Bonjou! 8 Famous Folks You Might Not Have Known Were Creole

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Let me be clear in saying, I’m talking Louisiana Creole descent. Sorry if you clicked and were looking for one of the many other kinds. But where was I? identifies Creole people as a broad cultural group of people of all races who share a French or Spanish background. No matter how you come to the conclusion that one is Creole (and please, let’s not get into the colorstruck aspects of it all), there are many people who identify as such, and they speak a wide variety of languages. In our random travels through the Internet (or da Intanetz as we like to call it), we were surprised to find a number of celebrities who are of the Louisiana Creole heritage. If you’re nosey like us, you probably want to know who. Check it out.


Sheila E.

Sheila Escovedo is hands down one of the coolest people to ever pick up a set of drumsticks and go to town on the drums, and if you didn’t know, she’s also of Mexican and Louisiana Creole heritage. Her father, famous drummer Pete Escovedo, is Mexican-American, while her mother, Juanita Escovedo (formerly Gardere), is French and black. I’ve been a fan since homegirl showed up in Krush Groove and dropped The Glamorous Life, but I can say that I didn’t know she was Creole…


Nicole Richie

But of course Nicole would be on the list. If you didn’t know, she is the niece of Sheila E (Richie is the daughter of Peter Michael Escovedo). And if you look up her ethnicity online, they have her as a mix of Mexican, African American, Caucasian and Creole. Richie, who was born Nicole Camille Escovedo, was adopted by Lionel Richie as a young girl when her parents found they couldn’t financially support her. They raised her, she met Paris Hilton while in school, and before you knew it, she was a popular reality personality with a wild streak. Nowadays, she’s toned it down and is a mother and fashion designer.


Condoleezza Rice

The former Secretary of State under George W. Bush is a lot of things. Along with being a pianist and an extraordinarily smart woman, she’s also Creole. And if you were thinking, “I should have known by Condoleeza!” you’re confused–that’s actually Italian. But anywho, Rice’s grandmother, Theresa Hardnett, was actually a half-Creole woman hailing from Baton Rouge. Rice hasn’t been silent about her Creole heritage, and in the influence it’s had on her. And also the influence it’s had on her cooking skills. She told Piers Morgan she could throw down in the kitchen: “I’d cook you fried chicken. Southern fried chicken. I would cook chili perhaps. Uh, corn bread. I’m quite good at corn bread. Or perhaps because of my half-Creole grandmother, I’d cook you gumbo.” Can we get a bowl?



The rapper and now reality TV star (aka Coco’s boo) and actor (coincidentally, as a cop on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit) is the son of a Creole mother according to his memoir, Ice: A Memoir of Gangster Life and Redemption—from South Central to Hollywood. Sadly, the rapper, born Tracy Morrow, lost both of his parents at a young age, and while they raised him in New Jersey, once they passed he had to move to South Los Angeles to live with his relatives. And so the story begins…



I know ya’ll remember the singer Michel’le! “Something in My Heart” anyone? Well, the former girlfriend of Dr. Dre was actually born Michel’le Touissant, and homegirl is of mixed Louisiana Creole heritage. Nowadays (if you were wondering), though she does have a son with Dr. Dre, she is married to former Death Row CEO Suge Knight. The two married while he was in jail, and they have a daughter together named Balei.

Bryant G. – Source:

The Gumbels: Bryant and Greg

Your favorite news and sportscasters are Creole folks born in New Orleans. They are the sons of Richard Dunbar Gumbel, and Rhea Alice LeCesne. While they were born in NOLA, the family moved to Chicago, and that’s where the boys and their two sisters grew up. Bryant and Greg Gumbel are definitely two of the most entertaining sportscasters to grace the television screen.

Greg G. – Source:

Sabrina Le Beauf

The last name is probably a dead giveaway, but the chick who played Sondra Huxtable is a woman of Louisiana Creole heritage. The owner of her own interior design business, Le Beauf has talked about being Creole in the past, and how her unique look had her worried she wouldn’t be able to get the acting roles she was seeking: “African-Americans who look like me didn’t really exist in the casting pool,” she says. But at Yale, where Angela Bassett was a classmate, she says she got inspired to keep acting. Good move!


Beyoncé, Solange and Tina Knowles

Okay, so this wasn’t that big of a shocker for you. If you’ve seen Bey’s controversial “True Match” ad for L’Oreal, or heard her song, “Creole,” it’s not something she’s particularly trying to keep on the hush. Mama Tina is the daughter of Agnèz Beyincé, who was French a speaking Louisiana Creole. Agnèz Beyincé’s life inspired her daughter and granddaughter immensely, as the women spawned their clothing line, House of Deréon in honor of her passion for making clothes (Agnèz Beyincé was formerly known as Agnèz DeRouen–hence the name).

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  • Fay Butler

    Excuse me but the word, “creole” means first born in new country, no necessarily black though it has become an an acronym for blacks. There are French, Spanish, Portugese and even English creoles.

  • CherokeeBob

    I very much appreciate all this knowledge, I found out in Vietnam back in 68 when I got wounded that my blood was mixed with Native American and Negro. Having found that out I proceeded to look into my family tree and found my Great Great Grandfather Williams was considered Creole and the grandmother Native American. I have no idea as yet where he was born but some say somewhere in the islands on a sugar Plantation. One friend from Nam said that is probably why I like Saturday nights so well.,as they are known to party drink and dance. Don’t blame me its in the blood.

  • Sonya Lavette Bell

    Why are Black people always surprised about our heritage mixtures? Not many of us can claim to be 100% African blood if you’re American. Although this conversations can be interesting, at times, I wonder why we are so hung up on the skin tone of folks more than any other group. Pride should be in knowing our history–not phenotype. Author: Butterflies in Bronzeville

  • ky

    I hate when people go “Oh my grandmother is a quarter Creole, therefore, I’M Creole”. NO…YOU’RE NOT. Stop trying to steal our culture.

  • stephnie

    Creole people are descent of french, haitian, and spanish people. How do i know this you say, i am Creole and i did research.

  • All human life started in Africa. Black people or people of color can have an offspring of white skin which is albino. But whiteraces cannot produce offspring of darker color…

  • Why

    The story about Nicole Richie has NEVER made sense to me. She was born an Escovido and unless I missed something the Escovido’s had plenty of money to help raise a child and there would be NOOOOOOO need to adopt. Now what is more plausible to me is that Lionel Richie is her true father and the mother remains unknown, perhaps her mother the the same woman in questions that Brenda Lionel’s ex-wife gave him a beat down for? Of course we will never know and is simply just my own theory……After all, Latinos are not known for giving up children for adoption, they families tend to band together even if that means shifting the child around.

  • Creole Adonis

    I am CREOLE and what I find insulting about this post is Creole is a CULTURE! THis BS about “half Creole” is really stupid and I am Of African and French decent. This list is questionable and clearly some of them want to claim a culture they have little or no ties to.

  • Elseneg

    My family have lived in Southwest Louisiana since slavery.  I do not understand why people equate Creole with fair skin.  We come in all colors.  My father had dark skin with grey eyes.  Please open a real conversation concerning Creoles.  We have dark skin and YES we speak the language. 

  • This article makes me want to watch “Feast of All Saints”

  • Host

    It’s amazing after all the nose jobs and plastic surgery, skin lightening, and blond weaves, and fake contacts (outside of Miche’le) folks want to be Creole……PLEAZZZZZZZZ

  • Some of us would rather be anything than what we are. They last time I looked, Matthew Knowles is a very dark skinned man. Many so called “Creoles” have African ancestry, or West Indian. It’s now fashionable to be something other than what you are…..SMDH!!

  • Elodie

    judging by the comments people still do not know the difference between race and culture.

  • Dani B

    Who cares? Article is not relevant in any form or fashion. Just another reason not to embrace being black? Technically all of us are creole if your talking mixtures and whatnot. Black folks kill me with the whole, “I’m mixed” mentality. It’s amazing how everybody else wants to be like us and emulates us but we don’t accept ourselves. Smh

  • inmyopinion

    I, like always, read through all the comments before I decided to post mine, and all I can say it that it is a sad state of affairs when Human beings can’t see the beauty that comes from mixing different cultures, nationalities and colors…I understand that most black people are tired of having to look up to and support a culture that doesn’t include them and makes them feel “wrong” for being who they are and looking the way they were made to look. there’s nothing wrong with it. to me it’s simply beautiful…but so are so many other cultures in my opinion..without love there is nothing but the hate and strife you see today..learn to love yourselves first and others will follow suit..not just blacks, but men, women, and children alike…if you don’t like the propaganda that’s being shoved in front of you by the media and entertainment, then don’t partake of it…it’s poison!! if no one’s supporting it, then it won’t stand…all this reminds me of a scripture in the bible that says that the world and it’s desires are passing away…clearly people are becoming disillusioned by the propaganda that the western world has put out there and are starting to see the REAL PROBLEMS that lie beneath.

  • UM, yeah, nice article. I don’t have anything against any of the people mentioned however, i am quite pleasantly surprised. 
    My Grandfather is of French background himself as he is Haitian and spoke FrenchCreole quite well. His people immigrated to Louisiana and then throughout the South. He is very dark and beautiful but you would be able to tell that he is of French Descent by the way he spoke. I am gratefully proud of my ethnicity/background. As well everyone else should be just as proud.

  • Honeyeemee2

    I am of Creole heritage; Haitian Creoles that settled in Lousiana, and proud of it!  If my family comes together, you will see the whitest of skin, light colored eyes and hair to jet-black skin, dark eyes and kinky/coiled hair. The thing we have for each other is LOVE–UNCONDITIONAL love and that is what makes us different!






  • sunsetssplendor

    Haven’t seen Sabrina Le Beauf in ages. Nice to see Cosby kids doing so well.
    Interesting read but quite a few of those people are not Creole actually.



  • Thominonose

    Creole= Black 

  • Christinsimon79

    If you are from Louisiana most likely you will identify as either Creole / cajun. It’s our culture our “melting pot” its what makes us unique. I identify as African American (black is a racist term) however when asked about my heritage I refer to what I have learned growing up in my family history African slaves, German Jews, and Choctaw Indians; my Creole heritage. That migrated to Louisiana and contributed to creating a magnificent culture

    • Grimm Milken

      Some African Americans prefer not to be called Black and some Blacks prefer not to be called African Americans. It’s not meant to be racist. You are African American/German and Choctaw Indian? I am  African American/cherokee Indian mixed, French, Dutch, German. It’s the way of the world. They say in the year 2030, there won’t be any pure blood races left. I heard it predicted on the news a few days ago.That sounds a bit too soon though.

  • Grimm Milken

    Creole People are known to be of mostly African
    and French descent. They come in all shades (just as any mixed person)..They can
    look more white or more black (just as any mixed person). The Creole culture can
    be found in Louisiana, Martinique, and Guadeloupe, to name a few. Being “Creole”
    is a cultural way of life. It’s not a race. Am I wrong? When a persons says “I
    am Creole”, aren’t they just declaring the culture/location they were raised in?
    I know the answer. I’m just trying understand the different
    perceptions /definitions of the term some people may have.

    • huthy

      You forgot Haitians.
      Haitians were some of the early Caribbean Africans settling in the U.S. in places like Louisiana.
      Louisiana Creole is more related to Haiti than guadeloupe.The Haitians brought the Voodoo to New Orleans as well,so there’s some influence of Haiti in Louisiana.

      Read about the Haitian Revolution and the effect it had in the U.S./especially Louisiana.

      Btw creole have nothing to do with skin color,it’s more about a mix culture of French/Spanish/African and some native.

      Louisiana creole language is close to Haitian creole.

  • I see a few of the comments and one that caught my eye is ” planation mentality”. We are not slaves anymore, and I don’t know many creoles that will not scream to the heavens about there african blood, and here is why. Creoles come in many different shades, sizes, etc. And as many have said, it is about blood,life,and heritage. Living in NYC, where I am CONSTANTLY “muddled up” with puerto ricans, dominicans,etc. I QUICKLY and politely correct each individual that makes such assumptions, because being black is my “gotcha factor”. This “gotcha factor” has opened MANY doors for me in my beloved african american community, but also in other communities as well. Black people are known for our strength,pride, and “swagger”, and the fact that we come in so many colors, often knocks folks off their feet. So don’t think that creoles are DENYING that they are black, its that one card, when we pull it out, the world stands and listens in amazement at the diversity of our race, as a people.

  • As a creole,  10th generation, hailing from LA and Texas, it is refreshing to see an article that represents ALL facets of African derived people. Though our ancestors were robbed of their original practices and cultures, we as thier descendants have created our own.

  • Keity

    First off, for all you so called Creole people, pick up a book quickly, “IT’S NOT A RACE”, when you check of a box you check black, just like the rest of us.  Secondly, Creoles were just the mixed children of the slave the master raped, moved to their own colony and they just kept pro-creating with other light skinned people, so stop trying to wear it like a badge of honor, you still originated from an African slave, your still “BLACK”, and everybody is mixed with something. As a race we are really beginning to dig up anything possible just to not be black, nobody has a problem with people wanting to acknowledge what made them who they are, but when it gets to the point that you have brainwashed washed yourself into believing your not black, that’s when it crosses the crazy line.  If you have a black parent “YOUR BLACK”, get over it already.  and NEWS FLASH, white people laugh at the likes of Beyonce and others, watching them want and try to be white, something they can never genetically be.  White people have succeeded on so many levels by getting us to hate ourselves, and half of you all won’t even wake up and see it. (i.e. this article)

  • Dreama70

    This article gets it all wrong – Creole, much like Jewish, Hispanic and African American, is NOT simply or wholly about a blood line. It can be a mix of blood line, location, religion, shared culture, and language – but any ONE qualifier does not make it so. For me, painting things like Hispanic or Creole a ‘race’ makes about as much sense as calling ‘Southern’ a race.

  • Ladynred

    you forgot about the crazy chick from a  thin line between love and hate she was born in the n.o

  • Grimm Milken

    I’ve never heard Nicole Richie or Ice Tea refer to themselves as being
    Creole. They say they’re Black. I have heard Bryant Gumbel say he’s Creole. It
    almost sounds as though some people rather not refer to themselves as Black. It
    sounds somewhat elitist.

    • Sterling Ferguson

      The blacks in LA that referred to themselves as Creoles, means that they speak French.


    You’ve forgotten Dawn from Danity Kane. She is Creole

  • Msmimi13

    It’s 2012 who cares?!

  • Serika

    Good post thanks, there is NOTHING wrong with letting people in on your Creole past. If most blacks traced their history they would find their roots in Europe not off the shores of Africa. My granny is a Creole from Baton Rouge

    • Baton Rouge

       Europe and Africa is more like it.

      • I’m Creole

         Exactly. If our roots were found only in Europe we would be Paris Hilton. Don’t leave out half because you refer one over the other.

        • Miranda

          And I am Creole to.



  • jay bee

    You know what? Instead of telling people how ignorant they are, why not take this opportunity as a teachable moment and share the knowledge of the culture that you have and clearly feel is important.  People do have misconceptions about this broadly defined culture and this is a chance to put them on.
    …*exits stage left off of soap box.

  • Guest

    Yeah…I think the slave mentality makes this more of a badge of honor for some than a culture. They are descendants of slaves like other Black Americans, which is nothing to be ashamed of, but they have historically considered themselves to be superior or somehow different. It’s time to let that mentailty go.

  • Grimm Milken

    Will someone please tell me
    why Black people are so protective of Beyonce? She does everything possible to
    distance herself from being/looking Black. If her skin gets any lighter/her
    nose gets any smaller and her hair gets any straighter/blonder, she’ll be
    looking like Nicole Kidman. By the way! That dress she wore to the Met was a
    disgrace. What kind of an example is she setting for young Black girls? Who
    happen to be the majority of her fan base. What high school did she graduate
    from? Anybody know? She never seems to have much to say.


    • serika

      How about you tell me what is black people’s issue with Beyonce. You have pictures of her fresh out the womb and you know she doesn’t get lighter. Who cares if she wears her hair blonde, so does Mary J, Rihanna, Etta James, and Nickki Giovani and many other blacks. It’s a choice of a hair color and what does her graduating high school have to do with her being creole. What does wearing a dress to an event have do with being a role model. Enough is enough you have the freedom really. What do you want her to say?

      • Grimm Milken

        Beyonce is a role model for so many young Black girls who
        idolize her. I don’t understand how anyone can admire any of these artist who go
        to such drastic means to change their appearance to look White. I didn’t see
        anyone else in the seven people listed that had altered their appearance to the
        point where it changes their identity as much as Beyonce has. What other Black
        female star can you name that has obviously gone to such drastic changes. Skin
        bleaching/blonde wigs/bleached hair. She’s had her nose done at least 3 times.
        It keeps getting smaller and smaller. I know Lil Kim did also. But she doesn’t
        look like she’s trying to imitate White’s. Janet Jackson hasn’t gone that route
        even though Michael did. She could have too. Everybody jumped all over poor
        Michael Jackson for getting whiter. And he had that skin condition vitiligo.
        It’s about integrity/character. More than just superficial beauty. If you are a
        talented/beautiful person, you don’t need to make yourself into a Barbie doll to
        stay relevant. She has no respect for herself or her race. How far will she go
        for attention? Not only is Beyonce trying to look beautiful. She’s trying to
        change her racial identity too. She doesn’t respect herself or the Black
        women who she represents. Who are her fan base. Look good but don’t try to
        be/look like something you’re not. She doesn’t look like a proud and beautiful
        Black women. She looks like a women who is trying obviously morph herself into
        the image she truly wants to be, White. If she were born that way. It would be
        different. Then at least she would be real. Now she seems to be ashamed of who
        she really is. I just can’t respect or accept that in anyone. Be they man or
        women. Entertainer or housewife. Be real. I just don’t like phony fake people.
        AND…I could see if she were ugly before but she wasn’t. She was better looking
        before she had her skin/hair bleached and her nose altered. She just keeps
        looking whiter every time i see her. Why is else is she doing it

        • Sterling Ferguson

          The French people when they ruled Louisiana didn’t put up barries for interracial sex. In many cases the white French married blacks and had children with them. In many parts of Louisiana there are blacks with blue eyes and blond hair. The French let the black culture thrive by building Congo square in NO, and this is where the great music one hears today came from. In Louisiana the people are mixed with three different groups of people and we have to live with it.

      • Guest

        well, the problem is when you sell hair color that ain’t your own why do other none blacks sell their true hair color but bey always sells fake colors that she was never born with she should stop selling deception that’s the problem

    • Dreama70

      Actually the question is why are white people, particualry white women so venemous against her, much moreso than her peers of similiar distinction. I read the comments from a story on her “most beautiful person” cover from People magazine and the comments were almost ALL rants so I did a little experiment of my own and searched out other “Most *insertwhatev* person of  the year” and the comment section for non-blacks was, as one would expect, a mixed bag. Some people love and complimented choice, some where still out for consideration, some lamented that there fav wasn’t tops and some – but certainly the minority – were over-the-top “I HATE THAT FREEKING WITCH BLAH BLAH BLAH”. And yet, when it’s a minority at the top, it’s not just that negative comments about, it’s an overwhelming venemous pervasive negativity that far outweighs the actual importance level of an “entertainment” perspective. In other words – CHECK YOURSELF.

      • Grimm Milken

        InStyle is not a Black publication. So I don’t see how you can
        come to the conclusion that more White women are against Beyonce than her peers.
        Even though she considers herself “French Creole” and not Black. I don’t
        understand where you’re coming from. I happen to be mixed race myself so I
        you’re wrong on that point too. All I asked was “How can so many Blacks embrace
        Beyonce when she tries so hard not to look Black?” And I thought that dress she
        wore to the Met was in very, very bad taste. I don’t care who designed it. Check
        out her “before and after” pictures online and then tell me she hasn’t had
        plastic surgery on her nose to make it look more Caucasian. Had her skin/hair
        bleached. I’m only stating facts. What’s been stated online. You can look at the
        photographs yourself and see she’s had her nose made smaller and her skin shades
        lighter. I don’t hate her I just think she’s a fake. I’ve checked out myself.
        Now you go check out Beyonce and tell me it ain’t so. If you embrace her as a
        symbol of what a Beautiful Black women should look like…you don’t have to say
        anything more.

        • Dreama70

          Beyonce is an entertainer so like most entertainment ‘noowz’ i put it in persective. Hollywood is one big mirage, that’s what it’s supposed to be. Beyonece didn’t invent the freakshow and many women in hollywood look nothing like they do in their airbrushed, nip-n-tuck, overmade, overweaved outreageous getups. I just find that the backlash against black women for what is pretty much considered business-as-usual is just so much harsher. Considering her peers Beyonce is actually the Queen of normalacy and decency. No fantastic drug spin-outs, line of public bootycalls, divorces, public family brawls and baby daddy’s. The hate and derision seem to vastly outweigh the actual circumstances. Personally – I HATE WEAVE.  But I’m much madder at the sisters I see everyday with a multi-billion dollars worth of straight weave, wigs, hair pieces and lacefronts on their heads and down their backs. We also have a HUGE hangup about skin color – trust me I know because I’m biracial. Why would we hold Beyonce to a higher standard than we hold the actual women in our communities RAISING our kids – OURSELVES.

          • Grimm Milken

            What you SHOULD be asking is why should you vilify something
            that you find to be undesirable in everyday life because she’s Beyonce. She
            should use her celebrity to lead/guide not bring herself down to the the level
            of those who don’t know better. She should be a role model. Her husband at least
            tries to be. It’s the persona she evokes that’s irresponsible. She obviously
            doesn’t like her brown skin so she’s going to make it whiter? You find that to
            be acceptable? Why? The women is nothing but a sham/empty shell. She has no
            substance/soul. I’m sorry if I sound harsh. But it’s how I feel. She just so
            totally superficial. SHE REPRESENTS NOTHING. We put pressure on everyone else in
            sports whatever to represent. Be proud but Beyonce. Heaven forbid a women has
            something negative to say about her…they’re jealous. That’s so old tired.
            She’s a FAKE/PHONY. I don’t do jealous over FAKE bleep. Forgive me. And I know
            that dress she wore has nothing to do with the subject at hand. But why Beyonce!
            Why! The back of the dress was the worse. Then that photographer had to take a
            up dress shot. Where was JayZ? She has a child. She has no class and not much
            else going on upstairs evidently. I suppose that’s what she had to do to make
            sure her dress was mentioned the most in the news. I rather discuss the Creole
            subject anyway. I find that fascinating. Black people are fascinating. Beyonce
            should be proud to be who she really is. Not what she wishes she

            • Dreama_70

              She should use her ‘celebrity’ to sing her songs. That is all. And I like her songs. We put responsibility on everyone else???? really??? Not just black enertainment/sports but ALL entertainment/sports in general is a plethora of personal EXCESS, DRUG ABUSE, CRIME AND FAILURE so give me a break. God I couldn’t begin to name the number of hollywood flameouts from sleeping with underage groupies to drug overdoses to infidelity. You know who i’m mad at BBW!! They aren’t selling ‘art’ they are selling that ghetto vapid nonsense as REALITY – black woman reality. Get ya mind right.

            • Venomlily16

              I don’t know if you have noticed this or not, but there is such a large number of people in the world bashing black people(including black men bashing their own race). Why do you want to add to their stupidity, by following in their footsteps? I’m glad that there are a much larger number of people of all races who love and welcome people of all kinds without being so judgemental. You will never be happy until you learn to release your jealousy of Beyonce and her success. You can’t make it to heaven with jealousy in your heart.

          • Grimm Milken

            Poor Sammy Sosa was trashed so bad for having his skin lightened/trying to look White. Calling him a sellout. Michael Jackson too. But Beyonce gets a free ride?  What’s up with that? It must be that a$$ factor:)

        • TrueLouisiana

          “French Creole” is a white New Orleanian of French/Spanish ancestry. “Creole of Color” is a mixed race French/Spanish & black. Please understand the distinction. This is why that distinction was created. Beyonce is a “Creole of Color”, not a “French Creole”. Thanks. I’m from New Orleans.

    • Dreama70

      that should read “negative comments abound” and some other stuff but…

    • She has never graduated from ANY school.  Can’t you tell??

  • FinVoilaQuoi

    Welp, I’ve come to the point that I won’t read these articles with the ridiculously annoying ad player on the side that reloads with every page click. I understand the pay-per-click concept and the need for profits but is it really worth losing readers?

    • Guest

      Download Adblock and you won’t see them anymore. 

  • Cubano

    Sheila E’s affiny for drums comes from her African blood as it does with Afro Cubans who are the best with drums.

  • Nicole

    Zoe Saldana, Evelyn Lozado and lala don’t look like they have a drop of Spanish blood in them.



  • Pierre

    Yes, Sheila’s mother is Juanita Gardere and related to Dr. Jeff Gardere.

  • Go mommy halle

    Cultural knowledge is great however, lets be sure to more inclusive. Lets here about the other african american subcultures such as:
    The Ocaneechi Saponi of Alamance County, NC
    The Gulluhs of South Carolina and Georgia
    The Garifuna of LA, Miami and NY

    • Thanks Mommy Halle…..I am going to look these up now (seriously). I’m very interested in different cultures and backgrounds.

    • SLAbron2001

      I was raised in SC and my mother is of Gullah/Geechee heritage. A lot of times with my regional accent people would confuse us with being from NOLA or from the carribean. Unlike Creole peoples the cultural influence is not rooted immensely in Euro culture, but a mix of West African culture. We have our own dialect, food heritage and have 2 festivals annually to celebrate: Gullah Festival in Spring and Heritage Festival in fall.

      • Maxine Shaw

        Im so excited! I am of Gullah background and I am looking forward to heading to the festival. 

  • Cairo5

    Um, how the hell did we not know beyonce was French creole. She must have mentioned it like a million times. Sheesh

  • awet

    Michel’le?? Never heard of her but she looks bad! (in a bad way)

  • FromUR2UB

    I knew Sheila E. is of Creole descent because of her ‘Unsung’ episode.  But, I was surprised to learn that Nicole Richie is an Escovedo; I didn’t know who her parents are. 
    Even more surprising: Michel’le married Bluto…I mean, Suge Knight???!

    • Guest

      BLUTO ….. LMAO LMAO!!

  • D Mia

    MN you forgot the sinnger Llyod

  • Smacks_hoes

    Are you serious? Who really cares lol…

  • Chanda

    I knew about most of these except Condeleeza and the Gumbles. I’m thinking there’s a lot more Creole celebs out there though. Decent list, and quit hatin’ on Beyonce and ’em.



    • New Orleans


  • Kamaramaya

    btw! it is not BONJOU but BONJOUR.~

    • Danielecreole

      Actually “Bonjou” is one way you can say/spell it in the Louisiana Creole language and “Bonjour” is how you say it in French. Some Louisiana Creoles speak Creole and some speak French so either way is acceptable.

    • stepnie

      In creole its bonjou

      • stephnie

        Not to be rude

  • To those that are ignorant….The Creole Heritage is one of the nations OLDEST heritage….  As usual, there are many ignorant people….  Again….most of the ignorant people speaking could not tell you about their own heritage…let alone try to speak closed mouthed about someone else….

    • activist1

      One of the oldest and very interesting as well. It’s a culture within several cultures. And the history is amazing.

  • Papillon

    What am I missing? Is it Creole Appreciation Week or something?

  • D. Rose in the paint

    This post wreaks of plantation mentality

  • november rain

    I swear this is an article you would only see on a black website.  Who cares?

  • Tubie

    Y’all had to put Bey and her crew on this list…sheesh!

  • Tubie

    Y’all had to put Bey and her crew on this list…sheesh!

    • Masave1

       Exactly…they already have “airs” about them as if they are superior to other black folks.  Hence the whole Janet Jackson/Jackson family s**t talking that they perpetrated a while ago. This article has no credibility as Ice-T may be Creole because he says so in his book but is this all a person has to do is SAY they’re Creole to BE Creole? Not that I’m doubting his claim, I’m just saying.  It just gets thrown around like it’s a big deal for one. 

      AND as I understand it to Creole have to be of either French or Spanish (not Mexican) descent to be considered Creole (beside the fact that there are “white” Creoles as well).  In the context of this article “black” Creoles are the focus.

      And yes, black folks like to talk about these distinctions, right or wrong.  I also, don’t think there would be an article written about famous “white” Creoles.  The plantation mentality, is unfortunately, still being perpetuated.

      • Masave1

        I am referring to the “Knowles” family, btw.

      • FromUR2UB

        Hmmm.  Would you dare go to a web site with a predominant white readership and ask why their focus isn’t on blacks for whatever topic is up for discussion? Not that who’s who of Creole descent is the most pressing issue of the day, but why are we supposed to care about who the white Creoles are?  Don’t we get enough of white culture, thus our need for a web site like this?  Yes, I should have an awareness of my next-door neighbors, and the ones who live across the street, for example, as part of the broader outside world; but in the confines of my home, do I always have to consider them in my conversation?  Who does that?

        Anyway, I thought white Creoles distinctly refer to themselves as Cajun, so as not to be confused with anything blacks might call themselves.  After all, Creole implies “mixed-race” with African blood. 

        Whites indulge in their own trivialities, such as declaring who is the “Sexiest Man Alive”, as they would define that.

  • Nitty

    You mean all these folks are black n they act white all the time
    Blonde wigs n bleached skins
    Beyince i’m talkn to u dear

  • Nitty

    You mean all these folks are black n they act white all the time
    Blonde wigs n bleached skins
    Beyince i’m talkn to u dear

    • D. Rose in the paint

      you need to pick up a few books….your ignorance is clear

  • I wouldn’t have guessed that Shelia E or Nicole Ritchie were Creole… Good article MN!

  • I wouldn’t have guessed that Shelia E or Nicole Ritchie were Creole… Good article MN!

    • Galenafiel

       Me either. I assumed Sheila E. was of Cuban descent considering her affinity for drums. And no part of me would have believed Nicole Ritchie had even a drop of black blood in her.

      • Mexicans are creole too. They all have a black ancestor, a Spanish or Frech ancestor, and a Native American ancestor making up their family tree. We focus on how someone appears to fit a certain profile.You’d be surprised how many people would fit creole that are in Hollywood and in the world for that matter

        • Nicole

           Not all Mexicans have black aancestry and  they are not considered creole by any stretch of the imagination

          • Quan

             Mexicans don’t have creole/African culture either.

            • Always Amused

              Well they have black in them either way, i watched a documentary and quite an amount of African slaves went there as well, NOT ALL OF THEM but they exist/existed there and their genes still in the generations hat came after them, they are  a nice set of “mixed up” people down there.  Unless documentary was a fake and no such people existed or exist in Mexico at any point of time so no bloodline there if that’s what you will say as well? Gosh I love Q’VIVA! Jennifer Lopez show, sure alot of AA never thought some blacks or African slaves went down there as well, especially some who have a “little tanned complexion” and their ppl call them “black” i was shocked, but oh well.

            • Htwn5440

              Some have african ancestry. Majority of slaves went to Spanish speaking countries not the U.S. Brazil has the 2nd largest Black population in the world. Nigeria is #1.

          • guest

            Watch Henry Louis Gate’ Black in America series…its online….in the episode he goes to mexico they said all mexicans have black in them slaves were brought to mexico..but like most people of color they don’t want to claim being black…the first mexican president was even black…when he traced back eva longoria’s roots she had black in her when george lopez traced his roots he had black in him

            • guest

              Henry Louis Gates black in latin america*

      • LAME

        Nicole describes herself as a black woman and says that her children are mixed.

        • Miranda

           Interestingly enough, her daughter looks more of the light skinned Afrcan American phenotype than Nicole does.

          • Grimm Milken

            That’s because her White husband (Joel Madden) looks Black. Maybe he’s Creole too and doesn’t know. Could be. I’m sure a lot of White people are and don’t know it. Must get confusing after a while. Trying to keep up with it all. If a Creole marries a Black person (non-Creole) is their child half Black and half Creole? I’m mixed race. Not meant to insult. Please don’t take it that way. 

            • Mellie

               LOL, dang girl not everyone is Black.

              I feel like we’re always trying to ‘recruit’ people, from Paula Abdul to Appolonia or any other tan person.

    • Galenafiel

       Me either. I assumed Sheila E. was of Cuban descent considering her affinity for drums. And no part of me would have believed Nicole Ritchie had even a drop of black blood in her.

    • I feel so lost because I did not know that Nicole Richie was Sheila E’s niece. Never put Michael Escovedo with Sheila E as brother and sister…..

    • Mls2698

      Nicole Ritchie is Lionel Ritchie’s love child that he adopted to keep the relationship with the mother secret. Hollywood lie. The Escovado family has always done well. How could they not be able to take care of her?

      • Dreama70

        I’d heard that Nicole Ritchie was the interaccial love child of one of his band members the Commodores, that he adopted.

        • Mls2698

          Yeah, the band member named Lionel.  And that black kid that Tom Cruise adopted  is Tom’s baby, too. Take a good look.

        • yes. i heard that too as well. 

    • Sade Hogan

      How is that possible when people in Europe know that?