We’re assuming it takes one tough-ass bitch with a raging set of beliefs and unflinching intestinal fortitude to stand up to the late Tupac Shakur, so that’s why we’re hot on Rashida Jones.
The late rapper raised the ire of the then-18-year-old Jones when he openly criticized her parents’ interracial marriage in an interview with The Source magazine, stating the union produced offspring that were “all mixed and fucked up because they were biracial.”
The gloves soon came off. And Jones, the daughter of media mogul and musician Quincy Jones, came out swinging, trashing Shakur in a personal letter, the contents of which will not be disclosed. However, circumstance being the bitch that she is, the two were forced to reconcile their differences when Shakur became engaged to Jones’ sister, Kidada, before his death.
But there’s more to The Office actress and star of the new movie I Love You, Man. The 1997 graduate of Harvard, where she lost the passion for becoming a lawyer as a result of the O.J. Simpson trial and subsequently studied religion and philosophy, has played a major philanthropic role in promoting peace among youths as a board member for the International Peace Games. And then there’s her Grammy Award-winning contributions to her father’s autobiography, numerous musical accomplishments, including singing backup on Maroon 5’s debut album Songs About Jane, and a nomination for an NAACP Image Award.
And Jones has an image that’s all her own—and more than worthy of acknowledgment. Sadly, though, loud-mouth rappers haven’t been the only ones to attack Jones’ unique look, which includes a seductive hodge-podge of Cherokee, Jewish, Irish, and Portuguese.
But through it all, the defiant and proud Jones has chosen not to retaliate to her critics’ attacks, instead opting to proudly embrace her biracial roots.
“The thing is, I do identify with being black, and if people don’t identify me that way, that’s their issue,” Jones said in a 2008 interview with Women’s Health. “I’m happy to challenge people’s understanding of what it looks like to be biracial, because guess what? In the next 50 years, people will start looking more and more like me.”
That would be nice.