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Arguably the best hip-hop lyricist of all time, the late and legendary Tupac Shakur was born to Afeni Shakur and Billy Garland, who were both active members of the Black Panther Party in its prime.  Afeni was charged with multiple felonies during the late ‘60s for allegedly conspiring to bomb public places in New York.  All of the charges were later dropped.



The British dance and electronica artist M.I.A, who has been nominated for both Grammy and Academy awards, is the daughter of former activist Arul Pragasam.  As one of the founding members of the Eelam Revolutionary Organisation of Students (EROS), Arul was actively involved in the Tamil independence movements in the 1970s.