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DEAR MAMA EPISODE FIVE
Tonight on FX. Tomorrow on Hulu.
For me ‘Dear Mama’ has been an intense, fullfilling journey that began in 2019 and concludes with the airing of episode five tonight at 10pm. When I signed on in the fall of 2019 I was just a consultant on the series, but director Allen Hughes, who’ve known since before he and his brother Albert shot ‘Menace II Society,’ invited me to have a bigger role on the project. In the middle of the horrible pandemic this project sustained me. I’ve worked on a lot of projects as a director and producer the past four years, but none were quite as all consuming as being part of a gifted production team on this series and being given an executive producer role. Whether it wins awards or not is immaterial. ‘Dear Mama’ has altready made a mark on the culture, not simply as the story of a famous MC, but as a window into the life of the black revolutionaries of the ‘70s who risked their lives for the liberation of oppressed people. Special shout outs to the late Thomas ‘Blood’ McCreary, who was ailing when we spoke with him in North Carolina, but still gave a spirited and insightful interview. Blood, along with Shaba Om, Watani and Jamal Joseph, all commited activists, gave eloquent testimony to the majesty of Afeni Shakur. It was a priviledge to speak with them all.
Hope you enjoy episode five (link to the trailer is above.) If you haven’t watched any of the series yet, please take some time to watch all five episodes in a row.
With director Allen Hughes and Tupac’s former manager Watani in Atlanta in 2020.