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  Broadway legend Ben Vereen, best known to Baby Boomers and Gen X’ers as Chicken George in the all-time great miniseries “Roots,” has been accused of sexual harassment and assault on several females on a 2015 theater production of Hair. The actresses testify that the venerated thespian, dancer and singer committed multiple acts of sexual…

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Ji-Tu Cumbuka, an actor, writer, and producer best known for his role as “Wrestler” on the original miniseries Roots, has died in Atlanta, Georgia at the age of 77. Cumbuka was born in Helena, Arkansas in 1940 into a strict religious household. His father was a Baptist minister and believed acting was the devil’s work.…

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When it comes to teaching the horrors of slavery some elementary school teachers keep getting it wrong. The latest incident occurred at Shelburne Middle School in Staunton, Virginia, after a sixth-grade teacher separated her students by race as the film “Roots” played in the classroom. According to students, the unidentified teacher told the Black kids…

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Emayatzy Corinealdi played the pivotal character of Belle, wife of Kunta Kinte, in the highly praised remake of “Roots.” Rolling out spoke with this dynamic young actress about her role and the impact it had on her work as an actress and individual. What is the etymology of your name? My dad is from Panama and that…

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One of the most watched television series in history has been reimagined and remastered. History will premiere “Roots” on Memorial Day 2016, Monday, May 30, and air four consecutive nights at 9 p.m. The historical portrait of American slavery recounts the trans-Atlantic journey of 18th century free men, women and adolescents, their will to live and…

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The remake of Roots is set to premiere on Memorial Day. The History Channel production featuring Forest Whitaker, T.I. and Laurence Fishburne promises to be memorable.  Co-executive producer Levar Burton states, “Nearly 40 years ago I had the privilege to be a part of an epic television event that started an important conversation in America.”

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Star film and television producer Will Packer recently renewed his production deal with Universal Television. The two-year extension will keep Packer’s Will Packer Productions on board with the company through 2017. Having produced box-office hits like Think Like a Man and The Wedding Ringer, Packer will now spend more time focusing on the world of television.…

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Reports confirm that the History Channel will be remaking the 1977 cult hit TV show, “Roots.” The network has obtained the rights to the original series from Mark Wolper, son of late executive producer David L. Wolper, along with the rights to the 1976 novel, Roots: The Saga of an American Family. “Roots” will be…

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  Most movies are made to entertain but quite a few are used to educate. Black History Month is the month that the black community is recognized for its cultural, scientific, political, religious and social contributions in making America the nation that it is today. Watching movies that tell of the  hardships of what it…

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Due to the recent success of Quentin Tarantino’s new controversial film, Django Unchained, we at rolling out want to make note of other great movies, who in their time, dared to tackle slavery. While Django Unchained may showcase a more modern slave narrative, mixed with Western bravado, filled to the brim with raw, bloody gunfights;…

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Quentin Tarantino’s highly-anticipated Django Unchained hasn’t even hit theaters yet, but it’s already become the most controversial film of the season, with its central theme of slavery being mashed up with the extreme violence and humor of a classic Blaxploitation film. And though the film is already causing a stir, the film’s director, Quentin Tarantino, recently stirred…

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Isaiah Washington is a man on a mission. But not a mission that finds him lobbying for the type of plum Hollywood job that he once enjoyed on ABC’s “Grey’s Anatomy.” No, the veteran actor is instead on a quest to reinvigorate his community’s love for itself — a love that he personally ignited through…

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The days of making mad loot off of albums alone have gone the way of the VCR, the electric typewriter and Lamar Odom’s career. It’s history. Therefore, many of your favorite hip hop heads depend on touring and doing special shows to help them maintain their swag and continue to push their expensive whips past…

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Independence Day or the Fourth of July is a celebration of American heritage, so by definition it is a celebration of African American heritage and our contributions to the building of the nation. The holiday is also peak summer travel time and an ideal opportunity for families to gather and celebrate their own legacies and…

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