A+E Networks is taking on the gargantuan task of remaking the television version of Roots, which was adapted from Alex Haley’s decades-spanning tome that follows the author’s family from their homeland in Africa to America where they live as slaves. The original miniseries, which aired over several days, was a major event when it played on TVs in the late 1970s. Deadline has more on the premise:
A few weeks ago, The Roots invited A$AP Rocky to Philadelphia to perform at the eighth annual Roots Picnic at Penn’s Landing. Last night, A$AP returned the favor by asking them on to come on stage to back him up on The Tonight Show as he rapped two of his latest singles, “L$D” and “Jukebox Joints.” The songs come from his sophomore album At. Long. Last. A$AP., which hit No. 1 on the Billboard 200 and R&B/Hip-Hop Albums charts. Check out the performance above.
Musical parody duo Black Simon and Garfunkel (aka The Roots’ Questlove and Captain Kirk Douglas) covered Taylor Swift’s latest single “Bad Blood” on The Tonight Show Last Night. This is one of a handful of covers the pair has done, including Katy Perry’s “Roar” and Lorde’s “Royals.” Check it out above.
Philly-bred Roots drummer Questlove took a trip to Cuba earlier in the year, and the whole thing is chronicled in a new documentary by Okayplayer that you can now watch on YouTube.
The film was directed by Jauretsi and Daniel Petruzzi. A synopsis: “In addition to two nights of DJing, Questlove made good use of his time in Havana, engaging in extensive cultural research both by digging up some classic Cuban-made vinyl and by visiting the legendary EGREM studios, where most—if not all—of those classic sessions were recorded.”
Check out the 13-plus-minute video above.
Yesterday afternoon, after being bullied at school for months for being too short, 10-year-old Hatfield youth Dominic Zaffino decided to take to Instagram to respond to his name-callers. He posted a message explaining that his growth was stunted because he had gone through 3-and-a-half years of chemo at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia to fight—and defeat—cancer. His heartbreaking rebuttal to his bullies read as follows:
Last night, to celebrate The Tonight Show’s return to Los Angeles, Jimmy Fallon opened the show with a remake of the intro to Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. The Roots make an appearance, with Questlove, Black Thought and the guys busting a Carlton dance move. DJ Jazzy Jeff shows up, too. Check it out above.
WATCH: Jimmy Fallon, Questlove Sing “We Are the Champions” With Ariana Grande, Christina Aguilera and More
Following last night’s Super Bowl Jimmy Fallon and The Roots paid tribute to the game by doing an a cappella version of Freddy Mercury’s “We Are the Champions” with a host of their famous friends—everyone from Sam Smith and Ariana Grande to Christina Aguilera. It’s a delightful watch for this oh-so-gloomy Monday. Check it out above.
In other Fallon Philly connections: Kevin Hart showed up to promote his latest film The Wedding Ringer, and got caught up in a lip sync battle with Fallon and Will Ferrell. Check that clip out below:
Philly bred The Roots drummer Questlove recently celebrated his birthday with two firsts: getting drunk for the first time, and his first hangover. According to TMZ he toasted the night with one too many rum shots and, well, he’s no longer a drunk virgin.
Philly’s War on Drugs stopped by The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon last night to perform “An Ocean Between the Waves,” from their album Lost in the Dream.
Fellow Philadelphian, The Roots drummer and The Tonight Show house bandmate Questlove, snapped a photo for Instagram, noting that, “My fellow Illadelphians War On Drugs might be the only band in the history of [The Tonight Show] to set up and break down their own equipment.”