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A new vision of 'Roots,' for the age of Obama

A new vision of 'Roots,' for the age of Obama

Related Engaging new ’Roots’ is faithful to the original, aware of the present In an era of reboots, you’d think "Roots" would be the one classic that we could agree we don’t need to remake. When it aired on ABC in January 1977, the miniseries drew an estimated 130 million viewers, won nine Emmys and launched an unprecedented national conversation about slavery. So why is the History Channel airing a four-night, reimagined take, starting Memorial Day? "There is a whole generation of Americans who don’t know this story," said LeVar Burton, who launched his career playing a young Kunta Kinte in the 1977 version, and is an executive producer of the remake. "I believe that if you are alive and in America today, ’Roots’ is your story." Burton also believes that 2016 is a perfect time for "Roots" to return. Slavery’s dark legacy has resurfaced in debates over removing Confederat...

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