Diddy and LL Cool J Appear on PBS Show ‘Finding Your Roots’
LL Cool J and Diddy are the latest rappers to participate in the PBS program Finding Your Roots, putting their genealogical history on display to learn more about their families in a recently aired episode. In the clips included both above and below, the two rappers learn of unknown relatives and the lives they led.
While LL connects with his aunt and cousin, relatives he previously had no knowledge of, Diddy learns of his family's history as free blacks in America and of his third great grandfather who was arrested and charged with being a runaway slave. "It makes me feel kind of conflicted that my family was free and there are so many other families that weren’t," Diddy said. His third great grandfather was later released from jail and went on to fight in the civil war.
The episode featuring LL and Diddy's family history aired Tuesday night (Feb. 16) but will re-air this weekend, depending on the given local listings. The PBS series, which is hosted by Harvard University professor Henry Louis Gates, first featured a rapper in 2014, when Nas learned of his family's history as slaves. He said of seeing a bill of sale for one of his ancestors, "First I was enraged when I looked at the bill of sale. I was like, 'that guy that owned property owes me some cash.' My people made him really wealthy, so maybe I should find his family and talk.”
Watch a clip from each of LL and Diddy's features above and below.
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