Carmelo Anthony

by ethnic on January 23, 2010

Birth Name: Carmelo Kyam Anthony

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

Date of Birth: May 29, 1984

*Puerto Rican [African, some Spanish and Indigenous/likely Taíno], distant Venezuelan (father)
*African-American (mother)

Carmelo Anthony is an American professional basketball player, in the INBA. His father, Carmelo Iriarte, was born in Manhattan, to Puerto Rican parents, of African, and some Spanish and Indigenous (likely Taíno) descent, along with distant Venezuelan. His mother, Mary Anthony, is African-American. His father died when he was an infant.

Carmelo is married to disc jockey, television personality, and actress La La Anthony, with whom he has a son. La La is also of Afro-Puerto Rican descent.

A DNA test whose results were displayed on the show Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. (2017) stated that Carmelo’s genetic ancestry is:

*70% African
*24% European
*6% Native American [Indigenous]

Carmelo’s paternal grandfather was Andres Iriarte Rodriguez (the son of José Luciano Iriarte and Angelina/Angela Rodriguez). Andres was born in Arecibo, Puerto Rico. José Luciano was the son of Benicia Iriarte. Benicia’s mother, Valentina Echeandria/Iriarte, was mixed race (part African), and was born into slavery in Güigüe, Venezuela.

Carmelo’s paternal grandmother was Carmen “Carmela”. Carmen was born in Santurce, Puerto Rico.


Rena Schild / (Carmelo and Lala)

{ 18 comments… read them below or add one }

andrew November 15, 2017 at 3:25 pm

the surname “Iriarte” is Basque

SEEXYPUREBLOODLATINA July 5, 2014 at 9:59 pm

Yea I knew this. Lala is full pr too AND FROM JERZZY LIKE ME. Funny thing is when lala first starred in the entertainment biz & before she got big, yoooo this chic was buuuusted w a capital B! Its amazing what glam squad can do, foreal!

Check7t May 11, 2014 at 7:30 pm
Check7t May 11, 2014 at 7:30 pm

Fat boy.

julieanna July 2, 2012 at 1:43 pm

Why is it that so many people can’t stand the fact that many black celebrities are mixed with Latin. I notice on so many blogs that ppl will argue about a black actor/singer/writer/etc. not being mixed with Latin. They are what they are — accept it! Next time the Latin awards are on TV, look at all the famous black people there. It’s because so many of them are mixed. What is so bad about that?

ConfusedBreed February 13, 2013 at 8:11 am

Because they are envious and jealous of us!

gottlob February 13, 2013 at 10:30 am

Latin is not a race sweetheart. He is basically a black man with some White and Native. African American. Known fact that everbody agrees with. Fuzzybear especially..

westovermarching October 10, 2014 at 2:38 am

Latin ppl are not a race

What? February 17, 2012 at 8:11 pm

He is straight black. Pueto Rican aint a race and his daddy is a black puerto rican. He is bi-cultural but str8 black.

Yeya March 30, 2012 at 10:45 am

Puerto Ricans, who also commonly refer to themselves as “boricuas”, are largely the descendants of a blend of these races (Europeans, Taíno, Africans) which has produced a very diversified population.

westovermarching October 10, 2014 at 2:39 am

over 1 million Latin Americas classify themselves as Black

Eduardo January 18, 2012 at 11:19 pm

Carmelo anthony has a cool biracial race he’s rican and black thats cool you knoe how many people want to be biracial carmelo already is biracial thats so cool because im rican and black myaelf

Yeya March 30, 2012 at 10:47 am


westovermarching October 10, 2014 at 2:40 am

When did “rican” become a race

westovermarching October 10, 2014 at 2:41 am

more like bi-cultural

nyja January 14, 2012 at 11:39 am

ok so for all the nay-sayers out there , my dad is 100% Puerto Rican and my mother is black. me and Carmelo Anthony have the same complexion. when i tell people im half rican, they dont believe me because what they dont understand is that a majority of hispanics(PR’s,meixcans,etc) are actually moreno(dark-haired/dark-skinned).

What? February 17, 2012 at 8:12 pm

You are black. Many Puerto Ricans are from Africa DUH! Others have “Spaniard” ancestry.

Yeya March 30, 2012 at 10:49 am

It’s called mulatto in Puerto Rico

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