Jurnee Smollett-Bell

by ethnic on May 26, 2010

Birth Name: Jurnee Diana Smollett

Place of Birth: New York City, New York, U.S.

Date of Birth: October 1, 1986

*Ashkenazi Jewish (father)
*African-American, Native American, Louisiana Creole, Irish (mother)

Jurnee Smollett-Bell, also credited as Jurnee Smollett, is an American actress. She played Samantha Booke in the film The Great Debaters. She is the daughter of Janet (Harris) and Joel Smollett. Her siblings include Jojo Smollett, Jazz Smollett, Jussie Smollett, Jake Smollett, and Jocqui Smollett, all of whom have been involved in the entertainment business.

Jurnee’s father, who was white, was Ashkenazi Jewish (from a family from Russia and Poland). Jurnee’s mother is black.

Jurnee stated in an interview that her mother has African-American, Native American, Louisiana Creole, and Irish ancestry.

Jurnee is married to musician Josiah Bell, with whom she has a son.

Jurnee’s paternal grandmother’s name is Molly.

Jurnee’s maternal grandparents are John Harris and Grace Smith.

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{ 9 comments… read them below or add one }

phaedra May 12, 2016 at 5:59 pm

She looks like Alicia Keys.

archer303 December 26, 2015 at 2:44 pm

According to Wikipedia she’s black and white.

myarmyrulesyours August 23, 2014 at 9:52 am

Jurnee is white. She is not black or biracial.

perez-richart September 7, 2015 at 9:34 pm

she looks birracial to me

cwm85 September 8, 2015 at 5:53 pm

Um… she is multiracial moron. It id posted unless you can’t read.

brilee_ November 16, 2015 at 2:44 pm

She isn’t just white, she’s multiracial lol

bustygoddess December 6, 2015 at 9:02 pm

Wtf?! I didn’t even know she had any white blood, stop acting so damn ignorant, you moron!

Samiiraa September 14, 2016 at 11:29 am

It’s pretty obvious she has white blood …

bleachsoda April 23, 2016 at 1:50 pm

she is mixed lol

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