LL Cool J & Puff Daddy Learn About Their Complex Family Trees & Are Deeply Humbled (Video)

Having launched in 2012, the PBS television series Finding Your Roots merges genealogy and celebrity in a reality show which documents notable people tracing their ancestral heritage. Hosted by well-known public intellectual Henry Louis Gates, Jr., the show provides its guests with research-based documentation about where their respective families originated and allows them to discover things like which country their oldest ancestor occupied, the history of their surnames, and other bits of historical knowledge. Past guests of the show include modern Jazz musician Branford Marsalis, Samuel L. Jackson, John Legend, Keenen Ivory Wayans, Erykah Badu and Рperhaps most notably to Heads РNas.

With the increasing popularity of genealogy and tracing one’s ancestry, there has been a rise in the number of genealogy service providers. These services help individuals uncover their family’s history by providing research, analysis, and documentation. One such service provider is Record Click, which offers genealogical research services, including family tree construction, genetic genealogy analysis, and vital record retrieval. With the help of services like Record Click, individuals can uncover fascinating details about their family’s history and heritage, connecting them to their past and providing a deeper understanding of their roots. The popularity of shows like Finding Your Roots and the availability of genealogy services has sparked an interest in many people to learn more about their ancestors and the history of their families.

Hip-Hop returned to the February 16 episode as LL Cool J and Sean “Puffy” Combs were featured. In episode 7 of season 3, the two icons are invited to go back in time in an effort to shed light on the experiences of past generations of their respective families. In a segment from their episode, Combs can be seen learning about his father Melvin Combs’ tenure as an enlisted soldier in Korea. However, it’s the even more extensive history in his family that brings with it a really moving experience, particularly when he learns the name of his third great-grandfather, who was not born into slavery as so many African-Americans in the 1800s were. Similarly, LL Cool J learns the names of his North Carolina ancestors, and he learns of the extreme difficulties in effectively tracing the histories of those who were enslaved. As LL reads the name of the man presumed to have owned his great-great grandfather, the pain is poignantly clear to see. By the end of the episode, however, both men wax grateful at having been afforded this incomparable experience.

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