LeVar Burton explains why he no longer wants ‘Jeopardy’ gig

Legendary thespian LeVar Burton has already been the star of two classic television programs, so he’s good with being passed over for being the host on another venerated show, “Jeopardy.” Burton, who was by far the most memorable character (Kunte Kinte) on the all-time great miniseries “Roots” and the host of the 26-time Emmy-winning show […]

Director Ava DuVernay wants to create game show for LeVar Burton

Ava DuVernay wants to create a game show for legendary actor and certifiable brainiac LeVar Burton after he lost out on the competition to become the new “Jeopardy” host. More than 300,000 fans signed a petition for Burton, 64, to win the coveted gig after iconic host Alex Trebek succumbed to pancreatic cancer in December […]

5 things to know about LeVar Burton, latest star set to guest-host ‘Jeopardy!’

Legendary screen actor LeVar Burton is going to make a celebrity guest appearance as the host of “Jeopardy!” in the very near future, thanks to a nationwide petition circulated on his behalf. Burton, 64, will be one of several well-known celebs who man the show to close out its 37th season, including iconic “Good Morning […]

African vocalist Somi Kakoma earns Grammy nomination for live jazz album

In an official statement released to the press, East African jazz songstress, Somi Kakoma, announced she has been nominated for an award at the 63rd annual Grammy Awards. Shortlisted in the Best Jazz Vocal Album category for her live album, Holy Room – Live at Alte Oper, Somi becomes the first African woman nominee in […]

Rapper 6lack explains how Atlanta has inspired him on groundbreaking project

Rapper 6lack is featured on a groundbreaking project — “Grounds Melody” — in partnership with Rémy Martin, where he shares how his hometown of Atlanta has influenced his excellence. Much like the Rémy brand, 6lack is grounded and inspired by his roots. Rolling out had a virtual sat down with the rapper on the rise […]

‘Jeopardy!’ host? Fans start petition supporting ‘Roots’ legend LeVar Burton

Alex Trebek was the iconic host of the decades-long-running “Jeopardy!”  TV game show. But even as fans continue to mourn Trebek’s recent passing at 80 from pancreatic cancer and celebrate his indelible contribution to American pop culture, some have started a petition lobbying for their choice of the trivia show’s next host.  Some want legendary actor […]

Shawnna readies new album, discusses repaired rapport with Ludacris

As a founding member and the first lady of Disturbing Tha Peace, rapid-fire rapper Shawnna remains one of eight female emcees to register a number one hit on the Billboard Hot 100 with her appearance on Ludacris’ on 2003’s “Stand Up.” Along with an appearance on “What’s Your Fantasy,” her career seemed poised for superstardom. […]

Acting legend Ben Vereen accused of sexual harassment

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 deviancy, […]

Ji-Tu Cumbuka, ‘Roots’ actor, dies in Atlanta at 77

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. […]

Twisted history as teacher makes Black kids slaves and White kids masters

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 […]

A conversation with ‘Roots’ actress Emayatzy Corinealdi

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 […]

Single dad Robert Shakhan talks spiritual growth and bonding with his daughter

“I raised my baby girl alone,” shares Robert Shakhan, recovery coach for Detroit Recovery Projec, Inc. “I began raising my daughter solo when she was 10 years old. Having been estranged from her mother for several years and always participating in her life, I wanted to be the responsible parent to care for and nurture her […]

Tip ‘T.I.’ Harris says, ‘I’m the Tupac of ‘Roots’

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 […]

Official trailer for ‘Roots’ remake is intense

[jwplatform CKYTnivb] 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 […]

Will Packer extends deal with Universal TV

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. […]

Remembering Maya Angelou’s role as Kunta Kinte’s grandmother in ‘Roots’

In a pivotal scene from the TV miniseries “Roots” by Alex Haley, Maya Angelou  plays Yaisa, the grandmother of Kunta Kinte, played by Levar Burton. In this scene, Kinte has returned from Mandinka warrior training and is now considered to be a man. As a Mandinka warrior, he claimed authority over the women of his […]

Wayne Davidson: ‘When Clans Collide,’ a conversation about discovering ancestry

Wayne Davidson is the author of When Clans Collide:  The Germination of Adam’s Family Tree through Surname, Life Experience, and DNA. This book traces the ancestry of his name Davidson in America, Europe and Africa. During his research he has found that his family tree is connected to George Washington by marriage and other notable […]

History Channel to remake 1977 miniseries ‘Roots’

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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