Tupac Shakur’s sister, Sekyiwa “Set” Shakur, gave an emotional speech at her late brother’s Hollywood Walk of Fame ceremony. Tupac was posthumously given a star on Hollywood Boulevard as family, friends, and fans paid tribute to his legacy. Tupac was shot in a drive-by shooting and later died at the age of 25 on September 13, 1996. Sekyiwa praised her brother for accomplishing his dreams before his death and said his star represents his mark on the music industry and the lasting impact he’s had on the world. Tupac’s stepfather, Mutulu Shakur, was released on parole from a 60-year prison sentence in December 2022 and has an advanced form of cancer.
As mentioned in NBC News, Tupac Shakur’s sister Sekyiwa “Set” Shakur gave an emotional speech at her late brother’s recent Hollywood Walk of Fame ceremony. The event, which took place on June 7, posthumously honored the music icon, actor, and activist for his legacy. As family, friends, and fans paid tribute to Tupac, Sekyiwa became emotional while speaking about her brother.
“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,” she began. The “Changes” rapper was shot in a drive-by shooting and later died at the age of 25 on September 13, 1996. Tupac and Sekyiwa’s mother, Afeni Shakur, died in May 2016 at 69.
Mutulu Shakur, who was also the late artist’s stepfather, was released on parole from a 60-year prison sentence in December 2022, NBC News reported. The 72-year-old, who has an advanced form of cancer, was incarcerated for racketeering, robbery, and robbery murder charges. His supporters claim he was a “political prisoner” due to his association with the Black Liberation Army.
Sekyiwa “Set” Shakur spent the rest of her speech praising her brother for accomplishing 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,” she continued. She said 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,” she added, while holding back tears. “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.”
As the audience applauded, she concluded, “And once again, he has made us all extremely proud. We love you, Tupac.”
Radio host Big Boy, who emceed the event, also delivered a touching tribute and introduced writer and activist Jamal Joseph and “Dear Mama: The Life and Legacy of Tupac Shakur” author Kevin Powell.
Tupac Shakur’s legacy continues to live on, inspiring generations of fans and artists alike. His impact on the music industry and the world at large is undeniable, and his Hollywood Walk of Fame star serves as a lasting tribute to his talent, passion, and dedication.