Shawn Wayans

by ethnic on January 1, 2010

Shawn Wayans at the Los Angeles Premiere of 'Dance Flick'. Arcli

Birth Name: Shawn M. Wayans

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

Date of Birth: January 19, 1971

Ethnicity: African-American

Shawn Wayans is an American actor, comedian, DJ, producer, and writer. He is the son of Elvira Alethia (Green) and Howell Stouten Wayans. He is one of ten siblings, including entertainers Dwayne Wayans, Keenen Ivory Wayans, Damon Wayans, Kim Wayans, and Marlon Wayans. Shawn has three children. His nephew is actor and comedian Damon Wayans, Jr.

Shawn’s paternal grandfather was Paul Otto Wayans (the son of Stouton Wayans and Della Johnson). Paul was born in Connecticut. Stouton was the son of Peter Waynes/Wayans.

Shawn’s paternal grandmother was Lillian Victoria Howell (the daughter of Isaiah Howell and Ethel J. Grant). Lillian was born in Florida. Isaiah was the son of Moses Howell and Anna Smith.

Shawn’s maternal grandfather was Ivory Garrett Green (the son of Edward Powell Green and Mary Magdalene Brock). Ivory was born in South Carolina. Edward was the son of James Green and Dorcas Nelson. Mary Magdalene was the daughter of Marion Brock, who was born into slavery, and of Catherine Rhame.

Shawn’s maternal grandmother was Elvira Brown (the daughter of Hooper Robert Brown and Emma J. Pleasant). Elvira was born in South Carolina. Hooper was the son of Alex Brown and Elvira. Emma was the daughter of Abraham Pleasant and Polly Coad.

Sources: Genealogy of Shawn Wayans (through Shawn’s brother, Keenen Ivory Wayans) –

Genealogy of Shawn Wayans –

Shawn’s maternal great-grandmother, Mary Magdalene Brock, on the 1880 U.S. Census –

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fuzzybear44 January 15, 2017 at 2:01 am

It’s okay to mention his Asian ancestry in the bio

andrew January 14, 2017 at 7:09 am

Shawn’s maternal great-grandmother, Mary Magdalene Brock, on the 1880 U.S. Census:

memphis January 15, 2017 at 2:17 pm

The Wayans brother’s y DNA haplogroup O…Austronesian by way of Madagascar.

andrew January 15, 2017 at 6:29 pm

I checked familysearch because of this man (Marion Brock)

He is listed as “mulatto” on U.S. Census.

follers January 15, 2017 at 9:01 pm

Are you trying to prove that an African-American has European ancestry? That’s like looking for a hay in a haystack.

andrew January 16, 2017 at 6:50 am

the man in that picture looks European.

phaedra January 21, 2016 at 8:01 pm

One of the few black men, alongside Trey Songz, that I find incredibly sexy.

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