This is the late hip-hop artist/poet/actor/activist/truthsayer Tupac Shakur‘s year. He’s being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on April 7th.
The big-screen biopic All Eyez On Me, based on his life and starring dynamic and extraordinarily-talented newcomer Demetrius Shipp, Jr. in the lead role, premieres on Tupac’s birthday, June 16th.
And in even further exciting news, A&E announced today the relaunch of their Biography brand as event programming across some of the A+E networks channels.
Per the announcement in Variety :
The new-model “Biography” will air in various formats, from multi-part series to two-hour specials. The installments will primarily air on A&E Network but some will run on History and Lifetime as warranted by the subject matter. As part of the revival, A+E’s existing Bio.com digital content hub will receive a major overhaul, adding more video content and resources to coincide with new installments.
One of the biographies they’ll be premiering is a six-part docuseries coming this summer that is an investigation into the murder of Tupac done on a comprehensive level that has never been explored before.
“Who Killed Tupac?” is a six-hour mini-series that focuses on the investigation, twenty years after the death of the dynamic and influential rapper and actor. Famed civil rights attorney Benjamin Crump will conduct, for the first time ever, a no-stone-unturned investigation. Crump has represented the families of Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, Tamir Rice and other victims of gun violence who many believe were denied their due process under law. When Tupac’s mother, Afeni Shakur, who went to high school with Crump’s mother, saw that he was fighting for truth and justice for the family of Trayvon Martin, she expressed to him how important that was and asked him to do the same for Tupac and other young black men. In each installment of this investigative series, viewers will learn about the legendary artist’s life while Crump examines key theories surrounding the murder. This docu-series will be the most fascinating and comprehensive look at the rise and life of a great artist, and perhaps the most high-profile unsolved murder in U.S. history. Through Tupac’s own words and exclusive new interviews with eyewitnesses, family, friends, and colleagues, viewers will come to understand every facet of Tupac Shakur’s complex personality.
Oh, and I’m one of the producers.
Oh, and I’m also featured in it.😲
(You see what I did there? I buried the lede. You like how I did that? I have a BS in Broadcasting, so, you know, I like to flex with it erry now and then. I know burying the lede is pretty risky in these clickbait times we live in where people read a quick line and are in and out, but I kind of like the element of surprise.)
I’m sooooo excited about this. Don’t I look excited?
We’ve put a lot of hard work into this production and I can’t wait for all of you to see it. Tupac is beloved all around the world. It was an honor to be a part of such a powerful experience.
Coming this summer.
*Update: The series will be airing this fall.
In the meantime, #StayWoke.