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'Roots' premiere in NYC: LeVar Burton, Malachi Kirby, Anna Paquin and more hit Lincoln Center

In advance of the broadcast premiere of "Roots," the History channel hosted a premiere screening at Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall. Plenty of celebrities -- many of them cast members from the 2016 version of the TV classic – turned out on May 23, 2016, to see the first installment of the four-night series.

LeVar Burton, a star of the 1977 "Roots" and a producer of the current version, was joined by director Mario Van Peebles, stars Chad L. Coleman, Anna Paquin, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Malachi Kirby and many more.

Babs Olusanmokun and Olivia Cole

Babs Olusanmokun and Olivia Cole attend the
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Babs Olusanmokun and Olivia Cole attend the "Roots" screening at Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center in Manhattan on May 23, 2016.

Chad L. Coleman

Actor Chad L. Coleman attends the
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Actor Chad L. Coleman attends the "Roots" screening at Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center on May 23, 2016, in Manhattan.

Mario and Mandela Van Peebles

Mario Van Peebles and Mandela Van Peebles attend
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Mario Van Peebles and Mandela Van Peebles attend the "Roots" screening at Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center on May 23, 2016, in Manhattan.

Anna Paquin and Stephen Moyer

Actors Anna Paquin and Stephen Moyer attend the
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Actors Anna Paquin and Stephen Moyer attend the "Roots" screening at Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center on May 23, 2016, in Manhattan. Paquin, who stars in the miniseries, wore a black, floor length gown, which featured sheer paneling, vertical stripes and sequin details. She belted the look and accessorized with a pair of chandelier earrings.

Emayatzy Corinealdi

Emayatzy Corinealdi attends the screening of the remake
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Emayatzy Corinealdi attends the screening of the remake of the "Roots" miniseries, in which she stars, at Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center on May 23, 2016, in Manhattan.

Jonathan Rhys Meyers

Actor Jonathan Rhys Meyers and Mara Lane attend
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Actor Jonathan Rhys Meyers and Mara Lane attend the screening for his new miniseries, the remake of "Roots," screening at Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center on May 23, 2016, in Manhattan.

Mandela, Melvin and Mario Van Peebles

Three generations of Van Peebles -- from left,
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Three generations of Van Peebles -- from left, actor Mandela Van Peebles, with his grandfather, director Melvin Van Peebles, and Mandela's father, director Mario Van Peebles -- attend the "Roots" screening at Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center on May 23, 2016, in Manhattan.

Malachi Kirby

Actor Malachi Kirby, who stars in the remake
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Actor Malachi Kirby, who stars in the remake of the miniseries "Roots," at the screening at Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center on May 23, 2016, in Manhattan.

Tip 'T.I.' Harris and LeVar Burton

Tip
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Tip "T.I." Harris, LeVar Burton and Lane Garrison attend the "Roots" screening at Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center on May 23, 2016, in Manhattan.

LeVar Burton Burton

LeVar Burton, who starred in the original
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LeVar Burton, who starred in the original "Roots" miniseries in the 70s, attends the screening for the remake at Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center on May 23, 2016, in Manhattan.

Derek Luke

Derek Luke attends the
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Derek Luke attends the "Roots" screening at Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center on May 23, 2016, in Manhattan.

LeVar Burton with 'Roots' cast members

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"Roots" stars Derek Luke, left, Lane Garrison, original miniseries star LeVar Burton, Anna Paquin, Erica Tazel, Anika Noni Rose, Jonathan Rhys, Malachi Kirby, president and CEO of A+E Networks Nancy Dubuc, Emayatzy Corinealdi and Rege-Jean Page attend the "Roots" screening at Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center on May 23, 2016, in Manhattan.

Kirby Jackson

Actress Kirby Jackson attends the
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Actress Kirby Jackson attends the "Roots" screening at Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center on May 23, 2016, in Manhattan.

Erica Tazel

Actress Erica Tazel attends the
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Actress Erica Tazel attends the "Roots" screening at Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center on May 23, 2016, in Manhattan.

Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Korin Huggins, Anna Paquin and Lane Garrison

Jonathan Rhys Meyers, co-executive producer Korin Huggins, Anna
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Jonathan Rhys Meyers, co-executive producer Korin Huggins, Anna Paquin and Lane Garrison attend the screening of their miniseries, "Roots," at Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center on May 23, 2016, in Manhattan.

Amy Halldin, LeVar Burton and Tabitha Holbert

Amy Halldin, LeVar Burton and Tabitha Holbert attend
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Amy Halldin, LeVar Burton and Tabitha Holbert attend the "Roots" screening at Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center on May 23, 2016, in Manhattan.

Al Sharpton, Melvin Van Peebles and Warrington Ludlin

The Rev. Al Sharpton, director Melvin Van Peebles
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The Rev. Al Sharpton, director Melvin Van Peebles and Warrington W. Hudlin attend the "Roots" screening at Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center on May 23, 2016, in Manhattan.

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