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  • Nas Sees Ancestor’s Bill of Sale – A First for ‘Finding Your Roots’ (Watch)

    Oct 27, 14 by Cherie Saunders 1 Comment


    *Rapper Nas makes history on Tuesday’s episode of “Finding Your Roots.” “We introduced Nas to five generations – we’ve never been able to do this before for any African American – five generations of his enslaved ancestors,” host Henry Louis Gates told the TCA in July. “And we showed him an extremely rare document, something […]

  • Khandi Alexander Learns of Family Tragedy on ‘Finding Your Roots’ (Watch)

    Oct 13, 14 by Cherie Saunders 9 Comments


    *This week’s episode of “Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates Jr.” will feature Ben Affleck finding out that his mom was a Freedom Rider, NAACP president Benjamin Jealous learning that his free great-grandfather had to purchase his own wife and family for their safety, and “Scandal” actress Khandi Alexander receiving a “book of life” […]

  • ‘Finding Your Roots': Will Anna Deavere Smith Ever Bring Basil Biggs to the Stage?

    Oct 8, 14 by Cherie Saunders 4 Comments


    *Monday’s episode of “Finding Your Roots 2” had plenty of dramatic revelations for its three subjects…as well as the viewing audience. Who knew that CNN anchor Anderson Cooper’s great-great-great-great-grandfather was beaten to death by his slave? With a farm hoe… Or that documentarian Ken Burns had an American relative who fought for the British in the […]

  • ‘Finding Your Roots 2’ Returns with Courtney B. Vance’s Dad’s Side

    Sep 4, 14 by Cherie Saunders Leave a comment


    *You know you have a complicated family history when ancestry.com’s help line tells you, “We can’t help you.” This is what actor Courtney B. Vance says he was told verbatim when he went to the popular genealogy website for help in researching his dad’s side of the family. Luckily for Vance, Dr. Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and […]

  • Nas Sees Bill of Sale for 3rd Great Grandma on ‘Finding Your Roots’

    Jul 23, 14 by Cherie Saunders 1 Comment


    *Nas will be among the new crop of celebrities presented with their family history in the PBS series “Finding Your Roots” — and the first rapper to ever appear on the program, which begins its second season in September. “We introduced Nas to five generations – we’ve never been able to do this before for […]

  • ‘Freedom Summer': PBS Takes Us Back to June 1964, Mississippi (Trailer)

    Jun 24, 14 by Cherie Saunders Leave a comment


    *In June of 1964, a campaign within the civil rights movement was launched to try and register as many African American voters as possible in Mississippi, where efforts by the local Citizens Council disenfranchised the segregated state’s black population. More than 700 volunteers entered the state. White resistance was brutal.  The summer was marked with relentless beatings, […]