TV ancestry series is a salve for divided America, host says
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — The celebrity ancestry show "Finding Your Roots" has a message to counter divisive political rhetoric, said its host, educator Henry Louis Gates Jr.
Actor Stephen Lang to receive history award from NY group
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Actor Stephen Lang, whose dozens of film roles include the villain in James Cameron's "Avatar," will receive an award from a New York historic preservation group.
The 66-year-old New York native will receive the 2018 Empire State Archives and History Award from the New York State Archives Partnership Trust Thursday night at the State Education Building in downtown Albany.
During the event, Lang will discuss history with Abraham Lincoln scholar Harold Holzer.
Correction: Paul Ryan story
In a story July 31 about the upcoming season of the PBS series "Finding Your Roots With Henry Louis Gates Jr.," The Associated Press erroneously reported the name of Gates' wife. Her name is Marial Iglesias Utset, not Sharon Adams.
A corrected version of the story is below:
House Speaker Paul Ryan uncovers Jewish roots on PBS show
House Speaker Paul Ryan was surprised and proud to find out he has Jewish roots
Henry Louis Gates to receive Lifelong Learning Award
WHYY will honor acclaimed scholar and filmmaker Henry Louis Gates Jr., Ph.D. with its Lifelong Learning Award. The presentation will take place at the station’s 17th annual President’s Dinner.
The event will feature an on-stage interview of Gates by Terry Gross, host of WHYY’s “Fresh Air,” the Peabody Award-winning radio program dedicated to the arts and to the in-depth exploration of national and international issues. The interview will be broadcast on WHYY-TV.
Winners of 2018 Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards announced
Winners of 2018 Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards announced
CLEVELAND,Ohio -- The Cleveland Foundation announced the winners of the 83rd annual Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards on Thursday at the Maltz Performing Arts Center at Case Western Reserve University. The announcement was to be made by 2015 Anisfield-Wolf honoree Marlon James at 7 p.m.
The national juried prize is given for literature that confronts racism and explores diversity.
Text chosen for Bridgeport’s African American History course stirs controversy
BRIDGEPORT — A textbook has been picked for the district’s new African-American studies course — but not everyone is a fan.
“The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross,” by Henry Louis Gates Jr. and Donald Yacovone, is being criticized by some for not starting with pre-slavery times.
“Our history doesn’t start here,” said community member JoAnn Kennedy. “This book starts here in America. We have history before that.”
For just $69, U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren could settle the question of her ancestry once and for all.
That is the sale price (regularly $99) that Ancestry DNA is charging for searching your family genealogy.
Millions of Americans have done it, either through Ancestry, 23andMe or some other ancestry research organization.
‘Finding Your Roots’ examines lives, families
The fascinating PBS series “Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates Jr.,” which arguably is largely responsible for the current boom in individuals exploring their own ancestry, continues with another engaging episode airing Tuesday at 8 p.m. on WHYY.
Gates, who is the Alphonse Fletcher Professor and the director of the Hutchins Center for African and American Research at Harvard University, will examine the lives of Bryant Gumbel, Tonya Lewis-Lee and Suzanne Malveaux.
Review: ’100 Amazing Facts About the Negro,′ by Henry Louis Gates Jr.
Esteemed historian Henry Louis Gates Jr. has built a formidable reputation (and a considerable personal brand) by bringing African-American studies, once considered a backwater academic discipline, into the mainstream — largely by making it accessible and interesting to white people.
Armisen startled after discovering he’s ‘quarter Korean’
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — American actor and comedian Fred Armisen has just learned that his grandfather was a legendary dancer from Japan who, while living in Germany in the 1930s and '40s, allegedly volunteered in propaganda work for the Third Reich and moonlighted as a spy for the emperor in Tokyo.
But among the startling discoveries about his lineage, the "Portlandia" star seemed most shocked about what has been general knowledge in the art world — the late Masami Kuni was actually Korean.
Genealogy show unlocks family secrets for Carly Simon, more
LOS ANGELES (AP) — If there's a bigger cheerleader for genealogy research than Henry Louis Gates Jr. it's unlikely they're nearly as well-connected.
The prominent Harvard professor once again lures the famous and celebrated to PBS' "Finding Your Roots," which shares their ancestry and family stories as uncovered by impressive research and science.
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. 3.
David has impersonated Sanders on "Saturday Night Live."
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Harold Holzer, one of the nation's leading experts on Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War, will receive an award that has been bestowed on two famous actors and several prominent historians.
New York state officials announced Tuesday that Holzer will receive the 2017 Empire State Archives and History Award from the New York State Archives Partnership Trust at New York City's Cooper Union on Sept. 6.
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:
That race continues to be a major source of anxiety and division in America is an undeniable fact. While some politicians continue to use race to divide, Harvard Professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. is trying again to bridge the gap in his latest PBS documentary series "Black America Since MLK." As a conservative white person, what I like about this program and Gates' previous programs is that he doesn't judge or preach. He lets facts and people speak for themselves. Many whites do not understand the...
‘Black America Since MLK’ debuts new Gates saga
Last month, Henry Louis Gates Jr. came to Philadelphia to promote “Black America Since MLK: And Still I Rise,” a new film hosted, produced and written by the Harvard professor. The two-part, four-hour documentary premieres at 8 p.m. Tuesday on WHYY, and concludes at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 22.
Henry Louis Gates examines ‘Black America Since MLK’
At a preview screening and panel discussion taking place tonight, Fri., Oct. 28, at the University of Pennsylvania, Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates Jr., known for his superb PBS series, “African American Lives,” will promote his forthcoming documentary “Black America Since MLK: And Still I Rise,” premiering Nov. 15 at 8 p.m. on WHYY.
While tonight’s event has sold out, the public is invited to visit whyy.org/specialcoverage.php at 7 p.m. to watch the live streaming event.
As usual, there were a ton of artists and musicians at the political conventions this year. And that raises some questions. How much should artists get involved in politics? How can artists best promote social change?
One person who serves as a model here was not an artist but understood how to use a new art form. Frederick Douglass made himself the most photographed American of the 19th century, which is kind of amazing. He sat for 160 separate photographs (George Custer...