Kiara Belen

by stlucas on September 30, 2017

Kiara Belen – 1st Annual “Legends Beyond” Gala – Arrivals – Private Mansion Estate – Beverly Hills, CA, USA – Photo Credit: Izumi Hasegawa / PR Photos

Birth Name: Kiara Nativity Belen

Place of Birth: New Jersey, U.S.

Date of Birth: March 16, 1990

*African-American (father)
*Puerto Rican, Colombian (mother)

Kiara Belen is an American model and athlete. Kiara is most known for being a contestant on the nineteenth season of America’s Next Top Model.

Kiara has described herself as “Puerto Rican, Colombian, and black”. Kiara’s father is African American. Kiara’s mother has Colombian and Puerto Rican roots. Kiara was raised in Las Vegas, Nevada, by her mother and stepfather, Erik Proctor.

Kiara is the daughter of Ana Maria Belen and Stanley “Stan” A. Reid III.

Kiara’s paternal grandmother was Edith Maxine (the daughter of Evelyn Constance Browning). Evelyn was born in North Carolina, the daughter of Winlow Walford and Lucille Browning.

Kiara’s maternal grandmother is Ana Maria Belen Senior. Ana was born in Colombia.


Birth record of Kiara’s paternal great-grandmother, Evelyn Constance Browning –

Kiara’s paternal great-grandmother, Evelyn Constance Browning, on the 1940 U.S. Census –

Obituary of Kiara’s paternal great-grandmother, Evelyn Constance Browning –


Sofia Carson

by stlucas on August 15, 2017

Birth Name: Sofia Daccarett Char

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

Date of Birth: April 10, 1993

Ethnicity: Colombian [Syrian-Lebanese, Arab Palestinian, Spanish, possibly other], possibly English

Sofia Carson is an American actress and singer.

Sofia is the daughter of Laura (Char) and José Fernando Daccarett. Sofia’s parents were born in Barranquilla, Colombia. Sofia speaks fluent English and Spanish.

One of Sofia’s great-uncles (maternal grandfather’s brother) was a Senator of Colombia (from 1990 to 1995; 1998 to 2006; and 2010 to 2014) and a Minister of Economic Development (from 1987 to 1988), Fuad Char. One of Fuad’s sons, Alejandro Char Chaljub, is the current mayor of Barranquilla, Colombia, since 2008.

Sofia’s paternal grandfather is René Roque Giha Daccarett, the son of José Miguel Daccarett and Zoila Giha. René was born in Barranquilla, Colombia. José Miguel had origins in Palestine.

Sofia’s paternal grandmother is Rosa María Escobar.

Sofia’s maternal grandfather is Simón Char Abdala (the son of Richard/Ricardo Char Zaslawy and Erlinda Abdala Chadjur). Richard was born in Damascus, Syria, the son of Miguel Char and María Zaslawy, and moved to Colombia in 1926. Erlinda was born in Colombia, the daughter of Lebanese parents, Simón Abdala and Rosa Chadjur.

Sofia’s maternal grandmother is Lauraine E. Carson, who is American.

Sofia has stated:

My mom is Colombian, so I was raised going to Colombia every year to see my family. I am lucky enough that I get to speak both languages and they are both a part of who I am. Also, we were raised eating mac and cheese and popcorn, but also, deditos de queso, empanadas, arroz con pollo and listening to boleros, or reggaeton, but also listening to Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, and others. We’ve been raised completely biculturally. I think it’s a cool experience; I never really knew or appreciated [the] good it would do me in my future to be bicultural — to have both cultures with me and both languages — than right now in this moment in my career. Speaking Spanish has been such a plus and I feel so proud to be Colombian, and to be Latin and to go around the world and speak my languages. It’s great.

Sources: Immigration record of Sofia’s paternal grandfather, René Roque Daccarett Giha –

Genealogy of Sofia’s mother – (in Spanish) (in Spanish) (in Spanish)

Photo by kathclick/


Felipe Peláez

by Manila on July 21, 2017

Birth Name: Felipe Renán Peláez Rodríguez

Place of Birth: Maracaibo, Zulia, Venezuela

Date of Birth: February 7, 1976

Ethnicity: Venezuelan

Felipe Peláez is a Venezuelan-born Colombian singer and songwriter.

He is the son of Felipe Peláez Goboriyu and Consuelo Rodríguez.

Felipe is married to Laura Catalina Henao.

Source: Death announcement of Felipe’s father –


Paula Arenas

by Manila on July 9, 2017

Birth Name: Paula Arenas Álvarez

Place of Birth: Bogotá, Colombia

Date of Birth: May 1, 1988

Ethnicity: Colombian (Spanish, possibly other)

Paula Arenas is a Colombian singer and songwriter.

She is the daughter of Mauricio “Mauri” Arenas and Johana Álvarez. A picture of Mauricio is shown here.

Paula’s maternal grandfather is Luis Eduardo Álvarez Samper (who likely is the son of José Martín Álvarez and Isabel Samper).

A picture of Paula’s maternal grandparents is shown here.


J Balvin

by Manila on June 9, 2017

J Balvin – 2017 MTV Movie and TV Awards  Photo Credit:

Birth Name: José Alvaro Osorio Balvin

Place of Birth: Medellín, Colombia

Date of Birth: May 7, 1985

Ethnicity: Colombian

J Balvin is a Colombian reggaeton singer. He is the son of Álvaro Osorio and Alba Mery Vásquez.