Kobe Bryant

by ethnic on June 15, 2009

Kobe Bryant at the Ceremony Honoring Los Angeles Lakers Owner Je

Birth Name: Kobe Bean Bryant

Place of Birth: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.

Date of Birth: August 23, 1978

Ethnicity: African-American

Kobe Bryant is an American professional basketball player and businessperson. He is the son of Pamela (Cox) and Joe Bryant (Joseph Washington Bryant), a professional basketball player and coach. His parents are both African-American.

His parents picked the name Kobe after they saw a type of beef, called Kobe beef, on a restaurant menu. Kobe is a port city in the Kansai area of Japan, famous for its tender fatty marbled beef. However, he has no Japanese heritage. His middle name, Bean, is from his father’s nickname, “Jellybean”.

Kobe, who is fluent in Spanish and Italian, lived in Italy as a young child, from six to thirteen years old, as his father played professional basketball in Italy.

Kobe is married to Vanessa Laine Bryant, who is of Mexican descent. The couple has three children.

His uncle, Chubby Cox (John Arthur Cox III), and cousin, John Cox (John Arthur Cox IV), are both professional basketball players.

On his father’s side, Kobe is the grandson of Joseph Washington Bryant and Georgia Marie.

On his mother’s side, Kobe is the grandson of John Arthur Cox II (the son of John Arthur Cox and Dorothy) and Mildred Williams.

Sources: Genealogy of Kobe Bryant – https://www.geni.com

Kobe’s maternal grandfather, John Arthur Cox II, on the 1940 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Obituary of Kobe’s maternal grandfather, John Arthur Cox II – http://www.legacy.com

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andrew July 20, 2017 at 3:54 am

his uncle is also an American retired professional basketball player:

Kobe’s cousin: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Cox_(basketball,_born_1981)

bablah June 14, 2017 at 4:54 pm
bablah June 14, 2017 at 4:57 pm
phaedra April 15, 2016 at 3:43 am
neiltennant April 14, 2016 at 12:38 pm

actually good looking guy but he looks much older than he is

look at MICHAEL JORDAN who is 50+ and looks younger

Anonymous July 5, 2010 at 12:33 am

Kobe is a ball hog, thats why him and shaq didnt get along that good..

italysdivine101 June 18, 2010 at 4:19 pm


ethnic June 19, 2010 at 4:10 am

greatest of all time? could be but Jordan has two more championships i think…

fuzzybear June 19, 2010 at 5:09 am

My father loved this guy,but he ball hogs to much for me.Guess what I put ball hog in google,and a picture of Kobe came up,LOL

total23 June 19, 2010 at 1:40 pm

I Don’t Think He Ball Hogs! I Think His Teamates Just Give Him The Ball, Since He Is The Person That Can Make Them Win A Game.. Lol!

Sandra May 28, 2010 at 1:50 am

Well it’s sad but true that many African Americans aren’t sure what part of Africa they came from because of slavary. It would be very difficult to trace back where someone originates from when they were taken from the homeland so long ago. They also do not carry their original last names (African names) so do not judge when you see someone is “African America”n, they all stand together in knowing they are African people even if they are not sure exactly from where.

ethnic May 2, 2010 at 4:40 pm

That would be impossible to find out for many African Americans without a DNA test.

fuzzybear44 April 16, 2016 at 2:25 am


That probably wouldn’t help either. From what I’ve seen, a lot of AA’s are upset. The DNA results show sometimes as many as 15 or more different locations(the avg I’ve seen is 4 locations). Also sometimes a certain group is on different sides of the continent(like the Hausa)

Anne May 2, 2010 at 9:40 am

“African American” is not an ethnicity. It’s just VAGUE, just like saying a white American’s ethnicity is “European American”. Africa is a continent consisted of many countries, with many ethnicities. He is black, but which black ethnicity? Kenyan, Nigerian, Sudanese, Ethiopian, Haitian, Jamaican, etc? What is he?

T.J August 22, 2011 at 3:40 pm

Haitian and Jamaican originates from west Africa and hes defnitly not from Ethiopia east Africa.Very few were taken from Mozambique, the only East African country from where Africans were taken to the West.
East Africa is very close to the Arabian peninsula,so it was easy to take very few slaves from there.

fuzzybear44 April 16, 2016 at 2:31 am

What about Malagasy, slaves were taken from there

fuzzybear44 April 16, 2016 at 2:41 am


Sayin your “African American” is an ethnicity. It’s (Traditions , history, types of foods, etc) .It’s no different than saying you’re (Puerto Rican, Mexican etc). You have all types of people in those countries, all mixed in together(saying their one ). AA’s come from many different place in Africa, and we are all over here mixed in together

Multiethnicchick November 27, 2017 at 8:35 pm

African American is an ethnicity. Specifically black and mixed race americans with a history in America. They had slaves ancestry in the US and went through the Jim Crow Era and other American events

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