Thursday, June 16, 2022 will be / would have been Tupac Shakur’s 51st birthday. (Is it mind-boggling to think that Shakur would have been only 51? Yep.) To mark the occasion, Milwaukee Film’s Black Lens program is preparing a two-night celebration in honor of the fallen icon, including a 30th-anniversary screening of Juice, and a career retrospective/discussion/dance party.

First, Juice. See Shakur as Bishop (and Omar Epps as Q, Samuel L. Jackson as Trip, and…) in this 1992 classic, screening for one night only at the Oriental Theatre on Thursday, June 16, at 7 p.m. General admission tickets are $12, and are on sale NOW.

Next, the rest. On Friday, June 17 at Company Brewing, Milwaukee Film’s “resident Tupac Historian,” Chief Innovation Officer Geraud Blanks, will be joined by former Source editor-in-chief Bakari Kitwana for a discussion of Shakur’s life, career, and legacy. The event, dubbed “The Life And Times Of Tupac Shakur: An Artistic Retrospective,” will also feature interactive contests like “Tupac Trivia” and “Finish The Lyrics,” and a ’90s/’00s hip-hop afterparty courtesy of DJ Bizzon. The free, 21+ event begins at 8 p.m. Find more info HERE.

Both events are part of Social X’s Homecoming Week, set for June 12-19. Homecoming Week features a host of events “promoting career development, community impact, and the mental, physical, and social wellness of young professionals of color.” Find more info about that HERE.

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