Snoop Dogg Boycotts ‘Roots’ Series
As people tuned in to the History Channel on Memorial Day to catch the first episode of the re-booted, Roots series, Snoop Dogg took to Instagram to express why he won’t be supporting the project.
In an Instavid, the entertainer questioned why filmmakers continue to create content that details “the abuse we took hundreds and hundreds of years ago.”
Adding an action item to his rant, Snoop offered, “let’s make our own sh** based on today, how we live and how we inspire people today.”
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Does Snoop have a point?
There has been conversation questioning the importance and relevance of continuing to make films such as 12 Years A Slave and shows like Underground that depict the dehumanizing treatment of Black people. Do these stories still need to be told? What good will this history do us now? How much has really changed?
While the questions may raise eyebrows, in a recent Ebony.com interview with Roots star Emayatzy Corinealdi, the actress broke down just why stories about slavery will never be too many.
“There are so many stories to be told from that time,” Corinealdi expressed. “So many people lost their lives, and so many people who sacrificed in order for us to be here doing what we’re doing and really there could never be enough movies made to really showcase the breadth of what slavery was and the people who fought.”
The stories are hard to watch indeed, but there’s a wealth of brutal truths that need to be taught and understood by newer generations.
In another review of last night’s premiere episode, Dr. Daina Ramey Berry, a University of Texas at Austin slavery expert expressed the importance of the timing for the retelling of Alex Haley’s Roots.
“This should give people a boost, Black folks especially, because it really shows the strength of Black culture and the Black community. When it’s being ripped apart nationally, now is a great time to show it. We need something like this.”
What are your thoughts JET Fam? Does Snoop have a solid point of view on this topic or are the lessons rooted in the miniseries such as Roots, films such as 12 Years A Slave, and shows like Underground still hold a prominent space and need today?
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