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Keith Carlos

by madman on October 5, 2017

Birth Name: Keith Kasson Carlos

Place of Birth: Bridgeport, Connecticut, U.S.

Date of Birth: December 19, 1987

Ethnicity: African-American, some Spanish

Keith Carlos is an American model and football player. He is of African-American, and some Spanish, ancestry.

When receiving the results from his DNA test, he found out that his ancestry was almost one quarter European, and that his African ancestry includes Beninese, Togolese, and Malian, among others.

Source: (at 17:02) http://vodlock.co

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Flora Coquerel

by fraciscovargas1545 on January 31, 2017

Place of Birth: Mont-Saint-Aignan, France

Date of Birth: 14 April, 1994

Ethnicity:
*French (father)
*Beninese (mother)

Flora Coquerel is a French model. She is the 85th Miss France titleholder. Her father is French and her mother is Beninese.

Source: https://cms.missuniverse.com

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Sarah-Jane Crawford

by stlucas on November 25, 2016

LOS ANGELES - APR 6:  Sarah-Jane Crawford at the Barbershop - Th

Place of Birth: Lambeth, London, England

Date of Birth: July 15, 1983

Ethnicity: Irish, Afro-Caribbean (including Nigerian, Beninese, and Togolese), possibly other

Sarah-Jane Crawford is a British presenter, actress, voice-over artist, and DJ. She was born in Lambeth, London, to a white mother, Anne, and a father of Afro-Caribbean origin.

A DNA test whose results were displayed by Sarah-Jane on her Instagram page stated that her genetic ancestry is, among smaller matches:

*38% Ireland
*32% Benin/Togo
*7% Nigeria

A picture of Sarah-Jane with her mother can be seen here.

Sources: http://www.express.co.uk
http://www.bbc.co.uk

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Valerie Jarrett

by gamer20 on January 16, 2015

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Birth Name: Valerie June Bowman

Place of Birth: Shiraz, Iran

Date of Birth: November 14, 1956

Ethnicity: African-American, smaller amounts of Creole (French and African), Scottish, and Native American

Valerie Jarrett is an American attorney, businessperson, and civic leader. She was Senior Advisor to the President of the United States, and Director of the Office of Public Engagement and Intergovernmental Affairs, both from January 20, 2009 to January 20, 2017.

Valerie was born in Shiraz, Iran, to American parents, James E. Bowman (James Edward Bowman), a physician, and Barbara (Taylor) Bowman, an early childhood education expert/advocate, author, and professor.

Valerie’s parents were/are both black. In the program Finding Your Roots, with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. it was found, through both DNA testing and genealogical research, that she also has smaller amounts of Creole (French and African), Scottish, and Native American heritage.

Valerie has a daughter with her former husband, late medical professional William Jarrett.

Valerie’s paternal grandfather was James Edward Bowman (the son of William Henry Bowman and Mary E.). William was the son of Nelson Bowman.

Valerie’s paternal grandmother was and Dorothy Peterson (the daughter of George Lee Peterson and Mildred Waddy). George was the son of Lee Peterson and Laura Tyler.

Valerie’s maternal grandfather was Robert Rochon Taylor (the son of Robert Robinson Taylor and Beatrice Francis Rochon). Valerie’s great-grandfather Robert was an architect, who was the first accredited African-American architect, and was also the first African-American student enrolled at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, in 1888; he was the son of Henry Taylor and Emily Still. Beatrice was the daughter of Victor Narcisse Rochon and Leonora.

Valerie’s maternal grandmother was Laura Dorothy Vaughn Jennings (the daughter of Neros Jennings and Laura Smith). Valerie’s great-grandmother Laura was the daughter of Ella Vaughn.

A DNA test taken by the show Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. (2014) stated that Valerie’s genetic ancestry is:

*49% European
——–approx. *28% Irish and Scottish
——–*16% Scandinavia
——–*3% Western Europe
——–*2% Ashkenazi Jewish
*46% Sub-Saharan African
——–*24% Nigeria
——–*8% Congo
——–*6% Ivory Coast and Ghana
——–*5% Senegal
——–*2% Southeastern Bantu
——–*1% Benin and Togo
*5% Native American

Valerie had once stated that one of her great-grandfathers was Jewish. No Jewish ancestry has evidently been documented for Valerie Jarrett, and none of her great-grandfathers were Jewish (at least in the traditional sense). However, her DNA test result did state that she has 2% Ashkenazi Jewish ancestry, which means she likely had a Jewish ancestor several more generations back.

Sources: Genealogies of Valerie Jarrett – http://www.geni.com
http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com

Obituaries and genealogies of Valerie’s maternal great-grandparents, Robert Robinson Taylor and Beatrice Rochon – https://www.findagrave.com

Genealogy of Valerie’s maternal great-great-great-grandfather, Jean-Stéril Narcisse Rochon (focusing on his father’s side) – https://www.wikitree.com

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Nas

by dlxzvs on October 21, 2014

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Birth Name: Nasir bin Olu Dara Jones

Place of Birth: Crown Heights, Brooklyn, New York City, New York, U.S.

Date of Birth: September 14, 1973

Ethnicity: African-American

Nas is an American recording artist, record producer, songwriter, actor, and entrepreneur. He is known as an influential hip hop artist who, in his debut album Illmatic in 1994, was billed as the second coming of Rakim. Nas is highly rated in underground and mainstream circles, and is known for his lyrical ability and distinctive flow.

Nas is the son of Ann and Olu Dara (born Charles Jones III), who is a cornetist, guitarist, and singer. His father converted to Islam and changed his name to Olu Dara, which in Yoruba means “God is Good”.

Internet assertions that Nas’s father has recent Yoruba or Nigerian ancestry are not correct. Both of Nas’s parents are from African-American families that have lived in the United States for centuries. A DNA test whose results were displayed on the show Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. (2014) stated that some of Nas’s ancestors were originally from Nigeria, Benin and Togo, Mali, the Ivory Coast, Ghana, Cameroon, Congo, and Senegal.

Nas has a daughter with his former partner, Carmen Bryan, and a son with his former wife, singer, songwriter, and chef Kelis.

Nas’s paternal grandparents were Charles Rufus Jones II (the son of Charles Jones) and Ella Mae Jones.

Nas’s maternal grandfather was Mack Little II (the son of Walter Little and Fannie Little). Walter was the son of Eugene Little and Julia Cole. Fannie was the daughter of Mack Little and Celia “Celle”.

Nas’s maternal grandmother was Nannie Little (the daughter of Atlas Little and Ada Chambers). Atlas was the son of Patrick Little and Adaline Gay. Nas’s great-grandmother Ada Chambers was the daughter of Harry Chambers and Eliza.

Nas is a first cousin, once removed, of actress Yara Shahidi. She has stated, “My momma grew up with him. He got his genealogy done at Harvard and Henry Louis Gates Jr. did his entire family background. I was a flower girl at his wedding.”

A DNA test taken by the show Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. (2014) stated that Nas’s genetic ancestry is:

*84% African

Sources: Genealogies of Nas – http://www.geni.com
http://www.pbs.org

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