Native American

Tamara Tunie

by stlucas on March 24, 2017

Birth Name: Tamara R. Tunie

Place of Birth: McKeesport, Pennsylvania, U.S.

Date of Birth: March 14, 1959

Ethnicity: African-American, possibly European and Lenape Native American

Tamara Tunie is an American film, stage, and television actress, director, and producer. She is the daughter of African American parents, Evelyn E. (Hawkins) and James W. Tunie. She was raised in Homestead, Pennsylvania.

Regarding her ethnic background, Tamara has stated in an interview:

Her [Tamara’s character on The Red Road] ancestry is very similar to my own in real life… I have Native American blood. I have African blood. I have European blood. And so it was the first time that a role was presented to me that actually completely embraced my entire DNA makeup, so I was really excited… My Native American heritage was not embraced by our family, and we grew up African-American… so I didn’t have a lot of access or history to that line of my family.

Tamara has also said that one of her paternal great-grandmothers was a full-blooded Native American, from the Ramapough Lenape Nation.

Tamara’s paternal grandparents were Edgar P. Tunie and Effie.


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Danielia Cotton

by stlucas on March 17, 2017

Place of Birth: Hopewell, New Jersey, U.S.

Date of Birth: September 24, 1967

*Puerto Rican-Spanish (father)
*African-American, possibly European and Native American (mother)

Danielia Cotton is an American singer, songwriter, and guitarist.

Danielia is the daughter of Wenonah J. Brooks, a jazz singer, and a father of Puerto Rican and Spanish ancestry, whom Danielia has never met. Danielia has a brother, Craig.

Danielia is married to attorney Sam Roberts, who is of Russian Jewish descent. Danielia is herself a convert to Judaism.

Danielia’s maternal grandmother is named Evelyn Dunn Brooks.

Regarding her ethnicity, Danielia has stated:

Record companies just never knew what to do, they were just like this doesn’t work and the only person they consider like a Black rocker is Tina Turner and they were like that was a long time ago. It’s like nobody’s broken through since then and they just don’t want to try it’s just too difficult. And I’m Black and half-Latino which even makes them more confused and if I really spelled it out for them that my mom is Black, white and American Indian and my dad is Puerto-Rican and Spanish I think they would just walk away. But that’s America right now, that’s what it is.


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Brytni Sarpy

by stlucas on March 15, 2017

Birth Name: Brytni Melicia Sarpy

Place of Birth: Los Angeles, California, United States

Date of Birth: September 21, 1987

Ethnicity: Creole [African, French, Italian], Filipino, possibly Apache Native American and Cherokee Native American

Brytni Sarpy is an American actress. She was born in California, the daughter of Kim (Javier) and Melvin Jerome “Mel” Sarpy. She has a half-brother, Aiden.

Brytni has stated in an interview that she has Creole (including French, African, and Italian), Apache and Cherokee Native American, and Filipino, ancestry.

Brytni’s parents are pictured here.


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Thomas Jane

by madman on February 19, 2017

Birth Name: Thomas Elliott III

Place of Birth: Baltimore, Maryland, United States

Date of Birth: February 22, 1969

Ethnicity: Irish, Scottish, possibly more distant German Jewish and Blackfoot Native American

Thomas Jane is an American actor. He was previously married to actress Patricia Arquette, with whom he has a daughter.

Thomas was the son of Cynthia, an antiques dealer, and Michael Elliott, a genetic engineer.

Thomas has said:

…I’m part Irish and Scottish, a little German Jew on my mothers side and some Blackfoot Indian on my fathers. turns out P[atricia Arquette] has some Scottish in her as well, so that’s why we all wore kilts at the wedding!

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Joy Villa

by fraciscovargas1545 on February 14, 2017

Birth Name: Joy Angela Villa

Place of Birth: Orange, California, United States

Date of Birth: April 25, 1986

*Italian (father)
*African-American, Choctaw Native American (mother)

Joy Villa, better known by her stage name Princess Joy Villa, is an American singer and songwriter. She is married to Danish writer and philosopher Thorsten Overgaard.

Joy started performing at age five.

Her father, The Rev. Joseph Villa, is of Italian descent. Her mother, Mildred Angela Pierce Villa, has African-American and Choctaw Native American ancestry.

Her great-uncle on her mother’s side was jazz vocalist Kenny Hagood.