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John Legend’s Musical Beginnings


Music artist John Legend discusses his early musical beginnings and shows rare footage where he performs one of his earliest compositions. Watch video from Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

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  • Wanda Renee

    May 10, 2012 at 6:07 pm

    CAN’T WAIT – LOVE THE SHOW

  • sharon miles

    May 10, 2012 at 10:10 pm

    LIFE IS A JOURNEY…IT HAS A WAY OF LETTING US RETURN TO THE ROAD THAT STARTED OUR DESTINY…..JOHN LOOK WHERE GOD HAS TAKEN YOU….THE FIRST TIME I HEARD YOU WAS ORDINARY PEOPLE BUT WHEN I REALLY SAW AND HEARD YOU WAS WHEN YOU SANG A SMOKY ROBINSON SONG FOR HIS TRIBUTE 5 OR MORE YEARS AGO..I SAID WOW THIS GUY IS HANDSOME AND MATURE AND TALENTED…MY FIRST JL CONCERT AT THE RIVERA CHICAGO…AND THE REST IS HISTORY…JOHN LEGEND WOW!!!

  • karen

    May 20, 2012 at 4:04 pm

    oh my john legend is HOT i just wanna say keep it up and way to go

  • May 22, 2012 at 6:09 pm

    Thank you Mr. Gates for this bio on John Legend, an artist I feel our race has not honored in the tradition of honoring great talent. John is special in that he doesn’t try to project a positive image of a young Black man, he is that young positive Black man, too dull for most. But the truth is he is a great role model in every sense of the word, and we should not sell him short because he hails from the church. John is a patient, intelligent young brother, and can work with any musician in the industry, thus far.

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The basic drive to discover who we are and where we come from is at the core of the new 10-part PBS series Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr., the 12th series from Professor Gates, the Alphonse Fletcher University Professor at Harvard University and director of the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research. Filmed on location across the United States, the series premieres nationally Sundays, March 25 – May 20 at 8 pm ET on PBS (check local listings).

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