A single mother raising my daughter on my own in a world that denied and ignored me, Brenda’s Got a Baby, the 10th track of 2Pacalypse Now, was the first song that ever truly spoke to me. Long before this poet rose to fame as one of the most enigmatic rappers of his era, his lyrics were both steeped in reality and uplifting.
When I gave birth to Meggy at the age of 12, I looked into her little face and envisioned her graduation from the 8th grade. That was as high as I could imagine. This singular powerful image in the midst of an extremely difficult time had a profound effect on the course of my life.