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I found this interesting article on Tupac's sister, while I was looking for information on someone I'm about to interview today 5pm. It's from 2006, but its an interesting read.
Sekyiwa "Set" Shakur
As Told to Tanisha Blakely, AOL Black Voices,
Posted: 2006-08-30 15:19:00
Tupac's Sister Tells Her Story
When I was growing up my mother [Afeni Shakur] was going through depression. Her brain was cut off at a certain point, when I needed it. Her fighting times were when Tupac [Shakur] was being developed, between his birth and 13. All this stuff happened between Assata Shakur being broken out [of jail].
My father [Mutulu Shakur] is in jail for breaking Assata Shakur out of prison. This happened when I was 5.
"I'm bipolar. I battle with depression and suicide on a daily."
I've been hospitalized twice. After I left the hospital, I went through intensive therapy for three years, going to the therapist three times a week. I moved to Sausalito, California, where there was nothing but high class white people. They didn't even know who Tupac was. I really needed to separate myself from the black community and it was almost like I was in refuge there. I was able to build my spirit back.
When we moved back to Atlanta, where my family was, is when I was able to put all of my tools in play. So, just coming back home around black people, coming back to society and seeing the difference from how I was, before I went to the hospital, and how I am now and how I walk in my own faith and my own spirit. I'm not Afeni's daughter, or Tupac's sister, or Mutulu's daughter, I'm my own being and I'm powerful.
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"When I was young me and my mama had beef
Seventeen years old kicked out on the streets
Though back at the time, I never thought I'd see her face
Ain't a woman alive that could take my mama's place
Suspended from school; and scared to go home, I was a fool
with the big boys, breakin all the rules
I shed tears with my baby sister"- Lyrics from Dear Mama