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Tupac Shakur, the iconic entertainer whose life was tragically cut short, continues to receive the recognition that eluded him during his lifetime.

Recently, a segment of MacArthur Boulevard in Oakland, where the rapper lived during the ’90s, was officially renamed ‘Tupac Shakur Way’ on November 3. 

As reported by NBC Bay Area, the designated stretch of MacArthur Boulevard between Van Buren and Grand Avenues now bears the name of the legendary artist. A heartfelt ceremony marked the occasion, attended by Tupac’s family, friends, and devoted fans. 

Tupac’s sister, Sekyiwa “Set” Shakur, expressed, “On these streets, you can’t mention my brother’s name if you are still taking a Black man’s life.”  

“It’s a moment that I know my brother would be proud of. Establishing love and peace in the Oakland community especially mattered to him. Being able to represent safety to his people mattered to him.” 

In May, the city council unanimously approved the street’s renaming, a tribute to the controversial artist who left a lasting mark on Oakland during his early 1990s sojourn. In a 1993 video interview, Tupac attributed his “game” to Oakland, saying, “When I got to Oakland, that’s when I learned the game. I give all my love to Oakland. If I’m a claim somewhere, I’m a claim Oakland.” 

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Interestingly, the renaming ceremony coincided with Duane Keith “Keffe D” Davis pleading not guilty on November 2, according to The Associated Press. County special public defenders Robert Arroyo and Charles Cano were appointed to represent Keffe D, who had not secured legal representation. The judge assured the defendant that he would not face the death penalty. 

Tupac’s tragic demise occurred on September 13, 1996, after he was shot multiple times in a drive-by shooting in Las Vegas on September 7, 1996. He had been in town to attend a boxing match featuring Mike Tyson and remained in a coma for six days before passing away at the young age of 25. 

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