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In 1977 a blockbuster miniseries entitled simply “ROOTS” hit the airwaves and changed forever the concept of the “black experience”. The riveting docudrama took the viewer through a winding journey of several generations of one particular slave family, beginning with the story of a young African youth named Kunta Kinte, the Mandinka warrior who was kidnapped from West Africa and sold into slavery.

Forty years after the original gripped half the nation (literally), a more violent and more accurate remake is here, gambling on big stars including Forest Whitaker and Anna Paquin and the unresolved emotional core of America's toughest conversation: "He was calling me a n—er, but at the end of the scene he was in tears."

The four-part, eight-hour project will debut on Memorial Day (May 30), airing simultaneously on History, Lifetime and A&E.

There’s no doubt that today’s viewing audience is considerably different then when “ROOTS” originally aired as highlighted by Marisa Guthrie’s opening headline; 'Roots' Reborn: How a Slave Saga Was Remade for the Black Lives Matter Era.

Guthrie points to social media, and her perception, on the exposure of police brutally (much of it caught on iPhones), overwhelmingly lopsided incarceration rates among minorities, and the willingness of Hollywood to embark on projects like Roots is advancing the “racial justice dialogue”.

The Roots reboot was green-lighted in fall 2013, a few months after George Zimmerman was acquitted in the killing of Florida teenager Trayvon Martin. Here, members of Black Lives Matter participate in the annual MLK Holiday Peace Walk this January in Washington, D.C.

Source: Hollywood Reporter




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