Nicole Ari Parker

Place of Birth: Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.

Date of Birth: October 7, 1970

Ethnicity: African-American

Nicole Ari Parker is an American actress and model. She is known for her role on the television series Soul Food. Her parents, Susan and Donald Parker, are both black. She is married to actor Boris Kodjoe, who is of mixed background. The couple has two children.

Nicole has said:

I’m just light-skinned and from Baltimore… My mother’s from North Carolina and she has green eyes and freckles. So, I’m sure there’s a whole lot of white and Native-American mixed-in there. But I’m only claiming African-American, because that’s really what I know.

A picture of Nicole with her father can be seen here. A picture of Nicole with her mother can be seen here.

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96 Responses

  1. Ian Cole says:

    She is mixed – get over it and stop trying to claim her as an AA.

  2. ethnic says:

    post updated thanks


  3. mzpreciousz says:

    Her mom is African and Caucasian and her dad is of African descent. references at: and

  4. ummmmm says:

    She looks mixed.

  5. Missy says:

    Nicole is not mixed. Both of her parents are black- She’s said several times in different interviews.

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