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Questlove To Develop 'The Authentic African Sound' For 'Roots' Remake

Questlove has been announced as the executive music producer for the remake of the 1977 'Roots' miniseries, a portrait of American slavery.


The A+E Networks have announced their remake of the 1977 miniseries Roots, the show based on Alex Haley's multigenerational portrait of American slavery. The modern version of the miniseries, which will air in 2016 as a 4-night, 8-hour event, has confirmed that our very own Questlove will be coming on board as its executive music producer. A press release states that Questo will "create the authentic African sound and themes for the characters as well as produce the overall sound as the music progresses each night," Indiewire reports.

The Roots remake will be airing across A+E Networks History, A&E and Lifetime and already has Laurence Fishburne on board (who will play Alex Haley), as well as directors Phillip Noyce (Patriot Games, Salt) and Thomas Carter (Coach Carter), original cast member LeVar Burton as co-executive producer and writing from Lawrence Konner, Mark Rosenthal, Alison McDonald and Charles Murray. We'll keep and eye out for more updates as the air date arrives.

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Meet Four Women Pushing Ivorian Art Forward Through Photography

These young and emerging female photographers from Côte d'Ivoire are shaking up Abidjan's art scene.

There's been a tremendous amount of awe-inspiring art coming from the African continent lately. Photography is no exception. It is one of the most powerful tools used in changing the way in which the West perceives Africa and its diaspora and perhaps the reason why contemporary photography is thriving.

The female gaze is paramount to the way in which the aforementioned visual stories are told and the female photographers here are using their camera lenses to give us glimpses of lands, peoples, histories, and futures unknown. Their individual experiences and perspectives are widening the scope of what is believed to be Côte d'Ivoire. Within the country's capital, Abidjan, there's a creative scene that seems to have sprawled up out of nowhere yet is so rich in its offerings.

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