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TV Picks for Tuesday: ‘Boomerang’ on BET

Also showing Feb. 12: “Finding Your Roots With Henry Louis Gates, Jr.,” on KCTS.
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PBS’ ‘Finding Your Roots’ looks into political leaders’ past

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Harvard scholar Henry Louis Gates, Jr., says he hopes this season of the PBS series “Finding Your Roots” helps a divided U.S. see how all Americans have unique family mysteries. This season’s series takes advantage of advancements in genealogy and genetics. It also uses diverse subjects like former U.S. House Speaker […]
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Fresh Air Weekend: 'Ear Hustle' Podcasters; Historian Henry Louis Gates Jr.

Earlonne Woods and Nigel Poor tell about life behind bars in Ear Hustle. Kevin Whitehead reviews new interpretations of Monk's complete works. Gates talks about DNA testing and finding his own roots.
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Historian Henry Louis Gates Jr. On DNA Testing And Finding His Own Roots

As host of the PBS series Finding Your Roots, Gates tells celebrities about their family history. He reflects on his own history and some of the more controversial aspects of DNA testing.
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"I felt enraged. I felt flabbergasted. I felt confused... I can’t say that I’m a loyal customer of Prada. I don’t think I would have gone into the store had I not been assaulted by the images."

Said Chinyere Ezie, a staff attorney at the Center for Constitutional Rights, quoted in "Seriously, Prada, what were you thinking?: Why the fashion industry keeps bumbling into racist imagery" (by Robin Givhan in WaPo).But she went in. She took pictures. And then she did “a reality check.” She showed the pictures she’d taken to her mother and her co-workers. “Am I missing something?” she asked them. No. They saw racism, too.Ezie juxtaposed her pictures from the Prada store with historical images...
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Bantu’s Swahili.

Kamau Muiga makes a point in his essay Bantu’s Swahili, or How to Steal a Language from Africa that I wouldn’t have thought needed to be made in this day and age: that Swahili is “a Bantu language, an African language that wholly emerged in Africa among Africans.” But apparently it’s still widely said to be “a lingua franca, a pidgin, between African languages and Arabic on the East African coast,” so I’m linking to his demolition of that idea. He starts out citing a passage from Henry Louis G...
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Playing Like a Girl: The Problems with Reception of Women in Music

The year was 1942. In the USA, all-girl orchestras toured extensively, rather like a jazz version of A League of Their Own. Audiences were surprised to find that these girls played “just like men!” As in A League of Their Own, though, when the men returned, women were expected to go back to homemaking or other acceptably female professions. Those women who were leaders found themselves in the background once more. Glenn Miller, Benny Goodman, Fletcher Henderson, and Duke Ellington play large in ...
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Defiant rulers and (real) superheroes: Black History Month

The first incarnation of Black History Month began in 1926, when Carter G. Woodson, historian and author, established an observance during the second week of February coinciding with the birthdays of social reformer Frederick Douglass and President Abraham Lincoln. The month-long celebration was then proposed at Kent State University, Ohio, in February 1969, beginning the following year. We at the Oxford African American Studies Center (AASC) want to reflect on the history of African and African...
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5 canon-breaking influences on modern literature

As a discipline, literature is vast, encompassing poetry, prose, and drama from across history, as well as the more modern disciplines of film and media studies. In the modern world, the idea of literature has taken on new meaning as new concepts and technologies have emerged with the changing culture. From internet memes and viral content, to ecocriticism and even the occasional zombie—enjoy a wander through a five captivating and eclectic topics in the world of literature. How are internet mem...
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Books News: From Two Scholars, African-American Folk Tales for the Next Generation

In their new collection, Henry Louis Gates Jr. and Maria Tatar have reintroduced stories from the African diaspora.
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'Annotated African American Folktales' Reclaims Stories Passed Down From Slavery

The new anthology, edited by Henry Louis Gates Jr. and Maria Tatar, aims to make century-old stories — of flying Africans, quizzical animals and even Uncle Remus — available to new generations.(Image credit: Liveright)
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'Finding Your Roots' amid the hard questions of history, identity

Henry Louis Gates Jr.'s PBS show, in its fourth season, is still full of genealogical surprises.            [Author: @ABieseAPP]
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From segregation to the Supreme Court: the life and work of Thurgood Marshall

Marshall (2017) recounts one of the most contentious Supreme Court cases in American history, represented by Thurgood Marshall, who would later serve as the first African American Associate Justice of the Supreme Court. Directed by Reginald Hudlin, with Chadwick Boseman playing the title role, the film establishes Marshall’s greatest legal triumph, Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, Kansas, in which the Court declared the laws allowing for separate but equal public facilities (including publ...
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The Making Of Ta-Nehisi Coates

At the age of 41 (he turns 42 on Saturday), Mr. Coates has become one of the most influential black intellectuals of his generation, joining predecessors including Ms. Morrison, Professor Henry Louis Gates Jr., and Dr. Cornel West. “He’s a rock star,” said Dr. Nell Irvin Painter, professor emeritus of American history at Princeton University, […]
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Searching DNA and family history, ‘Finding Your Roots’ yields some shocking surprises

Henry Louis Gates Jr. says that his family called his grandfather “Casper” behind his back because he looked so white. “I wanted to know how someone of my phenotype,” says Harvard historian, referring to his skin tone, “could be descended from him. How, in one generation, I could be the grandson of someone who looked like him.” That sparked the Harvard historian’s fascination with genealogy. His show “Finding Your Roots” – which traces the family histories of celebrities – is now entering its fo...
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ArkansasOnline: UCA to preview scene in Central High opera [Music by composer Tania León]

Tania  León (b. 1943) Arkansas Online Entire production set for July debut By Debra Hale-Shelton CONWAY -- With the help of Henry Louis Gates Jr.'s historical knowledge and Tania Leon's musical talent, the University of Central Arkansas' dream of an opera commemorating the 1957 desegregation of Little Rock Central High School is closer to reality. ...
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Bernie Sanders and Larry David share some ‘identical DNA’

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Henry Louis Gates Jr., the host of “Finding Your Roots” on PBS, says the show “couldn’t have scripted” the discovery that actor, comedian Larry David and Senator Bernie Sanders are related. An episode where the two learn they’re distant relatives will air on the show’s upcoming fourth season, premiering Oct. […]
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A 'Portable' Overview Of A Complex, Compelling History

The Portable Nineteenth-Century African American Women Writers, thoughtfully edited by Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and Hollis Robbins, is a rewarding read that reminds us the past isn't a single story.(Image credit: Penguin Classics)
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Larry David Just Made Our Wildest Dreams Come True: He & Bernie Sanders Are Related

Sometimes the world gives you the story you didn't know you truly needed, and Wednesday was one of those days.While talking about the upcoming season of Curb Your Enthusiasm at the TCA summer press tour, Larry David dropped the best news we've heard in a long time: He and Bernie Sanders are related.No, you don't need to pinch yourself; your Saturday Night Live dreams really are coming true.For those who may have forgotten, David hopped aboard SNL's parody party of then-presidential candidates S...
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Prof. Martha Nussbaum to deliver Jefferson Lecture on May 1

Prof. Martha C. Nussbaum will deliver the Jefferson Lecture in the Humanities on May 1 at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. Her talk, “Powerlessness and the Politics of Blame,” will begin at 6:30 p.m. CST and will be webcast by the National Endowment for the Humanities. In her speech, Nussbaum, the Ernst Freund Distinguished Service Professor of Law and Ethics, will draw on her years of work on the role of emotion in politics to explore the emotional dynamic...
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Cleveland Humanities Festival Will Include Former Mexican President Vicente Fox

The Cleveland Humanities Festival is underway at venues throughout Northeast Ohio. WKSU’s Kabir Bhatia reports on the series of lectures, recitals and readings that will examine the historical impact of immigration through the lens of the humanities. The artistic and educational events include an opening keynote from Harvard history Professor Henry Louis Gates Jr., as well as playwrights and authors discussing their work and their cultural heritage. This year’s festival is being put together by ...
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‘Africa’s Great Civilizations’: Henry Louis Gates on Why Understanding Africa’s History Is More Vital Than Ever

For someone who is one of the world’s foremost scholars on African peoples, Henry Louis Gates, Jr. is very easy to talk to. The “Finding Your Roots” host is one of America’s foremost public intellectuals, through his television programming, copious writing, and professorship at Harvard University — he’s comfortable both at the White House and... Read more »
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Henry Louis Gates Unveils Africa's Hidden Figures In New Docu-Series

Henry Louis Gates, Jr. is unveiling the hidden figures of Africa’s history in his latest docu-series, “Africa’s Great Civilizations.” Told through an assortment of analysis, interviews and personal exploration, the three-part, six hour PBS documentary series finds the Harvard professor chronicling 200,000 years of Africa’s history and culture. Five years in the making, the series explores everything from the rise of Shaka Zulu to the transformation of South Africa thanks to gold and diamonds, t...
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Henry Louis Gates Jr. on How Africa Has Always Been Ahead of Its Time

Plus, see an exclusive clip from his upcoming doc 'Africa's Great Civilizations'
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Africa's Great Civilizations Have Been Suppressed, Gates Says

Morning Edition's Steve Inskeep talks to Harvard's Henry Louis Gates Jr., who sets out to change that with his African history series that airs Monday night on PBS.
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"Birth of a Movement," now on PBS, tells the story of William Monroe Trotter, an African-American who, along with the NAACP, fought "The Birth of a Nation"

One hundred years ago, blackface and other offensive media representations of African Americans were not only common, but celebrated. Few cultural moments encapsulate this more fully than D.W. Griffith's " The Birth of a Nation " (1915), a notoriously Ku Klux Klan-friendly reimagining of history. "Birth of a Movement," a new film now streaming on PBS, tells the story of William Monroe Trotter, an African-American newspaper editor and activist, who, along with the then newly-formed ...
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Prof. Martha Nussbaum to deliver Jefferson Lecture in the Humanities

World-renowned philosopher Martha C. Nussbaum, the Ernst Freund Distinguished Service Professor of Law and Ethics, will deliver the 2017 Jefferson Lecture in the Humanities on May 1 at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. Her talk, “Powerlessness and the Politics of Blame,” will draw upon her years of work on the role of emotion in politics to explore the emotional dynamics at play in American and other societies, including the ways in which uncertainty leads t...
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Celebs Celebrate Martin Luther King Jr.'s Legacy — See What Michelle Obama, Jesse Williams, Ivanka Trump, & More Are Tweeting About #MLKDay!

With Donald Trump about to lead a divided nation of civil unrest, now it's more important than ever to honor Martin Luther King, Jr. On Monday, celebrities and politicians paid tribute to the civil rights leader's holiday on Twitter with messages saluting his legacy. Stars like Jesse Williams, Gabrielle Union, Alicia Keys, and Mark Ruffalo remembered the cultural icon by sharing some of his insightful -- and overwhelmingly relevant -- quotes against hate. Related: Tomi Lahren Rushes To Delete Ol...
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Some key moments related to race during Obama’s presidency

From the moment Barack Obama was sworn in as the 44th president of the United States and America’s first African-American commander in chief, race took center stage in myriad ways in the national conversation. Here are some key moments: ___ July 16, 2009: Henry Louis Gates Jr., a black professor at Harvard University, is arrested […]
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Boston Mayor Says Trump's Victory Is In Part Backlash To African-American Progress

Boston Mayor Martin Walsh (D) said Tuesday that he believes Donald Trump’s victory in the presidential election is in part a backlash against America’s first black president and the progress African-Americans have made in the United States. In an interview with The Boston Globe, Walsh said that he agreed with Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr., who told Salon after the election that Trump’s victory was a backlash against black progress. “I would hope as a country we have gone beyond tha...
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