Afro-Puerto Rican

Roberto Clemente

by bearboy on July 30, 2017

Birth Name: Roberto Enrique Clemente Walker

Place of Birth: Carolina, Puerto Rico

Date of Birth: August 18, 1934

Ethnicity: Afro-Puerto Rican

Roberto Clemente was a American professional baseball player. He spent eighteen years playing right field for the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Roberto is the son of Luisa Walker and Don Melchor Clemente.



Ruby Modine

by stlucas on May 16, 2017

Birth Name: Ruby Wylder Rivera Modine

Place of Birth: Los Angeles, California, United States

Date of Birth: July 31, 1990

*English, some Swedish, Scottish, and German, distant Dutch (father)
*Puerto Rican [Spanish, African, possibly other] (mother)

Ruby Modine is an American actress, singer, and dancer.

Ruby is the daughter of Caridad (Rivera) and actor Matthew Modine. She has a brother, Boman. Her paternal great-aunt is actress Nola Fairbanks.

Ruby’s father is of English, one eighth Swedish, some Scottish and German, and distant Dutch, descent. Ruby’s mother is Puerto Rican.

Ruby has said:

I am very proud [of my descent]… Many people don’t believe that I am of black, Puerto Rican and Caucasian descent. That is why you cannot assume that you know what people are about based on what they look like. We are all a unique mix of races… My mom was born and raised on the Lower East Side in Manhattan, aka Alphabet City… My grandmother, Aida, was born in Puerto Rico, then moved to New York City with my grandfather, Manuel. They raised my mom and my six aunts there.

Ruby’s paternal grandfather was Mark Alexander Modine (the son of Alexander Revard Modine and Zella Vonola Fairbanks). Ruby’s great-grandfather Alexander was the son of Andrew Daniel Andreassan Modine, who was Swedish, born in South Hokaslatt, Slatthag, Kokaboda, and of Margaret Josephine Campbell. Zella was the daughter of Ralph Jacobus Fairbanks and Celestia Adelaide Johnson. Ruby’s great-great-grandfather Ralph Fairbanks was a noted pioneer and prospector, who established several towns in the Death Valley area of California.

Ruby’s paternal grandmother was Dolores Lillian Warner (the daughter of Lloyd Webster Warner and Lillian Augusta Bogart). Lloyd was the son of William A. Warner and Bertha May Smith. Ruby’s great-grandmother Lillian was the daughter of William A. Bogart and Ethel F. Newell.

Ruby’s maternal grandparents are Manuel Rivera and Aida.

Sources: Interview with Ruby Modine –

Genealogy of Ruby Modine (focusing on her father’s side) –

Genealogy of Ruby’s father (focusing on his father’s side) –

Ruby’s paternal grandmother, Dolores Lillian Warner, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

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Luis Fortuño

by Manila on August 20, 2016

Birth Name: Luis Guillermo Fortuño Burset

Place of Birth: San Juan, Puerto Rico

Date of Birth: October 31, 1960

Ethnicity: Puerto Rican (Spanish [including Canary Islander, Catalan, and Galician], some African), 1/16 Corsican

Luis Fortuño is a Puerto Rican politician. He served as the Resident Commissioner of Puerto Rico, from January 3, 2005 to January 3, 2009, and the 10th Governor of Puerto Rico, from January 2, 2009 to January 2, 2013.

His father, Luis Fortuño Moscoso, is a dentist, frmo Caguas. His mother, Shirley Joyce Burset de Mari, was born in Yabucoa. He is married to lawyer Luz Eufemia “Lucé” Vela Gutiérrez.

Luis’ patrilineal ancestry can be traced back to his fifth great-grandfather, José Antonio Fortuño.

Luis’ paternal grandfather was Luis Fortuño y Álvarez (the son of Luis Fortuño y Nogeuras and Concepción Álvarez y López Arias). Luis’ great-grandfather Luis was the son of Spanish immigrant Jaime José Fortuño y Ferrús, of Benissanet, Tarragona, and of Tomasa Eduvigis Nogueras y López. Concepción was the daughter of Aureo Álvarez y Torres and Concepción López Arias y Cubelje.

Luis’ paternal grandmother was Delia María Moscoso y Vera (the daughter of Guillermo H. Moscoso y Rodríguez and Carmen María Vera y Riera). Luis’ great-grandfather Guillermo was the son of Spanish immigrants, Juan Francisco Moscoso y Carvajal and Carmen María Rodríguez y González, both of Santa Cruz de La Palma, Province of Santa Cruz de Tenerife. Luis’ great-grandmother Carmen was the daughter of Tomás Carlos Vera y Ithier and María Ana Riera y Palmer; María Ana’s father, Mariano Riera y Palmer, was a Spanish immigrant, from Ibiza, Balearic Islands.

Luis’ maternal grandfather was Zoilo José Rafael Burset y Angüita (the son of José Burset y Masferrer and María Concepción Angüita y Ruiz). Luis’ great-grandfather José was born in Marín, Pontevedra, Spain, to Martín Burset y Romero and María de las Mercedes Masferrer y Berrios. Concepción was the daughter of Zoilo Angüita y Berrios and Dolores Ruiz y Pérez.

Luis’ maternal grandmother was María de Mari y Medina (the daughter of Jean-François de Mari, or Juan Francisco de Mari y de Mari in Spanish, and of Carmen Medina y Muñiz). Jean-François was born in Marseille, France, to Antoine de Mari (or Antonio de Mari y Olivieri in Spanish) and Toussainte-Marie de Mari (or María de Mari y Cervoni in Spanish). Luis’ great-grandmother Carmen was the daughter of José Antonio Medina y Cruz and Cristina Muñiz y Giménez.

Luis’ matrilineal ancestry can be traced back to his third great-grandmother, Carmen Giménez, of Morovis.

Sources: Genealogy of Luis Fortuño (focusing on his father’s side) –

Luis’ father, Luis Fortuño Moscoso, on the 1940 U.S. Census –

Marriage record of Luis’ paternal grandparents, Luis Fortuño y Álvarez and Delia María Moscoso y Vera –

Luis’ paternal grandfather, Luis Fortuño y Álvarez, on the 1920 U.S. Census –

Death record of Luis’ paternal great-grandmother, Concepción Álvarez y López Arias –

Death record of Luis’ paternal great-great-grandmother, Concepción López Arias y Cubelje –

Birth record of Luis’ paternal grandmother, Delia María Moscoso y Vera –

Luis’ mother, Shirley Joyce Burset de Mari, on the 1940 U.S. Census –

Marriage record of Luis’ maternal grandparents, Zoilo José Rafael Burset y Angüita and María de Mari Medina –

Birth record of Luis’ maternal grandfather, Zoilo José Rafael Burset y Angüita –

Marriage record of Luis’ maternal great-grandparents, José Burset y Masferrer and María Concepción Angüita y Ruiz –

Genealogy of Luis’ maternal grandmother, María de Mari Medina –

Birth record of Luis’ maternal grandmother, María de Mari Medina –

Death record of Luis’ maternal great-great-grandmother, Cristina Muñiz y Giménez –


Bernie Williams

by bearboy on June 18, 2016

6th Annual Joe Torre Safe At Home Foundation Gala - Arrivals

Birth Name: Bernabé Williams Figueroa, Jr.

Place of Birth: San Juan, Puerto Rico

Date of Birth: September 13, 1968

Ethnicity: Afro-Puerto Rican

Bernie Williams is a Puerto Rican former professional baseball player and musician. He played his entire 16-year career in Major League Baseball (MLB) with the New York Yankees, from 1991 through 2006. Bernie is the son of Rufina and Bernabé Williams Figueroa, Sr.


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Lin-Manuel Miranda

by ethnicitiies on May 12, 2016

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

Date of Birth: January 16, 1980

Ethnicity: Puerto Rican [Spanish, Taino, African], as well as one quarter Mexican, more distant African-American and English

Lin-Manuel Miranda is an American actor, playwright, composer, rapper, and writer. He is known for creating and starring in the Broadway musicals In the Heights and Hamilton.

He is the son of Luz Towns and Luis A. Miranda, Jr. He is married to Vanessa Nadal, with whom he has two children.

His ancestry is roughly three quarters Puerto Rican and one quarter Mexican, with his Mexican line also including distant African-American and English heritage. He is a descendant of an interracial couple, David Towns, who was white (the son of David Towns and Hannah Fox), and Sophie, who was African-American.

His name, Lin-Manuel, comes from a poem, “Nana Roja Para Mi Hijo Lin Manuel”, about the Vietnam War, by Puerto Rican writer José Manuel Torres Santiago.

A DNA test whose results Lin-Manuel displayed on his Twitter page stated that Lin-Manuel’s genetic ancestry is:

*62.9% European
*19.4% East Asian & Native American
*9.7% Sub-Saharan African
*2.7% Middle Eastern & North African
*5.4% Unassigned

Lin-Manuel’s paternal grandfather was Luis Antonio Miranda Vega (the son of Ignacio Miranda Sánche and Aurea Vega Nevárez). Luis was born in Vega Alta, Puerto Rico. Ignacio was the son of Ignacio Miranda Marquez and Fidela Sánchez.

Lin-Manuel’s maternal grandfather was Pedro Pascual Towns, Jr. (the son of Pedro Pascual Towns and Luz Pineda). Lin-Manuel’s grandfather Pedro was born in Texas. Lin-Manuel’s great-grandfather Pedro was the son of Guillermo Towns and Maria Genoveva Salazar. Luz was Mexican.

Sources: Information about Lin-Manuel’s ancestry, by Megan Smolenyak Smolenyak –

Genealogy of Lin-Manuel Miranda –

Photo by DFree/