Dear Mama – The Saga Of Afeni & Tupac Shakur Biography is on the way on April 21, 2023
“Dear Mama – The Saga of Afeni & Tupac Shakur” is a biography that tells the story of Afeni Shakur, a political activist and former member of the Black Panther Party, and her son Tupac Shakur, one of the most influential and controversial figures in hip hop history.
Early footage of a teenage Shakur plays in the trailer, and highlights him talking about his mother’s teachings. “My mother taught me to analyze society and not be quiet. My mother was a Black Panther and she was really involved in the movement,” he said.
Afeni’s Black Panther work resulted in her and Tupac having an awkward relationship at times, the rapper shared as a teen: “We never spent time together because she was always speaking and going to colleges. And then after that was over, it was more time spent with me. And we were both just like ‘You’re my mother,’ and she was like, ‘You’re my son, and what do we do?’”
Ultimately, Afeni moved her family out to Baltimore in 1984, where Tupac’s life took a rough turn. “My mama was a crack addict. I ended up in Baltimore on welfare with no lights on,” adult Tupac angrily tells a crowd of people.
The docs explores Afeni’s life and struggles as a Black Panther, including her imprisonment while pregnant with Tupac, and her eventual acquittal. It also delves into Tupac’s upbringing, including his experiences with poverty, violence, and racism, and how they influenced his music and activism.
The biography covers Tupac’s rise to fame as a rapper, actor, and activist, as well as his involvement in various controversies, including his legal troubles, feuds with other artists, and his infamous shooting in Las Vegas in 1996.
Throughout the docs, the author highlights the complex relationship between Afeni and Tupac, and how they both influenced and supported each other throughout their lives. It also examines the impact that their activism and music had on the Black community and the wider world.
“Dear Mama – The Saga of Afeni & Tupac Shakur” offers a comprehensive and intimate look into the lives of two influential figures in American history, and the struggles and triumphs that shaped them.