On June 7, the music icon, actor and activist was honored with a star on Hollywood Boulevard in the presence of family, friends and fans.
Sekyiwa "Set" Shakur, Tupac Shakur's sister, became emotional while speaking at her late brother's recent Hollywood Walk of Fame ceremony. The crowd erupted in applause as Shakur's younger sister delivered an emotional speech. The "Still I Rise" rapper, also known as 2Pac, was killed in a drive-by shooting on September 13, 1996, at the age of 25. On June 7, the music icon, actor and activist was posthumously honored with a star on Hollywood Boulevard in the presence of family, friends and fans, reports NBC News.
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"As the proud sister of Tupac Amaru Shakur, the daughter of Mutulu and Afeni Shakur, it fills my heart with honor to stand here today representing the Shakur family," Sekyiwa said as she began her speech. The rest of it was about praising her brother for achieving his dreams before his death.
"Tupac knew deep down that he was always meant for something great," she said. "And as his little sister, I had the privilege to watch that greatness unfold. From the first time he stepped foot on the stage of the Apollo Theater at 13 years old, before anyone recognized his name, he knew he had the dream to have a star here on the Walk of Fame." As she choked up, Sekyiwa added that his star represents his mark on the music industry and "the lasting impact he’s had on this world."
"Today, we’re not just honoring a star on the ground. But we’re honoring the work and the passion that he has put into making his dreams come true. His heavenly star will shine a little brighter today," she said while holding back tears. "And once again, he has made us all extremely proud. We love you, Tupac."
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Big Boy, the event's emcee, also gave a moving tribute and introduced writer and activist Jamal Joseph and "Dear Mama: The Saga of Afeni and Tupac Shakur" director Allen Hughes to the podium. Hughes, whose FX docuseries followed the rise of the two revolutionaries, emphasized the significance of Tupac Shakur joining other legendary hip-hop artists on the Walk of Fame this year, including Queen Latifah and Snoop Dogg.
He also discussed the creation of his docuseries. "How fitting in the year of hip hop’s 50th anniversary, that the art form’s most transcendent star is finally being placed on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, right? What an incredibly complex human being and artist Tupac is. When making the film series ‘Dear Mama,’ I was desperately searching for the melody in Tupac’s journey. When you look around the world and you see those murals of him in Africa, Asia, South America and Europe. Then one day it hit me," the filmmaker shared.
Hughes stated that while making the film, he realized that the rapper's legacy extends beyond music. He praised the "Keep Ya Head Up" actor for everything he has accomplished while having a humble upbringing in Harlem. Afeni Shakur, Tupac and Sekyiwa's mother died in May 2016 at the age of 69.
"Tupac Amaru Shakur has become a global symbol of rebellion, a symbol as visible and important as Malcolm X and Che Guevara. And an inspiration for activists today... Indeed, the entire world feels Tupac’s message. I am beyond humbled and honored to be here to witness his family and loved ones receive this honor. Thank you," Hughes told the crowd.