‘Dear Mama’ Trailer Looks Back on Lessons Afeni Shakur Taught Tupac About Life (Video)

FX released the teaser trailer for Tupac Shakur docuseries Dear Mama on May 8, 2022. (Credit: FX)

In observance of Mother’s Day, FX released the teaser trailer on Sunday for Dear Mama, a new docuseries about hip-hop icon Tupac Shakur and his mother Afeni Shakur.

The trailer begins with a photo of a newborn Tupac in his mother’s arms.

“It was my responsibility to teach Tupac how to survive his reality. So, Tupac would do something wrong, [and I would say] ‘take your little sorry self in that corner, get the New York Times and let’s have a debate about it.’ Not a discussion, a debate,” the late Afeni Shakur says in a voiceover.

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The five-part docuseries comes from Emmy Award-nominated director Allen Hughes (The Defiant Ones) and FX Originals.

Here’s the official description: “Told through the eyes of the people who knew them best, Dear Mama is an intimate wide-angle portrait of the most inspiring and dangerous mother-son duo in American history, whose unified message of freedom, equality, persecution and justice are more relevant today than ever.”

First announced in 2019, the series was authorized by Tupac Shakur’s estate. The agreement granted Hughes access to Tupac’s recordings, as well as his poetry and writings.

Hughes co-directed the 1993 film Menace II Society with his brother, Albert Hughes.

Tupac originally had a role in the film but was fired by Allen Hughes amid tensions on the set. The firing led to Tupac and Hughes getting into a fight, and the director pressed charges for assault and battery. Tupac was found guilty and spent 15 days in jail.

The “Dear Mama” and “All Eyez on Me” rapper is considered one of the greatest hip-hop performers in history.

His voice was silenced after he was shot multiple times during a driveby on the Las Vegas Strip on Sept. 7, 1996. He died from his injuries several days later at age 25.

Afeni Shakur was a political activist, philanthropist and former member of the Black Panther Party. She served as executor of Tupac’s estate and died in May 2016. She was 69.

Watch the teaser trailer for Dear Mama below.