Benjamin Jealous

by follers on June 27, 2018

Benjamin Jealous – National Action Network’s 14th Annual Convention at Washington Convention Center in Washington on April 11, 2012 – Washington Convention Center – Washington, DC, USA – Photo Credit: Aaron J. Thornton / PR Photos

Birth Name: Benjamin Todd Jealous

Place of Birth: Monterey, California, United States

Date of Birth: January 18, 1973

*English (father)
*African-American (mother)

Benjamin Jealous, also known as Ben Jealous, is an American civic leader and politician. He served as President and CEO of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), from September 1, 2008 to November 1, 2013.

Benjamin is the son of Ann Fredericka (Todd) Jealous, a psychotherapist, author, and activist, and Fred Jealous, who was also a civil rights activist.

Benjamin’s father, who is from Maine, is white, and from a family with deep roots in New England, going back to the 1600s. Benjamin’s mother, who is from Virginia, is black.

He has two children with his former wife, NAACP lawyer Lia Epperson.

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

*80% European
*18.2% Sub-Saharan African
*0.5% Middle Eastern and North African
*0.2% 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 Benjamin’s European ancestry was mostly Northern European, and that his African DNA matches southeastern Bantu (Mozambique, Angola), as well as Benin and Togo, the Ivory Coast, and Ghana, and smaller amounts from Cameroon, Congo, and Senegal.

Benjamin’s paternal grandfather was Sargent Jealous (the son of Lionel Frederick Jealous and Evelyn Sargent). Sargent was born in Maine. Lionel was the son of Francis Hugh Jealous and Charlotte G. Evelyn was the daughter of Harry Edward Sargent and Anna Laura “Annie” Trask.

Benjamin’s paternal grandmother was Annette Smith (the daughter of Joseph Cummings Smith and Ethel Maude/Maud Locke). Annette was born in New Hampshire. Joseph was the son of Leonard Wood Smith and Lucy J. Youngman. Ethel was the daughter of Levi M. Locke and Fannie M. Smith.

Benjamin’s maternal grandmother was named Mamie Bland. Mamie was born in Virginia. Mamie’s grandfather was Edward David Bland, a politician in Virginia (who was black). Ben’s maternal great-great-great-grandfather, Peter G. Morgan, was also an influential black politician in the late 1800s.

Sources: Information about Benjamin’s appearance on Who Do You Think You Are?, 2014 –

Marriage record of Benjamin’s paternal grandparents, Sargent Jealous and Annette Smith –

Marriage record of Benjamin’s paternal great-grandparents, Joseph Cummings Smith and Ethel Maude Locke –


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.

Source: (at 17:02)

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Emmanuel Adebayor

by andrew on January 19, 2017

Birth Name: Sheyi Emmanuel Adebayo

Place of Birth: Lomé, Togo

Date of Birth: 26 February, 1984

Ethnicity: Yoruba

Emmanuel Adebayor is a Togolese professional footballer.

He is of Yoruba background.

Photo by Maxisports/


Sarah-Jane Crawford

by stlucas on November 25, 2016

LOS ANGELES - APR 6:  Sarah-Jane Crawford at the Barbershop - Th

Place of Birth: Lambeth, London, England

Date of Birth: July 15, 1983

Ethnicity: Irish, Afro-Caribbean (including Nigerian, Beninese, and Togolese), possibly other

Sarah-Jane Crawford is a British presenter, actress, voice-over artist, and DJ. She was born in Lambeth, London, to a white mother, Anne, and a father of Afro-Caribbean origin.

A DNA test whose results were displayed by Sarah-Jane on her Instagram page stated that her genetic ancestry is, among smaller matches:

*38% Ireland
*32% Benin/Togo
*7% Nigeria

A picture of Sarah-Jane with her mother can be seen here.


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Keith Ellison

by madman on November 8, 2016

Birth Name: Keith Maurice Ellison

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

Date of Birth: August 4, 1963

Ethnicity: African-American, along with some Louisiana Creole [African, French], Spanish, and Cuban, and 1/16th Croatian

Keith Ellison is an American politician and lawyer. A member of the Democratic Party, he has served as a Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Minnesota, since January 3, 2007, and Deputy Chair of the Democratic National Committee, since February 25, 2017.

Keith is the son of Clida Cora (Martinez) and Leonard E. Ellison, a social worker and a psychiatrist. His father is African-American. His mother is of one eighth Spanish, one eighth Cuban, as well as African-American, Louisiana Creole, and 1/16th Croatian, ancestry.

Keith was raised a Roman Catholic. He converted to Islam at the age of nineteen.

He has four children with his former wife, Kim.

Keith’s paternal grandfather was Zollie/Zolly Crawford Ellison (the son of Zollie Crawford Ellison and Lucy/Lula). Keith’s grandfather Zollie was born in Georgia. Keith’s great-grandfather Zollie was born into slavery.

Keith’s paternal grandmother was Marian/Marion Staley (the daughter of Samuel F. Staley and Flora Bellamy).

Keith’s maternal grandfather was Frank Maurice Martinez (the son of George Martinez and Clida/Clyda/Clydia Chester). Frank was born in Louisiana. George was born in Louisiana, to a Spanish father and a Cuban mother, and was listed as “Black” or “Mulatto” on censuses. Clida was African-American, from Texas.

Keith’s maternal grandmother was Doris Felicia Balthazar (the daughter of Carroll Augustin Balthazar and Cora Marinovich). Doris was born in Louisiana. Carroll was the son of Francois Paul Balthazar, who was Louisiana Creole, of African (including Ewe Togolese) and French descent, and of Martha Jones, who was African-American. Cora was a Louisiana Creole, and was the daughter of Antoine Marinovich and Felicite/Felicia/Felice Beaudoin; Cora’s paternal grandfather, Antoine Marinovich, was a Croatian immigrant, who settled in Natchitoches, Louisiana, and married Marie Semelia Giranovich, a Louisiana Creole.

Sources: Family history of Keith Ellison –

Genealogy of Keith Ellison (focusing on his father’s side) –

Keith’s paternal grandfather, Zollie Crawford Ellison, on the 1900 U.S. Census –

Genealogy of Keith Ellison (focusing on his mother’s side) –

Keith’s maternal grandfather, Frank Maurice Martinez, on the 1920 U.S. Census –
Frank Maurice Martinez on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Keith’s maternal grandmother, Doris Felicia Balthazar, on the 1920 U.S. Census –
Doris Felicia Balthazar on the 1930 U.S. Census –

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