Monica Raymund

by ethnic on May 27, 2010

Place of Birth: St. Petersburg, Florida, U.S.

Date of Birth: July 26, 1986

*English, Ashkenazi Jewish (father)
*Dominican (mother)

Monica Raymund is an American actress. She is known for her role as Ria Torres on the show Lie to Me.

Monica is the daughter of Sonia, who co-founded the Soulful Arts Dance Academy in St. Petersburg, and Steve Raymund, the retired CEO of Tech Data Corp., a distributor of computer components and software.

Her father, who is caucasian and from California, is of half English (from his own father) and half Ashkenazi Jewish (from his own mother) ancestry. Her mother is Dominican. Monica was raised Jewish and had a Bat Mitzvah ceremony.

Monica has said:

My father is white & Jewish. My mother is brown & Dominican. I’m proud of my heritage on both sides. Their love inspired me. #UnityMovement

Monica’s paternal grandfather was Edward Charles Raymund (the son of William Bernard Raymond and Vera Pauline Maxson). Edward was a philanthropist and businessperson, who founded the family company Tech Data Corp., a multi-billion dollar corporation. Edward had English ancestry. William was the son of William Bernard Raymond and Ruby Z. Downs. Vera was the daughter of Mamie Maxson and Mary Smith.

Monica’s paternal grandmother was Annette Leah Davidson (the daughter of Morris Davidson and Myrtle Spector). Annette was born in New York, to a Lithuanian Jewish father and a Russian Jewish mother.

Monica’s maternal grandmother is Maria Lara.


Obituary of Monica’s paternal grandfather, Edward Charles Raymund –

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bablah April 2, 2017 at 11:19 am

Maternal grandmother is Maria Lara.

Paternal grandfather is Edward Charles Raymund.
Paternal grandmother is Annette Leah (possibly Davidson).

Princess June 8, 2014 at 3:51 pm

She doesn’t look black. She looks like she is from Fiji.

WTF May 31, 2014 at 6:27 am

lmfao this bitch be delusional. i HATE chicks that wanna be mixed so bad. they are self hating black women. smh so sad. this monica hoe (who the fk is she? never heard of her before? she some d-list “actress”?) looks black. she doesn’t even look mixed. there are 100% black women who look like her. her daddy aint white.

aroxysimon June 7, 2014 at 4:45 pm

where do you get off saying that?? have you ever seen an actual african, they’re BLACK not brown like most African-Americans. Her dad was probably an unmixed African-Dominican, most African-Americans have white ancestry and most wouldn’t pass in Africa

flo January 7, 2017 at 7:56 pm

She has a non black father. That makes her mixed. And most Dominicans are already mixed.

Monica definitely looks mixed. If she took a DNA test she would get less than 50% African.

Masri March 6, 2014 at 3:06 pm

YOU know what this is soooooo stupid. I’m fucking tired of the HaitianDominican thing. I DONT THINK ANYONE KNOWS THIS BUT HAITAIN OR DOMNINICAN IS A FUCKING NATIONALITY. its not set in stone that both have to be black, white, native or anything. i grew up around both my entire life.I have a dominican friend named Jeffrey he has (dominican born German parents) no black ancestry at ALLL(blonde straight hair and blue eyes pale skin) and my friends boyfriend looks like hes right out of Uganda. same goes for Haitians. WHY DOESNT ANYONE POST THE FAMOUS WHITE HAITIANS LIKE NATALIE HANDAL ( famous Haitian born Palestinian poet) no black ancestry or Regine Chassange (haitian born French Quebecois musician from the band Arcade Fire) shes white too just has curly hair. Its not that hard. Then there’s the burnt Sub Saharan Africans that are from there. its a melting pot still both sides of the Island. Look it up. people are so fucking ignorant.

MCantu February 15, 2014 at 9:35 pm

LMAO I bet half of you arent Dominicans only Hispanics understand You Gabachos talk based on your opinion about us Hispanics, We can’t speak for you and you can’t speak for us. Dominicans aren’t a Black people not all are Believe it or not not all Haitians are Black In the Caribbean we have a melting pot.

ihatemostpeople January 31, 2014 at 1:21 am

Black people always want to claim everyone. Her mother is a mixed Dominican, not 100% black. Morons.

Masri March 6, 2014 at 2:51 pm


Hillary ova everythin November 20, 2013 at 1:13 pm

Dominicans are not Africans or Haitians and Dominican is an ethnicity and I should know cause I’m Dominican haiti is not in dr Dominicans ethnicity is HISPANIC

the punisher November 20, 2013 at 1:34 pm

Dominicans are not Hispanics they are black people that speak spanish just like hatians are black people that speak french it would be stupid to called hatians french just because they speak french,Get it! Its really not that hard

andrew November 20, 2013 at 2:09 pm

Dominicans are mulatto or triracial

Bento December 14, 2013 at 9:51 am

Or Black or white… I am dominican and I am black. Get your facts right!

Olivers January 1, 2014 at 9:40 am

They are a mixture of native, black and white

AnonymousPerson January 3, 2014 at 10:02 pm

Dominicans are Hispanic, idiot.

flo January 7, 2017 at 7:58 pm

What do you think “Hispanic” means? A country that speaks Spanish. Therefore Dominicans are Hispanic. Their race (most are mixed, some are black) is irrelevant.

Islander_Miss November 27, 2012 at 3:21 pm

Dominicans aren’t black, they’re Latino. Like some Latinos they can be mixed with African, not all are. Just because DR is right next to Haiti doesn’t automatically mean they’re mixed with Haitian.

fuzzybear44 November 30, 2012 at 8:40 am

To Islander_Miss

I don’t know where you got the idea,that for a Dominican to have African blood,he/she has to be mixed with Haitian.Both sides of that island,have a very well documented history of slavery.With both sides stocking themselves with a continuous infusion of subjugated Africans, for centuries. Dominicans have African blood, because they have their own African ancestors,It has nothing to do with Haitians
The main thing with Haitians is,that they ran white people off their part of the island.While Dominicans invited white people by the boat load to theirs.

Ricardo September 5, 2013 at 4:30 pm

Wrong! Dominicans & Haitians ARE the same people. The entire island belonged to France initially. Too many Latinos want to get away from their African past. We all should do our research & face up to reality. If in doubt, get a DNA test & don’t be surprised at what you find.

rickyflo September 5, 2013 at 7:52 pm

Half and half Ricardo, right with the find your past and race greatly, but wrong when it comes to such fears, people are not afraid, racial eugenetics profilling that specify to a race that you are and no matter what that (which is why caucasians with black traits of 9 precent are caucasian), and Dominicans are diverse in three major groups of caucasian, negro, and aborigine, and Haitans are one mostly majority as negroid. Just as Argentina is majority Caucasian.

Clarisse Foxx November 17, 2013 at 4:37 pm

Dominicans are a mixture of black and hispanic

marjanel April 18, 2014 at 9:34 pm

Latino is not a race

hii August 11, 2012 at 8:21 pm

she’s biracial of black and white.

levangelista36 August 12, 2012 at 12:26 am

Jewish is a religion and ethnicity. Ashkenazi (Eastern European) Jews identify with each other and group together genetically most of the time. If Italian or whatever is considered a ethnic group, then surely Jewish can be as well.

Hope Moretti September 25, 2012 at 6:18 pm

ethnicity it just to be more clear about where you from.

nicole March 19, 2012 at 1:56 pm

Dominican isnt a race but it is a ethnicity. :))

rickyflo September 5, 2013 at 7:53 pm


esme01123 July 13, 2015 at 3:31 pm

Judaism is an ethno religion. people can be Jewish ethnically

dean February 26, 2012 at 7:45 pm



Multiethnicchick July 10, 2012 at 7:34 pm

or maybe she just looks Dominican

Multiethnicchick March 20, 2013 at 7:40 pm

Dean do you even know what a black person looks like? If she’s black then Mitt Romney is half black.

Julio Ramos January 28, 2012 at 1:12 am

SMH Wow some people are ignorant. I guess Dominicans and Jews cant b proud of who they are without haters hating. Thats what Haters do best is hate I guess.

kathleen April 24, 2011 at 5:40 pm

Jewish-Dominican, havent heard that before, nice mix though

robert October 15, 2010 at 2:09 pm

ummm… yo do realize Dominican is not a race.

Mike July 11, 2010 at 5:43 pm
Me October 18, 2010 at 6:46 pm

Yeah dis iz SOOOO worng

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