How Black Is Bliss Broyard?

Rewind: In an episode of African American Lives 2 that aired on PBS in 2008, writer Bliss Broyard, who spent her life thinking her father, New York Times critic Anatole Broyard, was white, finds out from The Root Editor-in-Chief Henry Louis Gates Jr. how much African ancestry she really has.

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In an episode of African American Lives 2 that aired on PBS in 2008, writer Bliss Broyard, who spent her life thinking her father, New York Times critic Anatole Broyard, was white, finds out from The Root Editor-in-Chief Henry Louis Gates Jr. how much African ancestry she really has.

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