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A PBS Utah Production

Roots, Race & Culture

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Roots, Race & Culture is a 6-episode series that invites viewers into open, honest conversations on identity and culture, centered around the experiences of Black and POC communities in Utah. Hosts Lonzo Liggins and Danor Gerald are joined by newsmakers, changemakers, experts, and entrepreneurs from Utah’s communities of color to discuss shared experiences with a healthy dose of humor, empathy, and candor.

Viewers of Roots, Race & Culture can expect to be entertained and informed, and come away from the series with a deeper understanding of the wide spectrum of experiences of Black and POC communities in America, and especially the state of Utah. 

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. Learn more about Lonzo and Danor below!

Series Promos

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Topics Featured
in the Premiere Season

  • Transracial Adoption
  • Cultural Appropriation
  • Diversity in Religious Art
  • Black Conservatives
  • Buffalo Soldiers
  • Colorism

Businesses Highlighted
in the Premiere Season

Each episode also includes a pre-produced segment featuring a local business owner from an underrepresented community. 

  • Gallo Loco
  • International Martial Arts Academy
  • Frost City Tattoo
  • Twisted Roots
  • 11 Hauz
  • Tandoori Taqueria

Meet the Hosts

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. "

Danor’s IMDb Page

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.

Lonzo's IMDb Page