Sanaa Lathan

by ethnic on January 27, 2009

Birth Name: Sanaa McCoy Lathan

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

Date of Birth: September 19, 1971

Ethnicity: African-American

Sanaa Lathan is an American actress. She is known for starring in the movies Blade (1998), Brown Sugar (2002), and Alien vs. Predator (2004). Her father, Stan Lathan, is a producer and director. Her mother, Eleanor McCoy (Eleanor Leslie McCoy), performed on Broadway. Her brother is DJ Tendaji Lathan.

Sanaa’s parents are both African-American. Her first name, Sanaa, means “work of art” in Swahili.

Some websites state that she has Native American ancestry. It is not clear if this ancestry has been verified/documented.

Sanaa’s paternal grandfather was Stanley Edward Lathan (the son of William E. Lathan and Addie).

Sanaa’s paternal grandmother was Julia Elizabeth Dunston (the daughter of Charles Dallas Dunston, Sr. and Lillian Pauline Muldrow). Lillian was the daughter of Phillip Muldrow and Rebecca E. Turner.

Sanaa’s maternal grandfather was Wesley Brice McCoy (the son of Wesley Duncan/Deer McCoy and Perses Helen Brice). Sanaa’s great-grandfather Wesley was the son of Duncan McCoy and Rosetta Nash. Perses was the daughter of John D. Brice and Paul.

Sources: Sanaa’s paternal grandfather, Stanley Edward Lathan, on the 1920 U.S. Census –

Sanaa’s paternal grandmother, Julia Elizabeth Dunston, on the 1920 U.S. Census –

Sanaa’s paternal great-grandparents, Charles Dallas Dunston and Lillian Pauline Muldrow, on the 1910 U.S. Census –

Sanaa’s maternal grandfather, Wesley Brice McCoy, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Obituary of Sanaa’s maternal grandfather, Wesley Brice McCoy –

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Kimmel April 7, 2016 at 2:04 am

She’s a very attractive woman & good actress. But I’ve always thought she was a small percentage of Native American.

tinasheeeee July 31, 2014 at 8:11 pm

CORRECTION: She is also Native American too. Not just African American

follers July 31, 2014 at 10:12 pm

I’m not sure if she has ever even made that claim herself. It’s already addressed with “Some websites state that she has Native American ancestry. It is not clear if this ancestry has been verified/documented”.

tinasheeeee August 1, 2014 at 1:42 pm

Oh because I read in her Wiki, it said that she was African & Native American, that’s why I thought they should add Native in the ethnicity

tinasheeeee June 22, 2014 at 12:04 pm

She honestly looks mixed to me, I’ve always thought she was mixed.

ShawntheGod July 12, 2014 at 5:56 am

All African-Americans are mixed to a certain degree.

fuzzybear44 July 12, 2014 at 7:26 am

The avg,I wouldn’t say all

tinasheeeee July 31, 2014 at 8:10 pm

I’m talking about like black & white (this gen) not from slavery..

midori29 May 5, 2015 at 2:26 pm

@tinasheeeeee, no she does not look black/white mixed at all.

alexgxo November 12, 2016 at 9:58 am

Do you consider Jessica Szohr mixed? Or just a while girl even though her nose side profile and hair texture all show signs of black blood?

Cause essentially that’s what Sanna is. She doesn’t look half white (though since Halle and Kat Graham are here she can pass) but she has obvious signs of other.

midori29 August 4, 2015 at 11:01 am

She looks like a basic regular black American girl. I dont see a mixed girl. Im talking about one with a white parent. All peoples are mixed in the past. She has afro hair texture and she looks basic black. I think you want her to be mixed cause she is pretty.

alexgxo November 12, 2016 at 9:52 am

And many African Americas are mixed. She has a very white looking nose bridge and side profile imo.

For all intent though, she’s black. Doesn’t mean that her features can’t scream “other”.

midori29 February 9, 2018 at 5:47 am

@Alexgro both of her parents are BLACK she is black. Nothing about her looks half white. Sorry but she looks basically African American. Stop trying to make everyone mixed its stupid and annoying. .

WTF June 6, 2014 at 6:55 pm

she reminds me of a black version of vanessa hudgens, but sanaa is prettier

WTF June 6, 2014 at 6:56 pm

and i always thought sanaa looked mixed. probably is

midori29 August 4, 2015 at 11:03 am

Both of her parents are black people. Why does this site like overmixing attractive black people???????

alexgxo November 12, 2016 at 9:49 am

She’s African American so she could have some British or French blood.

And they’re only “black” in self identity and the way society sees them. Doesn’t mean that they can’t have “white” blood in them.

MCantu February 15, 2014 at 10:05 pm

Just because her skin is light does not mean she has White in her she could possibly have N8tive blood

ihatemostpeople May 1, 2014 at 5:11 pm

Most AFRICAN AMERICANS have WHITE blood. None of them are 100% African.

ihatemostpeople May 1, 2014 at 5:14 pm

She’s actually not that light. Light skinned would be Rihanna, Beyonce (now that she bleached her skin, she used to be darker), and Alicia Keys. I consider Sanaa to be brown skinned.

Rvolpi May 29, 2014 at 6:35 pm

Are you nuts? Beyoncé was light brown as a kid, with long beautiful thick hair. Stop it with the bleached skin bull…. If you don’t believe me, check out childhood photos of her. There are several out there.

midori29 August 4, 2015 at 11:08 am

Beyonce was a golden light b
Not the high yellow color she is now. Beyonce uses skin bleach, yes she does.

tinasheeeee June 17, 2014 at 5:06 pm

Rihanna actually has Irish in her (from her father’s side) she is Bajan, Guyanese & Irish mainly. I don’t know about Beyonce, I think she’s African-American but Rihanna has always been light, sometimes it’s the lights that make them look even more light.

midori29 August 4, 2015 at 11:09 am

Nope not true Rhianna was medium toned golden brown. I saw her at a club seriously in DC before she became popular. Rhianna definitely uses skin bleach.

Multiethnicchick December 31, 2013 at 10:51 am

She probably has some Caucasian ancestry

ihatemostpeople January 31, 2014 at 4:55 am

As do most black American people.

J.J. June 22, 2014 at 8:26 pm

i don’t think one could have “caucasian ancestry” i believe you mean some “european ancestry”

Freerk July 12, 2014 at 3:54 pm

Of course you can have Caucasian ancestry, it’s just not the same than European ancestry. “European” refers to the geographical or cultural origin, but the “white” phenotype doesn’t stop at Ural/Caucasus/Marmara Sea – it reaches to Siberia, Afghanistan/India/Yemen/North Africa.

Freerk July 12, 2014 at 4:02 pm

There’s another term for Caucasians, what means that roughly simplifying “white” phenotype: “Europid”, but that’s still not “European”.

midori29 August 4, 2015 at 11:10 am

Who cares. She does not have a white parent so she is not mixed. All people have other ethnicities at some time.

Chris K December 29, 2013 at 3:56 am

Well she is black and she has said herself 10000x times sorry white folk, she aint with yall…Check out Sanaa Lathan pictures at:

stopit December 28, 2013 at 7:29 pm

Beautiful Black American woman!

. November 4, 2013 at 5:58 pm

I’m tired of people saying Blacks are less attractive.Every race known to mankind was oringinated from Africans.So if you say that Africans are less attractive your making fun of yourself.Stop blocking the fact that you are black.In fact everyone is fully black in this world.Its just that we have different races to identify people differently.If you say “No im not.”Your dumb.Look up some facts and ask teachers.I know my facts.Its not funny.So if you look at pale person you automatically think their white.Look up Cameron Boyce.He may look pale but hes Black.I JUST BLEW YOUR MINDS

Zou December 12, 2013 at 11:54 am

YES I’m 100% with you. Even though my mama is afro-arab and my dad is native american and bunch of other tuff. I’m still BLACK! But that cameron guy you mentioned, omg he looks white haha.

The Beautiful Ones December 12, 2013 at 12:22 pm

But you just said in another post that because Kat’s mom isn’t black like her father, she’s mixed. Now you’re saying “Even though my mama is afro-arab and my dad is native american and bunch of other “stuff”. I’m still BLACK!”
which is it? Your parents are of different ancestry but how is it that you’re still black but Kat Graham isn’t? Dummy. Anyway, like I said before, she’s black.

Erica December 27, 2013 at 6:16 pm


notional December 13, 2013 at 5:23 am

Humans originated in Asia then migrated to Africa

JoFacto December 19, 2013 at 12:14 am

Get your history right

aisla wan September 21, 2013 at 1:45 pm

I thought she isi ndian

WTF June 6, 2014 at 6:57 pm

indian?? the fk she doesn’t look indian

shobohunter June 6, 2014 at 7:24 pm

if Padma Lakshmi can be looked/seen as black.
then Sanaa Lathan can be Indian. it matterof POV

Lisette February 20, 2013 at 1:10 pm
Lisette February 17, 2013 at 2:01 am

Here’s an interview w/ Nia, Sanna Lathna, and Gabrielle union embracing being African American actress

Have a good day people who are jealous of black women hahaha

Lisette December 31, 2012 at 4:10 pm

You can tell she’s black look at loc and basketball where she wears nothing but her real hair….negro hair duhhhh… She even tweeted about being only black when the media linked her to Kobe stating “Lol I’m not his type at all #Black girls rock” in that order ;-)

Multiethnicchick July 10, 2012 at 8:00 pm

Let’s end this debate and just say that everyone in the world is African American, problem solved. That way all the butt hurt people who are sensitive about people not claiming even 1% of “blackness, won’t be offended.

multiethnic April 22, 2012 at 7:19 am

Like most African-Americans it’s obvious that she’s a product of mixed ancestry. I’ve heard that her mother has mulatto ancestors.

Lisette February 17, 2013 at 2:02 am

Here’s an interview w/ Nia, Sanna Lathna, and Gabrielle union embracing being African American actress

Have a good day people who are jealous of black women hahaha

ricoh December 14, 2013 at 6:06 am

Your remark is ignorant, all African Americans have varying amounts of Europeaning DNA,due to the vicious barbaric slavery, in which rape, of woman and children was practice s by savage European enslavers.

WTF June 6, 2014 at 6:58 pm

of course she’s mixed. maybe not directly. but it’s obvious bc of her features. most african americans have white and native american admixture. white men raped their slaves and native americans bred with black people long ago. why do you think some mulattoes look hispanic?? it’s bc of their native blood

Who cares March 20, 2012 at 11:20 pm

“It’s really hard to find a pretty full African-American girl” so i heard from like every guy i know ,,,”she usually has to be mix to be pretty”… Thats what they say to me… I guess their is just more prettier white,Asians, middle eastern and Latin girls out their and I don’t want to be disrespectful to your guys race but according to like every race blacks are the most unattractive SORRY TO SAY… It’s coming from every other race and me but I’m sure their are guys and woman from other races that are attractive to African Americans I’m sure not lol

Shiwan April 4, 2012 at 6:31 am

That is bullshit because their are very atttractive African Americans in this world andIm one of them asshole.

Lol April 5, 2012 at 2:05 am

Um not exactly I think black girls are less atractive them all the other race out there and it’s coming from a black man lol

I guess April 10, 2012 at 6:33 pm

i guess that’s why white women flock to black men like dogs. such an ignorant thing to say don’t cha think? If you were to post a picture of yourself, i’m sure more than half of the users on here would not want to date you.

luluz September 20, 2013 at 10:21 pm

not that many white women flock to black men its usually exaggerated. the ones from america or Britian, notice this from cultures enforcing the multicultural idea are the ones who go out with black men more. most white women from other european or latin countries dont usually date blacks because they think they are ugly and intermixing with them is a downgrade, hence why most latino blacks dont want to claim black blood because it is seen as inferior and ugly

theone June 11, 2012 at 2:27 pm

NO It’s coming from a jealous racist isn’t it liar!?

multigrl July 4, 2012 at 10:41 pm

Wow, you are pretty base. Nice to to talk about your mother and grandmother and any female relatives you’ve got.

If you really are some black guy, I suggest you look at yourself in the mirror and that includes your attitude. Then lets check and see how many kids you’ve got littered everywhere. Then lets examine your diction which I’m sure is greatly lacking.

Every black guy I have run into who makes this comment is usually without a decent job, cannot speak correctly, wear those ugly crazy clothes and slouches around with DAX or some nasty pomade in his hair.

DVEO March 12, 2013 at 8:50 am


luluz September 20, 2013 at 10:15 pm

lol am black girl and i think both genders are unattractive compared to others races not just women. Its just that in society men can be forgiven for being ugly thats why the emphasis is not placed on black men. Seriously our features throws me off broad noses and wide nostrils , wide foreheads,extremely huge lips, nappy hair, head shapes like apes. Thank God my features arent extreme. When i compare attractive to others races in general they have better looks but the only thing we have is good physique..but we are too proud to admit the truth.

ethnic September 21, 2013 at 12:04 am

I think its a better idea to judge people on an individual basis and not a whole race. If you feel that way about yourself then you don’t need to put it on others in your race.

fuzzybear44 September 21, 2013 at 10:21 am

So you consider yourself unattractive to?Also what black people have you been hanging around,that have features like that

JoFacto December 19, 2013 at 12:45 am

Wow! Someone masturbates to high levels of inferiority complex!

stopit December 28, 2013 at 7:28 pm

You are not black if so seek help quickly. Self hatred is dangerous.

J.J. December 10, 2013 at 5:47 pm


blah448 September 3, 2013 at 12:59 am

Who cares is multiethnic posting under other names.ignore her.shes just some insecure ugly chick who hides behind a computer because shes insecure and has low selfesteem don’t even entertain her.she has a lot of hate towards black women because a black women I’m sure has stolen her man .

JoFacto December 19, 2013 at 12:51 am

Tell it

. November 4, 2013 at 5:50 pm

If you’re being rude to African Americans your being rude to yourself.In several DNA tests with different ethnicities found that all have African ancestry even though they thought they were only Caucasian.And its true that all races came from African ancestry.This is a fact.So you have just made fun of yourself.Lol

J.J. December 10, 2013 at 5:44 pm

You should be sorry.

JoFacto December 19, 2013 at 12:38 am

You seem so biased and naive. Come to Africa to prove this

Who cares March 20, 2012 at 11:08 pm

She does look full black

WTF June 6, 2014 at 6:59 pm

not really. full black is lupita

Seba March 20, 2012 at 10:03 pm

I don’t exactly like the way Jose stated his answer because he insulted other folks! However there is some truth to what he is saying!!! It just so happens that the people who r having difficulty are primarily African-Americans and that u need to except the fact that u have mixed heritage and that’s just the way it is!!!!! Please keep in mind that this board explains what ethnicity these famous people come from so what is your argument folks!!! I hardly doubt if Sanaa’s background is 100 percent African based on geography alone people! U should know better hell u’ve lived in america and u know what ‘s up so stop kidding urself(lots and lots of lying going on) !!! This is in noway a disrespect to the continent of Africa!!!! The only reason its a big deal about the diversity is because frankly u make it one!!!

Lola March 3, 2012 at 12:04 pm

Why does she look just like gabrielle Union?!!

äämne March 1, 2012 at 5:00 am

get a life ppl…lool…woow arguing about other ppl life and what they are

BROWNMAN February 19, 2012 at 10:06 pm

She looks both black and native american. Her parents look more mixed than her! Stop the denying it!

ooo February 27, 2012 at 12:47 am




WTF June 6, 2014 at 6:59 pm

she doesn’t look like a typical african american. she looks mixed

lynsey January 20, 2012 at 11:23 pm

cherie ,YES! i have found someone with the most greatest sense ever , if you’re a boy kiss on the cheek and if you’re a girl hug :) thank you fore having smarts

Jose Lomba January 10, 2012 at 5:59 pm

Her mother Ellonor McCoy is my neighbor and she’s is clearly mixed. She has hair like a typical puerto rican and an Indian like complexion with straight features. Her mother IMO is prettier than Sanaa.

Cherie January 15, 2012 at 12:55 pm

Jose, why don’t you just come out and say that you do not think any black woman can be pretty unless she is mixed. Almost every gorgeous black woman posted on here, you comment claiming that she is mixed with something else even if she is clearly not. You are clearly reaching and being ridiculous. Sanna Lathan has two black American parents and she’s beautiful. Get over it.

Jose Lomba February 20, 2012 at 1:59 am

To be honest, I do not think too many unmixed, or slightly mixed black women are pretty. I am not alone because black people feel the same way, just watch a rap video!

what now February 22, 2012 at 2:17 pm

so i bet whatever u look like some people would think ur not handsome either

Jose Lomba February 23, 2012 at 5:59 am

Actually, most girls love my green eyes and good looks, especially black girls!

charlotte March 14, 2012 at 5:47 am

hush zebra

justop January 10, 2012 at 3:42 pm

yeah she can’t just be black since she is so attractive ….sarcasm

pinkydinkydoo January 8, 2012 at 11:14 am

omg, she is so pretty.. & shes an amazing actress.

Amanda January 1, 2012 at 2:53 pm

I looked her up on wiki and it said she is of African American and Native American descent.

Beauty February 4, 2012 at 11:22 pm

A lot of African Americans have Native American descent!! Which doesn’t make her any different than the average AA woman. Oprah also have Native American descent So what she is Considered African American

Sami March 16, 2012 at 12:12 am

Actually, that is a false misconception and LIE that most blacks have native american blood. Many tribes of Native Americans did not mix with blacks or african slaves, and thought that they were superior to them. Also, some native americans owned black slaves and didn’t dare intermix with them to “taint” the bloodline. And why everytime blacks say they have indian bloods it’s cherokee…blacks are mainly the only people who aint satisfy with being themselves. :-(

I love you, Roger Scientist March 16, 2012 at 12:46 am

I don’t see why people on this site have a problem with African-Americans calling themselves African-Americans. It’s just an ethnicity. My mother is African-American. I doubt she is 100% African.



Lisa September 10, 2011 at 6:25 pm

Its many different black people you got some Puertoricans that look black, dominicans blacker than african americans cubans.. What the fuck is a african american? Black american is the real walkin indians. The book portrayed indian to have white skin and str8 hair.. But in reality african american and real africans are not the same people..AA like any other race have african ancestory but why is american people the only one that claim someone elses country that don’t like them.. Its many black people in this world.. But in reality the puertoricans,dominicans is all the same people just some of the ancestors was sent to another country they got mix with european and speak spanish.. So if anything AA is black americans.. Now if your mom came directly from africa and had you in american you are a african american.. Black people that was already her is Native of american.. Think about it

Ryldyl August 21, 2011 at 11:48 am

Another very beautiful and highly under-used actress. I hope she is able to use her talent more in the future.

J white July 31, 2011 at 9:05 pm

Liyah: Sanaa Latham is mixed race and so are you if what you say is true about your own looks. It is not always possible to tell by looking at a person with the naked eye how mix they are. An example Halle Berry daughter doesn’t look like a quadroon she looks half white and half black, the former Spice girl member Emma Bunton son’s is also a quadroon, however he looks totally white,blue eyes and straight blonde hair the same thing with the ex tennis player Boris Becker’s son also a quadroon but doesn’t show any black traits. The fact that Nahla looks mixed inspite of being a quadroon makes wonder if her father,Gabriel Aubrey, has black ancestry and may not even know it.There are other cases like the Jamie Oliver actually admitted on one of shows that he has black ancestry. A lot of Americans who claim to be pure white are not,they don’t look like white northern Europeans, Angelina Jolie is a pirme example.

ricoh July 31, 2011 at 7:04 pm

It is a fact many African Americans have American Indian blood,despite the fact Gates stated the opposite. Many geniticist have stated many of these so-called quicky test dont tract the patrlineal and matralineal of both side of the family . Gates is so proud of his white blood .he wants say everbody has white blood like him

liyah July 20, 2011 at 9:15 pm

Sanaa is very pretty and when i look at her all i see is black even though she’s partly native she took alot from the black side. Some people are saying her features says it’s obvious that she’s native but i don’t believe so. Her features are pretty much black features, she has brown skin like mine, a nose like many black girls i’ve seen, her gums are dark like mine, her eyes are dark brown like mine which is very common in black females. When people say it’s noticeable that she’s partly native like there is a huge difference between her and someone who’s not i don’t get it. What is the huge difference that you could spot her out from a crowd of black women? What are “fully” black women suppose to look like? big flat noses, big lips covering their whole chin, big eyes like a cow? There is no real reason to think she was mix it’s just that she’s pretty so people think that right away and she just so happens to be. I’m not insecure i’m proud to be black i’m just stating the facts that’s all, she might have some native in her but she looks like any other black girl.

diamond April 9, 2011 at 12:15 pm

Omfg. This is really anonnying she does look just black shes brown skinned, full lips and her hair is like an afro she shows her real hair in love && basketball. its crazy to me how ppl and herself are saying shes mixed if you compare Keri hilson to sanaa lathan who looks more mixed clearly Keri but Keri just say shes black. ppl on here saying her features are blah blah blah c’mon now what are black features black ppl have alot of different features dont put blacks all in one category. If she’s native who in her family was and what tribe celebs forget to say that alot. There is so many black girls walking around looking like her its crazy. and a lot of black ppl say there mixed with native and alot of black ppl are mixed so what she isnt any different.

Gemini July 17, 2011 at 10:50 pm

When we see someone who’s black and beautiful and they/we try to claim admixture then black people argue that they are black/african american and that they’re no different and that they look black(in other words, typical black person). But when a person of another race says someone looks like a typical black person, people attempt to argue that people don’t know what a typical black person looks like. Black people make up your minds and stop arguing for the sake of arguing, this is getting a little ridiculous.

Amber Berg July 18, 2011 at 6:31 am

Why dont you let black women be who they are, we are beautiful and proud to be black- we aint white women- we are black women get over it- I see you leaving all these comments under beautiful black womens pages trying to make them seem like something else- she said she is black, so what’s your argument now?

LO August 8, 2011 at 7:46 pm

It’s not that we can’t “make up our minds”, we just get tired of others taking the “black” out of “beauty”. We take offense when someone of another race describes another as a typical black person, because we are so used to that meaning something unattractive. We need others to know that a “typical” black person’s looks run the gamut.

Gemini July 17, 2011 at 10:55 pm

Btw I agree with you, she is American Black just like the rest of us. I hate that people think black and beautiful shouldn’t be used in the same sentence unless “is not” is between them.

Amber Berg July 18, 2011 at 6:32 am

I dont believe your a black women by all the comments you make trying to bring us down and dimminish us!

Gemini July 18, 2011 at 11:59 am

You always seem to have some juvenile comment to anything I write here. You’re correct, I’m not a black “women” I’m a black man! Why would I try to bring down and diminish my own people? I just know BS when I see it.
In response to your other comment reading is fundamental, I am tired that black people(at least the ones I’ve met and ones on this site)are always pissing and moaning about people saying someone looks like a typical black person then turning around and saying Sanaa Lathan, Beyonce,Keri Hilson etc all look like typical black women/people while accusing then of insinuating that they’re only pretty because of such and such admixture…make up your minds. Is there a “typical black” or not? Personally: No there isn’t, we all look far too different and come in too many different shades for one to look like the other. Just like Europeans and Asians.
Read my comments carefully then respond.

Amber Berg July 18, 2011 at 2:21 pm

So far you ared the only one I heard do that, other people seem to take pride in black beauty, and claiming our own, except for you Gemini, go get yoself a real white woman and call it a night! lol

Tsetse Duncan September 11, 2010 at 11:54 am

Sanaa Lathan is of African American and Native American descent. This fact is on Wikipedia and it is quite evident from the texture of her natural hair(She wore it natural on the movie “Something New”). I’m South African. Most of us are pure black and I can tell quite easily when someone is multiracial. It isn’t a bad thing to be of mixed ancestry, and I resent how these people are forced to embrace one side and denounce the other. Referring to Sanaa as simply African American and not accounting for her Indian ancestry is reminiscent of the One Drop Rule, which states that if a person has one drop of black blood in them, they are black. This is really offensive to me, as a fully black man. It implies that my race is filthy and that anybody who has even a trace of it is spoiled, ruined in a sense. Most African Americans are multiracial, mainly because they are the minority. They should acknowledge that fact and be proud of it instead of enforcing a racist concept coined by the segregative regime to make us feel ashamed of our blackness. Aluta Continua

Fuzzybear September 11, 2010 at 1:57 pm

To Mr.Duncan

I believe you have that backward,usually it’s the other side of their ethnicity that denounces them.There are many out there who would tell you how it’s their other side of their heritage that want even speak to them.Also calling someone African American is not denying anything.Unlike you who most likely knows his heritage,most AA’s can’t say that.So the term fits,it African or black which is usually the only obvious part,and the unknown(whether your white,native,asian or all this).So being called AA really has nothing to do with the ODR.Being called(n$%^&^%)by a white person or other,when your almost as bright as they are,now that’s the ODR.Now growing up,I never heard of this rule.There was no fixed color around me,it ran the range,and everyone was happy to call themselves AA,no matter what they looked like.Now most AA’s who know their background do take pride in what they are.If you go to the what’s my ethnicity part of the site,you’ll see that,they’re more than happy to tell you.So you might want to leave AA’s alone,there other places,and I’m not give names,that could use your wisdom

Fuzzybear September 11, 2010 at 2:40 pm

By the way what part of south African are you from?

Amber Berg July 18, 2011 at 6:33 am

Yeah south africa also has the coloreds who think they are better than the blacks!

angela February 4, 2011 at 11:00 am

Sanaa, like many AA women, has a perm. She did not wear her natural hair in ‘Something New’.

simple question September 3, 2010 at 9:23 am

imma ask as SIMPLE question…why wen a BEAUTIFUL black woman enters the entertainment industry everybody is quick to say she is mixed with something else? i see an earlier post sayin sanaa lathan is definately not full black…please define what a black person look like? is black supposed to be ugly? because from the way yall talk yall seem to think black = UGLY…please stop the madness…they are some BEAUTIFUL BLACK WOMEN on this earth n as a black woman who identifies myself as a black woman it really is heart breaking when people are denyin my beauty…really

Michael April 10, 2010 at 3:01 am

Yo she did do an interview and she has recent Native ancestry…it is pretty easy to see.

liyah July 20, 2011 at 8:48 pm

how is it easy to see? tell me what does she have that tells you she has native in her?

ethnic October 29, 2009 at 2:01 pm

thanks Sean, which interview link is that?

Sean October 29, 2009 at 6:12 am

She is of Native blood..wikipedia has the interview source. and she is hot!!!

we all say that October 12, 2009 at 10:24 pm

at one pt or another All AA’s say that we have Indian in us, funny how it’s always Cherokee lol beep beep!!

WTF June 6, 2014 at 7:08 pm

i know right? i guess people don’t know of any other native tribles besides cherokee.

WTF June 6, 2014 at 7:09 pm

TRIBES!! NOT “tribles”. shittttttttttttttt

She's pretty October 12, 2009 at 9:51 pm

if i can find it(thats if its still up) then i’ll post it,,,

ethnic October 2, 2009 at 10:58 am

I was looking for that interview but couldnt find it. would you have a link to it?


She's pretty October 1, 2009 at 1:45 pm

i love her and i watched a video somewhere on youtube sum years ago, and she said that she indeed has native american in her blood and isn’t ashamed to claim it…lol…she embraces her native american side. I ain’t mad @ ya gurl Hey!!lol

Julie May 16, 2009 at 1:21 am

Yah!! I”m black and indian too. Much love to you Sanaa!! :)

ethnic May 13, 2009 at 9:08 am

I think those claims aren’t from her mouth.

Ian Cole May 13, 2009 at 5:12 am

Are they claiming that or is it just the author guessing?

lex May 4, 2009 at 3:28 am

why do so many black celebs. Say they’re native a??? This isnlike the 4th on here

Elizabeth June 23, 2010 at 5:51 pm

That’s because most so called black people in the United States are descendents of Native Americans it’s just a fact plan and simple. Why is it a big deal that she talks about she clearly isn’t just black just by looking at her features alone.

the truth July 24, 2010 at 10:27 am

Actually, thats just a myth in the black community that everyone and their mama are native american. It was proved on African American lives that most african americans are not native american and that if their were 20 black ppl in a room only 1 outta of that 20 actually has native american in them. But why are all the african americans celebs on this site mixed. Really now? :/ Being mixed is when 1 parent is this and the other parent is another….not what your great great grandfather was..lmao

ethnic July 24, 2010 at 7:44 pm

This site doesnt say all African American celebs are mixed. thats BS.

An another thing, yes African American lives proved that most african americans are not native american, but it did confirm that many AAs have Caucasian blood.

Fuzzybear July 24, 2010 at 10:40 pm

To ethnic

Sorry man I have to disagree with you.I just finish looking at African American lives for the second time,and I didn’t see where it proved that(that most african americans are not native american);all it shown was that those people didn’t have high amounts.I mean you take a hand full of celebrities and that supposed to speak for African Americans.However even if you go by his guess that still leaves about 2million AA’s with that lineage in high enough amounts,can we agree?

Fuzzybear July 24, 2010 at 11:17 pm

To truth

Did you see most AA’s on that show or did you see less than 20 people out of 40million?Also if you review the DVD again,you would see he was simply stating his opinion on the numbers,he didn’t say it was a fact.Now like I told Ethnic,even if you went by his opinion that still makes about 2million AA’s with detectable lineage.Now the mix your talking about is call first generation,there are MGM

angela February 4, 2011 at 10:59 am

How is she clearly not just black? What features of hers aren’t black? LOL.

liyah July 20, 2011 at 8:44 pm

what’s so different about her features that sreams out native?

Get a clue I got one...want it? December 2, 2008 at 4:08 am

This young lady is beautiful.

ethnic July 24, 2010 at 10:43 pm

You gotta a point. its a very small gene pool to make any conclusions.

Fuzzybear July 25, 2010 at 12:23 am

To Ethnic

I don’t know why he said what he said.I really don’t care me being part that,hasn’t help me.It makes me who I am,but that it.I was just talking to my mother the other day.She say herself that my father was more white than black,but you couldn’t tell him that.Despite what Chris rock said,I’m not ashamed to say I have white blood.My family so mixed up,I wouldn’t be surprised if I was part samoan.Well later man

ethnic July 25, 2010 at 1:51 am

hey man hope you keep exploring your background and let us know on here!

Gemini July 18, 2011 at 2:26 pm

Then its obvious you haven’t been here long, stay up kid.

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