Gabrielle Union

by ethnic on May 22, 2010

Birth Name: Gabrielle Monique Union

Place of Birth: Omaha, Nebraska, U.S.

Date of Birth: October 29, 1972

Ethnicity: African-American

Gabrielle Union is an American actress and model. Her parents are both African-American. Her mother descends from the prominent Bryant-Fisher African-American family in Nebraska. Gabrielle is married to basketball player Dwayne Wade.

Gabrielle’s paternal grandfather was Sylvester Union, Sr. (the son of The Rev. Frank Union and Betsey/Betsy Smith/Johnson). Sylvester was born in Florida. The Rev. Frank was the son of Shedrick Union and Henrietta Boykins. Betsey was the daughter of Andrew Johnson and Christo.

Gabrielle’s paternal grandmother was Etta Helen Nails (the daughter of Clarence Nails and Roxie Abram). Etta Helen was born in Oklahoma. Clarence was the son of Alexander Nails/Nail and Rosa McCoy. Roxie was the daughter of Charley/Charles Abram and Tobitha Anderson.

Gabrielle’s maternal grandfather was John Glass (born John Washington, the son of Charles Washington and Ora Belle Daniels). John was born in California. Ora was the daughter of Charles Daniels and Mattie Ingram.

Gabrielle’s maternal grandmother was Gloria G. Davis (the daughter of Virgil Davis and Myrtle Mae Fisher). Gloria was born in Nebraska. Virgil was the son of David Davis and Grace. Myrtle was the daughter of Frank Fisher and Emma Early.

In an interview, Gabrielle stated that she checked her ancestry and discovered that she has West African, Filipino, and Native American heritage. It is not clear if this Filipino and/or Native American ancestry has been documented/verified. No such lineage appears among Gabrielle’s recent ancestors. Gabrielle’s statements may be based on some kind of DNA test that she undertook (i.e., one that stated she has “Native American” and/or “Asian” ancestry).

Sources: Genealogy of Gabrielle Union –

Gabrielle’s paternal grandfather, Sylvester Union, on the 1920 U.S. Census –
Sylvester Union on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Gabrielle’s paternal grandmother, Etta Helen Nails, on the 1920 U.S. Census –
Etta Helen Nails on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Gabrielle’s maternal grandfather, John Glass, on the 1940 U.S. Census –

Gabrielle’s maternal great-grandmother, Ora Belle Daniels, on the 1900 U.S. Census –

Obituary of Gabrielle’s maternal great-grandmother, Ora Belle (Daniels) Washington Glass –

Gabrielle’s maternal grandmother, Gloria G. Davis, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

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neiltennant June 26, 2018 at 11:14 am

I HAVE researched and found out that she looks very young for being born in 1972

on the other side we have here people who are young but look old

alexgxo February 19, 2017 at 11:47 am

Her mom looks mixed but not like mulatto.. Iike a MGM with noticeable European blood (but probably said she’s black).. but gabby herself looks mostly black to me.

legez August 29, 2015 at 7:37 am

she looks 90% black and 10% native

athelya November 17, 2015 at 10:52 am

looks like she has some white ancestry too

cwm85 July 15, 2015 at 3:18 pm

I bet she has some Asian, European in her too.

Dogg January 2, 2015 at 7:44 am

75% African, 25% European.

me January 6, 2015 at 7:13 am

really?she looks 90% african.

midori29 January 23, 2015 at 7:53 am

@Dogg, no way in heck she is 25% European. Again, I think people have to inject European into pretty black women. For some odd reason. She does look 90% Negroid.

midori29 February 18, 2015 at 1:16 pm

@Dogg, light skinned and greene eyed, sandy haired model Tyra banks is not even 25% caucasian, Tyra’s DNA test was 18% caucasian, so how do you see 25% on Gabriel?

M May 31, 2015 at 8:18 am

She looks multiracial, black, Asian, and white.

Zatm81 July 15, 2015 at 2:46 pm

She just looks Black tbh.

ihatemostpeople May 6, 2014 at 11:07 pm

She could be part NA and Filipino. Her eyes look a little Asian.

Caribbeangirl September 27, 2014 at 4:11 am

Sweetie just letting you know that Black people have small eyes too !!!!!! smh once your eyes are smaller americans always assume you have some type of asian :/

Sully January 20, 2015 at 12:21 am

Black people can have almond shaped eyes and high-cheek bones too. It doesn’t make them part Asian or Native American. They can just naturally have it too.

black_bahian February 5, 2015 at 10:56 am

black people have smal leyes too, look nigerian soccer player obi mikel he have small eyes,

terrian November 24, 2013 at 6:27 pm

PEOPLE WHO THINK IM LYING IM NOT!!!!!!! im actually related to her shes my cousin I’m not even kidding she has a small part of native American we are from the Cherokee tribe she never comes around the Keys family (half of our family) cause shes way to stuck up

follers November 24, 2013 at 6:54 pm

What was the name of Gabrielle Union’s last Native American ancestor?

kiwi7777 November 18, 2013 at 11:37 am

People who are insecure want to deny Gabrielle’s ethinicity they did it to Beyonce when she mentioned her ethinicity. Gabrielle union is not pure African she has other ethinicities in her blood whether it happen 40 years ago or 100 years ago it’s still apart of her and I’m glad she’s embracing it. Fair skin and light eyes for black people do not always symbolize one with many ethinicities. Pick up a book black people because more and more y’all sound ignorant once again. Btw I’m black so don’t call me racist.

noneofyourbusiness November 26, 2014 at 4:56 pm

I agree with you. It’s always the jealous black people who wished they looked like her that want to deny her other ethnicities. The same thing with Rihanna and Meagan Good. I doubt every single African American is purely black, they have white in them from the slave days and probably some Native American.

noneofyourbusiness November 26, 2014 at 4:58 pm

I forgot to add that some mixed race black people decided to identify as solely black regardless of their mixed background. Those mixed black people married other blacks and thus creating what is called an MGM mixed African American.

midori29 December 21, 2014 at 8:27 pm

@noneofyourbussiness , All Black people are mixed, period. there is no jealously. What a silly comment.

midori29 December 21, 2014 at 8:26 pm

@Kiwi 7777 most blacks in America and the Carribean are MIXED. Its not about denying, it about unifying. There is no separation among , BLACKS, we have ALL been mixed .White Americans are mixed too.

midori29 February 18, 2015 at 1:20 pm

@Kiwi7777 Gabrielle looks pretty near 100% African to me. There are many many Ghanians with her looks

kiwi777 October 9, 2015 at 5:56 pm

There’s nothing wrong with being 100% African, no one is saying being African is ugly. Gabrielle just said in an interview that she is not 100%. Genetics goes beyond looks, it’s the DNA and there’s no changing her DNA whether she looks 100% or not.

Lisette February 17, 2013 at 2:02 am

Here’s an interview w/ Nia, Sanna Lathna, and Gabrielle union embracing being African American actress

Have a good day people who are jealous of black women hahaha

Ryan January 18, 2013 at 5:24 am

Perfect example of an African American. Predominately Black with white, Asian and Native American admixture. Looks GOOD on her.

Lisette February 17, 2013 at 2:03 am

Here’s an interview w/ Nia, Sanna Lathna, and Gabrielle union embracing being African American actress

Have a good day people who are jealous of black women hahaha

sashafierce564 July 13, 2012 at 10:38 pm

Yeah exactly What BLAH said if she had 5 babies and 5different baby daddys and live in the ghetto would you call her mixed NOOOO just the black girl but since she famous and rich and successful ALL of a sudden she has flipino ancestry

David September 8, 2012 at 2:52 pm

So she found OUT that she was Mixed When she
Did Research on her Family Tree and found out that she’s More Than AA
She is also Filipino & Native American
How Does it Harm You?

sashafierce564 July 13, 2012 at 10:31 pm

Omg I totally agreed with blah yea she probably got like 15 % flopino blood in her but that doesn’t make her mixed you at least gotta have 50 %. She always gonna be black. I look on all black celebrities on this site and that’s say she gotta be mixed because of her eyes or skin color. GABRIELLE UNION IS BLACK! Stop tryna turn our beautiful black women into mix races , it’s irritating!!! She is African American.

David September 8, 2012 at 2:46 pm

So she found OUT that she was Mixed When she Looked into her Family Tree HOW Does that Harm YOU

David September 8, 2012 at 2:48 pm

Really 15% is NOT Mixed ONLY 50%
What BS

fuzzybear44 September 9, 2012 at 3:40 am

To David

As much as the people are going to be upset with me(which is nothing new),I have to agree.People tend to only see (first generation) as mixed,however most are MGM.

Sage April 3, 2014 at 9:37 am

There aren’t many mixed people who are exactly 50% of one race and 50% of the other,David.

fuzzybear44 September 9, 2012 at 3:56 am

To sashafierce564

Now I know your probably going to be upset with me,but it’s just an ancestral bloodline. Having said bloodline in no way stops her from being the beautiful black woman she is.Every black person I know, has another ethnic bloodline in them,yet they still proud black people

Jose October 10, 2012 at 6:56 am

dude your a moron 15% is plenty mixed and that makes her mix not just black

19934ever April 29, 2012 at 9:49 am

she Part not Full Filipino yes she does more african features just because she dark does make her 100 african american goddamn

Multiethnicchick July 10, 2012 at 7:46 pm

wow, Asians have broad noses and full lips too, skin color has nothing to do with how mixed you are.

Jose October 10, 2012 at 7:03 am

that is very true phenotype aka how people look never correspond with there actually genetics, i have african and na in me but people label me as straight white which is wrong

fuzzybear44 September 9, 2012 at 3:45 am

To 19934ever

I going to say this one more time.AA doesn’t just mean black,you can have other bloodlines in you.Also (Multiethnicchick) is right,have seen Filipinos

ihatemostpeople May 6, 2014 at 11:17 pm

LMAO no one is 100% African American unless you were actually born in Africa and came over to America, or your parents were born in Africa and had you in America. Most African Americans are mixed with white, and a lot also have Native American admixture. Some are tri-racial (black, white, and Native American). Dumbass!!!!!

Shara April 29, 2012 at 2:50 am

Yeah she has all african features and characteristics. If it looks like a duck, it’s a duck. She’s pure african.

Shara April 29, 2012 at 2:41 am

Ok I just had to register to this site to comment on this one. Grabrielle is PURE BLACK! How? Eyes far apart running from themselves. Wide nose. Flat nose. Big lips. Oh and dark skin. That’s almost ALL of the traits of an African.

And where did Filipino come from? It much have been gazillions of generations ago. This site should stop claiming ancestors back in the 1600’s lol. Because they don’t count. If that’s the case, didn’t we all come from Adam and Eve? See the point? Exactly.

This chick is pure African (from the label African American).

Bobatu March 24, 2012 at 12:08 pm

Straight up AA.

Mia February 26, 2012 at 12:11 am

i dnt kno if ppl in this world have realized this or not but NEWS FLASH!!! NOBODY is 100% anything anymore. we all have some ancestry now. even some we dnt kno about. im african american, but my grandmother has really long curly hair and i just found out i have chicasaw indian in my family. i wish ppl can just except others for who they are and stop telling ppl wat they are.

Telo June 16, 2011 at 10:44 pm

She is haitian

Hannie November 11, 2011 at 2:21 pm

I Know Right!

flo March 26, 2017 at 5:08 pm

No that is Garcelle Beauvais

anonymous May 4, 2011 at 6:33 pm

idk about the filipino… but im actually related to her and we have native american all throughout our roots..

amandy! April 18, 2011 at 6:06 pm

your pathetic! lol If you really believe such ignorant nonsense, it’s probably because you’ve heard similar things being said about you because you’re as ugly as your words. You’re clearly just a brainwashed…..make that brainLESS idiot who’s been influenced one too many times by the eurocentric media. You probably consider yourself “mixed” to improve your self-esteem. Use that computer of yours to look up the definition of “self-worth,” I promise it will to you wonders!

sharon January 19, 2011 at 10:54 am

some people can chill out on the ANCESTRY of her. She’s black, BUT her lineage; family roots are a mix like many african americans. Although, I must say filipino is pretty cool family history mix to trace to.

black wallstreet November 24, 2010 at 6:51 am

if your going to steal my name at least be intelligent

rocksta November 13, 2010 at 2:28 pm

ROFL you gotta be blind to not expect her to have Asian heritage, how obvious is that? the same with Nia Long

Meg January 4, 2012 at 8:43 am

You’re a very ignorant dumb individual to assume anyone with small eyes automatically has Asian heritage.

Anonymous September 2, 2010 at 11:48 am

look HERE…Gabrielle Union is a BEAUTIFUL BLACK WOMAN…Y are you guys taking all beautiful black woman n making them “mixed”…y isnt it ok to just be BLACK and Beautiful? i dont get it…

Anonymous September 2, 2010 at 11:57 am

I agree…i notice on other celebrities that are just black, there are absolutely NO comments on how beautiful they are…but the “mixed” celebrities get praised…the media brainwashing is a hell of the thing…smh…its like bein only black is a sin or a punishment…its ridiculous…

Britney Baker August 1, 2010 at 10:35 am

Gabrielle is a Filipino woman mixed with black and other things=]]]

Blah April 18, 2011 at 1:29 am

I wonder if Gabrielle Union was some ghetto chick in the hood with 5 kids by 5 different men, would any of you be trying to claim her as mixed? Probably not. She would just be black. Gotta love good old American racism I guess. This chick is black. Please stop being so desperate to claim her as mixed because she may have had a filipino great, great, great, great, great, great grandmother. By the way, Whoopi Goldberg is like %15 Native American. Where’s her trophy for being mixed?…No?….Not attractive enough?….My point exactly.

flo March 26, 2017 at 5:15 pm

Who people view as mixed is very political.

On this site some were saying Nicki Minaj couldn’t be a quarter Indian because she acts ‘ghetto’! If they don’t like you, you’re not mixed, even when you are.

Lil Mama is light skinned with green eyes (attributes people point out as proof of mixture) yet no one is rushing to ask or point out she is mixed. She’s not attractive so it’s okay, she can just be ‘black’.

izzy August 1, 2010 at 12:08 am

pretty :)

clark kent June 26, 2010 at 1:04 am

Filipino? this surprised i wonder how much? b/c how its listed here its as if she is half fillipino.

ethnic June 26, 2010 at 9:14 pm

Hey Clark Kent, I dont think its half, id say it goes back.

fuzzybear June 26, 2010 at 9:30 pm

To Clark Kent

Hello,how are you?Well first you got to remember African American mean everything you are,so the way it’s written make her look half Filipino.According to IMDB.COM she’s (African American, East Indian, Irish, English, and American Indian (Choctaw and Seminole) heritage.I Assuming East Indian is the Filipino part

ethnic June 27, 2010 at 9:06 am

i think they got that wrong with the east Indian.

fuzzybear June 27, 2010 at 11:58 pm

To Ethnic

Hey maybe your right,I do not know

Raff November 11, 2011 at 5:53 pm

Well Sharon Leal is half filipino and half black and she is extremely gorgeous and this also applies to Cassie Ventura.

total23 May 24, 2010 at 2:32 pm


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