In case you’ve been under a very large rock, and had no idea that there was a “Roots” remake, I’m here to tell you that there’s a “Roots” remake. The first episode aired over Memorial Day weekend. The last part of the three part miniseries will air tonight on the History channel. Like most people I know, I tuned in to watch the story, eager to see what they’d put together, wondering how they’d take on a story that had changed the course of our nation’s history in such a monumental way.
After watching both nights of the miniseries, shedding tears when Kunta cried out from the bottom of the slave ship, and then again when his daughter Kizzy walked into the river, contemplating killing herself and her child, I realized just how important this was.
Like rapper Snoop Dogg, I have often been critical of the way Black people are portrayed in the media. I wasn’t even sure that I wanted or needed another “Roots.” But my perspective has changed.
Before I go any further, here’s what Snoop had to say about the whole thing.
“I’m sick of this. … How the (expletive) they gonna put Roots on Memorial Day?” a subdued Snoop Dogg asks in the selfie video. “They just going to keep beating that sh*t into our heads as to how they did us, huh?”
After watching shows like WGN’s “Underground” as well as the remake of “Roots,” I couldn’t help but understand that this wasn’t just about people my age and older. This was about people younger than us who may not have had the opportunity to see the original story. This was about children who may not have been exposed to this particular narrative. Maybe they weren’t familiar with slavery in this country at all. Maybe they’d never had the chance to see it from this perspective.
While I do agree that we need more movies and shows highlighting Black people and their accomplishments, there are some things Snoop says that I can’t get jiggy with. I think these visuals are necessary for upcoming generations. Just because we saw it, doesn’t mean they did, or understand it. I think we can have both and I think both are necessary.
Now for the fun part-5 Reasons Why Snoop Needs to Sit This One Out
1. Soul Plane
No explanation needed.
2. Mac and Devin Go to High School
Horrible movie about Black teens who get high all day.
3. Snoop Dogg’s Doggystyle
A very bad porno film, in which he executive produced.
4. Everything he said in “187.”
5. Freaknik: The Musical
This was a television special produced by T-Pain. It features the voice of T-Pain as the Ghost of Freaknik, as well as the voices of entertainers such as Lil Wayne, Young Cash, Snoop Dogg, Sophia Fresh, and Rick Ross. The musical is based on the actual music festival of the same name that used to take place in Atlanta, Georgia.
While I do agree with Snoop that we need more movies about the successes of Black people, the larger question is why isn’t he making them, as opposed to making angry Instagram videos about a miniseries that has historical value?