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These Celebrities Are Black?!

While we do not (or at least we shouldn’t) judge those based on the “color of their skin,” but always on the “content of their character,” there comes many times when we’re surprised to learn some of our favorite celebrities identify as black, despite maybe being of the fairer complexion.

Here are 25 celebrities you definitely (well maybe) didn’t know were black.

DWAYNE JOHNSON

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“The Rock” can easily be taken for multi-ethnic, (or multi-behemoth) but he’s actually half black and half-Samoan. Dude still jacked though.

DARNELL MARTIN

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Martin wrote and directed the 1994 movie, I Like It Like That. Little did anyone know that Martin’s father was black, meaning she was the first black woman to write and direct a film for a major Hollywood studio. #SquadGoals

DEREK JETER

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The star former-shortstop has a mother who is Irish/German and an African-American father. And ball skills for years.

MEGHAN MARKLE

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This beauty starred in the surprise USA network hit, Suits, but did you know her mother is African-American and her father is both Dutch and Irish? Now you know.

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GABRIELLE REECE

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U.S. volleyball star Gabrielle Reece has a Trinidadian father. Unfortunately, he died in a plane crash when Reece was just five years old.

VIN DIESEL

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Diesel has gone on record saying that he identifies as a “person of color,” after having been raised by a white mother and black father.

DANIEL SUNJATA

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Sunjata has the complexion of a Latin actor, but he’s actually a 50/50 split between black and white.

SLASH

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The G ‘n R famed guitarist finds his African-American white English nationalities amusing. “As a musician I’ve always been amused that I’m both British and black; particularly because so many American musicians seem to aspire to be British while so many British musicians, in the sixties in particular, went to such great pains to be black.”

CAROL CHANNING

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Famous for her many Broadway roles through the 1940’s and 50’s, it wasn’t until Channing was 80 that she revealed her father was black.

MARIAH CAREY

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It’s pretty obvious that Carey is of mixed race: her mother is Irish and her father is African-American and Venezuelan. Her voice is from the angels heard on high.

JENNIFER BEALS

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She was the star of the 80’s smash hit, Flashdance, but many never knew that she was biracial.

JESSICA SZOHR

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This model and Gossip Girl actress’ paternal grandfather was Hungarian and one of her grandparents was African-American.

RASHIDA JONES

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By now, many know this Parks & Recreation star to be the daughter of famed music mogul Quincy Jones and actress Peggy Lipton.

ADRIANA LIMA

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The famed Victoria’s Secret model carries a wide lineage of ancestry: African, West Indian, Japanese, and Portugese. She also carries all the beauty. All of it.

JORDIN SPARKS

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Sparks has an African-American father, but on her mother’s side is an array of English, German, Scottish, and Norwegian.

PETE WENTZ

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Fallout Boy’s lead singer is of English and German descent on his father’s side, but Afro-Jamaican on his mother’s side.

WENTWORTH MILLER

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Ironically, in the movie The Human Stain, Miller played a black man passing for white. In real life, the Prison Break star has a black father and white mother.

CASH WARREN

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Married to Jessica Alba, this producer is the son of Hill Street Blues actor Michael Warren.

MAYA RUDOLPH

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The former Saturday Night Live actress is the daughter of Minnie Ripperton and music composer Richard Rudolph.

NICOLE RICHIE

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Richie’s biological father Peter Michael Escovedo is Afro-Mexican. The reality star also reportedly has some Creole and Spanish ancestry mixed in there as well.

TROIAN BELLISARIO

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This Pretty Little Liar may play a WASP (White Anglo-Saxon Protestant) on TV, but she’s the daughter of African-American actress and producer Deborah Pratt.

SOLEDAD O’BRIEN

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The CNN anchor is the daughter of an Afro-Cuba man and Australian mother, and no one knew until she appeared on her network’s Black in America show.

ROSARIO DAWSON

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Dawson’s beauty is descended from a mother of Afro-Cuban descent, while her biological father was from Europe.

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KRIS HUMPHRIES

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This basketball player with the famed short-lived marriage to Kim Kardashian is part Caucasian and part African-American.

BEN HARPER

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The singer-songwriter doubles on the “Did you know…” lists. Harper’s father was African-American and Cherokee. And Harper’s mother was Jewish!

 Source: yourdailydish

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