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.


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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  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.

    • Natajua

      December 3, 2015 at 12:15 am


      • Willa

        February 4, 2016 at 10:36 pm

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

        • Willa

          February 4, 2016 at 10:38 pm

          We all descend from two people…excuse me.

          • Ghostface

            April 24, 2016 at 12:09 pm

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

          • 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.

          • 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.

    • 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.

      • 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.

    • 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.

      • Luc

        November 10, 2016 at 2:08 pm

        humm. The white part make them more talented?

      • 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

    • 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.

      • Gavin

        December 11, 2016 at 7:18 pm

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

        • katrina

          February 11, 2017 at 6:51 am

          Billy crystal is a black jew

      • 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.

        • luknatchu

          January 30, 2017 at 5:38 pm

          “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.

    • 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.

      • 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.

    • 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!

    • William Carr

      March 16, 2017 at 2:30 pm

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

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • Chrigid

      September 9, 2017 at 11:01 pm

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

  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.

    • Andre

      June 28, 2015 at 4:57 pm

      Excellent observation

    • 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).

      • [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.

        • 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.

          • Ken Kramer

            November 18, 2015 at 7:11 pm

            Great response!

          • janice Wright

            July 16, 2016 at 9:41 pm

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

          • 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.

          • James

            February 19, 2017 at 12:03 am

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

        • 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.

          • katrina

            February 11, 2017 at 6:39 am

            Billy crystal is a black jew

      • 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?

        • 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.

        • No Name Needed

          December 29, 2016 at 10:22 pm

          Actually Puerto Rican people are descendants of Africans…tbh

          • 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.

    • Gary Hendrickson

      September 22, 2015 at 5:36 am

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

    • James

      August 19, 2016 at 8:57 pm

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

      • 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?

    • 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

  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?

    • 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.

      • 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.

    • Agnew Dellinger

      April 5, 2017 at 6:59 am

      Only one race… the Human Race

  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!

    • Jessica

      April 4, 2016 at 7:32 pm

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

  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. 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.

  12. 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.

    • 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!!

      • 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.

      • 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!

      • 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.

        • 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.

          • 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.

        • 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.

      • G Joubert

        September 19, 2016 at 11:19 pm

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

      • 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.

        • 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.

  13. 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!

    • 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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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????

  16. 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….

    • 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.

      • 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.

  17. 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

    • 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!

      • 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.

        • 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!!

        • 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.

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