Did You Know? 14 Black Celebrities Who Adopted or Were Adopted

September 24, 2012  |  
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Adoption as a whole is a great opportunity for everyone involved. With adoption, children who need homes can be taken in by caring and loving parents, just as a couple who can’t conceive on their own can make a family of their own. Here are 14 black celebs who have made the choice to adopt or have been adopted themselves.


Jamie Foxx

Jamie Foxx was adopted by his grandparents when he was 7 months old after his parents’ marriage went downhill and eventually ended.


Patti LaBelle

Out of Patti LaBelle’s five children, two of them are adopted. The two boys were adopted after their biological mom died.


Nelson Mandela

Though he wasn’t adopted through the adoption process of today, when Nelson Mandela’s dad died when he was only 9, Chief Jongintaba Dalindyebo adopted him and became a father figure.


Al Roker

News anchor Al Roker, along with his wife, adopted a girl, named Courtney, in 1987.


Keyshia Cole

Keyshia was adopted when she was just two years old by Leon and Yvonne Cole who were family friends, which is when her last name was changed from Johnson to Cole.


Magic Johnson

Basketball star Magic Johnson and his wife Cookie adopted a daughter named Elisa in 1995.


Jesse Jackson

Jesse Jackson’s biological father wasn’t married to his mother and he wasn’t much of a father figure. When his mother married, his step-father adopted him in 1956.


Viola Davis

Viola Davis and her husband adopted a baby girl named Genesis in October 2011


Wyclef Jean

Wyclef and his wife Maria adopted a daughter named Angelina in 2005.


Nat King Cole

Nat King Cole and his wife adopted a daughter named Carol after both of her parents died. They also adopted a son named Nat Kelly a few years later.


Alfre Woodard

Actress Alfre Woodard and her husband adopted a daughter named Mavis and a son named Duncan.


Rev Run

Rev Run and his wife Justine Simmons adopted a little girl named Miley in 2007.



Born as Darryl McDaniels, DMC of Run DMC was adopted when he was only 3 months old by Banna and Byford McDaniels.


Daunte Culpepper

Famous retired NFL player Daunte Culpepper was adopted when he was just a day old. His mom was in jail at the time of his birth and prison  housemother Emma Culpepper raised him, after having helped raise other foster children.

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  • Beegirl

    “Adoption as a whole is a great opportunity for everyone involved”. Not true. As an adoptee I can tell you that adoption is about loss. A child loses a mother and a mother loses her child. That loss is felt for the rest of their lives. Adoption should be a last resort if no one else in the family can take care of the child.

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  • I thought Patti Labelle had three sons total her birth son Zuri and 2 from her sister that died of cancer….I’m confused

  • Ann

    I didn’t know Patti LaBelle had five children. I thought she only had one son Zuri. She always talked about him and not the others.

    • Tagirl

      I thought the same thing!

  • mdoubs

    I cannot believe I had to go through 14 slides to find out that Culpepper was adopted…-_____-

  • Gimmeabreak78

    I think this is a wonderful way to promote black adoption. Maybe this will help inspire more of us to adopt our own rather than complain when the likes of Brad and Angelina get them all.

  • Observer

    Did you know? We would have to click 14 times.

    • Justine

      Exactly!!! I wish MN would listen to their readers and be done with this ridiculous clicking! I didn’t even make it through the entire list. It’s a turn off to have to fight through an article.

      • lol i miss most of the articles because of said clicking…i only click when i really wanna see…