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Roots reimagined: A piece of TV history returns

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ld!>> It changed the face of television and shifted the national conversation on race. Roots, the 1977 miniseries hailed as groundbreaking for shedding light on the horrors of American slavery, reimagined with a new four part series starting Memorial Day on the History Channel.>> You can't buy a slave.
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You've got to make a slave.>> While TV remakes are common, this one has more than a lot to live up to. The original receiving 37 Emmy nominations, and a Peabody award. Its finale still the third most watched show in television history.>> Your name, Toby.>> Kunta, Kunta Kinte.
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>> Based on Alex Haley's bestselling novel, it made a star out of LeVar Burton in the lead role of Kunta Kinte, the young man stolen from Africa and sold into slavery in the American South. Burton, now behind the scenes as an executive producer, with the newcomer Malachi Kerby stepping into the lead role.
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Fresher, if familiar faces, in the remake include Forrest Whittaker, Anna Paquin, and Lawrence Fishburn, with Questlove of the band The Roots in charge of music. Reviews have been strong, with many noting that issues of discrimination and equality and police brutality that defined race relations in 1977 are still headline news 40 years later.
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The Roots reboot will also air on the History Channel sister networks, A&E and Lifetime.