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We all know that Tracee Ellis Ross is the daughter of Motown Queen Diana Ross, and that country star Billy Ray Cyrus fathered “twerk-star” Miley Cyrus – but how many of us knew that these 15 were among the few celebs with famous parents? Most of them were a surprise to us!
Sanaa Lathan was born to Eleanor McCoy, an actress, dancer and Broadway performer who has worked with Eartha Kitt, among others, and Stan Lathan, the producer behind a number of notable TV shows like Sanford & Son and Def Comedy Jam.
While most rappers from the city have no qualms with sharing that they’re from Compton (i.e., Dr. Dre, Ice Cube, Kendrick Lamar, DJ Quik, etc.), there are many other famous names who are from the city too. Some don’t talk about it as much, but they definitely make folks out their proud with their success on TV, in film, on the basketball court and more. Here are nine people from the much talked about city. Some you might have known about, but there are quite a few who definitely surprised us.
Celebrity friendships are nothing out of the ordinary. Rich people befriending other rich people? It only makes sense. But it’s definitely interesting to find out about the very mismatched or unique friendships that some celebrities had with one another, and that a few still maintain to this day. Whether it’s a legendary rapper hooking up a Hollywood starlet, or two top models getting along (when does that happen!?), these friendships definitely made us say “Whaaaaaaa!?” at one time or another. Friends. How many of us have them? If you’re a celeb, you have hellas, just take a look at this slideshow and you’ll see.
And oh yeah, be VERY prepared to click.
Well, You Don’t Say: 9 Celebrities, Ballers, Authors And Vixens You Might Not Have Known Were Virgin Islanders
Bump what you saw on “College Hill 4: Virgin Islands.” Not all U.S. Virgin Islanders are as crazy as the folks on that show, and in fact, many of ‘em are some the most talented and successful black (and white) people out there! They’re NBA Championship winning basketball stars, acclaimed authors, actors, singers and more. Don’t believe me? Just check out these nine individuals who rep VI.
Cuba has brought us a lot of great things, aside from the food and the Rumba though, it has also brought us fine fellas like Laz Alonso and classy sisters like Gina Torres. I was surprised to find that a great number of famous faces are of Cuban descent, and being that you and I both know you want to know who these faces include, here they are! Enjoy!
Everybody’s favorite chubby funny man (next to Bruce Bruce), is indeed a Cuban fella. While others were born to parents from the country, Love was actually born and lived for some time in Santiago de Cuba before moving to places like San Diego and Newark, NJ. He was actually born Langston Faizon Santisima to a father in the Navy, making him an army brat (hence all the moving around). You might not hear this brotha speak Spanish like that, or even see him break out the Rumba, but he’s indeed a Cuban brother.
For a while now, when it comes to these slideshows that showcase the roots of some of our favorite celebrities, I’ve had people asking me to do something on Ghanian people. I know I’ve stalled (what, with so many big name celebs mysteriously popping up as Caribbean folks), but with the help of a Ghanian colleague (hey Dani!), I’ve rounded up a few folks I thought you might be interested to know were repping the country. It wasn’t easy, so if you have more you’d like to share, (politely) let us know in the comment section. Enjoy!
He’s a smart guuuuuuy! Or at least, he’s the child of two very smart people. Boris Frederic Cecil Tay-Natey Ofuatey-Kodjoe (you read right, girl) is the son of an Austrian psychologist, named Ursula, and a Ghanian physician named Eric Kodjoe. Clearly these were some good looking people, because Boris is one delicious brotha! The former model and actor has been known to show love for his Ghanian lineage, even participating in Ghana Fashion Week in 2009, and having his wife rock fashions made in Ghana to big red carpet events (well, big enough–the BET Awards).
Another day, another opportunity to be nosey and find out which stars have ties/roots/connections to the Caribbean. This time though, we’re professing our love for some of our favorite Bajan stars, even if we didn’t know half of them were of Barbadian descent in the first place…Either way, enjoy!
I know what you’re thinking. Stacey Dash is clearly a mix of a lot of things, but the actress and even singer (random) is repping Barbados. Not necessarily in the public…but you get what I mean. Born in the Bronx, she’s the child of a Bajan father and a Mexican and Native American mother (Aztec and Blackfoot Native American). Definitely an interesting mix culturally, but then again, she’s an interesting lady.