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Oprah Winfrey discovers her African roots

Winfrey, Whoopi Goldberg and others will now be able to trace their ancestral roots with the help of a Harvard University scholar.

india Updated: Jan 31, 2006 20:03 IST

Oprah Winfrey, Whoopi Goldberg and Chris Tucker will now be able to trace their ancestral roots in Africa with the help of a Harvard University scholar.

As part of his new US documentary series African American Lives, professor Henry Louis Gates Jr has made the celebrities discover the hidden truths about their source of origin, reports Contactmusic.

The talk show queen was reportedly moved to tears during the taping of her segment on the show when Gates Jr handed her a rediscovered deed of a land transaction between a white Mississippi landowner and one of her ancestors, a freed slave.

As for the Rush Hour star's part on the show, the scholar used modern DNA research to trace his ancestral roots to Africa, which motivated the funnyman to visit his native village, the place his family hails from.

First Published: Jan 31, 2006 20:03 IST