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)

{ 52 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

Zavi cypher December 29, 2011 at 10:09 pm

We are mixed ,brown,white,black etc. puertoricans have it all.
We are en example of unity with colors. No racism but ONE .
Carmelo is puertorican cause his father is . Da affrican in his mother is da same african mixed in da puerto rican DNA. Spaniard,taino indian,african and a few others from europe mixed during da colombus daysand even before!!! Att.da spanglish rapper zavi cypher….google for info.

bori December 27, 2011 at 11:31 pm

there are many colors in puertorico so what the heck you mean a person looks a certain way so they are not boriqua they are still boriqua. even if he half and she is 100% you must have media brain…. ( blinded from reality)

Christine derulo September 3, 2011 at 9:20 pm

Who gives a f*** if he doesn’t look puertorican or if his son looks black! You people have no lives!!! Do you think he cares?? He’s making a bunch of money while you guys argue about if he’s PR or not lmao

lovely July 20, 2011 at 10:04 pm

Nxte8 that is truely beautiful what you said. And wonderful. Thatone of the most beautiful thing I ever read. Some people really need to hear that

Marquis_8732 July 17, 2011 at 12:38 am

Melo is Half Black & Rican & LaLa is 100% Rican, but there Son looks 100% Black

Marquis_8732 July 17, 2011 at 12:34 am

Melo is Half Black & Rican & LaLa is 100%, but there son looks 100% Black

Amber Berg July 17, 2011 at 12:59 am

That’s because there son is 100% black by American standards!, LaLa is a black puerto rican, carmel anthony is african american and probably mixed with black puerto rican heritage, so I would say that child is majority black!

kate July 14, 2011 at 4:16 pm

well carmelo dad is rican but he is aro rican like tego
nuthings wrong with that im just saying
and my boyfriend is afro rican to
and hes lite borwn and kinky hair
and his bro his dark skinned like and african
so theres differnt ricans

willie collazo February 23, 2011 at 3:16 pm

I think if I was a reporter at press conference today I would ask him if his puerto rican to justify what people think! He is half puerto rican if his pops was puerto rican n moms african.

bkballer February 22, 2011 at 8:43 am

LaLa is 100% Puerto Rican! Both her Parents are Rican

nxte8 February 1, 2011 at 2:02 pm

Not to throw stones, but “anyone” who speaks of race, when referring to another person’s descent is off base. We are of one race, the human race. Red, yellow, black, white and brown, we all originated in East Africa. Man migrated from there; Northward, into and through Europe and into Asia and the Indian sub-continent. From there, we crossed the Bering land bridge, into North America, and down into Central and South America. The final leg of the migration of man, was into the South Pacific, Australia; i.e., the Australian. The long and the short of it is that everyone is East African in origin.

All of the different “races” are mutations of the original East African man. The mutations that have taken place throughout man’s existence, have had to do with environmental adaptation. There is a nickel’s worth of difference between the “races.” There is about the same amount of difference between the major (and minor) religions. The differences between cultures are what is problematic, and that is because “people” make them so.

Open your eyes people! We are really all the same.

Jal Dak June 10, 2011 at 7:55 am

that is one of the most intelligently correct comments I have read in years. Keep speaking the truth to the people who need info

Carlos Santiago January 18, 2011 at 4:39 pm

Carmelo is not part Puerto Rican, I got morenos all through my family, and know the “look”, somebody lied to him about who his dad really is, but I would bet my last dollar my man is NOT part Boriqua! DNA time!

Tiffany June 16, 2011 at 5:36 pm

Quien tu ere pa decir q raza es o no es????? maybe his dad was a negro from pr??? you dont know ! was you there when his parents was concieving him? and you actually seen when his moms overies were fertilized in all? visite a pr ignorante y veras muchos negros bruto!!!

Amber Berg July 10, 2011 at 3:10 pm

DNA aint gonna tell you if someone is puerto rican- but it will tell you he is black! His dad can still be from Puerto Rico though

Midnight August 8, 2011 at 4:58 pm

Hey, you’re just mad ’cause you didn’t know this years ago and you can’t go back in time and make a raical trade. I bet if he was Michael Jordon and they said Michael in his heyday was half Purto Rican you’d not only go with it but fight of some folks that disagreed lol.

Amber Berg August 9, 2011 at 8:35 am

? who you talkin to?

Midnight August 9, 2011 at 2:59 pm

Hey, Carlos was the person who said that Carmelo wasn’t Puerto Rican so I just made him to deal to switch to Michael Jorden and two feature hall of famers to be named later lol. People always go by some weird sterotypes but to say someone isn’t a certain thing just because they don’t fit the sterotype is wrong. I was just letting him know that in a humourous way.

Amber B August 10, 2011 at 11:24 am

oh thumbs up!

darren December 5, 2010 at 7:31 am

They are a part of a race, they are part of the latino race, which is a mix. Whose not mixed, Puerto ricans have 3 mixes in their race, but look at Sicilians, look at Armenians, Persians, Kyrgystanians, every modern race and ethnicity is a combination of older tribes of different races. Even in AFrica, northeastern (somalia, ethiopia), they obvious have a different makeup of sub-sahara africans. Look at what we call the Arab race. Really only Arabs from the arabian peninsula are really pure arabs (and they had an infllux of peoples of the Indian continent at one time. But we call people from any country that speaks Arabic, Arabs, when in fact most Arabs from these countries are either of Aryan tribes (Iranic tribes – like the persians) or from Turkic tribes. And Turkic tribes ranged from mongolian, white red heads, to closer to arabs, and mixes of all these…..THere is a move in AMerican culture though to discredit latino on as a race, on forms now, it says pick one, and Latino of any race is added at the end. But by doing this, what does lets say a dark puerto rican check, as apposed to a light puerto rican, do we classify them as different races? If they’re gonna do it that way, they should have multicultural as a box to check off

darren December 5, 2010 at 7:47 am

and to the one who said Ricky martin is white, and melo black, well, that’s not a accurate way of identifying puerto ricans. In the whiter pr families, not everyone is light, often on of the grandfathers were dark with black features, and many of the dark puerto ricans, often have many white grandparents, uncles, etc. Thlink about it, we have 2 parents, 4 grandparents, 8 g-grandfathers. by the time you get to 10 greats (g-g-g-g-g-g-g-g-g-g-granparents) you have 4,096 of them. coming from a mixed island, just about all of them have all 3: white (spain), african (slaves) , and Taino Indians (the original inhabitants of the island) A group of puerto ricans from nyc did their ancestry records, and found many other admixtures as well. In some areas, llike Carolina, most look no different then african americans from here. There was less mixing in that area….just the same , around San Juan, most look white, or at least light with more european features. Through out the years, over a few centuries, many spaniards, as well as other europeans settled in this area – but the overwhelming majority of puerto ricans, whether as white brittney spears or as black as akon, are mixed whith all three

mariela March 8, 2011 at 4:32 pm

latino idnt a race smart one. there are black, whites and native latinos

Anonymous August 16, 2010 at 2:51 pm


Catalina September 3, 2010 at 7:11 am

not always, depends on the race (on the puerto rican side) ricky martin is puerto rican, but he’s white (spanish) melo is obviously afro-puerto rican

Who Cares July 9, 2010 at 8:01 pm

As people have been saying there is no such thing as a Puerto Rican race, They are a mix of things, mainly noting African and European

Anonymous May 10, 2010 at 10:36 am


true0nebk April 12, 2010 at 12:49 pm

future knicks

Mellow Yellow March 12, 2010 at 2:41 am

Puerto Rican is not an ethnicity it is a nationality. Obviuously they are still mostly black genetically.

mellow pink July 1, 2010 at 3:13 pm
ethnic March 11, 2010 at 8:47 pm
YouWishUCouldKNow March 11, 2010 at 4:59 pm

Really? I thought Lala was fully Puerto Rican. She did a recent interview that explained that she was 100% Rican, but many people think she is African-American. She says she has no problem with the discrepancy. Oh well. They both seem like decent people…and Lala is beautiful.

Chief_Mulatto_Native February 16, 2010 at 10:34 am

His wife, Lala Vasquez is part Puerto Rican and part African-American, too. She should be on here, too!

Delnegro August 10, 2011 at 11:27 am
Amber B August 10, 2011 at 12:43 pm

@ Delnegro thumbs down!

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