The mother of late rapper and actor Tupac Shakur faces charges of felony possession of marijuana in North Carolina.

Afeni Shakur, 63, is also charged with maintaining a vehicle, dwelling or place for a controlled substance and simple possession of a controlled substance, in her hometown of Lumberton, N.C . She is currently out on a $10,000 bond.

According to The Fayetteville Observer, she was charged April 16 and is due back in Robeson County District Court on May 10.

TuPac talked about his mother’s battle with drugs in his popular single “Dear Mama” when he said “and even as a crack fiend, mama, you always was a Black queen.”

Shakur, born Alice Faye Williams, founded the Tupac Amaru Shakur Foundation following her son’s death in 1996. Based in Georgia, the charity organization provides arts and education programs for youth and annually hosts a performing arts summer camp for young people from troubled homes.

Shakur told MTV News in 2005 that the arts foundation was inspired by her difficult past.

“When Tupac was 13 and I was homeless, Tupac was in the 127th Street Ensemble right here in New York,” she told MTV News. “Those people, I believe, saved his life. So what we try to do is be that for the next generation of young people.”

The proceeds of Makaveli Branded, a clothing line Afeni launched and named after one of TuPac’s albums, all go toward the Tupac Amaru Shakur Foundation. Afeni also founded Amaru Entertainment to manage the music her son did not release. Several albums were released on Amaru Entertainment after TuPac’s fatal shooting in Las Vegas.

A former member of the Black Panther Party in the 1960’s and 1970’s, Afeni was arrested for withholding information that federal officials needed to arrest members of the Panther 21—Black Panther Party members who were arrested in New York City and charged with conspiracy to blow up the city’s Botanical Gardens and department stores. She was pregnant with Tupac while held in prison on the charges, before serving as her own lawyer and being acquitted.

 

MelanieR.Holmes

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