Blake Griffin

by ethnic on February 9, 2009

Birth Name: Blake Austin Griffin

Place of Birth: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, U.S.

Date of Birth: March 16, 1989

*Haitian/African-American (father)
*English (mother)

Blake Griffin is an American professional basketball player. He is a 6′ 10″ tall power forward. He was the number one NBA draft pick in 2009.

Blake is the son of Gail (Simmons) and Tommy Griffin, who is a basketball player and basketball coach. His father is black, with Afro-Haitian ancestry. His mother is white, with English ancestry. His brother, Taylor Griffin, is also a professional basketball player.

A picture of Blake’s parents can be seen below.

Blake’s maternal grandfather was Clarence Melvin Simmons (the son of Curtis W. Simmons and Mabel/Mable D. Hiatt). Curtis was the son of Edwin Cirby Simmons and Mildred Dixon Poarch.

Blake’s maternal grandmother was Fanel Owings (the daughter of Lyle/Lyles Greenwood Owings and Alice/Allie S. Pat/Patricia Speed). Lyle was the son of Eldridge John Owings and S. Margaret “Maggie” Greenwood. Alice was the daughter of Patrick Milton Speed and Alice Elizabeth Burleson.

Sources: Blake’s maternal grandfather, Clarence Melvin Simmons, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Obituary of Blake’s maternal grandfather, Clarence Melvin Simmons –

Obituary of Blake’s maternal grandmother, Fanel (Owings) Simmons –

{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

bablah May 31, 2017 at 10:45 am
blah October 26, 2014 at 10:28 pm

50% white/ 50% black but he 100% ugly. Never seen a black ginger, he’s just weird looking.

someone from the internet August 21, 2014 at 4:12 am

I confuse him with Kris Humphries all the time. They look like they could be brothers.

Your Mom August 9, 2014 at 7:19 pm

When Mixing Goes Wrong.

He Is Ugly As Hell.

SEEXYPUREBLOODLATINA July 5, 2014 at 9:53 pm

Idk…I don’t find him attractive at all.

shobohunter May 17, 2014 at 4:39 am

his name should be black griffin

Devon May 17, 2014 at 2:42 am

This is a perfect example of how a dark skinned black person and white person can have a child who is very light-skinned with freckles and light/red hair. Some people seem to think that if one parent is very dark skinned then the child will come out more darker than Blake’s skin color, which is definitely not the case.

Daisuke January 30, 2014 at 1:51 pm

he’s just a Black guy.

ihatemostpeople January 31, 2014 at 7:56 am

And you’re just an ignorant idiot. He is clearly mixed. Fuck the one drop rule.

Alice January 31, 2014 at 9:54 am

Anyone with two eyes in their head would know this man is not just a black guy. Daisuke stop trolling.

Rokai June 4, 2014 at 8:52 pm

Well then maybe you should tell that to the American Government with their “One Drop Rule”. It’s a historical colloquial term in the United States for the social classification as Negros of individuals with any African ancestry; meaning any person with “one drop of Negro blood” was considered black. The principle of “invisible blackness” was an example of hypodescent, the automatic assignment of children of a mixed union between different socioeconomic or ethnic groups to the group with the lower status.

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