Kunta Kinte

In the original miniseries, the character was portrayed as a teenager by LeVar Burton and as an adult by John Amos. In the 2016 miniseries, he is portrayed by Malachi Kirby. Additionally, Burton reprised his role as Kunta in the TV movie Roots: The Gift, a fictional tale originally broadcast during the 1988 Christmas season. According to Roots, Kunta Kinte was born circa 1750 in the Mandinka village of Juffure, in the Gambia. He was raised in a Muslim family. One day in 1767, while Kunta was searching for wood to make a drum for his younger brother, four men chased him, surrounded him, and took him captive. Kunta awoke to find himself blindfolded, gagged, bound, and a prisoner.

Roots: The Gift

In 2007, Warner Bros. released Roots: The Complete Collection, a 10-disc DVD collection containing Roots: The Gift, along with the earlier Roots and Roots: The Next Generations miniseries. * List of films featuring slavery LeVar Burton as Kunta Kinte. Louis Gossett, Jr. as Fiddler. Shaun Cassidy as Edmund Parker, Jr. Jerry Hardin as Dr. William Reynolds. Kate Mulgrew as Hattie Carraway. Avery Brooks as Cletus Moyer. Michael Learned as Amelia. John McMartin as Edmund Parker, Sr. Annabella Price as Sarah Parker. Fran Bennett as May. Tim Russ as Marcellus. Introduction by Alex Haley.

Roots (2016 miniseries)

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In April 2015, it was announced that along with The History Channel, Lifetime and A&E would also broadcast the remake of the Roots miniseries. Will Packer, Marc Toberoff and Mark Wolper will executive produce it alongside Lawrence Konner and Mark Rosenthal. LeVar Burton, star of the original series, and Korin Huggins will co-executive produce it. On February 11, 2016, a trailer for the remake of Roots was released and Paul Buccieri, president of A&E and The History Channels, announced that the four night, 8-hour event series would premiere on Memorial Day, May 30, 2016.

American Broadcasting Company

For its part, the television network produced a few new hits during 1977: January saw the premiere of Roots, a miniseries based on an Alex Haley novel that was published the previous year. Roots went on to become one of the highest-rated programs in American television history, with unprecedented ratings for its finale. In September, The Love Boat, a comedy-drama anthology series produced by Aaron Spelling which was based around the crew of a cruise ship and featured three stories centered partly on the ship's various passengers; although critically lambasted, the series turned out to be a ratings success and lasted nine seasons.

Alex Haley

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Roots: The Saga of an American Family (1976), novel. Alex Haley Tells the Story of His Search for Roots (1977) – 2-LP recording of a two-hour lecture. A Different Kind of Christmas (1988), stories. Alex Haley's Queen: The Story of an American Family (1992), novel. Alex Haley: The Playboy Interviews (1993), collection. Never Turn Back: Father Serra's Mission (Stories of America) (1993), editor, stories. Mama Flora's Family (1998), novel. Alex Haley Roots Foundation. Alex Haley Tribute Site. Alex Haley (Open Library). The Kunta Kinte–Alex Haley Foundation. Official Roots: 30th Anniversary Edition website.

Reading Rainbow

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Reading Rainbow was hosted by actor and executive producer LeVar Burton, who is also known for his roles in Roots and Star Trek: The Next Generation. The show was produced first by Lancit Media Entertainment from 1983 to 2001, and then, by On-Screen Entertainment from 2002 to 2006. Every episode featured a different book, often narrated by a celebrity.

Geordi La Forge

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LeVar Burton auditioned for the role in 1986. He had previously appeared in Roots and other major network shows. He stated that "years ago I was doing a TV movie called Emergency Room and it was a fairly miserable experience. But there was a producer on that show, a man named Bob Justman.... six, seven years later, I get this call from Bob Justman and he’s working at Paramount on this new Star Trek series and he said I remember your love of the show, we’ve got this character, would you be interested in coming in and seeing us? And I said was [franchise creator] Gene Roddenberry involved? He said he is. And I said I’ll be right there."

Ben Vereen

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In 1993 he appeared in the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode "Interface" as the father of Roots co-star LeVar Burton's character Geordi La Forge; fellow Roots star Madge Sinclair appeared in the same episode as Geordi's mother. In Roots, Vereen had played "Chicken George", the grandson of Burton's character Kunta Kinte. He also appeared on the television series The Nanny episode "Pishke Business". In 2010, he appeared on the television series How I Met Your Mother episodes "Cleaning House" and "False Positive" as Sam Gibbs, the long lost father of James Gibbs, Barney Stinson's brother. He returned in 2013 and 2014 for another two episodes.

Olivia Cole

[[Category:Outstanding Performance by a Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or Movie Primetime Emmy Award winners]] 1977 Primetime Emmy award, Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy or Drama Series for Roots - won. 1979 Primetime Emmy award, Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Special for Backstairs at the White House - nominated. 2007 TV Land award, Anniversary award (shared with LeVar Burton, Louis Gossett, Jr., Leslie Uggams, John Amost, Ben Vereen, Todd Bridges, Cicely Tyson, Lawrence-Hilton Jacobs, Georg Stanford Brown) for Roots.

Grambling's White Tiger

Harry Belafonte stars as Coach Eddie Robinson and LeVar Burton (already famous from Roots and later to be known for Reading Rainbow and Star Trek: The Next Generation) appears as Charles 'Tank' Smith, the first friend Jim Gregory makes on the team. The film is directed by Georg Stanford Brown. The movie starts with the recruitment of Gregory as a talented recruit, keen to have the opportunity to go to a school with real NFL credentials, who also opens avenues for funding and recognition for the college. The story deals with issues of race, culture and integration at a critical time in America's history.

29th Primetime Emmy Awards

Roots (ABC) – 21. Mary Tyler Moore (CBS) – 11. M*A*S*H (CBS) – 9. Eleanor and Franklin: The White House Years (ABC) – 8. Family (ABC) / Raid on Entebbe (NBC) – 6. By network. ABC – 13. CBS – 11. NBC – 9. PBS – 2. By program. Roots (ABC) – 6. Sybil (NBC) – 3.

Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Limited Series

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Totals include continuing series, but not sequels as is the case with Cranford and Return to Cranford, Roots and Roots: The Next Generations, and others. 2 wins. American Crime Story. 5 nominations. Prime Suspect. 4 nominations. American Horror Story. 3 nominations. Fargo. Horatio Hornblower. 2 nominations. The Adams Chronicles. American Crime. American Crime Story. Columbo. Genius. Luther. McCloud. NBC – 10. PBS – 10. HBO – 9. ABC – 5. FX – 3. Syndicated – 2. A&E – 1. AMC – 1. CBS – 1. Sci Fi – 1. TNT – 1. Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Television Movie. Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Miniseries or Movie. Golden Globe Award for Best Miniseries or Television Film.


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LeVar Burton, actor, best known for roles in Star Trek: The Next Generation and Roots, and as the host of Reading Rainbow. DRAM (rapper), Musician, Later raised in Hampton, Virginia, U.S. David Rouzer, member of the United States House of Representatives from North Carolina's 7th district. Rob Thomas, lead singer of Matchbox Twenty. Reggie Williams, former wide receiver for the Jacksonville Jaguars. Landstuhl Photographs. www.landstuhl.de.

Peabody Award

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The George Foster Peabody Awards (or simply Peabody Awards) program, named for the American businessman and philanthropist George Peabody, honor the most powerful, enlightening, and invigorating stories in television, radio, and online media. Programs are recognized in seven categories: news, entertainment, documentaries, children's programming, education, interactive programming, and public service. Peabody Award winners include radio and television stations, networks, online media, producing organizations, and individuals from around the world.

List of black Primetime Emmy Award winners and nominees

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This is a list of black Primetime Emmy Award winners and nominees.

Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series

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This is a list of winners and nominees of the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series. Prior to 1988 the category was not gender specific, thus was called Outstanding Guest Performer in a Comedy Series. These awards, like the other "Guest" awards, are not presented at the Primetime Emmy Award ceremony, but rather at the Creative Arts Emmy Award ceremony.

Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series

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The Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series is an award presented annually by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (ATAS). It is given in honor of an actor who has delivered an outstanding performance in a guest starring role on a television drama series for the primetime network season.

Star Trek: The Next Generation (season 1)

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When the cast was announced at first, LeVar Burton was the main actor highlighted because of his work on the Roots mini series; his character, Geordi La Forge was named for a disabled fan. Although the casting was managed by producers Rick Berman and Robert H. Justman, Roddenberry intervened to switch the characters assigned to Marina Sirtis and Denise Crosby. Sirtis took over Crosby's role as Deanna Troi, and Crosby became Tasha Yar, who had been named Macha Hernandez while Sirtis held the part. Behind the scenes, the writing team became chaotic. Eddie Milkis had quit prior to casting, with Berman taking over from him.

List of Star Trek: The Next Generation cast members

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The initial press release highlighted the casting of LeVar Burton, known for appearing in the miniseries Roots, as Geordi La Forge. Burton had auditioned for the role following a suggestion from executive producer Robert H. Justman, who had previously worked with him on a television movie. The only other two members of the cast mentioned were Patrick Stewart as Jean-Luc Picard and Jonathan Frakes as William Riker. Stewart was cast in the lead role after being spotted by Justman at a dramatic reading at the University of California, Los Angeles. However, the series' creator, Roddenberry, wanted a French actor and was considering the role of Data for Stewart.

Encounter at Farpoint

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LeVar Burton had worked with Justman on another pilot for a series called Emergency Room and was suggested to apply for the role of La Forge. For US audiences he was the most well-known actor in the cast, due to his role in Roots. Gates McFadden and Brent Spiner gained the parts of Beverly Crusher and Data respectively through the normal audition processes. Eric Menyuk had also been considered for the part of Data, and would later be cast as the recurring character of the Traveller in three subsequent episodes. Justman later said that he was the only one out of the production team who preferred Menyuk in the role.

1977 in film

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Roots, TV mini-series, starring LeVar Burton, Louis Gossett, Jr., John Amos, Cicely Tyson, Georg Stanford Brown, Olivia Cole, Ben Vereen. Roseland, starring Teresa Wright, Geraldine Chaplin, Lou Jacobi, Christopher Walken. Ruby, starring Piper Laurie. Saturday Night Fever, directed by John Badham, starring John Travolta and Karen Lynn Gorney. Scott Joplin, starring Billy Dee Williams, Margaret Avery, Clifton Davis, Art Carney. Semi-Tough, directed by Michael Ritchie, starring Burt Reynolds, Kris Kristofferson, Jill Clayburgh, Robert Preston, Bert Convy. The Sentinel, starring Chris Sarandon, Cristina Raines, José Ferrer, Martin Balsam, Ava Gardner.

List of The Big Bang Theory characters

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LeVar Burton: "The Toast Derivation", "The Habitation Configuration", "The Champagne Reflection". Ellen DeGeneres: "The Geology Elevation". Nathan Fillion: "The Comic Book Store Regeneration". Carrie Fisher: "The Convention Conundrum". Ira Flatow: "The Vengeance Formulation" (voice only), "The Discovery Dissipation", "The Retraction Reaction". Neil Gaiman: "The Comet Polarization", "The Conjugal Configuration". Summer Glau: "The Terminator Decoupling". Brian Greene: "The Herb Garden Germination".

Films about race

A great number of movies have been made about race relations, or with a strong racial theme over the last century, from D. W. Griffith's The Birth of a Nation (1915) to Marvel Studios' Black Panther (2018).

LaVar Arrington

LaVar Arrington was named after LeVar Burton, following the actor's portrayal of Kunta Kinte in the 1977 television miniseries Roots. He has an older brother, Michael, who played basketball at Slippery Rock University and a younger brother, Eric. His father, Michael, became an ordained minister after he retired from the military. His mother, Carolyn, is a special education teacher in the Pittsburgh public school system. Arrington lives in Anne Arundel County, Maryland with his wife Trishia. The couple have four children. Arrington opened a restaurant named The Sideline in Landover, Maryland on January 30, 2008.