African American Lives 2
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Who we are is simply not that easy to say.Where we come from is not as simple as black or white.What is being "black" anyway? What is being "white"? What do you do with information when culture tells you that you are one "race", but DNA tells you either way more or the opposite? These are the complex questions that are answered in great detail for these 12 people,identified as "black" or "African-American." (Frankly, this is so interesting that any "race" will benefit immensely from this documentary film!)
This documentary brilliantly is non-biased and quite moving.See how Don Cheadle reacts when he finds that his family was owned by Native Americans!!!! Tina Turner is one third European and NO Native American blood! Chris Rock is 1/5 "white"! There is even the authoress Briss Bryson who has always been "white" who discovers that she has more African blood than most "negroes"!!!! What do we do with such information? Does it change who we are,or does it complete who we are? Henry Gates,Harvard Professor is 50% Irish, and yet has always identified as "African.Read more ›
African American Lives,Part One was good, but the ongoing saga/sequel is stupendous.I was captivated for 4 hours (and that is tough for me!) with the indepth look into the racial makeup of such well known people as Olympic Gold Medalist Jackie Joyner-Kersee,The Shawshank Redemption (Two-Disc Special Edition)'s Morgan Freeman, Hotel Rwanda's Don Cheadle and others whose backgrounds are shown to them through the latest technological advances in DNA testing.Not only were the twelve African-Americans involved in this documentary,who have always identified themselves as such, surprised,amazed,moved and aghast at the findings,but they are asked to either reject or embrace what they discover about their lineage.
As I will never see myself as pure Scottish ever again, neither will the likes of Linda Hamilton Rice,Tina Turner,Tom Joyner.Bliss Brysen,Rev.Gomes and Henry Gates ( I have missed someone else-oops!).If this PBS Special fails to win an Award for something, than I will give up on Award Shows altogether!
Morgan Freeman is one of my favorite actors. I have all three of his Through the Wormhole science DVDs and watched them many times. Chris Rock, Tina Turner and 8 others add a lot to the 240 minute program. Highly recommended.
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To me, this DVD was like being a kid in a candy store. You want to know more and more. Such great revelations unfold. Their personal stories complement our our places in historyPublished 13 months ago by Pamela Thomas
I first saw this series on PBS a few years ago and it was great. I really enjoyed the research and reactions of those profiled in the series. Wonderful job. Read morePublished on February 22, 2014 by Amazon Customer
My class of elementary school students have enjoyed this almost as much as the class paraprofessional & myself. Mr. Ramsey & Myself will take it home to watch again.Published on February 17, 2014 by Shawn S