LeVar Burton makes a cameo as the slave Ephraim, who is being transported in the caged wagon from the Waller plantation. He stares at Kunta Kinte. Burton played Kunta Kinte in both Roots (1977) and Roots: The Gift (1988).
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The village of Jufureh is most accurately depicted in the 2016 re-imaging of Roots. Historically this village was more of a city as it was home to thousands.
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The author Alex Haley was sued successfully for plagiarizing by novelist Harold Courlander. The works he plagiarized led to the book that served as the basis for the mini-series Roots. Haley paid $650,000 in an out of court settlement.
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Retelling of the popular mini series from the late 70s.
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