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13 Celebrities You Didn't Know Were Black

Caroline Langella |
February 5, 2014 | 2:04 p.m. PST

Executive Producer

In honor of Black History Month, here are 13 celebrities that have black heritage:

1. Rashida Jones

This “Parks and Recreation” actress is the daughter of African American musician and producer Quincy Jones.

Troian Bellisario of "Pretty Little Liars" (Pinterest)
Troian Bellisario of "Pretty Little Liars" (Pinterest)
2. Troian Bellisario

Troian is most commonly known for her role as Spencer on ABC Family’s “Pretty Little Liars,” but what most people don’t know about her is that her mother is African American actress Deborah Pratt. 

3. Maya Rudolph

This “SNL” alum’s mother was African American.

4. Cash Warren

Jessica Alba’s husband is the son of African American actor Michael Warren.

5. Jennifer Beals

This actress, who starred in the 1983 film “Flashdance” has stated that her father was African American and her mother is Irish American.

6. Wentworth Miller

This “Prison Break” actor has stated that his father is black and his mother is white.

Wentworth Miller of "Prison Break" (Pinterest)
Wentworth Miller of "Prison Break" (Pinterest)

7. Jordin Sparks

This “American Idol” winner’s mother is white and her father is African American NFL player Phillippi Sparks.

8. Nicole Richie

While Nicole Richie’s legal guardian was black musician Lionel Richie, she has also stated to be of Caucasian, Black Creole and Hispanic descent.

9. Slash

While this musician did grow up in London, his mother was an African American costume designer. 

10. Kris Humphries

Kim Kardashian’s ex-husband and NBA player Kris Humpries is part African American and part Caucasian.

11. Pete Wentz

The Fall Out Boy singer’s mother immigrated from Jamaica, and his maternal grandfather is black.

Pete Wentz of Fall Out Boy (Pinterest)
Pete Wentz of Fall Out Boy (Pinterest)

12. Mariah Carey

The singer’s father was of African American and Venezuelan descent, while her mother is of Irish descent.

13. Derek Jeter

The New York Yankees baseball player’s father is African American while is mother is of Irish and German descent.



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