Last Friday, ATL's finest gathered at the Woodruff Arts Center for a world premier screening of Kunta Kinteh Island.
Kunta Kinteh, first introduced to mainstream audiences in Alex Haley's Roots, refused to change his name to Toby. A daring act as depicted in the made for television version, but even more meaningful as in 2011 James Island, the island where Kunta Kinteh was held before he took a harrowing voyage to the America's was renamed Kunta Kinteh Island. The film directed by Elvin Ross chronicles this dramatic and historical renaming ceremony as it unfolds in Gambia.
Kunta Kinteh Island's Atlanta debut brought out Atlanta's entertainment A-list, as Ross was joined by filmmaker Tyler Perry, singers Keke Wyatt and Kandi Buruss, and more in an intimate screening event hosted by CNN's Soledad Obrien.