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It will be on tomorrow as well, the 2nd part. Basically Henry Louis Gates helps 8 very prominent blacks try and trace their roots. As an example, tonight was Oprah, Chris Tucker, Whoopie.. The thing which caught my attention in all of these stories were that each of these people's ancestors gave different things to their community in order to keep it going. Chris Tucker's great grandpa gave over 45 acres of land to other blacks so that they could build a life. Oprah's grandfather I think donated land to build a school for the blacks in the community..

Now that is what we need more of today..
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It was all it was advertised to be. Breat!!

I found it very interesting for the reasons you said, and the particular story of Whoopie Goldberg who has been a loud disavower of being African American.

She hasn't made a big deal about it, but on several national talk shows like 'Oprah', 'The View', and (I think) 'Letterman' or 'Leno'.

It was only a personal observation, on my part.

She didn't 'go there', and neither did the inerviewer.

It was an outstanding segment.

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Jim Chester
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Originally posted by Lamp:
wow i did not know that about whoopie.. news to me..


Please do not take my observation as bashing Whoopie. It isn't.

My point is that reality (truth) can turn our perception of ourselves completely around. Maybe I should have said that.

If you didn't see the show, the same point was made about the interviewer's, (Dr. Louis Gates) family.

A West Virginian genealogist found information indicating the slave-owner family to which Gates had been taught was the owner of his ancestor.

His effort to confirmed the apparent documentation revealed neither the man nor the family was any relation at all.

When he shared the information with his cousin who was a part of the search he resignly said he would have to simply include it in the information.

His father, I think, and his sister just shook their heads.

It was an excellent show.


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Jim Chester
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When he shared the information with his cousin who was a part of the search he resignly said he would have to simply include it in the information.

His father, I think, and his sister just shook their heads.

It was an excellent show.[/i]

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Jim Chester


Yes I recall seeing that part. So help me to understand this, you think the cousin was hoping to find out they really had some white in their ancestry? Well the father could have fooled me.. cause he looked like a white dude wit a touch of coffee in him..
I was fortunate enough to watch the show. My family on my mother's side has always been fortunate enough to know their background. So I can relate to what the show was highlighting. They are from Mississippi and we can trace our family directly to Africa based on oral history. Beside that where my mom is from, Natchez was one of the largest slave ports in that part of the South. My mom was one of the first to leave Mississippi and I was the first grandchild of my maternal side to be born out of Mississippi.
What they found out regarding these families anyone can discover if they take the time to talk to the elders in their family and did a little digging in their local records.
sounds like you have some good info on your history. On my father's side we can go all the way back to my great great grandfather. He was on the 1820's census. I need to get back into this since I'm like the computer literate one in my family..everyone else is scared of computers.. If I could have one wish I would like to meet all of the matriarchs and patriarchs of my family from Day one.. I can then live a happy life..
Yes I recall seeing that part. So help me to understand this, you think the cousin was hoping to find out they really had some white in their ancestry? Well the father could have fooled me.. cause he looked like a white dude wit a touch of coffee in him.---Lamp

I don't think either the search, or disappointment was about European ancestry. Certainly, that is a given when you look at the family members.

I think it had to do, primarily, with loss of the person they/he thought was 'family'.

It's somewhat like the consternation if felt when I learned my cousin was my sister.

Huh???

The earlier information doesn't go away for a while. Maybe that relationship, will always be a part of you.


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Jim Chester
I think Whoopi hit it on the head when she said, let someone tell me to go back where I came from now.---ma'am

I felt really proud for her when she said that knowing where her stated position had been.

Each of us come to our conclusions for reasons that are peculiar to us, individually.

Coming to a common conclusion, therefore, is by definiton and intent, a very difficult process.

Airing investigative processes like Gate's work is critical to the information we need, as a people, claim our identity across the board.

We are getting it done.

Programs like this speed up the healing process.


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Jim Chester
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Originally posted by ma'am:
When's the second part showing? I can't find it on my schedule.

The program was the best I've seen in a long time.

I often wondered why it's so important for me to know about my foreparents. I think Whoopi hit it on the head when she said, let someone tell me to go back where I came from now.

Yeah. I get that.


the next showing is on the 8th of February, but this time from 930 to 1130 PM. (East Coast time)

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