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Benjamin Jealous

by follers on June 27, 2018

Benjamin Jealous – National Action Network’s 14th Annual Convention at Washington Convention Center in Washington on April 11, 2012 – Washington Convention Center – Washington, DC, USA – Photo Credit: Aaron J. Thornton / PR Photos

Birth Name: Benjamin Todd Jealous

Place of Birth: Monterey, California, United States

Date of Birth: January 18, 1973

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

Benjamin Jealous, also known as Ben Jealous, is an American civic leader and politician. He served as President and CEO of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), from September 1, 2008 to November 1, 2013.

Benjamin is the son of Ann Fredericka (Todd) Jealous, a psychotherapist, author, and activist, and Fred Jealous, who was also a civil rights activist.

Benjamin’s father, who is from Maine, is white, and from a family with deep roots in New England, going back to the 1600s. Benjamin’s mother, who is from Virginia, is black.

He has two children with his former wife, NAACP lawyer Lia Epperson.

A DNA test whose results were displayed on the show Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. (2014) stated that Benjamin’s genetic ancestry is:

*80% European
*18.2% Sub-Saharan African
*0.5% Middle Eastern and North African
*0.2% East Asian / Native American

In his 2016 book about the show, Finding Your Roots, Season 2: The Official Companion to the PBS Series, Henry Louis Gates, Jr. wrote that Benjamin’s European ancestry was mostly Northern European, and that his African DNA matches southeastern Bantu (Mozambique, Angola), as well as Benin and Togo, the Ivory Coast, and Ghana, and smaller amounts from Cameroon, Congo, and Senegal.

Benjamin’s paternal grandfather was Sargent Jealous (the son of Lionel Frederick Jealous and Evelyn Sargent). Sargent was born in Maine. Lionel was the son of Francis Hugh Jealous and Charlotte G. Evelyn was the daughter of Harry Edward Sargent and Anna Laura “Annie” Trask.

Benjamin’s paternal grandmother was Annette Smith (the daughter of Joseph Cummings Smith and Ethel Maude/Maud Locke). Annette was born in New Hampshire. Joseph was the son of Leonard Wood Smith and Lucy J. Youngman. Ethel was the daughter of Levi M. Locke and Fannie M. Smith.

Benjamin’s maternal grandmother was named Mamie Bland. Mamie was born in Virginia. Mamie’s grandfather was Edward David Bland, a politician in Virginia (who was black). Ben’s maternal great-great-great-grandfather, Peter G. Morgan, was also an influential black politician in the late 1800s.

Sources: Information about Benjamin’s appearance on Who Do You Think You Are?, 2014 – https://blogs.ancestry.com

Marriage record of Benjamin’s paternal grandparents, Sargent Jealous and Annette Smith – https://www.familysearch.org

Marriage record of Benjamin’s paternal great-grandparents, Joseph Cummings Smith and Ethel Maude Locke – https://www.familysearch.org

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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

Photo by kathclick/www.bigstockphoto.com/

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Flora Coquerel

by fraciscovargas1545 on January 31, 2017

Flora Coquerel – 71st Annual Cannes Film Festival – ‘BlacKkKlansman’ – Arrivals – Palais des Festivals – Cannes, France – Photo Credit: Laurent Koffel / PRPhotos.com

Date of Birth: 14 April, 1994

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

Flora Coquerel is a French model and beauty pageant titleholder. 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

Photo by kathclick/Bigstock.com

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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. Her father ran a children’s hospital in Iran at the time of her birth. Her mother was among the four founders of the Erikson Institute for child development. Valerie was mostly raised in the U.S., in Chicago. She has a daughter with her former husband, late medical professional William Jarrett.

Valerie’s parents were/are both black, as were all her grandparents.

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’s paternal grandfather was James Edward Bowman (the son of William Henry Bowman and Mary E.). James was born in Washington, D.C. William was the son of Nelson Bowman.

Valerie’s paternal grandmother was Dorothy Peterson (the daughter of George Lee Peterson and Mildred Waddy). Dorothy was born in Washington, D.C. 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 grandfather Robert was born in Alabama. 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 grandmother Laura was born in California. Valerie’s great-grandmother Laura was the daughter of Ella Vaughn.

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

Valerie’s maternal grandfather, Robert Rochon Taylor, on the 1900 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org

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

Photo by Prphotos.com

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