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Inked Heritage: Berber Women's Tattoos In Algeria

HuffPost Algeria | Sara Elkamel | Posted 11.12.2015 | World

In Algeria’s Aurès mountains, it was a tradition for Berber women to tattoo their bodies and faces. The shapes and symbols they used were...

'No Really... What Are You?'

The Establishment | Posted 11.12.2015 | Women
The Establishment

I can almost feel my mother's heart break when I'm asked about my family history. I'm proud of my Filipino heritage, and proud to be an American, but when I think of the cost and loss my mother suffered, my pride is twinged with betrayal.

Craft in the Contemporary

Pioneers for Change | Posted 11.03.2015 | Impact
Pioneers for Change

It is very important to me to work on reviving and sustaining craftsmanship, as artisans are the repositories of heritage traditions. We need to honor their knowledge and skill and ensure that they are given their dignity and due respect at the emotional and material level.

Best-Selling Author Lisa See Offers Valuable Chinese-American Genealogy Resource

Megan Smolenyak | Posted 10.26.2015 | Books
Megan Smolenyak

"In all my novels, including the mysteries, I've written about history that has been lost, forgotten, or deliberately covered up. I've written abou...

Food Heritage: Why Culture Matters

Mansal Denton | Posted 11.17.2015 | Taste
Mansal Denton

Food is the life blood of maintaining culture and understanding how this came to be in America can help you to find your roots and let it guide you more intelligently.

On Being A Chinese-American Woman

Maria X. Liu | Posted 10.16.2015 | Women
Maria X. Liu

I want to be vocal about my experience in order to encourage others to do the same. The experience is one that needs to be collectively shared so that future generations will one day feel empowered and thus embrace their culture.

Honoring Hispanic Roots

American Heart Association | Posted 10.04.2015 | Latino Voices
American Heart Association

For many Hispanics, part of our cultural identity is connected to the music we heard in our family homes and the dances our families danced. Dancing is a way to be physically active and to be socially and culturally connected.

Gina Rodriguez Gracefully Corrects 'Hater' Who Said Latinos Use Their Heritage For 'Marketing'

The Huffington Post | Carolina Moreno | Posted 10.07.2015 | Latino Voices

Gina Rodriguez has dealt with her share of online discrimination, and the actress recently proved she isn't afraid to take twitter trol...

Coming To America

Nkem DenChukwu | Posted 09.05.2015 | Black Voices
Nkem DenChukwu

No! This piece is not about Eddie Murphy and Asernio Hall "Coming to America." (Laughs) Your country of birth is not the same as your nationality. Wh...

Russell Athletic Heritage in the Future

Brad Hobbs | Posted 08.10.2015 | Style
Brad Hobbs

Russell Athletic as you may know is a long lived Athletic brand. Founded by Benjamin Russell in 1902, Russell began by creating mainly women's unders...

Alfre Woodard Goes on a Memorable Roots Journey

Megan Smolenyak | Posted 08.06.2015 | Entertainment
Megan Smolenyak

Actress Alfre Woodard's grandfather died when her father was only a toddler, so this part of her family tree is a mystery. To uncover the past, Ms. Woodard goes an ancestral journey through Georgia and Louisiana.

70-Year-Old 'Black' Woman Discovers Both Of Her Birth Parents Were White

The Huffington Post | Taryn Finley | Posted 06.24.2015 | Black Voices

For 70 years, Verda Byrd thought she was an African American woman -- until she recently discovered that both of her birth parents were white. Byr...

LeBron James Is Making His Cleveland Ancestors Proud

Megan Smolenyak | Posted 06.15.2015 | Sports
Megan Smolenyak

Whether LeBron knows it or not, three generations of his family once called Cleveland home. LeBron has classic, Great Migration heritage, and two branches of his family tree made their way from the South to Cleveland.

Finding Beauty, Religion and Heritage in São Miguel, The Azores (PHOTOS)

Sivan Askayo | Posted 05.28.2015 | Travel
Sivan Askayo

For the last three years I have been traveling to Portugal to photograph its beauty. I have been to Lisbon a numerous times, captured Porto on a rainy weekend, been to the university of Coimbra, passed through Aveiro, and wined and dined in Alentejo, the so-called Tuscany of Portugal.

Remembering Our Past for a Better Future: Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

Grace Ji-Sun Kim | Posted 05.25.2015 | Impact
Grace Ji-Sun Kim

It is easy to forget your history. It is particularly easy to forget if your history is neither a part of the mainstream American historical narrative nor included in our history books. Asian American Pacific Islanders face this challenge.

Hillary Clinton Family Tree a Wake-Up Call for Genealogy

Megan Smolenyak | Posted 06.06.2015 | Media
Megan Smolenyak

If everyone got a quarter of Hillary Clinton's tree wrong, what about yours? Are the names adorning your family tree really your ancestors or just crowd-sourced fiction?

EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: Sean Hayes Discovers Family's Criminal Past

Megan Smolenyak | Posted 05.28.2015 | Entertainment
Megan Smolenyak

Sean explores his paternal ancestry focusing on his Hayes line, and that leads him via Chicago and Dublin back to Ballylongford in County Kerry. What will he learn there? Check out this exclusive video provided by TLC to get a taste:

A Community Is More Than a Group of People

The University of Central Florida Forum | Posted 05.26.2015 | College
The University of Central Florida Forum

I recently met someone from Bolivia through a mutual friend. She was telling me how different it is in Florida, as no one ever is outside or takes walks. I thought that was an odd statement, given that I see plenty of fellow Floridians outside enjoying our beautiful state.

EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: Angie Harmon Understands the Power of Walking in Your Ancestors Footsteps

Megan Smolenyak | Posted 05.19.2015 | Entertainment
Megan Smolenyak

This Sunday on Who Do You Think You Are? (March 22, 2015 at 10/9c on TLC), Angie Harmon -- who always thought she was Greek, Irish and Native American -- makes some surprising discoveries about the Harmon branch of her family tree.

Exclusive Video: Josh Groban Discovering Remarkable and Controversial Ancestor

Megan Smolenyak | Posted 05.13.2015 | Entertainment
Megan Smolenyak

Josh Groban knows little about his mother's lineage, so sets out on a journey to learn more about the maternal side of his family tree on Who Do You Think You Are?, airing this Sunday, March 15 at 10/9c on TLC.

Traditions - New Orleans Second Lining

Michael Hill | Posted 04.07.2015 | Arts
Michael Hill

On January 11, 2014 I had the pleasure of participating in a Second Line Parade, back in my home town of New Orleans, Louisiana. Though I'd seen hundreds growing up there, this was the first I've actually ever taken part in. Second Lining is an old tradition in New Orleans and considered a part of our cultural heritage.

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.

Photo of Barack Obama's Irish Immigrant 3rd Great-Grandfather, Fulmoth Kearney, Discovered

Megan Smolenyak | Posted 02.18.2015 | Politics
Megan Smolenyak

It was seven years ago when I identified Fulmoth Kearney of Moneygall, Ireland as the most recent immigrant on the maternal side of Barack Obama's family tree. Inheriting land in Ohio from a brother, Fulmoth's father, Joseph, left Ireland for the United States in 1849.

Digging Out of Tourism Downfalls: Egypt's Archaeology Takes the Stage

Deborah Lehr | Posted 02.16.2015 | World
Deborah Lehr

As the security situation improves, now is the time for Egypt to consider new opportunities to promote -- and protect -- its cultural and aesthetic patrimony.

4 Celebrities Named for 'Who Do You Think You Are?'

Megan Smolenyak | Posted 02.15.2015 | Entertainment
Megan Smolenyak

It won't be long until genealogy fans and history buffs can get another hit of watching celebrities time travel to their roots. TLC's next season of...