Trust. We know. It’s only May and it seems that so many celebrities have already passed on this year. And today, less than two weeks after Prince’s death, Tupac’s mom, Afeni Shakur, died.
The subject of his popular 1995 track, “Dear Momma,” which topped the Billboard charts at number 3 and remained on the chart for 20 weeks, Afeni was involved in the movement for social change and civil rights in the 1960s. A member of the Black Panther Party, Afeni — born Alice Faye Williams — changed her name during the movement to Afeni Shakur, which means “lover of people” in the Yoruba language.
“I miss his being,” she said in a past interview with 2Pac.com. “He was my son and I miss him as my baby, my boy, who I loved, respected, appreciated. He was my friend.” With Mother’s Day only five days away, perhaps this is bittersweet — mother and son meet again.
Stay prayed up for her family and friends, y’all.