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Roots (tv program)

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  • Totality of slavery made mercilessly clear in '12 Years a Slave'

     Totality of slavery made mercilessly clear in '12 Years a Slave'
    The 1977 TV blockbuster "Roots" features a scene in which the slave Kunta Kinte, played by LeVar Burton, is whipped unmercifully until he acknowledges that his name in captivity will be Toby. The sequence is not only distinguished by its brutality, but...
  • 'Roots' reboot ordered by History

    'Roots' reboot ordered by History
    Slavery is a hot topic, with the success of "12 Years A Slave" and "Django Unchained." Now History is seeking to capitalize by remaking the historic 1977 miniseries "Roots." The cable channel announced that it will reboot the groundbreaking miniseries...
  • Reel Critics: Compared to 'Jackass,' this is a triumph

    Reel Critics: Compared to 'Jackass,' this is a triumph
    Johnny Knoxville has been at the center of the lowbrow "Jackass" series of bad-boy comedy films and cable TV shows. His format gathers a collection of silly, stupid skits that are so seriously R-rated they defy description in a family newspaper. The...
  • LeVar Burton hopes to take reading into the digital age

    LeVar Burton hopes to take reading into the digital age
    LeVar Burton speaks with the clarity and conviction of a man with an audience. His indignations are righteous. “I'm pissed at the current state of education in America. The fact that we've spent way too much money on war and not enough on our kids?...
  • Cicely Tyson: Milestones and facts about the Tony Award winner

    The legendary Cicely Tyson stole the Tony Awards on Sunday evening with her moving acceptance speech after being named best actress in a drama for the revival of Horton Foote's "A Trip to Bountiful." It was the 79-year-old actress' first Tony and her...
  • TIFF 13: Did Steve McQueen's '12 Years a Slave' just change the game?

    TIFF 13: Did Steve McQueen's '12 Years a Slave' just change the game?
    TORONTO -- Brad Pitt didn't say much during the question-and-answer session that followed the Toronto International Film Festival premiere of "12 Years a Slave" on Friday night, just a short comment on why he produced and co-starred in the Steve McQueen...
  • There she is .... Lee Meriwether

    There she is .... Lee Meriwether
    Lee Meriwether never had any intention of becoming a beauty queen. But thanks to a fraternity at the City College of San Francisco, she became not only Miss San Francisco, but later Miss California and finally Miss America in 1955. Meriwether was a...
  • TCA press tour: Henry Louis Gates Jr. takes new look at black history

    Historian and Harvard University scholar Henry Louis Gates Jr. can still remember how moved and inspired he was as a high school senior watching a documentary about black American history narrated by Bill Cosby. The film was a key in launching his elite...
  • 'The Sopranos' tops WGA's top 101 TV shows of all time

    'The Sopranos' tops WGA's top 101 TV shows of all time
    They say that television is a writer's medium, so it makes sense that the Writers Guild of America would have its own list of the 101 greatest TV shows of all time. At the top of the list is "The Sopranos," HBO's multiple award-winning hit series that...
  • Guests of note grace Hampton Roads events

    Guests of note grace Hampton Roads events
    Author My Haley's "The Treason of Mary Louvestre" tour continues In case you missed it in our earlier story, author My Haley is currently touring to discuss her book, "The Treason of Mary Louvestre" (Koehlerbooks, 2013), which tells the story of a...
  • Bill Varney dies at 77; Oscar-winning sound mixer

    Bill Varney dies at 77; Oscar-winning sound mixer
    Bill Varney, an Academy Award-winning sound mixer whose final film credit was a "director's edition" of Orson Welles' "Touch of Evil" that was released on the film's 40th anniversary, has died. He was 77. Varney died Saturday of congestive heart...