AFENI SHAKUR DIES AT AGE 69
Afeni Shakur Davis, the mother of hip-hop’s most seminal and iconic figures, has died at age 69 in Marin County, California. Though she is best known as Tupac Shakur’s mom, she was also a Black Panther as a young adult and an activist and philanthropist in her later years.
Afeni’s life is consumed with keeping Tupac’s legacy alive — and her latest effort is the June 11 grand opening of the Tupac Amaru Shakur Center for the Arts.
The $4 million project is focused on helping at-risk youth. It revolves around a six-acre campus in the Atlanta suburb of Stone Mountain that includes an art gallery, rehearsal area, offices, gift shop and a “peace garden.” There are plans to add a museum, community meeting space and classrooms. A bronze statue of Tupac will be unveiled in one of the peace garden’s fountains in September.
According to Afeni’s attorney, Dina LaPolt, who co-produced the Oscar-nominated documentary “Tupac: Resurrection,” about 80 percent of the center’s cost came from the foundation Afeni set up to receive proceeds from her various Tupac albums, movies, DVDs and other projects.