Dave Chappelle

by maestro on November 28, 2015

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Birth Name: David Khari Webber Chappelle

Place of Birth: Washington, D.C.

Date of Birth: August 24, 1973

Ethnicity: African-American (including Ivorian), 1/4 Afro-Grenadian

Dave Chappelle is an American comedian, actor, screenwriter, and producer. He is known for his television series Chapelle’s Show, and for his stand-up comedy act. Dave is the son of Yvonne K. (Reed) and William David Chapelle III, both professors. Dave’s African ancestry includes Ivorian.

All of Dave’s grandparents were black. Dave has occasionally stated that his mother has recent white ancestry. It is not clear if any of Dave’s great-grandparents were white.

Dave’s paternal grandparents were Henry Talmage Chappelle (the son of William David Chappelle and Rosina C. Palmer) and Leola Webber. William was the son of Henry Chappelle and Patsie McCrory. Rosina’s father, Robert J. Palmer, who was a merchant and owned land, was a member of the South Carolina Legislature, then majority black, during Reconstruction.

Dave’s maternal grandparents were George Raymond Reed (the son of Samuel Reed) and Beatrice Murray (the daughter of Moses Butler Beakes). Beatrice was born in Grenada.

Source: Genealogy of Dave Chappelle – http://www.wargs.com

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Mr. Postman May 22, 2016 at 3:53 am

This article states that Chappelle says his mother is half-white:

“At the Radio City Music Hall show, he delivers an aside about his own mixed heritage — his mother, Seon, is half-white — as well as his mixed-race family.”


follers May 22, 2016 at 5:33 am

Chappelle’s maternal grandfather was described as African-American in his obituary (at the wargs link), and Chappelle’s maternal grandmother was a Grenada-born civil rights activist.

Mr. Postman May 24, 2016 at 12:18 am

On the DVD commentary, during the Clayton Bigsby sketch, Chappelle says that his grandfather was born to a white woman in a white hospital (segregation then). He said his grandfather could have been fully white or half-white but his birth father was unknown.

Manila December 29, 2015 at 5:41 am

Dave’s African-American ancestry includes Ivorian.

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