Ethnic background is important to many.
Since so many of you have asked - here is what we know:
(In many cases, individuals or family members have contacted us and asked that we include the specific ethnic information listed here for themself and/or their family member.)
Adam Lazarre-White His father is Black (Douglas White), and his mother (Jane Lazarre) is Jewish.
Alicia Keys - Singer, Black father, Italian mother.
Allen and Albert Hughes - Directors, are Black and Armenian.
(photo n/a) Jenny Lumet - Actress, is the biracial granddaughter of Lena Horne - Jewish father, mother Gail Buckley (Horne).
Amarie - Singer, Black father, Korean mother.
Anais Granofsky Actress, born in Canada in 1974 to a African American Mother and a Russian Jewish Canadian father.
Anthony Ervin Olympic swimmer, is of African American, Native American, and Jewish American descent.
Barack Obama Politician, father, Barack Sr., originally from Kenya and entered the University of Hawaii as its first-ever black student from an African country. Obama's caucasian mother, Ann Durham, was originally from Kansas, where some of her ancestors had been anti-slavery activists in the 1800s.
Barbara Weathers Black and B/W/Puerto Rican and according to her, "perhaps some other stuff."
Ben Harper Musician, is of Cherokee Indian, Black, and Russian/Jewish ancestry.
Bizzy Bone Singer, real name is Bryon McCane and is of African American, American Indian, Italian, and Jewish descent.
Blake Griffin Los Angeles Clippers forward, father African-American, mother Caucasian.
Blu Cantrell Singer, her father is African American and her mother is of Cherokee, and German descent.
Bob Marley - Singer, was Black and Caucasian.
Booboo Stewart – Born to an Asian mother and Native American and Caucasian father.
Boris Kodjoe Actor, his mother is German and his father is from Ghana, West Africa.
Brooklyn Sudano Actress, her Mother (Donna Summer) is black and father (Bruce Sudano) is Italian.
Carmelo Anthony Basketball player, born to a Puerto Rican father and an African American mother.
Carmen Ejogo - Actress, her father was Nigerian, and her mother is White (Scottish).
Charli Baltimore Singer, her real name is Tiffany Lane and she is of German and African Amerian descent.
Clark Johnson - Actor, his father is Black and his mother is White.
Craig David Singer, was born in Hampshire, England to a Black Grenadian Father and a half Jewish and half English Mother.
Cree Summer Actress, her father is Mestizo (White and Cree Indian (actor Don Francks)), and her mother is Black. She does the voice of Susie in Rugrats.
David Gallagher – Actor, was born to a Cuban mother and Caucasian father.
David Blaine Illusionist and endurance artist, was born David Blaine White to a father of Puerto Rican descent and mother of Russian Jewish descent.
David Bluthenthal Basketball player, born of Jewish mother and African American father.
Derek Jeter - Baseball player, black father and white mother.
Dorothy Dandridge - Actress, was of mixed racial heritage.
Julie Brown (Downtown) TV Personality and VeeJay, her father is Jamaican by birth, her mother is English.
Drew Gooden Basketball player, has a black father and white mother.
Eartha Kitt Singer/actress, her father was White and her mother was Black Cherokee.
Evan Ross Actor, born Evan Olav Næss, to recording artist Diana Ross and Norwegian shipping magnate Arne Næss, Jr.
Faith Evans Singer/actress, Black mother, White father.
Freddie Prinze Jr. Actor, White mother, Hispanic father.
Giancarlo Esposito Actor, he has a Black mother and an Italian father.
Gina Belefonte - Actress and producer is the biracial daughter of singer Harry Belafonte and a White mother.
Gina Ravera Actress, is half Puerto Rican and half Black.
Gloria Reuben Actress, her father was White, her mother Black.
Grant Hill Basketball player, Black father, bi-racial (black and white) mother.
Halle Berry Actress, is the daughter of a White mother and a Black father who divorced when she was four.
Jadagrace Berry Actress, is the daughter of a Japanese American mother and African American father.
James Francis Kelly III Actor, born to an African-American/Native American mother and a father who is second generation Irish.
Jarome Iginla Hockey player, father is Black and mother Caucasian.
Jasmine Guy Singer/Actress, born to a Portuguese mother and a Black father.
Jason Kidd Basketball player, was born to an African American father and Caucasian mother.
Jaye Davidson Actor, his father is Black (from Ghana) and his mother is White (English).
Jennifer Beals Actress, her father is Black and her mother is White.
Jennifer Freeman American actress, black mother, white father
Jesse Williams – Is of African, Caucasian and Native American ancestry.
Jessica Szohr Model of both Caucasian and African-American descent.
Jimi Hendrix - Singer, was Black, Caucasian and Cherokee.
Josh Koscheck Mixed martial artist, is of African American and Caucasian descent.
Jordin Sparks Singer/songwriter, mother is Caucasian and her father is African American.
Justin Fargas Football player, is the son of actor Antonio Fargas and is of Puerto Rican and Trinidadian descent.
Karyn Parsons Actress, her father is White, her Mother is black.
Kelis - Singer, her father is black, her mother is Chinese/Puerto Rican.
Kidada Jones Actress, sister of Rashida Jones, her father (Quincy Jones) is Black and her mother is White.
Kimberley Locke Singer, has an African American father and white mother.
Keanu Reeves –Is of Caucasian and Asian ancestry.
Kristoff St. John Is of Caucasian and African American ancestry.
Laz Alonso – Is of African and Cuban ancestry.
Lauren London Actress/model, was born in Los Angeles, California to an African American mother and a caucasian Jewish father
Leila Arcieri Actress, her father is Italian and her mother is Black.
Lenny Kravitz - Singer, born to a Black mother and father of Jewish descent.
Leona Lewis Singer, she was born to Afro-Caribbean Guyanese father, and an Irish mother.
Lester Holt – Television news anchor, Jamaican, English and Indian descent.
Lisa Bonet - Actress, born to a Jewish mother and a Black father. She was married to and later divorced singer Lenny Kravitz.
Lonette McKee - Singer/actress, her mother is Scandanavian and her father is Black.
Lori "Lolo" Jones Track and field athlete, is of French, Native American, African American, and Norwegian descent.
Malcolm X Activist, half African-American, quarter Grenadian, and quarter White American.
Mariah Carey Singer/actress, has a Venezuelan/African American father, and an Irish mother.
Mario Van Peebles Actor, his father (filmmaker Melvin Van Peebles) is Black, his mother is White (German actress Maria Marx).
Maya Days Actress, she is from a mixed Portuguese and African American background.
Maya Rudolph Actress, her father is Jewish. Her mother (singer Minne Riperton) is Black.
Meagan Good Actress, she says she is African-American, Jewish, American Indian (Cherokee), and Puerto Rican.
Michael Michelle Actress, her Mother is Black and her Father is White.
Mya - Singer, is of Black and Italian descent.
Naomi Campbell Model, her mother is Black (Jamaican), her father is Multiracial, at least partly Chinese.
Nicole Ari Parker Actress, White mother, Black father.
Nicole Lyn Actress, her mother is Black and her father is of Chinese descent.
Norah Jones Bengali Indian and Anlgo-American. Her Father is Indian Musician, Ravi Shankar and her Mother is Anglo-American. Shankar never married Norah’s mother however she adopted the surname Shankar.
Oscar Isaac – Is of Guatemalan and Cuban ancestry.
Persia White - Actress, her father is Black Bahamian and her mother is a White American.
Philip Michael Thomas - Actor, is of biracial descent.
Rachel True Actress, she is half Black and half White but hasn't said who is what.
Rae Dawn Chong - Actress, is the daughter of comedian Tommy Chong (white-Chinese) and Black mother.
Rain Pryor - Actress, is the biracial daughter of comedian Richard Pryor and Jewish mother.
Rashida Jones Actress, her father (Quincy Jones) is Black and her mother (Peggy Lipton) is White.
The Rock (Dwayne Johnson) - Pro Wrestler/Actor, is of Black and Samoan descent.
Ronda Rousey - Olympic bronze medalist in judo and MMA fighter, father White and mother is Black and Venezeulan,
Rowland Gift - Singer (Fine Young Cannibals), is the son of Black and Caucasian parents.
Rosario Dawson Actress, quoted as saying, "I'm Puerto Rican, Black, Cuban, Irish and Native American."
Ryan Nece Football player, is of Black and Caucasian descent. He uses his mother's maiden name, but his father is football player Ronnie Lott.
Sade - Singer, is of Nigerian and British descent.
Salli Richardson - Actress, is the daughter of African American, Cherokee mother and Italian-Irish father.
Samantha Mumba - Singer and actress, she is half Irish and half African.
Saul Hudson (Slash) Guitarist, his mother was an African American, and his father is a white Englishman.
Shane Battier Basketball player, has a black father and a white mother.
Shemar Moore Actor, his father is Black and his mother is White.
Sherri Saum Actress, her mother is White (German) and her father is Black.
Shirley Bassey - Singer, her parents are Nigerian and British.
Smokey Robinson - Singer, is of Black and Caucasian descent.
Soledad O'Brian Reporter/News anchor, her father is Australian (his parents are Irish, hence the surname 'O'Brien') her mother, is Black of Cuban heritage.
Sophie Okonedo Actress, her mother is Jewish and her father is Nigerian.
Stacy Dash Actress, she is of West Indian (Black) and Aztec Indian descent.
Susan Fales-Hill - Writer/producer, she was born in Rome, Italy and raised in New York City. She was born to an White father and Black mother. Sister of actor Enrico Fales.
Sydney Tamiia Poitier Actress, her father, Sidney Poitier, is Black, her mother is White.
Tahj Mowry Actor, younger brother of Tia & Tamara Mowry. His dad is White, and his mother African-American.
Taimak Guari (Guarriello) Actor, his father is White (Italian) and his mother is Black.
Tamara Taylor Actress, is the daughter of a black musician father originally from Nova Scotia and a white property manager mother of Scottish descent.
Tamia Singer, Black mother, White father.
Tammy Townsend Actess, her father is White (English and Yugoslavian) and her mother is Black.
Tatiana Ali Actress, her mother is Black from Panama, her father is East Indian from Trinidad.
Tatiana Silva Miss Belgium, mother is Belgian and father from Cape Verde.
Thandie Newton Actress, was born on November 6, 1972 to a British father, an artist, and Zimbabwean mother.
Tia & Tamara Mowry Actresses, identical twin stars of the show "Sister Sister" on the WB. Their dad is White, their mother African American.
Tim Howard Soccer player, was born to an African American father and Caucasian mother born in Hungary.
Tina Turner - Singer/actress, is Black, White, and Native American.
Eldrick "Tiger" Woods Golpher, mother is Thai, describes himself as one quarter black, one quarter Thai, one quarter Chinese, one eighth white, and one eighth American Indian and has penned the term "Cablinasian," to describe himself.
Tony Parker Basketball player, his father is African American father and his mother is Dutch.
Tracee Ellis Ross Actress, her mother (Diana Ross) is Black, her father is White.
Traci Bingham Actress, her father is Native American and her Mother is Black and Italian.
Trevor Penick - Singer, his father is Black and his mother is White.
Troy Beyer - Actress, is the biracial daughter of Black mother, Jewish father.
Tyson Beckford - Model, Grandmother is Chinese, his mother is Chinese and Black.
Ulrich Alexander "Rick" Fox Canadian television actor and retired professional basketball player, has a Bahamian father and Canadian mother.
Vanity (Denise Katrina Smith a.k.a. Denise Matthews) - Performer, daughter of a German mother and a Black father.
Vanessa Williams Ssinger, songwriter and actress, her parents are both half Black and half White.
Victoria Rowell - Actress, her mother was White her father was Black.
Vin Diesel (Mark Vincent) - Actor, he doesn't like to get too specific about his background. He's Italian and a lot of other things. One of his fan clubs says, "His father is black. His mother is Irish, and he's also got some Dominican, Mexican, German and Italian thrown in." It seems that nobody knows for sure. When asked directly to resolve the issue, Mr. Diesel does admit that he is both multiracial and multinational, but he avoids specifics.
Walter Mosley - Writer, is Black and Caucasian.
Wentworth Miller - Actor, his father is Black his mother White.