13th Floor Lounge Podcast

Host Leatrice Ellzy Wright and co-host Donna Nunn discuss art, culture, life, enterprise and ideas with artists, thinkers and doers who are animating our NOW and informing our LATER.  The 13th Floor Lounge is a production of Beatrix Moss. Our theme music, "Meanwhile, Back On Venus" is composed by and used with the permission of Russell Gunn.  

13th Floor Lounge #10 - Gina Paige

Photo Credit: Leroy Hamilton

Photo Credit: Leroy Hamilton

In 2003, Gina Paige co-founded African Ancestry, Inc., and in doing so, pioneered a new way of tracing African lineages using genetics, and a new marketplace for African-American consumers looking to more accurately and reliably trace their roots. Leveraging her pioneering spirit, lifelong entrepreneurship and corporate expertise, Paige travels the U.S. helping African Americans demystify where they’re from so that they may better understand who they are --- optimizing success in their lives, communities and businesses.

PIONEER, TRAILBLAZER Under Paige’s leadership, African Ancestry has grown into the nation’s leading genetics-based ancestry-tracing company, sparking global interest, dialogue and focus on the importance of knowing who we are. Paige has traveled the world testing and revealing African roots of more than 150,000 people, while educating and informing identities. As with most great innovators, Gina’s work with African Ancestry has spawned a mix of industry off-shoots and major company milestones, including reaching its 13th anniversary in 2016.

Many of the world’s thought leaders, influencers, celebrities, dignitaries and other icons have looked to Paige to learn more about their roots. From Oprah Winfrey, John Legend and Spike Lee to Condoleezza Rice and The King Family, Paige has had a personal hand in demystifying their unknown African roots. Paige has also worked with major companies looking to join the growing trend in genealogy programming. She’s worked with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. on three groundbreaking PBS programs including Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and African American Lives 1 & 2. She has also worked with NBC’s Who Do You Think You Are? and CNN’s Black in America series, among others.

Visit africanancestry.com to learn more about getting your DNA tested and giving yourself and your family the gift of ancestry.  Follow Gina on Instagram at @ginampaige. #knowyourroots