Lenny Kravitz

by ethnic on December 27, 2007

Birth Name: Leonard Albert Kravitz

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

Date of Birth: May 26, 1964

*Ashkenazi Jewish (father)
*Afro-Bahamian, African-American (mother)

Lenny Kravitz is an American singer, songwriter, actor, multi-instrumentalist, record producer, and arranger. His father was producer Sy Kravitz (Seymour Sol Kravitz) and his mother was actress Roxie Roker. With his ex-wife, actress Lisa Bonet, he is the father of actress and model Zoë Kravitz.

Lenny’s father was Jewish (from a family from Eastern Europe, either Russia or Ukraine). Lenny’s mother was of half Afro-Bahamian and half African-American descent.

Lenny has been a practicing Christian since he was a teenager, having embraced Christianity as a personal choice when he was thirteen.

Lenny has stated that one of his maternal great-grandmothers (presumably Julia Tillman) was a Cherokee Native American. It is not clear if this Cherokee Native American ancestry has been documented/verified.

Lenny is related to weatherman and television personality Al Roker. Al has said that Lenny’s maternal grandfather and his own paternal grandfather were cousins.

Lenny’s paternal grandparents were Joseph Kravitz and Jean Kaufman. Joseph was a Russian Jewish immigrant. Jean was born in New York, to Russian Jewish parents.

Lenny’s maternal grandparents were Albert Roker and Bessie Mitchell (the daughter of Will Mitchell and Julia Tillman). Albert was a black immigrant from Nassau, The Bahamas. Bessie was an African-American from Georgia.

Sources: Genealogies of Lenny Kravitz – https://www.geni.com

Death records of Lenny’s parents – https://www.findagrave.com

Lenny’s father on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Lenny’s mother on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Obituary of Lenny’s mother – http://www.nytimes.com

Lenny’s maternal grandmother, Bessie Mitchell, on the 1920 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

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{ 13 comments… read them below or add one }

andrew September 20, 2017 at 5:30 am
andrew November 12, 2016 at 6:29 pm
Adamina September 15, 2016 at 12:06 am

He is really hot! Dayum!

perez-richart October 4, 2015 at 9:04 pm

nice singer

xoxo August 6, 2015 at 6:30 pm

Handsome man. I wish him and Vanessa Paradis would get back together now that she and Johnny Depp separated.

Ashford January 19, 2014 at 10:24 pm

Ashkenazi Jews moved around during and after Roman Empire. Many settled in Germany, Austria, Italy, and Eastern Europe.

The Beautiful Ones December 11, 2013 at 10:08 am

He is the very definition of Fine! MY GOD!

Anya April 11, 2012 at 3:08 pm

Lenny is such a good mix. I love him in Hunger Games :)

Amber Berg July 8, 2011 at 9:33 pm

Me too, I’m African American and Russian Jew, we rock!

mids August 31, 2012 at 10:58 am

but he’s afro-bahamian and russian jew, not africa american

fuzzybear44 October 29, 2015 at 11:54 pm

It says right in the Bio, that is mother is also African American

malabo girl October 29, 2015 at 5:55 pm

yes i think he s only 1/4 black and his mother was mixed with other etnicity

fuzzybear44 October 29, 2015 at 11:55 pm

what are you basing that on?

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