Join Oprah and Roots cast in a toast of gratitude to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Warren G. Harding 1921-1923
Calvin Coolidge 1923-1929
Maggie ministers to the needs of the distraught Mrs. Harding (Celeste Holm) as gossip and scandal engulf the president (George Kennedy). The quiet dignity of President and Mrs. Coolidge (Ed Flanders and Lee Grant) is a welcome relief after the troubled Harding administration. Though Maggie urges her to reconsider, Lillian (Leslie Uggams) refuses to take a permanent job at the White House. Coolidge chooses not to run for a second term and is succeeded by the aloof Herbert Hoover (Larry Gates). As the Depression descends on the country, Lillian loses her job in a fashionable dress shop and reluctantly joins her mother at the White House.
What's your definition of God?
Backstairs At The White House clip - starring Olivia Cole, Leslie Uggams, Louis Jr. Gossett, Robert Hooks, David Downing, Celeste Holm. Directed by Michael O'Herlihy.
John Amos, Leslie Uggams, Ben Vereen and Louis Gossett Jr. on race in America.
LeVar Burton discusses his journey through faith.
Herbert Hoover 1929-1933
Franklin D. Roosevelt 1933-1945
As the Hoover administration comes to an end, Maggie collapses from exhaustion, but she refuses to follow doctor's orders to rest. The White House moves from gloom to gaiety as the vibrant and optimistic Franklin D. Roosevelt (John Anderson) and his wife, Eleanor (Eileen Heckart), settle in. FDR and Lillian, both victims of polio, establish a close bond. The friendly atmosphere encouraged by the Roosevelts is shattered by the attack on Pearl Harbor. As the U.S. enters World War II, the White House becomes a fortress with armed soldiers stationed throughout.
At a politically correct prep school in Washington DC two girls -one black, one white- go toe to
toe. Jesse is a privileged but troubled white girl whose slutty tendencies pull her towards self-destructive behavior. Tosha is a fiercely determined African-American from Anacostia, one of DC's most impoverished areas. Both new seniors and star players on their school's lacrosse team, the two girls click despite their differences. Their fledgling friendship begins to falter when they discover their shared interest in Rashid, a dashing Lebanese deejay.
Things unravel further when Tosha and Jesse have a shoving match on the lacrosse field and racist graffiti appears on Tosha's locker soon after. Jesse is expelled from school and spirals deeper into self-destructive behavior. Surprisingly, it is Tosha who comes to her rescue. Jesse then returns the favor by sacrificing her own well being for that of Tosha's. And so the two girls, once mired in mutual hatred, become each other's salvation.
The Roots share the stop-motion animated chapter of ...And Then You Shot Your Cousin Understand.
The Way We Were, Nobody Does It Better and scores for 'The Sting,' 'Sophie s Choice' and the Broadway hit 'A Chorus Line' made Marvin Hamlisch the go-to composer and performer for film, Broadway, every U.S. President since Reagan, and concert halls worldwide. Hamlisch won four Grammys, four Emmys, three Oscars, three Golden Globes, a Tony Award, and a Pulitzer Prize before his death in 2012.
Miniseries such as 'Roots,' 'Rich Man, Poor Man' and 'The Thorn Birds' mastered the art of storytelling. With their epic sagas, these television events kept America riveted night after night. Revisit famous scenes and hear actors talk about the impact of their miniseries on their own lives and on the world.
Two Weeks in Another Town -- Screen idol Jack Andrus just out of a sanitarium grabs at a role in a movie shot in Rome by a director whose career is also on the skids. When the director falls ill, Jack takes over.
The story of the friendship and rivalry between lacrosse mates Tosha and Jesse, two senior girls at a competitive Washington, D.C. prep school.
Wesley Snipes and Michael Wright star in this high-stakes drama about power, survival and love. After Roemello Skuggs (Snipes) leaves the world of crime to start over with a new love (Theresa Randle), he’s pulled back in to help his brother (Wright) defend his territory from the mob in this riveting story about Harlem’s Sugar Hill that also stars Clarence Williams III, Ernie Hudson and Abe Vigoda.
A young Senegalese governess accompanies her charges on a vacation, where her white mistress suddenly expects her to do the work of a common maid.
Charlton Heston is the pilot of a hi-jacked airplane. James Brolin is the mad bomber who forces the plane to head to Moscow. Mile high thriller co-stars Yvette Mimieux and Susan Dey.
In 1952, star Kirk Douglas, director Vincente Minnelli, producer John Houseman and screenwriter Charles Schnee teamed for what manyconsider the greatest drama ever made about Hollywood: The Bad and the Beautiful. Ten years later, they took another powerfulinsider's look at the movie business, this time adapting a book by Irwin Shaw. Douglas portrays has-been screen idol Jack Andrus.Just out of a sanitarium, Jack grabs at a small role in a movie shot in Rome by a director (Edward G. Robinson) whose career is alsoon the skids. When the director falls ill, Jack takes over, realizing this is his last shot at personal and professional redemption.Trenchant, confrontational, intensified by Minnelli's genius for color, Two Weeks in Another Town captures the passion of creativepeople facing the abyss.
Screen idol Jack Andrus just out of a sanitarium grabs at a role in a movie shot in Rome by a director whose career is also on the skids. When the director falls ill, Jack takes over.
Has-been screen idol Jack Andrus just out of a sanitarium grabs at a small role in a movie shot in Rome by a director whose career is also on the skids. When the director falls ill, Jack takes over, realizing this is his last shot at redemption.
Miniseries still rank among the top-rated programs in television history; they were major events that captured the nation’s imagination.
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Philly's finest, The legendary Roots Crew, create quite the stir during this live capture at The Mohawk in Austin Texas. Songs: Web, How I Got Over
Alicia races to win a stay of execution for a guilty man who has information which will keep another client from a murder conviction. Meanwhile, Eli tries to get ahead of a client’s potential scandal and Kalinda may have met her match.
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At age 16, Kizzy is sold and bears her new master's son, who grows up to become fun-loving Chicken George. Yearning to see her parents, Kizzy is comforted by Samuel Bennett, but they are ill-matched.
Chicken George is sent to England as payment for his owner's gambling debt. Fourteen years later, he returns home a free man, a status that has a profound effect on the family begun by Kunta Kinte.
On Christmas Eve 1770, a young African warrior, who three years prior had been captured and sold into slavery in America, leads a desperate group of runaway slaves as they attempt to reach freedom in the North. Based on the characters from the novel Roots by Alex Haley.
Guests: Don Rickles, Leslie Uggams, Ray Charles
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His name was Kunta Kinte. Kidnapped from Africa and enslaved in America in 1767, he refused to accept his slave name of Toby. Heirs kept his heroic defiance alive, whispering the name of Kunta Kinte from one generation to the next until it reached a young boy growing up in Tennessee. His name was Alex Haley. And he proclaimed Kunta Kinte's name to the world.
Alex Haley (JONES) is now a successful magazine writer; his latest assignment: an interview with Malcolm X. He later goes on to write The Autobiography of Malcolm X. After the black leader's assassination, Haley sets out to discover his own "roots" and launches a twelve-year search, which culminates with his visit to a small African village.
Tom Harvey's daughter, Cynthia (BANFIELD) falls in love with Will Palmer (SHAW) a railroad worker who soon lands a job at the lumber company. Tensions meanwhile mount in Henning as the white community seeks to strip the blacks of their rights. Will's friend Lee Garnet (MOSLEY) is lynched after accompanying Tom (BROWN) when he fails in his attempt to register to vote.
In 1776, a nation fights for freedom...but not for all. Kunta Kinte escapes again and is crippled by slave catchers. He marries, gains a daughter and loses his long-time friend Fiddler.
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