When the History Channel announced it was remaking Roots, the miniseries based on Alex Haley’s 1976 novel, folks were rightly skeptical.

While the original series broke viewing records when it wrapped in 1977 and is considered a classic, a Roots reboot seemed rather odd…and a little lazy.

Sure, Black folks want to see more of ourselves on primetime TV, but spending millions on a story about slavery that we’ve already seen before seems like a gigantic waste of resources. Still, the History Channel forged ahead, and the Roots reboot is making it debut on Memorial Day.

The four-part miniseries includes heavy hitters like Forest Whitaker, Laurence Fishburne, and Anika Noni Rose alongside newcomers Malachi Kirby, who plays Kunta Kinte, and Emayatzy Corinealdi, who is cast as Belle.

Though we’re not quite sure why History decided to tell this story again, the trailer looks striking.


When Roots premieres in May will you be tuning in? 

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