Arlington, VA – December 19, 2022 – Arriving this January on the PBS Documentaries Prime Video Channel are two series focusing on influential origins and ancestral backgrounds. The ninth season of “Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr.,” features twenty-one of some of America’s most fascinating people as they discover the rich history and tremendous diversity hidden within their families and ancestry. And “Fight the Power: How Hip Hop Changed the World” is a four-part docuseries that tells the story of Hip Hop as an organic expression of experience that was unapologetic, fierce and empowering as it spoke truth to power and informed a nation through a different lens.

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Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr.: Season 9

Streaming Date: January 3, 2023
Genre: Documentary
Language: English

Finding Your Roots” highlights the genealogical backgrounds and ancestral stories of prominent guests that helped to define who they are today. This season, Dr. Henry Louis Gates, Jr., sits down with actors Jamie Chung (“Lovecraft Country”), Brian Cox (“Succession”), Billy Crudup (“The Morning Show”), Claire Danes (“Homeland”), Jeff Daniels (“American Rust”), Viola Davis (“The Woman King”), David Duchovny (“The X-Files”), Richard Kind (“Inside Out”), Joe Manganiello (“True Blood”), Tamera Mowry-Housley (“The Real”), Edward Norton (“Fight Club”), Julia Roberts (“Ticket to Paradise”) and Danny Trejo (“Machete”); pop icon Cyndi Lauper; comedians Carol Burnett and Niecy Nash; athlete and sportscaster Tony Gonzalez; journalists Jim Acosta and Van Jones; activist Angela Y. Davis; and statesman Jeh Johnson.

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Fight The Power: How Hip Hop Changed the World

Streaming Date: January 31, 2023
Genre: Documentary
Language: English

Featuring firsthand accounts from some of rap’s most integral players, this documentary series recounts the origins of this bold and revolutionary art form through the voices of those who were there at the beginning, creating an anthology of how Hip Hop became a cultural phenomenon against the backdrop of American history. Weaving together interconnected moments via intimate interviews and archival footage, ”Fight the Power: How Hip Hop Changed the World” covers four years of Hip Hop history and explores how the genre quickly created a provocative narrative of America. Developed by rap icon Chuck D and featuring interviews with legendary artists Ice-T, Fat Joe, Run DMC and MC Lyte, among others.

Other titles coming to the PBS Documentaries Prime Video Channel in January:

The Letter: A Message for Our Earth -1/2

The Lie Detector (AMERICAN EXPERIENCE) – 1/3

Global Spyware Sandal: Exposing Pegasus (FRONTLINE) – 1/3

First Contact: An Alien Encounter  -1/4

Marian Anderson: The Whole World in their Hands -1/16

Secrets of the Dead: Hidden in the Amazon – 1/16

Breach of Trust – 1/16

Wildheart (NATURE) – 1/18

The Earthshot Prize – 1/20

Soul of the Ocean (NATURE) 1/25

Putin and The Presidents (FRONTLINE) – 1/31

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