“I Got Some Indian In Me”: 9 Celebs Who Want You To Know They’re More Than Just Black

November 19, 2012  |  
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As a genealogy buff, I’m fascinated by the composite of different races within blacks of African descent. Apparently, I’m not alone. Some of us love to let others know that we are more than just black. This almost goes hand in hand with people that love to tell others that their curls aren’t as tight as the rest of ours because they claim to be mixed with something. Yeah, whatever. But there is something to be said about being proud of one’s origin. Knowing where we came from is an integral part of knowing who we are. Unfortunately, many of us don’t know our genetic makeup due to lack of historically relevant data, money (for genealogical testing), or interest in knowing our backgrounds. Maybe if more of us did, we too could be like these nine celebs that are proud (some maybe too proud at times) of their diverse lineage.


Lil’ Kim

This petite powerhouse rapper states that she is of African and Native American descent. I’m actually a little shocked that she admitted to having any African ancestry considering that she has spent years trying to look like an Asian woman trapped in a black girl’s body, and the fact that she has that penchant for plastic surgeries, and her ever-changing skin tone. I wouldn’t be surprised if she comes forward and says has family in Europe and Asia considering her radically transforming appearance.



Ne-Yo’s eyes are a dead giveaway that he’s working with an Asian background. His mother is black and Chinese. But I didn’t bat an eye when I heard him reveal this information, considering this is the same person that caught a lot of heat for saying that “all the prettiest kids are light-skinned anyway.” To be fair, he went on “The Tyra Banks Show” and stated that “he had a slight weakness for chocolate women,” but regardless of whom he’s checking for romantically or what he deems the right look on little ones, I think we can all learn from his f00t-in-the-mouth moment that these opinions are best kept to your damn self.



Queen Bey’s infamous L’Oréal ad made it known that she is African American, Native American, and French.  Even though she constantly rocks blonde hair and her skin appears lighter and lighter (which she may or may not have anything to do with), Bey still seems to be the embodiment of a proud, beautiful, black woman. She listed that she was African American first and foremost, campaigned for our first black president, and she frequently attends black events (which believe it or not, says a lot about her willingness to associate with the black community), so the shade she received was a bit over the top.


Nicki Minaj

This Barbie doll loving rapper turned television star is of Indian and Afro-Trinidadian background and was born outside of Trinidad and Tobago. I didn’t know the Barbie doll look was hot in the islands. I’m not sure it’s even hot in America. It doesn’t matter if it is or if it isn’t though since Nicki can pull off just about anything. Some try to argue that the goal of her look is to disassociate herself from looking black, but I disagree. She goes for shock value and being different comes with the territory if you’re going to last in the industry. Her skills, unique look, and controversial rhymes got her a spot on “American idol,” and a Pepsi endorsement. Go on girl!


Naomi Campbell

This leggy, British-born supermodel is of Chinese and Jamaican background. The repeated reports of physical abuse by her towards her personal assistant, two maids, and the staff at her former agency, Elite, makes me wonder if she ever tried to practice some of the passive religions of her ancestors such as Christianity, Buddhism, or Daoism. But anyway, her diverse background has been widely discussed since she put the “super” in supermodel years ago.


Montel Williams

The former talk show titan is ¼ Caucasian. His mother is bi-racial, which he talked about on an episode of his talk show. I wonder if his background played a large role in his life considering that he married enough white women to give Quincy Jones a run for his money. Either way, Williams has been very open about his background over the years.


Tyson Beckford

Tyson has been open about his background, saying that he is Afro-Jamaican, Panamanian, and of Chinese descent. His runway swag, sweet smile, and unique look are what made him a household name in the ’90s. His star power may have dwindled a bit in recent years, but I’m sure he isn’t concerned since he has his gorgeous, live-in Lithuanian girlfriend to focus on.


James Earl Jones

This deep-voiced actor is of African, Irish, and Native American ancestry. And according to the Huffington Post, while he’s been open about his diverse background since stepping in the spotlight, when he was younger, he was taught not to be so vocal about it. In fact, he’s even come out to talk about how he dealt with a racist grandmother who tried to teach him to be hostile to white people and others:

I’d go to school with white kids and Indian kids. I knew they weren’t the devils that she said they were. I had to start thinking for myself, and I had to start understanding the extent to which she was right too. But I can now live in the shoes of racists. When I hear about racists, I know exactly what they’re feeling. I said ‘I’m gonna allow myself to feel that, just for the hell of it.’ So I know what they’re going through.


Jennifer Williams

While watching an episode of one of my guilty pleasures, “Basketball Wives,” Jenn decided to come out and say that her hair came from her white grandmother. Okay, so can she explain where the contacts came from though? Contacts and hair aside (seriously, I’ll never understand the necessity of colored contacts) though, Jenn is a classic case of beauty and brains. The 5’10” reality star graduated from college with honors, is principal shareholder of Flirty Girl Fitness, and founder of Project Save The World. Do your thing, lady.

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  • Mememem

    Nicki was born in Trinidad though, Why’d they say she was born outside Trinidad, She was born in Port of Spain, Trinidad and move to New York at age 6

  • Lucius

    If Nicki Manaj is mostly Indian, that Indian is clearly mixed with a lot of sub saharan African. Most Indians don’t look like Africans.

  • alasia min

    Barack Obama is the first mixed president. Black men don’t come from white women. Accept his mixed heritage

  • Jules

    I am so tired of this subject. Black people are always the first to tell someone that they are mixed with something that did not originate from Africa. They are also the first to make fun of someone for being too dark. None of my White, Asian or Indian friends ever cared or purposefully share their respective mix. It is an inferiority complex that I hope those who have it don’t pass on to future generations.

  • januckey

    The way I see it is that there is no reason for anyone to deny ANY part of their lineage. The same people shouting down someone who owns up to their native american lineage or European lineage are the first ones to call light skinned blacks “not black enough”. Everybody just be happy with ALL of who you are. To acknowledge any part of your ancestry does not automatically mean denying the other part. Growing up as a light skinned african american, I was told on several occasions that I did not qualify as “black enough” or that I was “barely black”, yet as soon as I acknowledge my Irish grandfather, I am seen as “denying my black ancestry” which I never have and am quite proud of. It seems black people were more fond of pointing out my “none blackness” than I was or ever will be. I consider myself a proud BLACK female, but all too frequently I get side eye from other black people when I say that, so WHO exactly is denying whose lineage?

    • Jules

      I think it has more to do with the inferioty complex present in the “black community” where someone will use anything to appear less “black”

  • Stephanie PhDiva Miller

    My question is…what’s the big deal in wanting to be Native Indian? They don’t have nothing, gave away everything(Or was cheated out of their land) just like Africans let the white man come in and take their land and won’t go back and fight for it, so what the hell is there to be so dam proud of?



  • mb

    Everyone needs to remember that even distant ancestry leaves a genetic mark. A classic case study in genetics classes is a black couple who each had distant white relatives they didn’t even know about. They had twins that were biologically both theirs. One came out black and one came out very white. Blonde hair, blue eyes, & pale skin. She had no genetic anomalies like albinism. She just got the white genes from both parents. Does that mean her family is black but shes white because of her skin & hair?

  • Run

    I have seen pics of Naomi as a young teen. She looked like a black China Doll, no lie. She could very well be part Chinese. I believe her, but I can also see how and why it might be a fabrication. She’s a model, and it’s part of the PR machine.

  • shelly

    of course beyonce wants everyone to know she has something in her that is not black. well I can tell you this, you sure look black to me. I don’t see any indian. Not in your hair. Not in your facial features.nothing. Everybody wants to be something other than black and you all need to start loving your damn self. it may make you more appealing to white people but it makes you less appealing to blacks. black is beautiful. be proud.

    • MrsMommy

      I ONCE doubted a girl that said her grandmother was White. Until I saw an old photo of her grandmother, whose features were identical to her own. She didn’t have silky hair nor light skin, because she took after others in her family tree. You can’t tell what someone has in them just by looking at them.

  • OlayinkaFab

    Black people are the only people who act like dark skin and light skin are two different races.

    • MrsMommy

      NO. That’s IGNORANT Black people. Most Black people have various skin colors in their families, and know that historical situations helped it to be that way.

      • AskThatChick

        The ignorant goes without saying. It was a generalization. Only applicable to those who actually are ignorant enough to think the way they do. Sadly I’ve encountered more who feel color depicts their outcome.

  • ginabugg122

    Is this info to be broadcasting to the world? Who cares? If one more black person tells me they have ” Indian” ancestors…embrace your African blood as you do the other bloodlines that you proudly claim!

    • Run

      Well, look at the alternative.

      For how long should we as African-Americans pretend that we are all the same when we are not? In a way, that enables racism against blacks to thrive.

      White people freely acknowledge their Irish or Scottish bloodlines, or whatever, and it downs diminish their whiteness; yet black Americans are supposed to pretend that we all have the same bloodlines. If we want to eradicate racism, one way to do it is to accept that we are all somewhat different.

      A lot of blacks claim they have Indian bloodlines because they “heard it” from an older relative, but they never even met the source of the Indian bloodlines.

      I actually KNOW my Indian paternal grandmother and was raised in some of the traditions of our Blackfoot Tribe (I attended an Indian heritage elementary school), but since people tend to roll their eyes when Black people mention “Indian”, I just claim my Black and Chinese heritage from my mother’s side and say that I have Dutch from my father’s side (the latter being as true as the rest).

      To be honest, we should all research our roots. It’s unfair to tell anyone that they have no right to find, acknowledge or express their true background if they are a Black American. That’s a political stance, and it is outdated in the post-racial society towards which we are moving.

  • Michelle

    these people are self hating. I seen that ad with Beyoncé while I was buying makeup I laughed my a## off but seriously your mother is black your father is black your birth certificate states that you are black why even say this to people there just gonna give you the super side eye.

    • Run

      Here are some tough questions for you:

      Who gets to define what “Black” is, or what “full Black” is – as if that even exists?

      Why should someone who has a white parent and a black parent get to claim ALL of their roots while Black American “percenters” are denied that right? Who is anyone to tell another person how to define their roots or what to claim?

      Do you get to tell someone that they can’t claim Indian just because they don’t “look Indian” to you…because maybe they aren’t light-skinned enough, or their features don’t look “non-black enough” by YOUR personal definition?

      Maybe their hair isn’t quite wavy or straight enough for you to be comfortable with their claim, but what gives YOU the right to tell someone what their background is?

      White people came up with the one drop rule – as asinine as that is – so don’t try to tell me that we should subscribe to that.

      Furthermore, without knowing someone’s full background, life history and motivations, you have no basis by which to proclaim that Blacks citing Indian heritage are just self-haters.

  • Hello

    was her claims to black is beautiful before or after her plastic surgery and zillion dollar hair extensions?

  • Marianne☮

    Seriously, Nicki Minaj needs to stfu because I am from Trinidad & Tobago and have never been to any place else. I KNOW that all the Trini people have at least a little Indian in them. Why is she trying to convince everyone that she is different and more exotic than everybody else? She’s the one trying to look like a blonde Barbie doll, so what’s the point? I have lost so much respect for her over the years.

  • gapch

    Black folks always trying to claim something else. You dont see whites saying im part black even if they have a great grandparent who was…. smh… stop seekng validation and esteem from minor traces of other races…

    • Run

      I disagree! Whites will quickly break down their “parts” for you in a matter of seconds, and there’s something freeing about knowing your roots – no matter what they are. Whites don’t “declare” their birthrights, they acknowledge them; that’s the difference. We have to get to that level.

      I think all Blacks should find their roots; it would be good for our sense of history and belonging. Maybe the attitudes and behaviors of African-Americans results from the rootless existence we live. Think about that! What does “African-American” feel like? For me, it only conjures up an image of struggle. I would love to know my Caribbean and/or African roots.

      I only know that I am “Black”, 1/8 Chinese, 3/16 Indian (might as well say 1/4), and a pinch of Dutch. I have always wanted to know about my African roots as well as my Dutch roots.

      By the way, even African people speak about these things (white and Portuguese heritage); so to assume that “root-seeking” is a form of self-hate is completely unfair.

      I will acknowledge that many American-born blacks say they are “part this” or “part that” because they don’t want to feel abandoned by other blacks.

      Like I said, part of root-seeking is psychological. We have lived a rootless existence for so long, and “African-American” just doesn’t cut it anymore.

      Part of root-seeking is also a natural right that we all have. Knowing one’s true history gives us pride…direction. It tells us our purpose in life, and every human being has a right to that.

      Part of the resistance to it is political. Why do I have to be “just black”, especially if its a lie? The only gains from that are political ones. Are they still worth fighting for in a post-racial society?

      Many of us fear that, if we all start to redefine ourselves, we won’t fight the same battles as blacks because we will be separated. And it is fair to assume that Black Americans will never receive what we are looking for: economic and political acknowledgment of the wrongs done to us and perpetuated over the last five centuries.

      But maybe the key to winning our battle in America is to finally let go of that. Malcolm and Martin wanted Black Americans to be judged “for the content of their character” and as individual men. Malcolm X had no problem revealing his full background. Did it make him any less black, or any less “down with the cause”? Some of the most progressive and politically oriented blacks I have known in my life have been so-called “mixed” blacks. Look up Angela Rye, a young example of this.

      If we cling to the notion that all American Blacks must shun their true individual identities, how are we moving towards that?

      • gapch

        we can agree to disagree…. my comment towards whites was specific to their traces of black ancestry not to all the various european countries that theyre derived from….

      • i am the devil…..ihave come

        yes whites claim their italian or swedish ancestry but not there sudanese or swahili ancestry, you are way off base

        • Run

          No, I get it, and it depends. Yes, some whites claim their blackness and some don’t. They are more apt to mention their Asian or Indian heritage.

          Your point is well-taken, however. Being part black is not something a lot of whites would want known.

  • Anonymous

    By “Indian” you mean people from India or Native Americans???

  • sistaB

    Many African-Americans have some European ancestry/DNA and not Native American DNA. There’s no history of close proximity and intimate relationships between African-Americans and Native Indians. On the other hand, blacks and whites had close proximity on the plantations and later on in the wider society. I thought Professor Louis Gates had cleared this up for black Americans.

    Blacks in the Caribbean are much more likely to have Indian ancestry/DNA. There’s a long history there of the two having proximity and intimate relationships. Nicki Minaj hails from the C’bean and indeed had a mixed with Indian look before her plastic surgery.

  • #7 – Montel Williams —> How tha FK can you be 1/4 caucasian??? Tiger Woods said he was 1/4 African
    American, 1/4 Chinese, 1/4 Thai, 1/8 Native American & 1/8 Dutch. WTF????? Do these muthafkkr’s have a MEASURING CUP in the delivery room when they’re born??? How does anyone know the “percentages” of their heritage(s)?? People are SO FK’ING BUSY TRYING TO BE “SOMETHING” OTHER THAN BLACK, that they’re layin’ claim to all these other “heritages”. To be of Cuban descent or to have an Asian grandmom is one thing – you can claim that heritage but how the FK do you MEASURE your sh***t??? That is just plain stupid.

    • Run

      If your mother or father was biracial via half white and half black, while the other parent was essentially black (meaning at least two of Montell’s grandparents were both black-identified), it would mack him 3/4 black and 1/4 white. It’s simple math: you inherit 1/2 of everything your parents possess. So if both parents were half black and half white, the offspring would still be considered to be half black and half white.

      1/4 white from the 1/2 white father + 1/4 white from the 1/2 white mother = 2/4 white.

      2/4 white reduced to 1/2 white, as I’m sure you remember from elementary school!

      In Montell’s case, he might claim to essentially inherit 1/2 black from his 4/4 (or “full”) black father. Then he inherits 1/4 black from his 1/2 black mother and 1/4 white from his mother as well. That makes 3/4 black and 1/4 white.

      2/4 black (from father) + 1/4 black (from mother) = 3/4 black

      Add 1/4 white from 1/2 white mother and stir!

      • Whydid Youblockme

        It STILL sounds stupid. To MEASURE your heritage & what “part” of “what” you are. Just say your background is of Mexican descent. Or that you’re bi-racial. Or that you’re Cuban descent. Or just say you’re BLACK & let it be. Most likely these people are living in a black household, around black people & in the black culture, OR OTHERWISE, and they’ll wanna be “down” with black culture & black people (sometimes ONLY when it’s CONVENIENT) but they don’t wanna be classified as being a BLACK PERSON. For someone to be so fcuking desperate to claim another heritage just so they can look “special” or to detract from their BLACKNESS, that’s just so WEAK & it’s SICKENING. It’s absolutely STUPID for someone to list their nationality/race/heritage by a MEASURING CUP.
        I’m waiting for someone to say they’re 1/4 TEASPOON Chinese, 1/2 TABLESPOON Thai, and 2 TEASPOONS WHITE.
        ^ ^ ^ ^ LMAO @ THAT B.S.

  • B. Jae

    During that Loreal commercial, Beyonce’ has “French, Native American, etc….but same commercial shows JLo with 100% Puerto Rican (not Spanish, African, etc…) I lost respect for Beyonce’ then and there. One drop and you’re still Black. Be proud.

  • gallantgesture

    I’m descendant from the slaves the half French and Choctaw who was the last chief of the Choctaw nation. I was shocked to find out my dad’s mother wasn’t black but half white and Cherokee. Being Black in this country is viewed with such contempt that they passed a law that made you legally black if you any black progenitors which made J.Edgar Hoover a “spook” because his birth certificate said that he was a Mulatto. There are few black americans of pure African descent whose generations go back to slavery. Miscegenation has made us a hybrid race and it is language that defines a culture, therefore, embracing the African culture is as foreign to us as being Chinese. Whites proud of their European roots who like to yell “go back to Africa” need to know that our indigenous roots make us genuine Americans and them pseudo Americans fools.

  • When white people claim to be part Indian its so they don’t have to fell guilty about steeling their land, when black people claim it, it’s a hair thing.

    • Run

      We don’t have to explain why their hair is curly or wavy…or straight in some instances. Why would we feel the need to explain that?

      Besides, many biracials and so-called “mixed” people have naps!

  • enoni pond

    all of these so called mixed famous people must have something eles in them how eles can hollweird explain how pretty the are, dont you know black is not beautiful there wanted or welcome why is it no more brown eyed or skinned singers or actress ,every one must bleach and be blond and mixed ,or eles u will get no shine or play,because a 100% black woman or man can not be beautiful…period

  • yeahisaidit1913

    Celebrating your heritage is a good thing..it should be encouraged. My cousin did one of those genealogical test and found out that we have a genetic link to Asia. I think if we all go back far enough we will find other genetic links besides those that come out of Africa. But at the same time im not going around telling everyone im part Chinese or whatever LOL! Especially since we dont know who that ancestor might have been. But if you know the relative or ancestor who is contributing to your diverse ethnicity then go ahead and be proud to claim it. Many families have accurate histories of how they came to be and thats a good thing. They have pictures of that ancestor or that relative from generation to generation. The problem with many African Americans is that some of us can only go back so far concerning our relatives. Many have died off with no record of who they were and so on. We assume that we only have African ancestry but many of us do have Native American etc even if we do not know it. The problem is that blacks are still so often considered inferior as a result of slavery. So quite often when people passed for other races, if they were light enough, they did so for survival denying the black in them. The internalized inferiority caused many black people to say they were part this or that, thinking it would make their blackness better or more acceptable. Thats why people may cringe a bit when they see the words “more than just black” as if the black part isnt good enough on its own. Blacks have come along way to be proud of who we are and to not feel the need to “claim” any other ancestry to be accepted or to feel good about ourselves. But if a person is mixed with something else why begrudge them of their pride for all of what makes them the person they are? Sometimes its hard to tell who is claiming multi heritage out of some inferiority complex and who is just proud of who they are? It still means we as blacks have a long way to go.

  • because a lot of black people have so internalized the hatred that our ancestors received because of their blackness, they take it on, even if it hasn’t happened to them. if someone wants to tell me they are 1/4 this or 1/2 of that, i don’t care, and i will never ask. one thing i do ask is about culture (tribal background, religion, dietary customs, etc). that stuff is interesting to me. your coloring comes in at a distant second.

    • Run

      That’s what I say. If you make your claim, that’s beautiful, but if someone asks how that has manifest in your life you should have a ready answer. Blacks who claim Indian should seek out their heritage and learn the customs…join a tribe (the BIA requires that you can prove your background, but you’ll get that $500 check every month!). If you are Asian, teach your kids to study in school the way Asian students do. African-Americans have adopted some bad habits; maybe identity-seeking can be good for our communities.

  • mik bailey

    She’s mixed with cat – meoow!

  • mik bailey

    Beyonce has been more than a little cosmetically enhanced. Most people are mixed with something; what’s the big deal!

  • RealTalk

    Listen my loved people. No other race that matters says, O you must have mixed race in you so , hi you black with white lmao

    We jump on our black folks because being black is special already,I’m BLACK, no naps, but on the papers don’t have black mixed with …. or any crap like that,JUST TO SAY IT, US BLACKS that have her A$$ up there supporting her and stuff
    Do you think she said it because they believe she didn’t carry her baby, would be a good reason.
    well B, u black and no amount of colored weave is going to change that, still like ya as a humanbeing


  • KC

    MN is such a damn hater… it doesnt make any sense somebody look light in a pic all of a sudden they bleach their skin….um have you heard of concealer? DUH and there’s nothing wrong with wearing contacts. Sometimes you need to just let a mfer BE instead of having an opinion about the lil stuff…but then again opinions are like assholes…

  • superflextime

    I’M Black and proud!!! I don’t need to have any other race in me but Black. So what you have Indian in you or think you do… The Cherokee nation just kicked all the Blacks with Indian bloodlines to purify their race. This is how much they love you. Several other tribes have been trying to do this for years. All done legally.

  • Fleurdunil

    Man..my African-American sisters! As a multi-racial “black” naturalized American, I feel like you guys focus on this too much! I get the historical context of it all but can we please move on? Mixed ladies like myself, you did not “win” a prize because you are more interesting than normal, ladies please-there are cute/uncute mixed people just like there are cute/uncute unmixed people. Unmixed ladies, you can’t impose an identity on somebody else, even if you are right about how a mixed person may or may not look to the outside, it’s still their family… Can we agree, we are all one and stop with this ?? And Jennifer William is irritating me to no end with her comment, first of all I want to see her hair with no extensions, and on top of that I know African ladies with beautiful hair and not just mixed ones with frankly, healthier looking hair than her, so how does she know it’s from her “white grandmother..” Sheesh!

  • lol

    French is not a race.

  • kween

    jamaica is a country with 95% black people. dont even start with jamaica and how colour complex they are. out of many my azz.

  • kween

    only black folks. there are millions of whites with black in them and they never talk about it. i heard blacks on tv proud of the fact that their ancestors were raped. they were so giddy and happy when they found out some way along the line a white bastard raped their great great grandmother. if it comes by rape they are proud, if it comes by prostituting they are proud, even if it comes by marry down like how a black doctor would marry a white grocery clerk just to be married to white. why cant blacks be proud to be black. its time black people be proud of being black and stop thinking mixing is better than black. why are some blacks so stupid and why do they have such inferior thinking.

    • Run

      You have a point, but the flip-side is “Why should blacks be denied the freedom to claim all of their heritage the way that EVERY OTHER group does?” Why is that fair, especially for those blacks who have grown up embracing the traditions of their other parts?

  • qtwithasmile

    Love, love Beyonce she is amazing entertainer BUT! We are in America if you look BLACK guess what your BLACK! Everyone knows that back in history are culture was mixed around between white, indian and caribbean people. Just like La La and Carmelo , Laz Alonzo, rapper Fabolous, Tatiana Ali mention their “Dominican” descent what do we see them as? Black! It’s all about the “one drop” rule like our president is bi racial in America he is seen as African American. It’s okay to be proud of your history and where you come from but at the end of the day Beyonce’ is a black entertainer.

  • We are American descendents of Africans that were kidnapped and forced into slavery by socio-pathic individuals. Yes sociopaths. We were stripped of our customs, traditions, heritage and languagesby these barbaric people and forced to conform to their thoughts and way of life. We are further subjected to being forced to learn yet another language,(Spanish) with total disregard for our own. When we stand up and demand the same priviledge that others demand perhaps this will bring about change in the mind set of our own people. What do we have that truely reflect who we really are?

  • Nicki Minaj is of Indo-Asian descent, her roots are from India. She is not of Native American descent. Whoever wrote this article should of not even included her in this. Indians from India and Native Americans are NOT the same.

  • HeatherLee

    If you have to put someone else down because they aknowledge themselves and all their ethnicities. Yeah, I’m sure considered black and proud to be, but my mother is Cherokee, Black, and Irish. My father is Black/ Dominican. People who feel the need to put someone else down for being proud of their whole self are insecure.I always got trouble from other black girls who didn’t like that I was light skinned with long hair. I also developed early and the other BLACK kids were cruel as hell. White kids rarely bothered me, unless they were trying to look cool in front of the black football players or whatever. What I’m saying is: Jealousy gets you nowhere. Don’t worry about how others define themselves, and don’t let them define YOU.

  • ChinChin

    I’m going to have to let off a rant. This isht is so confusing and truly hard to deal with. It just goes to show the universal truth. You can’t please every body. If I claim the fact that I’m Chinese Jamaican, some will say I have a complex and I’m “Proud to let everyone know I’m not just Black.” How about I’m just stating facts? And then there’s those when I say I’m black, they say, “Why you lyin’? How you just black with hair like that? You gotta be indian or something.” Which is an ignorant comment anyway.

    At this point I’m done. I’m whatever the hell you think I am. You think I’m black, that’s what I am. You think I’m mixed, fine. That’s what I am. If you wanna think I’m Indian or what ever false ethnicity, I don’t care. I’ll be that.
    How about the next time someone ask what I am, I’ll say my background is FED UP.

  • desiderious

    If Beyonce is so proud of her Black heritage then she needs to put her money where her mouth is and allow her natural dark skin color, black kinky hair, larger lips and non color changing contacts that show her natural dark brown eyes instead of green or hazel like she wears now.

  • desiderious

    Yeah right, that’s what caused Beyonce’s lips to thin out, her kinky hair to straighten and turn blond, her eye color to keep changing from bright green to hazel and light brown from it’s original dark brown and of coarse her skin to lighten over the years, Indian blood in her backround that caused this.

  • Cloe

    I’m a multiracial(Black, Indian and white..in order of dominant Gene) Jamaican and i do not “claim” to be mixed because i feel that i am special. I am who i am and i embrace it. I do not claim to be black only because if it weren’t for my Indian Grandmother and White Grandfather, i would not exist…i would just be someone else. There is nothing wrong with embracing all your cultures..I would be ungrateful and hypocritical if i didn’t. Living in the USA for some years now and i’ve come across this argument amongst black Americans saying that “you think you’re all that because you’re mixed”, the very same connotation as the person writing this article. First and foremost, what the hell is so special about being mixed??..Seriously?? I certainly do not feel that way being mixed..i am like everyone else. The sad part is that for alot of people to come out and say that verbally shows the vast insecurities that they are dealing with and to be quite honest, me being the mixed person hearing that from someone who isnt makes me doubt their confidence in themselves regardless of how much they try to be confident to everyone else. Ladies, seriously, confidence is not about putting yourself together and strutting your stuff ,its all come from the inside. For all those who are still thinking like that, emancipate yourself from that way of thinking…you’re not only hurting yourself but passing it onto your kids…Be proud of who you are…whatever Race or Races you may be..do better than that.

  • FormelyKnownAsMr.Jones

    iThought iWas theOnly oneOffended by thatCommercial uBlack theWorld seeU asBlack beProud y theAfrican American has toHave difficultiesIdentifying withThis racialPrejudice… is stillAlive &itsMore evidentAgainst ourSelves

  • badblessings

    And Jen got her hair from her white gradma? Did her grandma give her a perm and a weave? Cuz thats obviously what she has going on in her head.. To match those damn contacts

  • badblessings

    Did you all see Behind the music? He’s they showed both of his parents and they are not mixed with anything but BLACK BLACK AND MORE BLACK.. especially his mama.. Blacks can have slanted eyes and not be mixed..

    • Run

      Sometimes it’s just PR spin by the agents and executives for marketing purposes. You have to understand that it sells product. In the celeb world, lies are just PR…strategic attempts to make money. If they are lying about their Chinese heritage, Ne Yo, Tyson and Naomi Campbell were probably all ordered to sell themselves as “mixed” to make the public more fascinated with them – so they could sell more records and clothes. Having said that, I believe them. Michael Jackson was told to lie about his age as a child so that people would be even more fascinated by his talent.

  • Bubbah

    No matter what you say, it is hardly impressive when you would have been seated IN THE BACK of the bus in the South before the ’70s (along with the folks you are telling this (isht) foolishness to). The spanish girl thought she’d impress the black audience at the Apollo last week with a rundown of her mixed heritage, which had nothing to do with her talent.

  • This article is nauseating. The writer’s tripping over herself trying to end each section saying something ‘nice’ about the subject was so painful to read that I wonder why she bothered writing the article at all. The blatant sucking up to Beyonce and Nicki Manaj (who is an eye sore to say the least) was vomit worthy. Ms. Brumeh, have a seat!!!

  • Thank U. It only becomes negative when WE do it.

  • Monica

    Are we STILL talking about this? Get over it people. Everyone doesn’t look like you and guess what –its OK! How could one be too PROUD of who their parents were? That’s just nonsense. Why should one DENY or NOT talk about their own heritage to make OTHERS feel secure about themselves; this mollycoddling of everyone’s sensitivities is why the US lags behind the world and why black America lags behind other races. There are simple realities of the world. Embrace them, face them, find out where you stand and MOVE ON.

    No, I’m NOT a VISIBLE mix, but I’m proud of our MIXED family heritage just the same. Our black culture is just silly sometimes spending time on these NON-ISSUES when we should be advancing, learning, educating ourselves, contributing to the communities around us.

    We will never advance until we learn to get out of our own way and eat at the table with the rest of the “big kids”. Aren’t we all adults? Media, stop giving the UNAWARE false excuses on why they should be mad and stagnant instead of mature enough to know that the world EXiSTS……or was this article written to inspire social media buzz and angry tirades. Sigh….when will I learn.

  • AJ389

    Y’all forgot Keyshia Cole and whatever “mystery mixed” ethnicity she is. Shame on MN for skipping out on her non black girl rocking ancestry. Lol……

  • breezyfbaby

    his mom sure don’t look Asian and black!

    • badblessings

      thats because she is not!!

      • Run

        Did he get it from his mother?

  • Me, Myself & I

    It doesn’t matter to me what makes up my genetic profile….if someone asks me what race I am I just say the Human Race!

  • Maria

    Seriously who cares what “ethnicities” people claim to be? It kills me to hear African americans who talk about how they are so proud to be black but also can change up and add in some other race as soon as someone discuss anything about multiracial people. Some act like you are a little “higher by having Native American or some other bloodline. I believe we are all mix in with just about everything and no matter what our skin complexion is we are all MIXED! —yes i had to put my two cents in cause this was an eye roller!

  • StellaMari

    I honestly believe people are very confused about the word “Black” as it applies to people. I dont just reserve that term for American Blacks because to me a black person is an African or a person of African descent. So if any of your ethnicities come with the words “African” or “Afro” ie: African Amerian, Afro- Carribean, and Afro-Latin@ attached to them you are a black person. That doesnt mean you cant be white or native as well it just means that part of your recent, ie from slavery to now, genetic background is from the continent of Africa. It also means that the racial mixing in your family no matter how prevalent didn’t alow your family members to pass as a pure white person, and as a result their children and grandchildren, meaning YOU,most likely grew up in communities amongst other Afro descended people and did not move into a White social status. No big deal. If you know your full heritage I cogratulate you. Celebrate it all you want, you have that right. However if all you know is that most or part of you is African celebrate that too. Light , Dark, Culy, and Kinky There is beauty and worth found in all Black Peoples of the world. I love being a part of that.

    • T2PrT

      There are Africans who are not “black.” ALL humans descended from Africa, regardless of where they ended up (Europe, Asia, North America, etc.).

  • Poof

    I’m half Liberian, half Egyptian. Emigrated to this country 10 years ago. I always get “where are you from, or what are you” fom people of every race. I just tell them Black. Because in this country, if you look a certain way, people will put you in a certain category. And I don’t need to explain my ethnicity. I was reared to be a proud Black woman and I love it.

  • wowza

    Coonery at its finest – madamenoire you are right to put ’em on blast! If they’re not black, why don’t they then go sell and promote themselves to the various cultures they’re mixed with instead of selling coonery to the black nation?! Naomi, Beyonce, Lil Kim, Nicki Minaj – there is nothing that looks ‘mixed’ in any of these women. Just blonde hair and coloured contacts to try to look ‘mixed’/white. Lol They deserve to be made fun of

    • Run

      Not true. Naomi does look Asian. Beyoncé clearly has Caucasian/Creole heritage. Tyson and Ne Yo could very well be Blasians.

      Li’l Kim, Jennifer, and Nikki Menaj may also be telling the truth, but even if they are all three strike me as having self-esteem issues.

  • No matter how many other races you are mixed with & how much %…WHite ppl will always view you as BLACKs… only black ppl always tryna to ANALYZE it with 50 shades of black…

    • Black people amaze me how they worry about what white people think..Y’all so brainwashed its pretty pathetic.

  • Beyonce is creole that means before her people settled in Louisiana they most likely came from St. Domingue which is now known as Haiti/Dominican Republic, there were indigenous natives who were known as Tainos who mixed with the blacks and europeans who colonized the americas, if her people settled in Louisiana her people are probably mixed with french and maybe descended from the “Gens de couleur libre” Free people of color who were not slaves but who were artisans craftsmen entrepeneurs and who boasted having some of the most beautiful women in the world amongst their rank, Beyonce could pass for African-American but she has a very pronounced “creole” look.

    • JEnnifer_V

      FUnny because Dawn richardson is also creole, but she doesn’t have the look…

    • Hot_Meduda

      What do you mean she has a “very pronounced creole look”? Creoles come in many shades ranging from white to black, just like your average mixed person…

  • This article confirms my believe that many black people are mentally ill. It confirms that many of us are so busy trying to convince ourselves and others that our ‘racial mixture’ makes us somehow more special.

    Let’s be real here, what difference does it make if you are black, bi/multiracial. OK, so you acknowledge your racial makeup. Now what? That does what? OK, I’m black, Native American, and Irish (I’m not, but just saying). How does that change my lot in life? How does that change YOUR lot in life? Does it advance you in some way? Blacks historically have tried to claim their ‘otherness’ in order to make themselves more acceptable.

    Another thing I’ve noticed is that it makes many feel better if they can say that the celebrity they life is mixed. Beyonce’s mother is Creole, but Beyonce and Solange claim black! Quit trying to force this “I’m mixed” crap on them. Creole isn’t a race anyway!

    Let me explain something, especially to those who look afrocentric or those who do not, you are still a “N” to many. You can go around spouting all the other ethnicities you want, but you are still an “N.” Why can’t we just admit that claiming our strong African blood is mixed with anything other than African makes us prideful. I see black woman looking as obviously as black as I trying to claim Native American, European, Asian, etc. as if that gives them a gold star, but they will not admit it.

    I’m not saying that people should not celebrate who they are. Cool, do that, but quit lying to yourselves. Black people don’t even celebrate their blackness, so that’s what we need to deal with instead of trying to make ourselves seem more than because our blood is mixed with anothers.

    PEOPLE ARE PEOPLE, PEOPLE! Let’s lose the inferiority complex.

    • LOL… Another lost soul..

    • umm noone said creole is a race.And whether or not someone being bi-racial or multi-racial means anything to u is irrelevant. Live ur life . And stop worrying about how others live theirs.

      • JEnnifer_V

        You are just all over this post…..GET A LIFE!

        • And ur responding to a post I made over a month ago, how about u get a life? And stop worrying about what I am doing, K?

        • Are u in love with me or something? Stop following me around, I don’t do ugly chicks..BYE!

    • Run

      If “people are people”, you shouldn’t care what another person claims.

      Whites are free to proudly claim their Irish, Frnch, Scottish, Norwegian, Danish, etc. lineage; yet blacks are not. Maybe identity-seeking is a form of taking away the white man’s power over blacks.

      Maybe we don’t want to be marginalized, stereotyped and reduced to one group when there are so many different cultures and religions within the black community.

      What would happen if blacks all began shunning the monikers “black” and African-American”? What if we started marking “Caucasian” on forms? We would lose a lot of financial aid, but it would shake white people to the core. They would be scared out if their minds if we all just started claiming white. What justification would they find not to abide by our claims? The so-called “one drop rule” would make them feel like slaveholders, and most wouldn’t feel comfortable arguing the point.

  • anon.

    I’m sorry, I am Black, but I am Irish and Indonesian as well. I am not going to deny my grandfather on my mom’s side (who is fully Indonesian, like he came off the boat as a teenager), or my grandmother on my dad’s side (who is fully Irish), because some Black people want to tell me that I’m trying to be “special” or that I’m inferior because i REFUSE TO DENY PEOPLE THAT IVE LOOKED IN THE FACE BEFORE. I am a Black woman first and foremost, but they are just as much a part of me.

    sidenote: I do not think this is the same thing as “well, there is some Indian/European/Asian blood in me, every Black person is mixed..” blah blah etc etc. No African-American is fully African (or can prove that they are anyway), hence why its often classified as a different race (scientific wise, lets no get into racism on that comment). If you can’t name the members of your family that are not Black, and you can’t pinpoint (at least kinda) where on the map they come from, then you are not mixed. But you are Black and beautiful.

  • Guest

    Where Henry Louis Gates, Jr. at? He need to prove some of these people wrong? #AfricanAmericanLives #GeneologyWillProveYouWrong

    • You was supposed to delete my comment MademNoire, Lawd!

    • Henry Louis Gates works for the elite and has an agenda. Anyone who sets up here and states that there r no african-american or black people in America who have Indian blood is full of CRAP!

  • At a certain age, I felt it was a bit redundant and disingenuous to tote another race or claim mixed heritage (“I got Indian in my family!”). For one, I consider myself African-American, and by doing so, I already acknowledge that my ethnicity (given history) is multi-racial by default. Therefore, I felt it’s unnecessary to throw out fractions, percentages, and phantom bloodlines. I feel that most African Americans should feel that way.

    There are exceptions, however. If you are aware of your heritage and everything that comes along with it, I say be proud of that, but also be knowledgeable. There’s no use in claiming to be part Native American, French, Hispanic, and etc. if you don’t have proof of those connections, and if said connections never played a role in your upbringing, customs, traditions, and etc.

    While there are individuals that have knowledge of their family background and take care to acknowledge every piece of the puzzle, there are others that claim other ethnicities with no proof just to seem exotic, and that’s ignit!

    • Hot_Medusa

      Proof! Why does anyone need to prove who they are to anyone?! Besides, there is no biological or genetic basis to race, therefore, it is nothing more than a social construct. You calling yourself African-American pretty much negates what you’ve posted; in fact, it just makes you sound lazy and as if you could care less about who you [really] are; no offense. And it sounds like you could you some lessons about the difference between “race” (a useless term that is supposed to define skin color), ethnicity, and nationality.

      For example, being Irish, French, Italian, etc. only denotes ethnicity/culture (and nationality); and calling yourself African is pretty much the same in terms of denoting one’s nationality, not race! Africa is a continent of at least 55 countries; so even if you know where your family descends from, at best, all you really know is your ethnicity (and nationality); or simply, your ancestors’ place of origin… In other words, being African does not equate to being black. After all, Charlize Theron is African-American.

      • Yes proof. Not for me, but for the person claiming various ethnicities. What’s the point in claiming multiple ethnicities or nationalities when there is no evidence in your family, but simply hearsay. That, to me, is lazy, and questionable. What’s the advantage? And what’s the point of claiming something you have no evidence of?

        Please spare me the conversations regarding race as a social construct, nationalities versus race versus ethnicities and so on and so forth. That conversation would take all day…I never said African American = black. I even avoided using the term “black”

        While I understand your example with Charlize Theron, and how certain descriptors are flawed, as far as I know, my background involves individuals enslaved in America of African origin. At best I can acknowledge the reality of miscegenation. For that reason, African-American suits me just fine.

        Contrary to your statement, accepting that term, with the definition I’ve given, and how it is generally understood, doesn’t mean I don’t care about who I [really] am. For me, it would be pointless to discover, and then claim other ethnicities or nationalities if they did not influence my upbringing or identity. But knowing that I am African-American (as I described) HAS influenced my identity, perspective, and who I [really]. If and when I have the opportunity to further discover my “roots”, that opinion will not change.

        I guess we will agree to disagree.

      • “You calling yourself African-American pretty much negates what you’ve posted” At first I didn’t understand that comment until I re-read my first paragraph. Hopefully my second post better explain my point of view.

  • Alohilani

    You can’t decide for someone else what their background is because of what YOU think they look like.

  • Meka

    Well lets be honest black americans are not 100% anyway so what ever.. But it would be nice to know what tribe we all come from and what part of africa, but then again we all have mixed the tribes up so idk if that’s possible. Yall know it would be nice to say where your african ancestors were from.. but I even roll my eyes at my boyfriend who is white and claims to be part native american, i like sure if that makes u feel special. The only background i claim is black because thats what i look like

  • Samantha82

    All of these people who are ‘claiming’ to have mixed heritage may be mistaken. I mean did they have the correct DNA tests’ done? Did they research their ancestory? I’m not talking about tall tales and stories that are passed down from generation to generation, I’m talking about the facts. Naomi Campbell does not look like she is mixed with anything at all. She looks 100% African.

    • If u had a brain in ur head , which I seriously doubt u do, u would know that most “indigenous”:or “native”peoples have an ORATICAL history , just like the ancient Israelites did,That is why when u read The Bible and The book of Numbers it is just a publishing of an oratical history of the twelve tribes.Our ancestors knew that what is written can be “altered” what is taught, retained and remembered can never be altered. So ur dismissal of history and legacies that were handed down generation after generation as…Tall tales is further evidence of how lost u r.

      • T2PrT

        Its oratorical.

        • KamJos

          It’s actually just “oral”. Not oratical, not oratorical. Oral history.

    • Run

      Ok…explain what “100% African” looks like. Because there are blue-black Africans with her-black curly hair like Johnny Mathis’s. Then there are Africans who look like Mariah Carey yet do not have a white parent. You have seen East Africans…Ethiopians, Somolians and Eritrians. They range in color, never too tall, different grades of hair, etc. They look similar but different. Then there are Sudanese people, extraordinarily dark, kinky hair, extremely tall. In the Ivory Coast, their looks range the gamut like African Americans. “Looking African” is like “looking American”: nobody would ever be able to describe what that is, because there’s no such thing.

  • Samantha82

    Jennifer said her ‘HAIR’ came from her grandmother? Wow…now that’s funny. Since she obviously wear a weave! Too funny!

    • Run

      Yeah…Jen is a fake bitz for real! My lady used to make me watch BBW, and she was the most annoying Miami BBW outside of Suzie or Tami.

  • zeeronique1979

    Ain’t nothing Chinese bout Ne-yo’s mama, google her pics…he need to quit lol

  • GovermentChecks

    If you look black you black what I mean by that is if you survey a variety of people of different races and the look at you and say o she/he black that’s WTF you are. I don’t care if your momma white or your daddy white or whatever you look like a big fool trying to claim you something else when you obviously look black. You see the president his momma white but guess what if I saw him on the street with that short afro I would think he just another black person. I would not no he mixed until he told me. He got since enough to know I gotta role with the black folks. WHY BECAUSE HE LOOK IT if a white person has a Asian mom and white dad but came out look Asian they gonna check the Asian box why because obviously they still look Asian and vice versa. Black Biracial and some Blacks the only ones that be acting a dang fool about this crap. Crying and Shiit I don’t know where I belong WELL …. LOOK IN THE MIRROR AND ACCEPT WHAT YOU SEE.

    • MixedandProud

      What if you’re mixed with black and don’t look like it? I say it should apply the other way around too: go with what you look like and feel most comfortable as. People think I’m Latina (non-Afro), and Italian most times, and since my other half is Latino, that’s how I go, as a Latina. Most people are surprised when I say my mom’s black American, and when they see my husband and daughter, would definitely not think it, so why would people like me follow the rule of hypodescent (or one-drop rule)? But when biracials who don’t pass as black, like myself, decide to do what makes sense and ID differently, the black community is up-in-arms about it. It’s ridiculous, and speaks volumes of the deeper issues with self-esteem in the black community…

  • GovermentChecks

    The Average Black Person will have Indian and European Blood Ancestry this is extremely common I personally believe the only black people that’s not mixed up is black people who moved hear straight from Africa recently. I think 25% of us descendants of Thomas Jefferson sooooo….. I’m so over people proclaiming what they mix with when they looks obviously black. You can’t confuse Black with any other race so if you look black give it up trying to make people think you all that extra shiiiii hell all us mixed up. White people mix up with a bunch of shiiii most of them got latino in they blood but you don’t see any other race trying to get cool points for DNA ingredients but Black folks WILLIE LYNCH ALIVE AND WELL.

    • awet

      black people in africa can very well be mixed too. africa has been carved up, down, and around by europeans and don’t forget arabs and east indians! if you don’t want to believe anything else, please believe that the white man has been inside of every type of woman on this earth unfortunately!

    • Hot_Medusa

      Latino is not a race; however, it is most likely that many white people have negro blood…

  • Truth Speaker

    …you all folks don’t know anything about descent or whatever…there is NO such a thing as African-American descent, Jamaican descent etc. etc. etc…. there is ONLY African descent in this particular case coz that is where all these so called African- Americans, Jamaicans or any other black you see in Americas, Europe or Caribbean come from… and it wasn’t even that long to be forgotten… they are both from Africa… KNOW HISTORY FOLKS..!!!

    • Ummm there r many different types of Africans and so much diversity amongst “Africans” I am a Zulu and that is very different than being Fulani or Igbo or Berber., and the word Africa is a word that was used by Romans who called the northern part of the continent, Africa terra,

  • Black Americans…..How is celebrating a diverse heritage a negative and how do u get to weigh in on how mixed race people are or aren’t.. Just jealous.

    • Samantha82

      Wow…I didn’t see anyone comments as being jealous. Only a person that is insecure and has a weak mind would say that.

      • LOL. Insecure and weak-minded. Check my name, I know who I am and where i come from, do u? Ok, then be quiet. People who weigh in on people they don’t even know’s lineages are weak-minded and insecure. Why should i take umbrage with someone celebrating their, rich diverse heritage? And why should u.. Oh ur jealous, now get gone.

  • I thought the commentary with the photos was super biased and strange. As a Black woman of Jamaican parents, I know from my own life that Black people can be of mixed heritage and be proud. My grandmother on my father’s side was Indian and Black (raised by her Indian mother), my grandfather Afro-Dominican and Black (raised in Jamaica). On my mother’s side, my grandmother was Afro-Jamaican with Chinese heritage, my grandfather was Afro-Jamaican as well. I was always curious about my heritage – despite all my grandparents being raised in Jamaica. The island’s motto is “Out of Many, One” – that should be everyone’s slogan! I think if more people were interested in their lineage, they’d learn to respect everyone as a whole. But what do I know?

    • Sandra

      You’re absolutely correct that people should be proud of who they are.
      It may be different in Jamaica, but here, black culture is marketed as inferior. Therefore, when black persons here reach celebrity status and attempt to somehow distance, disassociate from or “amend” their blackness, many people in the community view it as a sign that they’re ashamed. Beyond just general feelings of insult, some black people are frustrated, because they believe that if more black celebs embraced their blackness, some of negative stereo-typing could dissipate.

      • Just because someone acknowledges they have different bloodlines does not mean they r “amending” or “disassociating” themselves from being black. The people who have a problem with others celebrating their diverse heritage r the ones who wish they could “amend” or “disassociate” themselves from THEIR blackness. Or they wouldn’t care.

      • nadine

        black people has inferiority complex

    • I agree because my family is from Guyana. I am mixed with a so many heritages, I can’t even begin to start! LOL But I know in Guyana, you claim all your heritages. We don’t have the 1% rule there. I don’t know why my American friends try to force that on me saying well you are mixed with Black then your just Black. No I am not, I am multi-racial.

      • mochamays

        blacks are always bringing up that 1 drop crap out of PURE JEALOUSY! they feel that we half breeds have a lot of advantages over them, which is why they feel the need to constantly remind us of how black we are. it stems from their own insecurity. trust me, no white people give a damn about that 1 drop sh*t, blacks are the ONLY ones who harp on it and constantly bring it up. when whites did have the drop rule, what the said and what they meant were obviously 2 different things because we were NOT in the fields with the dark skinned full blooded blacks-we were in the house and were considered ‘superior”.

        • i am the devil…..ihave come


  • don’t b ig’nant

    i think some ppl get overly sensitive about things like race… so what if these ppl claim their heritage…ain’t nothing wrong with that! they’re mixed with other races, that doesn’t make them better off or worse off than anybody else… at the end of the day we all the same… i claim my heritage because if it wasn’t for my parents i would not be me! and i am mixed with black races, indian, latin (venezuelan) and african and very very proud to be a beautiful mixed black woman! so ppl be real, being mixed with black and white is not the only mix out there… that’s just dumb! *rolls eyes*

    • Alohilani

      At the end of the say, we aren’t all the same.

    • Native_Noir


    • We ain’t all the same.. That is some mess u been taught to assuage the fact that ur history has been stolen from u. That’s all.

      • Alohilani

        Yes, that’s what I said; We aren’t all the same.

        Sorry, I thought you were talking to me.

    • jo

      agrreeed. BIG ROLLING OF EYEES happening right now.. enough with the hate.. and whether it was the authors intent to make us think or perhaps something more sinister, i hope the negative tone .i.e. “Too proud” … ahh ok, i think… then shame on you author!

  • Pseudonym

    This article reeks of inferiority complex. Instead of attacking others, you should work on that. Why is being black American referred to as “just black?”

    Work on your own race complexes and then you won’t be so bothered by the people above.

    • And why is acknowledging that u may be multi-racial wanting to be “more” than just black.. If people want to celebrate their diverse heritage wtf does that have to do with being racially profiled. Why would that bother anyone? Damn!

      • maggie

        Why don’t you ask that same question to those white, Native American, Chinese people about their black background? How come they don’t celebrate as much as black people?

        • I could care less. Being “black” is a blessing, if people can’t appreciate the fact that black is beautiful, that’s on them.I am black but I am also Zulu on my father’s side and my mother was a melungeon, so? Does my acknowledging that make me any less, “black” or make me someone who is running from being black? Nope.

          • Samantha 82

            Do you know for a FACT that you are zulu or were you just told that? You see a lot of people ‘claim’ they are one thing because that is what they really want to be or believe. People hardly ever take a DNA test to prove anything. So do your research to make sure that is the truth. Please don’t just go by what you have been told. Unless your father is from Africa/Zulu tribe. Please just get a DNA test done.

            • Sweetheart I come from a long line of Zulus , my father was born in Vryhied KZN, Zulus have an ORATICAL history. My people, my family name, we are warriors, my ancestors were bequeathed to Shaka Zulu by his father King Senzagakhona. And we war well. I am sorry u don’t know who u r. Stop worrying about other peoples bloodlines and work on urself. That seems to be ur problem. Just because u have no idea from whence u flow u don’t have the right to set up here and knock folk who do.”shrugs”.

              • Hot_Medusa

                Amen Thokozile! Very well said!

              • Mel R.

                I know my family comes from Africa, but I know the path goes in different places depending in talking about my Mother vs Father side. But still end up in Africa though. I will find out one day what country in Africa my family is from, because I want my babies to know our bloodline

                • Good for U u should explore that and i hope u find what u r looking for..For U and ur babies.

              • Mel R.

                I know my family comes from Africa, but I know the path goes in different places depending in talking about my Mother vs Father side. But still end up in Africa though. I will find out one day what country in Africa my family is from, because I want my babies to know our bloodline

            • @ Samantha 82 just on some hate..lol.

              • it is a blessing to know where you came from,not every black person in the US can say the same. through no fault of our own. i wish those powerful warriors would have stood up for our ancestors and maybe they would not have been traded/sold as slaves to the colonies! maybe we would know and could be proud of our bloodline/tribe as well!

          • Alohilani

            Being Black is a ‘blessing’? With all the hardships that come along with not being of the dominant race in this country, I greatly disagree.

            • And that’s ur issue. Blacks comprise the greatest bloodlines on this planet and thats why it takes a nation of millions to hold us back, they know that. too bad u don’t.

            • TRUTH IS

              Thats applicable to North America and Europe and the causasian folks designed it that way…thats why they go to Africa, mother of the earth, and strip her of her wealth

            • Run

              It is a blessing and an unnatural curse imposed upon us by whites who, unfortunately, used black, Indian and Asian ancestors to build this country but now seek to not only justify their actions without atoning for them, but ask that people of color forget and pretend that those injustices never existed and do not exist today.

        • you hardly ever see articles like this among other cultures/races…just black. we are the only ones who have a hissy fit if another black person claims anything other than black. as if our beauty and acceptance comes from them embracing their blackness, and denying anything else. i remember reading an article about Carol Channing finding out that she is like 1/8 black. black folks came down hard on that woman because she did not claim that she was black. to look at her, she is a white woman, period. but look at the criticism these celebs get for claiming their “other ethnicities”, which is probably more than 1/8. can you imagine the names they would be called if they chose to embrace only one of those “other ethnicities” when their blackness is prevalent? truth of the matter is, we reject the one drop rule, but embrace it as well. is that confusion…or hypocrisy?

          • mochamays

            “we are the only ones who have a hissy fit if anyone claims anything other than black”. THANK YOU! I am mulatto and I have found this to be very true. blacks keep racism alive WAAAAAAAY more than whites! period. i have been hated on by blacks all my life because they are so threatened by my light skin, good hair and facial features and what they perceive to be more oppurtunities, a better life, preferential treatment ect. they are always bringing up that “1 drop” garbage and then trying to twist it and say that it’s whites that feel that way when they don’t. I’ve had way too many personal experiences that prove they don’t. and about the so-called “1 drop” rule, yes, whites made that rule hundreds of years ago, but if they REALLY felt that way, then why the segregation? why weren’t we in the fields too? blacks are always saying “black is beautiful” (and it is) but they are insecure as hell and i for one am sick of their petty jealousy and inferiority complex!

            • Aunie

              you’re kidding right? your “good” hair? wtf

            • i am the devil…..ihave come

              you say we like you wrent black, i have mixed cousins and i can assure you they are black

            • Run

              …”Good hair”…?

              No such thing as good hair, except for to the extent that it is in good condition and has no breakage, etc.

        • Samantha82

          You don’t see ANY white people or asian people EVER talking about what they are or aren’t mixed with. They are most certain will not admit any Black African heritage. Trust me that they won’t.

          • Alohilani

            I do all the time.

          • jo

            gooodddd. why are you so worried about it. are you inside their heads and know what they are thinking??? this is sooo irritating.. so arrogant.

          • I have to agree with you on that Samantha. I have cousins and siblings who DO NOT claim their black heritage, seems like I am the only one who do.

          • there are way too many ‘blasians” around to make that statement accurate!

          • Mel R.

            Ummmm that is not true. Most whites will tell you in 2 seconds what their background is, if they know. The bottomline is this, african blood is in all of us. Native Americans came from Africa(nomads), Asians came from Africa(nomads), Central/South American came from Africa(nomads), the islands we have around the North America consist of people that came from where?? Africa. If you look at history for what it is, not what is taught in books, and look at the statues, artifacts, paintings from thousands of years ago, they have dark faces. There has been so much recreation so don’t get fooled by what you see on tv all the time, go to these ancient places and see for yourself. The fair skin only happened due to a change in enviroment where there was no sun. Bottomline we are all the same people, bleed the same, eat the same, have a few blood types, so what does that tell you? Do and genealogy test and watch Hidden Colors 1 & 2

          • Mel R.

            Ummmm that is not true. Most whites will tell you in 2 seconds what their background is, if they know. The bottomline is this, african blood is in all of us. Native Americans came from Africa(nomads), Asians came from Africa(nomads), Central/South American came from Africa(nomads), the islands we have around the North America consist of people that came from where?? Africa. If you look at history for what it is, not what is taught in books, and look at the statues, artifacts, paintings from thousands of years ago, they have dark faces. There has been so much recreation so don’t get fooled by what you see on tv all the time, go to these ancient places and see for yourself. The fair skin only happened due to a change in enviroment where there was no sun. Bottomline we are all the same people, bleed the same, eat the same, have a few blood types, so what does that tell you? Do and genealogy test and watch Hidden Colors 1 & 2

          • Aunie

            YOU GOT THAT RIGHT!!!

        • don

          Maggie:I depend on how they were brought up and what they prefer to be…

        • Kajen Kirubahkaran

          because the other people, don’t really care that they have a “black background” It depends on where they were raised. Same reason tiger woods prefers to identify as chinese more than black.



      • Run

        Political reasons. Blacks fear that fewer and fewer blacks will feel obliged to fight for causes that are historically black. We are not yet a truly post-racial society, but we are moving towards it. One HBCU law school is now less than half-black. Interracial couples and marriage are increasing. The ethnic makeup of this country is changing, and maybe that’s a good thing. In the not-so-distant future, most American women will look like Halle Berry, Jessica Alba, Mariah Carey, and Sally Richardson, while most American men will resemble guys like Rick Fox, Prince, Phillip Michael Thomas, and Johnny Depp. We won’t know “what (ethnicity) anyone is [sic]”. Maybe if we begin to look more and more alike we can stop fighting and become a real country, an inclusive society in which everyone can be proud.

    • HeatherLee

      That’s exactly what I was thinking. I really hate when black folks try to push the self hatred off as Black pride. If you date outside of your race, have friends outside of your race, or happen to be mixed… OMG !!! Watch out for the haters.

      • mochamays

        as a mulatto woman married to a white man, boy can i ever indentify with what your saying!

  • sabrina

    “Tell em that I’m black, Chinese, and butter pecan.” Guess who’s line this is!! lol

    • TRUTH IS


  • Just saying!!

    I’m confused….Nicki Minaj got to…wherever she is…with her SKILLS? I’m so lost right now. It baffles me when people say that. Please don’t try to dismiss my opinion by calling me a hater because I’m anything but that but truth be told…where is she exactly? I mean the videos of her BEFORE she was famous were okay but soon as she blew up things got sour. She’s already judging American Idol and those judging positions are usually reserved for people who are retired or whose careers are pretty much finished…..hmmmm

  • Just saying!!

    Blah….black people always want to claim to be something else to make themselves seem more special. Truth be told, there’s NO SUCH THING as being ONE RACE…at least not in this day and age. I mean I’m African-American but I still have white and Native American blood but it really doesn’t make a difference. Race is a socially constructed concept anyway so no one is going to say “Oh okay I’m not going to discriminate against you as much as the other blacks because you have Native American and white blood too”. I’M BLACK!! …and DAMN PROUD! POINT BLACK PERIOD!! *in my Tamar voice* lol

    • Is there something wrong with wanting to be “special”? If these were white or hispanic or asian folk celebrating their diversified heritage or embracing their african roots, noone here would have a problem with it, but when black people do it an instant, “crabs in the barrel” mentality is employed, oh now they think they r better because their grandma is chinese or native. A lot of black people do have very diverse lineages, deal with it.

      • Susan 82

        You must also understand that a lot of people were told bald faced lies their entire lives by other older African-American people and they believe them. I guarantee you that the majority of all of these people that are claiming to be mixed with Native American and other races REALLY don’t know the facts and they are not mixed like they have been told in the past. Back in the day and still now there are a lot of Black people who have been lied to by their grandparents, parents and other people because to them it was ‘better’ to be mixed with Native American Indian than to be just Black. So they took those lies and ran with them. They never took any types of tests to see what their true genealogy is. Your ‘crabs in the barrelt’ comment is out of line for this discussion. That does not go with what is being discussed. That mentality is when a person is trying to better themselves by getting a job promotion or a better job or just a house or a car and the other people try to pull them down. So you used that comment completely out of content.

        • LMAO! No, ur comment stating that someones Grandparents “lied” to them about their heritage is completely out of line, how the hell would u know that and where do u get off telling anyone something like that? That is just or low self esteem about who u r and where u come from coming through. Again , crabs in the barrelk metality and u r the chief crab.

        • Lamik Khalifa

          @Susan.. Well, I was adopted and found out that i am black and native american indian with some european as well.. So you are suggesting that all black people are the biggest liars and white folks who claim native lineage are telling the truth.. The hell with your job i have my own business with a different mind set and fyi.. There are many black natives in this country now whether you like it or not we are HERE!!!!!!!!!

        • Run

          I know my grandparents, and two of them were biracial! But I don’t even claim my Indian heritage because you hear so many black people doing it…and some of them look like Flava Flav!

          • Nana

            Arabs, french, spaniards, italians, swedes and etc., belong to the Caucasian “side/race” and also one more thing, to say “asian” doesn’t sound right, you meant “mongoloid” or “oriental” that’s for sure, and native americans belong to the mongoloid race, so part of the “orientals”. But I got your point and I do agree with you to some point, just be kind and don’t say “indian” it makes one feel uncomfortable, just because of an old mistake, people keep calling the natives to the Americas “indian”. Nobody is actually pure these days and have a nice day x)

      • Well said…Thokozile

      • Crazyco

        I know this is old but Dr. Gates did a study on African Americans and Indian heritage and it’s been proven that no more than 10% of AA’s have Indian blood. He himself even stated it was a myth passed down by grandparents. Out of the many people who believe they had Indian blood including Chris Rock only one had 3 %. What make it so bad the majority of them had grandparents who looked Indian. I even believed the indian myth. My nieces have a grandmother who look more Indian than Indian and black. Come to find out she isn’t ! Check Dr.Gates for his explanation !

        • Dr. gates worksfor the elite and his stats are out and out lies. sorry.

          • Crazyco

            I hear you and i’m all for a good conspiracy but if you can’ believe the experts who can you believe ? When I say experts I mean the existing labs and companies he use that the same general public have access to long as you have the funds ? You mean to tell me out of the hundreds he have tested he told them all lies ? Are you saying there is no need to track your DNA because your results will be phony and doctored ?

            • Lamik Khalifa

              Research yourself… trust your ownself!

            • Lamik Khalifa

              Fear is a helluva drug…

        • nadine

          I saw this episode, the same thing with Samuel L Jackson. He thought he was Indian, he even join an Indian tribe. After he took the test, Mr. Gates told him that he was part Indian. I think the problem is, a lot of African American feel the need to belong somewhere or with a group. There are more black people who are mixed with whites than Indian. I am sorry but there weren’t that many Indians around, there’s no way that could of happen. Most black people who goes to find out about genealogy, finds out that they are part white because they great great grandmother were raped and bored children for the slaves owners.
          I find out really sad when black people brings these stats, it’s like that is what define them. They are living in a fantasy of “I got Indian in me” world, but the Indian tribe doesn’t want anyone of them. If the indian tribe were claiming some of them, that would of been okay, but this is not the case.

          • Crazyco

            Gates explained exactly what you said, but in the context of thinking it’s Indian when it’s really white blood. Now on the other topic of some not embracing the fact they are black it’s unfortunate, but I personally know a lot of people who’s grandparents look Indian. Sadly you have to accept the fact it’s white blood. I think it’s a crying shame to have everything rip away from you including your blood line. I hate it !

            • don

              Crazyco: Some of the Blacks have blue eyes, grey eyes, golden eyes and that comes from the white blood… It really stand out in the shades of their skins…

          • don

            nandine: You’re absolutley right…

        • sistaB

          I don’t understand why so many African-Americans have trouble understanding that there’s NOT a history of intimate relationships between them and Native Americans. When did black Americans and Native Americans live in the same neighborhoods or close to each other? Needless to say, there has to be proximity for sex to happen. When blacks were on the plantations, the Native Indians were on their reservations. There was no co-mingling going on between the two. After slavery, there’s no history of the two living close to each other. Even now, we don’t see Native Indians in the black communities or near to them.

          Common sense alone should tell us that blacks are way more likely to be mixed with white than Native American ancestry. Some people just can’t handle the truth.

          • me

            Dont agree. Read your history books and not the ones that are filled with lies. A lot of African who ran away stayed and mingled with american indians. Not only that but a lot of africans Americans are mixed with other races. Even if its one percent u should be proud and claim if u like. Honestly it serves well to know your history. Sometimes it even helps health wise.. btw, it has been said that africans did travelnthe seas and were coming to the Americans long before white people trading with native americans.

        • Lamik Khalifa

          Whats the difference between a field hand and the the hand that works in the house???? Dap!! don’t know shyt and ready to believe anything one Black/white professor has to say about all black indigenous in this country.. People have forgotten about the decree that went out hundreds of years ago when the european ran into resistance from blacks and indians who had been living together, marrying and having children.. “We must not let these two people become one and perpetuate a race of black indians that would one day spell our doom.” I did not say, or write this, this is a quote from centuries ago by a european.. Think about it then do some research…Aho

        • PolkaDots

          I know this post is REALLY old but I’m going to comment anyway. The science today is FLAWED. YES, FLAWED. The common tests that are used to determine GENETIC MAKEUP when it comes to ANCESTRY are FLAWED. There are many different tests out there and they get more and more expensive.

          The tests that were used for the show are flawed and there were articles written about the findings. i.e. Why dud NO ONE showed any significant % of being anything OTHER THAN black? And these articles were written by RESEARCHERS. Do YOUR research.

        • Jessica2248

          LOL! They didn;t take my blood for that study. Unless he took the blood of every black person in this country, and saw their DNA makeup, there is no way he can make such a statement. You can’t study 100 people and then apply those results to 12 million.

    • JustSitDown!!

      Actually….if you spent your embryonic gestation within a uterus; you ARE part of the ‘One’ Race we *all* are: Human. It’s unfortunate that even though college degrees are practically being handed out….folks like you do not have the knowledge that folks like us merely wish to acknowledge the various ETHNICITIES which compile our identity. There’s nothing wrong with claimin to be more than a ‘n!66a from the hood’. I’M ‘just saying’!!!

      • jo

        lol and w3rd.

    • jo

      its ABOUT CULTURE you damn sill hater…

      • jo


  • pfeiffer87

    What’s with all this obsession with biracial, triracial, quiracial? These men and women are all people at the end of the day, and I hate all the sidebars about who they date like ‘oooooh look they ain’t dating someone who looks like them, must hate themselves must hate black people, must hate someone’. Give it a rest. I couldn’t care less about who these people date, whether it be men and men or quiracial men and white women or twiracial women and white men. What is race anyway? Sounds like somethin some white man made up to me.

    • TRUTH IS

      Lol @ the different racial…lols…its the human race….race, religion and politics divides!!!

    • jo


    • true…taking attention away from a person’s character and placing it all on their looks, is very divisive.

  • Vic

    Most of these people ( and the readers as well) are thoroughly and intentionally confused on what a race even is and can not clearly define it. Hell, put my name on the top of the list.


    Black woman ah the mother of the earth – Capleton!!


    These wanna be another race folks just have .000005% drop of some other race in them and they want to make it know. Unless you are biracial no body cares to know what your great great great great grandmother is. Siddown in the back….wayyyyyy deep in the back!!!

    • Dawnn

      I am amazed as well. These people claiming they are mixed since Barack came in the office of president. It does not matter if you claim to be part black or not, if you get arrested by the police,,get profiled by them, get arrested you are still black in their eyes.

      • Anjela

        I have done DNA testing because I was so interested in my family, and discovered we are African, European and Native American mixed. Everyone should be proud of everything that made you! 🙂

        • jo


    • Alohilani

      What about if someone is multiracial?

      • TRUTH IS

        Isn’t it what these folks are trying to drill on our skull….be who you can relate to

    • mochamays

      exactly! i am a REAL half breed (black and white) and it’s amazing to me how many people try to make it seem like their mixed when they are not! i agree-unless you have 2 parents of different races, you don’t qualify! period.

      • don’t call yourself “breed”, you’re a human being. who cares what your parents look like…it’s our character that matters. race only matter to racists.

      • PolkaDots

        How about you stop referring to yourself as a HALFIE in general? I”m sure you look more BLACK than WHITE, so really you should identify as BLACK since NO ONE CARES that you are HALF unless you LOOK IT!

        • Yasmeen

          So true, PolkaDots. My point precisely. I know people who you would swear are white who are in fact generationally mixed, not biracial. Those families who did not decide to “pass” generations ago identify as black and live their lives as black people. DC is full of families like this. Detroit also has many such families. Nobody is going to stop you in the street and ask you whether you have a white parent. They simply go by your looks and to a lesser degree, the way you speak.

        • Kajen Kirubahkaran

          not really, that statement is wrong. I can tell right away when someone is mixed half black/white. Alot of times, they look like tanned white guys with curly hair.

          • PolkaDots

            Nope! This a falsehood. There are Blacks that is not true. There are halfies that are part Korean and White and they look FULL KOREAN for instance. And the same with Black and White….My cousin’s neighbor: half white and half black (mom) – looks COMPLETELY white – hair, skin, eyes – NO BLACKNESS… So that’s bull – But I can tell MOST of the time whose a halfie and who is not but not all the time.

            Again, no one cares if you are a halfie unless you look it – if you look more Asian then that’s what people will think, if you look more Black they will think you are halfie but you look more Black so who cares. etc etc.

            • Kajen Kirubahkaran

              I think people identify themselves more with where they grow up, their culture than their skin colour.

              Youre right nobody really cares about halfies anyways, the US is becoming a melting pot, as more time passes most people will end up looking a scexy brown colour. As an indian (from asia) I don’t need to worry, im already at that colour :P.

              Im looking forward to this mixing, black girls have the best teetts and asch (for grawping) and lips (for ssuk and blow 😉 )

      • Yasmeen

        “I agree-unless you have 2 parents of different races, you don’t qualify! Period.” Not true. It only matters what you LOOK LIKE. There are many people who are not biracial yet they have any generations of marrying “light”, generationally mixed people. These people can often look white. I also seen technically biracial people who just look like plain ol’ black folks. Don’t be so superior. People make a determination of your race based upon your APPEARANCE. PERIOD.

        • Run

          This is very true. I know many blacks who have a single white grandparent (making them at least 1/4 Caucasian), but who have what appears to be relatively “nappy” hair, wide noses and dark skin.

          On the flip, I think a lot of biracial people don’t want other “mixed” blacks claiming their mixed heritage because being mixed separates biracial people from everyone else; it’s really something they feel makes them better than everyone else, including whites. Their belief is that they can be the best of both worlds, which is garbage. Think about that concept…”best if both worlds”. What does that even mean? They have the swag and athletic ability of blacks but the intelligence and worldliness of their other half? The concept “best of both worlds” requires one to hold stereotypes as being true and then translate them into a superiority complex. If you take that away, they’re just like everyone, white, black, Indian, Asian, Hispanic, etc. To even conceptualizer that, one would have to first assign “bests” to each racial category. That’s racist behavior! Technically, nobody is “pure” anything, but biracial blacks have outwardly pretended that being mixed was a burden while secretly telling themselves that they are superior beings. That’s why they post here that the only people who count as “mixed” are biracials. They WANT that territory to themselves. They believe it makes them better than everyone else, blacks, whites…EVERYONE.

      • Run

        That’s not true. What if you have two parents that are each half of the same ethnicity? News flash: it’s the same as having one black parent and another who isn’t black at all.

        Secondly, we need to make up our minds. One minute, it’s “Don’t let whites define you.” But when it comes to identifying race/ethnicity, the first thing out of everyone’s mouth is, “The white man still sees you as black, so you’re black.” That’s a contradiction!

    • tracy

      You are 100 correct. Im tired as a black women seeing all these basically black women claiming this “mixed” nonsense. It shows a self hate. Yes I can see if your parents are two totally different races, you have a right but most black celebrities and blacks in general dont fit into that recently mixed category. Also I am not a huge fan of Beyonce, she is very annoying to me and she appears to want to be white . She has not had any non black relatives for over 100 years