on behalf of black people who were struggling. Even though he wrote songs that many would consider typical hip-hop party music, he also included a lot of black empowerment in his lyrics — “Brenda’s Got a Baby,” “Dear Mama” — which I believe is why women liked him. They loved him because he was real and he cared. We knew the silly side of him too, but who isn’t silly at the age of twenty five? So that never surprised me when he did the zany stuff. He was young and full of power in a world that’s biased against blacks, so what do you expect? Normally when I would see Tupac, I would always think of him being on blast — excited and moving at a hundred miles an hour. But when I first met him he wasn’t really like that. It’s funny how everyone always thinks about Tupac and the ladies, but I never really saw him chasing women that much. He was much more focused on his mission. I think that’s what made him stand out so much from his peers. Because while everybody was partying, this man was trying to make sure he created his legacy. And so here we are decades later talking about the man as if he’s still around. I don’t think you can take lightly the fact that this is two decades later and we’re still talking about this man. After we finished his first Source cover shoot in Atlanta, we went back to his home in Stone Mountain, GA to hang out. He called me aside and showed me his entire gun collection in his bedroom—all his AKs, banana clips, Glocks, everything. Then he moved a picture on the wall in his bedroom, revealing a bullet hole. This was from when he fired a shot in his bedroom because he was on probation and prohibited from going to the firing range. We all laughed afterwards. We would’ve all been in our 40s together, but he never got to his 40s, he didn’t even see his 30s with us. So that’s quite a body of work and experience that he put in during his short time on this Earth. He was one of the few stars who could cross over without compromising his roots. Tupac wasn’t going to compromise, that wasn’t him, but Versace still wanted to use him for their campaign. It’s funny when I see rappers trying to do that sort of thing. I think when you start to move in those commercial circles they make you change yourself to fit. You lose your authenticity, but Tupac wouldn’t allow that of himself. He took the streets with him wherever he went. The portrait shots of Tupac, like the one that’s on the cover of the book, were actually done with a 4x5 camera, which is a view camera. It’s the camera where you put the curtain over your head to focus. It’s large format. It sits on a tripod, and you put the film in, come out from behind the camera, you click it, then you switch the film. Kind of like the old style cameras. At that session in Atlanta, I photographed Tupac with my 4x5 with no assistant. It was just me and his people. When you shoot using a 4x5 you’re really very close to the subject. I was no more than three or four feet from him. I’m there but the gap between us is the camera, even though I’m right there with them. When you’re that close to someone frame after frame, that’s really how they get to know you. You’re almost breathing on each other, and I’m telling him, ‘Lift your head, bring your eyes down.’ I’m giving him instructions so he can look better. Once you spend hours with someone like that, you know them forever. I’m looking at every pore on your face. I’m on your team. In doing that first photo shoot in 4x5, I think that’s what made Tupac so comfortable with me because I was looking in his eyes, he was looking in mine at the same time, and real recognizes real. Once we got to that place we were cool. He gave me pictures he didn’t give anybody else and he said, ‘These are for you, Chi.’ Everybody knows the Thug Life Tupac, and we know that well. But they don’t know the Tupac in the quiet moments. Like that picture of him tying his bandana over his head, the profile shot. That’s an outtake. He was fixing his bandana with a cigarette in his mouth but he was relaxed enough around me where I could just photograph him. As a result you see a picture of a much more gentle Tupac. For me gentle and soft are not the same thing. Tupac was gentle but you wouldn’t dare step to him. He was prepared to take it where it needed to go. He wasn’t afraid. That’s who he was to me, and we got along from the first time we met. We were cool, so I got access to him that no one else could get. Tupac wanted me to shoot his album Me Against the World, he told me to get in touch with the art director in New York. By the time I went there to meet, they had already given the assignment to someone else. What’s funny is I had already taken what would later become the most iconic imagery of Tupac. So when you look at the more famous portraits of Tupac like him tying his bandanna and the Rolling Stone cover, I had already created those pictures before I went to meet the art director to discuss the album. No one knew at the time that the photos I took of him would be the images people remember and not the ones they used on the album. In a way you end up getting your justice if you wait long enough When I set out to take these photographs I knew they were important. I wanted to make sure the images stayed within the community. I wanted to make sure the person who created them was from the community. Historically that never really happens. Most of the visuals of the greats are owned and controlled by other people. That’s tricky because then they can put their interpretation on it. But when you look at my photographs, I’m there with them. I’m one of them even though I’m an observer. I was close enough to live it and I had the skills to document and record it. I had four sessions with him, and since we were close he let me in close. It’s friends hanging out with friends and there just happened to be a camera present. You can see the closeness and the warmth because I didn’t really look at my subjects as just celebrities. I saw them as young black guys like me. It allowed me to get closer and it allowed them to be comfortable and just be who they were. I offered no judgment. I was just there to document and make people look good. Even though I was the creator of these images, I’ve always felt more like the caretaker of them, because he was the world’s Tupac, not just my photo subject. He burned bright when he was here and his flame continues to glow. Thank you for being the voice of the voiceless, Tupac. Rest in peace, brother. Excerpted from Tupac Shakur: Uncategorized by Chi Modu, a 200-page hardcover book featuring over 100 powerful images of Tupac Shakur.

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