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). 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 Helen Nails (the daughter of Clarence Nails and Roxie Abram). 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). 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). 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 maternal great-grandmother, Ora Belle Daniels, on the 1900 U.S. Census –

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

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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

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