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African American Lives

Host: Henry Louis Gates, Jr.; features Oprah Winfrey, Chris Tucker, Quincy Jones, Sara-Lawrence-Lightfoot, Mae Jemison, T.D. Jakes, Ben Carson, Whoopi Goldberg. Listening to our past / producer and director, Jesse Sweet -- The promise of freedom / producer and director, Leslie Asako Gladsjo -- Searching for our names / producer and director, Leslie D. Farrell -- Beyond the middle passage / producer and director, Graham Judd. Music, Michael Bacon. A compelling combination of storytelling and science, this series uses genealogy, oral histories, family stories and DNA to trace the roots of eight prominent African Americans down through American history and back to Africa. Originally broadcast as a four-part television series in 2006. 240 min.