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Monthly Archives: May 2012

VIDEO: Henry Louis Gates Jr. Sheds Light In “Finding Your Roots”

It's so often repeated that it has lost most of its meaning, but the old saying is true: "You can't know where you're going if you don't know where you've been." Anisfield-Wolf jury chair Skip Gates' latest PBS show, "Finding Your Roots" takes it one step further by connecting the past and the future. In the video above, he assists Newark mayor Cory Booker and Sen. John Lewis (1999 nonfiction winner) in exploring their past. Check out the video and let us know - what questions do you have about your past? What would you hope researchers could find out about your family?  Read More →

Toni Morrison On Herself: “The Only Thing I Do For Me Is Writing”

In anticipation for Toni Morrison's latest novel, Home, following the story of a Korean War veteran and his return to America in the 1950s, New York magazine wrote one of the best pieces on Toni Morrison that we've ever read. In it, writer Boris Kachka examine her feelings on her pen name (Surprise! She hates it), whether she believes her writing is as good as other people say it is (she does) and much, much more. We've lifted some of the best excerpts and encourage you to read the full piece. It's extraordinary:  On whether she deserves to be listed among the all-time greats, regardless of skin color: But two decades after she won her Nobel, Toni Morrison’s place in the pantheon is hardly assured. A writer of smaller ambitions would live on contentedly in this plush purgatory,... Read More →
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