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15 Reasons We Need A "Roots" Remake

Don't miss the epic finale of Roots, tonight on HISTORY.

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This Memorial Day, HISTORY premiered its remake of Roots, the 1977 slavery miniseries based on Alex Haley's novel of the same name, with a new vision and a stellar cast.

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But why do we need a reboot of Roots, anyway? It turns out there are some pretty good reasons to be excited:

1. First off, the cast is AMAAAAAAZING.

EVERYBODY is in this miniseries.

2. Also, there's a wealth of new information about the history of slavery in the U.S....

3. ...and that information will dramatically change the story of Roots.

But you don't have to take Co-Executive Producer Levar Burton's word for it. He was only the star of the original Roots, so what would he know?

4. But don't think — even for a second — that this is just some boring history documentary.

Dat cinematography tho.

5. This version of Roots has been re-engineered for an entirely new audience.

Executive Producer Will Packer knows what he's talking about.

6. Roots is a story about slavery, but it's also about family...

7. ...and hope...

8. ...and perseverance against seemingly insurmountable odds...

*drama intensifies*

9. ...which is something we can all relate to in some way.

Regé-Jean Page plays "Chicken George," aka the best character name in film history.

10. Oh, you like action and adventure? Well, you're in luck because Roots has a TON of that.

Look at all the action. Gaze upon it and know that it is good.

11. Plus, Questlove is the series' Executive Music Producer, so you know that soundtrack is gonna be poppin'.


12. Most importantly, many young people today are woefully uninformed about the history of slavery...

Anika Noni Rose (who plays "Kizzy") and Emayatzy Corinealdi (who plays "Belle") just want you to be in the know, y'know?

13. ...and Laurence Fishburne knows knowledge is a powerful tool.

14. So it's not just a good time for a Roots remake...

Tip "T.I." Harris gets it.

15.'s actually the BEST time.

Executive Producer Mark Wolper knows the time is now!

Images courtesy of The History Channel

Don't miss the epic finale of Roots, tonight on HISTORY.