How Ya Going? 9 of Our Favorite Celebs Of Trinidadian Descent (There’s Some Surprises!)

July 24, 2012  |  
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Alfonso Ribeiro

Though he played the Bel-Air bred gold-spoon-in-the-mouth Carlton Banks on “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air,” Ribeiro once said that people were always surprised to know that both of the actor’s parents are from Trinidad and Tobago. His grandfather is even the late famous calypso singer and composer, Roaring Lion (aka, Rafael de Leon).

Karyn Parsons

And speaking of “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air,” Karyn Parsons, who played Hilary Banks on the same show, is also an American of Trinidadian descent. Her mother is a black Trinidadian while her father is a white French-Canadian fella. I wonder if she and Ribeiro got together and discussed the realities of growing up with Trini parents. A small world indeed…

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