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About This Series

Roots, Race & Culture hosts honest conversations about identity and culture, from the perspective of Utah’s Black and POC communities. Hosts Lonzo Liggins and Danor Gerald discuss shared experiences with newsmakers, changemakers, experts, artists, and entrepreneurs from Utah’s communities of color, all with a healthy dose of humor, empathy, and candor. 

The series is co-hosted by Lonzo Liggins and Danor Gerald. Lonzo is an actor, entertainer, and filmmaker whose appearances include more than 150 different commercials and industrials. Danor is an award-winning filmmaker, creative consultant, and community advocate based in Saratoga Springs.

After its first season on PBS Utah, Roots, Race & Culture went on to win the Afro Utah 2022 DEI Leadership Award. The show is available to stream on the PBS App and online. Full conversations heard in the original episodes as well as extended interviews can be found on the show’s podcast which can be found wherever you listen to your podcasts.

Viewers of Roots, Race & Culture can expect to be entertained and informed, and come away with a deeper understanding of the wide spectrum of experiences of Black and POC communities in America and the state of Utah. Join us in celebrating the power of storytelling and strive with us for a more inclusive and equitable society.

"Roots, Race & Culture is the Utah show I always wanted to see growing up in Utah. It’s informative, educational, and it gives you an inside view of people of color living in our state. We need more content like this in Utah… now more than ever."

- Lonzo Liggins, Series Co-Host

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Meet the Hosts

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Lonzo Liggins

Co-Host of Roots, Race & Culture

Lonzo has been an actor and entertainer in Utah for over twenty years. Lonzo is a Utah native who was raised in Salt Lake City, Utah, primarily in Sugarhouse. He attended the University of Utah and majored in Sociology and Psychology. After being accepted in the Masters of Social Work program at the U. Lonzo dropped out of school to pursue acting as a career after being asked to audition for a brochure photo shoot. He has appeared in over 150 industrials and commercials and appeared in dozens of TV shows and films. A trained theatre actor, Lonzo has graced the stage at many of Utah's theatres, including the Hale Center Theatre, The Grand Theatre and The Babcock. He has produced, written, directed, and acted in a feature film that won many awards and received worldwide distribution and was in Redbox, Netflix and Amazon Prime. Lonzo is an outspoken advocate for recovery and rehabilitation for addicts and alcoholics, himself being a recovering alcoholic of 12 years. He is the father of four kids.

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Danor Gerald

Co-Host of Roots, Race & Culture

Raised in the deep south Danor Gerald has lived all over the U.S., including Chicago, Florida, Arkansas, Texas, Mississippi and Utah. He and his wife have four children. He is a former seminary teacher, youth theater workshop director, and Florida-Deseret Ranch cowboy.  Danor’s TEDx talk on DEI/economics is available online. He also speaks at corporate events, schools,, and youth events. Through his production company Monark Media, Danor creates documentary and narrative films as well as commercial and learning content for local and international brands like FacebookMeta, PayPal, Hospice & Palliative Nurses Association etc. Collecting dozens of international film festival awards from around the world, Danor’s directorial debut Grandpa’s Crazy? Is a 2022 release. Danor also sits on the Board of Directors at the Zion Indie Film Festival.  If you keep your eyes peeled you will see Danor on many other screens large and small hosting for Megaplex Theaters and sharing messages on the Come Follow Me Foundation app.