by ethnic on July 5, 2009

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Birth Name: Aubrey Drake Graham

Place of Birth: Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Date of Birth: October 24, 1986

*African-American (father)
*Ashkenazi Jewish (mother)

Aubrey Graham, also known as Drake and Drizzy Drake, is a Canadian actor, rapper, singer, songwriter, record producer, and entrepreneur. He is known for his role as Jimmy Brooks on the popular Canadian show Degrassi: The Next Generation. He later released a popular mixtape with songs like “Every Girl” and “Best I Ever Had”, and moved on to a successful musical career.

Drake’s American father, Dennis Graham, a musician, is African-American. Drake’s Canadian mother, Sandi (Sher), is Ashkenazi Jewish (of Latvian Jewish and Russian Jewish descent). Drake was raised Jewish; he attended a Jewish day school and was Bar Mitzvah. Drake is a dual citizen of Canada and the U.S.

Drake has a son with French artist Sophie Brussaux.

On his father’s side, Drake is related to American musicians Teenie Hodges (born Mabon Lewis Hodges), a rhythm and lead guitarist and songwriter, and Larry Graham, a bass guitar player.

Drake’s maternal grandfather was Reuben “Ruby” Sher (the son of Morris Sher and Julia Novick). Reuben was born in Toronto, to Latvian Jewish parents.

Drake’s maternal grandmother was Evelyn Etta Brontman (the daughter of Avraham/Abraham Brontman and Lena/Leah Zlatka Osherenko). Evelyn was born in Ontario, to Russian Jewish parents. Lena was the daughter of Abram Osherenko and Gitel.

A picture of Drake’s father can be seen below:

Dennis Graham  Credit: Santiago Interiano / PRPhotos.com - Contact (1-866-551-7827) - Portrait

Dennis Graham Credit: Santiago Interiano / PRPhotos.com

A picture of Drake with his mother can be seen below:

Sandi Graham - Photo Credit: Robin Wong / PR Photos

Sandi Graham – Photo Credit: Robin Wong / PR Photos

Sources: Genealogy of Drake (focusing on his mother’s side) – https://www.geni.com

Drake’s maternal great-grandparents, Morris Sher and Julia Novick, on the 1911 Canadian Census – https://familysearch.org

Obituary of Drake’s maternal grandmother, Evelyn Etta (Brontman) Sher – http://www.legacy.com

{ 102 comments… read them below or add one }

Ardor May 21, 2017 at 11:21 pm

He’s an Atlantid.

Lol jks

Samiiraa January 16, 2017 at 7:17 am

He looks North African

savanna May 30, 2016 at 6:59 pm
Mafia888 April 30, 2016 at 8:00 am

He looks like a albino Black guy. Nothing special.

Greyface March 20, 2016 at 4:39 pm

I am consulting with a cosmetic surgeon to see if I can TRANSFORM into his incredible good looks, he is maxim hottest man 2016! better composer than mozart as well.

malabo girl October 29, 2015 at 5:50 pm

he looks 10% black only he looks more Jewish or midle eastern than black

slowdive January 29, 2016 at 1:10 pm

Middle Eastern? He could pass an exotic Yemeni. However he would easily pass in Southern Morocco.

Adamina September 14, 2016 at 1:50 am

@Slow Dive He could easily pass for a Libyan too

neiltennant April 18, 2018 at 1:34 pm

okay haha

Im also Jewish partly but I do not know 1 Jew who looks like him

he looks like what he is

half black half Jewish

abbracci October 8, 2015 at 2:23 am

He’s hideous and he’s a spoiled half-breed brat who’s always been rich and thinks he started from the bottom. Drake is nothing special.

100 Kila and Kap G are better rappers than him.

100 Kila’s music is better than Drake’s. He deserves to be more famous than Drake.

Capricious October 9, 2015 at 3:08 am

His eyes are just too far apart.

hotline-bling November 3, 2015 at 3:52 pm

Go else where and stop hating on him just cuz he’s better than you!

fokumeen December 31, 2015 at 4:57 pm

Even in whatever language this is he’s ‘rapping’ in, he sux. But you just troll all the black celebs on here. Must be a boring life. Look at the horrible music you listen to. Your life sucks dude… really.

Hill April 5, 2017 at 6:37 am

damn you’re one angry arab

ilovecherlloyd October 8, 2015 at 12:13 am

This Jewish guy from Israel looks so much like Drake. That means Drake looks Jewish. Here’s his Instagram: https://instagram.com/jewishszn/

ilovecherlloyd October 8, 2015 at 12:06 am

He looks this Jewish guy named Nissim from Israel:

I think Drake is ugly, weird looking, overrated and annoying though. I hate him. He bitches in his music. Mulattos/biracial black kids are so overrated.

caster September 18, 2015 at 3:54 pm

damn this picture is outdated as hell,now he looks like a Dominican bouncer, he went from Habibi who sells fish at the market to Ahmed who flies hoes out to Dubai

Sapphire101 September 6, 2015 at 3:06 pm

wait, he’s name is aubrey? there’s a lot i didn’t know about drake

cwm85 July 30, 2015 at 3:35 pm

A lot of hate because the guy is mixed.. Damn… bunch of bigots on this site…

hesh123 July 30, 2015 at 4:16 pm
Bow Down Bitches July 26, 2015 at 9:16 pm

he looks egyptian or moroccan

mexicanpride July 19, 2015 at 6:45 pm

Drake is ugly as sh!t and isn’t one of a kind. He’s so overhyped. There is thousands of famous Jews and Blacks. He wouldn’t be sh!t without his fans and his songs are mediocre. Mulattos are nothing special and look like light skinned Blacks. Eurasians and Mestizos look better.

M July 23, 2015 at 8:13 pm

I’ve seen uglier people.

hesh123 July 30, 2015 at 2:54 pm

And yet he is still a dumpster fire with a shark-tale face.

abbracci May 28, 2015 at 2:31 am

Drake is so hideous. I want to punch his face. His songs are so corny. He looks White. He doesn’t look Black. His Black blood is diluted. Drake is a white boy and a tryhard.

ethnic May 28, 2015 at 8:11 am

One of the few “rappers” I will listen to nowadays.

mermaid_ May 28, 2015 at 1:31 am

He’s ugly and gay. He doesn’t even look Black. He’s too pale. His father must be mixed with White or Native American. I thought he was Puerto Rican or Arab.

M May 31, 2015 at 8:23 am

Lol same. He could easily fit in Morocco and Egypt.

Mafia888 March 10, 2015 at 6:09 am

Drake is nothing special. So many celebrities are Jewish and Black.

Mafia888 March 10, 2015 at 5:48 am

Drake is so ugly. He looks White. Hispanic and darker skinned Black guys are hotter than him. I hate how he says “nigga” in his music when he’s there’s like 80% White in his DNA and he grew up in a rich white neighborhood. Drake thinks he’s a pure Black gangster from Compton.

sarahle May 10, 2015 at 10:08 am


…but true xD

SEEXYPUREBLOODLATINA July 5, 2014 at 7:14 pm

Lol to “wtf” smh, I think youre a chic so grl u crazy! But yea, not attractive to me either! Annnnd so true he tries to act hood when he prob grew up w silver spoon in his mouth!

annfast June 21, 2014 at 10:14 am

He probably had ukrainian jewish-Osherenko is ukrainian jewish surname

WTF June 20, 2014 at 5:47 am


annfast June 21, 2014 at 10:13 am

I agree with you

Gurrl June 25, 2014 at 12:03 am

He did complain he didn’t make a lot of money on Degrassi. Maybe he did start from “the bottom up”

Marseille June 20, 2014 at 3:52 am

Drake is a white boy.

aaa July 11, 2013 at 5:19 pm

black + jewish is a interesting mixture,he looks biracial(mulatto) but he can pass for north african

fuzzybear44 July 14, 2013 at 4:13 am
andrew July 14, 2013 at 1:46 pm
fuzzybear44 September 7, 2013 at 5:42 am
andrew September 7, 2013 at 7:29 am

they allow blacks to play (if they’re good), while Algeria, Egypt, Morocco dont. If you search France and England (and Belgium too now) squads most players are black or mixed, it doesnt mean most French and English are like them

fuzzybear44 September 7, 2013 at 8:10 am
andrew September 7, 2013 at 1:32 pm

I dunno, he must hold an Algerian passport to play for them. I dont know handball, a small sport. All the Algerians and most of Moroccans soccer players known to European fans are completely Caucasians. Normally the best ones play for France or other Euro nations, the worst ones for the country of their parents. You cant ever heard Zidane, he’s one one of best footballer of all time and he is of Algerian (Berber) descent

fuzzybear44 September 8, 2013 at 7:07 am


(I dunno, he must hold an Algerian passport to play for them)

Well I guess he would have an Algerian passport,seeing how he was born and Algerian.his name is (Abdérazak Hamad):

(All the Algerians and most of Moroccans soccer players known to European fans are completely Caucasians)

Well after everything you’ve seen,you should know by now, that the outward appearance can be deceiving

(You cant ever heard Zidane, he’s one one of best footballer of all time and he is of Algerian (Berber) descent

I don’t follow soccer,but i do know of Zidane. I also notice you brought attention to his Berber descent.You said earlier that definitely the inland berbers are mixed,which is why they are blackish.However you refuse to even entertain the idea that the whitish looking ones are impure.Lets take a look at the Almoravid dynasty,they were Berbers who ruled Spain, and the Mediterranean during the 11th and 12th centuries AD.
Take a look at this video,and pay attention to what the Almoravid berbers are said to be at the 1:10 mark:
I also provided you with a book,that was written almost a Hundred yrs ago called (Barbary Rovers – John Finnemore),which i assume you bypass.In that book,it clearly shows what the moors are.Here’s a quote from the book:

( The merchant crew strive hard to clear their decks and load their guns, and meanwhile the Corsair galley is sweeping up to them faster and faster. Now she can be clearly seen. At the prow of the vessel is a high platform, and this is packed by a body of desperate ruffians, coal-black Moors, brown-faced Turks in turbans, or renegades in Greek caps)

Now what did the moors look like?
Oh here’s another picture of moors in the early days:

Here’s Mulay Ahmad the Berber king of Tunis:
could he have been of mixed blood,I think yes

andrew September 8, 2013 at 5:17 pm

Zidane is actually a Kabyle, a sub-ethnic group of Berbers of Algeria (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kabyle_people)

Btw I cant do anything. You have your ideas. If I type “afrocentrism is” my google suggests in order: stupid, racist, bullshit, racism. Other results are: is a joke, a lie, a responce to racism, myth or science, is the problem, is wrong,

fuzzybear44 September 9, 2013 at 5:07 am


(Zidane is actually a Kabyle, a sub-ethnic group of Berbers of Algeria )

Yes I know about his background

( If I type “afrocentrism is” my google suggests in order: stupid, racist, bullshit, racism. Other results are: is a joke, a lie, a responce to racism, myth or science, is the problem, is wrong,)

You know someone suggested I look up eurocentric definition,and here’s what it said:

eurocentric-ˌyərōˈsentrik,ˌyo͞orō- 1. Big Fat Lairs; 2.People who tainted history; 3.People who said Africans had no history,meanwhile Looting the Continent of it riches,and storing anything they could not melt down in vaults in museums;4.People who say all the great empires in Africa were created by the great white race.

I couldn’t believe that was right in the dictionary this whole time.


This is the very reason why I purposely didn’t use anybody Black.Because I knew someone,was going to use that word,hoping to nullify my information.However as I told you ,this was being taught now by whites as well as blacks.Because it’s factual history, those people you like to call Afrocentric,weren’t making stuff up(of course i don’t know which ones you were listening to).However if you still don’t want to accept it,that’s fine

andrew September 9, 2013 at 3:44 pm

I think the so-called eurocentrism is related to white supremacists. You can read bullshit like “all the great empires in Africa were created by the great white race” referred to Ancient Egypt on sites like Stormfront. I find funny the way these people are obsessed with the word “white” since so many if not all “white” people are obsessed with tanning. After all I think ancient Egyptians weren’t different from modern ones (pred. Caucasians), saying they were black or white as American afro/eurocentrists say is ridiculous

fuzzybear44 September 10, 2013 at 5:26 am


(I think ancient Egyptians weren’t different from modern ones (pred. Caucasians),

First lets get this out the way,white people are indeed caucasoid,but caucasoid doesn’t mean white,It’s simply a phenotype.Now a blind man can see the difference between this:

and this

between this


and this

It’s obvious there has been some changing going on.

(saying they were black or white as American afro/eurocentrists say is ridiculous)

So white people portraying themselves like this:
in movies,Documentaries,cartoons etc,that’s ok with you.However when those American Blacks say that’s not what they looked like.well that’s, just ridiculous.Look we’ve talked about this before,so how about I let some experts tell you:

Sally-Ann Ashton 1:25 mark:

you can even look up (godfrey higgins),he even says the egyptians were a black civilization.

This has nothing to do with being Afrocentric,just Afro-facts.Even Ethnic the site administrator,who stays out of the debates,says the Egyptians were black,and he’s Asian .

andrew September 5, 2013 at 5:45 pm

the 2 photos of black ppl you have posted arent representative of North Africans, they’re probably Tuareg

fuzzybear44 September 7, 2013 at 5:55 am
andrew September 7, 2013 at 7:22 am

I dont give a fuck about that blog and she’s not a friend of mine lol! The average North African live in big towns on Mediterranean coast and has olive skin, while ppl from small villages in the inland can be more mixed. Of the “new” pics you have posted, the first one is a very good picture, they’re probably from South Morocco. The other ones aren’t representive of the local population

fuzzybear44 September 7, 2013 at 7:33 am


No these are algerians

The next two pics are Lybians,and the last is from Tunisa

andrew September 7, 2013 at 7:50 am

thanks, they seem happy, no need to go to Europe. Do u know Zidane?

fuzzybear44 September 7, 2013 at 7:51 am


( The average North African live in big towns on Mediterranean coast and has olive skin, while ppl from small villages in the inland can be more mixed.)

So your saying only the inland ones are mixed?

andrew September 7, 2013 at 7:58 am

definitely. I heard racism episodes on the press

fuzzybear44 September 7, 2013 at 8:26 am


(definitely. I heard racism episodes on the press)

That doesn’t mean they are not mixed.All that means,is that they don’t see themselves as you.I once debated this Moroccan.He clearly said he had black African blood in him.However he said he was different because he bronzed in the sun,not like us N-word.He didn’t know what i looked like,he just made an assumption and thought he was better than me.He was completely wrong,but that how racist are.They see dark skin as below them,so there is no way,they will see themselves the same.Simply disassociation example:
Now how many black people do think would be ok with black face?

I love you, Roger Scientist March 20, 2012 at 9:54 pm


Drake and his mother. She is a short but cute little lady.

me March 20, 2012 at 10:22 pm

his mother looks like Barbra Streisand

I love you, Roger Scientist March 20, 2012 at 10:30 pm

She does actually.

Anya March 17, 2012 at 1:37 pm

He looks Israeli. I was in Tel Aviv and saw about 3 Drake lookalikes while I was there!

scallyswag July 21, 2012 at 8:57 pm

Israeli is a nationality, not an ethnicity, douchebag

you probably saw the lookalikes because many jewish women marry black men, so their kids looks non-jewish

Princess June 12, 2014 at 8:58 pm

Drake looks more Jewish than Black.

ignorant killer 2 March 17, 2012 at 1:30 pm

Ha Ha Ha African canadians are just one big joke. they try to act like they come from the hood. it’s canada there are no hoods. canada is the safetiest place in the world.

sammuel March 17, 2012 at 1:38 pm








ignorant killer 2 March 17, 2012 at 1:43 pm

he was on degrassi one of the gayest tv show ever. plus he’s jewish so he’s wealthy. btw his music suck like every music nowadays.

Dolce March 1, 2012 at 2:33 pm
me March 1, 2012 at 4:18 pm

I thought she died in the Holocaust

boss February 17, 2012 at 7:42 am






WTF June 26, 2014 at 9:56 am

lmfao you’re a joke. put drake next to a 100% black person like akon or some other african. he looks mixed. in fact he looks egyptian or arab…

and YES you dumbass bitch, jewish people are white.

Saedra January 29, 2012 at 7:27 pm

Im sorry if this seems racist but how does a biracial child who was raised by a single white mother and barley knew their black father relate to their black side when they most likely lived in and attended predominatley white neighborhoods and schools. I don’t get it. Coming from the biracial child of a single black mother so don’t call me racist.

WTF June 26, 2014 at 10:05 am

idk good question. that happens a lot. i’m biracial but i don’t have a white parent. both of my parents are mulattoes. anyway, i relate with both of my sides. i have a lot of biracial, latino, and asian friends. dark skinned black girls used to hate on me all the time, so i don’t really have any “black” girl friends. i think they’re intimidate by pretty light-skinned mixed girls because every race of men wants us. i’m not trying to sound like i’m a conceited bitch, but i’m just bein real. i keep it reall 100% of the time, even when the truth hurts. anyway, i think it also depends on which parent is black. i noticed that most of the time when a person has a black dad, they tend to act more “black”. they hang with the black crowd and are more “urban”. i’m not sayin that this is true for every single mixed person with a black dad. it’s just an observation. i have a few biracial friends with black dads and they act “white”, so yeah.. anyway, if they have a white dad they tend to act more “white” and have white friends. BUT again like i said, that’s not always the case. my friend has a white dad and a black mom and all her boyfriends were white. another one of my biracial friends has a white mom and a black dad, and she’s mostly dated black guys, but her current bf is filipino.

WTF June 26, 2014 at 10:08 am

oh and one more thing i forgot to mention…. if their black dad was absent in their life, they tend to compensate. they feel like they have something to prove so they basically put on an act and pretend to be hood.

Liam O'Connel January 22, 2012 at 3:23 am

So he’s half Jewish and half black. I don’t think he’d fit in too well with white supremists lol. Drake’s awesome though, he’s one cool dude

Diana Rodriguez January 17, 2012 at 11:32 am

He is one talented man,man i didnt know he was “26”!! You is one fine jewish man! Best i ever seen ,and if i had you i would of said best i ever had;)

Monique January 13, 2012 at 6:23 am

I LOVE DRAKE! doesnt matter what race he is he is still FINEEEEEEEEE

izyanettsutton January 10, 2012 at 8:46 pm

no matter what race he is hes a great rapper/singer and very handsome!!!!

Acadiana January 10, 2012 at 10:51 pm

I love his music. Very talented.

Kimber69 December 22, 2011 at 6:44 pm

His father is black but he’s not from America…..therefore he’s not African American.

mixedandpretty December 29, 2011 at 1:06 pm

his father is an african american musician from memphis tennessee he met drakes mother on his travels they were married making drake an american citizen as well as one in canada he moved back to canada at age 5 know your facts before you diss:)

stupid fake people January 21, 2012 at 4:25 pm

Canada is in North “America” sweetie…know your geography before you try to post something

That Black Guy December 12, 2011 at 5:25 pm

I’ve always known he was mixed with something other than African American.

Titi December 9, 2011 at 5:22 am

Keep pushing drake!

Dolce November 11, 2011 at 2:31 pm

I thought he was arabian :L

nastywilly October 25, 2011 at 10:15 pm

i thought he was taliban

Khriz October 24, 2011 at 10:43 pm

I though he was dominican too

wendie October 15, 2011 at 10:52 am

he is sooo sexy! whole time i thought he was dominican <3

Nathan Gavin August 10, 2011 at 2:27 am

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lovely July 26, 2011 at 9:50 pm

I knew he was mixed,but he looks all black

American87 September 22, 2011 at 9:36 pm

lovely, when you say this, do you mean he looks all black, as in sub-saharan african black? Or black like, yes it´s taken for granted that many people of african descent are mixed with european and native american black? Please explain, because to me he looks even MORE european than many european black/white mixed people.

really? October 15, 2011 at 6:06 pm

um, no drake does not look mostly european. you can clearly tell that he is part black or african-american or whatever you want to call it.

rachel July 8, 2011 at 8:40 am

EDIT .. drake is lebonese !

Drake Shirts July 6, 2011 at 3:47 pm

I never knew Drake was mix. I thought he was puerto rican.

rafael July 6, 2011 at 4:05 pm

ha ha ha puerto rican?

derrick steve October 9, 2011 at 12:35 pm

i taugth he was jamiacan

G. Robins December 12, 2011 at 4:07 pm

Wow thats interesting because if you study Puerto Ricans they too have some ties to African Heritage! In one of Drakes songs he made reference to Creole! I’m creole and in my opinion he could pass for Creole! lol! Drake looks like members of my family easily! I keep telling you folks African-Americans are the most diverse of all of you. Almost all African Americans have a Drake look alike in their family! I keep encouraging people to do your research you will learn alot! That way before you make your comments you will be informed as to what you are talking about!

Rachel Vasquez July 4, 2011 at 8:42 am

Sexy a$$ mix!

micayla March 25, 2011 at 4:27 am

i duno wat u ppl tawkin bout bt drake is 1 fine as black jew Ever

Ann March 7, 2011 at 5:07 pm

Almost half of the half-white/black celebrities in America are either half Jewish or half Italian. Jews and Blacks used to have a close relationship with each other back in the day. In fact, the NAACP was first created by Jews. Jews and Blacks could relate because of the Holocaust and slavery. I’m sure they’re some prejudice Jews (and blacks), but it’s very minimal. Albert Einstein was a strong Civil Rights supporter.

WTF March 8, 2011 at 5:58 am

To Ann

your words(Jews and Blacks could relate because of the Holocaust and slavery)

Actually it had very little to do with that.In those camps,they had large population of black Jews.They were around each other living. both groups were treated pretty bad by whites.Alot of the African Jews were sent here as slaves.I mean there were a number of reasons.Same thing with the Irish,who until they got their white card got along with black people off and on etc

Me. March 17, 2011 at 10:39 pm

The fact that they weren’t seen as white was another thing. So yes it has a lot to do with that. Both were oppressed. :/ It’s being able to relate.

Amber Berg July 8, 2011 at 9:39 pm

I agree I am Jewish and Black! My grandmother is Jewish and loves black people, she also goes to NAACP meetings! And always relates the Holocaust to Black struggles! I love my mix it is unique and very diverse!

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