With the Grammy Awards approaching, FINDING YOUR ROOTS WITH HENRY LOUIS GATES JR, where a variety of famous guests set out to discover their fascinating family stories going back many generations, welcomes a hip hop legend. The seventh episode of the third season will air on Tuesday, February 16, 2016 at 8:00pm and features musicians Sean Combs and LL Cool J.
Today’s leading artists, authors, politicians, activists, business moguls, architects and journalists will discover their fascinating family stories going back many generations in the new third season of the critically acclaimed series FINDING YOUR ROOTS WITH HENRY LOUIS GATES, JR. The ten-part series will begin airing on PBS on January 5, 2016 at 8:00 pm (check local listings). Professor Gates, the Alphonse Fletcher University Professor at Harvard University and director of the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research, continues exploring the mysteries, surprises and revelations hidden in the family trees of 28 of today’s most intriguing cultural trailblazers.
“There is something essential in human nature that drives us to wonder where we came from,” said Gates. “We can’t truly know ourselves until we know something of our origins. With new DNA technology we can learn more about this past and go further back than ever before, and we hope that the new season will inspire people to find out more about their own personal family stories, and spark an interest among young people in genetics, anthropology, history, and the pursuit of science.”
“By looking at the ancestral narratives of these 28 individuals who have played significant roles in shaping our contemporary culture, the third season of FINDING YOUR ROOTS reveals how we are all connected to larger stories that have played a role in shaping who we are as people,” said Sharon Percy Rockefeller, president and CEO of WETA Washington, D.C., the flagship public broadcaster in the nation’s capital and the producing station for the series.
In the third season of FINDING YOUR ROOTS, broadcast journalists and commentators Bill O’Reilly, Bill Maher and Soledad O’Brien look into their shared Irish roots and learn of the formidable obstacles that their forbears faced. Modern Family’s Ty Burell seeks answers about his possible African lineage and political organizer Donna Brazile wants to find clues to the mystery of her unusual surname. Neil Patrick Harris learns that his bravery as a performer can be traced to a courageous 11th great-grandfather who was one of the first settlers in colonial Virginia, and Gloria Steinem discovers that she was not the first in her family to embrace feminism.
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