Alexandra Shipp

Alexandra Shipp

Birth Name: Alexandra Ruth Shipp

Place of Birth: probably Phoenix, Arizona, U.S.

Date of Birth: July 16, 1991

Ethnicity:
*African-American (father)
*English, Scottish, Irish, Scots-Irish/Northern Irish (mother)

Alexandra Shipp is an American actress. She is known for playing singer Aaliyah in the television biography Aaliyah: The Princess of R&B (2014), Storm in the film X-Men: Apocalypse (2016), and Abby in the drama Love, Simon (2018).

Alexandra is the daughter of Amy and James Shipp. Her father is African-American. Her mother is of English, Scottish, Irish, and Scots-Irish/Northern Irish descent.

A picture of Alexandra and her mother can be seen here.

Alexandra has said:

For me, when it comes to representation, I represent many sides of the spectrum. I’m half-White and I’m half-Black. I’ve never been treated like I’m White, but I’ve definitely had lots of experiences with both sides of the spectrum.

A picture of Alexandra’s grandmothers can be seen here.

Alexandra’s paternal grandmother is named Jane.

Alexandra’s maternal grandfather was Cyril James Armstrong, Jr. (the son of Cyril James Armstrong and Eva Ruth Hester). Alexandra’s grandfather Cyril was born in Michigan. Alexandra’s great-grandfather Cyril was the son of William James Armstrong, whose father was born in Ireland, and of Emma M. Freer, who was born in Boston, Lincolnshire, England. Eva was the daughter of James Whitfield Hester and Mary Thomas Whitfield.

Alexandra’s maternal grandmother was Linda Belle Jones (the daughter of Charles Raymond Jones, Sr. and Eula/Ulah Katherine Jacobs). Linda was born in Kentucky. Charles was the son of Charles Richard Jones and Sally Gertrude “Gertie” Mordis. Eula was the daughter of Francis/Frances Marion Jacobs and Ida Ann/Anna Stephenson.

Sources: Genealogy of Alexandra’s maternal grandfather, Cyril James Armstrong, Jr. – https://www.findagrave.com

Obituary of Alexandra’s maternal grandfather, Cyril James Armstrong, Jr. – https://www.tulsaworld.com

Genealogy of Alexandra’s maternal great-great-grandfather, James Whitfield Hester – https://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com

Genealogies of Alexandra’s maternal great-grandparents, Charles Raymond Jones, Sr. and Eula/Ulah Katherine Jacobs – https://www.findagrave.com

Genealogy of Alexandra’s maternal great-grandmother, Eula/Ulah Katherine Jacobs (focusing on her own mother’s side) – https://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com

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31 Responses

  1. MettaWorkPlease says:

    I think it’s about time mixed people had their own category. Just saying, she’s not black, she’s not white, why is she playing a black person, Aaliyah? No more archaic 1 drop bullshit, this is the 21st century. She’s 50% black, 50% white, but we’ll know they won’t be considered her when it’s time to make a Madonna biopic.

    • fuzzybear44 says:

      @MettaWorkPlease

      Quote(I think it’s about time mixed people had their own category)

      Okay, but how would you go about it? Even first generations mixes aren’t mixed the same. Then what about someone whose DNA wise is genetically 50/50 but has two black parents like(Gates). Does he still call himself black or does he now say he’s mixed?

    • midori29 says:

      @Mettawork please BYE, everyone on earth is mixed. I think people should just limit it to two parents of different races because if you go back far enough “everyone” on earth is African and migrated out of Africa. I am a black person but I got my dna tested as to who on earth I relate to and my dna was all over the world, Asia, Middle East, Africa, Europe, etc. But I am a black person and look black. So thats too complicated. Black means 50% one black parent at least and above. No need to create more confusion. When you look African you are black period and this girl looks African to me more than anything else. She could fit right into South Africa.
      South African blacks
      https://www.flickr.com/photos/uncorneredmarket/9398072556
      East African Black women-she would fit right in
      http://postnewsgroup.com/blog/2013/10/16/habesha-womens-health-expo-comes-bay-area/

      • Samiiraa says:

        midori29

        Her mother is WHITE, she is MIXED, period. Her father is African American, which means OF WEST AFRICAN DESCENT,
        So DARK SKINNED, her light skin and feature are the result of an interriacial marriage and she is probably even more European since AA have European ancestry.
        The comparison with East Africans and South Africans is completely BS since it has been proven that these people were mixed.
        I hate it when self hating blacks feel the need to claim mixed people because they don’t feel good in their black skin. I’m pretty sure you would claim me even if I am only 24% SSA

        • fuzzybear44 says:

          Quote(Her father is African American, which means OF WEST AFRICAN DESCENT)

          Well that could be true, or he could be a combination of different regions . AA’s come from all over Africa, so until her father does a dna test, it’s no telling if he’s West African or from another region.

          Quote(I hate it when self hating blacks feel the need to claim mixed people because they don’t feel good in their black skin)

          You do know, that many of those so-called mixed people Identify themselves as black people right?

          • andrew says:

            Dear my Afrocentric (no reason to be offenced) friend, if AA’s come from ALL over mother Africa, why the DNA of AA’s celebs who got tested only matches with West Africa region?

          • fuzzybear44 says:

            @Andrew

            If it isn’t my old Eurocentric buddy. Look I know it’s difficult for people like you of low Intelligence to learn something new, but please try. AA’s are not all from the same stock, I don’t know why that’s so hard for people like you to understand. Both during and After slavery, Africans from other parts of the continent came , settled and intermixed with the black population here. Look at Obama, his father is East African. Obama married a black woman from here. Wouldn’t his daughters have East African DNA? Wouldn’t Tyler Perry child have East African DNA?I seen Dna results of AA’s who have (West African, North, East African, South Eastern African). This guy right here, is West and East African:
            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CvV40Px6Cu4

            This guy here is West, South East, and North:
            http://i.imgur.com/6OyUjTi.png
            so are these women here:
            http://i.imgur.com/tT2tHkF.png
            http://i.imgur.com/fuRMTEX.png
            http://i.imgur.com/0WEoIXJ.png
            http://i.imgur.com/0ZucXXe.png
            http://i.imgur.com/JTN1eHS.png

            Quote( why the DNA of AA’s celebs who got tested only matches with West Africa region?)

            What about the Wayans family? Madagascar, is on the East Africa side

          • andrew says:

            Thanks for the reply. The DNA tests you showed just confirm what I’ve said, that AA’s are pred. West African. North/East/Southeast % are negligible.

          • fuzzybear44 says:

            no, what it shows is that a AA can have ancestry from different parts of Africa, not just west Africa. You’re just not man enough to admit that once again , you don’t know anything (which is nothing new)

            Quote(confirm what I’ve said, that AA’s are pred. West African. )

            That’s not what you said. You said they were only West African and you were only taking about the celebrities Dna test. You can’t remember what you wrote, even when it’s right in front of you. On top that, that’s just a few examples out of 40 something million black people here

          • andrew says:

            It does not mean that they have ancestors enslaved in other parts of Africa, West Africans share a tiny portion of their DNA with people from other parts of the continent, that’s logical, and their descendants show it in DNA tests.

          • fuzzybear44 says:

            @Andrew

            1.Quote(It does not mean that they have ancestors enslaved in other parts of Africa)

            What are you talking about? They got those bloodlines from black people in the states. Black people who came here of their own free will. Also because of white peoples racist mindset, subjugated them to black peoples areas, where they mixed in.

            2.Quote(West Africans share a tiny portion of their DNA with people from other parts of the continent, that’s logical, and their descendants show it in DNA tests.)

            That’s not how the American blacks got those makers. They got them during and after slavery. Anyone black was fair game to be taken as a slave whether they be (North , East or South African). As I stated before, North Africans were taken first, not West Africans.

            Also from what I can see on this chart, everyone seems to share a little bit from everyone else:
            https://tracingafricanroots.files.wordpress.com/2016/11/stats-mor7.jpg

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