In celebration of Mother’s Day, FX released a brief teaser for the upcoming docuseries Dear Mama, centered around the late 2Pac and his mother, Afeni Shakur.
The teaser for the five-part docuseries, named after 2Pac’s 1995 hit song, doesn’t show much aside from a voiceover from Afeni describing a lesson she taught her son when he was younger. “It was my responsibility to teach 2Pac how to survive his reality,” Shakur says in the clip. “So, 2Pac do something wrong, 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. Let me hear what your idea is, stand up, defend it.”
FX describes Dear Mama in its press release as being “told through the eyes of the people who knew them best.” It’s directed by Allen Hughes, whose previous directorial credits include the HBO docuseries The Defiant Ones, about the partnership between Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine, as well as films like The Book of Eli and Menace II Society, which were directed with his brother Albert.
2Pax was killed in a drive-by shooting in Las Vegas in 1996. Afeni, who became the executor of his estate following his death, created the now-shuttered Tupac Amaru Shakur Center for the Arts in Georgia in his honor. “Arts can save children, no matter what’s going on in their homes,” she said, per CNN. “I wasn’t available to do the right things for my son. If not for the arts, my child would’ve been lost.”
Afeni died in 2016 after deputies were called to her California home amid reports of a “possible cardiac arrest.” She was 69 years old.