A new Tupac Shakur visual museum – Wake Me When I’m Free – opened in Los Angeles on Friday.
And on Sunday pop superstar Madonna decided take her daughter Mercy James, who’s a native of Malawi, on the interactive exhibit, as way to educate her on the legendary hip hop star, who was gunned down and killed in a drive-by shooting in Las Vegas in September 1996.
‘Introducing Tupac and love of books and words and poetry to Mercy James on her birthday, #wakemewhenimfree LA Live!’ the proud mother wrote across the bottom of a photo of herself and her daughter, who just turned 16.
Madonna, 63, took her daughter Mercy James to the new Tupac Shakur art exhibit – Wake Me When I’m Free – in Los Angeles on Sunday
In the first photo of the pair, Madonna (born Madonna Louise Ciccone), 63, can be seen standing in front of one of media exhibits with her arms crossed.
With a confident look on her face, the Like A Prayer star is dressed dark-colored casually-cool in a long coat and sweatpants.
She also dons a pair of black-frame glasses and has part of her dyed blonde tresses styled into braids.
Introduction to his artistry: The proud mother says she wanted to educate Mercy on Shakur’s ‘love of books, words, and poetry’
Sharing the moment: Dressed dark-colored casually-cool in a long puffer coat and sweatpants, the Like A Prayer star also stuck a pose with her daughter in the gallery that showcases the legendary hip hop star’s many poems and lyrics
Mercy James mimics her mother by crossing her arms dressed in a faded black Nirvana t-shirt with light blue jeans and white sneakers.
She has all of her long raven locks pulled into braids that fall past the middle of her back.
The mother-daughter duo also kneeled down in the part of the exhibit that showcases the many poems and song lyrics Tupac wrote out in his own handwriting. It’s part of a room dedicated to all of his written works, which includes about 280 pieces of paper, in Shakur’s signature handwriting, from screenplays to poems to early songs.
The Rebel Heart singer-songwriter also struck a pose in front of a large image of the late rap superstar, whom Madonna reportedly had a romance with just before his death at the age of just 25.
The Rebel Heart singer-songwriter also posed in front of a large photo of Shakur
More works: Madonna posted more words written out by Shakur in his own handwriting
How the legacy of one of rap’s foremost artists was going to portrayed at the exhibit rested largely in the hands of Shakur’s mother, Afeni Shakur, who has since passed away in 2016.
Before her death, she worked with organizers to make sure the exhibit examined things like her son’s activism— and how he was ‘doing God’s work,’ according to The Undefeated.
And while Wake Me When I’m Free documents Shakur’s time in the studio, and the artistry he produced, although sometimes controversial, the true intention of the interactive tour is to peel back the layers on his early life and its revolutionary roots.
There are also different galleries that highlight the revolutionary life he was born into with his mother, and their association with the Black Panthers, as well as a ‘prison experience’ that brings to light Shakur’s time in a maximum-security penitentiary.
Mother’s touch: How the portrayal of one of rap’s foremost artists was portray was largely due to his mother, Afeni Shakur, who has since passed away in 2016
Deep thoughts: Madonna posted one of the late Shakur’s poems about ‘God’
One day earlier, Madonna marked Mercy’s birthday by posting a video on Instagram that captures some of the special moments they have shared together over the years.
‘Happy Birthday Chifundo Mercy James!! The Kindest, Most thoughtful, most Magical Girl on the Planet!!!!!!!! There is no one like you! #sweet16,’ she gushed in the caption.
The clip showcases mother and daughter together dating back to when she was a young girl.
There’s even one image of Mercy sharing a hug with sister Lourdes Leon, 25.
Along with Mercy and Lourdes, who’s her biological daughter, Madonna is mother to adopted children: David, 16, Stelle, nine, Estere, nine, and her biological son Rocco, 21, whom she shares with ex-husband Guy Ritchie.
One day earlier, Madonna marked Mercy’s birthday by posting a video on Instagram that captures some of the special moments they have shared together over the years
Gushing: The artist called Mercy one of ‘The Kindest, Most Thoughtful, most Magical Girl’s on the Planet’ in the caption of the video montage
Sisters: There’s even one image of Mercy sharing a hug with sister Lourdes Leon, 25
Working it: Mercy appears to strike a pose in many of the images
Adoption: Madonna adopted Mercy James from Malawi when she was four-years-old