You Family? Celebs Who We Didn’t Know Were Black

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Mariah Carey

Although Carey has made a point of identifying as a Black woman, most people didn’t know she was a sister when she burst onto the scene 21 years ago. Her father is of Afro-Venezuelan and Black American and her mother is Irish-American. So where did the name Carey come from? Her paternal grandfather changed his surname in order to better assimilate into American society.

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