The stellar five-part docuseries, Dear Mama: The Saga of Afeni and Tupac Shakur, directed by Allen Hughes about the life of Tupac Shakur and his mother, Black activist Afeni Shakur, has unsurprising earned two Emmy nominations. The Emmy nominations were rolled out yesterday (July 12).
The acclaimed docuseries, which premiered in April, is up against 100 Foot Wave, Secrets Of The Elephants, 1619 Project and The U.S. And The Holocaust. Shortly after its debut, FX reported that it scored the most-watched premiere episode for an unscripted series in FX’s history. Dear Mama premiered on FX before becoming available to stream on Hulu, and the combined numbers accounted for the record-breaking performance.
“It’s only fitting that Allen Hughes definitive piece on Tupac and Afeni Shakur delivered a record performance for us and it speaks to Tupac’s enduring legacy,” Nick Grad, president of FX Entertainment, said in a statement. “Allen’s examination of Tupac viewed through the prism of his mother Afeni is a fascinating take that really gets beneath the education and experience that shaped his life and inspired him to become one of the greatest artists ever.”
In an interview with Roxanne Shanté for Rock The Bells radio, Hughes detailed why it was so important for him to make the documentary series, saying he was driven by a need to understand the enigmatic rapper/actor.
"I wanted to understand him and I didn't understand him even though I knew him and I worked with him," Hughes admitted. "Me and my brother did his first three music videos and we had a complex relationship that gotta little funky toward the end."