Melina Matsoukas

by stlucas on November 13, 2017

Birth Name: Melina E. Matsoukas

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

Date of Birth: January 14, 1981

*Greek Jewish, Polish Jewish (father)
*Afro-Jamaican, Afro-Cuban (mother)

Melina Matsoukas is an American director of commercials, videos, and and television shows.

Melina is the daughter of Diana-Elena (Foster) and David D. Matsoukas. Melina’s father is of Greek Jewish and Polish Jewish ancestry. Melina’s mother was born in Cuba, and has been described as an “Afro-Cuban of Jamaican descent”. Melina was raised in New York and New Jersey.

Melina has stated:

I grew up in the Bronx until I was about ten, and then we moved to New Jersey. I grew up in a very multicultural family. My mother is Afro-Cuban and Jamaican, and my father is Greek and Jewish. I felt the influences from all the different cultures — the stories, the ideas. And my parents are both communists and activists, so they’ve always been all about equality and doing something important with your life. I always wanted to do something big, I just didn’t know how I would go about changing the world.

Melinda’s paternal grandparents were Greek Jews and Polish Jews.

Melina’s maternal grandfather was Carlos Abraham Foster. Carlos was born in Oriente Province, Cuba, to parents from Jamaica. Melina’s maternal grandmother was also from Cuba.


Marriage record of Melina’s parents –

Obituary of Melina’s maternal grandfather, Carlos Abraham Foster –

Photo by Joe Seer/


Aroldis Chapman

by bearboy on November 6, 2017

Birth Name: Albertín Aroldis Chapman de la Cruz

Place of Birth: Holguín, Cuba

Date of Birth: February 28, 1988

Ethnicity: Afro-Cuban

Aroldis Chapman is a Cuban-American professional baseball pitcher for the New York Yankees of Major League Baseball.

Aroldis is the son of Juan Alberto Chapman Benett and Maria Caridad De La Cruz.



Amy Rodriguez

by bablah on September 8, 2017

Birth Name: Amy Joy Rodriguez

Place of Birth: Los Angeles, California, United States

Date of Birth: February 17, 1987

*Cuban (father)
*English, Scottish, French-Canadian, German (mother)

Amy Rodriguez is an American association football player.

Amy’s paternal grandparents emigrated from Cuba.

Amy’s maternal grandfather is Vernon Allen McClelland, son of Elmo Allen McClelland and Laurita Fuller. Elmo was the son of John A. McClelland, an immigrant from England, and Mary R. Allen. Laurita was the daughter of Harry Fuller (son of Revils Fuller and Mary D. Everett) and Etta Patterson (daughter of James L. Patterson and Louella Webb).

Amy’s maternal grandmother is Joyce Charlotte McDougal, daughter of Maxfield R. McDougal and Ruth Martin. Maxfield was the son of Charles V. McDougal (son of Charles B. McDougal and Lucinda) and Margaret J. Ruth was the daughter of Eugene A. Martin and Caroline Strobel. Eugene was from Quebec, and was French-Canadian. Caroline was born in Minnesota to German parents Gottfried Strobel and Louisa Gleich.

Sources: Marriage record of Amy’s maternal grandparents –

Amy’s maternal grandfather Vernon Allen McClelland on 1940 U.S. census –

Amy’s maternal great-grandfather Elmo Allen McClelland on 1910 U.S. census –

Amy’s maternal great-grandmother Laurita Fuller on 1920 U.S. census –

Amy’s maternal great-great-grandfather Harry Fuller on 1900 U.S. census –

Amy’s maternal great-great-grandmother Etta Patterson on 1900 U.S. census –

Amy’s maternal grandmother Joyce Charlotte McDougal on 1940 U.S. census –

Amy’s maternal great-grandfather Maxfield R. McDougal on 1910 U.S. census –

Amy’s maternal great-great-grandfather Charles V. McDougal on 1900 U.S. census –

Amy’s maternal great-grandmother Ruth Martin on 1920 U.S. census –

Amy’s maternal great-great-grandmother Caroline Strobel on 1900 U.S. census –


Vivian Jovanni

by stlucas on August 30, 2017

Birth Name: Vivian Nancy Pupo

Place of Birth: Houston, Harris, Texas, U.S.

Date of Birth: August 17, 1995

Ethnicity: Cuban [Spanish, Italian, possibly other]

Vivian Jovanni is an American actress.

Vivian is the daughter of Oleidys Laura (Valladares) and Edward/Eduardo Adin Pupo. Vivian’s parents are Cuban, and are said to have Spanish and Italian roots.

Sources: (official website)

Birth record of Vivian Jovanni –

Marriage record of Vivian’s parents –

Photo by kathclick/


Camila Banus

by stlucas on August 30, 2017

Birth Name: Camila C. Banus

Place of Birth: Miami Beach, Florida, U.S.

Date of Birth: July 22, 1990

Ethnicity: Cuban (Catalan, Spanish, possibly other)

Camila Banus is an American actress.

Camila is the daughter of Carmen Regla (Blanco) and Jaime Adrio Banus. Camila has a sister, Gabriela.

Camila has stated that she is of Cuban descent. A picture of Camila with her father can be seen here. A picture of Camila with her mother can be seen here.


Divorce record of Camila’s parents –

Photo by kathclick/