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We know three things are undoubtedly true:  1. When Black people were stolen from their native lands, they were stripped of many things. Most importantly, we believe, is that they – we – were stripped of our identities. Not only were many of our surnames forcibly replaced with a title of ownership, we lost our connections to the generational ties we once knew. For many of us, we don’t know where our great-great-greats were from. Our connection to the knowledge of where and how they lived have been pilfered.   2. Some Black people are hesitant to reconnect out of fear that their...

Throwback Thursday: Vanessa A. Williams traces lineage to Cameroon with African Ancestry test

"This connection is more than I can speak. I'm home now!" You know and love her from New Jack City, Soul Food, Imagine That and most recently, the 2021 Candyman adaptation. We get to honor her one more way: revealing her roots.   Vanessa A. Williams took an African Ancestry DNA Test to trace her lineage and see where her ancestors were from.  This was likely her most memorable movie theater experience ever. In Crenshaw's Magic Johnson movie theater, she learned that her lineage traced back to the Tikar and Bamileke people of Cameroon. She knew that her family stretched...

Juneteenth 2021: America Gets the Emancipation Memo 156 Years Later

This weekend, African Ancestry will be among millions of Black people and businesses who are celebrating the national holiday, Juneteenth, which commemorates the day of emancipation of enslaved Black people in the United States.  What is Juneteenth? Juneteenth – also known as Freedom Day – is a powerful day of reflection and celebration honoring those who came before us and endured slavery and the generations and generations that persevered. We were officially “allowed” freedom from enslavement and were transitioned from a perception of property to personhood. The truth is, we have always been full, whole, wonderful people.   We’re tuning in and enjoying the day and the strong meaning behind it: liberation, freedom, reflection, community and identity.  The Verdict...

The Hard Truth About the 65%

In 2003, Dr. Rick Kittles and Dr. Gina Paige collaborated on a groundbreaking way to help Black people reconnect to their roots beyond the limits of their current family trees. As African-Americans, our connection and contact with our family members vary from tight nuclear families to large, well-kept branches and a little bit in between, but they recognized how many of us don’t know much beyond our ties to cousins, aunts, uncles beyond the bounds of the United States.  Here’s the easy truth.   We’ve got blood everywhere. Whether or not we know our more distant family or not (yet!), we’re still...