Words By Kidada Jones
"Tupac was the love of my life.
My father didn’t like Tupac at first. Tupac said in an interview in the The Source magazine, “Interracial couples. Quincy Jones is disgusting. “All he does is stick his dick in white bitches and make fucked up kids.” That made Daddy mad. My sister wrote back a nasty letter to The Source and they printed it. Not only that, two white girls in San Francisco wrote letters to the editor that said, If you don’t like white people, what about when you hung with us?” Anyway, I met Tupac at a club after that and he said, “I want to apologize to you. I didn’t mean that about your dad or you. I didn’t see you as real human beings. Now that I see you…” He was all game. He was trying to get a play, let’s face it, but I liked him. I didn’t tell my dad about it, because I thought there’d be trouble.
We started dating steadily, and one night Tupac and I were sitting in a booth at Jerry’s Deli in LA and these two hands slammed down on Tupac’s shoulder from behind. We jumped up, and there was Dad standing there. He said to Tupac, “I need to kick it with you for a minute.” This was the first time they’d met, so he took Tupac to a booth and they sat and got real for a long time. They stood up and hugged when it was over and they got along fine from then on. Tupac was excited because him and Snoop Doggy Dogg hoped to do this movie that Dad was producing called Pimp, based on the Iceberg Slim book that every other rapper in America also wanted to do. He never got to it, though.
He and I lived together for four months and then he was murdered in Las Vegas in 1996. It was the most horrible thing that ever happened to me.
I knew we should’ve never gone to Vegas that night. I had a horrible feeling about it. I’ve gone over it in my mind a million times. It wasn’t supposed to happen. We weren’t supposed to be there. It was the worst possible thing that could’ve happened –I still to this day don’t know who shot him. I wasn’t able to say goodbye. It’s not something that should happen to anyone.
We were at the Luxor Hotel and he went to a party. He said, “I’m not taking you. There been a fight with a Crip and it’s not safe. So you stay here.” So I waited in our suite for him to come back. I lay down and was going to sleep when I got a call. They said, “Pac’s been shot.”
I was like, “Okay.” He’d been shot five times before that. I said “Where was he hit? In the leg, an arm? No big deal.” When I got to the hospital that handed me a bag of bloody clothes and jewelry and told me, fusions and he is in the ICU hanging by a string.”
I got a blanket from the hospital and circled the parking lot for nine hours. I said, “There’s no way gonna die. There’s just no way.” I walked around there till the sun came up and I had to keep my head down because I felt like I was going to projectile vomit all over the place. I wanted to explode, just come out of my skin. I was in complete physical shock.
My mom was in New York and she flew down to Vegas. Here’s my white Jewish mom, you know, praying with Pac’s family, the ghetto family for real, you know? She’s doing praying sessions with this conjure lady from Tupac’s family who had called me and Tupac just a week before, telling us, “I see Tupac settling in Vegas.”
I said “There’s no way he’s settling in Vegas.”
And then, a week later, he was definitely settled in Vegas. For good. He died at 4:30 P.M. a few days later. For a while afterward, I didn’t want to be alive. I was on my back, literally on my back for months. My father underestimated how that affected me and shaped and molded me as a human being. In a way, accepting Tupac was his way of acknowledging- my pain, and my struggle to find myself- and for that I love him.”
— from The Autobiography of Quincy Jones
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Do you drink tea? There are many ways to consume the world’s most popular (after water, of course) beverage. And beyond drinking tea when you wake up or enjoying it with toast for breakfast, there are tea varieties that have been associated with wellness and medicinal benefits for generations.
Some of the most popular medicinal teas include:
- Green Tea
- Chaga Tea
- Black Tea
- Pu-Erh Tea
- White Tea
- Chamomile Tea
- Hibiscus Tea
- Rooibos Tea
Read on to learn a bit about each of these teas:
Green tea is often mentioned in health and wellness circles, as it is a great addition to your wellness regimen. It is lower in caffeine than many tea varieties and with its high antioxidant count, is sometimes associated with Cancer prevention, facilitating digestion, healthy metabolism, good heart health, and more.
Chaga doesn’t come from the Camellia Sinesis plant like most teas. It is a mushroom that grows on birch trees in cold climates, like Siberia. Chaga tea comes from brewing Chaga mushrooms into a fine powder. Chaga is also used topically in creams and oils. Chaga is known for having a high antioxidant value and potential health benefits related to the immune system. It is commonly used as a home remedy for cold and flu symptoms and a number of other conditions. It’s continually being looked at for many health benefits.
Black tea has a place in nearly every home’s pantry and is common in many countries around the world. Whether you like a strong cup of black tea with lemon, honey, a bit of milk, or sugar, you’re doing your body a favor by regularly drinking it. There are significant health benefits for your lungs, blood flow, cholesterol levels, and more. Black tea is also available in many varieties, so you can benefit from a vast array of flavors.
Pu-Erh tea is getting a good dose of attention from TV talk shows and celebrity endorsements because of its potential weight loss benefits. But this fermented tea isn’t just good for those wanting to slim down; it’s good for cholesterol and also has some significant antimicrobial properties.
White tea is known for a low caffeine rate and a light and silky taste. It’s can help you fight strep and staph infections, counteract tooth decay, and has some anti-aging properties as well.
Many who want help relaxing after a tough day look to a cup of chamomile tea. The tea comes from distillation of chamomile plants and its consumption is known for anti-stress results and has been studied as a treatment for Cancer.
Hibiscus infusions are consumed in a number of cultures. The flowery beverage, consumed either hot or cold, is renowned for improving blood pressure and cholesterol numbers.
Oolong tea, also referred to as wulong tea, is revered for potential help with weight loss. This tea is part of the camellia sinesis plant, and the partially fermented tea has a woodsy flavor. Beyond weight loss benefits many consume it for beauty reasons, as it’s said to be good for the skin.
Rooibos tea, often referred to as red tea, is known to help with digestion. This fermented tea is strong flavored, good for an energy boost, and offers a great deal of nutrients. Rooibos tea is known to help improve the health of one’s cardiovascular system, liver, and teeth.
The above list of medicinal tea benefits is not exhaustive. A bit of research can help you see why it’s advantageous to drink tea more often. Of course it’s not intended to replace a visit to a doctor, but if you talk to your doctor about upping your tea consumption there’s a good chance he or she will agree with you.
There are some delicious and beneficial tea varieties listed here. Why not experiment and try some? Consider adding an afternoon tea to your regimen or replacing one cup of coffee with one of these great teas.
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