05.31.2016

LeVar Burton: Being A Black Man In America Is ‘Still A Dangerous Experience’

LeVar Burton: Being A Black Man In America Is ‘Still A Dangerous Experience’ Jemal Countess via Getty Images

Despite John Amos and Snoop Dogg’s strong disapproval of The History Channel’s remake of “Roots,” executive producer LeVar Burton says the reboot still resonates with today’s social issues.

In this week’s issue of People magazine, Burton says though it was “a different time” when he starred in the original 1977 series as Kunta Kinte, he’s “acutely aware” of the social implications of airing a remake in 2016, and hopes the show will create a deeper dialogue.

Among those onboard to support Burton’s mission is Rev. Al. Sharpton, who has used his public platform — ranging from his national syndicated radio show to his MSNBC talk show, “PoliticsNation” — to help advance the conversation on the importance of “Roots” with viewers and listeners. 

“If we can create the conversation, [Roots] will not only get a wide viewership, it will evolve the discussions about race,” Sharpton told The Hollywood Reporter earlier this month. “Hopefully, from yelling at each other to really talking about the pain and what we’re going to do in the post-Obama era.”

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