Wanda Sykes

by bearboy on May 18, 2016

LOS ANGELES - AUG 29:  Wanda Sykes arrives at the 2010 Emmy Awa

Birth Name: Wanda Yvette Sykes

Place of Birth: Portsmouth, Virginia, U.S.

Date of Birth: March 7, 1964

Ethnicity: African-American (including Cameroonian), smaller amount of English

Wanda Sykes is an American comedian, writer, actress, and voice artist.

An episode of Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. (2012) stated that Wanda’s matrilineal ninth great-grandmother, named Elizabeth Banks, who was a white indentured servant. Elizabeth had a daughter named, Mary Banks, whose father was a black slave. It was also mentioned that some of Wanda’s DNA traces to present-day Cameroon.

Wanda’s paternal grandparents were Luther Luke Sykes (the son of Joseph Sykes and Maggie) and Magnolia Wilson (the daughter of Junius Wilson and Fannie Elliott). Junius was the son of John Wilson and Rosa Francis.

Wanda’s maternal grandparents were Allie Peoples (the son of Emma) and Sarah Jane Jones (the daughter of Annie).

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

*59% African
*35% European
*6% Asian

Sources: http://boricuagenes.blogspot.com

Genealogy of Wanda Sykes – https://www.geni.com

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{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

fuzzybear44 January 14, 2017 at 1:21 am

Anyone know what kind of Asian ancestry she has? okay 35% euro, so is she mixed or is she still Black? What’s the cut off point?

Multiethnicchick May 7, 2017 at 12:56 pm

Well if Rashida Jones, who’s 1/3 black is mixed, than this women is mixed. Some people say more than 25%. Others demand being close to the 50%

fuzzybear44 May 9, 2017 at 1:52 pm


Well until DNA test came along, no one would have known how much European ancestry her father had. They would have still just seen him as a black American. I do agree that both Wanda and Rashida are mixed. However I consider anyone who is not 100% one thing mixed. So I look at the vast majority of black people on this side of the hemisphere as being mixed. Therefore I don’t see them as overly special. I grew up with people looking all different way, so therefore people saying I mixed or whatever is all the same to me, To tell the truth, Wanda is more mixed than Rashida, seeing that Wanda has three ethnic bloodlines, while Rashida has only two.

Quote(Some people say more than 25%. Others demand being close to the 50%)

Well by that same logic, Blair underwood here is not a black man:

26% European plus some Asian ancestry:

While Tyra Banks here is black , being she only *14% British which as you stated with Michelle Rodriguez is just a smidgen of blood
*6% Native American =20% overall :

Yet who would people perceive to be the black person? In my eyes, their both black people, while still being ancestrally mixed

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