T.I. & Mekhi Phifer Join The Cast Of ‘Roots’ Remake

(AllHipHop News) Clifford “Tip” Harris (ATL, American Gangster) is once again pursuing his other gig as an actor. The Atlanta rapper has been named as a cast member for A+E Networks’ remake of Roots.

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Tip (aka T.I.) will play the role of Cyrus. The character is described as a headstrong slave that joined the Union Army during the Civil War.

Veteran actor Mekhi Phifer (8 Mile, Divergent) has been cast as a mute slave named Jerusalem. Laurence Fishburne, Forest Whitaker, Anna Paquin, Anika Noni Rose, Chad L. Coleman, Derek Luke, and others have already signed on for the four-part miniseries.

Will Packer (Ride Along, Straight Outta Compton) is listed as one of the executive producers. LeVar Burton – a lead star of the original 1976 Roots miniseries – is a co-executive producer.

The four episodes will be directed by Mario Van Peebles, Bruce Beresford, Phillip Noyce, and Thomas Carter, respectively. Grammy winner Questlove of The Roots has been hired to oversee the music.

The new adaptation of Roots is scheduled to premiere on A+E in 2016.

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39 Responses to “T.I. & Mekhi Phifer Join The Cast Of ‘Roots’ Remake”

    • shock

      why you complaining? You see slave movies everyday with this rap shit. They chains just happened to be made of gold and platinum now

      • Drake's 3rd best Ghostwriter

        Agreed. We should talk about it forever. Never let go. That’s what I always say.

      • STFUUIgnants

        You know what, you’re right. Let’s stop celebrating the 4th of July, I mean when did this country get its independence….centuries ago? by violent means btw, and not peaceful protesting…yeah let it ago. Pearl Harbor…done, enough already. Columbus lost azz, “discovering America”…let it go…..Jewish Holocaust…”get over it”, St Patrick’s day….. “Christ being born”….what was that like 2015 years ago…..enough already dammit

      • Drake's 3rd best Ghostwriter

        If you’re suggesting we have a holiday to celebrate slavery I think that’s an extremely poor idea.

      • STFUUIgnants

        Black History Month in the U.S. starts with slavery and ends with Jim Crow…..there’s no suggestion needed. But if we’re going to forget past atrocities, why stop with slavery? The Holocaust, 911, Pearl Harbor, England over taxing their colonies in America, mistreatment of the Irish, the Italians, of women, of gays….let’s forget it all happened!!

      • Drake's 3rd best Ghostwriter

        It would be better than staying bitter for all of eternity.

      • STFUUIgnants

        Dam right those Jews, need to get OVER IT. Tired of hearing about it. And Obama had the nerve to give some descendants of Holocaust survivors reparations….THEY WEREN’T IN THE ENCAMPMENTS!!! BS, man I tell you….bs

        Any talk about the past is pure bitterness…burn ALL the history books!!

      • Drake's 3rd best Ghostwriter

        You can’t talk about Jewish people like that bro. I’m warning you. They’ll shut this entire site down at the drop of a hat and it will be your fault.

      • STFUUIgnants

        Now what would give people the idea that Jews would do something like that, is it something in their histo-oops never mind.

      • STFUUIgnants

        Anti-what…what’s a Semitic…does that have something to do with this Shem character in what people call the Bible, which is supposedly based on real historical eve-uhm nope can’t go there…so I can’t be called an anti-whatever that’s suppose to be. Let leave it in the past-alright? I thought we already covered that.

      • Drake's 3rd best Ghostwriter

        Jewish people are an exception. It’s politically incorrect to insult them.

  1. A.P. Millz-CT

    W T F is going on with all these sl@ve movies?????? We can’t think of any other movie to make??? I will NOT be seeing this mess.

    • STFUUIgnants

      Then black folks get shamed for “bringing up slavery”. How about a movie about police corruption….there are hundreds of examples…including one department in Florida that had actual registered KKK members…..didnt even make national news.

      • Drake's 3rd best Ghostwriter

        That’s something I would see a movie about

      • W.E.B. Du Bois

        “we” ? – you lying wurfless , shitrace weezil – your “we” is on da otha sites , “enjoyin” da only heinous acts in history dat cud be posted , n’ da pedofiles protected

      • Drake's 3rd best Ghostwriter

        You need to go to night school and get a G.E.D. or some shit. No one should be this dumb.

  2. Elayorx El

    Waiting for that Black Wall Street script. We all up on game about what this is already. I mean, if it’s not absolutely clear about what’s going on by now, denial is the only thing that can explain it. SMH

  3. Cavadias

    Another damn slave movie I see, why not make a movie about Dr.John Henrik Clarke or about Denmark Vessey who was trying to lead a Slave Revolt in Charleston,SC…

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