Finding Oprah s Roots

Finding Oprah s Roots

A roadmap through the intricacies of public documents and online databases, the book also highlights genetic testing resources that can make it possible to know one’s distant tribal roots in Africa.

Author: Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

Publisher: Crown

ISBN: 9780307393791

Category: Social Science

Page: 192

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Finding Oprah’s Roots will not only endow readers with a new appreciation for the key contributions made by history’s unsung but also equip them with the tools to connect to pivotal figures in their own past. A roadmap through the intricacies of public documents and online databases, the book also highlights genetic testing resources that can make it possible to know one’s distant tribal roots in Africa. For Oprah, the path back to the past was emotion-filled and profoundly illuminating, connecting the narrative of her family to the larger American narrative and “anchoring” her in a way not previously possible. For the reader, Finding Oprah’s Roots offers the possibility of an equally rewarding experience.
Categories: Social Science

The Oprah Phenomenon

The Oprah Phenomenon

gust 30, 2008); Editors of DiversityInc, “Oprah Bashing: Why Is Her S. Af. rica School Under Fire?” January 3, 2007, and “Why Are People ... Henry Louis Gates Jr., Finding Oprah's Roots, Finding Your Own (New York: Crown, 2007), 44. 20.

Author: Jennifer Harris

Publisher: University Press of Kentucky

ISBN: 9780813159942

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 336

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Her image is iconic: Oprah Winfrey has built an empire on her ability to connect with and inspire her audience. No longer just a name, "Oprah" has become a brand representing the talk show host's unique style of self-actualizing individualism. The cultural and economic power wielded by Winfrey merits critical evaluation. The contributors to The Oprah Phenomenon examine the origins of her public image and its substantial influence on politics, entertainment, and popular opinion. Contributors address praise from her many supporters and weigh criticisms from her detractors. Winfrey's ability to create a feeling of intimacy with her audience has long been cited as one of the foundations of her popularity. She has repeatedly made national headlines by engaging and informing her audience with respect to her personal relationships to race, gender, feminism, and New Age culture. The Oprah Phenomenon explores these relationships in detail. At the root of Winfrey's message to her vast audience is her assertion that anyone can be a success regardless of background or upbringing. The contributors scrutinize this message: What does this success entail? Is the motivation behind self-actualization, in fact, merely the hope of replicating Winfrey's purchasing power? Is it just a prescription to buy the products she recommends and heed the advice of people she admires, or is it a lifestyle change of meaningful spiritual benefit? The Oprah Phenomenon asks these and many other difficult questions to promote a greater understanding of Winfrey's influence on the American consciousness.
Categories: Biography & Autobiography

Beating the Odds A Teen Guide to 75 Superstars Who Overcame Adversity

Beating the Odds  A Teen Guide to 75 Superstars Who Overcame Adversity

In 2007, black historian and critic Henry Louis Gates, Jr., honored Winfrey with Finding Oprah's Roots: Finding Your Own, a guide to genealogy that urged tolerance and forgiveness as the routes to illuminating a personal past.

Author: Mary Ellen Snodgrass

Publisher: ABC-CLIO

ISBN: 9780313345654

Category: Social Science

Page: 368

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Many famous people have overcome difficult circumstances and gone on to become successful in their fields. This book profiles the lives of 75 courageous and persistent people who have triumphed over adversity. These individuals have conquered a range of problems, including physical, psychological, social, and economic handicaps. Individuals profiled come from a range of professions and reflect battles against religious prejudice, medical conditions, eating disorders, poverty, and other social ills. Among the people profiled are Mitch Albom, Hillary Clinton, Magic Johnson, Stephen King, Greg Louganis, and Henry Winkler. The volume includes an historical timeline, a list of relevant films documenting the achievements of these superstars, and a general bibliography. Some of the most successful people in our society have overcome great odds in order to achieve their dreams. Through courage and persistence, they have triumphed over a range of adversities and serve as models for students faced with similar circumstances. This book profiles the struggles and accomplishments of 75 such individuals from all walks of life. Each entry highlights the physical, psychological, social, or economic struggles of the person and discusses how the person won their battle against adversity. Among the individuals profiled are: Mitch Albom, Roseanne Barr, Sandra Cisneros, Hillary Clinton, Pat Conroy, Michael J. Fox, Magic Johnson, Stephen King, Greg Louganis, Jessica Lynch, Colin Powell, Salman Rushdie, Martin Sheen, Henry Winkler, and many more. The volume closes with an historical timeline, a list of films related to the achievements of these superstars, and a general bibliography. In addition to inspiring students to succeed against all odds, the book promotes respect for diversity and explores a host of social issues related to religious prejudice, eating disorders, medical conditions, poverty, and other concerns.
Categories: Social Science

Oprah Winfrey

Oprah Winfrey

Finding Oprah's Roots , Finding Your Own . New York : Crown Publishers , 2007. Print . Mair , George . Oprah Winfrey : The Real Story . Secaucus , NJ : Carol , 1994. Print . " Oprah Winfrey , Entertainment Executive : America's Beloved ...

Author: Anne Lies

Publisher: ABDO

ISBN: 1617147869

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 116

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This volume examines the life and career of media magnate Oprah Winfrey.
Categories: Juvenile Nonfiction

Oprah Winfrey

Oprah Winfrey

This is the film version of Walker's novel that earned Winfrey a supporting-actress Oscar nomination. Henry Louis Gates Jr., Finding Oprah's Roots: Finding Your Own. DVD. Arlington, VA: PBS Home Video, 2006. Historian Gates uses his own ...

Author: Adam Woog

Publisher: Greenhaven Publishing LLC

ISBN: 9781420501995

Category: Young Adult Nonfiction

Page: 104

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Oprah Winfrey is one of the most well-known media personalities in the world. Her syndicated talk show, the Oprah Winfrey Show, ran from 1986 to 2011 and is largely credited with popularizing daytime tabloid talk shows. Oprah Winfrey is not only known for her business savvy and her dynamic personality but also for her philanthropic efforts and community service. This compelling biography covers the life of one of America's most impactful personalities. Chapters highlight the difficulties Oprah overcame in her childhood, her pioneering talk show, and her prominent role of as an influencer of culture, literature, and media.
Categories: Young Adult Nonfiction



Winfrey's comment is an example of just some of the highlights in a new book, FINDING OPRAH'S ROOTS: FINDING YOUR OWN (Crown Publishers, $19.95) by Henry Louis Gates Jr., the W.E.B. Du Bois professor of humanities, ...





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EBONY is the flagship magazine of Johnson Publishing. Founded in 1945 by John H. Johnson, it still maintains the highest global circulation of any African American-focused magazine.

Reconsidering Roots

Reconsidering Roots

... Jr.'s Finding Oprah's Roots, Finding Your Own. Genealogy advice for African Americans has also now been televised repeatedly.64 Why did Roots engender such affection? Haley insisted on portraying his family history as a history of ...

Author: Erica L. Ball

Publisher: University of Georgia Press

ISBN: 9780820350844

Category: Social Science

Page: 234

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This wide-ranging interdisciplinary collection—the first of its kind—invites us to recon­sider the politics and scope of the Roots phenomenon of the 1970s. Alex Haley’s 1976 book was a publishing sensation, selling over a million copies in its first year and winning a National Book Award and a special Pulitzer Prize. The 1977 television adaptation was more than a blockbuster miniseries—it was a galvanizing national event, drawing a record-shattering viewership, earning thirty-eight Emmy nominations, and changing overnight the discourse on race, civil rights, and slavery. These essays—from emerging and established scholars in history, sociology, film, and media studies—interrogate Roots, assessing the ways that the book and its dramatization recast representations of slavery, labor, and the black family; reflected on the promise of freedom and civil rights; and engaged discourses of race, gender, violence, and power in the United States and abroad. Taken together, the essays ask us to reconsider the limitations and possibilities of this work, which, although dogged by controversy, must be understood as one of the most extraordinary media events of the late twentieth century, a cultural touchstone of enduring significance. Contributors: Norvella P. Carter, Warren Chalklen, Elise Chatelain, Robert K. Chester, Clare Corbould, C. Richard King, David J. Leonard, Delia Mellis, Francesca Morgan, Tyler D. Parry, Martin Stollery, Dominic Meng-Hsuan Yang, Bhekuyise Zungu
Categories: Social Science



Finding Oprah's Roots: Finding Your Own. New York: Crown, zoo?. “Oprah Winfrey's Surprising DNA Test.” /the-surprising-facts-oprah-winfrey-learned-about-her-dna. Last accessed 7 March 2018.

Author: Angela Saini

Publisher: Beacon Press

ISBN: 9780807076941

Category: Social Science

Page: 256

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2019 Best-Of Lists: 10 Best Science Books of the Year (Smithsonian Magazine) · Best Science Books of the Year (NPR's Science Friday) · Best Science and Technology Books from 2019” (Library Journal) An astute and timely examination of the re-emergence of scientific research into racial differences. Superior tells the disturbing story of the persistent thread of belief in biological racial differences in the world of science. After the horrors of the Nazi regime in World War II, the mainstream scientific world turned its back on eugenics and the study of racial difference. But a worldwide network of intellectual racists and segregationists quietly founded journals and funded research, providing the kind of shoddy studies that were ultimately cited in Richard Herrnstein and Charles Murray’s 1994 title The Bell Curve, which purported to show differences in intelligence among races. If the vast majority of scientists and scholars disavowed these ideas and considered race a social construct, it was an idea that still managed to somehow survive in the way scientists thought about human variation and genetics. Dissecting the statements and work of contemporary scientists studying human biodiversity, most of whom claim to be just following the data, Angela Saini shows us how, again and again, even mainstream scientists cling to the idea that race is biologically real. As our understanding of complex traits like intelligence, and the effects of environmental and cultural influences on human beings, from the molecular level on up, grows, the hope of finding simple genetic differences between “races”—to explain differing rates of disease, to explain poverty or test scores, or to justify cultural assumptions—stubbornly persists. At a time when racialized nationalisms are a resurgent threat throughout the world, Superior is a rigorous, much-needed examination of the insidious and destructive nature of race science—and a powerful reminder that, biologically, we are all far more alike than different.
Categories: Social Science

The New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture

The New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture

raised over $50 million for charities, while the Oprah Winfrey Leadership School in South Africa has solidified her ... Helen S. Garson, Oprah Winfrey: A Biography (2004); Henry Louis Gates Jr., Finding Oprah's Roots: Finding Your Own ...

Author: Allison Graham

Publisher: Univ of North Carolina Press

ISBN: 9780807869130

Category: Reference

Page: 464

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This volume of The New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture examines how mass media have shaped popular perceptions of the South--and how the South has shaped the history of mass media. An introductory overview by Allison Graham and Sharon Monteith is followed by 40 thematic essays and 132 topical articles that examine major trends and seminal moments in film, television, radio, press, and Internet history. Among topics explored are the southern media boom, beginning with the Christian Broadcast Network and CNN; popular movies, television shows, and periodicals that have shaped ideas about the region, including Gone with the Wind, The Beverly Hillbillies, Roots, and Southern Living; and southern media celebrities such as Oprah Winfrey, Truman Capote, and Stephen Colbert. The volume details the media's involvement in southern history, from depictions of race in the movies to news coverage of the civil rights movement and Hurricane Katrina. Taken together, these entries reveal and comment on the ways in which mass media have influenced, maintained, and changed the idea of a culturally unique South.
Categories: Reference

Thinking through the Mothers

Thinking through the Mothers

In conjunction with this program he publishes Finding Oprah's Roots: Finding Your Own, drawing his material from the episode featuring the genealogical/genetic research for constructing Oprah Winfrey's family tree.40 The publicity ...

Author: Janet Beizer

Publisher: Cornell University Press

ISBN: 9780801457128

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 296

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If questions of subjectivity and identification are at stake in all biographical writing, they are particularly trenchant for contemporary women biographers of women. Often, their efforts to exhume buried lives in hope of finding spiritual foremothers awaken maternal phantoms that must be embraced or confronted. Do women writing in fact have any greater access to their own mothers' lives than to the lives of other women whose stories have been swept away like dust in the debris of the past? In Thinking through the Mothers, Janet Beizer surveys modern women's biographies and contemplates alternatives to an approach based in lineage and the form of thought that emphasizes the line, the path, hierarchy, unity, resemblance, reflection, and the aesthetic-mimesis-that depends on these ideas. Through close readings of memoirs and fictions about mothers, Beizer explores how biographers of the women who came before rehearse and rewrite relationships to their own mothers biographically as they seek to appropriate the past in a hybrid genre she calls "bio-autography." Thinking through the Mothers features the work of George Sand and Colette and spans such varied figures as Gustave Flaubert, Julian Barnes, Louise Colet, Eunice Lipton, Vladimir Nabokov, Huguette Bouchardeau, and Christa Wolf. Beizer seeks an alternative to women's "salvation biography" or "resurrection biography" that might resist nostalgia, be attentive to silence, and reinvent the means to represent the lives of precursors without appropriating traditional models of genealogy.
Categories: Biography & Autobiography