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‘Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks’ With Oprah Winfrey Airs Saturday

This weekend Oprah Winfrey’s newest project, ‘Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks’ will be airing on HBO at 8pm.

Naturally, when Oprah’s name is attached to a project, expectations are going to be high. Hopefully, this story delivers and the hard work pays off, as the road to her latest film has been over 15 years in the making.

‘Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks’ is a movie adapted from a book written by Rebecca Skloot, and published over 5 years ago. Henrietta Lacks is a name that is virtually unknown to most; however, she played a very important role in medical history. Henrietta’s cells, known as HeLa, were taken without her knowledge after her passing and used in research that helped develop many things including the polio vaccine.

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The NY Times bestseller, tells the story of a woman who many don’t know about from the perspective of a daughter who has no memories of her late mother.

Henrietta’s daughter, Deborah Lacks,  Rebecca Skloot, Oprah, Rose Byrne and director George C. Wolfe helped to bring this book to television. Oprah initially was just involved in the behind the scenes of the film and later signed on to actually star in the film as Deborah Lacks.

Since the buzz of the upcoming movie, Oprah has visited the National Museum of African American History and Culture, where Henrietta Lacks is acknowledged.

At the NMAAHC for #HenriettaLacks with director George Wolfe

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Hopefully, this movie will allow more people to learn about Henrietta Lacks and shine a light on how ethics, race, medicine collide.

'Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks’ airs April 22nd on HBO at 8pm.

Henrietta Lacks was a black woman that changed medical research & the world forever. Her cells (HeLa) were used to create the first immortal human cell line that ultimately contributed to major medical breakthroughs, including the polio vaccine & in-vitro fertilization. Watch her incredible story on April 22nd @ 8pm on HBO. #HenriettaLacks#HeLa #MotherofModernMedicine #TheHelaProject #BlackHistory #AmericanHistory

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