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Original 'Roots' Actor Reveals Emotional Visit To Island Named For Miniseries Character

OWN | Lisa Capretto | Posted 06.17.2016 | OWN

Forty years after the original "Roots" debuted on television, the miniseries reboot is once again spotlighting a shameful part of history. But, accord...

'Roots' Remake Star Malachi Kirby Says Miniseries Will Show Black Female Strength

The Huffington Post | Kira Brekke | Posted 06.13.2016 | HuffPost Live 321

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'Roots' Star Malachi Kirby Broke Down While Filming This Heart-Wrenching Scene

The Huffington Post | Rahel Gebreyes | Posted 06.10.2016 | HuffPost Live 321

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What Actor Malachi Kirby Wants You To Take Away From The 'Roots' Remake

The Huffington Post | Rahel Gebreyes | Posted 06.10.2016 | HuffPost Live 321

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Why America Needed Roots Again

Aja McClanahan | Posted 06.09.2016 | Black Voices
Aja McClanahan

Photo Credit: http://roots.history.com/ Like millions of other viewers last week, I was in the thick of watching the reboot of this gut wrenching sto...

Hey, Snoop. Roots 2016 Is Necessary.

David Belgrave | Posted 06.12.2016 | Black Voices
David Belgrave

I feel that some Black people push back on Roots 2016, saying we need more diverse Black stories other than slave or civil rights narratives as if we don't have any other type of stories being told. I completely agree that we do need more diverse stories, and more often, but there are other Black stories being told.

Why We Must Continue to Revisit Slavery

Andra Gillespie | Posted 06.06.2016 | Black Voices
Andra Gillespie

I admit, I was a little skeptical about the Roots remake when I first heard about it. I love the original series, and I wondered whether a rebooted R...

The shame is mine: 'Roots' 2016

Alan P. Sherouse | Posted 06.06.2016 | Religion
Alan P. Sherouse

Last week I was one among the millions who watched A&E's powerful and devastating "re-imagination" of the epic miniseries Roots, brought to the small ...

Actually Snoop... We Should Be Proud, Not Ashamed, Of Our 'Roots'

Paul A. Bromley | Posted 06.06.2016 | Black Voices
Paul A. Bromley

Let's be clear: The institution of slavery took thousands, if not millions, of Black lives. The institution of slavery is never to be lauded or celebrated. But the people who were enslaved? These people are nothing to be ashamed of.

Remembering, Reclaiming and Honoring Our Roots

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 06.03.2016 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

In the past year, we have seen a welcome surge, prodded by new books on slavery, campus debates, and student protests, of new commitments by some universities and other institutions to confront the truth about their own histories, especially the ugly legacies of slavery and Native American genocide.

Kunta Kinte Descendant, Lamin Jatta, Challenges Snoop Dogg

Saba Tekle | Posted 06.03.2016 | Black Voices
Saba Tekle

I, like most people, was disappointed after watching Snoop Dogg's video on WorldStar Hip Hop about boycotting the television remake mini-series of Roo...

Flashbacks

Rahsaan Chisolm | Posted 06.03.2016 | Black Voices
Rahsaan Chisolm

Though I'm a bit tired of Hollywood remakes of all my favorite shows and movies and would love for new stories to be told, I will watch Roots this week, because I genuinely am intrigued to see what it will be like in comparison to the original.

10 Things You May Not Know About Roots

Matthew Delmont | Posted 06.02.2016 | Black Voices
Matthew Delmont

Roots became a cultural phenomenon and encouraged more people to engage seriously with the history slavery than anything before or since. Explore 10 surprising facts about one of the most important representations of slavery and black history of all time.

Producer Will Packer Responds To Snoop Dogg's Criticism Of 'Roots' Remake

The Huffington Post | Brennan Williams | Posted 06.02.2016 | Black Voices

Will Packer wasn’t too enthused by Snoop Dogg’s recent profanity-laced criticism of The History Channel’s remake of “Roots.” On Wednesday, P...

Snoop Dogg Right on 'Roots' Remake for the Wrong Reasons

Antonio Moore | Posted 06.02.2016 | Black Voices
Antonio Moore

The reboot of Roots aired its first episode on Memorial Day, and Snoop Dogg did not belive the series should have been broadcasted. Snoop went as far ...

This 'Roots Syllabus' Should Be Required Reading For All

The Huffington Post | Zeba Blay | Posted 06.01.2016 | Black Voices

On Monday night, Black Twitter provided a supremely important supplement to the premiere of the "Roots" remake, in the form of a genius hashtag. #Root...

'Roots' Producer: Being A Black Man In America Is 'Still A Dangerous Experience'

The Huffington Post | Brennan Williams | Posted 05.31.2016 | Black Voices

Despite John Amos and Snoop Dogg’s strong disapproval of The History Channel’s remake of “Roots,” executive producer LeVar Burton says the reb...

T.I. Shares Why He Was Initially Hesitant To Join 'Roots' Remake

The Huffington Post | Brennan Williams | Posted 05.31.2016 | Black Voices

EDITOR's NOTE: The following interview was conducted prior to Wednesday's shooting at T.I.'s New York City concert. T.I.'s representatives referred Th...

'Roots' Star Anika Noni Rose On Why We Need Slave Stories

The Huffington Post | Zeba Blay | Posted 05.31.2016 | Black Voices

Anika Noni Rose is a Broadway legend and one of the great onscreen actresses, having played everything from a Dream Girl to a Disney Princess. On Memo...

'Roots' Remake To Highlight Strong Black Female Narratives

The Huffington Post | Rahel Gebreyes | Posted 05.31.2016 | Black Voices

The History Channel's reimagination of Alex Haley's "Roots" will tell the stories of all its most memorable characters, but viewers can also expect po...

The Anonymity of Celebrity: Sitting Next to Levar Burton

Frank H. Wu | Posted 05.26.2016 | Entertainment
Frank H. Wu

Here is a story with no photo -- there is a reason for that lack. I swear it is true, but I am not sure what to make of it. I was flying from Los Ang...

Kunta Kinte's World

John Thornton2 | Posted 05.25.2016 | Arts
John Thornton2

Could a person named Kunta Kinte have lived in Juffure, a town on the Gambia River, and been enslaved and carried to Annapolis, Maryland, on the Lord Ligonier in 1767? It didn't take much research to answer each of those questions with a resounding "Yes!"

Roots Returns Us To The Seed

Sister Jenna | Posted 05.20.2016 | Entertainment
Sister Jenna

A sweet, yet sometimes pungent aroma of change is wafting in the atmosphere right now that is affecting us as individuals, communities, and collective...

John Amos On 'Roots' Remake: 'I Don’t Think People Are Quite As Interested'

The Huffington Post | Brennan Williams | Posted 05.13.2016 | Black Voices

The 40th anniversary of "Roots" is in January 2017, and Warner Bros. Home Entertainment has decided to give the award-winning miniseries a digital mak...

What The Star Of The 'Roots' Reboot Wants Every Young Black Man To Know

The Huffington Post | Zeba Blay | Posted 05.31.2016 | Black Voices

The History Channel and A&E have teamed up for a reboot of the history-making mini-series "Roots," set to air on Memorial Day. Based on the book by A...