This is the Remix: The Reboot of Roots Part II
|Young LeVar Burton as the original Kunta Kiente
As I have stated in the previous post I am not pleased about the reboot of miniseries "Roots." I thought it was necessary for me to explain why I am opposed to this reboot. Karu F. Daniels author of " Roots Reboot: The Reason Original Kunta Kiente Actor LeVar Burton Took Part" discusses what influenced the actor's decision to not only support the reboot but also become one of the executive producers. LeVar Burton said he had a conversation with Mark Wolper, co-producer of the original miniseries. Wolper showed the original miniseries to his children and they did not appreciate it. LeVar Burton stated the following. " They watched it but they said, "You know what dad, its dated and its old and the makeup is terrible," and they were right," Burton said. "And they said, "You know it's kind of like your generation's music. I get why it's important and important to you but it really doesn't speak to me." Here is an image of producer Mark Wolper below.
|Leslie Uggams as Kizzy Kiente being sold off to another plantation
The article also shared insight from actress Leslie Uggams. Uggams played the role of Kizzy Kiente Reynolds, in the original miniseries. She also admitted to having mixed feelings about the reboot at first.
"Kizzy is such a part of me," Emmy and Tony Winner explained. "So you're very protective and that doesn't mean it can't be done again." "I'm sure it's going to be wonderful, so you'll have two versions," Uggams, 73, continued. I'm sure they are to have some wonderful actors and actresses, but we are the senior ones."
|Malachi Kirby as Kunta Kiente and Emayatzy Corinealdi as Belle in the reboot version of Roots
Here is the link to the article from LeVar Burton's interview with Good Morning America