POTTSTOWN, Pa. (AP) — Before Henry Louis Gates Jr. made "Finding Your Roots" a household program on PBS, Johnny Corson was making surprising discoveries about his family on his own.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.