Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Afeni Shakur - Black Panther, Activist, Philanthropist and yes, mother of Tupac

Afeni Shakur (Jan 10, 1947 - May 2, 2016) was the mother of Tupac but was a force in her own right. She acted as her own lawyer when accused of taking part in bombings attributed to the Black Panthers. A year after her son's killing, she founded Tupac Amaru Shakur Foundation, from the proceeds of her son's posthumous records, to provide art programs for young people. She then built Amaru Entertainment, the holding company for all of her son's unreleased material, unreleased material that she had to fight Death Row Records for in court. Her son was talented but this woman stayed in the background. People do tend to remember the player more than the coach. 

Not a shy, retiring flower but not a shrew either, this lady could get things done. All the while having given birth to a poet. Actress Danai Gurira of The Walking Dead is set to portray her in a Tupac biopic. Fitting choice, Hollywood! Were you really thinking for a change? Or was Zoe Saldana busy?

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