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Val gets back to her roots with AfricanAncestry.com

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07/08/2011

Val talks with AfricanAncestry.com's Gina Paige and award-winning Actress Regina Taylor all about how they are mapping the past of African Americans to show them specifically where they come from, and why it is so important.

Val is taking the test -- with a lucky audience member -- and we'll follow up in six weeks to see the results!

For more information on the DuSable Museum's 37th Annual Arts and Crafts Festival, visit dusablemuseum.org

For more information on learning about your African roots, visit www.africanancestry.com

The Africa Channel has expanded to over 500 cities in the greater Chicagoland area via Comcast's Xfinity. For more information on the Africa Channel, visit www.theafricachannel.com

About Regina Taylor:
With an impressive body of work that encompasses film, television, theater and writing, Regina Taylor's career continues to evolve with exciting and challenging projects. Taylor is best known to television audiences for her role as Lilly Harper in the series "I'll Fly Away." She received many accolades for her performance in the show including winning a Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actress in a TV Series, an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series and two Emmy Award nominations for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series.

Taylor was most recently seen starring in the CBS hit drama "The Unit". She took home the NAACP Image Award for "Outstanding Actress in a Drama" for her work on the show. Regina made her professional acting debut on CBS in the movie "Crisis at Central High" and other television credits include the series "The Education of Max Bickford," "Feds" as well as television movies "Strange Justice" playing Anita Hill, earning her a Peabody Award and Gracie Award, "Cora Unashamed," "Children of the Dust," "I'll Fly Away: Then and Now," "Howard Beach: Making a Case for Murder." Segueing effortlessly between the big and small screen, Taylor has starred in blockbuster films alongside some of Hollywood's most talented leading men. Her film credits include "The Negotiator," "Courage Under Fire," "A Family Thing," "The Keeper," "Clockers," "Losing Isaiah," and "Lean on Me." In addition to her film and television work, Taylor holds the honor as being the first Black woman to play William Shakespeare's Juliet in Broadway's "Romeo and Juliet." Her other theater credits include "As You Like It," "Macbeth," "Machinal," "The Illusion" and "Jar the Floor." In addition, she won the L.A. Dramalogue Award for her performance in "The Tempest" on the west coast.

Taylor not only feels comfortable on the stage, she is also an accomplished playwright. Her other credits as playwright include "Oo-Bla-Dee," for which she won the American Critics' Association new play award, "Drowning Crow," (her adaptation of Chekhov's THE SEAGULL, which was produced on Broadway by Manhattan Theater Club in its inaugural season at the Biltmore Theater and starred Alfre Woodard), "The Dreams of Sarah Breedlove," "A Night in Tunisia," "Escape from Paradise," "Watermelon Rinds," and "Inside the Belly of the Beast."

Taylor's critically acclaimed "Crowns" continues to be one of the most performed musicals in the country. It is the winner of four Washington D.C. Helen Hayes awards including Taylor's win for Best Direction as well as Best Regional Musical. Taylor's play "Magnolia" premiered at Chicago's Goodman Theatre in March 2009 directed by Anna Shapiro, Tony Award winner for "August: Osage County." Taylor's new trilogy, "The Trinity River Plays" premiered as a co-production with the Dallas Theater Center and the Goodman Theatre. Taylor is a member and Artistic Associate of the Goodman Theatre. She received the Hope Abelson Artist-In-Residence Award from Northwestern in 2010. Creator and Curator of The State(s) of America  The Regina Taylor Project, a festival involving multiple departments at Northwestern University; students were challenged to own their own voice by creating plays, films, interactive graphic art, stories, spoken word and devised pieces that hold up mirrors to these times. She received an honorary doctorate from Columbia College, DePaul University, and Lake Forest College. She was raised in Dallas, Texas and recently moved to Chicago.

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