CULTURE

May 10, 2016

“T.I.” and Executive Producer Will Packer Host Private Screening of ROOTS

(L-R) Jeff Johnson, Will Packer, Tip "T.I." Harris, Ed Lover, Tamarre Torchon, Dr. Samuel Livingston, and Ryan Cameron attend HISTORY's "Roots" Atlanta advanced screening at National Center for Civil and Human Rights

(L-R) Jeff Johnson, Will Packer, Tip “T.I.” Harris, Ed Lover, Tamarre Torchon, Dr. Samuel Livingston, and Ryan Cameron attend HISTORY’s “Roots” Atlanta advanced screening at National Center for Civil and Human Rights




We received the invite at attend the private screening of HISTORY’s new miniseries, ROOTS last night. Cast Member Tip “T.I.” Harris and Executive Producer Will Packer hosted an advance screening of the first episode of the show in Atlanta on Monday, May 9, 2016 at 7:00 PM at the Center for Civil and Human Rights, with a panel discussion following the screening moderated by BET and The Rickey Smiley Morning Show personality Jeff Johnson including: T.I.; Will Packer; Ed Lover, Hip Hop legend & host of the nationally syndicated “The Ed Lover Show”; V-103 morning show personality Ryan Cameron of The Ryan Cameron Morning Show; Dr. Samuel Livingston of Morehouse College and President of the Atlanta chapter of the National Action Network (NAN), Tamarre Torchon. Civil Rights Leader and Former Mayor of Atlanta, Ambassador Andrew Young, was also in attendance and made a couple of remarks at the close of the Q&A.

I’m sure most of you are thinking, “Not another slave movie”. But after watching the first episode, an updated version is exactly what’s needed. This version of ROOTS gave more of the backstory of what life was like in Africa before Kunta Kente was captured. The men were warriors, educated scholars and providers for their homes. Will Packer did a great job telling the story of our strengths. One of my favorite lines was, “No one was born a slave, we were made a slave.” The fact that the “real” story isn’t taught in schools, it’s a brilliant idea to have T.I. as “the hook” to get millennials to watch. He plays a rebellious soldier that airs on the 4th episode. Shot in Louisiana, the series also stars Lawrence Fishbourne, Forrest Whittaker, and the incredible Malachi Kirby as Kunta Kenta.

Make sure you tell your family, friends and co-worker to watch the 2016 version of ROOTS and discuss how we can turn it into change. It’s up to us.

The screening was attended by Atlanta’s top influencers including:

· Tip “T.I.” Harris, Cast Member of ROOTS – “Cyrus”

· Will Packer, Executive Producer of ROOTS

· Phaedra Parks, Bravo’s Real Housewives of Atlanta

· Ambassador Andrew Young, Civil Rights Leader and Former Mayor of Atlanta

· Egypt Sherrod, Television Personality, HGTV’s Property Virgins and Flipping Virgins

· Dr. Yamma Brown and Deanna Brown, Daughters of the Late James Brown

· Jeff Johnson, Television Personality, BET and “The Rickey Smiley Morning Show”

· Ed Lover, Host of “The Ed Lover Morning Show” on Boom 102.9

· Ryan Cameron, Host of “The Ryan Cameron Morning Show” on V-103

· Gary with Da Tea, On-Air Personality on “The Rickey Smiley Morning Show” and Dish Nation (Fox)

· Derreck Kayongo, CEO of the Center for Civil and Human Rights

· Dr. John Silvanus Wilson, President of Morehouse College

Synopsis:
HISTORY® premieres “Roots” on Memorial Day 2016, airing over four consecutive nights at 9 p.m. beginning Monday, May 30th. The four-night, eight-hour event series developed by HISTORY, from A+E Studios, is a historical portrait of American slavery recounting the journey of one family and their will to survive and ultimately carry on their legacy despite hardship. “Roots” will be simulcast on A&E and Lifetime, in addition to HISTORY. Roots’ will allow new audiences to experience this epic family saga with a new vision that is both incredibly inspiring and tremendously entertaining.

Background Information on the Re-made Series, ROOTS:
Nearly 40 years after the premiere of “Roots” captivated the nation, take a look back at the cultural phenomenon and its lasting legacy: On January 23, 1977, millions of viewers tuned in to watch the first episode of a new miniseries on the ABC network; a multi-generational exploration of author Alex Haley’s family tree that traversed more than a century of the African American experience, from the colonial-era slave trade through Reconstruction. Over the course of eight nights, “Roots” captivated the nation. Movie theaters shut down, while bars and living rooms filled; dozens of civic leaders across the country declared a celebratory “Roots” week in honor of the program; millions of Americans were inspired to trace their own lineages; and America was forced to confront the brutal reality of slavery and the lingering scars it had left on the nation.

Check out the pics from last night’s private screening:

"HISTORY's "Roots" Screening With Cast Member Tip "T.I." Harris And Executive Producer Will Packer"

Packed house last night.

Packed house last night.

Ryan Cameron speaks onstage at HISTORY's "Roots" Atlanta advanced screening at National Center for Civil and Human Rights

Ryan Cameron speaks onstage at HISTORY’s “Roots” Atlanta advanced screening at National Center for Civil and Human Rights




Morehouse president Dr. John Silvanus Wilson Jr.

Morehouse president Dr. John Silvanus Wilson Jr.

Producer of Roots, Will Packer

Producer of Roots, Will Packer

Tip "T.I." Harris and Andrew Young

Tip “T.I.” Harris and Andrew Young

Tip "T.I." Harris and Ambassador Andrew Young

Tip “T.I.” Harris and Ambassador Andrew Young

Radio personality Ed Lover

Radio personality Ed Lover

Roots

JubileeMag.com publisher Kim Ford and T.I.

Kim Ford and Phaedra Parks

Paras Griffin for Getty for HISTORY



About the Author

Kim Ford
Kim Ford is the founder & publisher of JubileeMag.com, author of "The Success Mindset", a God-inspired media mogul, speaker, red carpet correspondent, culture influencer, super mom and your ideal best friend. She's interviewed greats like Tyler Perry, Sony Pictures exec DeVon Franklin, Meagan Good, Mali Music, Kevin Hart, Jada Pinkett Smith, T.D. Jakes and more. You've probably seen her covering the red carpet at the BET Awards, Soul Train Awards and many others. You can always find her bringing faith to mainstream and empowering women! To learn more about Kim, click here. #TeamLove #TeamStrongFamilies #TeamiPhone




 
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