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Multi-Layered Celebration at Ellis Island

Megan Smolenyak | Posted 05.22.2015 | New York
Megan Smolenyak

The event marked the completion of the Peopling of America Center, the formal post-Sandy re-opening, the bestowal of Family Heritage Awards to Diane von Furstenberg, Patti LuPone and Henry Louis Gates, Jr., and the naturalization of eight new American citizens. Following are a few highlights.

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.

Celebrities Whose Family Members Arrived at Ellis Island

Jeryl Brunner | Posted 05.20.2015 | Entertainment
Jeryl Brunner

It is estimated that nearly half of all Americans can trace their family history to at least one person who passed through the Port of New York at Ellis Island. From 1892 to 1954, when Ellis Island was operating as an immigration station more than 12 million immigrants entered its halls.

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.

PHOTOS: The Paley Center Tribute To African-American Achievements

The Huffington Post | Brennan Williams | Posted 05.18.2015 | Black Voices

The Paley Center for Media hosted a star-studded event Thursday evening celebrating the 35th anniversary of BET's launch, as well as the groundbreakin...

Ben Affleck - When TMZ Meets TMI

Michael Rosenblum | Posted 04.22.2015 | Media
Michael Rosenblum

Actor Ben Affleck, recently the subject of the PBS series Searching For Your Roots, a direct copy, by the way of the BBC series Who Do You Think You Are, found out that his ancestors were once slave-holders.

Influential African-Americans To Be Celebrated For Achievements In Television

The Huffington Post | Brennan Williams | Posted 04.27.2015 | Black Voices

In celebration of the ever-growing diversity in television, The Paley Center for Media will pay homage to the various achievements of African-American...

John Legend and Common Sing Selma's "Glory" at the Metropolitan Club

Regina Weinreich | Posted 03.09.2015 | Entertainment
Regina Weinreich

Bracing an icy rain, Harry Belafonte, Gay Talese, Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Ruben Santiago Hudson, Phylicia Rashad, Gayle King, Tamron Hall, and many ot...

Matthew Jacobs

'Selma' Director Challenges Claims Of Historical Inaccuracy

HuffingtonPost.com | Matthew Jacobs | Posted 01.08.2015 | Entertainment

By the time "Selma" opened on Christmas Day, its rapturous critical reception had the film on course to become a clear Oscar front-runner. But as is ...

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.

Ben Carson: Race Relations Are Worse Under Obama

The Huffington Post | Igor Bobic | Posted 11.26.2014 | Politics

Retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson said Tuesday that race relations in the United States have actually gotten worse under the nation's first black presid...

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...

President Obama's Terms in Office Have Revealed the Hidden Racism in America

Joan E. Dowlin | Posted 10.03.2014 | Politics
Joan E. Dowlin

I have lately been wondering if a white man were in office during these tumultuous times of global and humanitarian crises if he wouldn't be given more slack from the American people.

What Was Freedom Summer?

The Root | Henry Louis Gates Jr. | Posted 06.23.2014 | Black Voices

Amazing Fact About the Negro No. 85: Why was the summer of 1964 pivotal in the fight for civil rights? Tomorrow night, you will have an opportunity...

WATCH: Why Many Dominicans Don't See Themselves As Black

The Huffington Post | Jessica Dickerson | Posted 06.10.2014 | Black Voices

Henry Louis Gates is no stranger to conversations about black identity. The latest piece of his PBS documentary series -- “Black in Latin America...

Henry Louis Gates' Acclaimed PBS Docu-Series Heads To DVD

The Philadelphia Inquirer | Tirdad Derakhshani | Posted 04.01.2014 | Black Voices

The 2008 election of Barack Obama as the 44th president of the United States symbolized for some Americans an end to the 500-year history of subjugati...

Steve McQueen And Henry Louis Gates Jr. Talk '12 Years A Slave'

The Root | Posted 01.23.2014 | Black Voices

When the creators of a drama that would bring Solomon Northup’s 12 Years a Slave to the big screen needed a historical consultant, Henry Louis Gates...

Saving Children of Incarcerated Parents: The Terrence Stevens Story Featured on PBS

Anthony Papa | Posted 01.24.2014 | New York
Anthony Papa

Terrence Stevens is on a mission to save children whose parents are incarcerated. He knows too well the stories that these kids represent.

New Book Highlights Often Forgotten Piece Of Black History

AP | HILLEL ITALIE | Posted 11.19.2013 | Black Voices

NEW YORK (AP) — For the debut Bartlett's anthology of black quotations, editor Retha Powers wanted to capture the personal, the political and the ar...

On the "A" w/Souleo: Henry Louis Gates, Jr. Hopes New Documentary Series Will Change Education System

Peter 'Souleo' Wright | Posted 12.24.2013 | Black Voices
Peter 'Souleo' Wright

Henry Louis Gates, Jr. hopes that his latest PBS documentary, The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross with Henry Louis Gates, Jr., will not only educate the public but also lead to reform in the nation's public school system.

Henry Louis Gates' 'African Americans' Debuts

Posted 10.25.2013 | Black Voices

Last night marked the premiere of Henry Louis Gates Jr.’s original PBS documentary "The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross." The introspecti...

Five Centuries Of African American History

AP | FRAZIER MOORE | Posted 10.23.2013 | Black Voices

NEW YORK -- NEW YORK (AP) — Slavery in the United States was once a roaring success whose wounds still afflict the country today. So says Henry Lou...

Henry Louis Gates' Next PBS Documentary

AP | FRAZIER MOORE | Posted 10.07.2013 | Black Voices

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — After a tragedy like the Trayvon Martin killing, calls routinely arise for a conversation about race.But Henry Louis Gat...

Obama's Historic Comments on Race Need to be Followed by Bold Action to Ban Racial Profiling

Keith Rushing | Posted 09.25.2013 | Black Voices
Keith Rushing

With a controversial issue, like race, and a power structure that's resistant to change, it takes support and affirmation from people of influence to move the needle.

Gloria Steinem and the Faces of Feminism: MAKERS: Women Who Make America

Regina Weinreich | Posted 04.10.2013 | Entertainment
Regina Weinreich

Makers is a term for all women, whether or not she calls herself a feminist, makes a home, works on a construction crew. She may be the first woman firefighter, first female brigadier general, or first woman orthodox rabbi.