Entertainment Maya Rudolph's ancestors were slaves - but that's not the suprise.

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  1. Javaforgotme

    Javaforgotme Well-Known Member Banned User

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    That's no surprise, is it?

    The thing that really surprised me was her mother is Minnie Riperton!!! Who knew? That woman was a great singer. No one hit the high notes she did in this song:


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    'That breaks my heart': Emotional moment Maya Rudolph broke down after learning her ancestors were slaves - including one who bravely fought for and won his freedom
    • The 43-year-old actress and comedian appears on the latest episode of PBS show Finding Your Roots
    • The genealogy team is able to trace back to the early 1800s through her mom, African-American singer Minnie Riperton
    • Maya, who is biracial, finds the slave census record of one of her ancestors, who was registered as a slave at age five
    • Another ancestor was freed in his owner's will - but had to fight for those rights against the owner's grandson
    By CARLY STERN FOR DAILYMAIL.COM

    Digging into your past can be fascinating and enlightening - but also heartbreaking, if you learn that you are descended from people who tragically spent their entire lives enslaved.

    Which is exactly the heart-breaking news that actress Maya Rudolph, 43, had to face during an appearance on the latest episode of the PBS genealogy show Finding Your Roots, during which she is helped to trace her ancestry all the way back to the early 1800s.


    That's when she finds out that her ancestors on her mother's side were slaves, a distressing fact that makes her tear up - particularly when she realizes that they were considered property even as young children.
    t's well-known that the Saturday Night Live alum is the biracial daughter of the late Loving You singer Minnie Riperton, who was African-American, and music producer Richard Rudolph, and was born in Gainesville, Florida on July 27, 1972.

    Minnie herself was born on November 8, 1947 in Chicago, the youngest of eight children to mother Thelma Matthews and her railroad porter husband, Daniel Riperton. She honed her voice at Chicago's Lincoln Center before finding success with Loving You, which became a number one single

    But Maya, like most people, couldn't trace her roots back much further than that.

    'I have this thing where I just feel I can be anyone,' she says on the show, according to People. 'And I think being mixed, too, I kind of, sort of grew up feeling a little orphaned by the idea of my heritage.

    'I know I'm from "peoples", but I don't know who they are. I want to know people's names, I want to know what they did, I want to know where they lived. I want to go as far back as possible.'

    With the help of a genealogy team, host Henry Louis Gates Jr. is able to go back through one of Maya's maternal lines, tracing backwards from her mom, Minnie.



    Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/a...bravely-fought-won-freedom.html#ixzz3xkNICXwS
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    Don't know if I read this correctly - Maya Rudolph is the daughter of Minnie Riperton?
    Had no idea.

    Before Minnie Riperton released the worst single of my life in the late 70s early 80s she was a member of the Psychedelic Soul band from Chicago - Rotary Connection.
    Ever come across a copy of one of their albums for under $5.00 pick it up.
    Some interesting covers - like this one of a great Jimi Hendrix song:

     
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    I remember emmit smith being shocked too.

    What are they teaching in these public schools?
     
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    good song written by stevie wonder
     
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    I hated this fucking commercial.

     
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    Was hoping for a nubian princess?
     
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    It would be funny if Lorne Michael's ancestors owned Maya's.
     
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    i would imagine most blacks whose parents were born in the US are descendants of slaves.
     
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    I remember hearing Maya talk about her mom on SNL, it may have been on one of their Mother's Day shows...

    at the end of this, Minnie sings "Maya, Maya, Maya..." :bigcry:

     
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    I just read her story.

    It made me verklempt.
     
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    LOL OWNED!
     
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    I remember back in the lates 70's I was on my high school basketball team, we were talking about our ancestry and one of the dumb white guys asked one of the black guys where his name was from (where his family was from). The black guy's name was "Green". He said "It's a slave name you dope".

    It was kind of shocking at the time.
     
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    I thought this was common knowledge. She's Blewish.
     
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    great sexy song

     
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    Maya has great cansestors...
     
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    I have a feeling you would like this show, it's really interesting. Last week Bill Maher and Bill O'Reilly were on the show and it turns out they are distant cousins.
     
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    Canadians owned slaves, too?
     
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    Oh yeah...that's pretty widely known about her. Her mom died when she was a little kid.
     
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    Poor Maya...too bad she is not funny.