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.