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Tupac News Dina LaPolt Speaks on Tupac Resurrection
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Written by Robert ID933   
Saturday, 26 February 2005 17:26

New Paltz former resident Dina LaPolt, who co-produced the Oscar-nominated "Tupac: Resurrection," (Documentary Feature) was told about the nomination by a teary-eyed Afeni Shakur; the mother of late rap icon Tupac Shakur..

"I was in France at a conference and I was sitting in the Majestic Hotel lobby with friends and my phone rang and it was Afeni Shakur crying and I''m like, ''Oh, my God, what's wrong?'' because it's 5 a.m. her time," LaPolt said. "She yelled, ''We were nominated for the award!'' and then it all clicked. I''m saying, ''It's Jan. 25! It's Tuesday, Jan. 25! We were nominated for an Academy Award!!! We were nominated for an Academy Award.''"

A music major at SUNY New Paltz, LaPolt enrolled in law school when she was 27 and packed up and moved to Los Angeles in 1997 to get an entertainment-law job. Her first client was Afeni Shakur.

LaPolt was instrumental in helping untangle more than $13 million in assets and unpaid royalties that were frozen by Tupac's record and publishing companies. She also put the deal together with MTV to produce the movie and cut deals with all the rap and hip-hop artist who appear in the movie and on the soundtrack. Because of her hard work, Afeni Shakur thought it only fair that LaPolt got co-producer credits.

"We''re grateful we even made it this far," said LaPolt. "I was home in New Paltz for Christmas and I got a call from one of Afeni's employees who said we made the short list. We were one of 12 and we were so excited then," LaPolt said. "It's a real elitist category. We didn''t think it would happen. When we got it, everybody was in shock."

She won''t be in attendance at the awards tonight, but is hopeful about winning.

"It's an incredible piece of art told in Tupac's words beyond the grave. It's amazing. I think our big competition is 'super Size Me.'' I hope we win."

"This whole experience is just too incredible. We''re really, really, really grateful."


*TLA Admin. Note: We of the hip-hop community are the one’s who are grateful for all those who worked on this project to bring Tupac to life again thru his words. We all pray that the hard work they all put into making this film for us is rewarded. Our prayers are with you. Win or loose an Oscar – our love for everyone involved will not waver. We are all appreciative for all the work that brought us this ‘moment’ with your and our beloved Tupac Shakur. Thank you so much. You are all appreciated.

Tupac News Dina LaPolt Speaks on Tupac Resurrection

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