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“Dear Mama…”

Posted by J. Tinsley on April 29, 2010

There are people in this world whose stories will never truly be told. Tupac Shakur is one of them. No amount of documentaries or TV specials or movies can ever accurately do his life true justice. He meant so much to so many people that grasping one true account of his life is damn near impossible.

Since Pac’s passing occurred when I was only 10, and even though I was a fan then, my true appreciation for the man, his work and his life did not evolve until years later. As music has taken over my life, one person who has always been near the top of my “people-I’d-love-to-have-an-in-depth-convo-with” is actually his mother, Afeni Shakur. Thanks to her son, I was afforded a small glimpse into the type of woman she was – flaws and all. She was strong, yet vulnerable. She was outspoken, yet silent at times. And for as many occasions as she and Pac may have had their “times,” his love for her and her love for him never faltered.

I’ve always wanted to ask what her life was like. She was a Panther, but also a woman who fell victim to her demons. Incredibly articulate is an understatement. I wanted to know how she felt on a day to day basis watching her son grow into one of the most polarizing figures the world has ever seen. I also desire to know what it was like receiving the call her son survived five bullets only to be sentenced to four years in a maximum security prison the very next day. Such a whirlwind of emotions for the matriarch of a controversial offspring.

The protagonist in arguably Pac’s most honest record has endured so much during her 63 years. Like mothers across the country, her child’s murder still remains unsolved. But unlike so many across the country, she has to live with that burden in the public eye. All the conspiracy theories surrounding Pac’s last breath in Las Vegas in September 1996 must have taken a toll on her at some point. We will likely never know until someone takes the time to tell Afeni’s story.

Which is exactly why I will not be the one to judge Afeni’s recent run in with the law.

Afeni Shakur Davis, 63, of the 2900 block of Crystal Lane in Lumberton, was charged April 16 with felony possession of marijuana, maintaining a vehicle, dwelling or place for a controlled substance and simple possession of a controlled substance. Bail was set at $10,000.

She is currently out on bond, according to court records.

All jokes aside, Afeni broke the law, so that will play out however the courts deem appropriate. But it’s the law she has been at odds with her entire life – for better or worse. Wishing Ms. Shakur the best as she deals with this latest hurdle is an understatement, she deserves all that and more.

Keep ya head up, Afeni.

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