Wah Gwan?: 9 People of Jamaican Nationality That Surprised Me

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Colin Powell

Okay, so I kind of knew this one, only because my dad had his biography, My American Journey. Thought I’d share anyhow. The retired general and former Secretary of State under President Bush is actually the son of Jamaican folks–both of his parents; his father was born into a poor family, his mother of a bit more “elevated” status as he said in his book (he also has some Scottish blood). Powell was born in Harlem and raised in the South Bronx (hey, J. Lo!). The former Secretary of State wasn’t that good of a student (I see that C-average Colin…), which didn’t make his hard-working parents too happy. But he later earned himself a Bachelor’s in geology and a Master’s in business administration after fighting in the Vietnam War twice. Bow!

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