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Pop-Up Restaurant Is Directly Inspired By Tupac Shakur’s Designs

Conspiracy theorists who freaked out every time deceased rapper Tupac Shakur would posthumously release new music will probably have their antennas up now that Pac is opening up a restaurant on the 20th anniversary of his death.

Okay, so he’s obviously not opening it up himself, but the concept was all his, in the form of  Take 3 Burgers in Fresno opening a one-day pop-up restaurant September 13th, bringing the “Thug Life” rapper’s dining plans to life, according to 2DopeBoyz.

Before Shakur died, he wanted to open a spot called Powamekka Cafe, where all the dishes would be inspired by his rapping colleagues. Pac had made some sketches and even had menu ideas lined up, which are exactly what the restaurant will be based on.

Tupac’s sketches weren’t too intricate, but the most notable part of the drawing was the restroom design, where the doors were labeled, “Divas” and “Playaz,” both admittedly appropriate for the ’90s feel.

A couple of the menu items have been revealed, including a “California Love Chicken Sandwich,” and “Thug Passion Cake Pops,” both of which give obvious nods to the rapper.

The sandwich looks pretty dank, and the cake pops sound interesting, but let me see  Hennessy in the menu so I know it’s real.

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Tupac Narrates Inspiring New Powerade Commercial Starring Derrick Rose [Watch]

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Powerade grabbed a powerful verse from an old Tupac Shakur poem and icorporated it in a moving commercial featuring oft-injured NBA superstar Derrick Rose.

The poem was called, “The Rose That Grew From Concrete” and the verse used says:

“You see, you wouldn’t ask why the rose that grew from the concrete had damaged petals.

On the contrary, we would all celebrate its tenacity.

We would all love its will to reach the sun.

Well, we are the roses. This is the concrete. These are my damaged petals. Don’t ask me why… ask me how.”

As Tupac recites the poem throughout the 1-minute video, a young man representing Chicago Bulls star Derrick Rose is shown riding his bike through the streets of Chicago, Illinois, passing by police cars, damaged streets and just as damaged houses.

The kid eventually reaches the United Center, where the Chicago Bulls play, and he just stares at it.

The clip then shows Derrick Rose as an adult, walking through the dark, empty arena, drinking a blue Powerade and staring at the basketball court. The commercial ends with a quote saying, “We’re all just a kid from somewhere.”

Derrick Rose just suffered a pretty bad knee injury this week, so it makes sense for sponsors to take his real life tragedy and spin them into an optimistic advertisement.

Check out the video for yourself and tell me you if you got goosebumps as well:

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White Chefs, Black Culture, and the Latest Culinary Faux Pas

There have been a few articles floating around about former Top Chef contestant Mike Isabella’s hip-hop-themed dinner menu. Many people are upset about certain menu items like Thug Rice, a seafood risotto, and Milk Chocolate Chip Blunts, a—I’m not really sure what these are.

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Personally, the recently removed menu is mostly offensive in its very basic application of black coding. People like Isabella and the Thug Kitchen vegans curse a lot or use very elementary “ebonics,” but consistently miss the flair mark by several miles.

I always had a feeling Thug Kitchen was not actually run by people of color/lower class standing for this exact reason (and, you know, because they’re vegans).

To be clear, this type of vernacular is not totally exclusive to black people; it’s been affectionately shared with those who know about #thestruggle on a real level. When people of relative affluence/significant class mobility start using this language, however, they get into trouble because they are capitalizing on a lifestyle that typically does not bode well for those within it.

By slapping words like “thug” on your kitchen or black-dyed risotto, you take a representation of a (usually) black person (read: criminal), make light of that representation, and then profit off it.

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I’m glad you asked Anon:

Cultural appropriation of black coding aside, Isabella was trying to launch this dinner on the first business day of Black History Month. It feels like his heart was in the right place and the menu could have easily been more insensitive, but no one gets gold stars for being a light racist.

The right way to make this menu work: find out what Biggie and Tupac liked to eat and recreate those dishes, make some George Washington Carver peanut glaze, and try to actually be respectful of an entire culture that’s arguably in the greatest pressure cooker since the entire Rodney King debacle.

H/t & screengrab Washington City Paper