2Pac and his mother Afeni Shakur were a special kind of mother-son duo. As a Mother’s Day treat, fans of the late artist and activist were blessed with the first look at an upcoming docu-series that will tell their true origin story.
On Sunday, May 8, FX released the first trailer for its new docu-series, Dear Mama. The brief video clip starts off with narration from Ms. Shakur herself as she describes how she raised her son, Tupac, into the artist that left an unforgettable mark on the music industry. Their stories will be told, “through the eyes of the people who knew them best.”
“It was my responsibility to teach Tupac how to survive his reality,” Shakur says. “So, Tupac do something wrong? Take his little sorry self in that corner, get The New York Times and let’s have a debate about it. Not a discussion; a debate. Let me hear what your idea is. Stand up, defend it.”
Directed by Menace II Society creator Allen Hughes, the five-part docu-series is scheduled to be released this fall. The show, which was originally known as Outlaw: The Saga of Afeni and Tupac Shakur, is set to detail 2Pac’s come-up as an inspirational musician and Afeni’s efforts for the Black Panther Party. According to Deadline, the series resumed production in late 2020 after the pandemic slowed things down. Hughes was initially contacted to do the series after Afeni’s passing in 2016.
Each episode will debut on FX and will hit Hulu the following day. The series is set to arrive ahead of the Afeni Shakur biopic produced by actress Jasmine Guy. Watch the trailer for Dear Mama up top.
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