Who didn’t love/cry their eyes out during the miniseries Roots when you first saw it? I know it wasn’t just me. I was just a kid when I first saw the 1977 miniseries, and was mesmerized by LeVar Burton as Kunta Kinte. I couldn’t wait until the next installment, so I could learn more about his family, and the generations that followed.
So when the History channel decided to bring the story into the 21st Century, I was intrigued. And the trailer does not disappoint. This remake is taking a clear-eyed view of that time in history, horrors and all. At a time where #OscarsSoWhite, and Hollywood still doesn’t seem to miss a moment where they can whitewash something, a powerful drama highlighting the struggles African Americans have gone through and how those struggles continue to affect the world today could be just what the doctor ordered. So, when I was offered passes for a special Roots Baltimore premiere? I didn’t hesitate.
Premiere, you ask? Oh yeah baby. And it’s gonna be amazing. They’re holding it at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History & Culture, complete with a brief Q&A/panel hosted by Jeff Johnson. Want to go? Of course you do! Right this way…
What: ADMIT TWO passes for the Baltimore premiere event of the History Channel’s miniseries Roots!
Where: Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History & Culture,
830 E Pratt St, Baltimore, MD 21202
When: Thursday, May 5th, 2016
Why: History, people. HISTORY.
How: Clicky! http://www.gofobo.com/ATMCFG123
REMEMBER: Seating for screenings are first come, first served and not guaranteed. So get there early to get yourself a seat.
Good luck, everyone!