How Ya Going? 9 of Our Favorite Celebs Of Trinidadian Descent (There’s Some Surprises!)

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July 24, 2012 ‐ By

We’ve covered many people of a wide variety of backgrounds on our site, but it has come to my attention lately that yes, everyone and their mommas…and their momma’s mommas, are of Trinidadian descent. From reality TV stars, to musicians, actors, famous bloggers and more, there are many folks that are American and of Trinidadian descent, or who were born and bred on the island. We thought we would showcase a few folks, and while not everyone is literally a “favorite” of ours, we thought we’d show love anyway. Be ready to click!

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Jackée Harry

Everyone’s favorite annoying yet voluptuous TV neighbor from “227,” Jackée Harry has been making a name for herself as an actress since her early days of acting on stage and since her first TV role on the show, “Another World” in the early ’80s. But out of all the things we know about her, including that her ex-husband has a whip-worthy mane of hair, did you know that Harry was of Trinidadian descent? Born Jacqueline Yvonne Harry, her mother is straight from Trinidad and her father was African American. Now that you know, spread the word…

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  • John Henry

    Alfonso, karyn and Tatyana are of Trinidadian descent.

  • Freeyah

    You forgot Tatyania Ali (spell check) Fresh Prince Wow, I didn’t know about Karen Parsons.

  • http://trininista.blogspot.com/ trininista

    Hey Madame N. You mentioned Alfonso and Karyn, but Tatyana Ali is also of Trini descent. The Banks kids were all awesome like that! lol. Thanks for sharing.

  • Bre-Marie

    You all forgot Tatiana Ali, who also has Trini heritage…Fresh Princes was loaded with Trini descendants!

  • JohnJohn Pokenbeans

    ummmm sooo why wasn’t Billy Ocean On the list????

  • R.L

    Gabrielle Reece’s father is from Trinidad

  • bev

    they forgot to mention tatiana ali as well

  • grammarnazi

    “There are some surprises” not “There’s…” :)

  • Marie

    He was born Stokely Carmichael and later changed his name to Kuame Ture

  • SCTrini

    Tati Ali has one parent from Trinidad. She goes to Trini every carnival.

  • Proud Mama of 1

    Yall forgot Tatyana Ali – Her Dad is Trinidadian

  • Cee Cee

    Tatyana Ali also has trini parentage. Also TLC’s Chill.

  • http://www.facebook.com/donelle.dumpkins Donelle Dumpkins

    Basketball legend, Kareem Abdul Jabbar is also from Trinidad. You forgot him. He is a Trini too.

  • Genet

    Lola Monroe was born in Ethiopia to Ethiopian and Tigray parents. Why are you trying to pass off Malaku Abebe as a Trinidadian?

  • http://www.facebook.com/vanessa.henry91 Vanessa Henry

    i thought alfonso was domincan ?

  • Tropic_Redbone_QOD

    Stokely Carmicheal!!!! Never would have guessed!!!!

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  • Adrian Khan (The Soca Warrior)

    Ultimately their all black.And being Trini means nothing if you weren’t born there.

    • Lennard A. Bass

      ….that’s why the headline specifically says “…of Trinidadian descent”, Adrian.

  • Amber Nefertari

    This totally made my day! I am also Trinidadian! Trini fashion blogger reppin! <3

  • oh

    WOW–I didn’t even recognize that was Foxy Brown. . .

  • sassywow

    Tatyana Ali ( Ashley Banks from Fresh Princes) also has some trinidadian decent. Her parents are from Trinidad and Panama

  • angelfaceash1234

    I don’t like karlie redd on the show she seems like a snake

  • http://twitter.com/Maniak718 Maniak

    I love how people confuse Ethnicity and Nationality.

    • Adrian Khan (The Soca Warrior)

      Don’t tell Dominicans that.

  • CBlenman

    You left out Steve Stoute. Born to Trinidadian parents from Success Village, Laventille.

  • eestoomuch@gmail.com

    erm…get ur facts straight!
    However, Carmichael soon began to distance himself from the Panthers. The Panthers and Carmichael disagreed on whether white activists should be allowed to help the Panthers. The Panthers believed that white activists could help the movement, while Carmichael thought as Malcolm X, saying that the white activists needed to organize their own communities first. In 1969, he and his then-wife, the South African singer Miriam Makeba, moved to Guinea-Conakry where he became an aide to Guinean prime minister Ahmed Sékou Touré and the student of exiled Ghanaian President Kwame Nkrumah.[27] Makeba was appointed Guinea’s official delegate to the United Nations.[28] Three months after his arrival in Guinea, in July 1969, he published a formal rejection of the Black Panthers, condemning the Panthers for not being separatist enough and their “dogmatic party line favoring alliances with white radicals”.[2]
    It was at this stage in his life that Carmichael changed his name to Kwame Ture to honor the African leaders Nkrumah and Touré who had become his patrons. At the end of his life, friends still referred to him interchangeably by both names, “and he doesn’t seem to mind.”[3]

  • Baddvixentype

    is it just me or does Romany Malco’s mustache look crooked??

  • Jen

    How in the world did all three kids in a show about a Black American family end up being Trinidadian?

    • KamJos

      Lol. I’m West Indian and I never ever knew those folks were Trini. Kinda funny once you phrase it like that.

  • http://twitter.com/CrysValentine CRYSTAL VOISIN

    Tatiana Ali is trini as well…that’s funny how there were 4 trinis on Fresh Prince

  • KAramel

    You’re missing Tatiana Ali and Aaaron Fresh.

  • Ms. Kai

    Can we get an article on Celebs with Bajan background. I know of LL Cool J, Doug E Fresh, Ryan Leslie. Are there any more?

    • Bajan

      so true!!! soooo many more

    • flyer27

      ryan leslie is trinidadian.

  • Chanda

    Seems like the most beautiful celebrities are from the Islands and Africa.

  • http://www.facebook.com/pepita.rodriquez Pepita Rodriquez

    Billy Ocean and Haddaway are of Trinidadian heritage

    • Chanda

      Yes, I was going to bring up Billy Ocean. I know he’s old school but how could they forget him. I always assume Haddaway was from the islands, too.

  • Trini_Rod

    The article is about stars from Trinidad and the video on Karlie Reed can’t be opened from my region, IN TRINIDAD! Thanks a lot Madame Noire!!!

  • Maxine

    This article is interesting but, why doesn’t anyone write an article about Vincy (Saint Vincent and the Grenadines) celebs?

    • mochaaa

      Omg thank u. We need some shine too!!

      • flyer27

        i want to know what the vincy accent sound like.

        • TRUTH IS

          A lot of ppl will ask if we are from Jamaica because our dialect sounds similiar….Vincies have n problem understanding jamaician accent. But our accent is still different/unique.

          • flyer27

            for a minute, i couldn’t understand anything jamaicans said. use to play football at college with a few(i de only trini). take a few chat. u over here?

            • TRUTH IS

              Kool….lol….yes I am

              • flyer27

                i want to hear yuh voice. you think i will need a translator?

    • anon

      This made my day! Vincy stand up!

    • TRUTH IS

      Shout out Vincy…we only have Kevin Lyttle (turn me on singer)…we are small and I love it….you barely hear Vincentians in the news for trouble…..I rather it stay that way :))

      • kingstown

        And skinny fabulous! And Jamesy p (sings nookie tonight) and more

    • LeeLeeC

      Can’t hate on Vincy….grandparents from both sides come from that beautiful country…so I always say I’m Trini/Vincy to the bone….lol

    • Momma Mia

      Grenada

      • flyer27

        grand mother from Grenada. big part of trini is the grenadian influnce. where you now?

    • Leah

      I think it’s becasue it is not a popular island among the industry. I notice alot of people in the entertainment industry, are Trinidadian, Jamaica or Haitian not saying there is no celebrities that are from other islands however alot of the celebs is a connected to those 3 islands! And with Nicki Minaj being very popular now that bring light to the island and also Bunji Garlin with his song differentology that also made the island even more popular and have been on peoples lips lately.

  • Niiiiiiiiiii

    Tatyana Ali is half Trinidadian and Panamanian! Its so obvious, why was she not included?

  • Laavida

    Inga “Foxy Brown” Marchand’s father is from Trinidad and her maternal grandfather was from Suriname and maternal grandmother was from Trinidad. Her Surinamese grandfather who helped raise her was of Chinese and Creole descent and was very active in the Surinamese American community along with the actor Jimmy Smits’ dad.

  • sandra

    Tatiana Ali is also of trini heritage! She has been to the island several times

  • sabrina

    LIKE WE NEED BLOOD IN WE VEIN, THAT’S HOW WE FEEL ABOUT PORT OF SPAIN!!!!

    • IslandGirl

      OHGADO!!!! Sabrina..”I’z a Trini…a proud, PROUD TRINI!!!!

      • flyer27

        south trini all day. allyuh could keep the betham an laventile.

  • sabrina

    LIKE WE NEED BLOOD IN WE VEIN, THAT’S HOW WE FEEL ABOUT PORT OF SPAIN!!!!!!

  • MissWisdom

    Actually the late great Kwame Ture was born Stokley Carmichael. Step your game up

  • trini2dbone

    Romany mentioned on Sirius last month, that he was born in Trinidad and came to the US when he was 12 yrs. old.

  • trini2dbone

    That jagabat Foxy wants to be a role model for the youths in T & T? She mad or what?

  • trini2dbone

    they call papachunks…i miss Roaring Lion!

  • http://www.facebook.com/dondivae Erica Pace

    You also left out singer Glenn Lewis who lives in Toronto but whose parents are from Trinidad & he was raised there for several years.

  • NONNI

    OMG that photo of Nia in Trinidad might as well be taken in Freetown, Sierra Leone the similarities are amazing and her statement “i ate my belly fully” said in Creole spoken in Sierra Leone would be “ar don bellefull” same meaning!

    • bornlivetrini

      trinidad is a melting pot. I does hear a piece of very culture, especially from the eastern hemisphere.

    • NTG

      I wonder why you received so many “thumbs down” on your comment. You didn’t say anything wrong. Are some Islanders upset that you compared their sweet ol’ country to one in Africa? SMH

  • Kay

    Carlton looks like fat Albert in that picture, MN yall are so wrong for that lol

  • Treacle234

    Trinidad produces some beautiful looking people.

  • Ms lovely

    Tatiana Ali is also Trinidadian as well.

    • Prissy

      She’s Afro Panamanian AND Trini

      • Laavida

        and Indo-Trini.

  • Alexa

    Ok so I just looked it up and Tatiana is half Trinidadian and half panamanian MN! Lol

    • lex

      she was in st.james trinidad like a couple of months ago filming a movie about a girl going back home to her roots or something like that as well (i forget what the film crew pple said). I know for sure her dad is trini, not sure about the mum tho

    • SCTrini

      She goes home to Trini every carnival.

  • Shonda Johnson

    Isn’t it a coincidence that most of these folks were raised in NYC(Queens,Harlem,and Brooklyn) in there Caribbean or West Indian communities.

    • Candacey Doris

      Not a coincidence. That’s where you go when you’re FOB.

    • Trisha_B

      A lot of Caribbean folks 1st stop in the states is NY. I think its a word of mouth thing. One person went to NY, others heard & they followed suit lol. My fam came to the states while my mom was prego w/ me in 1990. They moved to Brooklyn. My fam now lives in Maryland, but i love going back to NY to be around all the West Indian people

      • bornlivetrini

        real trinis in maryland too! i have family in maryland and that is where the former PM of Trinidad is recovering as well

        • Trisha_B

          My fam is Jamaican, but i’ve seen a lot more trinis in MD then i see Jamaicans. But i also think its the area i live in too. My uncle is married to a trini

        • LeeLeeC

          Born inTrini raised in DC/MD…and people are surprised that I never lived in NY. Always tell folks there are other stepping stones in the US other than NY.

        • Miss Anonymous

          Down by the GA and AL border too. My grandfather somehow managed to “fall off the boat” down there. lol

      • flyer27

        where here in maryland you is? silver spring. i prob know u.

  • Alexa

    Wow that was a lot! Lol I had no idea Hilary from the Fresh prince was Trinidadian, for some reason I always thought it was Alfonso and Tatiana Ali that were trini? Guess I was wrong. Now how about Haiti next time???? Please and thank you.

    • Ola

      I was in Port au Prince two months ago for charity work. I’m half Trinidadian, half Nigerian.

      • http://www.facebook.com/chidozie.onyemelukwe Chidozie Onyemelukwe

        Yeah, I remember you from the cnn special about comon the rapper. Great work lady.

    • LiiSH

      I think Tatyana is Panamanian and Trini.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/FTHIDMNTLTJAIILXEWRQ3UADBY StephanieR

    For some reason I always thought Alfonso was either Dominican or Panamanian…learn something new everyday

    • Angel

      yea i thought he was dominican too.Maybe his fam just lived in DR for a period of time.

    • KamJos

      For some reason I always thought he was Cuban.