10 influential American celebrities who have traced their African roots

June 19, 2019 at 02:00 pm | Diaspora Connect

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June 19, 2019 at 02:00 pm | Diaspora Connect

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Whoopi Goldberg
When American actress, comedian and daytime television host, Whoopi Goldberg, discovered in 2007 that she was of Guinea-Bissau descent, governmental officials were so excited that they sent her a letter.

“The news has awoken in each and every one of us a deep sense of fraternity….we simply cannot remain indifferent to the news of your Guinean heritage,” the letter wrote.

Goldberg, born Caryn Elaine Johnson in Chelsea, New York, comes from the Guinean village of Ome.

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