I am trying to figure out the angle on the Jefferson-Hemings story, but this "black oral history" is highly suspect. Did you know that the whole theory of academic study of "Cleopatra was black" just because some illiterate grandmother told her professor grandaughter that she heard it when she was young. Not a shred of evidence supports this, yet now it is taken seriously by some lefty academics.
Remember C-SPAN's excellent AMERICAN PRESIDENTS series? They did right by most of the Founding Fathers, going into fascinating detail about their lives and presidencies.... but when it came time to do the show on Jefferson, they brought in Annette Gordon-Reed and spent THE ENTIRE TWO HOURS debating whether the 3rd President had a kid with one of his slaves. A tragic waste of a show.
Veddy interesting. Gordon-Reed is apparently quite the self-promoter. (She's also not too hard on the eyes, which never hurt.) It also helps when few people in academia have the cojones to call one's bluff.