by ethnic on May 19, 2009

Birth Name: Gerald Maxwell Rivera

Place of Birth: Brooklyn, New York City, New York, United States

Date of Birth: May 23, 1973

*Puerto Rican (father)
*Haitian (mother)

Maxwell is an American singer, songwriter, record producer, and actor.

Maxwell stated at a concert at Madison Square Garden:

I’m from Brooklyn, New York… My family is from the West Indies: My mother is from Haiti and my father is Puerto Rican.

Maxwell, and the likes of D’Angelo and Erykah Badu, founded the” neo soul” movement in the 1990s.

Joe Seer /

{ 21 comments… read them below or add one }

Loveshowers February 5, 2012 at 4:45 pm

Yes , all should be proud of their ancestry & accomplishments!

KissOfDanger January 23, 2012 at 10:12 pm

100% sexy.

joanne December 16, 2011 at 4:31 am

I don’t understand when you say someone is Cuban or Puerto-Rican descent. These are not races or ethnicities, these are either the country of their ancestral origin or their birthplace. Someone from Cuba or Puerto Rico can either be white, black or asian, what is so hard for Americans to understand. Someone cannot be Scottish, Irish,Italian and German – this means that they are Caucasian but that their ancestors came from these places. People are either black, white, asian or variants of these races. Please !

Kimmel September 17, 2016 at 5:23 am

Not everyone subscribes to ‘black, white’ etc. For example, some in Dominican Republic don’t even classify themselves under race. If I say ‘Black’ in Australia, you’ll have Aboriginals and Australasian claiming they are. If I go to some North African country they don’t see themselves as ‘White’ but whatever their country is. Again, the same with Hawaiians – they’re not Asians, and may even refer to themselves as native, Polynesian – not a colour.

Also, South Asians are Caucasian (the clue is in the word Cauc-ASIAN), as are:

North Africans
Western Asians
South Europeans

Honestly, I think racial politics are for a certain type of people that seem determinant to either create division or remove themselves from human convention. All humans are made of genetic material, and what their colour is of little significance in the grand scheme of things.

Jane November 18, 2011 at 1:21 pm

I am Haitian proud of my people and we are fighters never give up. The Europeans and the Americans think there have won there will neve we came from so many tribes in Africa our cultures shows this. I think that is great he is proud of his Haitian roots so many people are not.

myilanna December 28, 2011 at 7:02 am

@ Jane im not haitian as far as i know but i just wanted give props to all haitians out there i just found out recently that the africans in your country was the first to revolt and fight for your freedom and was successful in doing so me being an african decendant (African American) even though im not Haitian it makes me proud still….

Mari July 7, 2011 at 1:14 pm

I don’t care where he or his parents are from. He’s a fine Black man.

Samiiraa September 16, 2016 at 9:38 am


fuzzybear44 September 17, 2016 at 12:32 am


I don’t think mulatto would be the correct term for him. His bloodline most likely has 3 cultural contributors

Jonathan Durham-Santiago July 2, 2011 at 7:50 pm

So if he is half puerto rican, why do they say cuban? and afro-carribean is the “lighter” and more “exotic” way of saying haitian. but before i saw this, i just assumed that he was half black half white.

Ilia Tutuoa April 8, 2011 at 10:23 am

I’m Caribbean. Please stop using Afro Caribbean. That’s only for people who aren’t Caribbean. Gerald Maxwell Rivera is Caribbean period. His mother is Trinidadian and his father was Puerto Rican. End of discussion

Michael July 20, 2011 at 8:49 pm

Afro Caribbean, is, anyone who is from a Caribbean island, with African features. Like Afro Cuban music, which is music, from Cubans, born in Cuba, with African features. I am also from the Caribbean.

Anonymous August 20, 2010 at 10:07 pm

Technically, I don’t care what he is! He’s a divine species! I adore him! : )

Idontgetit May 20, 2010 at 9:46 pm

How is he African “American”, when his parents are from the Caribbean?? Wouldn’t he be Afro-Hispanic??

Adriana May 20, 2010 at 10:40 pm

That would make him afro-Caribbean, and Puerto Rican, also african american, since that is also a part of his ethnicity ( he was born in the united states). Thus all 3 should be mentioned.

steffie March 15, 2010 at 10:18 am

What is all the confusion about.?He has said it so many times in interviews. His father is Puerto Rican and mom is Haitian. His last name is Rivera

Wat??? November 13, 2009 at 6:46 am

And of course before he won the election Obama was described in the UK as a lunatic, messianic black man. After he won, he was described as a mixed race man. Pretty laughable<—–LMAO they changed that up real quick huh?!:)

Ruva November 13, 2009 at 6:02 am

They do it because they don’t want anything good to be associated with Haiti. They used to do that with Thandie Newton, calling her half Zambian instead of Zimbabwean. And when they did recognise her as Zimbabwen they claimed she was from a royal family, not some ordinary Zimbabwean. It’s called the racist/agenda struck press. If they vilify you then nothing good can come from you. I read articles in the UK recently that were calling Mrs Obama mixed race, harking back to some plantation owner in the bloodline. They just can’t accept that a black woman is that fabulous in so many ways. And of course before he won the election Obama was described in the UK as a lunatic, messianic black man. After he won, he was described as a mixed race man. Pretty laughable.

Joanne August 21, 2009 at 7:44 am

Why do people insist on leaving out the fact that this man is half Haitian? I keep hearing he is half but when you hear his interviews he always says he is Haitian. Stop with this Afr-Caribbean crap!

ethnic August 21, 2009 at 12:19 pm

Joanne thanks for the comment. I found a good article stating that he is half Haitian.


JaneRadriges June 14, 2009 at 2:23 am

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