Sharon Leal

by ethnic on August 13, 2010

Place of Birth: Tucson, Arizona, U.S.

Date of Birth: October 17, 1972

Ethnicity:
*African-American (father)
*Filipino (mother)

Sharon Leal is an American actress and singer. Her father was African-American and her mother was Filipino. Leal is the surname of her stepfather, who adopted her. She has stated:

Last year, I came to the [Asian Excellence] awards and people were like what are you doing here Sharon? What’s going on? I felt like I had to announce that I am half-Filipino. My mother is from the Philippines…. I’m undoubtedly Asian. The best part of this award is your acknowledgment of that fact. I’m very proud to be part of these awards. I sincerely thank you. Thank you so much.

She is married to Bev Land, with whom she has a son.

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Adamina September 9, 2016 at 11:53 pm

I could’ve never guess she was half Philippino. I thought she was just African American. She is very beautiful

Kimmel June 5, 2016 at 7:32 am

Noticed she looked ‘different’ but I just assumed she had one of those fixed expressions that made her appear perpetually happy. But hey, I think its very cool she so publically proclaimed her true identity and chose not to conceal it. Be very proud of yourself, Sharon.

neiltennant December 30, 2015 at 7:15 am

she was born 1972?

she looks like a small girl who is after ice cream cons and jelly beans …

cwm85 July 17, 2015 at 11:02 am

I’m glad she is acknowledging both of her ethnic groups. A rare celeb who doesn’t distance themselves when they are black mixed with something else. There’s a few famous people who are mix with black and white but some reason say just black. Its illogical… be proud of all that you are…

M June 4, 2015 at 3:46 pm

She’s cute. Kind of looks like a half Black Jessica Alba.

Kimmel June 5, 2016 at 7:26 am

Something Alba wishes she was….

multigrl July 5, 2012 at 12:12 am

I think it is great that people are sharing their racial and/or ethnic heritage. It helps unaware people to understand they shouldnt’ lump people into one camp. People look the way they do for a reason.

If you are one race embrace that , if you are of mutiple races embrace that. Live and let live.

For the uninformed that are nasty, let this be a lesson to you. You never know who you might be talking to. Just because you think someone is black/white/asian etc, doesn’t mean they are. Be careful of what you say.

Multiethnicchick April 29, 2012 at 5:45 am

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_people

She’s obviously mixed. The link above explains what black is. West subsahran black African descent.

theone June 11, 2012 at 2:13 pm

That comment was slightly racy, black defines anyone who fits under the physical characteristics of the racial classification. West African doesn’t cut it at all and the notion of Sub Saharan Africa was invented as a religious, political and racial separation between the general Arab population of north Africa and the “Sub Saharan Africans” – a euphemism for “Black Africans” ( although just saying Africans saves us from this grief) – Sub Saharan basically means after the Sahara or more realistically speaking after North of the Sahara. Black people inhabit far more than just west of Africa. That’s an ignorant mentality. “black is. West Sub Saharan black African descent” That statement is utterly paradoxical due to the fact that Black African equates to being Sub Saharan African and neither of the two means West African alone, it means east, west, central and south. The reason I wrote this comment was because I didn’t want anyone to believe that their blackness is determined by where in Africa they are from and that they are not adequately black just because they are not “west African”. Besides, what about Aboriginal Australians or the ancient oceanic people or the great Andaman islanders etc and not one of them are African nor are they at the least bit genetically related or linked. Save yourself from ignorance.

theone June 11, 2012 at 2:19 pm

Btw I’m not saying she is black. I was only referring to one part of your statement.

Multiethnicchick July 10, 2012 at 7:44 pm

okay fine negroid is better. Black is too broad, but negroid is more specific

I love you, Roger Scientist March 11, 2012 at 11:00 pm

A beauty.

misscara February 24, 2012 at 2:20 am

Boy there are some dumb people in the world. That being said, I can def see the Filipino in her features.

I love you, Roger Scientist March 11, 2012 at 11:01 pm
Nat January 28, 2012 at 10:38 pm

Doesn’t matter if you guys don’t think she looks Asian as well. She is. Deal with it.

storm January 28, 2012 at 10:40 pm

blah blah blah

Seek celebrators January 26, 2012 at 3:13 pm

Sharon is a self hated person she don’t like the skin she’s in so she decide to lie and say she’s biracial as also to really say she’s full African American

lynsey January 20, 2012 at 11:36 pm

all of her looks african american , but her eyes sorry if that was offensive

mids February 6, 2012 at 4:56 pm

are you stupid? You can’t look African American seeming as they are very diverse looking. Her hair texture is obviously not that of a black person even if they straighten it. Both Asians ans people of black subsahran African descent have traits such as slanted eyes, wide set nose and full lips. Learn genetics or just plain observe before you make such ignorant statements please

NiñaBonita February 8, 2012 at 1:19 pm

Your statement is quite ignorant because black people hair texture varies also like any other race. Yes coarse hair is common but any one can have it but it’s not as common

Chenelle March 3, 2012 at 12:55 am

I agree with NiñaBonita, your statement is quite ignorant. In history we learned that Africans were brought to America as slaves. Not by free will, lots had children with there Masters. Which was also not by free will in many cases. Others such as Spanish were brought here also as slaves. During that time period it was very common that Africans to have kids from Native Americans, Spanish with other nationalites. With that being said from then to now African Americans have so many different nationalites flowing thru there blood. Africans don’t even like that they are call African Americans “African”. They stated that they look so different then them because there bloodline has been mixed with so many other things that it’s not right to even consider them African. That is one reason African Americans come in all different skin tones with all diffrent types of features. Such as hair types and textures. Even though Sharon Leal is half Asian there are African Americans who have her same type and texture hair. I have family members who aren’t mixed that have hair exactly like hers.

Alice March 3, 2012 at 1:09 am

African Americans are diverse as they are not just of African descent.

Alice March 3, 2012 at 1:20 am

Also there is plenty of diversity within Africa itself. Ethiopians looks different to Nigerians for example. Also Northern Africans like the Berbers are an interesting group of people.

Multiethnicchick April 29, 2012 at 5:31 am

Do you guys even know what an African American is? It is a person who was brought from WEST AFRICA. Black people are of the Negroid category. Negroids have coarse hair. Why the hell do you think there is a problem in the black community calling hair that is curly like a mixed person, good hair. It’s because black people have coarse hair naturally. A black person is characterized by a broad nose, and tightly-coiled hair. Wikipedia it. Afro textured hair.

Multiethnicchick April 29, 2012 at 5:48 am

ethiopians are mixed, which means they aren’t black.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_people

the link explains what black is since most people don’t know

DaTruth April 29, 2012 at 7:09 pm

Multiethnicchick, you really need to shut up with your ignorance. Ethiopians are NOT mixed, and i’m glad for the most part, most of them know this. Just like how Europeans and Asians differ in looks by region, so do black people (in this case Africans). People like you have a misconception of stereotyping all blacks as West African (the ones you’ve probably only seen in your life). Africa is a huge continent with different temperatures in different regions. OF COURSE variation will happen. Africa is known as being the most diverse place in the world! Let us not forget how its been stated that like started in Africa, so they have the largest gene pool. Ignorance is bliss.

multigrl July 5, 2012 at 12:09 am

Maybe to someone who is uninformed and unware like yourself. She clearly is part Asian. Hopefully, you’ll learn from this and understand there are loads of people like her.

Amanda January 13, 2012 at 9:25 am

She was in Hellcats.

Hannie January 15, 2012 at 9:46 am

i know right! i watched every episode and she was the coach,right?

I love you, Roger Scientist March 11, 2012 at 11:02 pm

She was.

Raff November 18, 2010 at 11:59 pm

Beautiful combination!

Djfgklfjglkf November 18, 2010 at 3:53 pm

I thought she was mostly black with maybe a splash of white, but her (amazing) eyes do look Asian.

I love you, Roger Scientist March 11, 2012 at 11:02 pm
meagan September 10, 2010 at 5:51 pm

I was wondering what she was,because I thought she was black and chinese but I was kinda close.

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