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In an episode on PBS of “Finding Your Roots” Nas had a conversation with Professor Henry Louis Gates Jr to take a look at his ancestral history.
In the video Nas sees photos of his family and their slave owner, Benjamin Franklin Little, who purchased his great great great grandmother, Pocahontas Little. At the time, she was 15 years old and was bought for less than $900.
Nas, visibly upset, reflects on what life must have been like as a slave in 1859. Watch the powerful video to learn more about Nas’ past, and his plans for the land Benjamin Franklin Little once owned.