Bonjou! 8 Famous Folks You Might Not Have Known Were Creole

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Condoleezza Rice

The former Secretary of State under George W. Bush is a lot of things. Along with being a pianist and an extraordinarily smart woman, she’s also Creole. And if you were thinking, “I should have known by Condoleeza!” you’re confused–that’s actually Italian. But anywho, Rice’s grandmother, Theresa Hardnett, was actually a half-Creole woman hailing from Baton Rouge. Rice hasn’t been silent about her Creole heritage, and in the influence it’s had on her. And also the influence it’s had on her cooking skills. She told Piers Morgan she could throw down in the kitchen: “I’d cook you fried chicken. Southern fried chicken. I would cook chili perhaps. Uh, corn bread. I’m quite good at corn bread. Or perhaps because of my half-Creole grandmother, I’d cook you gumbo.” Can we get a bowl?

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