India Arie

by Mixed Kidd on March 19, 2018

India.Arie – 2017 Essence Music Festival- Arrivals Day 1 – Mercedes-Benz Superdome – New Orleans, LA, USA – Keywords: Singer, Songwriter, Actress, Musician, Producer Orientation: Portrait Face Count: 1 – False – Photo Credit: Richard Dunn / PRPhotos.com

Birth Name: India Arie Simpson

Place of Birth: Denver, Colorado, U.S.

Date of Birth: October 3, 1975

Ethnicity: African-American [including Guinea-Bissauan, Sierra Leonean, and Liberian]

India Arie, also styled as India.Arie, is an American singer, songwriter, actress, musician, and record producer.

She is the daughter of Joyce and Ralph Simpson, a professional basketball player. According to a DNA analysis, she descends from the Mende people of Sierra Leone, the Kru people of Liberia, and the Fula people of Guinea-Bissau.

Source: Information about India’s DNA ancestry – https://www.youtube.com


Adama Barrow

by Manila on January 21, 2017

Place of Birth: Mankamang Kunda, British Gambia (now The Gambia)

Date of Birth: 16 February, 1965

*Mandinka (father)
*Fula (mother)

Adama Barrow is a Gambian politician. He began serving as the third President of The Gambia, on 19 January, 2017.

Adama’s father, Mamudu Barrow, is Mandinka. Adama’s mother, Kaddijatou Jallow, is Fula.

Adama is married to Fatou Bah and Sarjo Mballow.

Source: http://www.kaironews.com


Omar Sy

by follers on August 6, 2014

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Place of Birth: Trappes, France

Date of Birth: 20 January, 1978

Ethnicity: Senegalese, Mauritanian, Fula

Omar Sy is a French actor and comedian. His parents are both African, his father from Senegal and his mother from Mauritania. He also has origins from the Fula people. Omar is a Muslim.

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Maya Angelou

by follers on May 28, 2014

Birth Name: Marguerite Annie Johnson

Date of Birth: April 4, 1928

Place of Birth: St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.

Date of Death: May 28, 2014

Place of Death: Winston-Salem, North Carolina, U.S.

Ethnicity: African-American, likely 1/8th Irish

Maya Angelou was an American poet, singer, memoirist, and civil rights activist.

Maya was the daughter of Vivian Althea (Baxter) and Bailey J. Johnson. She was African-American, and likely had an Irish-born maternal great-grandfather. Maya had a son. Her surname was from her former husband, Greek electrician and musician Tosh Angelos.

Maya’s paternal grandfather was William Johnson (the son of Simon Johnson and Emaline Lankford). William was born in Arkansas.

Maya’s paternal grandmother was Annie Taylor or Henderson (the daughter of Emanuel Taylor and Mary Kentucky Wafford). Annie was born in Arkansas. Mary Kentucky was the daughter of Wash Wofford and Ailsie.

Maya’s maternal grandfather was Thomas Baxter (the son of Addison Baxter and Jane). Thomas was born in Georgia.

Maya’s maternal grandmother was Marguerite/Margaret Savin/Sabin/Seamus or Lee (the daughter of Mary Lee). Marguerite was born in Illinois, and is believed by some researchers to have been the biological daughter of John Savin, who was born in Ireland. Marguerite’s mother, Mary Lee, was African-American.

A DNA test whose results were displayed on the show African American Lives 2 (2008) stated that Maya’s genetic ancestry is:

*77% Sub-Saharan African
*23% European

In his 2009 book about the show, In Search of Our Roots: How 19 Extraordinary African Americans Reclaimed Their Past, Henry Louis Gates, Jr. wrote that 55% of Maya’s African DNA came from West Africa, including the Mende people of Sierra Leone, the Mandinka people of Gambia/Senegal, the Balanta people of Guinea-Bissau, and the Fula people, and 45% of Maya’s African DNA came from the Congo-Angola region.

Sources: Genealogies of Maya Angelou – http://www.geni.com


John Legend

by ethnic on February 14, 2014

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Birth Name: John Roger Stephens

Place of Birth: Springfield, Ohio, U.S.

Date of Birth: December 28, 1978

Ethnicity: African-American [including likely Fula Guinea-Bissauan, Mende Sierra Leonean], some European

John Legend is an American singer, songwriter, musician, and actor.

John’s parents, Phyllis Elaine (Lloyd) and Ronald Lamar Stephens, were/are both African-American. He studied English with an emphasis on African-American studies at University. He is married to model Chrissy Teigen, with whom he has two children.

A picture of John with his wife, child, grandmother, and father can be seen here. A picture of John with his mother can be seen here.

A DNA test taken by the show Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. (2012) stated that John’s genetic ancestry is:

*64% African
*32% European
*4% Native American

John’s paternal grandfather was Arthur Benjamin Stephens (the son of John B. Stephens and Martha Cape). Arthur was born in Ohio. John’s great-grandfather John Stephens was the son of Henry Stephens and Julie. Martha was the daughter of John Kimsey Cape and Antinete.

John’s paternal grandmother is Marjorie Maxine “Maggie” Smith (the daughter of Dennis Wiley Smith and Esther Louise Ryder). Marjorie was born in Ohio. Dennis was the son of Sidney Smith and Matilda. Esther was the daughter of James Ryder and Bessie/Bethinia Underwood.

John’s maternal grandfather was Raymond Eugene Lloyd, Sr. (the son of William/Will Lloyd and Lillie Beatrice Greason/Greeson). Raymond was born in Tennessee, and was a Pastor Emeritus. Lillie was born in Tennessee, the daughter of Monroe/Mon Greason/Greeson and Laura Whitfield.

John’s maternal grandmother is Elmira M. Bass (the daughter of Ralph/Ralf Lewis Bass and Elmira/Elmyra Mack). Elmira was born in Ohio. Ralph was the son of Richard Bass and Mary Ella/Ellen Buchannon.

John’s DNA test stated that John’s patrilineal line likely came from the Fula people in Guinea-Bissau, and that John’s matrilineal line likely came from the Mende people in Sierra Leone. In his 2014 book based on the series, Finding Your Roots: The Official Companion to the PBS Series, Gates writes on page 266, “One analysis of [John’s] admixture indicates that his white ancestors were from southeastern Europe, around Romania, but he also shares genetic material with people living in the United Kingdom, Ireland, and Jamaica.”

Sources: Genealogies of John Legend – http://www.geni.com

Obituary of John’s maternal grandfather, Raymond Eugene Lloyd, Sr. – http://www.legacy.com

John’s maternal great-grandmother, Lillie Beatrice Greason/Greeson, on the 1910 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org

John’s maternal great-grandfather, Ralph/Ralf Lewis Bass, on the 1900 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org

Information about John’s appearance on Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. (2012) – http://www.yourgeneticgenealogist.com

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