Kerry Washington

by ethnic on April 28, 2011

Birth Name: Kerry Marisa Washington

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

Date of Birth: January 31, 1977

Ethnicity: African-American, Afro-Jamaican (African, as well as some English, Scottish, Native American)

Kerry Washington is an American actress. She is the daughter of Valerie (Moss) and Earl Washington. Her father is from an African-American family. Her mother’s family is Jamaican, from St. Elizabeth (of mostly Afro-Jamaican background). A picture of Kerry with her parents can be seen below.

Kerry is married to American football player Nnamdi Asomugha, whose parents are Nigerian, of Igbo background. The couple has two children.

In an article at, Kerry said about her background:

My mother comes from a mixed-race background but from Jamaica, so she is partly English and Scottish and native American, but also descended from African slaves in the Caribbean. My dad’s family is four or five generations Brooklyn-based, but before that from South Carolina, and we are not sure which members of his family were slaves and which were free blacks.

One of Kerry’s grandmothers is named Isabelle.

44th Annual NAACP Image Awards - Arrivals

Kerry with her parents; Photo by Prphotos

1st photo by Helga Esteb /

{ 54 comments… read them below or add one }

savanna March 8, 2016 at 9:21 am

Her parents are Earl Washington and Valerie.

Picture of Kerry and her parents:

Dogg January 30, 2016 at 8:06 am

She’d have a gorgeous daughter with a white man.

fuzzybear44 January 31, 2016 at 12:15 am

Is the baby with the black man ugly or something?

karenj February 1, 2016 at 8:48 pm

hahaha I think Dogg needs to police up the way he put that. Plus he needs to double check his facts. Kerry Washington has one child by her African husband. It is her ONLY child. I think that is a shot at her for having dated while men in the past. Take one at me too since I have a white husband. Oh and she is a beautiful woman any baby she would have with any man would also be beautiful.

Dogg January 30, 2016 at 7:54 am

She’s an example of a beautiful black lady that’s mostly African in ancestry. She’s probably around 75% black. According to one study, most African Americans have at least 12.5% European in them and 20% have at least 25% European in them and 1% have at least 50% European in them. So that means most African-Americans are more than 75% black.

lelo4 October 19, 2015 at 6:24 pm

She looks very Afro-Latina, more than African-American. Like Dominican..

Kekit October 17, 2015 at 2:53 am

seen some Somalians that resemble her

California July 24, 2015 at 8:46 pm

The way she holds her lips annoys me. She just seems uppity, I’m surprised she married a Black man and had his baby. She’s such a White-washed Black woman.

M May 30, 2015 at 9:36 pm

You can be dark and still be mixed. I’m shocked at the ignorance displayed on this site. Not all mixed people are light, you can tell Kerry has mixed ancestry.

Zatm81 July 15, 2015 at 3:41 pm

I hate when people put emphases on a Black celeb being mixed with somthing else. Um, last time i checked most Black Americans have admixture. We’re all mixed.

cwm85 July 15, 2015 at 3:56 pm

Some more mixed than others. And if someone has other ethnic groups they should acknowledge it. I am Black, English, Scottish and Navajo American and proud. Should I ignore my other 3 ethnic groups and just claim to be black? I’m ashamed of who I am so why should I? I am black. But I’m also European and native.

midori29 March 3, 2015 at 10:11 am

Honestly I don’t know why she even mentioned the English, Scottish and Native American, that’s what most African Americans have about 200 years ago. I guarantee her English, Scottish, Native American was about 250 years ago. My grandmother has native American and grandfather has British but I look black, so whats the point. I do not even bring it up, I think it begins to look foolish, everyones mixed. Honestly, I think Kerry is trying to add some false “exoticness” to herself.

Sully March 4, 2015 at 2:56 pm

Honey, take a DNA test. Some people haven’t had a white ancestor in over 100 years, but could still come out 20-35% European, etc. Why? Because they are a multi-generational mixed person. Some of this stuff builds up overtime because everybody in your family had a little bit of it too. Almost all Black people of the Americas are mixed. It’s just a fact of life.

midori29 May 26, 2015 at 5:32 pm

@Sully, you just said the EXACT same thing I said, re-read my post

midori29 May 26, 2015 at 5:36 pm

@Sully, I am very aware of that but I don’t think its true in Kerry Washingtons case

angrygirl19 July 15, 2015 at 8:13 pm

thank you sully, for being smart

black_bahian February 5, 2015 at 11:13 am

beaitfull mouth

noneofyourbusiness January 31, 2015 at 7:58 am

She tries too hard to act and look white. Look at pictures of her when she was younger, she looks more ethnic and black. Now she’s trying to be a white woman. Her obvious nose job and cheek implants display that. She is not all that and her character on Scandal is degrading to black women.

midori29 February 5, 2015 at 10:35 am

In fact a new magazine cover of her is being accused of making her lighter and whiter looking. Some people just cannot accept a pretty black woman just as she is.

midori29 January 29, 2015 at 11:46 am
midori29 December 28, 2014 at 7:39 am

@Dogg your numbers are InFLATED most African Americans fall into the 0 to 13% range.

midori29 December 28, 2014 at 7:41 am

Of white admixture. But who really cares???? Theyre still majority Africans still. Theres no point arguing about percentages created by tape in slavery

alexgxo October 15, 2016 at 12:28 pm

Midor you’re ignorant as hell. Her mother would stick out like a sore thumb in a crowd of people straight out of SS Africa. Even Kerry looks very white influenced Though idk if that’s her natural state.

And stop with the whole black people are diverse. They are but there are some features that don’t come with them and some features that are obviously from admixture.

angrygirl19 September 3, 2014 at 1:42 pm

This is a perfect example of what’s I was talking about on the Beyonce post. You all like to single her out and call her “mixed race”, when she’s not. She has the same roots as of us black americans. White and Native American. No different.

GenealogyGuru September 16, 2014 at 9:06 pm

That still makes you mixed. Most African Americans are MIXED with white, and 1 out of every 20 AA are mixed with Native American. You might choose to identify with only one race, but that doesn’t change your ancestry.

midori29 December 6, 2014 at 1:55 pm

@angrygirl19 I am convinced that to ignorant people, every attractive black woman no matter how black she is , is considered “mixed”. Black and attractive for a female simply cannot go together.

Dogg December 23, 2014 at 11:34 pm

It’s not ignorant if it’s the truth. Why can’t you just accept that African-Americans have European ancestry?

arjanguelsk December 28, 2014 at 1:28 pm
midori29 December 29, 2014 at 10:39 am

@Dogg whats the point of arguing over whether someone is 15 or 50% white???? You are still black , look black and will be treated as black. Whats the point?

midori29 February 5, 2015 at 10:37 am

Who cares??? Honestly evryone in the world is mixed in the past. if your parents are not two different races why bother? You are black, even if you have past mixture and will be treated that way.

Dogg December 23, 2014 at 11:36 pm

I’m not a racist, but I rarely find non-mixed black women attractive. That’s just my personal taste.

midori29 December 29, 2014 at 10:41 am

@Dogg, I am sure you would find non mixed black women very attractive but the American media purposely shuts them out. Its like people want to hide the fact that there are many many super attractive non mixed black women.

flo January 7, 2017 at 9:55 pm

You should see the Tyra Banks post. Both her parents are black, her DNA results came out 80% African but the comments are saying she should still identify as mixed.

midori29 January 29, 2015 at 11:45 am

Yes here is a pic of Kerri Washingtons parents, they look like regular old black people

Check7t August 11, 2014 at 11:12 pm

She’s got a huge forehead.

WTF August 15, 2014 at 2:14 am

lmfao i agree. she’s not even that pretty, she’s hella average. there’s prettier black women than her. idk why they hype her up for some reason. meagan good looks better than her.

historybuff August 6, 2014 at 10:58 pm

AT LAST!!!!!! Someone speaks the truth. Kerry’s mother is very light-skinned and West Indian, so she is mixed. Most West Indians and Latin Americans ( dark and light-skinned )- especially Trini’s, Bajans and Guyanese are mixed. Trinidad had settlers from at least a dozen countries. Within this small island, everyone mixed freely and sometimes re-mixed with blacks further down the family tree. As a result, even some dark-skinned citizens have non-African/Black ancestors. However, the truth is that so many of these black actresses have (ethnic) plastic surgery that people tend to forget what they look like naturally. You have to look at old High School yearbooks, older music videos, older movies, etc. to be reminded about how these women ( and sometimes men ) really looked. Many black actresses ( for example, the bi-racial Halle Berry ) have lightened their skin, had obvious nose jobs, etc.. There is a childhood photo of Alicia Keys that shows that her natural nose was very wide. Kerry Washington’s complexion and nose has changed over time also. It’s not just studio lighting and photo-shopping; it’s also plastic surgery. Also, hair weaves, wigs, chemical hair processing, etc. tend to give these actresses a less African look at times. Beyonce’s nose, skin color and lips have changed. It does not matter that her mother is mixed. Beyonce has obviously undergone changes as a result of cosmetic changes. You have to look at these celebrities, their parents and other blood relations in their NATURAL state to really know their ethnic mix. You cannot assume that someone is vey mixed because they are light-skinned. Sometimes, the skin color is a result of chemical peels and fade creams- this has been going on for a very long time. I believe that skin lighteners that can be ingested ORALLY also exist. Also, just because someone is darker-skinned does not mean that they are not mixed. Some mixed Blacks/African-Americans/West-Indians, etc. have the full spectrum of shades in their family. One has to look at that person’s natural hair texture and phenotype- not just the skin color. For example, if one sibling is light-skinned and the other is not, it DOES NOT mean that one is mixed and the other is not. if they both have the same parents, they are both mixed. Take a look at Tyra Banks original nose, Kelly Rowland’s original nose, Cicely Tyson’s original nose and complexion, Aaliyah’s original nose and complexion, etc., etc.. Everyone should look at older footage and photos of celebrities and their blood relations before trying to guess their ethnicity.

Caribbeangirl August 16, 2014 at 6:23 am

Being light skin doesn’t make you mixed ! LOL Smh ! the ignorance erh! :/ since when light skin means you mixed?? And Im born and Breed West indian

WTF August 25, 2014 at 3:31 am

Dumbass bitch! How the fuck you think light skinned black people got their light skin??? Of course they have white in them and are mixed. Haven’t you ever heard of a multigenerational mixed person? Educate yourself, idiot!!

A MGM person may have had great grandparents or grandparents who were mixed, but identified as black. Therefore if they reproduced with other black people, their offspring became MGM’s.

Sometimes the mixed ancestors of MGM’s married other light skinned or mixed Blacks and therefore, their offspring carry traits from both their non-African and African ancestors for generations, even though the mixing occurred generations prior. Cape Verdeans, some Louisiana Creoles, Basters, and some ethnic black-Americans are often MGM’s.

flyleaf226 August 29, 2014 at 4:06 pm

Actually, African people have the most diverse phenotype because it is the oldest, which is why you can get all other colors from black and not the other way around. You don’t have to be mixed with anything when you have African blood to come out looking like another race. This fact is already known in the black community because we know that black/African people come in all shades.

Samiiraa September 12, 2014 at 2:03 pm

Yes but people of african descent in America or in the west indies are of WEST african descent and west african people are dark-skinned and not light skinned like ethiopians for example so yes, light-skinned african-americans or jamaicans etc. Are MIXED deal with it.

midori29 October 15, 2014 at 1:48 pm

@WTF black african people can be light skinned without European race admixture. Black Africans go from midnight tar to Cafe au Lait, light brown.

midori29 January 20, 2015 at 7:38 pm

@WTF, you are very confused . I think you need to hang out with more black peoples.

midori29 February 5, 2015 at 10:41 am

If you make that arguement about blacks , you had better make the same arguement about Southern European meddittaranean whites. You can say they have olive skin form admixture. Everyone is mixed.

midori29 December 6, 2014 at 1:57 pm

@historybuff who actually cares, most blacks are mixed anyhow and I am carribean descent too.

midori29 August 6, 2014 at 10:32 am

Honestly, I hate the fact that when these black celebs get famous they have to bring up all of this past generational admixture, from like 200 yeas ago. Keyy Washington is a black woman period. Everyone is mixed far back and NO she does not have a white grandparent. All black Carribeans have the same admixture in the 200 year ago past because of slavery. I have it myself but if someone asks , I am 100% black. But I have white and native american. It gets so annoying that people just cant be black. I mean if you have black parents and grandparents, you are black. She wants to be whiter than she is obviously. It sends a really bad message and self loathing.

Samiiraa September 12, 2014 at 2:05 pm

Her mother looks white and she has european features

midori29 October 15, 2014 at 1:51 pm

@Samirraa many 100% Africans are light with so called European features, everyone came out of Africa. Africans owned these features first.

blah October 23, 2014 at 6:17 pm

You’re an idiot. It’s funny you swear all light skin people are mixed and my sister and I have the same Mother and Father she’s light skin and I’m brown skin. Now here’s where it get tricky, she has the kinkiest hair in the whole family while I have the “mixed” curly fine texture. I’ve gotten the “what are you mixed with?” question far more than she has, but according to you she’s the mixed one.

midori29 January 20, 2015 at 7:40 pm

@Samiraa, I guess all whites with olive skin are mixed too. If true blacks cannot have light skin then true whites cannot have olive skin.

midori29 February 5, 2015 at 10:39 am

Her mother in NO WAY looks white, you lie. Here we go again, no pretty black woman in Hollywood can just be black. it shows the insecurity of some non-black peoples.

midori29 February 5, 2015 at 10:40 am
Dogg December 23, 2014 at 11:39 pm

African-Americans have on average 20% European ancestry. Some can have up to 50% European ancestry. I wouldn’t call a person who is 50% European “black”.

midori29 December 29, 2014 at 10:45 am

@Dogg at 50 percent mixture, you have a black parent, so Yes you can take the ancestry of your black parent and call yourself Black, yes you are allowed to do so.

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