Down With The Brown? Celebrities Who Look Black…But Aren’t
Dear Readers, we at Madame Noire indulge in a lot of things. Mostly philosophizing, qualitative matters, and world situations. But in the midst of all this deep thinking (“So, if we get the soda with the meal it’ll be cheaper?”) we know that sometimes delving into the world of frivolity is sometimes fun. With that being said:
Within North America sometimes if a person is of color, but their nationality isn’t as obvious, people tend to just categorize them as black (or being “mixed”). However, in this big Melting Pot we like to call the U. S. of A. there are so many different nationalities, and even celebrities can get classified as belonging to one group when they are actually proud members of another.
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Channing Tatum’s talents have been spread around different genres of the entertainment field. But though people might have assumed that the former dancer (read: stripper), model, and current actor could possibly be black, his racial background is Irish, French, German, and Native American.
The Roc Nation songstress was a British song bird that flew into our hearts with songs like RIP and How We Do; while also appearing in music videos for Jay-Z and Drake. But she was born in Kosovo, making her of Albanian ancestry.
Johnathan Buck crooned into our lives in the 90s. With the smooth sounds of his vocals and the work he did with big names in R&B and Hip Hop, people often mistook him for being mixed. He makes a point not to address his race, but says that he grew up in a family that had a large appreciation for African American music.
Before she won our hearts as Kelly Kapoor on The Office, Mindy Kaling had been writing sketches, appearing in plays, and is a writer and executive producer for The Office and for her own show The Mindy Kaling Project. This talented diva is Indian. Her mother is Bengali and her father is from Tamil. She’s so close to her Hindu roots that she wrote an episode on The Office based off of the Hindu holiday Diwali.
Responsible for many of the club bangers that are out right now, this NOLA born disc jockey is of Palestinian descent.
Rachel Roy has made her name in the fashion industry by designing beautifully high fashioned garb and dressing some of the most notable celebrities from Michelle Obama, Tyra Banks, Kate Hudson and Penelope Cruz. But this fashion bigwig (and former wife of Damon Dash) is Dutch and Indian.
Topping the charts with her songs, M.I.A. has made a name for herself in the music industry. Though she got flack for giving the finger at the Super Bowl this year, this Sri Lankan artist from West London solidified her star when she was nominated for an Academy Award and two Grammys.
Since 1993, Mr. Bennett has been appearing on the small and big screen in roles from Xena to being in the Spartacus movie series; but this New Zealand actor is actually of Maori and Irish descent.
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