WOW!!! Just a few weeks ago the music world was shaken with the untimely passing of one of music’s greatest gifts known as Prince. This morning another music legend in her own right passed away, that being the mother of the late, great rap superstar Tupac Shakur.
Although Afeni Shakur did not make music directly, she is most notably known for her business expertise regarding the distribution and marketing of her son, Tupac Shakur’s legacy. In the late 90s she challenged Suge Knight and Death Row records and won an appeal to exclusively own the rights and forward facing direction of Tupac’s legacy after his death on September 13, 1996.
Initial reports lead to the notion that Afeni Shakur passed away due to natural causes earlier this morning. Shakur was born Alice Faye Williams on January 10, 1947 in Lumberton, North Carolina. Being raised in the turbulent times and in the segregated south pushed Afeni to identify and support causes that celebrated black empowerment and black progression.
Tupac was once quoted saying “My momma used to always tell me, if you can’t find something to live for, then you better find something to die for.” Mrs. Afeni found her purpose in life and gave back to the community through the various organizations she intertwined herself with. Her involvement and imprint on this earth will be long felt as she was an adamant Black Panther, philanthropist and amazingly robust business women with the capacity to pinpoint and define goals. To say the least, she was a powerful force that had the rare ability to make things happen exactly how she wanted them to!
Afeni spearheaded an arts program for young youth named after her fallen rap legend son, Tupac Shakur. The Tupac Amaru Shakur Foundation, a Georgia-based company provided a platform for youth to explore the arts and creatively express themselves utilizing the many mediums art offered. This was just one of many endeavors conquered by Afeni, she was also the brains behind the mother company that controlled all of Tupac’s music that was released post death named Amaru Entertainment. Afeni further exemplified her business skills as she ensured all proceed generated through album sales and the sales of the ‘Makaveli’ clothing brand were trickled into the Tupac Amaru Shakur Foundation.
In homage of Afeni Shakur and the magnetism she invoked on the world, this afternoon/evening take a moment to listen to “Dear Momma” by Tupac Shakur!!!