May 4, 2016

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Jada Pinkett Smith Pays Tribute to Afeni Shakur: 'She Was a Giant in her Own Right'

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Jada Pinkett Smith is expressing her admiration for Afeni Shakur after her passing on May 3. The actress, who was a very close friend with Tupac, paid tribute to the iconic rapper's mother with a Facebook message. She recalled memories of spending time with Afeni at Jasmine Guy's house and how much of a "giant" she was.

Smith began her succinct but heartfelt message with,

"Today I woke up to the news that Afeni had passed. 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."

Along with being Tupac's mother, Afeni was known being a former Black Panther and partaking in political activism. She also founded the Tupac Amaru Shakur Foundation in Georgia in 1997. Read Jada Pinkett Smith's tribute in full below:

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