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Casting Call for PBS African American Lives 2Views: 885
May 01, 2007 10:10 pmCasting Call for PBS African American Lives 2#

Linda J. Alexander http://www.lindajalexander.net

Hello:

I found this in my National Genealogical Society's e-newsletter -- current issue, Volume 6, Number 5-1 May 2007. It's a short turnaround but in case anyone might be interested in the call, I thought I'd post. DISCLAIMER: I have no connection whatsoever . . . just like to forward anything that's related to continuing the stories of history!


Casting Call for PBS African American Lives 2: Act by May 4!

PRODUCERS OF ACCLAIMED PBS SERIES AND OPRAH'S ROOTS INVITE APPLICATIONS FROM INDIVIDUALS TO PARTICIPATE IN NEWEST PBS BROADCAST, AFRICAN AMERICAN LIVES 2

One selected person will have his or her roots mapped through DNA analysis and genealogical research in a new PBS Series hosted by Harvard Scholar Henry Louis Gates Jr. Individuals can apply online beginning April 18th at: www.pbs.org/aalives.

In February 2006, the acclaimed PBS series African American Lives brought to the forefront of national consciousness the powerful process of discovering one's family history. A Roots for the 21st century, the series made a deep cultural impact through its riveting use of DNA analysis, genealogical research and family oral tradition to trace the lineages of highly accomplished African Americans down through U.S. history and back to Africa.

One year later, Oprah's Roots further crystallized and propelled America's interest in family tree research through the powerful stories of Oprah Winfrey's ancestors and their accomplishments.

Now, you too are invited to participate in the newest African American Lives project. The producers of African American Lives 2 are seeking an African American to join Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. and an all-new group of distinguished African Americans on an extraordinary journey of discovery. The series is tentatively scheduled to air on PBS in February 2008.

"What we find in doing this research is that even a regular person has extraordinary stories within his or her family," says Professor Gates. "In African American Lives 2, we'll work with one such person to show that the technology and resources for discovering these stories are available to all Americans, especially those of African descent."

Under the supervision of Professor Gates, the series' research will be conducted by the eminent genealogists Tony Burroughs, Johni Cerny, Jane Ailes and Megan Smolenyak together with Ancestry.com, one of the world's leading online resources for family history information. They'll research the selected individual's family history, while a DNA testing service will provide a genetic analysis. The results of both will be revealed, along with that of the other series participants, by Professor Gates on the PBS broadcast of African American Lives 2.

HOW TO ENTER

Interested individuals must apply online at www.pbs.org/aalives. Online applications must be received by 6:00 p.m. on Friday, May 4, 2007. Any applications submitted after this date and time will not be considered. Finalists will receive a one-year subscription to Ancestry.com. The winning applicant will be notified and announced the week of May 28, 2007. Please note that the following are not eligible to participate: employees, and their relatives, of PBS, the series' producers (Thirteen/WNET, Kunhardt Productions, and Inkwell Films) and corporate sponsors (The Coca-Cola Company, Johnson & Johnson and General Motors).

In addition to their name, age, gender, and contact information, applicants will be asked to tell the judges about themselves and their family, and why they would make the ideal candidate for the series. Upon submitting the online application, individuals will receive an e-mail confirmation with a unique identification number. Applicants must attach this number along with their name to a photograph of themselves and mail it to: African American Lives 2, 305 West Broadway, Suite 144, New York, NY 10013. Photographs must be postmarked no later than Monday, May 7. Applications are not complete until the production team receives an individual's photograph.


Blessings -- Linda

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May 01, 2007 11:19 pmre: Casting Call for PBS African American Lives 2#

Debra Shiveley Welch
You are applying, right?

Debra-Author of "A Very Special Child"; co-author "Jesus Gandhi Oma Mae Adams"

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May 01, 2007 11:35 pmre: re: Casting Call for PBS African American Lives 2#

Linda J. Alexander http://www.lindajalexander.net

Debra:

As a matter of fact, I just hit the "send" button on my application. At first, I didn't consider it. That ol' "I don't fit" came to mind. But as I thought about it, I went ahead & read the rules & regs & realized that becaus of my family's mixed heritage, I COULD apply . . . so I did.

I enjoyed the exercise.


Blessings -- Linda

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May 01, 2007 11:37 pmre: re: re: Casting Call for PBS African American Lives 2#

Debra Shiveley Welch
But I think it would be a fascinating study for them!

I am going to begin to assume that you will be the one chosen.

Hmmmmmmmmmmmmm maybe I can get into a frame or two! LOLOL

Debra-Author of "A Very Special Child"; co-author "Jesus Gandhi Oma Mae Adams"

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May 01, 2007 11:48 pmre: re: re: re: Casting Call for PBS African American Lives 2#

Linda J. Alexander http://www.lindajalexander.net

Debra:

If . . . excuse me, WHEN . . . I'm the one chosen, we'll get you in that "frame!"

Thx for the vote of confidence.


Blessings -- Linda

www.lindajalexander.net ** www.authorsden.com/lindajalexander
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May 01, 2007 11:52 pmre: re: re: re: re: Casting Call for PBS African American Lives 2#

Debra Shiveley Welch
Let me se...I have that red dress...hmmmmmmmmmm

Do you think they'll notice that I'm holding your book, like I'm reading it? Not to cover my face, however...I will want my close up!

Debra-Author of "A Very Special Child"; co-author "Jesus Gandhi Oma Mae Adams"

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May 02, 2007 1:32 amre: re: re: re: re: re: Casting Call for PBS African American Lives 2#

Linda J. Alexander http://www.lindajalexander.net

Debra:

I think that WHEN they select me it'll be for that very reason . . . because I'm a case study of what our population is evolving into, one end of the spectrum or t'other. And that's what I told them. There's much to learn by dissecting the past of a person who's as white as white can be when you know you'll find folks who are African American. And if that's the situation, can't something like this become a step in the right direction towards helping people understand the absolute absurdity of racism? It's come to the point that, in reality, if we are downgrading our neighbor because of their skin color, we are in essence downgrading ourselves because if we go back no more than 2 generations, I'm willing to bet we'll find things we NEVER expected to find.

And that's my platform. And I'm sticking to it!!

My picture goes in tomorrow's mail . . . & once they receive that, my application is official.


Blessings -- Linda

www.lindajalexander.net ** www.authorsden.com/lindajalexander
HOLLYWOOD & POLITICS - http://hollywoodpolitics-network.ryze.com/
http://www.talk2bev.com/valentine/linda_alexander_maryland.htm
Bev Mahone's '07 Valentine's Contest Essay Top 5 Winner!

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May 02, 2007 1:42 amre: re: re: re: re: re: re: Casting Call for PBS African American Lives 2#

Debra Shiveley Welch
Well, I think you would be absolutely perfect, and if they don't pick you, they're nuts! Just my humble opinion...

Debra-Author of "A Very Special Child"; co-author "Jesus Gandhi Oma Mae Adams"

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May 02, 2007 1:33 pmre: re: re: re: re: re: re: re: Casting Call for PBS African American Lives 2#

Linda J. Alexander http://www.lindajalexander.net

Debra:

Thx for that vote of confidence. We'll see what happens. It was a fun exercise, anywho!


Blessings -- Linda

www.lindajalexander.net ** www.authorsden.com/lindajalexander
HOLLYWOOD & POLITICS - http://hollywoodpolitics-network.ryze.com/
http://www.talk2bev.com/valentine/linda_alexander_maryland.htm
Bev Mahone's '07 Valentine's Contest Essay Top 5 Winner!

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May 10, 2007 4:32 am re: Casting Call for PBS African American Lives 2#

Christina Daly
Any update, Linda? I'm waiting with baited breath.

Christina Daly

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May 10, 2007 5:02 amre: re: Casting Call for PBS African American Lives 2#

Glorinda Marie
Best of luck! Do keep us posted!
;-)
Glorinda

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May 10, 2007 1:39 pmre: re: re: Casting Call for PBS African American Lives 2#

Linda J. Alexander http://www.lindajalexander.net

Thx, folks, for checking in. The cut-off date was a few days ago & they'll announce finalists the end of this month. Anything is possible, eh?!


Blessings -- Linda

www.lindajalexander.net ** www.authorsden.com/lindajalexander
HOLLYWOOD & POLITICS - http://hollywoodpolitics-network.ryze.com/
http://www.talk2bev.com/valentine/linda_alexander_maryland.htm
Bev Mahone's '07 Valentine's Contest Essay Top 5 Winner!

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May 10, 2007 2:09 pmre: re: re: re: Casting Call for PBS African American Lives 2#

Debra Shiveley Welch
I, for one, cannot wait to see your life on TV!

Debra-Author of "A Very Special Child"; co-author "Jesus Gandhi Oma Mae Adams"

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May 10, 2007 8:03 pmre: re: re: re: re: Casting Call for PBS African American Lives 2#

Linda J. Alexander http://www.lindajalexander.net

Debra:

I guara-darn-tee you it'd thrill the heck outta some members of my family (does anyone note the sarcasm in my "voice"?!)!

Thx . . . I'll keep you posted.


Blessings -- Linda

www.lindajalexander.net ** www.authorsden.com/lindajalexander
HOLLYWOOD & POLITICS - http://hollywoodpolitics-network.ryze.com/
http://www.talk2bev.com/valentine/linda_alexander_maryland.htm
Bev Mahone's '07 Valentine's Contest Essay Top 5 Winner!

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May 10, 2007 10:04 pmre: re: re: re: re: re: Casting Call for PBS African American Lives 2#

Debra Shiveley Welch
Actually, I have been thinking of that! LOL

Debra-Author of "A Very Special Child"; co-author "Jesus Gandhi Oma Mae Adams"

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Sep 09, 2007 2:38 pmre: Casting Call for PBS African American Lives 2#

Vannie Ryanes
I watched the first program, "African American Lives". I was particularly interested to learn Whoopi Goldberg's history.

Hope to see you on PBS in 2008.

Vannie

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Sep 09, 2007 3:41 pmre: re: Casting Call for PBS African American Lives 2#

Linda J. Alexander http://www.lindajalexander.net

Vannie:

Thx for the vote of confidence. "African American Lives" didn't select me -- big surprise! -- so that won't be in my future.

Other things are, though!! ; >


Blessings -- Linda

www.lindajalexander.net ** www.authorsden.com/lindajalexander
HOLLYWOOD & POLITICS - http://hollywoodpolitics-network.ryze.com/
http://www.talk2bev.com/valentine/linda_alexander_maryland.htm
Bev Mahone's '07 Valentine's Contest Essay Top 5 Winner!

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