André 3000

by ethnic on July 17, 2010

Birth Name: André Lauren Benjamin

Place of Birth: Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.

Date of Birth: May 27, 1975

Ethnicity: African-American

André 3000 is an American rapper, actor, singer, songwriter, dancer, multi-instrumentalist, and record producer. He is a member of the hip hop duo Outkast, with Big Boi.

He is the son of African-American parents, Sharon Benjamin-Hodo and Lawrence Harvey Walker. André has a son with singer, songwriter, activist, and actress Erykah Badu.

André has said

I’ll wear costume jewellery on stage, but I only actually own one piece of jewellery, and that’s a Native American beaded necklace that I wear all the time. I bought it years ago because my family has Native American roots – I’m part African, part Native American.

It is not clear if this Native American ancestry has been documented/verified.

André’s maternal grandparents are Grant Benjamin, a minister, and Elnora Norris.

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Source: Obituary of André’s father – https://familysearch.org

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bablah January 11, 2017 at 11:07 am

Father’s obituary:
https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QKGM-4185

Since Hudson and Walker appear as the names of his father’s aunts and uncles, I assume that his grandmother was probably named Hudson.

cwm85 July 22, 2015 at 4:29 pm

He’s part native American alright. Native African American lol…

Surreal August 3, 2015 at 10:18 pm

well, * According to Ancestry.com, the average African American is 65 percent sub-Saharan African, 29 percent European and 2 percent Native American.

* According to 23andme.com, the average African American is 75 percent sub-Saharan African, 22 percent European and only 0.6 percent Native American.

* According to Family Tree DNA.com, the average African American is 72.95 percent sub-Saharan African, 22.83 percent European and 1.7 percent Native American.

* According to National Geographic’s Genographic Project, the average African American is 80 percent sub-Saharan African, 19 percent European and 1 percent Native American.

* According to AfricanDNA, the average African American is 79 percent sub-Saharan African, 19 percent European and 2 percent Native American.

cwm85 July 17, 2015 at 11:15 am

Dude looks like he came over from the boat… definitely If he has native american it is low. He possibly more than like is 10-15 European.

John November 27, 2013 at 10:46 pm

Not to be offensive, as he could very well be Native American, but almost every black person I ask claims they’re part Native American. I think it has more to do with a “shame” or stigma of acknowledging they are indeed all Sub-Saharan black. I know looks can be deceiving, but he looks like every other African guy in the Congo.

WestIndiangrl May 10, 2015 at 4:16 pm

Sweetie i think its the shame and stigma to not Acknowledge their european blood love EVERY AFRICAN AMERICAN IS MIXED Every black human been who is not african or do not have actual traced roots to africa have some sort of mixture v_v

fuzzybear44 May 11, 2015 at 3:34 am

@WestIndiangrl

The avg African American probably does acknowledge their European blood, they just don’t jump for joy about it. Probably because of the possible way they came by that bloodline. However, why is it that everyone wants black people to acknowledge their european blood. When it comes to white people, the mere mention of them not being pure (or a celeb they like), send them into a rage(no one says anything about that). Even when the black bloodline is proven, people still get upset about it.

fuzzybear44 May 11, 2015 at 3:42 am

@john

(I think it has more to do with a “shame” or stigma of acknowledging they are indeed all Sub-Saharan black.)

I seriously doubt it has anything to do with shame about him being African. If he said he was Indian, then he probably going by stories pass down to him, about an Indian ancestor.

MGarcia April 30, 2013 at 3:10 pm

Some of you people are so stupid. The Native American were a redish BROWN people before the Caucasian came and whitened them up. So it is very possible and very likely for Black americans to have NA blood. What you have and what you get credit for are two different things in America. Native Americans did not have a Blood Quatum system. Caucasians invent the Blood Quatum Law for NAs just like they invented the One Drop Rule for AAs. That was a White thing to decide if someone was pure enough to be classified as “Idian” and have rights to land and benefits. Obviously, they left a lot of people out or else they would have to turn around and take their evil asses back to Europe. So get real people and stop judging a book by it’s cover. A lot of blacks from Georgia & Alabama among other southern states have NA blood.

DA X mann April 5, 2012 at 5:49 pm

I only see BlAAAAAAAAAK.

JustBeingMe March 5, 2012 at 12:25 pm

I don’t believe he’s mixed with native american . Not every black person has native american ancestry .

apple April 5, 2012 at 5:44 pm

Just because you don’t believe it doesn’t mean he’s not. He obviously knows his heritage

LIL VACHA October 19, 2010 at 4:47 pm

HEY ETHNIC, ANDRE 3000 IS ALSO NATIVE AMERICAN. HERE’S THE SOURCE: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/home/moslive/article-1077943/Its-A-Mans-World-Andre-3000.html

ethnic October 20, 2010 at 8:21 am

thanks Vacha.

hapa kamoa/pukiki/haolii September 14, 2010 at 1:49 pm

I thought he had like some irish or scottish in him because i always see him wearing there clothes and stuff.

Native Pride October 20, 2011 at 3:44 pm

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