Roots 35 Years Later: Where Is The Cast Now?

Roots Kunta Kinte(SLIDE)( — On January 23, 1977, ABC aired the first of eight consecutive episodes of the twelve-hour mini-series Roots. Arguably the most successful television movie of all time — it was nominated for a combined 35 awards, and won 14, including nine Emmy awards.

Roots had a lasting impact on viewers, television, and its cast. On the 35th anniversary of its airing, theGrio recently took a look back at where the ‘Roots’ actors were then, and where they are now.


Cicely Tyson: Tyson, a former Ebony magazine model (and ex-wife of Miles Davis) earned an Emmy nomination for her role as Binta in Roots.

Tyson is also known for her Oscar-nominated role in the film Sounder, and she won an Emmy award for actress of the year in the television movie The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman. In 2011, Tyson appeared in her first music video in Willow Smith’s “21st Century Girl.”