by ethnic on September 8, 2009

Birth Name: Christopher Brian Bridges

Place of Birth: Champaign, Illinois, U.S.

Date of Birth: September 11, 1977

Ethnicity: African-American

Ludacris is an American recording artist/rapper, entrepreneur, and actor. He was born in Champaign, Illinois, to African-American parents, Roberta Shields and Wayne Brian Bridges. He moved to Atlanta, Georgia, with his family in his high school years. Ludacris got his first major break in 2000, with his album Back for the First Time.

According to Ludacris’s family stories, one of his great-great-great-grandfathers was Native American, while another of his great-great-grandfathers was a white Jewish man who was said to be named Luther Smith. It is not clear if Ludacris having Native American and/or Jewish ancestry has been verified/documented.

Ludacris is married to Gabonese model Eudoxie Mbouguiengue, with whom he has a daughter. He also has two children from previous relationships.

Ludacris’s paternal grandfather was Otha Paris Bridges (the son of Thomas H. Bridges and Augusta Cheek). Thomas was the son of Peter Bridges and Terra/Terry Cross. Augusta was the daughter of Hugh R. Cheek and Mary J. Davis.

Ludacris’s paternal grandmother was Mary Christine Davis (the daughter of William Ernest Davis and Mary Cassie Lewis). William was the son of Robert Davis and Maria Cunningham.

Ludacris’s maternal grandfather is Robert Edward Shields, Sr. (the son of William Shields and Mamie Jackson).

Ludacris’s maternal grandmother is Juanita Irene Craig (the daughter of William G. Craig and Bertha Cheatham Motley). William was the son of William A. Craig and Nancy. Bertha was the daughter of Luther Baker Smith and Stella Motley.

Ludacris is a cousin of singer Monica‘s stepfather.

Ludacris is also a second cousin, once removed, of comedian and actor Richard Pryor. Ludacris’s maternal great-great-grandparents, William A. Craig and Nancy, were also the maternal great-grandparents of Richard Pryor.

Sources: Genealogies of Ludacris –

Ludacris’s paternal grandfather, Otha Paris Bridges, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

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andrew April 19, 2017 at 5:55 am

According to his third great-grandfather was Native American ( and Martha Craig was the illegitimate daughter of a white father and a black mother.

andrew April 19, 2017 at 11:41 am

*Bertha Craig

follers April 19, 2017 at 4:06 pm

I know.

These are oral history/family stories that the team found and sort of reported as verified fact (

I have already addressed it with:
“According to Ludacris’s family stories, one of his great-great-grandfathers was Native American, while another of his great-great-grandfathers was a white Jewish man who was said to be named Luther Smith. It is not clear if Ludacris having Native American and/or Jewish ancestry has been verified/documented.”

andrew April 20, 2017 at 4:58 am

Thank you. I enjoyed the team’s discussion.

LOL April 9, 2012 at 9:57 pm

Holy sh1t LOL I didn’t know he had Native American blood in him

Patrick April 9, 2012 at 6:51 pm

I’ve noticed that many African Americans also have some Native American in them. That’s very interested indeed.

bvision April 9, 2012 at 8:40 pm
westovermarching October 10, 2014 at 12:40 pm

actually only 7% of them do. The Native American thing started from Slavery were slavery denied White Ancestry. It more likely he is partially white like all A-A

MochaLadyMJJ December 28, 2011 at 11:48 pm

Wow, I’ve been reading comments for a lot of celebrities on this site for a few weeks or so, quietly spectating, and passively giving a thumbs-up here or a thumbs-down there. But, now I feel it’s time to speak my own piece on this whole race issue…Race is a social construction formed by humans to seperate people for social and political reasons, i.e., creating a superior vs. inferior social hierarchy for the benefit of one group and the expense of the “other” group. Nationality simply refers to what part of the world we are from. I can be a Black British woman from the UK if I happen to have majority “Black” ancestry and also live in the UK. A White man can be a White South African if he has majority European blood but happens to live in South Africa. We are usually categorized within a race based on the most salient phenotypical traits we express along with our direct ancestry…Ok…I’m pretty sure that each and every person, especially in a place with a diverse populace such as America, has ancestors who have come from different parts of the world. However, majority of ancestors, if not almost all of them, probably represented more of a specific “race” over others. I am a Black woman who was born in and resides in America, so I’m Black or African-American or whatever other label society has put on me. This means that MAJORITY of my genetic lineage passed from both parents is majority, but not solely, African if I were to trace my lineage of ancestors as far back as possible. Race CANNOT put us in a box, however. Just cuz I’m categorized as a Black American doesn’t mean that I’ve never had a White or Asian or Native American or Hispanic ancestor. I have medium-brown skin, jet black curly thick long hair, full lips, a semi long-wide nose, dimples, and tight eyes. Looking at me would probably give you the impression that I’m Black with some close Native-American ancestry. The other hints of ancestry are simply distantly obscured. It’s almost impossible to pinpoint EVERY single race or ethnicity you or any celebrity is made of, in most cases where ancestors were displaced during slavery and trading and broken families. Now, some White ppl may not wanna read this, but they most likely don’t have homogenous blood of only European ancestry – The other tinges of ethnic ancestry may be so small that they are not obvious nor detected, and are thus obscured to the point that a White person may look “purely” White. However, due to history of slavery and trading and interracial copulation, even “White” ppl may have an undetectable tinge of non-European blood from a single distant obscure ethnic ancestor. Just like ppl with MAJORITY indirect African ancestry are considered Black, ppl with MAJORITY indirect European ancestry are considered White. This should not imply pure ancestry or pure blood so to speak. “Biracial” or “mixed” ppl, IMO, are ppl who have parents who are considered TWO COMPLETELY DIFFERENT RACES, i.e. Black-White, White-Asian, Black-Asian, Asian-White, Hispanic-Black, Hispanic-White parents, and so on. I think that any cultured adult who has a remote sense of intelligence should know by know that alot of ppl have bits and pieces of ancestral racial diversity, but to society, in political and demographic terms, we aren’t considered directly “mixed” automatically. All in all, we are original and exotic in our own ways: God took the time to ensure that we were all specially created with our own phenotypic and personal identity, down to the fingerprint. Love yourself!

over9000 March 5, 2012 at 12:24 am

Not this again… Hispanic isn’t a race.

over9000 March 5, 2012 at 12:25 am

Also i have a quadroon (quarter African) cousin and i wouldn’t consider him White.

Kimmel June 11, 2016 at 8:27 am

Well said.

LamarteStaton October 28, 2011 at 7:30 pm

I’m Black,White,Blackfoot,Cherokee,Neusok,Irish,and English I idenfy as mixed,Tri-racial,or Mullato I love what I am and very proud.

Dasher October 28, 2011 at 7:38 pm

What does any of that have to do with him?

--0 November 28, 2011 at 10:10 am

White is the same as Irish and English xD

westovermarching October 10, 2014 at 12:41 pm

Probably looks like every other black person

cocobaby October 22, 2011 at 11:06 am

Just to make it clear to everyone when they came up with the label aferican american it was not ment to mean just african decent it was ment to mean african, native and white american. so ppl that get upset that we use this label need to get over it. It’s meaning is just that a mixure of all these races some more and some less. Also I wanna know why ppl are so concerned about mapping out african americans racial history and not most of these ppl that are passing for white and are clearly not just white. FYI if you have not done a dna test you can not truly be sure you are just white or just black. I have seen blonde haired blue eyed ppl who are bi racial. so who eversaid they are 100% white cant truly be sure unless they did dna mapping.

Stacey Bridges September 19, 2011 at 9:51 am

Kristina Denial Isn’t Just A River In Egypt…

I’m Going To Give You A FREE History Lesson, But Don’t Worry I Won’t Go As Far Back As The ORGINIAL Ancestors Out Of Southern Africa… Nor Will I Make Comments Or References In The Bible About Race Or RACE MIXING…

I’ll Just Comment On America And Our Diversity As A Nation Founded On MiscegeNATION…

Most Americans Have Forgotten That The FIRST SUCCESSFUL Settlement Was In Virginia, In 1607…What Made America Different FROM Any Other Country Is That We Were A TRUE Melting Pot! People Of Euorpean Descent LAYED DOWN With People Of Every COLOR From RED, BLACKS, BROWN, YELLOW And EVERYTHING In Between…

What Made America A Human Melting Pot Was The RACE MIXING Particularly In Virginia… America Was Different From All Other Eroupean Countries, Because The BLOODLINE Of All Americans Were MIXED! Their Is NO Such Thing As A PURE Race Of People In America, WE THE PEOPLE Are A MIXED RACE Of People With WHITE, RED, And BLACK BLOOD In Our Veins And That IS A FACT!

If You Fill Out Any Form Today You’ll Notice Their Will Be SEVERAL Categories Listed In The Race Section, From WHITE, BLACK, HISPANIC, ASIAN, NATIVE AMERICAN, Or Other…However Before We Had ALL These RACE Catorgoies On Government Forms In The Beginning Their Were Only Four Races. In The FOUNDING Of This Country We Classified People As Either WHITE, FREED PEOPLE OF COLOR, NATIVE AMERICAN And SLAVES…

During Slavery White/ European Slave Owners Would BREED With Their Female Slaves To Create More Slaves For FREE LABOR…Some Slave Women Were RAPED, Some Were LOVED And Other Slave Women Were Used To BREED By Their MASTERS To SAVE MONEY On Human Trafficing!

RACE MIXING In America Became Such A Problem That The State Of Tennessee In Acted The RACIAL INTEGRITY ACT Of 1910, Which Gave Birth To THE ONE DROP RULE…

The ONE DROP RULE Applied To Americans Who Ancetry Was Mixed With Black, Which Meant That If You Had ONE DROP Of Black BLOOD In Your Family You Were Considered BLACK…This Law Was Put Into Place To Prevent HIGH YELLOW BLACKS From PASSING As WHITE….

It Wasn’t Until 1924 When The State Of Virginia Enacted The RACE INTEGRITY ACT, In WHICH Our Govenrment ERASED Everyones HISTORY And LABLED Them BLACK, WHITE, HISPANIC, Etc…

This Law Gave Brith To The JIM CROW LAWS Which Made It Illegal For Blacks And Whites To Marry…The ONE DROP RULE Meant That BLACKS Had To LIE ABOUT Their Ancestry Or Go To JAIL For A Year For PASSING As White On Government Documents…

You Could Be Light, Bright And DAMN Near WHITE, But You Better Put BLACK Down On FORMS For The Register Of Vital Statistics, Or GO To JAIL!

However, Descendants Of Pocahontas Where EXCEPT From These LAWS…

Kristina If You Every Meet Me You’ll See That I Have The Face Of A SQUAW, The BODY Of A SISTA And The INTELLEGENCE That Would Astound Any HARVARD Scholar…

I Know Who I’m, And I Know My History…Do YOU Know Who YOU Are?

For The RECORD Don’t Base Your Image Of An Indian From The Westerns You See On TV, Not All Indians Look Like WHITE People In RED Paint…

The NATIVE AMERICAN RACE Comes In ALL Shades With Different TYPES Of Facial Features, Just Like The Black American, Hispanic And Asian Races…

It’s FUNNY How Everyone Else In America Can Be Of European Descent, Except Black People…

Who Says The JIM CROW LAWS Aren’t Alive And Well…

Kristina Wheather Your Black Or White It Doesn’t Make A Difference Anymore, Because The New White Is GREEN And You Don’t Have GREEN Then Your _________!

Welcome To America… 9:o)

Stacey Bridges
Native Of Northern Virginia
BLACK, Powhatan, Blackfoot And DUTCH
Widowed 1 Year, 9 Months And 13 Days
Witness To The Pharmaceutical Genocide Perpetrated On The American People Than Advertised On National TV

kristina September 15, 2011 at 12:18 am

@stacey bridges not every American has some black in it I’m Dutch, French, and English fully so I’m ABSOLUTELY and COMPLETELY white or known as Caucasian just saying

Stacey Bridges July 23, 2011 at 6:56 am

You know Their Were Black And White Conductors On The Underground Railroad, And Not All White Men Were Rapist Or Slave Owners.

Every AMERICAN IS MIXED WITH SOME BALCK BLOOD, SOME WHITE BLOOD AND SOME RED BLOOD, Some More Than Others. I Use To Think That We Were Slaves Who Were Raped, Until My White/ Native Family Came Looking For The Natives Relatives Of Northern Virginia.

It Was A Shock To Know That I Was A Decendent Of The POWHATAN AND BLACKFOOT TRIBE, I Knew We Had American Indian In My Family Because All I Had To Do Was Look In The Mirror…

For Years I Thought That ROOTS Was Our History, When In Fact There Was Another Side Of The Story That ROOTS Didn’t Cover In The Slave Movement!

I’m Not A GOVERNMENT Card Carrying Indian, However If You Have A Library Card You Can Read All About My Family…

In Fact, My Family Never Had To Walk The Trail Of Tears, Because We Were Protected By A Force Bigger Then All Of Us…ANDREW JACKSON COULDN’T TOUCH US! During The Civil War My Family Was Protected By Both The Union Army And The Confederate Army As Well… When General Grant Came To Northern Virginia He BURNED All Of Nothern Viginia, EXCEPT OUR NATIVE LAND OF SULLY…

My Great Great Grandfather Was A Dutch Quaker Who MARRIED A POWHATAN OF NORTHERN VIRGINIA, He Purshased Henry Lee’s Family Home And He And My Unlce Were The Accounts For The Union Army. My Great Great Grandfather Didn’t Own Any Slaves, However He Would Let Them Work On His Land To Pay Off Their Owners And Buy Their Freedom…

My Great Great Grandfather Set Up The First Interracial Communtiy In The Heart Of Northern Virginia On The Land That HE OWNED!


Let The Truth Be Told It Was Other Africans That Sold Their Own People Into Slavery, Because They were A Weaker Tribe Or For A Bottle Of RUM!

The Saddest Part About Slavery Is That It Is Still Going On Today I Africa…


Stacey Bridges
Native Of Northern Virginia
Powhatan, Blackfoot, Black And Dutch
Widowed 1 Year , 7, Months, 16 Days And Counting
Witness To The Pharmaceutical GENOCIDE Perpetrated On The American People Then Advertised On National Tv

felicia September 15, 2011 at 3:40 pm

How do you look at that my mom has pictures of my great great grandparents but I don know how to find out the actual tribe.

prinie January 25, 2011 at 11:40 pm

This is da imjustsayin person not all african American people r mixed thanx

felicia September 15, 2011 at 3:37 pm

Alot of them!Imean look at the difference from blac people in America And black People In africa.

keepinitreal January 21, 2011 at 5:52 pm

it doesn’t matter what race you are because we all mixed up that’s the fact we all are human that’s what matters

noob February 17, 2011 at 3:27 pm

there is no such thing as african american. Most black americans dont no a damn thing about africa. African americans know of their african part. You dont see people calling all white people european american.

wtf February 17, 2011 at 3:57 pm


that’s because they’re allowed to just call themselves american.Also they do call themselves(italian,irish,french etc)and they may have nevrr even seen those places,however no one says anything to them

felicia September 15, 2011 at 3:42 pm

You dont have to see the place you are who you are PERIOD

hope February 17, 2011 at 4:16 pm


what do you call africans who have just came here,who are first generation?or who are the children of an african and an american,can they claim it?Also are you black,because if not,I don’t really see why your concern what black people here call themselves.I’ve seen this alot lately,white people being angry that black people here call themselves that,how does it affect you?It doesn’t bother me what you call yourself

imjustsayin July 23, 2010 at 2:56 pm

funny thing is, it was proved on African American lives that a fond majority of black people do not have native american history at all! like if there was a group of 20 black ppl only of 1 outta of those 20 would have native ancestry. Its actually white blood that is being mistaken for native blood. I have another question why is every black celebrity on somehow one is just african american? Really now?? :/ Reaching back in ppls great great grandfather’s history…….lmao!

Anonymous October 4, 2010 at 6:34 pm

Not everyone in america is a purebred race… lol. Annd technically they’re not african american, just because their ancestors are from there doesn’t mean they are. :)

fuzzybear October 4, 2010 at 8:03 pm

To anonymous

Well if that’s the case,that goes for everyone born here.People are still yelling I’m Italian,and have never even seen Italy,and their families have been here for a 150 yrs.Yet no one stops them from claiming that heritage.Now I’m not saying what you said wasn’t true,I’m just saying it can apply to everyone

fuzzybear October 4, 2010 at 7:36 pm

To imjustsaying:

I also saw that program twice,and it didn’t prove anything.Except that those people didn’t have a high enough amount of native heritage.Also all he did was give his opinion on how many had it,but opinion is just that,it’s not a fact.He took less than 20 people out of 40 million,and that is suppose to represent the majority of black people,Please.

ahh(: July 4, 2010 at 3:13 pm

he looks like he’s native american in him. Cherokee right here!(:

Ashley March 24, 2010 at 11:38 pm

I’m Choctaw and black so I gotta rep for my Choctaw people!!! :)

Kenny September 17, 2009 at 12:08 am

Yes sir!!! Rep that native pride!! Seneca right here bitches….

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