Omoye Assata Lynn, also known as Assata Shakur, first came to the attention of law enforcement in 1973 when she and two other members of the Black Liberation Army opened fire on four New Jersey State Troopers.
1) She went to New York University
Omoye Assata Lynn is a Nigerian-American activist and writer. She is an advocate for African culture, women’s rights, and youth empowerment.
She moved to New York City in the late 1960s to study at New York University. There she met and was influenced by Malcolm X as well as Black Power leaders such as Stokely Carmichael, H. Rap Brown, Huey P. Newton, Bobby Seale and Angela Davis.
Lynn graduated from NYU in 1973 with a bachelor’s degree in education.
2) She is a comic book fan
Omoye Assata Lynn is a comic book fan. She loves to read, but she’s been reading comics for years. I’m not ashamed to say I love comics, she says on her website. It’s just that now I make them. Her favorite characters are Storm and X-men and she is currently writing the character of Misty Knight for Marvel Comics. In her spare time, she likes to knit dolls with complicated patterns and paint portraits of people who were influential in her life.
Omoye Assata Lynn is not just an award winning writer, artist, producer and CEO. The woman behind the name has many other passions as well. When she isn’t making comics or working on something else for DC or Marvel Comics, you can find her knitting dolls with complicated patterns or painting portraits of important people in her life.
3) She had her screen debut in 2002
Omoye Assata Lynn is an actor and writer who has been in the film industry since 2002. Her first role was as a police officer in the comedy, Friday After Next. She also appeared in Soul Plane, The Matrix Reloaded, and The Matrix Revolutions.
She played a principal in the school drama series, Lincoln Heights. In 2012, she played a female doctor on medical drama series, Hawaii Five-0 and started her own production company. As of 2016, she’s currently filming for the upcoming movie, Avengers: Infinity War with other stars such as Scarlett Johansson and Robert Downey Jr.
4) She was nominated for best supporting actress for Boys Don’t Cry
Omoye Assata Lynn was nominated for the 1999 Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role as Cheryl in Boys Don’t Cry. But to mainstream America, she is best known as one of the core members of Black Lives Matter, an organization that advocates and educates on issues surrounding racism and police brutality.
5) She won best supporting actress at the Black Reel Awards in 2010
Omoye Assata Lynn won best supporting actress at the Black Reel Awards in 2010. This was a major accomplishment because she was only a freshman in college at the time. She studied business administration and applied her talents to acting by joining the theater program at Howard University as soon as she enrolled.
While there, she took part in many on-campus productions and even served as president of the Student Union Board for two years. After graduating, she continued to study acting with New York’s School for Film and Television before moving to Los Angeles to pursue her career full-time.
6) Her real name is Omoni Oboli
Omoye Assata Lynne, better known as Omoye, is a Nigerian-American actress, singer and songwriter. She is best known for her roles in the films The Lottery Ticket (2010), The Family That Preys (2008) and Four Brothers (2005). Oboli was born on November 7, 1978 in Lagos State to Nigerian parents. Her father, who was a native of Ibadan and lived in Lagos where he worked as an engineer with the Shell Petroleum Company while her mother was from Oshogbo.
7) In 2016, she became one of Nollywood’s highest paid actresses
1. Omoye Assata Lynn was born on 18 November 1973 in Lagos Nigeria.
2. She attended St John’s Primary School, Alakija, Oshodi and Delta State University, Abraka but did not graduate from either.
3. She graduated from the London Academy of Media and Acting in 2000 with a BA in Performing Arts: Acting and began her career with roles in high-profile British soap operas such as Coronation Street and Eastenders.
4. To date, she has over 150 credits on IMDb under ‘Omoye’ or ‘Omobona’.
8) The movie that brought her recognition in 2006 was Half of a Yellow Sun.
Omoye Assata Lynn, also known as Assata Shakur, was born in Jamaica, Queens. She is a black activist and author who was convicted of first-degree murder in 1977, but escaped from prison in 1979. In 2013 the FBI added her to their Most Wanted Terrorists list. She was named one of 100 Women Who Shake The World by Oprah Winfrey and Glamour magazine.
9) Her first husband was killed in an auto accident. Later she remarried.
Omoye Assata Lynn, who became known to the world as Assata Shakur, was born on July 16, 1947 in Queens, New York. Her father was a tenant farmer and her mother a domestic worker and nurse. She attended Catholic elementary school and high school.
In 1967 she married James Mosely, Jr., with whom she had two children. When her husband died in an auto accident in 1973, she remarried with Elmer Geronimo Pratt. In 1977 Pratt was sentenced to life imprisonment at the age of thirty-seven years for murder.
10) Notable movies include Memories and Half Of A Yellow Sun
Omoye Assata Lynn was born in 1947. Her father was a college professor and her mother was a public school teacher. She grew up in Chicago, where she attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Boston University. She is an actor, writer, poet and activist for women’s rights and black liberation. Some of her notable films include Memories (1972) and Half Of A Yellow Sun (2013).