VonTod Jacobs/Updated January 31, 2023 11:00 am EST
Although the Internet has turned the details of celebrities' everyday lives into a 24/7 consumable product, there are still a few things you might not know about your favorite stars, such as: B. Their racial origin. Beyoncé, Rihanna, Halle Berry, Drake, Mariah Carey, Barack Obama - these are some of the most famous celebrities of multiracial origin, but the diversity of races, cultures and traditions is now more widespread and celebrated around the world than ever before in human history . Populations of different races, races, and languages can now be found in the largest metropolis or the smallest city. AccordinglyNPR,Mixed race people are one of the "fastest growing segments of the US population". The whirlpool is coming!
So who are the interracial celebs you might have missed? From music icons and sports stars to legendary superheroes and aspiring artists, we take a look at some celebrities you didn't know were multiracial.
We highly doubt you'll hear "Reggae" when you hear Fall Out Boy, but bassist Pete Wentz (Peter Lewis Kingston Wentz III) knows all about it. His mother, Dale Wentz, was born in Jamaica, and his black maternal grandfather,Arthur Winston Lewis, served as US Ambassador to Sierra Leone. "I went [to Jamaica] a lot as a kid," he saidAltpress. "Little did I know then that while Bob Marley and the Wailers are cool, they go a lot deeper."
As if that didn't blow your mind, the rocker is also related to former US Secretary of State Colin Powell. "Yes, he's my great-uncle," Pete saidVisain 2013. “I met him at Desert Storm and at the age I was there was a bunch of great propaganda being done about where there were trading cards and t-shirts and shit and you were convinced that was cool . I remember asking him, "Oh man! Are you going to use bazookas?" I can't even imagine how, wow. What a stupid thing to ask. "
Comedian born in Washington D.C. as the son of a Mexican-Jewish father and an Irish motherLouis C.Klived in Mexico until he was 7 years old and learned Spanish as his mother tongue. He describes himself in an interview as "accidental white".Rolling Stone2013, C.K. claimed that when his family moved to Boston, people saw that he was "white with red hair".
"Race doesn't mean what it used to mean in America," he said. "It just doesn't. Obama is black, but he's not black as people used to define it. Is black your experience or the color of your skin? My experience as a Mexican immigrant is more so than someone like George Lopez. He's from California. But he is treated like an immigrant. I'm an outsider. Thinkown,my grandmother didn't speak english. All my paternal family lives in Mexico. I'm never called that or treated like that, but it was my experience."
BeforeGal Gadotdonned the uniform of the legendary Amazonian warrior princess from Themyscira, Miss World 1972. Lynda Carter played Wonder Woman on the cheesy television show With a Heart of Gold for three seasons. Little did audiences know at the time that Carter's mother was from Mexico.
Accordingly55+ Shop, Carter was born Linda Jean Cordova Carter, and his mother, Juana Cordova, was from Chihuahua, Mexico.55+ Shopsays. Her grandmother is said to have said to her: "That's where beautiful women come from." No contradiction from us.
In 2016, Carter took on critics who claimed that Wonder Woman's skin tone and skimpy outfits undermined her feminist power. "Yes, so? Superman had a skintight outfit that showed every little wave, didn't he? Doesn't he have a big bump in his crotch? Hello! So why don't they complain about it?” She askedDie New York Times. "And who says Wonder Woman is 'white'? I'm half mexican. Gal Gadot is Israeli. The character is an Amazonian princess, not "American". They're trying to put her in a box and she's not in a box."
Bob Marley brought reggae to the masses and became a musical and cultural icon while adorning dorm room walls across America and beyond. Raised in abject poverty in the slums of Jamaica, Marley escaped the darkness with sheer talent and willpower. In a sad irony, this towering legend might never have been born were it not for the British colonial service.
“Nesta Robert Marley was born on February 6, 1945 in St. Ann Parish, Jamaica. His father was a white British naval captain named Norval Sinclair Marley, who was then almost 60 years old. His mother, Cedella, was a 19-year-old country girl," he saidBiography. "Because of his multiracial makeup, Bob was bullied by his neighbors and derogatorily called 'white boy.' However, he later said the experience helped him develop this philosophy: I am not on the side of the white man or the black man. I'm on God's side.'"
Ten-time NBA All-Star Carmelo Anthony has been a scoring machine since joining the league in 2003, and we're assuming opponents and fans alike will be familiar with the Puerto Rican flag tattooed on the sniper's right hand. Anthony's Puerto Rican father died when the small forward was just two years old, but his father's words will always be with him. “[My father] wrote poetry. I have a book full of poems he wrote. The book is too heavy to carry around, so I leave it in my office, but I always try to go back and read it," Anthony saidESPN.
After Hurricane Maria, the mixed race baller (Melo's mother is African American) used his celebrity status to raise awareness of those suffering in Puerto Rico and even founded onedonations pageto bring much-needed relief. "I'm thinking about my own family in this situation and I can't even take care of it. I can't believe it," he wrote in theplayers' gallery.
Best known for her breakout role as April Ludgate, television's favorite millennial stereotype on NBC'sParks and Recreation, actressAubrey Plazawas born to a white mother and a Puerto Rican father. "A lot of people don't think I'm Puerto Rican because I'm fair-skinned," she saidCosmopolitan"But I feel very connected to that side of my family."
However, Plaza saidLatinaMagazine that her biracial often puts her in an awkward position. "I won the diversity awards and people used to berate me," she said. "I won Hispanic Teen of the Year and I felt awful was really half [Latino]."
Separately, Plaza used her platform to raise funds for the U.S. territory in the wake of Hurricane Irma in 2017. "Please join my family in raising funds for Puerto Rico!" shetweeted. "Help us rebuild paradise! We [heart] Puerto Rico!"
Born to a white mother and black father, rapper J. Cole grew up in the military town of Fayetteville, NC. The hip-hop artist says his biracial identity offers him a unique perspective because he "seen both sides." He saidXXLMagazine: "I can identify with white people because I know my mother, her side of the family that I love. I've had white friends... But at the end of the day, I've never felt white. I'm putting it on I don't know how that feels I can identify. But I never felt like one of them.”
Cole said: "I identify more with how I look because that's how I've been treated. Not necessarily negative. But if you get stopped by the police, I can't pull out my half-white card. Or if I just meet you on the street you won't be like that, this guy seems to be half white."
Though swimmer Ryan Lochte might be the poster child of white 'Merica Dude Bro culture, his mother was born in Havana, Cuba before immigrating to the United States to escape the Castro regime. She eventually settled in Florida, where Lochte began training to become a 12-time Olympic medalist.
"When he won the gold medal ... all I could think about was what my parents went through and how he was there representing the United States, and my parents wanted us so badly that we were there, in the United States," his mother, Ileana Lochte , toldNBC News. "And to see him up there with the American flag, that was great."
As a swimmer, Ryan consumed8,000 caloriesa day. What did this diet consist of when he visited his mother? Lots of Cuban food, of course. "When he comes home he has Picadillo, he hasropa vieja, anything he wants," said IleanaNBC-Latin.
Born in England in 1965, Guns N' Roses guitar god Slash (real nameSaul hudson) is as hippie as you can get. His father,Anthony Hudson, was a white Englishman who designed record covers for Neil Young and Joni Mitchell. His mother,Ola Hudson, was a black fashion designer who styled the likes of David Bowie, Diana Ross, and Elton John. Imagine growing up with it.
In a 2011 interview withDer Quietius, Slash says that "political things" that happened in the '60s "had a massive impact on youth culture," and in some ways he was born as a protest against the status quo. “Being born in England to an English father and a black mother is about as sixties as it gets. My grandparents were bloody floored!”
Slash finds a sublime irony in hisbiracialHeritage. "As a musician, it has always amused me that I'm both BritishAndBlack; especially because so many American musicians aspire to be British, while so many British musicians, especially in the '60s, tried so hard to be black," he said (viaVoices from East Anglia).
The singer-songwriter Halsey conquered the international music scene with her debut album.Wasteland, and although she looks white, the New Jersey girl is multiracial — born to a white mother and black father — and she wants the world to know that.
"I'm white passing. I've accepted that about myself and never tried to control anything about black culture that isn't mine," the electro-pop singer explained in a 2017 interview withPlayboy(proDie Huffington Post). "I look like a white girl, but I don't feel like one. i am a black woman So it was weird to deal with. Growing up, I didn't know if I should love TLC or love Britney."
Being biracial led to some unhappy childhood moments. "When I was little, women would come up to us if I and my dad saw me and my dad walking through a supermarket parking lot and said, 'Honey, are you alright?'" she saidGeier. "Because they saw a little white girl walking with a black guy."