Komon Ou Ye? 9 Of Our Favorite Celebs of Haitian Descent (And A Few Surprises Of Course!)

July 30, 2012 ‐ By

With the large number of Haitian-born celebrities and Haitian-American (and Canadian) stars doing it big, we couldn’t pass on the chance to highlight some of our favorites–and a few we actually didn’t realize were repping Haiti. They are a variety of singers, rappers, actors and artists, but they all have one thing in common (besides being black of course), they go hard for their favorite country (or at least one of their favorites…). Enjoy!

And be ready to click…

Source: theurbandaily.com



If you hadn’t heard, my imaginary husband is indeed a Haitian brother. While his father was raised in Puerto Rico and was of Pentecostal faith, the singer’s mother grew up in Haiti and was Baptist. When helping to raise money after the devastating earthquake in Haiti in 2010, Maxwell spoke about his Haitian roots and his work before the catastrophe to help the fight against hunger. His song, “Fistful of Tears,” was used to help in the relief effort.

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  • Rebecca

    Sidney Poitier’s dad was from Haiti and immigtated to the Bahamas

  • D

    …So if BOTH his parents are Haitian, how is he only HALF-Haitian?!

  • Tina

    What about WEB Dubois and Numa Perrier. Lol. But I too am pumped to hear the homey Angela is Haitian!

  • Deb

    where is my Jamaican list that would definatly be the longest without a doubt…lol

  • CarribeanLorelei

    Not to be rude but it’s koman ou ye

  • cassie

    i know about all except the MTV vj…all black ppl have a connection to the islands or Africa. none r true American.

  • yeah all of these were known to be Haitian or at least Islanders.. as are a million other people that we meet either claim to be from New York and some of them actually get angry when I say oh New York by way of Haiti .. Jamaica.. Pr.. Trinidad. ect. cause you may not know it but Americans know who is and who ain’t.. it is hard to fool us. not to be rude but I do not know why man so many like to fake being born and raised in America when in conversation so many of the same people from the Islands claim ” oh Americans are stupid, spoiled and do not take advantage of the good things here.. I just come and take what I want.. ” they fail to realize that America loves to give to people who were not born and raised here.. but make it very difficult for those who are born and raised here ..even in the way of allowing big American companies to outsource the jobs that kept America a super power and kept Americans able to afford to live in America.however, we Americans could not go to any other Country and be handed a green card .. a home.. a job and a food stamps paid for by their Country Populated workers..so it is not Americans but American Politicians that gave it all away to foreigners. Mean while instead of being grateful.. they come and insult us to our faces.. so far for the record I have not heard of these particular celebrities making such statements.. however.. I have with my own ears heard plenty of their Statesmen and women utter such insults.

  • Ebony

    I always though Trina McGhee Davis was very beautiful. She still is.

  • tamar paoli

    you forgot lela ronchon from waiting to exhale and a quarter of the nfl…but any way I am happy ppl are finally giving haitians props : )

  • Youknowwhatiitis

    This discussion is so stupid, we all came off the same slave boat.

  • Youknowwhatiitis

    This discussion is so stupid, we all came off the same sl@ve ship, just in different locations.

  • RelationshipDNA

    Where’s the LOVE button for this list?!

  • universal

    Garcelle Beauvais is a haitian beauty queen. its jus too bad she couldnt find a good blackman to marry, but its alright, as long as she’s happy, thats the most important thing, right?

  • FekNr

    Donald Faison is Nigerian

    • neema

      he is not on the list hun but thanks for the info

  • Gina

    I <3 my Haitian Culture

  • Baddvixentype

    I was very excited to see Trina McGee Davis on the list. I was all up in that TGIF era and Boy meets world was my show!

  • Mari42

    What about actress Lela Rochon from Waiting to Exhale, singer Usher RAYMOND? (he
    admitted that he father was of Haitian descent a few years before is dad passed away), WNBA player Marie Ferdinand-Harris, NBA player Samuel Dalembert, rapper Tony Yayo, and Papoose (I had to do some research for my students; the Palm Beach County, Fl school district celebrates Haitian Heritage Month in May).

    • IknowYouknow

      Wow, nice work…besides Dalembert, I hade no clue the rest u mentioned had Haitian affiliations.

  • Chanda

    Keep the lists coming! Now MN has to come up with a Puerto Rican, and Cuban list ’cause it isn’t just Jennifer Lopez.

  • I same thing, how is that half? I keep asking for, who’s the editor, but never get an answer!

  • funny gal

    Where’s Sidney Poitier, Celia Cruz, Lela Rachon, Donald Faison etc…

    • Yah

      celia cruz is cuban, not haitian

      • RESPECTS

        Yes Celia Cruz is haitian but was raised in Cuba

    • Guest

      I’m pretty sure non of the ppl you mentioned are Haitian.

      • Ayiticheri

        Sidney Poitier’s parents are Haitian, as well as Lela Rachon and Donald Faison. Celia Cruz is half Haitian. Her mother is of Haitian decent.

        • permafrost

          Sidney Poitier parents were Bahamian.

    • beautyishername

      don’t get it twisted my dear, Sidney Poitier is Bahamian.

  • just2hurtu

    Isn’t Gabrielle Union Haitian?

  • JP

    This article shocked me, I HAD to click on it! I love it that us Haitians are finally getting recognition & some positive publicity ๐Ÿ™‚ L’Union Fait La Force!

  • Nancy

    You guys forgot Lenny Kravitz. His half haitian and doesnt claim it for some reason and his my cousin.

    • Chanda

      I thought that Kravitz and Al Roker were Bahamian.

      • Ms. Kai

        There are both Bahamian and are cousins. His mother was Roxie Roker from the Jefferson’s. So people need to stop with the stories bout ” he is my cousin, in your head of course”

    • Ms. Kai

      Nancy lay off the bath salts booboo…….I am Bahamian and Lenny Kravitz black side is fully Bahamian . he lives on the island half the year. he has never denied this fact. So stop the sniffing my girl.

    • beautyishername

      Nancy you are a liar. Lenny is Bahamian

  • Alexa

    I love you MN! You guys must’ve read my comment last week about doing a story on Haitian celebs! Lol

  • Ci Sam

    Wow learned something new today.. Proud to be Haitian

  • I’m gonna be on this list in 5 years. Watch!

    • Alexa

      Jillian! Lol

    • marj

      Go for it! Reach for the stars! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Tina

      Yes, go get them.


    MN get it together so Jason DeRulo is the son of two haitian born parents but he is half haitian? am i the only one who is confused here…

    • I picked up on that too. LOL!!

    • A person can be born in Haiti and NOT be Haitian — buy a clue.

      • meena

        well misss know it all if that was the case here then am sure madamenoire would have mentioned it eg haitian born parents of brazilian origin getit?

      • DiamantNoir

        i guess u can’t afford a clue. Jean Michel Basquiat was half Haitian. meaning one parent was Haitian the other was Puerto Rican. If you were born here (US) and have two Haitian parents you can all yourself American or Haitian or Haitian American, but not half Haitian. get it?

    • marj

      Because he was born in the USA!
      Therefore, HAITIAN-American

  • Nana Quaison-Sackey

    OK, Time for the Ghanaian list!

    • Efua

      boris kodjoe in the house!!!!!!!

      • gracie

        Can you count more than 1celeb of ghanian descent?

        • Nana Quaison-Sackey

          I sure can’t! That’s why I’m waiting for Madame Noire to create the “Surprising people of Ghanaian descent” lol

          • dimbo

            please no Ghana list, Nigerian list that’s ok

            • jem

              I’m half Nigerian and half Ghanaian and I want both lists!

        • Miss D

          Idris Elba is half Ghanaian.

          • guest

            erm no he’s half sierra leonean ๐Ÿ™‚

        • Tina

          The Boateng brothers are half Ghanian they’re hot soccer players haha. I”m Haitian but I’m like “challenge accepted!” I’m sure there are a gang of famous Ghanian’s out there.

    • Guest

      Where’s my Kenyan list? I want that too.

  • sabrina

    I’m sure Alexa will be very happy to see this.

  • Woot, I love my fellow Haitians~

  • tia

    FInally! Liked this site before now I love it. It’s nice to see something I can relate to as a haitian american