15 Hot Stars Who Hail From The Caribbean

June 1, 2013  |  

We’re talking curry, soca, ackee, reggae, calypso and conch!  That’s right—June is Caribbean American Heritage month.  To celebrate, we’re highlighting 15 hot celebrities that trace their lineage to the islands.  Click through to find out where these stars are from.  The answers may surprise you!

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  • Denise Lopes

    Now you sound ignorant and stupid. Think about what you just said. The people here are soooooooo spoil the things that you achieved they are always here for the Americans. We are use to all things that you guys never had so when you came here you came for a reason, hate to say this but you guys always want what we have not the other way around. It will still be here when you guys leave. Remember we always have the opportunities to do whatever we can there is no cut off point for us that is why America is the light at every tunnel for us and for everyone else so you trying to grab everything that is American remember we were raised in it so when we see it we are not acting like people who never had a pot to piss in for whence they came.

  • Denise Lopes

    Yes, my family hails from the USVI too but you have to understand
    even though we are part Island and American cultures we identify more with the American cultures because when others from the British Islands ex Antigua, Trinidad, Jamaica and so forth step foot into the USVI they too do not understand the culture. My grandparents left the Island in the 50’s and came to the main land but we still have a house and families that we visit often. The USVI do get criticize from the people from those island very often.

  • thierry

    how could you forget Garcelle Beauvais, she’s so hot

  • Trini_Angel

    I’m a proud Trinbagonian (from Trinidad & Tobago) and I must say this list is lacking alot of celebrities from the US

  • Sam

    That list is very lacking. Where are names like;Joseph Marcell (Fresh prince Of Belair’s Jeffrey),Anna Maria Horsford (Amen & The Wayan Bros),Vanessa Williams (singer & Ugly Betty),Praz and Laurel Hill (Fugees),Harry Belafonte,Wentworth Miller,Busta Rhymes,Andrew Jones (Braves) and many more,see mahogany74’s list.

  • kim Kardashian

    Ok, how did I get here.

  • guest

    This article is cute, although its reaching. I seriously doubt alicia keys has any connections to her jamaican/black side of her family. it was never indicated in any of her family pictures. What i really came on here to say is a quote by Marcus Garvey “…I would never trade an island for a continent” Africa all day

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  • Knomme Cushe

    Thank you “guess” should read up on the Hatian revolution!

  • Knomme Cushe

    so if your fore fathers are from Africa, you should just deny your roots and walk around calling yourself “American” because you were born here? the NYPD would quickly remind you about who you are!!

  • venjah

    Xeroxl you are the most stupid person in the whole world bahamas is not the caribbean christopher colombus land first in the bahamas thats ehere he name or call the caribbean don,t drink sny more rum

  • Maria


  • xeroxl

    …except the Bahamas is not in the Caribbean, notice how it is surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean?

  • VVV

    No, not because West Indians do not necessarily identify with the african american culture, though we do appreciate it, that does not mean that we do not know we are black.

  • BeckyGrey

    That was beautiful. I was going to take exception with the examples in the article, but through your eyes I will have to just admire your style.

  • free

    Gosh. Well i might as well live in the sea. British born, Caribbean ancestry. British people call me Carri bean. Caribbean people call me British.

  • Free

    Some men from different countries want visas not just the West Indies

  • pontiacnow

    Ignorance is bliss. Ever wondered why Guyana is the only English speaking country in S. America. Guyana use to be British Guiana Guyana share a culture and political history with the others Caribbean Islands that were part of the British west Indies. Belise is also Central American but Politically and culturally West Indian due to British rule. Go read about the British West Indies so you dont make stupid comments.

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  • Bahamian Gigi

    Her grandmother, Lenny’s mother who played Helen Willis on The Jeffersons was Bahamian and Lenny’s father is of Ukranian Jewish descent. Cut it out!

  • Original Island Girl

    As a true blood Caribbean young woman who was BORN, RAISED and is STILL living in the US Virgin Islands, with parents who were born and raised on Nevis and Antigua, I was happy to read the article. Although many of the celebs only have ancestral ties to our islands, it was still interesting. I think that we as Caribbean people not only have a very long and vibrant history, but we have also come very far. We KNOW that we are truly Africans, who through colonization and the influences of English, Dutch, Spanish, French, etc. have become the diverse CARIBBEANS that we are today. we have not forgotten that before we were anything else – be it American, or Caribbean, that we are African people

  • Denise Brown

    I am a Jamaican living in England with British citizenship/passport, my kids are all British born, you come and tell me they are not Jamaican. They all have their Jamaican passport too and when we scream for Jamaica in Championship (Bolt) you come and tell them any different. My 4 years old was able to call me every time the Jamaican flags came up on the TV today. PS Where are you? Children of Caribbean parents commit crimes in USA/ENGLAND and so on, never set foot in the Caribbean, get deported to the Caribbean. Before you answer go look it up. And every form you fill in ask you Ethnicity Black British Caribbean.. So yeah the are Caribbean. Nothing “EXOTIC” about that.

  • Super Snake

    That list is basically nothing but a bunch of bull sh*t.. If youre going to do a Caribbean topic then I think the people should actually be from there.. not their grandfathers mothers or one parent is from America.. Stop being so lazy and do a bit of research and find actual Caribbean stars. There are only about three or four max on this list that can fit the bill.

  • turner

    Wow! just read through these comments (yes, late) – I’m floored – all the animosity about someone else’s lineage. BTW – I will never claim to be the authority on ancestry, but a great deal of these responses sound like rhetoric and propaganda #IJS

  • turner

    harsh words – wouldn’t it be great to focus that energy toward positive efforts to bring awareness (objective of course)

  • Gamma Krush

    You mention one “Jamaican” [Alicia Keys], who isn’t even of Jamaican decent (apparently, she just grew up around a lot of Jamaican people in NYC). Couldn’t find a pic of Tyson Beckford, Dule Hill, the token black kid from High School Musical [Corbin Bleu],R&B singer Olivia, Boi 1-da, Lennox Lewis, and others?

  • Gio Taylor

    No Rihanna??

  • sistaB

    I have personally experienced and witnessed some African-Americans being the ones to create the division. They need to mention how some African-Americans have mocked the accents of Caribbean blacks and have denied them jobs (when they were in the hiring position) based on this. A Hispanic superintendent hired me as a teacher after an African-American assistant principal derided my accent and was very dismissive of me. She blatantly practised prejudice against my nationality and was shameless about it.

  • monitorette

    you have to read through the figures.

    For instance, AA have been sent to jails for a very long sentence because of the usage a very small amount of crack, and that has ruined the communities

  • monitorette

    are you sure that’s Alicia Keys on the picture????

  • LiddyBug86

    What the f@!# is your point to mention that the jamaica is full of alot of maroons. Haiti, first black free country in the new world. What good did that do them. Brothers are still catching boats to come to the slave nation of the world. So why aren’t they staying in free haiti ! Honey once our Ancestors sold off their own, to any white man with a few dollars. Slaves we became and slaves we will remain. Until the laws change and the people in power turn to GOD and not the mighty dollar bill.

  • lone star

    Guyana is South America not the Caribbeans

  • Isai

    I traced my maternal ancestors back to Brasil from Cote D’Ivorie (Ivory Coast). And my paternal ancestors to Hawai’i from Tahiti. Does that count as exotic enough?

  • jennyjones

    “a full hundred years after African Americans did”..haha..Did you AA really gain the so-called preached Independence or did the country you live in gain independence???

    The question is from a history major…HAHAHA

  • I think there are so many stars caribbean not mention names here. With their contribution is very deserving of this list

  • letsbehonest

    I am of caribbean descent, both of my parents are from the caribbean, and my parents have instilled in me with the same caribbean values that they’ve grown up with. I dont have the same experiences ie walking miles, working in the land etc. but I was grown up with the same cultural mindset as them. I’ve spent years in compilation in the islands, and i am proud to say i am caribbean. The caribbean people I know are happy when their children rep their country. I say things differently & I act differently because of the influence of my parents & grandparents. People need to face the fact the AA, caribbeans, and africans are not the same…Maybe hundreds of years ago, not now! They say the we need to rep Africa, uhhh Africa is a continent that has many different countries with hundreds of cultures… Do you know which country to rep because i certainly don’t. We know our ancestors survived the journey from and africa, and the hardships of being a slave. But to tell me i need to rep a continent I know nothing about and knows nothing about me is silly. The previous responses do point out the issues that AA, caribbeans, and africans have … who’s better, stronger, smarter. Black people in the US often times ask what am I, in college I experienced this a lot, I used to say I’m black, but then when they later found out that I was of caribbean descent they would tell me i’m not black…. that im “different”. So let me be “different” and rep where I’m from! Black people in the us, the islands & africa have completely different experiences so they won’t be the same, embrace it, be happy that it was your ancestor that made it through slavery and move on… why compare?

  • ninabenta

    You dead just wrote a book and please if your gonna educate someone educate yourself first the word is from not form smh repping the carribean and can’t spell

  • Dea

    I heard this black President before Washington thing and I don’t buy it. Barack Obama is our first Black President and even he is Biracial. Yeah, I said it. I love him though.

  • Dea

    No you didn’t just answer a Marcus Garvey post with Busta Rhymes. You know what, you are banned from the rest of the conversation.

  • Dea

    So far only you keep bringing it up. What is your issue? Dear.

  • Dea

    Actually, Yoruban religions THRIVED in places like Brazil, Haiti, Cuba, Puerto Rico, etc. Jesus was just a front. They were freer to practice their religions. No group is more Pentecostal then a black Southerner honey. I should know. Also, if you are criticizing them for not gaining independence until the 1960s then why did we let Master Mister sit us on the back of the bus in the 60s? Why are we letting Master Mister encarcerate our boys in such high numbers? Sit down somewhere please. Several rows back.

  • Dea

    You are the only here creating the division honey. Don’t backpeddle. Your original post was very disrespectful. Stop telling black people to be black. Most usually know they are.

  • ninabenta

    You know what your right I’m happy being who God me on that note I’m done

  • ninabenta

    That’s what I’m saying as long as we know we are all black then I don’t have a problem with someone repping their culture but when it becomes you American blacks us West Indians that’s when I say we have to realize we are all black

  • HelenoftheWest

    I’m glad you got which story you want to stick to straight. cause like you were told. It’s a blog so we can be whoever we want to be on here. From a astronaut to Jesus. I go back home and don’t need to fix up my country. It is fixed. Both of them. They make great revenue through Agriculture, Travel etc. Like I said you know nothing of where I’m from from what you assume or what other people tell you. And you want to talk about acid throwing, bigamy cheating, worshiping light skin. Go back to bossip and check the stories. Go look at the news. Give me one from my country and I’ll give you ten examples from yours. So stop it. We could careless who is amazed by our accent. just cause you have fam from there by marriage means nothing. Like i have fam from the south by marriage. I guess I know everything I need to about the south right? We create the divisiveness ? Look at the suspect playing victim wow. Smh. And you can go there and talk all you want about them. what you going to say? What you going to say to them that does not match what you have in your country? Name a place who has more crime caused by Blacks than America. Don’t include Africa. Who has and will keep seeing a drop in education among them. Name one.

  • Youknowwhatiitis

    Lmao..it wasn’t my grandparent’s home it was my great aunt’s home…I’m lying but my story stays the same every time. Two mortgages in NYC? ROFL. I’m flattered by your disbelief and your insistence that ALL African Americans are losers, I guess that makes you feel better about yourself–why not go back home and fix your country since all Islanders are unified, progressive, hard-working, positive people…I see West Indians over here working 75 hrs/ week to pay for a home that will never really belong to them for reasons you don’t understand. Treating their children and neighbors like sh!t because they’re always so stressed out…Cursing out their husbands for cheating with other women (yet they still stay), worshipping the “light skinned babies” in the family; treating their older children like garbage because of the financial burden. Throwing acid on each other in the streets of Jamaica, what examples you people are: judgmental, hypocritical and LOVE the Lord but love to gossip even more. I have family who are from the Caribbean by marriage. I know more than you think I do; I am not mystified by your accent or your haughtiness about my culture. The next time I go to the Caribbean I’ll talk sh!t about the locals there; the only difference is I’ll actually go back to where I came from when I’m done. We are brethren but I will not tolerate the disrespect and divisiveness you people create.

  • HelenoftheWest

    Thank you for saying the first part. I have seen you post on bossip before and your story about what you have and what you have attain seem to change. Every time i have seen you under pressure you ring out the I have a degree in this, I took over my grandparents home, I have two mortgages. It’s to the point where I don’t think you can keep up with all your lies. Why is that? I have not given you enough examples for you to make such a judgement to think that I do not no enough about both America and The Caribbean. For example you thinking I don’t know who Marcus Garvey is. Who In the Caribbean do not know who Marcus Garvey is? See how you assumptions make you look. I don’t have any false sense of security. I do go back to my hometowns. We have land there, we visit to visit relatives. It is my first home and will always have pride. Every one owns their own business, black owned and we are not still segregated mentally and physically like y’all are. Y’all still go on with the white people this nonsense. Y’all marry them and still complain. Y’all are a perfect example of a beautiful tragedy. to be given everything and make nothing.

  • Made In America w/ Trini Parts

    People who were born in the states have a right to claim the culture they were brought up in. If you are brought up in the culture eating the food, dancing to the music, listening to the way they talk, familiar with the dress..etc.. When I meet people from Caribbean they never talk this crap I’m hearing on here. They’re just happy to find someone who can relate and they are happy to share. When my grandmother came from Trinidad she was bullied and made fun of, now that doesn’t happen as much because of awareness that both the people who were born there and the generations that are born in the States represent. Moving from NY to Colorado nobody knew of our culture and it was culture shock, because in NY the West Indian community is huge and in Denver there was nothing. I didn’t even know I was being brought up differently. White people asking me where I’m from, black people thinking I’m mixed with Mexican…Then I moved to FL and people got it. The culture I was brought up in was ingrained into FL culture, and it is a more comfortable situation. So cut the crap you should be happy that people want to recognize their roots, including Africa.

  • Janay

    This is all so stupid and its a crab in a barrel mentality. I too heard the most division talk amongst caribbeans. I know trinis and jamaicans who dont care for haitians and I would tell them to their face how stupid the whole division thing is being that we are all black and of the African diaspora. I just dont get it as an aa. It is so sad. And the thing is aa people have for the most part (despite a few idiots who may tease) fought for equality for all black cultures and welcomed them with open arms. AA are always the first to embrace.

  • Faebae

    Your comment is so true my mom and her whole side of her family is from the USVI and i was raised like i was from there too. Not to mention i have visited the island plenty of times. I even plan on moving down there when i get older

  • ch

    If they would read, they would not be as ignorant as they sound. All blacks of the Diaspora may have a common thread in slavery but it was a different experience in the Caribbean than in America.
    Because the Caribbean black lived under the absolute stronghold of slavery and colonialism.
    There was no “free north” to run to on an island.

    About 90% of African slaves went to the Caribbean and South America and the slave death rates were very high with low birth rates so these populations were sustained by importing more African slaves.
    The minority of African slaves went to the American South
    and there were more females, greater birth rates (double that in the Caribbean) resulting in predominantly American-born slaves.
    In general, African slaves were more likely to revolt than American-born slaves. Many were warriors before being enslaved and there was little family structure to deter them because of the constant flux in their Caribbean communities.

    In the Caribbean, the demand for slaves was driven by labor-intensive sugar cultivation.and slaves formed 80-90 % of the population living on large plantations of 150 slaves or more.
    In the South about 1/3 of the population were slaves who lived on smaller plantations with 20 or less slaves.
    Most Caribbean slaveholders were wealthy absentee landlords living in Britain and Europe whilst the Southern owners lived on their plantations.
    So there was a more intense process of de-personalization in Caribbean slavery and in many places like Jamaica and Haiti, it was enforced with extreme brutality.
    “Since Eric Williams, scholars have agreed that the Caribbean area is unique in world history in that it represents one of the rare cases of human society being artificially created for capitalistic purposes ”
    This history shaped a people who are strong and relentless in their drive to overcome. It translated to the great success and legacy of the early immigrant populations who went to North America and England. Failure was not an option and they deserve respect.

  • Str8from973homie

    Definetely didn’t put enough Jamaicans. Bossip was hating

  • LikesToKeepItReal

    You idiots on here are arguing over the silliest things. Lmbo. It isn’t that serious. Let people claim what they want to claim.

  • Youknowwhatiitis

    The “Islands” have a majority black population–there was no Jim Crow in the West Indies, African Americans are only 12.5% of the U.S. population and there were “black presidents” of the United States prior to George Washington in 1776. No one becomes president of this country without being a 33-33 degree Mason, bloodlines to the Queen of England, and/or associations with secret societies like the Freemasons, Knights of Columbus, Skull and Bones, etc, it is not as simple as an election ballot and some fancy rhetoric. Our presidents are selected by the secret rulers of the world (Bilderbergs, Rotschilds, Rockefellers, etc) who quite often sabotage the economic and political progress of so called “third-world” countries so that they can artificially devalue their currency and exploit their “energies” in the form of cheap, unnecessary labor and endless political strife.

  • Youknowwhatiitis

    You don’t think I knew about Marcus Garvey….he was friends with Nobel Drew Ali who started the Moorish National Movement here in the U.S. THe FBI framed Garvey and had him deported, then they had Drew Ali killed, destroying the movement. Everybody that I know respects haiti’s early independence; however I am sick and tired of these immigrants talking about the “lazy African American” that built the country your people are so eager to migrate to…there’s a cognitive dissonance here.

  • Faebae

    Stop it. My mothers side of thefamily is from usvi except for 6 of us. We all grew up together around aunts and uncles with heavy thick accents WE HAVE PICKED UP THE MANNERISMS of usvi. Although we kno we were born in the usa. I for a fact have visited the island plenty of time. I talk to my mother and cousins and aunts and uncles the same way they have talked to me from young. Even those who were born in the usa talk like that too only in company of family. And my fam doesnt judge at all. ITS CALLED MANNERISM. We dont parade around and act like we were born there but when talking to family we do pick up the MANNERISMS

  • Youknowwhatiitis

    That may be the case but most caribbean countries gained independence in the 1960’s–a full hundred years after African Americans did and you people were the MAJORITY. As I said earlier, I grew up around West Indians, and there are some progressive ones, just as there are some progressive African Americans. However, most of you people still believe in Jesus, so there really is no conversation to be had here, is there? I never said that black meant African American because I KNOW that black is a status (not a race or a nationality) given to former sl@ves or victims of colonization-we are all victims of European supremacy. Please don’t let me school you on your own sh!t, it’s not worth it. I’m not the type of African American your parents warned you about, I know my history and yours and I am not ashamed to speak the truth to ignorant close minded immigrants the world over.

  • Youknowwhatiitis

    Lol..I have a business and two degrees…you do not know enough about American History or the history of your own country to have a real conversation with me, At ALL…keep drinking the kool-aid and Jesus juice my dear (I guess the fact that Jesus never existed is a “conspiracy theory too.”) Most people from the Caribbean are judgmental, religious zealots who think that obtaining a “degree” is apt recompense for the African Diaspora. One of your leaders Marcus Garvey came to the states and his pan-African efforts were sabotaged by the FBI whom you have NO idea about. Once again, lull yourself to sleep with your false sense of security based on your hyper-inflated mortgage and your worthless fiat notes. You’re such a success here in the states, go back to the west Indies and see how well you can build things back home.

  • Soffy

    I’m Jamaican and we consider anybody with Jamaican ancestry Jamaicans because if your parent is Jamaican they can’t help but raise you like they were raised (or close to it).

  • Readingisfundamental

    Do you know the meaning of the word exotic? Look it up. If I was from Georgia and I met someone from El Salvador, they’d be exotic. If I was from South Africa and I met someone from Somalia, they’d be exotic. Exotic is an “other”. Clearly you have learned to speak the way white people have taught you. You are putting down other black people because they are honoring their culture. You need to learn a bit about Caribbean culture and how they have played a role in the global struggle for black freedom. Your bringing up a visa is just such teabagging anti black talk. Did you know Louisiana was purchased because in 1804 hte French lost Haiti after a violent revolution where the slaves killed their masters and gained independence to become the first black republic in the new world? Did you know Marcus Garvey in the 1920s called for a black to African movement? Did you ever listen to Bob Marley and his criticism of white opression? Did you know of the struggles of the Black Brazilians and how that had an effect on global black history? Your description of Barbados as a tiny island that blacks were forcibly brought to is a disrespect to those ancestors who were brought there. Who cares if it was a tiny island? The point is they survived and by the way their hard labor created a global economy based on sugar, coffee and cacao. All on the backs of those black slaves on that tiny island. It might have been tiny but it was very lucrative for white people. You show disrespect to black people in general when you speak this way. The poster made a great point about criticism from the folks in the old country about these newbies coming into the culture again. This is the case of all cultures: when the young ones want to embrace their culture, the elders criticize them for not being authentic enough. I think her post was enlightening but you allowed your own bias and insecurities to attack her. When will we black people realize this divide and conquer and this refusal to accept our differences is a detriment to our growth? White people have taught you well apparently. Also, I have dated quite upwardly mobile men from the Caribbean so the fact that you are only being hit on by the ones wanting visas might be a reflection on you. Just saying.

  • Readingisfundamental

    I wish more people would learn the rich history of the Caribbean. I think often white culture has wanted us to not see the global reach of African culture so we all thing we should not look at the diverse history of black people. We have black people in Brazil who speak Portuguese and practice Condomble, we have blacks in Panama who speak Spanish, we have blacks in Haiti who speak french and creole, we have blacks in the dutch Caribbean who speak a patois with dutch influence. Also, many of the struggles of the West Indians enabled blacks throughout the world and vice versa to move closer to freedom. Haiti was the first free black republic when its slaves revolted and gained their independence in 1804. This led to the purchase of Louisiana in the states. Marcus Garvey in the 1920s in Jamaica called for a back to African movement. There is so a rich history and even collaboration between slaves in the states and those in the West Indies. Don’t let white culture fool you into thinking we are a homogenous group of people. We are diverse and that is what makes us so extraordinary. We have common African ancestry but we are diverse. Also, many black slaves or freemen in North America escaped to the Caribbean to set up new lives and vice versa. We are one but we are diverse. That is what makes us so dangerous to white people. What is dangerous to ourselves when we remain uneducated about our global history and we put Caribbean blacks down for celebrating their culture. Think about it, we just got our first black president in 2008. Can you imagine having one in 1804? Or the 1960s? Deep. Think on that.

  • HelenoftheWest

    Trust you what? The government want to sabotage your efforts? Why do
    some of y’all always find something or someone to blame for y’all not
    being able to move forward. their are scholarships, After school
    programs, Libraries, internet. but I guess that’s not good enough right.
    Some of you want more. Oh the man, mysterious man wants to keep y’all
    back. And don’t tell me what my children will and will not be cause
    even my aunt’s and cousins kids have gone to college, Armed Forces and
    made something of themselves. All natives of Trini and St. Lucia. Non
    of them have been arrested, jailed or done any drugs outside of weed.
    Stop making excuses for them. Your generation and and those who came
    after you are failures because they choose to be. And cause of broken
    homes and drugs. Which led to children with no one to raise them, they
    in turn had children and pass on the same immaturity, ignorance to
    their children. It’s a domino effect. I was in the same environment as
    them. how come I and many more did not fall under that category? Y’all
    are not motivated, y’all are to comfortable. Welfare and stay wanting
    handouts. The only thing this government does for y’all that y’all can
    complain about is make you more comfortable and lazy. You who I’m sure
    never lived in any of the third world countries I mentioned, probably
    traveled can not tell me anything about it trust me. or how my children
    will be raised. Don’t talk to me about how we are when you have Chicago
    ( Where the president is from and his former worker Rahm Emanuel is the
    mayor) As a War zone. And no it’s not us doing it either.

  • Readingisfundamental

    Give it up already. You sound like a white person believing that we are all the same. Yes, we are black but we are diverse: see my above posts.

  • Readingisfundamental

    Correction: Haiti got its independence from France in 1804. Caribbeans are real conscious black people. Please do some research of their history before 1960s. it is that serious. Those are some revolution starting black folks. West Indians are heroes. Marcus Garvey started his movement in the 20s.

  • Readingisfundamental

    You sound really hateful and divisive toward Caribbean blacks. Do you know anything about history? Why shouldn’t Black people form the Caribbean honor their CARIBBEAN heritage? Why do Black people believe that black can only be one thing? There are blacks in Brazil, Panama, Liberia, the Caribbean etc. We are not all the same. White people have taught you that we are all the same but we are not, we are diverse. We speak different languages, have different cultures and backgrounds. What binds us is that we are descendants of slaves. However, we should embrace the fact that some blacks speak portuguese and practice Condomble in Brazil, some speak French in Martinique and Haiti, some speak Spanish in Panama and some speak Gullah form Georgia. Black Caribbean people you could say are even MORE ATUNED to blackness because many of them come from countries where they were in power. Many of them like Haitians and Jamaicans had black presidents a century before Americans did. Have you ever heard of Marcus Garvey, Toussaint L’ouverture, Bob Marley? These were CONSCIOUS black people. Please read a book. You are embarrassing yourself.

  • Readingisfundamental

    You have no sense of what black culture is like in the Caribbean! Believe me honey, West Indians KNOW they are black! Do some research on history. The only successful slave revolt happened in Haiti, the first black free country in the new world. Jamaica is full of maroons, black slaves who basically escaped slavery and set up communities. The food, the dance, the culture, everything is black. Black does not only mean you were born in the states.

  • Nicole

    That was not rude at all but the truth. I have had so many aunts and uncles tell me to stop repping my caribbean culture because I wasn’t “born there”…yet in the same breath they call me a “yankee” and say that I am becoming too americanized…With all the immigration to the US taking place, pretty soon there will be no one to rep either island. And I agree with the poster above, we really need to be repping Africa twice as strong because that’s where we are all from originally ( you can see it in the dance, food, etc). The caribbean islands are just little islands of Africa anyway…
    Caribbean people need to stop being so divisive. It’s not that serious…

  • Youknowwhatiitis

    In hs, most of the kids from my class were from the caribbean..they made fun of each other’s accents more than the african american kids did…especially the haitian accents. I see a lot of lazy unmotivated caribbean children today, especially 2nd generation. Their parents worked hard, but life in America has made them soft, just like Asians…it’s not a cultural thing, its a human thing. Caribbean people have a better memory of being 3rd world poor than poor AA children–their motivation for not going back and having something to prove is much stronger. However, AA know that we’ve contributed a GREAT deal to American culture but that our government is only interested sabotaging our efforts. I know my history and yours–your children and grandchildren will not be as motivated as you are. Trust me.

  • Megan

    The title of this post is misleading, only 2 people on it originate from the Caribbean. It should have been titled “Celebrities with Caribbean heritage”.

  • Kim

    so question, isnt Al Roker Lenny Kravit’s cousin or something of the sorts on his mom’s side? doesnt that mean he’s of bahamian descent too?

  • ninabenta

    What difference does it make if your from Barbados or any carribean country or the us last time I check in my history they are black this shyt kills me

  • ninabenta

    Thank you finally someone who either went and got educated on our people or just plain common sense or both

  • ninabenta

    Biggie smalls and Busta Ryhmes are black men and so are the rest of so called Carribeans we came from Africa and were sold into slavery Africa is what should be repped smh

  • ninabenta


  • ninabenta

    Wtf is carribean heritage have a seat you idiot

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  • ninabenta

    Preach you know it’s sad thAt so called West Indians don’t realize they black

  • mahogany74

    Thank you for the clarification. 🙂

  • ninabenta

    You sound stupid you are originally from Africa get a grip

  • ninabenta

    Yes that’s what I’m saying the last time I checked its a culture not a race they are still black it’s sad that black Americans and blacks in general always want to be something other than what they are Africans

  • HelenoftheWest

    That’s funny. cause I remember when I first came here and went to school
    in brooklyn it was like all the American kids made fun of us calling us
    slaves, monkeys and banana boat people. Things I would expect from
    whites. As i passed them academically, graduated on time got a job went
    to college I started to hear a different tone. “they think they are
    special. they think they are better than us”. And I start to realize
    what it is. Me who came from a small island have achieved a lot more
    than they have because i have took advantage of all the opportunities
    that I would not have in my country and they, who have lived here all
    their life, can’t understand how I did it and they are still stagnant,
    have no ambition. When I came here I did not come here to fit in, to
    wear jordans, sit in class sleeping or settle for a simple 9-5. I know
    what I came here for. So y’all can go on with y’all Caribbean people
    this Caribbean people that. But I know my experience and from what I
    have seen A lot are “lazy, unintelligent, unmotivated”. And when you do see the ones from the Caribbean who fit the role of ”
    lazy, unintelligent, unmotivated” it’s those from the generation who
    are born here. Who try to copy the so call ratchetness they see, try to
    fit in. Not to say we ourselves do not have men with 10 kids, bad
    children and drug dealers. But not to the degree that y’all have.

  • think

    I’m sorry – please explain WHERE I spoke about Caribbean culture like I was “born and raised there”. You’re missing my point -_- *sigh*

  • Youknowwhatiitis

    That’s what they get…when they first arrived here 40 years ago they
    used to look down on black Americans as lazy, unintelligent, unmotivated
    people, now two generations later their children are as ratchetly
    nggerish as they say we were. “What goes around comes around, that’s what people say…” We’re all from Africa/North America (Moors) and this divide and conquer technique always works on immigrants.

  • Youknowwhatiitis

    After Caribbean countries gained their independence in the 1960’s due to the American Civil Rights movement, many West Indians migrated to here for a better life–to combat the merging of two black cultures and to fund the Nicaraguan genocide, Ronald Reagan signed off on a program that brought drugs and crime into the black communities which created a rift between African American and Caribbean Americans. Millions of African Americans died from drug use while most West Indians did not succumb to the drug culture because they had not yet fully assimilated into American culture. Busta Rhymes, Biggie Smalls, and many other “black” artists come from the caribbean, they’ve just adopted African American culture. We’re all the same genetically anyway, it’s not that serious.

  • randomtandem

    STFU you sound corny

  • Team nymphis

    This is total bullshxt. I came to the states from the Dominican Republic at 11 yrs old. Going to Barbados and some of these other islands is like going from Chicago to Indiana or Michigan by ferry.and the baddest females on our islands are the dark sisters.

  • Tamalama

    Jenna Wolfe may have been born in Jamaica and raised in Haiti but her parents are Americans who owned factories in those places, so I really don’t consider her Caribbean

  • Cocoa

    just because you have FOUR GREAT GRANDPARENTS from the Caribbean, does not automatically qualify to talk about the Caribbean and its culture like you were born and raised there.

  • JerzeeGurl

    The ridiculousness of statements like this astounds me. This “us” and “them” mentality that people of Caribbean descent have with African Americans is so asinine because do you know what others see? They don’t see a Jamaican or a Afro-Trini or a Bahamian or a Bajan; they see a black person or in some ignorant people’s case they see a nig*er. As someone who is of African American and Caribbean descent I feel this is just stupid.

  • JerzeeGurl

    Actually Lenny Kravitz’s mother is Roxy Roker who was bahamian and african american and his father was Jewish. Lisa Bonet’s parents were the opposite.

  • chicaK

    that is true..if your grandparents are from the islands..you are not an island person. My parents were born in the islands..so therefore i am a first born american. i wasnt raised like an american and I have been to the islands many times to visit the grandparents and family. Caribbean folks really do not like people who claims they are caribbean descent when they were not raised as one..that ticks me off as well

  • Raquel M

    OK guys get y our facts straight! Zoe Kravitz is Lenny Kravitz and Lisa Bonet’s Daughter. Both of her parents happen to have a african american father and jewish mother….so how does Zoe hails from the Bahamas?..

  • AlmondJoy

    The title says “stars who hail from the Caribbean ” yet half of them were born in the states. Very misleading.

  • Marier

    Cheryl-Lee Ralph (actress)-Jamaica. Your list is much more authentic.

  • Yolanda D.

    Great additions to the list, Mahogany74! There are so many celebrities that are both Caribbean born and of Caribbean heritage that it’s hard to have an exhaustive list. But so glad to have an opportunity those of Caribbean heritage are making. Thanks for reading!

  • next –>

    It’s a fact that some of our West Indian brothers DO try to get women for visas. And it’s a historical FACT that OUR ancestors were forcibly brought to North American and tiny Caribbean islands from the Motherland. How is that rude? Or did you never really think about the Caribbean land masses in that context? Furthermore – I have FOUR great-grandparents from Barbados and I love the island and the culture. That’s not rude. I’m just calling out that crabs in a barrel B.S. how I see it, and trying to get West Indians to stop with that “you’re a yankee, us versus them” foolishness, because the bigger picture is all of our AFRICAN ancestry.

  • mahogany74

    I counted 2 people who were born in the Caribbean in that slide show. Below is my list of people who were actually born in the Caribbean. These are a few black celebrities. There are many more.

    Garcelle Beauvais (actress)- Haiti
    Shontelle (musician) -Barbados
    Lorraine Toussaint (actress)- Trinidad
    Heather Headley (musician) – Trinidad
    Marie Blanchard (actress)- Haiti
    Jimmy Jean-Louis (actor in Heroes) – Haiti
    Jenna Wolf (NBC news anchor/Today Show) – Jamaica and raised until she was 15 in Haiti
    Pepa – Jamaica

  • Rude

    Your comment was very rude and disrespectful to Caribbean people.

  • next –>

    Oh please – it is not that serious. Four of my great-grandparents are from Barbados – and many of my friends have parents from the West Indies. Trying to be “exotic” is the last thing that ever crosses our minds – and I’ve never met anyone trying to be exotic over Caribbean ancestry. That’s a stretch.

    What I HAVE met is brothers in Barbados who try to woo me over for a visa though! smh.

    Furthermore, you need to be repping Africa that strong; not getting your panties in a bunch over a tiny island that your ancestors were forcibly brought to.

  • nyasha Vincentian

    I’m born, grew up and still living in the Caribbean and one thing we hate is when ppl whose parents or grandparents are born here they automatically claim to be from here especially when they have never stepped foot on our islands just so that they can seem “exotic”.