Chadwick Boseman

by follers on August 5, 2017

"42" Los Angeles Premiere - Arrivals

Birth Name: Chadwick Aaron Boseman

Place of Birth: Anderson, South Carolina, U.S.

Date of Birth: November 29, 1976

Ethnicity: African-American

Chadwick Boseman is an American actor, playwright, and screenwriter. He plays Black Panther in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

On his father’s side, Chadwick is the grandson of Aaron Boseman, Sr. (the son of Milton Boseman and Essie Burt) and Dove.

On his mother’s side, Chadwick is the grandson of Eugene Mattress (the son of Alford Mattress and Pearl) and Irona Williford.

A DNA test stated that Chadwick has ancestry from the Limba people of Sierra Leone.

Sources: Obituary of Chadwick’s paternal grandfather, Aaron Boseman, Sr. – https://www.newspapers.com

Chadwick’s maternal grandfather, Eugene Mattress, on the 1920 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

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Daniel Kaluuya

by follers on March 27, 2017

Birth Name: Joseph Kaluuya

Place of Birth: Camden, London, England, U.K.

Date of Birth: 24 February, 1989

Ethnicity: Ugandan

Daniel Kaluuya is a British actor and writer. He is known for starring as Chris in the horror film Get Out (2017).

Daniel was born in Camden, London. His parents, Damalie Namusoke and Stephen Kaluuya, are from Uganda. He was born Joseph Kaluuya, but later changed his named to Daniel, taking Joseph as his middle name.

Daniel has said:

I’m dark-skinned… When I’m around black people I’m made to feel “other” because I’m dark-skinned. I’ve had to wrestle with that, with people going “You’re too black.” Then I come to America and they say, “You’re not black enough.” I go to Uganda, I can’t speak the language. In India, I’m black. In the black community, I’m dark-skinned. In America, I’m British. Bro!

…This is the frustrating thing, bro—in order to prove that I can play this role [in Get Out], I have to open up about the trauma that I’ve experienced as a black person. I have to show off my struggle so that people accept that I’m black. No matter that every single room I go to I’m usually the darkest person there.

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Danai Gurira

by tinasheeeee on March 1, 2016

TV Guide Magazine's 2012 Hot List Party - Arrivals

Birth Name: Danai Jekesai Gurira

Place of Birth: Grinnell, Iowa, U.S.

Date of Birth: February 14, 1978

Ethnicity: Zimbabwean

Danai Gurira is a Zimbabwean-American actress and playwright. She is known for her role as Michonne on the AMC drama series The Walking Dead and Okoye in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Danai was born in Grinnell, Iowa, to Josephine and Roger Gurira, a University lecturer, in Chemistry. Her parents moved from Southern Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) to the U.S. in 1964. Danai was raised there until December 1983, when she moved with her family to her parents’ home country, living in the capital Harare, Zimbabwe. She later returned to the U.S.

Danai speaks French, Shona, basic Xhosa, and English.

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Michael B. Jordan

by follers on April 17, 2014

45th Annual NAACP Image Awards - Arrivals

Birth Name: Michael Bakari Jordan

Place of Birth: Santa Ana, Orange, California, United States

Date of Birth: February 9, 1987

Ethnicity: African-American

Michael B. Jordan is an American actor. He is the son of Donna (Davis) and Michael Jordan. He is not related to the basketball player of (almost) the same name.

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Angela Bassett

by ethnic on April 28, 2011

Birth Name: Angela Evelyn Bassett

Place of Birth: New York City, New York, U.S.

Date of Birth: August 16, 1958

Ethnicity: African-American

Angela Bassett is an American actress, director, and activist.

Angela is the daughter of Betty Jane (Gilbert) and Daniel Benjamin Bassett. She is married to actor Courtney B. Vance, with whom she has two children. Her middle name is in honor of her aunt Evelyn.

Angela’s paternal grandfather was Daniel Benjamin Bassett, Sr. (the son of William Henry Bassett, who was born under the surname Ingram, and of Martha Jane Price). William was the son of George Ingram and Jinney.

Angela’s paternal grandmother was Brownie Younger (the daughter of Henderson Younger and Harriet Snow).

Angela’s maternal grandfather was Leroy Gilbert (the son of Jimmie T. Gilbert and Annie Lee Bryant). Jimmie was the son of Louis Gilbert and Louisa Johnson.

Angela’s maternal grandmother was Emma Jean Stokes (the daughter of Slater Samuel Stokes and Miner/Mina/Minnie Lee Jackson). Slater was the son of Judge/Jordan Stokes and Henrietta Miller. Miner was the daughter of Bryant Jackson and Emma Michael.

A DNA test taken by the show Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. (2014) stated that Angela’s genetic ancestry is:

*78% African
*21% European
*0.6% Native American

The DNA test stated that much of Angela’s African DNA was from Nigeria, with small parts from Benin and Togo, Cameroon and Congo, Mali, southeastern Bantu (Angola), Ivory Coast and Ghana, Senegal, and the South Central hunter-gatherers. Much of her European DNA was from Great Britain.

Source: Genealogy of Angela Bassett – http://www.geni.com

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Jordan Peterson

February 17, 2018

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Hilarie Burton

February 17, 2018

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Andrew Yang

February 17, 2018

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Trevor Wright

February 17, 2018

Birth Name: Trevor Christopher Wright Place of Birth: San Diego, California, United States Date of Birth: August 23, 1980 Ethnicity: *English, possibly other (father) *Ashkenazi Jewish (maternal grandfather) *Czech/Bohemian, German (maternal grandmother) Trevor Wright is an American actor. Trevor is the son of Rise Leigh (Barish) and Steven Christopher Wright. Trevor was raised in La […]

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Kim Raver

February 17, 2018

Birth Name: Kimberly Jayne Raver Place of Birth: New York City, New York, U.S. Date of Birth: October 15, 1969 Ethnicity: German, English Kim Raver is an American actress. Kim is the daughter of Tina E. (Baensch) Meltesen and Milson Carroll Raver, Jr. Kim was raised by her mother and stepfather, Chris Meltesen. Kim has […]

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