African American Lives 2

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Biography, History Documentary hosted by Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and published by PBS in 2008 - English narration

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Building on the widespread acclaim of AFRICAN AMERICAN LIVES (2006) and OPRAH'S ROOTS (2007), AFRICAN AMERICAN LIVES 2 will again journey deep into the African-American experience to reveal the triumphs and tragedies within the family histories of an all-new group of remarkable participants. Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. returns as series host, guiding genealogical investigations down through the 20th century, Reconstruction, slavery and early U.S. history, and presenting cutting-edge genetic analysis that locates participants' ancestors in Africa, Europe and America.

"These discoveries about our ancestors are fascinating stories that everyone, regardless of race, can identify with and draw inspiration from," said Gates, Alphonse Fletcher University Professor and director of the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research at Harvard University. "They're stories that together offer a new understanding of not only the African-American experience, but also of race in America."

Joining Professor Gates in the new broadcast are poet Maya Angelou, author Bliss Broyard, actor Don Cheadle, actor Morgan Freeman, theologian Peter Gomes, publisher Linda Johnson Rice, athlete Jackie Joyner-Kersee, radio personality Tom Joyner, comedian Chris Rock, rock 'n' roll legend Tina Turner and college administrator Kathleen Henderson, who was selected from more than 2,000 applicants to have her family history researched and DNA tested alongside the series' well-known guests.

"Through even greater depth of research and more powerful storytelling, all of the stories in AFRICAN AMERICAN LIVES 2 share a common thread -- they show the value of knowing who you are and where you come from," added Gates. "And now, the inclusion of Kathleen's story shows that viewers everywhere can take this same journey."

[edit] The Road Home

focuses on participants' ancestors in the early 20th century. Stories include the tragic account of Tom Joyner's great-uncles who, in 1915, were convicted by an all-white jury and executed in the electric chair for a crime that new evidence suggests they did not commit, and Bliss Broyard, who lived her life unaware that her father, renowned New York Times critic Anatole Broyard, was a light-skinned black man who chose to "pass" as white. She learned of her African-American roots upon her father's death in 1990. - (Aired Feb 6 2008)

[edit] A Way Out of No Way

continues tracing the guests' lineages back through the late 1800s to the Civil War, featuring such stories as Chris Rock's maternal great-great-grandfather, Julius Caesar Tingman, a black Civil War veteran who was twice elected to the South Carolina State Legislature; and Don Cheadle's ancestors, who had been enslaved by Chickasaw Indians and brought to Oklahoma on the tail end of the "Trail of Tears," the forced relocation of Native Americans during the 1830s. - (Aired Feb 6 2008)

[edit] We Come from People

reveals stories of participants' ancestors during the early years of the United States, such as a riveting account of life in slavery by Morgan Freeman's great-grandmother, discovered within the records of the Depression-era Works Progress Administration, and Peter Gomes' ancestors, who were freed and supported by Quaker families in Virginia in the late 1700s. - (Aired Feb 13 2008)

[edit] The Past is Another Country

DNA analysis leads to fascinating discoveries about participants' lineages in episode four. A groundbreaking study links Professor Gates to a powerful ancient Irish warlord, while evidence suggests Peter Gomes' direct paternal line traces back to a Portuguese Jew who fled the country in the early 1500s to escape the Inquisition. - (Aired Feb 13 2008)

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  • Video Format : x264 CABAC
  • Video Bitrate : 1748 Kbps
  • Video Resolution : 704x400
  • Video Aspect Ratio : 16:9
  • Video Frame rate : 23.976 fps
  • Audio Language : English
  • Audio Codec : Dolby AC3
  • Audio Bitrate : 192 Kbps CBR @48KHz
  • Subtitles : None
  • Number of Parts : 4
  • Part Size : 745 MiB
  • Runtime per part : ~52min
  • Encoded By : DocSocrates
  • Source : DVD

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