24 Celebrities You Would Never Guess Are Actually Black

Usually when someone has a black lineage the trait is obvious. But these biracial celebs have such light skin, it can be nearly impossible to tell that they are actually half black. Whether they play characters that are that white or they just never talk about their lineage, you may be completely surprised that these celebs have a black relative.

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1. Derek Jeter

Probably topping the list of people who really don’t look black is Derek Jeter. He is the son of an African American man and a Caucasian woman, yet most people would never guess. Derek does not try and hide his heritage and is quite proud of both his parents. Considering Derek is considered one of the best and highest paid athletes today his parents are probably proud of him too

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160 Comments

  1. dano

    June 10, 2015 at 3:28 pm

    Not one of these celebrities has the balls to call themselves “white”.
    Today they could be 90% white and they’ll run away from it as fast as they can.

  2. Michael

    June 14, 2015 at 12:54 pm

    No offemse but this list should’ve been “23 Celebrities You Never Would Guess Are PART Black.” Some are just as much white as they are black.

  3. Autumn

    June 14, 2015 at 2:47 pm

    Who cares what their genetic makeup? Shouldn’t it matter if they’re decent human brings?

  4. Stephanie

    June 14, 2015 at 7:12 pm

    Pete Wentz is not the lead singer of FOB!!! He’s just the most well known member. Get it right people!

  5. Lynn

    June 14, 2015 at 9:34 pm

    I completely don’t understand this comment. Most of these celebs intentionally want to remain racially ambiguous. They aren’t trying to identify as black. Now it’s fashionable to be ambiguous racially so they don’t mind identifying it as long as it doesn’t hurt their careers. This country historically labels people black when they are racially mixed with any African blood. Did anyone really even think Derek Jeter was white?

    However, when will Americans get it that most American born blacks are mixed racially. We are just forced to identify with only our African Ancestry. My mother looks whiter than most of the celebrity’s shiown in this article but she can only identify herself as “African American” in this country (Whatever that means.Who the hell started that?Jessie Jackson?). It’s obvious that she is racially mixed. Her father looked white, her grandfather was white.

  6. Stephanie

    June 22, 2015 at 3:52 am

    Offensive. This whole story basically is saying these people are so amazing with great features as if it’s a surprise that black people are beautiful. Who cares what their racial makeup is. People are people.

  7. Am

    June 27, 2015 at 10:26 am

    They are not black they are of african decent. Anyway can we get away from the fact that humans are having sex with other humans to create humans its basic and been going on for at least a million years.

  8. Jojo

    June 27, 2015 at 1:19 pm

    This article should be renamed 24 celebraties who are too successful and beautiful to be black.,lol who wrote this nonsense ‘article’ obviously someone with deep issues about their own ethnicity. Sad …

  9. Bertha A.

    June 28, 2015 at 1:20 pm

    I resent the implication that the celebrities because they have a mixture of white and black they are so special and have such special abilities. They should be special because they are human beings.

  10. Andre

    June 28, 2015 at 4:56 pm

    Everyone has a bit of everything in them I’ve read the articles and it’s saying that there part black or multiracial OF COURSE ITS NOT GOING TO SHOW! Now Jeter is half black and Blake griffin but you can tell look at there features and not skin tone dumb asses skin pigment isn’t the only way to tell black people dumbasses.

  11. Andre

    June 28, 2015 at 4:57 pm

    Excellent observation

  12. JJ

    July 16, 2015 at 1:09 am

    Actually, thats wrong too. The word you’re looking for is African.
    Black describes exactly what it sounds like. For instance, Obama is Black even though he’s only half African.
    Carol Channing is White even though she has a percentage of African blood(recent ancestry of course in all cases here).

  13. Lulu

    July 16, 2015 at 2:05 am

    not all these celebs look homogeneous and most have very little black in them esp. The white looking ones.In order to Even look homogeneous white they would have to have very little black in them.Derek Jeter you can tell is mixed but he has more white in him.

  14. Shari

    July 27, 2015 at 3:39 am

    The average African American has around 28% non black DNA thats the average so some black Americans have more, sone less. so, what makes these half blacks (50%ers) more important or worthy to be talked about than other blacks. this is such a silly article. Go to 23 and Me and have your DNA tested for a hundred bucks and you will see that we are all heavily admixed with everyrhing. time to step out of the 1830s version of race and into the 21st century of DNA. Most of them look black american anyway.

  15. A.J

    August 27, 2015 at 3:36 pm

    All of u sound STUPID! If one of your parents are black,partially black whatever; YOUR BLACK!! Yall act like u have a problem with that!! They are BLACK and if they are one of these black actors who are hesitant about letting the world know they are BLACK that’s their stupid ass problem!! I know I am BLACK and so happy to be so!! Wouldn’t have it any other way! They need to take some lessons from HALLE BERRY whose mother is white and father is black and she identifies her self as an AFRICAN AMERICAN WOMAN!!

  16. Nancy

    August 27, 2015 at 9:55 pm

    For some reason, people and the media think that “Jewish” is a color. It has Nothing to do with color.
    One can be from any country in Europe, Asia, Africa, even, yet be Jewish. It’s a religion, not a race!

  17. [email protected]

    August 29, 2015 at 8:26 am

    Actually since we’re correcting people here the words that both of you are looking for are African American.

  18. Randy Morrison

    August 29, 2015 at 8:35 am

    nobody on the Face of this planet has a damn thing to do with what color of skin there Born in to and the same with any country none of us has a choice we are what we are.

  19. Pete Lovegrove

    September 20, 2015 at 3:17 pm

    What is African American? Should not one be African or American? I am a Canadian American of English French Italian heritage. If one was born in or naturalized in the U.S. One is American.

  20. Gary Hendrickson

    September 22, 2015 at 5:36 am

    I would whole heartedly agree……….I’m a black man by the way !!!!!

  21. Jonny Rio

    October 9, 2015 at 1:42 am

    Really???? You really said that because Chris Humphries has some African American blood, THAT is why he is good at basketball??? LMAO wow. Stereotype much????

  22. Harold nix

    October 12, 2015 at 3:22 am

    what went with the word Mulato? Think this is the proper word that people seem to have forgot….

  23. L A R

    October 13, 2015 at 2:55 am

    I am white, but I was offended by the way the caption was worded for Mariah Carey and how she was able to find good qualities in Nick Cannon, enoufh to marry him. Or something like that. How demeaning

  24. Wtf

    October 13, 2015 at 4:10 am

    “Kris Humphries may not look it, but he is part African American through his father, which is probably how he manages to still be a decent basketball player.”

    Seriously? Wtf

  25. Sunshine

    October 29, 2015 at 8:51 am

    You are wrong and that is NOT the proper term to use anymore. Nobody uses the word mulatto anymore because it implies that the person is a mule, or having a “dirty” genetic makeup.

  26. stelz

    October 29, 2015 at 9:42 am

    Actually, it’s a religion AND an ethnic group. It has its own genetic markers, and if you get your DNA tested for ancestry, it will show up if it’s there.
    Yes, you can convert to Judaism having no Jewish DNA whatsoever. Or you can be of Jewish ancestry and practice a different religion, or no religion at all. But in most cases, Jewish means the religion AND the ancestry.
    The diaspora has been mixing for centuries, so you see Jews who look black, or white. But the Jews were originally a brown-skinned people.

  27. stelz

    October 29, 2015 at 9:45 am

    They’re assholes. Before Civil Rights, they would have gone by the One Drop Rule. Now they want everybody to identify as white because they think it will mean less Black people.

  28. Jack

    November 8, 2015 at 8:40 pm

    It doesn’t matter what Halle Berry Identifies herself as, its what you look like! She looks Black and so she is black!

  29. Cyclops

    November 10, 2015 at 8:42 pm

    The only real surprise here was Carol Channing, and possibly Jennifer Beals. Knew that all of the others had at least some black in their background. I do think that they were pushing it a bit with people that were less than half-black. That moves us into other generations.

  30. JoeSnow

    November 13, 2015 at 8:58 pm

    Some of the celebs on this list are too mixed to be considered ‘black’. Just because someone has a black person or two in the family going back a hundred years or more does not make them ‘black’. It’s like the person who is 1/32 native American and is entitled to benefits for native Americans because of it. What? If a person is 1/32 native American then that means they are 31/32 something else. They should not be entitled to anything.

  31. DS Stevens

    November 18, 2015 at 1:19 pm

    My question; who cares?

  32. Ken Kramer

    November 18, 2015 at 7:11 pm

    Great response!

  33. leve

    November 21, 2015 at 11:22 pm

    Out of all 23 “celebrities” I know 2: Mariah Carey and Van Diesel. An d I don’t care if they are black or green.

  34. Karl Perodin

    November 22, 2015 at 4:05 am

    The article referred to Blake Griffin’s father as an Afro-Haitian. There is no such definition in Haïtian society. This very thought is alien to its culture. This definition probably comes from a Euro-American… I trust that you will recognize sarcasm when you hear it.

  35. Luba

    December 2, 2015 at 11:34 pm

    JEWISH is a RELIGION. not an ethnicity. GOOD LORD .
    where is the country of Jewish? We know where Ireland, Scotland, Africa, etc. are. THOSE are ethnicities. A religion is not an ethnicity.

  36. Natajua

    December 3, 2015 at 12:15 am

    Wow

  37. aldzzjuks

    December 3, 2015 at 10:05 am

    Nicole Richie is a disgusting excuse for a human being.

  38. Dano

    December 12, 2015 at 9:59 pm

    Erin Burnett is NOT black !! Got that ? Please strop showing this lie !

  39. Lin

    December 16, 2015 at 11:57 pm

    I agree with your assessment of this article.”Kris Humphries manages to be a decent basketball player because his father is African American.” This entire article with commentary from whomever wrote the captions underneath the photos is out-and-out racist and despicable. Talk about stereotyping individuals. Ugh!

  40. Willa

    February 4, 2016 at 10:36 pm

    What about,we all defend from two people!!!!

  41. Willa

    February 4, 2016 at 10:38 pm

    We all descend from two people…excuse me.

  42. Rip Tide

    February 11, 2016 at 4:28 am

    What is the difference between Black and White, besides color??….Just a Thought!!

  43. Rip Tide

    February 11, 2016 at 4:33 am

    Ok, for all the color mongers, what “color is GOD??

  44. Rip Tide

    February 11, 2016 at 4:37 am

    How many “colors” does it take to make the color black, black?? and how “colors” does it to make the color white, white?? Food for thought for all you. color addicts.
    ….Just a Thought!!!

  45. Charles Riggs

    February 17, 2016 at 12:36 am

    I agree, but god help you if its the other way around. How about just an American? How about quit talking about it. come to think of it I am copying Morgan Freeman. The playing field is NOW even. Yes somebody might not like or hir you because you are black, but thats just the way it is. Some people might not like you for any number of reasons. Sometimes I can not get a date because I am bald! Oh no! Thats just life. Quit winin wahh wahh somebody didn’t like me cause I’m black. Don’t let that stop you push on!

  46. Brooke

    February 17, 2016 at 8:49 am

    This was very ignorant. How does one HAVE to LOOK white or black to be it? You are black AND white if your parents are. All these stereotypes of how one should look or do-it’s racist.. You don’t look white, you don’t look black, you don’t act black or white, YOU CAN ONLY BE IT from your genes. That is stupid to have to pick your race when you are both.& what you identify with is retarded because you’re both and you shouldn’t have to be able to pick one when your both. I remember my mom told me that when she had to put her children as white or black she would put white because in the doctors office they would be looking for a white child and not call us, I think this is retarded because you shouldn’t have to look this “certain” way to be labeled white or black if you are freakin both. 21st-century, you need to get with the freaking program! You shouldn’t have to pick or choose what you are.

  47. lakawak

    February 21, 2016 at 3:19 am

    Who are the idiots who DIDN’T know mos of these people were black? I mean, even for a pathetic blog that has never made a profit, this is embarrassing.

  48. adam

    February 23, 2016 at 3:33 am

    ONLY WHITE PEOPLE WOULD BE FOOLED…WE OLD BLACKS KNOW BETTER !!

  49. ChrysD

    March 14, 2016 at 6:45 am

    I meant mathematically a minority- being the only white girl most of the time.

  50. ChrysD

    March 14, 2016 at 9:55 pm

    Where’s the rest of my post? I replied to it to make a correction. The correction shows up and not the actual post. If my post was lost or not accepted, please delete my correction since it makes no sense on its own.

    Thank you very much!

  51. Douglas

    March 15, 2016 at 1:41 pm

    Come on…man are you really talking from the 1950s?

  52. Candi

    March 16, 2016 at 2:25 am

    I think that if some of them could exclude their black side…they would do it in a heart beat. They know that they benefit greatly because they look white.

  53. Tee

    March 24, 2016 at 12:06 am

    Correction, have not progressed.

  54. Jessica

    April 4, 2016 at 7:32 pm

    Yeah. He is just the bass guitarist. The lead singer is Patrick stump.

  55. Captain Obvious

    April 14, 2016 at 8:52 am

    All humans are of African descent.

    The more you know.

  56. Nancy

    April 14, 2016 at 3:25 pm

    we’re all black

  57. R-Lee

    April 23, 2016 at 5:27 pm

    I have to wonder about the inclusion of Vin D. as he has a white mother, we don’t know about his blood father, but he was brought up by an African/American, REALLY??? Where I’m from where somebody doesn’t really belong to a specific group,but claims to anyway, we’d call him or her a WANNA-BE. Unless spending time with an ethnicity changes your heritage, which is news to me…

  58. John Fembup

    April 23, 2016 at 9:06 pm

    Rachel Dolezal is a celebrity. Now, anyway.

    Where is her picture?

  59. Ghostface

    April 24, 2016 at 12:09 pm

    Those two people you supposedly descendants from are black folk …..do your research

  60. IamnotBob

    April 27, 2016 at 7:36 am

    Been saying that for a long time. Quit worry about, white, black, brown, orange yellow, or who is green. Last time I checked this country is the USA. That makes us all Americans. If all of us would look at each other as Americans, instead, of Black, White, African American, Italian American, Hispanic American,etc etc, but just as American, how much quicker would racial divisions go away.

  61. j

    May 5, 2016 at 6:19 pm

    Well, most of these people AREN’T black, they are bi- or multiracial. And just calling yourself an American should be good enough for any citizen of this country, no matter what color they are. Especially people as overexposed and overpaid as these….only in America could THAT happen.

  62. Phaedra

    June 27, 2016 at 7:32 am

    serious;y- maybe its because I am black and can tell black features- but only two people on the list was shocking… Pete Wentz and Rashida Jones- mind you I now shes half, but no features really prominent

  63. EndOfPatience

    June 29, 2016 at 1:05 pm

    I remember growing up in Alabama in the 1950s and 1960s, hearing KKK and other racists explain how a single (sub-Saharan) African ancestor meant you were a “n——” no matter how light skinned you were.

    Maybe someone could explain how articles like this represent progress.

  64. William Becker

    June 29, 2016 at 3:49 pm

    You might consider one thing…..if a person is 1/2 black and 1/2 white, their half caucasian and half negro. African-American denotes ethnicity, while negro, like caucasian, denotes race. Get it?. White/black, or negro/caucasian. Either that or call the white “half” European-American, or such. Your welcome;]

  65. snot

    July 3, 2016 at 12:27 pm

    VIN DIESEL is just a jew trying to be cool.

  66. Michael Esprit

    July 3, 2016 at 9:26 pm

    Very good comment. It’s not your race that determines what type of person you are.

  67. Ks cook

    July 11, 2016 at 6:22 am

    Really? Read your Bible to educate yourself on what being jewish and where a Jewish person comes from. Jesus was jewish. You think it is just a religion? Wrong!

  68. KWG

    July 11, 2016 at 11:34 am

    Why are Americans so obsessed with the issue of race? It seems a bit strange in this day and age.

  69. janice Wright

    July 16, 2016 at 9:41 pm

    Totally incorrect, because a person can be from African, and American heritage.

  70. The Shoes

    July 17, 2016 at 12:52 am

    1 10th of one percent of negro blood in any race of man makes them Black!

  71. The Ghost of STReeT vt

    July 17, 2016 at 1:07 am

    One tenth of one percent of negro blood in any race of man makes them Black! We are the original Man and All other races originate from Us. You can get all other races from the negro gene, but You can’t get a negro from out of them.

  72. Richard Boswell

    July 17, 2016 at 5:43 am

    I cannot believe they left out one of the most talented one of all, in my opinion of course. The one and only lovely STACY DASH. Why leave her out, was it because she is an outspoken Donald Trump supporter? She is one beautiful girl.

  73. Bob Mazza

    July 22, 2016 at 4:10 am

    You’re American if you were born in America or legalized not by sneaking in and freeloading off of hard-working Americans!!

  74. John

    July 22, 2016 at 1:34 pm

    Wrong. If one parent is black, you are PART black. The other race(s) in their dna doesn’t just suddenly disappear just because you have black ancestry and now all the sudden you’re ONLY black. This type of mentality comes from the one drop rules which is very incorrect. Historically America has incorrectly called mixed people with black African blood black and this is incorrect and unfair to people of mixed ancestry. The people that look like a “light skin blacks” are not black because black skin is not light. They are partially black and mixed with something else which is why they are light/medium skinned. They can say that the are part of black heritage but as far as race they are mixed. The black race is only one color and it’s black skin. If you are light skinned of black ancestry than that means you’re mixed. Mixed also doesn’t just mean having 2 immediate parents of different races. People can be mixed thru over generations of racial mixing. If you’re talking about heritage like the term African American, than it can mean ppl that are of black African ancestry which includes both blacks and mixed people. African Americans incorrectly say they come in many colors but the black race is only 1 color. The other “colors” that they say they come in are all different variations and degrees of mixtures with black and other races. This is not to say mixed people are denying their black heritage by saying they’re not black, they’re saying they’re mixed. People also forget that by not accepting your other heritage is just a bad as denying their black heritage.

  75. Matthew B.

    July 26, 2016 at 6:00 am

    Good grief. We have come full circle and are back to the “quadroon” and “octaroon” days of the Old South. As long as a person has some (even a “drop”) black heritage, they are black. Congratulations, “Pop Hitz”. You have gone from Martin Luther King, Jr., back to pre-Civil War thinking. Why am I not surprised….

  76. Jp

    July 26, 2016 at 1:08 pm

    This is by far the worst article I have ever read, when you talk about continuing pigmentation divide (there is no racial divide as there is only one human race). This article and the writer perpetuate this by printing an article that is such garbage. It does not matter who their parents were, and it certainly isn’t news, but alas, I fell as victim to starting to read this and give the “click thrus” but I stopped and found the comment section.

    Have a great day.

  77. Lon

    August 16, 2016 at 10:12 am

    Why do white people call us the n word, but when discussions like these come up, all of a sudden race or color doesn’t make any difference and we are all “Americans” now?

  78. James

    August 19, 2016 at 8:57 pm

    If an apple is only half rotten it’s still a rotten apple.

  79. Craig Jackson

    August 22, 2016 at 11:19 pm

    The writer of this article clearly believes that the only way to be good at basketball is to have African blood in you.

  80. G Joubert

    September 19, 2016 at 11:19 pm

    But notice how the more white blood they have the better people they are.

  81. David Sneen

    September 20, 2016 at 5:49 am

    Black can be inaccurate.

    People can get their dark skin from residing in equatorial regions other than Africa. Would you call a Puerto Rican an African-American?

  82. David in MA

    October 2, 2016 at 7:03 pm

    Why is it people who call themselves black but look white never confess their talent and popularity is because of the white part. And those who claim Cherokee, lets see your DNA chart.

  83. David in MA

    October 2, 2016 at 7:06 pm

    Your either American or African, not both.
    A person may have African ancestry but they are not African unless they were born in Africa and are citizens there.

  84. Jam

    October 2, 2016 at 9:01 pm

    Illiterate ‘African Americans’ and their indoctrinated ilk don’t really understand English, so they brilliantly apply new and ever dumber race labels like ‘Native American’ and ‘African American’ to replace old monikers like negro, black and indian. They can’t seem to agree on some non-white origin tribal language label for themselves and in their failed search for relevance continue to hack the English language up like the barbarous cretins that they are.

  85. Margaret

    October 6, 2016 at 5:46 pm

    There isn’t only one shade of skin in Africa. There are many shades from deep ebony to golden. Being of African descent and having a lighter than “black” skin doesn’t mean a person is mixed race.

  86. Lamar

    October 7, 2016 at 1:28 am

    Technically, if no one knows, you must have enough euro to actually be Caucasian, with, African ancestors…

    Like those of us whom are clearly, Primarily, African, with some 25 out of a hundred ancestors whom were European or other…Black, no question there.

    Experience, definitely determines your experience too, mentally, that is, if they can see your African ancestry.

    It’s that whole frame of a psychopathic mind, that white is so special, fragile, such an accomplishment, lol, really, next to Godliness, lol, lol,…

    Here’s the thing, you’re more Caucasian, if you’re less than 50% African, technically…

    But lets over-throw this stupid white bullshit and move gracefully into the future, since African women are not being raped (creepin’)it was known as, back in the day.

    There’s beautiful babies being made, from love admiration, respect; everything a beautiful soul needs to escort them into this world, lets celebrate that. No longer do they (biracial) children have to be torn apart by any one side of this terrible equation. These days, they are the best of the best of both worlds.

    That damn three drop rule, ha! Take that!

  87. Lea4h

    October 12, 2016 at 2:39 pm

    Most of these people I’ve never heard of, and I don’t get why it has to be reported on anyway. There are probably more of us than we may even imagine, that have the DNA of many races.

  88. GhostfaceBuster

    October 17, 2016 at 1:49 am

    Dude, what makes you think the first modern humans were black? roflmao, they were most likely white as that is the color of most Great apes by default since they have FUR, bubba.

  89. Jorge Chaumont

    October 19, 2016 at 3:18 am

    Mulatto is ised for hybrid you dumbass who thinks it means mule. No brains but try to compensate much with wiki lol? If your don’t have the capacity to comprehend, then you will obviously focus on one thing of a description that makes sense to you, and parrot it to people, hoping they will think how smart your retarded ass really is..

  90. Jaxxon

    October 19, 2016 at 10:41 pm

    First off if your father is white and your mother is black you are considered biologically white and vice versa that is why these celebs are considered black because of their fathers. Second not all so called African Americans like to be called that since they do not come from Africa and prefer to be called Black American. I am one of them so come on folks its time to stop labeling everything and everyone. I think one person said “As long as you are a decent person!” Enough said.

  91. Grace

    October 21, 2016 at 11:42 pm

    I totally agree with your response! Have been saying this for years. As a white mother to 4 bi-racial children, how does my DNA not count? They know what they are and identify as bi-racial.

  92. nogard

    October 22, 2016 at 4:41 pm

    So having a great, great, great, great black grandmother makes you black?!
    Like having “high cheek bones” makes you know who an Indian?!

  93. Lu Mahalo

    October 24, 2016 at 12:23 am

    Actually, I didn’t care and still don’t. I didn’t read this inane piece.

  94. James

    October 24, 2016 at 3:45 am

    I’m disappointed, though not surprised-my favorite band always gets left out/forgotten. You forgot Martin L. Gore of Depeche Mode. Without him, perhaps the “whitest” band of the past four decades wouldn’t exist and to look at him, you’d swear he was half-ghost! But his father is half African-American. He doesn’t like to talk about it, but he definitely belongs on the list and you left him out???

  95. Davetta Wilson

    October 25, 2016 at 9:06 pm

    My mother always knew about Carol Channing. She never thought she’d live long enough for her to tell the truth about how she’d “passed” for all those years, but she just did.

  96. LG G2

    October 29, 2016 at 8:36 am

    Good point but science well in some cases supports it does matter. And its about hormones that influence social behaviour.

  97. Mel

    November 6, 2016 at 8:39 pm

    Ever heard of the one drop rule? Basically, whites have established that we even if you have a drop of black in you, you’re black.

  98. Rengentry

    November 7, 2016 at 4:38 am

    If a person had any amount of other ethnic in their blood outside of Africa …………… THEY ARE NOT BLACK!!!!!

  99. Luc

    November 10, 2016 at 2:08 pm

    humm. The white part make them more talented?

  100. Richard Brown

    November 12, 2016 at 12:04 am

    Everybody relax. In the end, there are 33 variations in female mitochondrial dna, so in a sense we are all from one of 33 female “strains”. All of these strains link back to a single female who was born in what we now call “Africa” (around 3-4 million? years ago). All of this has little or nothing to do with skin color. So in the end, we all came from Africa depending on how far back in time you wish to go. All of the various modern definitions are ethnic related to what “tribe” or “sub-tribe” of people your most immediate ancestors were born into (last 200-500, even 10,000 years). The White and Black we Americans use is utterly ridiculous – it signifies something the really means nothing, but was used to protect “white”privilege in our Euro-centric society. In the end, all ethnicities are man-made, not God made. French, english, german, spanish, kenyan, nigerian, australian, russian, polish, chinese, japanese etc… are place labels. Ibo, hausa, fulani, zulu, frankish, welsh, scottish, check, slovenian, kurdish, han, etc… are ethnic labels. Many labels are both. Genetically, we are all homo sapiens, HUMAN people on the planet we currently call Earth.

  101. Tom

    November 12, 2016 at 2:45 pm

    Is this what is responsible for their militancy and the open contempt they express for whites?
    I’ve never heard anyone attempt to explain away “whiteness” based upon their position relative to the equator.
    Practically always it is only “white” which is associated with “racism” but I fail to see how that relates to ones exposure to the son.

  102. Joel

    November 12, 2016 at 3:37 pm

    It is interesting that “Jewish” is listed as if it is an ethnicity, rather than a religious belief. Remember an African-American Jewish guy named Sammy Davis Jr.?

  103. Gretchen Zimmermann

    November 23, 2016 at 6:50 am

    This is a throwback to the “one drop (of blood)” rule and I find it vaguely disturbing to describe a person’s race this way. Someone who has a fraction of black ancestry isn’t “black” any more than nearly all African Americans are actually white. Nearly everyone descended from slaves has some percentage of white ancestry.

  104. maryann

    November 23, 2016 at 5:24 pm

    this comes up all the time my grandfather black grandma white mother brown father white i was raised as black girl i live now as black yet when i say i am black people argue

  105. vivi

    December 2, 2016 at 9:39 pm

    Of course, there is only one shade of the stinky PINK-GREY skin colour across their mother land europe & their STOLEN america,the land of HATE.

  106. Gavin

    December 11, 2016 at 6:43 pm

    I am flabbergasted! I didn’t know Black people looked like this? Only in America! I travelled Africa flat and didnt see any except in South Africa where they have a separate recognized identity, classified as Coloured. The culture is also different to conventional Blacks. The consider it an insult to be identified either way. They clearly see Obama as one of them.

  107. Gavin

    December 11, 2016 at 6:54 pm

    Don’t allow ignorance to overcome you, mixed is what it is! Blacks don’t have a monopoly on who people identify with that are mixed with Black! This is a loser mentality, get over it, not everybody remotely mixed with Black wants to identify with Black! Shame Halle Berry is under a massive spot light, she will say that to avoid an onslaught, but end up with mixed or White guys.

  108. Gavin

    December 11, 2016 at 7:18 pm

    “The on drop rule??” Nobody listens to white supremacists, not even Whites, why do you?

  109. Gavin

    December 11, 2016 at 7:26 pm

    A young White girl born in Africa becomes a US citizen, is she African-American? Anybody heard of an American-African?

  110. Judith Carr

    December 24, 2016 at 4:00 am

    I may be wrong but this whole thing sounds wrong. For instance white isn’t a race it’s a color, and black isn’t a race it’s a color. So where you were born dictates your nationality, and DNA dictates your ethnicity. why is there so much confusion?

  111. No Name Needed

    December 29, 2016 at 10:22 pm

    Actually Puerto Rican people are descendants of Africans…tbh

  112. Ben

    January 1, 2017 at 4:25 pm

    People come up with all sorts of crazy ideas, then assume they represent everyone’s view in a group. Genome tests claim every person is a little black (supposedly), but this is an unrealistic example. What is a “Pure Bred Golden Retriever”? They look back 5 generations, to breed they should all be healthy golden retrievers. So, if everyone in your family tree is white going back 5 generations; you are as white as can be imagined and you should ignore genome testing. It would be nice if people only bred if all 5 generations going back were healthy, but people breed without thinking of the child’s benefit.

  113. rabrooks

    January 2, 2017 at 5:07 am

    To be honest, the worse type of racism is to disregard what a person is. If you can’t accept all of them, then you really don’t regard part of them as human or even worth acknowledging.

  114. rabrooks

    January 2, 2017 at 5:43 am

    I guess that brings up two points, one old and one new. Is it only dark skined people who can be african? Question is just how far does africa extend? IS it just sub-sahara, or does it stop at egypt? So then it’s the red sea that determines genes. Seems that politically there is more comfort calling Jor, Irq, Kuw, Leb etc., Asian, rather than African(Somalia sits further east than half the arabian peninsula, is that the mid-east?). I believe that the H.R.E. was where Israel and it’s surroundings became non-African, and this has been reinforced by the RC church ever since….

  115. Eric

    January 4, 2017 at 6:17 pm

    That just sound stupid. No one in their right mind would believe that whites are more talented than any other naturally. That is racist and stupid hop down and see the truth. Everyone is talented in their own right however, if you want to be technical blacks are the most talented

  116. BUZZDAWG

    January 8, 2017 at 2:57 am

    They a bi-racial not black ! And what does it matter ?

  117. katrina

    January 12, 2017 at 7:38 am

    I like billy crystal,s quote is my favorite he said im comfortable being old being black being jewish so billy crystal is black too im cool with that and i hope your with that get down with the get down im black too

  118. vocalpatriot

    January 12, 2017 at 7:13 pm

    Being black and having a black relative is NOT the same thing. Some folks have a black grandparent and claim blackness even though they are no more black than me..and I ain’t.

  119. looneytwo

    January 19, 2017 at 11:43 pm

    This is about as racist as it gets. So just because someone has an African/Haitian/Blackrelatove they’re black? Why do these people have to be labeled as ANYTHING other than people? Secondly, Blake Griffin & Kris Humphreys are only good at basketball because of black relatives?? Who the fuck wrote this? Dirk Nowitski must be good because of his black wife, Steve Nash probably had a black neighbor in Canada, Jason Williams was good because he’s “white chocolate”? This is a joke.

  120. luknatchu

    January 30, 2017 at 5:38 pm

    @Ben
    “So, if everyone in your family tree is white going back 5 generations; you are as white as can be imagined and you should ignore genome testing.”

    Don’t forget, Ben, that the significance of DNA is that it is active and dynamic, changing constantly in adaptive response to environmental conditions, diet, etc. So, the presence of African genes in white people means that according to climate conditions, the recessive genes can switch places with the dominant genes. Therefore, for example, if ten generations of a white family have lived freely exposed in a subtropical climate near the equator, the feature set (including facial and body attributes), of the oldest generation and the newest generation would differ dramatically, provided that the oldest generation came from a family of whites living in colder climates such as the UK or central or upper Canada. The noses, lips, vision, ears, pelvic bones, skin color, mean body temperature, among other things would have changed making the newest generation of the white family appear “mixed”, though no “Black blood” be introduced.

  121. Greg

    February 8, 2017 at 6:57 pm

    One could also say that it’s just still an apple as well. Was the rotten portion of your example geared towards their black or white heritage?

  122. katrina

    February 11, 2017 at 6:39 am

    Billy crystal is a black jew

  123. katrina

    February 11, 2017 at 6:51 am

    Billy crystal is a black jew

  124. OldOllie

    February 12, 2017 at 4:20 am

    Q: What do you get when you mix a gallon of mud with a gallon of spring water?

    A: Two gallons of mud.

  125. ken long

    February 13, 2017 at 2:32 am

    help me understand what you mean by saying wentworth doesnt act black so that I may more easily perform racial profiling

  126. Cliff

    February 15, 2017 at 1:15 am

    Mother eve oldest fossil discoverd on Pangaea. Its called current science fool definately first man descendants wasn’t from away from the equator. Man evolve white due to lack for need of pigment during mutations. in early man skin. uv ray protection was neccessary. black people are typically less hairy than their white counter parts suggesting that from the transisiton from ape to homosapien early.man needed hair to warm the body in regions far from the equator.

  127. James

    February 19, 2017 at 12:03 am

    If one has Native American ancestry they are American, those who do not are not American.

  128. Dr. A.

    February 22, 2017 at 11:16 pm

    I didn’t see Elizabeth Warren! She has native black genes! I think she traces her ancestry back to Maxine Walters – that has to be several centuries, looking at her picture!

  129. tsimitpo

    February 23, 2017 at 9:34 pm

    Why do those who complain the most about racism contribute to it so much by making race an additive or subtractive factor in ANYthing? So many generations in, probably a majority of the people on the planet have at least SOME black in them. One only has to look at 23andMe reports.

  130. Larry Tricker

    February 25, 2017 at 2:04 am

    Talent comes in all colors. Our skin color may be different, but our souls are all the same color created by the unseen God. God is great!

  131. nan

    March 6, 2017 at 8:48 pm

    Halle Berry USED to date dark guys, but really black WESLEY SNIPES hit her in the ear so hard she is deaf, so then she started dating lighter guys, but then ERIC BENET cheated on her, so then she dated white guys and had a couple kids, but mixey guy recently.

  132. nan

    March 6, 2017 at 8:54 pm

    I know, right? Since being black makes you a great basketball player, the lighter you are the worse you should be as it follows. BUT, recently there are a LOT of lite brite players all over the place, especially at the Arizona schools, since are more appetizing to white people. They generally have a white gold digger mom and a black pro basketball poppa, and they are in a lot of western schools especially. BUT, I was thinking, how can they be very good if they have a bunch of Caucasian blood? maybe the dad’s genes and training help, as well as the rich upbringing.

  133. nan

    March 6, 2017 at 8:56 pm

    I’ve known of JENNIFER BEALS ancestry since she talked about it when her film was new 20 years ago, only knew about CAROLE CHANNING about a decade ago. It’s funny, but my dad LOVED her and he was kind of racist, so would have been shocked she was black in part!

  134. nan

    March 6, 2017 at 8:57 pm

    Vin IS PART BLACK. The funny thing is he has a twin bro who doesn’t look blackish but he does, and they have same parents! lol!

  135. nan

    March 6, 2017 at 9:05 pm

    He He! When somebody is doing well and smart, we fight over just what he/she is, claiming ownership, right? Say, OBAMA for example. He was raised by his white family and is half white, but blacks say HE’S BLACK! Heaven forbid, but if he does something wrong or is exposed for bad acts, then they will say, he is WHITE or at least, half white, no wonder. lol!

  136. Margarita

    March 7, 2017 at 4:45 am

    No Name Needed, your comment is not entirely correct and is misleading. Puerto Ricans are a mixture of many peoples. They are a mixture of the native Taino Indians, the Spanish, Portugese, French conquerors, and the African slaves that were brought to the island. The friendly and welcoming natives mixed with these new people until they’ve become a conglomeration of many people with the Spanish being the most prominent influence and the African being the second most prominent. They are considered and known as Latinos and not Africans and come in many shades and sizes, from the tall, slender, blonde, blue eyed to the short, round, dark hair, eyes, and skin and everything in between. Their main languages are 1) Spanish and 2) English.

  137. William Carr

    March 16, 2017 at 2:30 pm

    Why would they WANT to “call themselves white” in the first place?

  138. John A Thompson

    March 22, 2017 at 1:33 pm

    Why are we so hung up on race? Get over it. My son is mixed heritage and I am very proud of him.. Race doesn’t enter the equation. The media hypes it to stir up resentment. Get a life.

  139. Russell BARRETT

    March 23, 2017 at 2:13 pm

    Not only didn’t I know he was black I didn’t know he existed! American is not the world people!!!

  140. flashcraft

    April 2, 2017 at 7:14 pm

    Well, if these “celebrities” are part black it doesn’t show. No doubt they’re purified by their White blood and that saves them.

  141. flashcraft

    April 2, 2017 at 7:21 pm

    @Sunshine, You’re an idiot. Do you really think that mulatto is linked to mule. Learn to read and think, jesus. By the way, mulatto is a perfectly correct way to refer to these mixed breeds.

  142. Agnew Dellinger

    April 5, 2017 at 6:59 am

    Only one race… the Human Race

  143. Tony T

    April 8, 2017 at 8:02 pm

    This article should also be known as the “I’m white, live a horrendously sheltered life and have no black friends” quiz. If you didn’t know at least 22 of these people were black, you need to get out more.

  144. Katherine Zitler Hans Von Rotes Schild Zitler-Rothschild

    April 10, 2017 at 2:17 pm

    This is pure nonsense. These people are not black because a person is 50 percent mother and 50 percent female. Also, Adam means red and fair complexion. This is all done to kiss up to black thugs.

  145. Katherine Zitler Hans Von Rotes Schild Zitler-Rothschild

    April 10, 2017 at 2:21 pm

    This is pure nonsense because you are 50 percent of your mother and 50 percent of your father. This is just an attempt to kiss up to black thugs like Jesse Jackson.

  146. sarah

    April 11, 2017 at 11:03 am

    The title is completely misleading. Most of these people aren’t even half black. It’s stupid, oh and not act black what does that mean if your a normal somewhat boring etc your not acting black. I’ve seen plenty of black characters that act like Wentworth character on prison break, and I never thought once, oh gee they’re acting white…

  147. Bruce A. Frank

    April 20, 2017 at 12:41 am

    I am appalled by the stereotyped statements in the paragraphs about each picture. It appears that the story, rather than a celebration of the good looks and acting skills that might be attributed to the mixing of races, has a tone of “Look Who’s Passing For White! I find this article disgusting and I strongly regret falling for this click-bait!

  148. dyfranzmann

    April 24, 2017 at 2:10 am

    I have a white skin, Grey/Blue eyes and straight blond hair, I also have the facial features of a white person (a straight and thin nose, thin lips…). I have 2 brothers, one of them has green eyes and straight clear brown hair and the other has light brown eyes and straight blond hair. My sister has straight blond hair and hazel eyes. They also have a white skin. Nobody would believe me if I said I had black ancestry. My parents are also white (father : green eyes, white skin and brown hair, mother : blue eyes, white skin and blond hair).

    We always have considered ourselves white people in my family, but we discovered that my grand-father was what we call an octoroon (my grandfather’s great grand father is black), he is 1/8 black and he completely looks white. So that means my great great great grand father was a black man, that makes my grand-father 1/8, my father a 1/16 and that makes me 1/32 black (3,12% black ancestry). The One drop rule says I’m a black man even if I look super white. And you know what ? I don’t even care, I’m proud of having black ancestors. And I would be proud of being a black man. What’s wrong with being black ? You know what my great great great grandfather lived ? He was a slave…That courageous black man has more balls then white people. I have just told my friends and all my school that I have black ancestors, they call me the black guy. I even hang out with black guys right now, they are really cool. White guys suck.

  149. Den

    April 27, 2017 at 2:08 am

    As a Louisiana Creole I resent all of this and these people being called black, black in America means being of African decent, a negro African, not an Arab or Moorish African of North Africa or a White African from the southern African nations or of the many mixed race Africans scattered across the whole of Africa in great numbers.
    I’m, my family is from the New Orleans, Louisiana area we are part negro, part Spanish from southern Spain (Moorish), about 3 different distinct different Native American Indian and German/French and Irish our European side. I’m not a black man my first wife was half New Orleans black and half French, she had beautiful green eyes. Our daughter is all of her and mine with light brown hair, same green eyes of her mom’s mine are hazel and I look like a light brown skinned Latino with tight wavy black hair or did most of it is gone now.
    My mother grandmother was half negro with French Spanish my grandpa was the German,
    Irish my father’s mom was part white and mix Creole of uncertain origin. My father was black, And mixed Indian and Canadian French the grandfather was a French Canadian Indian fur trapper who lived in the great swamp of Louisiana who only spoke French. He died when my father was a young boy who was given to Catholic nuns who raised him and other French swamp kids on their Catholic farm for their free labor. My father joined the U.S. Navy and served in WW II.
    Anyway they were always considered Creole or sometimes mixed Cajun but never black.
    Later several cousins and one of my half sisters married mostly black man and cousins married black women and men even the most of these ” blacks” were also mixed race.
    Just because a person has a “black” person in their bloodline doesn’t make them black or of the negro race.
    All this worrying about being black or white instead of be just a mixed race person is stupid and for many mentally unhealthy.
    Brazil has this a figured out, the are just Brazilian.
    So I’m just American, you all can just stuff your labeling.

  150. Katt Lewis

    May 6, 2017 at 3:02 pm

    I don’t understand why you are calling these people black, when they are half white….shouldn’t someone come up with a new name for mixed races? Show me a black person who looks white…won’t happen. There’s white somewhere in the woodpile. My Grandkids are red, white and black…what the heck would you call that? Besides AMERICAN.

  151. ty

    May 10, 2017 at 2:14 am

    uh well my friend did you say coloured take offense to being called one of the ofther 2? because I’m not mistaken i’ve been to plenty of places in africa and coloured people there don’t like being called that but they deal with it. hell a coloured from south africa said he was happy to come to america because he wouldn’t be considered colored but black instead since in america coloured actually refers to black people. from my experience the wanted to be black labelled over the label coloured but aye I didn’t speak to everyone coloured person there lol.

  152. Troof

    June 17, 2017 at 4:41 am

    So your saying the first humans on the continent of today’s Africa were “white”? Now that’s funny.

  153. Benny

    June 24, 2017 at 6:16 pm

    I would like to see some of these stories however I don’t watch them anymore because you have to load dozens of individual pages to get the story just so they can advertize more.
    Some of these pages even freeze up or drop you out to the original page so that you have to start all over again.
    Not worth my time.

  154. John Urgese

    July 29, 2017 at 10:47 pm

    Please explain. How does having one parent ” black” and another of different shading make them “black”? Why aren’t they the other?

  155. Jack

    August 17, 2017 at 11:42 am

    What is the big deal about heritage in our blood lines, if we all had our blood tested, we would be a mixture of cultures from all over the world.

  156. james wihtness

    August 19, 2017 at 6:41 pm

    this article proves that being black is nothing special nor extra ordinary.

  157. White Guy

    August 26, 2017 at 12:41 am

    What a terrible comment. If anything, white people are treated much better in the US so if it were an issue of “having balls” they would have already done that. There is absolutely nothing wrong with taking pride in the heritage that runs through your veins. Your comment is disgusting.

  158. ron-at-home

    September 7, 2017 at 10:11 am

    If they look white then they are white. They are white because most of their genes are white. That makes them more white than black and they should be accepterd as white people.

  159. Chrigid

    September 9, 2017 at 11:01 pm

    Dano, where’d you get that strange information from?

  160. ShA

    September 10, 2017 at 2:37 pm

    Not that I care who is white or black, but out of 24 I heard about two.