Henry Louis Gates Jr. of 'Finding Your Roots' helps PBS bring something new with 'GOSPEL,' a series that dives into the influential genre.

Here's to the art of wordplay and celebrating the beautiful black history quotes and passages that represent the craft of colloquy. Inside are five of the most beautifully written quotes, poems, or passages from black history.

PBS has halted the third season production of Finding Your Roots after an investigation proved the omission of Ben Affleck’s slave-owning ancestor violated ethical guidelines. The network also postponed the order of a fourth season until they are confident in the show’s editorial standards, Mashable reports. The third season of the theology-themed show, hosted by Henry Louis Gates Jr., was […]

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In continuing fall out from those hacked Sony emails, Wikileaks revealed that actor Ben Affleck asked that his ancestor’s slave owning past be scrubbed from the program “Finding Your Roots,” and apparently it was, reports The New York Daily News. Affleck asked that the slave-owning detail be edited out of “Finding Your Roots,” a show […]

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The history of the African American people seems far too wide, deep and complex to boil down into 6 television episodes, but that’s what Henry Louis Gates Jr., the Alphonse Fletcher University Professor and founding director of the Hutchins Center for African and African-American Research at Harvard University, has done with the series he has […]

In a rare genealogical discovery, comic actress Wanda Sykes has been able to identify that her familial roots in America go as far back as the 17th century, according to a New York Times report. SEE ALSO: Will 2012 Be Esperanza Spalding’s Year? Her paternal ninth great-grandmother was Elizabeth Banks, a free white woman. According to […]

Henry Louis Gates Jr. will be hosting a new four-part series on the influence of African descent on Latin America. RELATED: Was James Franco high at the Oscars?

Massachusetts —  Henry Louis Gates Jr., the Harvard scholar, and Rudolph P. Byrd, a professor at Emory University, say their research for a new edition of “Cane” documents that Toomer was “a Negro who decided to pass for white.”

The W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research presents its annual lecture series at the Old Whaling Church in Edgartown this evening, beginning at 5 pm.

From AOL Black Voices: Last week, Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates Jr., made the controversial claim that black Africans were as much to blame for slavery as white Europeans and Americans. According to Gates the implication of Africans makes the messy issue of reparations for the descendants of slaves even messier. But is he missing […]