|Born||Alice Faye Williams
January 22, 1947
Lumberton, North Carolina, U.S.
|Children||Tupac Shakur (deceased), Sekyiwa Shakur|
Afeni Shakur (born Alice Faye Williams; January 22, 1947) is an American music businesswoman, philanthropist, political activist and Black Panther. She is the mother of the late rapper Tupac Shakur. She acted as her own criminal defense attorney after being accused of taking part in numerous bombings as a member of the Panthers.
Involvement in the music industry and philanthropy
Exactly one year following Tupac's death, with the money made from Tupac's posthumous albums, Afeni founded the Georgia-based Tupac Amaru Shakur Foundation, which provides art programs for young people, and Amaru Entertainment, the holding company for all Tupac's unreleased material. She has also since launched a fashion clothing line, Makaveli Branded; all proceeds go to his charity, the Tupac Amaru Shakur Foundation.
Injunction against Death Row Records
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Shakur was reportedly in Federal Court on July 20, 2007, to file an injunction to prevent Death Row Records from selling any unreleased material from Tupac after the company failed to prove that the unreleased songs were not part of its bankruptcy settlement. She created a record label named Amaru Records to release Tupac's unreleased recordings. Afeni Shakur won her court case against Death Row Record to receive 150 unreleased songs by her son.
Guest Appearances, Lectures, Etc.
In addition to philanthropy work, Shakur has made guest appearances, lectured, and more, traveling the US. On February 6, 2007, she gave the Keynote Address for Vanderbilt's Commemoration for Black History Month. Her address can be heard here: Afeni Shakur's Keynote Address 02-06-07
- Guy, Jasmine (2004). Afeni Shakur: Evolution of a Revolutionary. New York: Atria Books. p. 5.
- Moscow-Pullman Daily News (Jul 26, 2007) Tupac's mother tries to stop Death Row sale of unreleased tracks Retrieved 2010 May 17