Sierra Leonean


by stlucas on January 5, 2017

Birth Name: Mabel McVey

Place of Birth: possibly Málaga, Spain

Date of Birth: 1996

*Scottish, English (father)
*Sierra Leonean, Swedish (mother)

Mabel is a British R&B singer. She is the daughter of British producer Cameron Andrew McVey and Swedish singer Neneh Cherry (born Neneh Mariann Karlsson). She was raised in Málaga, Andalusia, Spain, and Stockholm, Sweden. Her uncle is musician Eagle-Eye Cherry.

Mabel’s paternal grandparents are Duncan Blair W. McVey and Jean A. Millward. Mabel’s father is of Scottish and English descent.

Mabel’s maternal grandparents are Ahmadu Jah and Monica “Moki” Karlsson. Ahmadu is a musician from Sierra Leone, where his own father was a chief. Monica is a Swedish painter and textile artist. Her step-grandfather is American jazz musician Don Cherry, who helped raised Mabel’s mother from a very young age. Don is African-American.



Michael K. Williams

by madman on September 18, 2016

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Birth Name: Michael Kenneth Williams

Place of Birth: Brooklyn, New York City, New York, United States

Date of Birth: November 22, 1966

*African-American (father)
*Afro-Bahamian (mother)

Michael K. Williams is an American actor and dancer. He is known for his role as Omar Little on the crime drama television series The Wire.

Michael’s parents are both black. He has said that his father is from South Carolina, and that his mother is from Nassau, Bahamas. He has ancestry from the Mende people in Sierra Leone.

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Samuel Coleridge-Taylor

by gamer20 on January 30, 2016

Date of Birth: 15 August, 1875

Place of Birth: Holborn, London, England, United Kingdom

Date of Death: 1 September, 1912

Place of Death: Croydon, London, England, United Kingdom

*Sierra Leonean Creole – African and English (father)
*English (mother)

Samuel Coleridge-Taylor was a British composer. He was the son of Alice Hare (Martin) and Dr. Daniel Peter Hughes Taylor. His father was a Creole from Sierra Leone, of mixed European and African descent. His mother was English.


James Cleverly

by maurogomes3193 on July 13, 2015

Birth Name: James Spencer Cleverly

Place of Birth: Lewisham, London, England

Date of Birth: 4 September, 1969

*British (father)
*Sierra Leone (mother)

James Cleverly is a British politician. A member of the Conservative Party, he has served as an MP since 2015. James was born in Lewisham Hospital, to a white British father and a black mother from Sierra Leone. He attended Riverston School and Colfe’s School, both in Lee, South East London. After a short time in the Army, he gained a degree at Thames Valley University (now known as the University of West London).


Ben Carson

by follers on November 7, 2014

Birth Name: Benjamin Solomon Carson

Place of Birth: Detroit, Michigan, U.S.

Date of Birth: September 18, 1951

Ethnicity: African-American

Ben Carson is an American author and retired neurosurgeon. He has been the U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, since March 2, 2017.

He was a candidate for the Republican Party’s nomination for President of the United States in 2016.

Ben is the son of African-American parents, Sonya (Copeland) and Robert Solomon Carson, a Christian minister. In 1987, he became the first person to successfully surgically separate conjoined twins joined at the head.

Ben’s paternal grandparents were Robert Carson (the son of Robert Carson and Amy Darden) and Anna/Amy L. Gordon. Ben’s great-grandmother Amy was the daughter of Ethan Darden and Lettie Swan.

Ben’s maternal grandfather was John Martin Copeland (the son of John H. Copeland and Indiana Ash). Indiana was the daughter of Thomas Ash and Millie Gay. The 1870 U.S. Census lists a man named James Ash living near Indiana’s household, who was possibly her grandfather. James is then-listed as being 100 years old, and as having been born in Africa (c. 1770).

Ben’s maternal grandmother was Ruby Stanley (the daughter of Coleman Stanley and Lucy Smith). Lucy was the daughter of Green Smith and Emily.

A DNA test whose results were displayed on the show African American Lives (2006) stated that Ben’s genetic ancestry is:

*80% Sub-Saharan African
*20% 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 Ben’s African DNA matches the Makua people of Mozambique (through his father’s line), and on his mother’s side, the Yoruba, Bassa, and Edo people of Nigeria, the Mende people of Sierra Leone, the Turkana people of Kenya, the Bamileke people of Cameroon, and the Bantu tribes of the Congo-Angola region.

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Photo by Gage Skidmore