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Michael A. Taylor

by bearboy on November 16, 2017

Birth Name: Michael Anthony Taylor

Place of Birth: Fort Lauderdale, Florida, U.S.

Date of Birth: March 26, 1991

Ethnicity: African-American

Michael A. Taylor is an American professional baseball player. He is a center fielder for the Washington Nationals of Major League Baseball.

Michael is the son of Lula and Anthony Taylor.



Roger Guenveur Smith

by bablah on November 15, 2017

Roger Guenveur Smith – “The Birth of a Nation” Los Angeles Premiere – Inside Arrivals – ArcLight Cinemas Cinerama Dome, 6360 Sunset Boulevard – Los Angeles, CA, USA – Photo Credit: Izumi Hasegawa /

Place of Birth: Berkeley, Alameda, California, United States

Date of Birth: July 27, 1955

Ethnicity: African-American

Roger Guenveur Smith is an American actor, director, and writer. His parents were both black.

Roger’s paternal grandparents were Frank L. Smith and Lula J.

Roger’s maternal grandfather was Edward Leon Guenveur (the son of Joseph Paul Guenveur and Eugenia Florence Whiting). Joseph was the son of Ulysses Guenveur. Eugenia was the daughter of Edward Whiting and Margaret Felder.

Roger’s maternal grandmother was Lauretta Bell Goodall (the daughter of Emma L. Bell). Emma was the daughter of William C. Bell and Maria Bolds.

Sources: Roger’s father on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Roger’s mother on the 1930 U.S. census –

Death record of Roger’s maternal grandfather, Edward Leon Guenveur –

Roger’s maternal grandmother, Lauretta Bell Goodall, on the 1910 U.S. Census –

Death record of Roger’s maternal great-grandmother, Emma L. Bell –

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Isis King

by stlucas on November 15, 2017

Isis King – SU Magazine 17th Anniversary Celebration at Avalon in Hollywood – Avalon, 1735 Vine Street – Los Angeles, CA, USA – Photo Credit: Guillermo Proano / PR Photos

Birth Name: Darrell Walls

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

Date of Birth: October 1, 1985

Ethnicity: African-American

Isis King is an American model, actress, fashion designer, television personality, and transgender rights activist. Isis is known for being a contestant on the eleventh and seventeenth seasons of America’s Next Top Model.

Isis is the daughter of Sharray Calvette Gamell Canales. Isis identifies herself as African-American.



Janet Mock

by follers on November 13, 2017

Janet Mock – “Everything is Copy – Nora Ephron: Scripted & Unscripted” New York City Special Screening – Arrivals – The Museum of Modern Art, 11 West 53rd Street – New York City, NY, USA – Photo Credit: Laurence Agron /

Place of Birth: Honolulu, Hawaii, U.S.

Date of Birth: March 10, 1983

*African-American (father)
*Portuguese, English (maternal grandfather)
*Native Hawaiian (maternal grandmother)

Janet Mock is an American writer, television host, and transgender rights activist.

Janet is the daughter of Elizabeth (Barrett) and Charlie Mock III. Her father is African-American. Her maternal grandfather was of Portuguese and English descent, and her maternal grandmother was a Native Hawaiian. Janet is married to photographer Aaron Tredwell.

A DNA test whose results were displayed on the show Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. (2017) stated that Janet’s genetic ancestry is:

*42.8% African
*27.9% European
——–*7.8% Iberian
——–*6.0% Broadly Northwestern European
——–*3.8% British & Irish
——–*3.6% Broadly Southern European
——–*3.0% Scandinavian
——–*1.9% French & German
*17.6% East Asian & Native American
*10.9% Oceanian
*0.8% No Match

Janet’s patrilineal line can be traced back to Henry Mock, who was born, c. 1847, in Louisiana or Georgia, and to his wife, Lucinda Ward.

Janet’s paternal grandfather was Charlie Mock, Jr. (the son of Charlie Mock and Veader Nelson). Janet’s great-grandfather Charlie was the son of Harold Mock and Vannie Kay or King.

Janet’s paternal grandmother was Shellie Jean Gipson.

Janet’s maternal grandfather was Arthur Amorin Barrett (the son of Howard Roscoe Barrett and Emily/Amalia Amorin). Arthur was born in Honolulu. Howard was the son of Parnoble N. Barrett and Mary Alice Leachman. Emily was of Portuguese descent, and was the daughter of John DeMedeiros/de Medeiros Amorin and Antonia de Jesus de Freitas.

Janet’s maternal grandmother was Pearl Lawae Kahanoai (the daughter of David Kahanoai and Winifred “Winnie” Pomakai). Pearl was born in Honolulu, of Hawaiian descent. David was born in Kau, the son of Abraham Kahanoai and Theresa. Winifred was the daughter of Michael Pomakai and Kaili Lawai; Kaili was the daughter of Keaho Lawai and Kamawae.


Issa Rae

by stlucas on November 13, 2017

Birth Name: Jo-Issa Rae Diop

Place of Birth: Los Angeles, California, United States

Date of Birth: January 12, 1985

*Senegalese (father)
*African-American (mother)

Issa Rae is an American actress, writer, director, and producer. She is known as the creator of web series Awkward Black Girl.

Issa is the daughter of Delyna (Hayward) and Abdoulaye Diop. Issa’s father is from Senegal. Issa’s mother is American, from Louisiana, and is African-American. Issa was raised in California, Maryland, and Dakar, Senegal.

Her name, Jo-Issa, is a combination of her grandmothers’ names, Joyce and Isseu.

Issa’s maternal grandparents were Ralph Hayward and Joyce.


Birth record of Issa Rae –

Obituary of Issa’s aunt (mother’s sister), Rae Louise Hayward –

Photo by kathclick/

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