For those who might be curious where I shopped this Christmas season for those special in my life, look no further than African Ancestry, a well-run, minority and woman owned business that helped me, my mentor and friend Quincy Jones, Ms. Oprah Winfrey and countless others, to find, explore and learn about their African roots.
Most exciting for me, I learned through my own DNA test some years ago that I came from the same African tribe, and village, as my mentor Quincy Jones -- in Cameroon, which is right next to Nigeria. I have felt connected to Cameroon ever since, and more deeply connected to mother Africa.
And so, this year I gifted a special DNA kit to several people in my family, so that they too could learn about their roots and rich background. I ordered so many kits, my friend who owns the company felt compelled to call me to confirm it was legitimate (smile). It was, and I was glad to support her growing and important business.