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Finding Your Roots

Racial Unrest Today Has Roots in Our Intertwined Genealogical Ties to Slavery

Marty Favor | Posted 05.20.2015 | Black Voices
Marty Favor

A comparison between actor Ben Affleck's apology and the Baltimore unrest might seem trivial to some, but it actually speaks to why we need to embrace our complex pasts. Selectively editing our backgrounds is a symptom of a larger inability of Americans of all races to honestly assess our history.

Ben Affleck's Ancestry Combines Abolitionists with Slave Owners

Blake Fleetwood | Posted 05.19.2015 | Media
Blake Fleetwood

The revelation of Ben Affleck's request to Harvard Scholar Henry Louis Gates to remove mention of a slave owning relative who lived 150 years ago caused a media brouhaha, but the actor failed to mention another illustrious relative who gave his life to the Abolitionist cause in the Civil War.

Much Ado About Nothing: Affleck's Ancestor

Cynthia Dagnal-Myron | Posted 04.22.2015 | Entertainment
Cynthia Dagnal-Myron

The comments beneath Ben Affleck's Facebook "mea culpa" for having his slave-owner ancestor cut from the PBS show Finding Your Roots were pretty typical.

Following Controversy, Ben Affleck Reveals Name Of Slave-Owning Ancestor

AP | By FRAZIER MOORE | Posted 04.23.2015 | Entertainment

NEW YORK (AP) — PBS is conducting an internal review following revelations that producers of "Finding Your Roots" may have violated the network's ed...

PBS Launches Investigation Into ‘Finding Your Roots' Censorship

Deadline | Posted 04.21.2015 | Black Voices

PBS and WNET have launched an investigation into Henry Louis Gates Jr.’s decision to censor his celebrity-geneology series Finding Your Roots after ...

Ben Affleck Reportedly Asked PBS To Censor His Slave-Owning Ancestor

The Huffington Post | Erin Whitney | Posted 04.22.2015 | Entertainment

The PBS series "Finding Your Roots" is all about uncovering the ancestry of the show's celebrity guests. But according to a hacked Sony email, one gue...

Bully for Ancestry: My Journey Into the Past Uncovered a Forgotten Polish Odyssey

Greg Archer | Posted 05.01.2015 | Impact
Greg Archer

These may be heady questions, but now that we're 15 years into the 21st Century--yes, that's a jawdropper when you think about it--and the future has, basically, arrived, ironically, we find ourselves in the midst of another phenomena: Looking back into the past.

Watch Nas React To Seeing An Ancestor's Bill Of Sale Into Slavery

The Huffington Post | Avery Stone | Posted 11.06.2014 | Black Voices

During Tuesday's episode of PBS' documentary series "Finding Your Roots," rapper Nas was shown a devastating document from the past: a paper receipt f...

In Search of Our Fathers

Henry Louis Gates, Jr. | Posted 11.23.2014 | Arts
Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

History isn't just a set of boring facts and dates; it can have marvelous healing powers.

Courtney B. Vance Discovers A Rebellious Slave In His Family Tree

The Root | The Root Staff | Posted 09.22.2014 | Black Voices

In their book Friends: A Love Story, actor Courtney B. Vance and his actress wife, Angela Bassett, laid bare their seven-year struggle with infertilit...

Nas Makes History Again!

AP | Posted 07.29.2014 | Black Voices

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — When Nas became the first rapper invited to trace his family tree through the PBS series "Finding Your Roots," he welco...

Genealogy on TV: 28 Celebrities and Counting

Megan Smolenyak | Posted 08.05.2014 | Entertainment
Megan Smolenyak

A pair of Valeries: Valerie Bertinelli tapes for Who Do You Think You Are? in London and Senior Advisor to President Obama, Valerie Jarrett, learns ...

DNA Stories: Did She Marry Her Cousin? (VIDEO)

Megan Smolenyak | Posted 11.18.2013 | Weird News
Megan Smolenyak

Though genetic genealogy has been around for more than a decade, the sight of celebrities swabbing their cheeks on TV shows like Who Do You Think Y...

HBO's Family Tree First of Four Genealogy Series to Air in U.S.

Megan Smolenyak | Posted 07.02.2013 | TV
Megan Smolenyak

Though there's been a bit of a vacuum in genealogical programming in the U.S. over the last year or so, that's happily about to change. First up is Christopher Guest and Jim Piddock's mockumentary series, Family Tree.

Family Scrapbooks: A Journey of Memories and Mourning

Helen Davey | Posted 08.11.2012 | Healthy Living
Helen Davey

There's a reason they call it honoring your "roots," because compiling such records provides feelings of grounding, stability, and continuity.

Skip Gates Helps Samuel L. Jackson Find His Roots

Posted 04.29.2012 | Black Voices

Every week, The Huffington Post Black Voices tells you what Henry Louis Gates has planned on his show "Finding Your Roots With Henry Louis Gates Jr." ...

Henry Louis Gates Helps Robert Downey Jr. Find His Roots

Posted 04.22.2012 | Black Voices

Henry Louis Gates Jr. has helped celebrities uncover fascinating aspects of their ancestry, oftentimes discovering things they never knew before. This...

Henry Louis Gates Helps 3 Religious Leaders Find Their Roots

Posted 04.15.2012 | Black Voices

This season on his PBS series, "Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates Jr.," Henry Louis Gates has already helped media legend, Barbara Walters, di...

COUSINS!

Posted 04.05.2012 | Celebrity

Kevin Bacon and Kyra Sedgwick are cousins! Well, not really: Hollywood's poster children for marriage success -- we're counting 23 years -- discovered...

WATCH: Henry Louis Gates Helps Barbara Walters Find Her Roots

Posted 04.02.2012 | Black Voices

Renowned Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. has helped a number of celebrities discover integral aspects of their family origins, now he's taking...

Gates' 'Finding Your Roots' Debuts New Season

The Washington Post | Posted 03.25.2012 | Black Voices

It wasn't a question of whether his ancestors had been slaves. Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.), a son of the Old South and one of the country's leading civil ...

Public Academic: Henry Louis Gates, Jr. Follows Alex Haley's Roots

Regina Weinreich | Posted 05.20.2012 | Home
Regina Weinreich

Admiring the television series Roots as a boy, Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr. explores a passion for genetics and genealogies in a new PBS series, Finding Your Roots, to start this Sunday.

Four Months of Celebrity Roots on Air in 2012

Megan Smolenyak | Posted 03.10.2012 | TV
Megan Smolenyak

For genealogy buffs and those who just can't get enough of celebrities, there's plenty of cause to celebrate in 2012 as there will be four solid months of famous roots on air.

Digging For Your Roots, Anyone?

Patricia Rust | Posted 02.28.2012 | Travel
Patricia Rust

I was already on a cruise through the Mediterranean, so I thought that after the pleasure of cruising, I could enjoy the thrill of research in some libraries in a country where I knew no one. Little did I know that this former country of strangers would soon become a country of friends!

Wonderful British Shows Are Returning To PBS

Posted 11.17.2011 | Home

By DAVID BAUDER, The Associated Press NEW YORK -- There's good news for fans of Sherlock Holmes and "Downton Abbey": They're both coming back to PB...