On Friday, June 3, 2016, the world lost Muhammad Ali, one of our major heroes for his truth-telling, peacemaking and astounding athleticism. Also, last week, the History Channel broadcast a remake of the 1977 classic “Roots.” Before the broadcast of the new Roots, rapper, Snoop Dogg, denounced the mini-series and the movie 12 Years A Slave and called for a boycott.
Our great guests are Ebony McMorris and Freddie Allen! Ebony McMorris serves as the new National News Correspondent for Reach Media, a subsidiary of Radio One. In addition to her social media segments on Social Media for Social Justice, Ms. McMorris’ daily news segments are heard on the Al Sharpton Show and Sirius XM 126. Mr. Freddie Allen is the Senior Washington Correspondent for the NNPA News Wire Service. He also serves as the 1st Vice President for the Capital Press Club.
Muhammad Ali has been the most important figure in American sports and American politics in recent history with an international impact on world developments. What is the depths of his lasting legacy? How do we remember his many accomplishments? How do we value his multi-dimensional achievements as Transformative thought leader, orator extraordinaire, Muslim minister, international humanitarian, educator, philanthropist, historian, peacemaker, conscientious objector, stunning athlete and so much more!
The new Roots miniseries broadcast for 4 days on the History Channel. Notably, although this adaptation of Alex Haley’s Roots stayed true to its framework, it was noticeably a very different portrayal of the events captured in the book. During our show, we will discuss the significance of this new Roots and the reaction from the public. Questions to be explored include, how has research developments in African and African American history affected the new series. How well did the actors perform? What was new in this miniseries? Will this Roots make a difference in American understanding of the impact of the past on our present?