Nzingha Shakur Opens Up About Family Legacy and Life After Tupac

By Chakku HaruPublished on: May 6, 2024 Updated on: May 6, 2024
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Nzingha Shakur is the step-sister of the legendary Tupac Shakur and the daughter of Dr. Mutulu Shakur. Her father, a prominent figure in the Black Power and New Afrikan freedom movements, spent over three decades as a political prisoner in the U.S. Throughout her life, Nzingha has faced significant challenges, from the loss of her brother Tupac to navigating the long and arduous process leading up to her father’s parole, which was eventually granted on December 16, 2022, just months before his death.

Here’s more on what we know about Nzingha, her current whereabouts, and her relationship with her multiple siblings.

She Now Lives in Texas

Born on May 16, 1981, Nzingha currently resides in Grand Prairie, Texas. She also served as an assistant manager at Family Dollar in Irving, Texas from 2019 to August 2021.

Nzingha's recent photo from her Instagram.
Nzingha has been a Texas resident for many years. (Image: Instagram)

Prior to that, she was a transportation specialist with On The Go Logistics from March 2018 to April 2020, working across the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex.

Furthermore, she was self-employed in carpentry and agriculture in Northern California from May 2014 to January 2018. Her earlier career includes a role as a payroll specialist at Paychex Agency Inc. in Irving, Texas, from December 2010 to April 2014.

She also worked in the non-profit sector as a case manager at Huckleberry Youth Programs in San Francisco from October 2008 to June 2010. It allowed her to advocate for patients and develop non-profit programs.

As for her academic background, Nzingha earned her Bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Public Relations from McMurry University. In college, she was actively involved in student affairs and served as a resident assistant. She graduated from Nimitz High School in Irving, Texas, in 1999.

Nzingha after her high school graduation.
High School graduation.

Her Parents Married in 1982

Nzingha is the daughter of Mutulu and Makini Shakur, who were married in 1982 and reportedly divorced in 2010. Makini, from Bear Creek, Texas, previously worked at General Motors. She was also an international flight attendant with American Airlines.

The Shakur family.
With her parents and siblings including her brother Chinau. (Image: Instagram)

She completed her high school education at MacArthur High School and later pursued Anthropology at the University of North Texas.

Nzingha Shakur Has Five Siblings

She grew up with her younger biological brother, Chinua Shakur. She also has four additional half and step-siblings from her father’s multiple relationships. These are Mopreme Shakur, a former member of the hip-hop group Thug Life, and Sekyiwa Shakur, who is the president of The Tupac Amaru Shakur Foundation. Talib Shakur serves as the executive director of “Truth & Reconciliation: Dr. Mutulu Shakur.”

Additionally, Ayize Jama-Everett is recognized for his work as an author and teacher.

Nzingha’s late step-brother, Tupac Shakur, a legendary figure in the hip-hop music industry and son of Billy Garland and Afeni Shakur, was tragically killed on September 13, 1996.

Nzingha, Tupac, Set Shakur, and more.
The Shakur siblings with Mutulu. 

She Is Very Proud of Her Big Brother Mopreme

Nzingha holds immense pride for her brother Mopreme, a rapper and producer who has significantly impacted the hip-hop industry. In August 2023, Mopreme also expressed his deep connection to hip-hop in an interview with Billboard, stating, “For those who grew up in our generation, hip-hop was our hope, our dream, our creation, our baby. It is something that brings us pride and affirmation of the power of our voices to connect with the world. Our creation came from the ground up and it has fed our communities. Hip-hop is our culture, our love, and most of us don’t give a damn who likes it or not. We’re the rebels whose art became a force and went on to inspire the world. Hip-hop and its legacy mean power to me. Long live hip-hop!”

Soon after, Nzingha also took to Instagram to celebrate her brother’s articulate expression of what hip-hop means to him. She shared his statement with a caption, “soooo very proud of my big bruh!! @mopremeshakur.”

She Shares Insights on Her Father Dr. Mutulu’s Imprisonment Ahead of Parole Hearing and His Death

Nzingha posted an article, “My Blood is a Million Stories: On Being the Child of a Revolutionary, Dr. Mutulu Shakur,’ on her dad’s official website. In the article, she deeply explores her connection with her father, Mutulu, a figure she has only ever known within the confines of prison. Her narrative reveals the stark realities of growing up as the child of a revolutionary, marked by brief and heavily monitored visits, never experiencing ordinary moments like phone calls or sunlight walks with her father.

She wrote,

I was thinking about the last time I saw Mutulu. It’s a harsh reminder to me when I think about the fact that I’ve never known my dad in any other context outside of prison, even back to my first memory. His every entrance into my life since I can remember has always been the same … coming from behind those steel bars, he stops so the officer can take off the chains.

She elaborates on the limited nature of their interactions,

I’ve never seen him for more than four or five hours at a time. You only get so many hours of visitation. I’ve never seen him standing in the sunlight, never seen him standing in grass; I’ve never seen him in anything other than a prison uniform.

Further detailing the constraints, Nzingha adds,

We’ve never had a phone conversation that wasn’t recorded, written letters that weren’t read before they reached his hands or given hugs that weren’t closely watched

Dr. Shakur, incarcerated in the maximum-security ADX Florence in Colorado—known for its stringent solitary confinement policy—faced a life where his interactions with the outside world were minimal and always under strict surveillance.

His journey through the parole system had been fraught with challenges and delays. Initially, his first parole hearing in 1996 was denied without any justified reason, a decision later criticized by a court.

Despite a recommendation for due process, the parole board delayed convening for another six years, finally meeting in 2002. At this meeting, they denied parole again and imposed a lengthy 15-year wait before he could request another hearing.

Mutulu’s struggle for freedom and due process continued until November 10, 2022, when the Parole Commission, acknowledging his severely declining health, granted him parole effective December 16, 2022. He was released on this date. However, his freedom was short-lived; he passed away from terminal bone marrow cancer on July 7, 2023, roughly eight months after his release. He was 72 years old.

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