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  • ‘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, […]

  • ‘Coming Back with Wes Moore’ Follows Vets Returning from War

    May 9, 14 by Cherie Saunders Leave a comment


    *Best-selling author and former Army combat veteran Wes Moore hosts the three-part PBS series that explores the personal lives of different soldiers as they return from war. “Coming Back with Wes Moore,” premiering Tuesday, May 13, follows the men and women in uniform as they attempt to reintegrate back into society, establish new identities, and […]

  • The Most Notorious Plagiarizer Ever? Jayson Blair Tells His Story in PBS Film

    May 2, 14 by Cherie Saunders Leave a comment


    *On Monday, PBS’ Independent Lens premieres “A Fragile Trust,” a documentary about the rise and fall of journalist Jayson Blair. He came to the New York Times as a superstar feature writer and left in disgrace after he was caught plagiarizing the work of other reporters – multiple times. The fact that he was African […]

  • Leslie Uggams Frightened Southern States With Her 1960s NBC Gig (Watch)

    Apr 15, 14 by Cherie Saunders Leave a comment


    *The fourth season of PBS’ “Pioneers of Television” will include a “Breaking Barriers” episode dedicated to the actors who changed the racial landscape of the small screen…often against improbable odds. “The network was trying to get rid of me because the South would not carry the show,” says Leslie Uggams, discussing her first TV gig […]