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Back in December WGN brought you a story on more and more African Americans using DNA tests to trace their ancestry.

WGN’s Cortney Hall took a test and found out life changing information that inspired her to go a step further.

Her DNA test said she was of Senegalese Mandinka ancestry. The simple test opened up to a land and culture she says she knew nothing about.

“All of the sudden, I had a cultural identity outside of nationality and race more specific than African-American,” she says.

And then she booked a ticket for her first trip to Africa.

Cortney shares her journey and discovery in the video piece above and several web extras.