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 was raised partly by her aunt (father’s sister) Golden.

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). Daniel was born in Virginia. William was the son of George Ingram and Jinney.

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

Angela’s maternal grandfather was Leroy Gilbert (the son of Jimmie T. Gilbert and Annie Lee Bryant). Leroy was born in Georgia. 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). Emma was born in Georgia. 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.

Sources: Genealogy of Angela Bassett –

Angela’s father on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Angela’s maternal grandmother, Emma Jean Stokes, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

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{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

Adamina September 10, 2016 at 2:16 pm

She is a beauty

fuzzybear44 March 10, 2016 at 12:09 am

Is every black celeb having a DNA test now?

fuzzybear44 May 15, 2016 at 1:31 am

Her husband Courtney B. Vance needs to be added

neiltennant October 3, 2014 at 7:39 am


sometimes we can find here the worst pictures of normally pretty people

strange -)

neiltennant October 2, 2014 at 8:09 am

Hmm on this picture she looks not so much pretty she is in reality

on this pic she looks like a 60 something diva

in germany she is most famous for her role as tina turner and i remember she said in an article in 2009 that she has also caucasian roots

Most african americans in the us are indeed mixed people.

PLease look at all the people in africa. Ethopia or ghana etc. and not so many of them look like african americans

fuzzybear44 June 18, 2013 at 7:36 am


No No my friend,we need a much better picture of Angela than this.
How about something like this:

multiethnic April 22, 2012 at 8:08 am

She looks part Native American.

Lisette December 29, 2012 at 2:35 pm

@Multiethic stfu she is what she is who cares what u think.

luckystar September 1, 2016 at 5:46 am

I doubt if 0.6% Native American changed her appareance. She looks mostly black with caucasian mix.

Shawnie January 28, 2012 at 7:28 pm

OH MY GOSH. Why on every picture of a black women somebody has to point out that she’s black??? Why can’t she just be a beautiful WOMAN?

Amber B July 26, 2011 at 1:22 pm

wow it is amazing no one said anything lol! Now this is a beautiful African American women!

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