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WWKD? In Banned Books Week? He'd Celebrate Reading!

Pat LaMarche | Posted 11.17.2014 | Books
Pat LaMarche

Welcome to the Monkey House was first published by Playboy Magazine. Playboy's published countless controversial stories by likewise provocative authors. In spite of this literary contribution, or perhaps because of it, the pinup publication has faced censorship around the world.

How Cicely Tyson Prepared For This Groundbreaking Role

OWN | Posted 08.01.2014 | OWN

From the covers of Ebony magazine to the Broadway stage, Cicely Tyson has had an illustrious career. Though she has played plenty of memorable charact...

Reading Black History, Aloud

LeVar Burton | Posted 04.06.2014 | Black Voices
LeVar Burton

Mother Nature, the power of a nascent storytelling art form in the televised mini-series, and a nation largely ignorant of and reluctant to come to terms with the horrors of its slave-owning past conspired to create a 'perfect storm' of enlightenment in America.

Genetic Family Reunion: DNA Reveals Alex Haley's Scottish Roots (VIDEO)

Megan Smolenyak | Posted 09.25.2013 | Weird News
Megan Smolenyak

Genetic genealogy has been around for more than a dozen years, but has exploded in popularity over the last few. We're remarkably fortunate to live...

My Father's Silence, a Kind of Grace

Heidi W. Durrow | Posted 01.12.2013 | Black Voices
Heidi W. Durrow

I was about 10-years-old when I tried to read Alex Haley's Pulitzer Prize winning book, Roots.

Ground-Breaking Actress Leslie Uggams On Six Decades Of Performing

Dustin Fitzharris | Posted 10.02.2012 | Fifty
Dustin Fitzharris

"This career has been so wonderful to me. I've gotten to meet people. I've gotten to travel all over the world. I'm doing what I love to do, and I've been managing to do it since I was 9 years old."

Michelle Obama's Ancestors: 'American Tapestry' Has Holes in It

Megan Smolenyak | Posted 07.31.2012 | Books
Megan Smolenyak

As the genealogist who initially researched the first lady's family tree (four to five generations on all branches), I wanted to love American Tapestry: The Story of the Black, White and Multicultural Ancestors of Michelle Obama, but found myself disappointed -- mostly due to what's missing.

Son Of Malcolm X's Biographer Seeks Letter At Syracuse University

AP | MICHAEL HILL | Posted 07.29.2012 | Black Voices

ALBANY, N.Y. — The son of Malcolm X's biographer is asking Syracuse University to hand over a letter in which the slain activist writes about hi...

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.

Roots and the Revolution to End Slavery In America

Robert J. Benz | Posted 09.05.2011 | Politics
Robert J. Benz

ABC's Roots bridges a sizable knowledge gap to help us comprehend the institution of slavery that had existed in this country since 1619.