Place of Birth: New York City, New York, U.S.
Date of Birth: September 4, 1957
Ethnicity: African-American (including Nigerian), some English and Scottish
Khandi Alexander is an American dancer, choreographer, and actress. Her parents were both black. Khandi has said that, during most of her life, she preferred to identify herself as Black rather than African-American, until she discovered her African ancestry on the show Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. in 2014.
Khandi’s paternal grandparents were ? Alexander (the son of Josephine Gertrude Allen) and Mary Ellen Brown (the daughter of William Brown and Tillie Harrison).
Khandi’s maternal grandparents were Joshua Pinckney Masters, Jr. (the son of Joshua Pinckney Masters, Sr. and Charity Murry) and Willa Lee.
A DNA test taken by the show Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. (2014) stated that Khandi’s genetic ancestry is:
*73.9% Sub-Saharan African
*1.3% East Asian/Native American
In his 2016 book about the show, Finding Your Roots, Season 2: The Official Companion to the PBS Series, Henry Louis Gates, Jr. wrote that Khandi’s African ancestry includes Nigerian, and that her European ancestry result is West European and Irish, which Gates stated was not surprising for a person with ancestry from England and Scotland.
Source: Genealogy of Khandi Alexander – http://www.pbs.org
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