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Debunking the Truth Through a Video Documentary: A Case Study of Henry Louis Gates' "Wonders of the African World"
Journal of Third World Studies (2014)
  • Kehbuma Langmia, Howard University
Abstract
The fact that Black people have in the past and continue to endure untold pain and suffering in the mother continent of Africa and in the Diaspora demonstrates that something is wrong and needs to be righted. Henry Louis Gates’  1999  three-part  video  documentary  series, Wonders  of the  African World (WAW),  funded  by  BBC  and  PBS  and  filmed  on  the  continent  of Africa,examined  this  issue  from  different  perspectives. Professor  Gates,a Harvard-based  African  American  scholar,is  a  renowned  intellectual  and  a cultural critic. Wonders of the African World (WAW) begins with tracing the roots of the ancient Nubians (Blacks in Egypt).  he meets with some African Americans  in  Egypt  attempting  to  trace  their  own  roots  as  they  view    the pyramids. They admit that they’ve been misled all along in the United States about their origin, Egypt, not  belonging to Africa and the pyramids not having been  constructed by  Blacks. Pharaohs - they  believed - were  only  Whites, according to the pictures they saw in America.
Publication Date
2014
Citation Information
Kehbuma Langmia. "Debunking the Truth Through a Video Documentary: A Case Study of Henry Louis Gates' "Wonders of the African World"" Journal of Third World Studies Vol. 31 Iss. 2 (2014)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/kehbuma-langmia/2/