Janet Jackson (born May 16, 1966) is an American singer, songwriter, actress, and dancer. She is noted for her innovative, socially conscious and sexually provocative records, as well as elaborate stage shows. Her sound and choreography became a catalyst in the growth of MTV, enabling her to rise to prominence while breaking gender and racial barriers in the process. Lyrical content which focused on social issues and lived experiences set her reputation as a role model for youth.
The tenth and youngest child of the Jackson family, she began her career performing at the MGM Grand. She appeared in the variety television series The Jacksons in 1976 and went on to appear in other television shows throughout the 1970s and early 1980s, including Good Times, Diff'rent Strokes, and Fame. After signing a recording contract with A&M Records in 1982, she became a pop icon following the release of her third and fourth studio albums Control (1986) and Rhythm Nation 1814 (1989). Her collaborations with record producers Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis incorporated elements of rhythm and blues, funk, disco, rap, and industrial beats, which led to crossover success in popular music.
In 1991, Jackson signed the first of two record-breaking multimillion-dollar contracts with Virgin Records, establishing her as one of the highest-paid artists in the industry. Prior to her first studio project with Virgin, she appeared in her first of several lead film roles in Poetic Justice (1993). Her two studio albums which followed, Janet (1993) and The Velvet Rope (1997), saw her develop a public image as a sex symbol.
Janet Jackson landed her first movie acting role in the 1993 John Singleton film Poetic Justice alongside Tupac Shakur, not long after she'd signed a lucrative deal with Virgin Records. At the time, the pop icon was married to director/songwriter René Elizondo Jr., whom she wed in 1991. Although Tupac was upset about being asked to take a AIDS test, according to her she and Tupac worked well together and had a high level of respect for each other's careers. The two stars shared a kiss near the end of the film and there's no denying there was a clear connection. Unfortunately Tupac was actually very disappointed when Janet changed her number the very first day after completing the movie.
Heather Keisha Hunter (born October 1, 1969), nicknamed Double H, is an American rapper, painter, author, and pornographic actress. She is a member of the AVN and XRCO Halls of Fame. Hunter was born in The Bronx, New York, to a funeral salesman. She left home at 16 and supported herself by working as a clerk at the Latin Quarter, one of the first downtown/midtown clubs to play rap. At the age of 18, she answered an ad in The Village Voice for striptease artists. Pictorials in Players and Swank followed. Subsequently, the offers to appear in pornographic films started to emerge. She made an appearance on Tupac music video How Do You Want It (Playboy Version) in April 1996.
Jada Pinkett Smith (born Jada Koren Pinkett; September 18, 1971) is an American actress and talk show host. She is co-host of the Facebook Watch talk show Red Table Talk, for which she has received an Daytime Emmy Award. Time named her one of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2021.
Pinkett Smith landed her big break on the sitcom A Different World in 1991. She went on to star in films such as Menace II Society, The Nutty Professor, Set It Off, and Scream 2 before her prominent contributions to The Matrix Reloaded, The Matrix Revolutions and the animated Madagascar films. She returned to television with starring roles on Hawthorne and Gotham. Her other acting roles include Magic Mike XXL, Bad Moms, Girls Trip, and The Matrix Resurrections.
Pinkett Smith had a close friendship with rapper Tupac Shakur which was formed when they were both attending the Baltimore School for the Arts. She appeared in his music videos Keep Ya Head Up and Temptations. She also came up with the concept for his California Love music video and had intended to direct it, but she removed herself from the project. In 1995, she contributed $100,000 towards Shakur's bail as he awaited an appeal on his sexual abuse conviction. Pinkett Smith stated in the 2003 documentary Tupac: Resurrection that he was "one of my best friends. He was like a brother. It was beyond friendship for us. The type of relationship we had, you only get that once in a lifetime.
On October 17, 2023 Jada released her book Worthy which chronicles her life—from a rebellious youth running the Baltimore streets as an observer and participant in the drug trade, to the deep bond she shared with Tupac Shakur from the moment they met, to her move to Los Angeles and the successful career she built on her own terms, to becoming the wife of superstar Will Smith and mother to Jaden, Willow and bonus-mom to Trey . A rollercoaster from the depths of suicidal depression to the heights of self-acceptance and spiritual healing, Worthy is a woman’s journey to finding herself again.
Adina Marie Howard (born November 14, 1973 is an American singer and songwriter. She rose to fame during the mid-1990s with her debut album, Do You Wanna Ride? and her debut single, "Freak like Me". Some of her other minor hits include "What's Love Got to Do with It?" (with Warren G), "(Freak) And U Know It", "Nasty Grind", "Freaks" (with Play-N-Skillz and Krayzie Bone) and "T-Shirt & Panties" (with Jamie Fox)
According to Adina Tupac taught her how to roll a blunt. She also supported him by appearing on the Temptations music video while Tupac was incarcerated.
Arnelle Simpson (born on December 4, 1968) is the daughter of former football player O. J. Simpson. She started hogging the limelight when she became involved in her father’s 1994-95 murder trial. She stood by her father throughout the trial, which culminated in his acquittal. When O. J. Simpson was arrested in 2008 on account of robbery charges, she once again stood by her father and demanded his release. According to Papa G Tupac called his mother and asked her guess who I f*cked? OJ Simpson daughter!
Angel Kelly (born December 7, 1962) is a retired pornographic actress. With Jeannie Pepper and Heather Hunter, Kelly was among the first African-American women to "cross over" into mainstream porn video. She is a member of the AVN Hall of Fame. In 1996, Kelly and Heather Hunter appeared in the music video of Tupac Shakur's How Do U Want It.
Desiree Smith grew up in Brooklyn and Hell's Kitchen New York City. During her teenage years she would attend many night clubs. She met Tupac at a club called the MUSE in 93. A friend of hers wanted to go with Desiree to a club where Bobby Brown was performing. But instead of meeting Bobby Brown she ran into Tupac in the middle of a crowd. The two had a on and off relationship for 2-3 years. When Tupac got incarcrated she went to visit him numerous times.
Jara Everett born in Belzoni, Mississippi and growing up in Chicago…. Jara Everett was destined for greatness!
At the tender age of eight, Jara was writing, acting and studying voice. In 1994, she joined “S.T.O.P.”, a female singing group from Chicago signed to Columbia Records. In 1995, she entered the Miss Illinois Pageant where she was crowned Chicago’s Most Beautiful Girl. Jara hooked-up with as many “industry” and “celebs” as possible, at least that’s what her autobiography suggests. And she hooked up with Tupac too. Here are a few quotes from her book Jump Off: The Real Truth including sex stories with R. Kelly amongst others. This is what Everett said about Tupac — "I would have to say my favorite was Tupac. He was so down to earth and he was a different person behind closed doors.”
Cheryl Renee James (born March 28, 1966) better known by her stage name Salt, is an American rapper and songwriter. She is best known as a member of the American Grammy–award winning female rap trio Salt-N-Pepa, which also includes Pepa (Sandra Denton) and Spinderella (Deidra "Dee Dee" Roper). James starred in The Salt-N-Pepa Show, a reality TV series focusing on reforming the group; which aired on the VH1 network in 2008.
Tupac and Cheryl devolped a good friendship with each other. He appeared on the music video Whatta Man ft En Vogue as Salt lover. The group Salt N Pepa also appeared in the music video Temptations. According to Rock The Bells, the iconic artist wrote a letter while he was in prison in 1995. Titled “4 What it’z Worth," the writing addressed Salt-N-Pepa group member Cheryl “Salt” James.
Documenting the challenges he faced while growing up in New York and the resilience he displayed after being shot five times, Tupac sent an uplifting message to Salt.
“He felt like the whole world was turning against him and he was unjustly in prison,” Salt told Rock The Bells. “I told him that he could turn away from negativity and turn away from sin. He could have this new relationship directly with God.”
Shakur responded with his poem and letters, expressing appreciation for the singer’s support and admiration for how much the duo accomplished together in music. The rapper also revealed that he’d be dedicating his song “Keep Ya Head Up," to Salt’s daughter, Corin.
Faith Renée Evans (born June 10, 1973) is an American singer. Born in Lakeland, Florida, and raised in New Jersey, she relocated to Los Angeles in 1991 for a career in the music business. After working as a backing vocalist for Al B. Sure! and Christopher Williams, she became the first female artist to contract with Sean "Puff Daddy" Combs' Bad Boy Records in 1994 at age 20. On the label, she featured on records with several label mates such as 112 and Carl Thomas, and released three platinum-certified studio albums between 1995 and 2001: Faith (1995) and Keep the Faith (1998), and Faithfully (2001).
Hip hop fans will never forget the most infamous diss track: “Hit Em Up” by Tupac Shakur. In the song, Tupac claims that he slept with The Notorious B.I.G.'s wife, Faith Evans. Evans has always denied it but many people don't believe Evans' story. In 2008 Faith released a book Keep the Faith: A Memoir. She tells the story about the love affair that changed her life, her encounter with Tupac Shakur and the innuendo that rocked the hip-hop world to its core. From her passionate and tragically short-lived life with Biggie.