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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.

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Moussa Sissoko

by andrew on July 16, 2016

World Cup 2014

Place of Birth: Le Blanc-Mesnil, France

Date of Birth: 16 August, 1989

Ethnicity: Malian

Moussa Sissoko is a French professional footballer. He was born in Le Blanc-Mesnil, France, to Malian parents.

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Nas

by dlxzvs on October 21, 2014

"Black Nativity" New York City Premiere - Arrivals

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 rapper, record producer, 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 grandfather was Charles Rufus “Charlie” Jones II (the son of Charlie/Charles Rufus Jones and Rose/Rosa Johnson). Nas’s grandfather Charles was born in Mississippi.

Nas’s paternal grandmother was Ella Mae Jones (the daughter of Charlie S. Jones and Latisha Jackson). Ella was born in Mississippi. Charlie was the son of Charlie Jones and Pleasant Jones. Latisha was the daughter of Thornton Jackson and Ella Sanders.

Nas’s maternal grandfather was Mack Little II (the son of Walter Little and Fannie Little). Mack was born in North Carolina. 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). Nannie was born in North Carolina. 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

Genealogy of Nas (focusing on his father’s side) – https://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com

Death records of Nas’s paternal grandparents, Charles Rufus “Charlie” Jones and Ella Mae Jones – https://www.findagrave.com

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Gloria Reuben

by follers on September 23, 2014

"Righteous Kill" New York City Premiere - Arrivals

Birth Name: Gloria Elizabeth Reuben

Place of Birth: Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Date of Birth: June 9, 1964

Ethnicity: Jamaican (African, Ashkenazi/Sephardi Jewish, likely some English)

Gloria Reuben is a Canadian singer, actress, and producer. Her parents, Pearl Avis (Mills), a singer, and Cyril George Reuben, an engineer, were from Jamaica. Her brother was actor and singer Denis Simpson.

Her father was of mostly white ancestry, though he also had some black roots; his white ancestry included a significant amount of Jewish, evidently both Sephardi and Ashkenazi. Her mother was black, though with some European ancestry.

Genealogist Henry Louis Gates, Jr. was able to trace Gloria’s ancestry back to her maternal great-great-great-great-great-grandmother, Leonorah, who was born, c. 1767, in Africa.

Gloria’s father was born outside of marriage.

Gloria’s paternal grandfather was believed to be a man named Henry Emanuel Reuben (the son of Isaac Reuben and Judith). Isaac was the son of Jacob Reuben, who was born, c. 1780, in Jamaica. Judith was the daughter of Samuel.

However, DNA testing indicates that Gloria’s biological paternal grandfather was a man with the surname Lindo. The Lindos are a Sephardi Jewish family who are prominent in Jamaica.

Gloria’s paternal grandmother was Florence Gabay (the daughter of John Edmund/Edward Gabay and Amelia). Florence was of partial African ancestry. John was the son of William Gabay.

Gloria’s maternal grandparents were Thomas Leopold Mills and Myra Gertrude Samuels (the daughter of Hezekiah Samuels and Rebecca Higgin). Rebecca was the daughter of Isaac Higgin, whose parents, Thomas Higgins and Elizabeth Martin, were born into slavery.

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

*59.3% European
*38.7% Sub-Saharan African
*0.3% 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 among Gloria’s genetic ancestry that was marked “European” is 28% Northern European, 12.3% Ashkenazi Jewish, and 10.4% Southern European (likely Sephardi Jewish). He wrote that among Gloria’s genetic ancestry that was marked “African” is 23% Nigerian, 8% Malian, and 7% Ghanaian and from the Ivory Coast.

Gloria’s matrilineal DNA traces back to Cameroon.

Source: Genealogy of Gloria Reuben (focusing on her father’s side) – https://www.geni.com

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Melanie Iglesias

by Mixed Kidd on August 13, 2014

2013 MTV Movie Awards - Arrivals

Birth Name: Melanie Tiana Iglesias

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

Date of Birth: June 18, 1987

Ethnicity: Puerto Rican [Spanish, African, Indigenous], Italian, some Filipino

Melanie Iglesias is an American model and actress. Melanie graduated from Tottenville High School on Staten Island in New York City.

She is the daughter of Maria Concepcion Muniz and Daniel J. Iglesias.

A DNA test whose results Melanie displayed on her Twitter page stated that her genetic ancestry is:

*65% Europe
——–*41% Italy/Greece
——–*16% Iberian Peninsula
*16% Africa
——–*7% Mali
——–*4% Africa North
*12% West Asia
——–*10% Caucasus
*6% America
——–*6% Native American
*<1% Asia

Melanie’s paternal grandparents likely were Michael D. Iglesias and Theresa Cantafio.

Source: Melanie states her ethnicity – https://twitter.com

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