Jada Pinkett-Smith has written a note reflecting on the passing of Afeni Shakur, the mother of her late-friend, rapper Tupac Shakur.
She shared the heartfelt message on Facebook today (May 3), which paints Afeni as a loving mother to all and a wise friend who remained calm, cool and collected during any rough spots in life.
“Today I woke up to the news that Afeni had passed,” she started the post with. “My first thought was of Sekyiwa and the entire clan that loved Afeni. Then I remembered that I was in NY to attend a Mother’s Day event named after a song written about Afeni, Dear Mama. My heart tightened and then all kinds of memories flooded in. I quickly remembered how calm Afeni was especially during any crisis. She always had a way of making me believe all would be well.
Pinkett-Smith also recalls some of the best memories she shared with Afeni, where she noticed that she and her son (who had passed by this point) were very similar.
But my fondest memories of Afeni was spending time with her at Jasmine Guy’s house as Jasmine was writing Afeni’s book. Tupac had passed, and now I was a business woman, wife, and a mother and we could talk real and I mean really real. I got to see where Pac got his passion, his ideals for equality and justice but most of all his depth of thinking. Afeni was a giant in her own right. Today she is reunited with her son and Sekyiwa has two majestic angels to look after her. One for each shoulder. Rest in peace Afeni, and give Pac a hug and a kiss from me.”
Afeni Shakur passed away on Monday morning from suspected cardiac arrest at the age of 69.