A few weeks ago we reported that Oprah’s OWN network would be targeting a black audience, and they’ve certainly made a big start in following through with that decision. According to a recent press release, we can now look forward to “Oprah and the Legendary Cast of ‘Roots’ 35 Years Later,” airing Monday, January 16 – Martin Luther King, Jr. Day,

From the release:

Hosted by Oprah Winfrey at her home in Montecito, California, the television event brings together many of the legendary cast members from the series, including Cicely Tyson and LeVar Burton, as well as Leslie Uggams, John Amos, Louis Gossett, Jr. and Ben Vereen. With original clips from “Roots” serving as their backdrop, the cast shares with Oprah their personal accounts of working on the extraordinary series, as well as taking part in television history. “Roots” forever changed television. For the first time, TV viewers white and black experienced a part of American history through the eyes of slaves. For many it marked an awakening… and for the participating actors and actresses, it was nothing short of a spiritual experience. 

Doesn’t it almost seem like they had a meeting at OWN to brainstorm “stuff that black people like” and came up with Roots? I look forward to seeing the special because I ride or die for Cicely Tyson and Louis Gossett Jr, but I can’t help but be tickled by the effort.

h/t Shadow & Act

Will you watch?

  • Laugh

    Well I’ll definitely watch!

  • starr

    I will most def tune in.

  • Freebee33

    And so OWN begins it’s attempt to reach a Black audience…

  • @me

    I have never seen the movie in my 23 years. Of course I’ve heard about it and attempted to read the dictionary sized book but I will definitely be tuning in!

  • Jess

    I think Oprah has always done broadcasts that focused on Black history during the slavery, Jim Crow, or the Civil Rights era, so this is nothing out of the ordinary with OWN, to me. “Beloved”, “The Color Purple”, “The great Debaters”, and “Their Eyes Were Watching God” were all based around Black history, during those eras. Even “The Women of Brewster Place” was based in like the 30′s and 40′s which was still Jim Crow.

    So Oprah now just has her own platform to air similar type of historical-based programming that she’s always done.

    on a related note, I wish OWN would actually pay “Eyes on the Prize”. History lessons are much needed for this generation!

  • Erica

    Will definately watch.

  • MarloweOverShakespeare

    Oh my goodness yes! Some AAs have never even seen ROOTS. This will be awesome and uh, I don’t think any network has ever aired this series since it first aired in what, the ’70s????

    Great move. Next should be Alex Haley’s Queen.

  • MarloweOverShakespeare

    Ok wow I didn’t even think of the book. Nor have I SEEN it for that matter.

  • Freebee33

    Oh! I love Queen, one of my favorite movies.

  • @me

    OMG I remember “Eyes on the Prize!” I haven’t seen that since I was a small child.

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  • fuchsia

    I will absolutely tune in! I have never seen the movie but I have always wanted to. I did see Queen when I was a child, and it was amazing as well.

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  • yolanda

    this just seems sooo forced! she really does not need to try this hard to get a black audience! Oprah is forever on the slave train..

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  • Truth

    They need to run ‘Sankofa’ for real…

  • orchard72361

    African Americans have watched Roots and the part two of Roots is watching Oprah bash her own Culture on live television

  • SillyRabbit

    “uh, I don’t think any network has ever aired this series since it first aired in what, the ’70s????”

    TVOne aired the entire series a few years ago (maybe 3-4). It was around Easter. I was able to see most episodes. You know cable uses the “instant replay button” so each aired about three times in a month.

  • MarloweOverShakespeare

    Thanks for this addenda, but I have a different cable provider so I don’t have “TVOne.” So looking forward to this premiering on OWN.

  • orchard72361

    Why the hell is she airing this? To get ratings off of black peoples!

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