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Afeni Shakur Davis, the activist mother of slain
rap legend Tupac Shakur, has died at the age of
69. She was the subject of his iconic “Dear
Mama” song and controlled his estate. Marin
County Sheriff’s deputies and firefighters
responded to Shakur’s home in Sausalito,
California Monday night after she suffered a
possible heart attack, the sheriff said. She was
taken to a local hospital and died just before
10:30 p.m on Tuesday. Marin County Sheriff’s Lt.
Doug Pittman said; “at this point, there is nothing
to indicate to us that there was any foul play,
nothing suspicious about this other than this
being sadly a natural event that has occurred.” He
said Shakur was in the company of a friend when
she began to feel sick, “she was experiencing
some type of physical discomfort”. “Attempts
were made to try to remedy those problems at
home, but when they got more severe, it was at
that time the family friend called 911 and asked
for medical help. “Paramedics arrived around 9:30
p.m. and immediately began to provide Cardio
Pulmonary Resuscitation, she was rushed to
Marin General Hospital, where she was treated for
about an hour before she died,’’ Pittman said. The
investigation had been turned over to the
coroner’s division, where officials would speak to
family members about Shakur’s recent health
history and research her medical records to
determine whether an autopsy was needed. “This
is a tragic loss to this community,” Pittman said.
Shakur, born Alice Faye Williams, changed her
name when she moved to New York City and
joined the Black Panther Movement. She and
other party members were arrested in 1969 and
charged with conspiracy to bomb multiple busy
city landmarks. After her son’s 1996 shooting
death, Shakur took over the late rapper’s estate,
which reportedly earns about 900,000 dollars
each year. Dina LaPolt, a California Attorney who
handled Tupac Shakur’s estate for nearly 10
years, fought back tears as she described Shakur,
who inspired the lawyer to open up her own firm
in 2001. “She’s an advocate, she’s an activist.
She taught me never to compromise your values,
to always fight for what you believe in,’’ LaPolt
said. The lawyer developed a close professional
relationship with Shakur, who LaPolt described as
“one of the smartest people I’ve ever worked with,
she also influenced my personal life’’. “I met her
when I was 91 days sober, now I’m 18 years
sober, she was very, very instrumental in my life.
I carry her with me to this day.” Earlier this year,
Shakur filed for divorce from her husband of 12
years, Gust Davis, and was in a legal battle over
her son’s estate, TMZ reported. Davis demanded
half of the monthly 20,000 dollars Shakur took
home every month. In 2014, Shakur co-produced
“Holler If Ya Hear Me,” a Broadway jukebox
musical featuring her son’s works. A movie about
Tupac’s life, “All Eyez on Me,” is set for release in
November, with Danai Gurira cast as Shakur.
Shakur served as an executive producer for the
film.

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Lake Malawi, Malawi

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Lake Malawi, Malawi

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Lake Malawi, one of the largest lakes in the world, was dubbed “Lake of Stars” by Dr. David Livingstone, who trekked here a century and a half ago.

The lake has more tropical fish than any lake in the world — 1,300 species — and the freshwater diving is great.

The bio-diversity has been recognised by UNESCO, which has made Lake Malawi National Park, the world’s first freshwater park, a World Heritage Site.

More info at www.malawitourism.com

 

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Nyiragongo Volcano, Virunga National Park, Eastern Congo

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Nyiragongo Volcano, Virunga National Park, Eastern Congo

Eastern Congo

A whopping two kilometers wide and usually containing a lava lake, Nyiragongo Volcano is one of Africa’s most active volcanoes, with an eruption in 2002 displacing half a million people.

More info at www.volcanolive.com

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Bazaruto Archipelago, Mozambique

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Bazaruto Archipelago, Mozambique

Mozambique

The 10-minute helicopter ride across the Bazaruto Archipelago to the Azura Retreats lodge on Benguerra Island is worth it in its own right. The destination is the icing on the cake.

This award-winning boutique hotel set on a remote desert island is set within a Marine National Park, giving the chance to see whales, dolphins and dugong.

More info at www.azura-retreats.com

 

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The Southern Cross, Zambia

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The Southern Cross, Zambia

The Southern Cross Zambia

 

This iconic formation in the night sky is best seen from the Southern Hemisphere, and few spots offer better vantage points than on an open-air safari in Luangwa, Zambia.

The constellation has appeared in various cultures in various ways, not least with a reference in the Australian national anthem.

More info at www.normancarrsafaris.com

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