Zoë Kravitz

by ethnic on July 23, 2009


Birth Name: Zoë Isabella Kravitz

Place of Birth: Los Angeles, California, United States

Date of Birth: December 1, 1988

*37.5% African-American
*12.5% African-Bahamian
*50% Ashkenazi Jewish

Zoë Kravitz is an American actress, singer, and model. She is the daughter of musician and actor Lenny Kravitz and actress Lisa Bonet.

Zoë’s father is of half Ashkenazi Jewish (his father) and half African-Bahamian and African-American (his mother) ancestry. Zoë’s mother is of half African-American (her father) and half Ashkenazi Jewish (her mother) ancestry. In terms of religion, Zoë identifies as a secular Jew.

Zoë is related to weatherman and television personality Al Roker. Al has said that Zoë’s paternal great-grandfather and his own paternal grandfather were cousins.

Zoë’s paternal grandfather was Sy Kravitz, a producer (born Seymour Sol Kravitz, the son of Joseph Kravitz and Jean Kaufman). Seymour was born in New York, and was of Russian Jewish descent.

Zoë’s paternal grandmother was Roxie Roker, an actress (Roxie Albertha Roker, the daughter of Albert Roker and Bessie Mitchell). Roxie was born in Florida. Albert was Afro-Bahamian, from Nassau. Bessie was African-American, and was the daughter of Will Mitchell and Julia Tillman.

Zoë’s maternal grandfather was Allen Bonet. Allen was African-American.

Zoë’s maternal grandmother was Arlene Joyce Litman (the daughter of Eli Litman and Sylvia Ellen Goldvarg). Arlene was born in Pennsylvania. Eli was born in Pennsylvania, the son of Abraham E. Litman, a Jewish immigrant from Tourchen, Russia, and of Fannie/Fanny Lillian Ageloff, a Jewish immigrant from Vitebsk, Belarus. Sylvia was also born in Pennsylvania, the daughter of Louis Goldvarg and Sarah Silverman, who were both Russian Jewish immigrants (her father from Tiraspol, now Moldova).

Sources: Genealogies of Zoë Kravitz – http://www.geni.com

Death records of Zoë’s paternal grandparents, Seymour Sol Kravitz and Roxie Albertha Roker – https://www.findagrave.com

Zoë’s paternal grandfather, Seymour Sol Kravitz, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Zoë’s paternal grandmother, Roxie Albertha Roker, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Obituary of Zoë’s paternal grandmother, Roxie Albertha Roker – http://www.nytimes.com

Zoë’s paternal great-grandmother, Bessie Mitchell, on the 1920 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Zoë’s maternal grandmother, Arlene Joyce Litman, on the 1940 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org

Marriage record of Zoë’s maternal great-grandparents, Eli Litman and Sylvia Ellen Goldvarg – https://familysearch.org

Zoë’s maternal great-grandfather, Eli Litman, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Zoë’s maternal great-grandmother, Sylvia Ellen Goldvarg, on the 1920 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
Sylvia Ellen Goldvarg on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

photo by Debby Wong / Shutterstock.com

{ 39 comments… read them below or add one }

andrew November 12, 2016 at 6:31 pm
andrew March 22, 2016 at 3:35 pm

Tiraspol (now Moldova)

Greyface March 21, 2016 at 3:05 pm

ugly on both the outside AND the inside!

M July 27, 2015 at 5:34 pm

She’s ugly compared to her mother and father. She’s a self hating Biracial, almost all her boyfriends have been White. She did date that one mixed guy for awhile, but that doesn’t count.

cwm85 August 25, 2015 at 9:34 am

She is allowed to date who she wants you racist! So what she dates white men, she is half white and if she was all black she still is allow to date white men. Sound like you belong in the 1930s or something. Hate scum like you with racist views on interracial dating. My partner is white and in tri-racial so? Color don’t matter its if the person is good for you.

sarahle August 25, 2015 at 11:29 am

stupid racist….

so, she is forced to love a black guy, or what?
if she fall in love with a guy then it’s definitely not the skin of his color she first fall in love with… idiot.

I don’t know if you are black or not but I assume you are…
some black people think they are allowed to be racist towards others just of being black.

you are not better than white racists… same racist trash.

cwm85 August 25, 2015 at 5:12 pm

I assume that was directed towards M. As I spoke out against her racism too.

neiltennant June 27, 2016 at 3:26 pm


when i had three black ex girlfriends that would not make me self hating ????

its about taste and partnership

people are not choosing boyfriends or girlfriends by color of skin

right ?

Samiiraa November 26, 2016 at 10:00 am

Haha I don’t understand why biracial people are considered self-hating by some AAs when they don’t date black men or women. Biracial means you’re both so why wouldn’t she date white men ? I think YOU hate yourself and are frustrated when biracial women date white, it makes you feel ugly.
I’m mixed, Black and Arab mostly, I’ve never dated a Black guy, only Arabs, so what ?

fuzzybear44 March 2, 2018 at 3:06 pm


Quote(I don’t understand why biracial people are considered self-hating by some AAs when they don’t date black men or women. )

You called out African Americans for doing that, However lets be fair, every ethnicity group has members of its particular groups that does that (including arabs).

Quote(I think YOU hate yourself and are frustrated when biracial women date white, it makes you feel ugly.)

So are you saying that all whites, Asians,Native Americans , Arabs etc that are opposed to those types of relationships Hate themselves and feel frustrated and ugly to? Because as I said, all those groups do it

beauty4ever March 2, 2018 at 3:23 am

she can date who ever she want…!!!

neiltennant March 17, 2018 at 9:45 am

there is nothing like SELF HATING about BLACK women

they can choose what type of boyfriend they can love

there are ugly white blondes and ugly blacks and ugly black haired

as well as good looking etc.

Princess June 12, 2015 at 7:58 am

Looking like a budget Alicia Keys with some Aaliyah and Vanessa Hudgens thrown in. Her mom was beautiful back in the day and her dad was hot as hell, but she’s just….boring, not even pretty.

mimi May 21, 2015 at 4:06 pm

awesome mix

WTF June 1, 2014 at 4:16 am

she’s a second generation mulatto like me. my parents are both biracial too

sarahle February 15, 2014 at 12:03 am

love her mix!
great actress… recommend “yelling to the sky to you”. outstanding performance by her. hollywood should stay focused on her.

neiltennant January 27, 2014 at 6:08 am

when Kravitz and Bonet first met in 1987


ihatemostpeople January 24, 2014 at 7:30 am

Her mom is prettier.

neiltennant January 27, 2014 at 6:05 am

same thought

Olivers January 3, 2014 at 5:52 pm

How odd that both of her parents happened to be half Jewish and half black.

rafael March 4, 2012 at 7:04 pm

bathe her,and bring her to me

betty boo January 27, 2014 at 3:32 am
Angel Syrene January 19, 2012 at 5:05 pm

She is a good mix,she’s pretty

Anya March 18, 2012 at 3:04 pm

She is pretty…but I think both her parents are better.

Amanda January 9, 2012 at 4:35 pm

She is really pretty!

zinda January 19, 2012 at 9:16 am

I know they say sometimes two pretty people can make and ugly child and vice versa but that is rare. Not saying it doesn’t happen because Thandie Newtons parents look umm well id rather not say needles to say she is gorgeous. However, I expected nothing less of Zoe both of her paren’ts are freakin hot! Esp her father! Come on this wasn’t a surprise. Child looks like the both of them!

Donnamaria January 8, 2012 at 8:50 pm


Dum July 9, 2011 at 2:47 pm

She also has Bahamian blood

zinda January 19, 2012 at 9:17 am

What in the heck are you talking about….SMH!

Mike June 24, 2011 at 3:17 pm

she looks like her dad alot

BITCHPLZ07 August 10, 2010 at 11:56 am

She is African-American and Ashkenazi Jewish.

Masashi16 August 10, 2010 at 5:36 pm

in most cases in the U.S., people refer to the Ashkenazi Jews. That’s what Lenny and Lisa are mixed with.

Nathalie January 14, 2012 at 5:13 pm
Angantyr February 12, 2012 at 2:37 am

Interesting mix.

multigrl July 5, 2012 at 12:59 am

Jews/Hebrews/Israelites are an ethnicity. Judaism is the religion of Jewish people.

A Black Jew is someone who is black who practices Judaism.

Anonymous September 1, 2010 at 9:30 am

lmao! me too

Woohoo January 29, 2012 at 10:11 am

Duh! Jews are an ethnicity.

Angantyr February 12, 2012 at 2:39 am

She is a beautiful woman.

yoyoyo7 January 14, 2013 at 1:40 pm

She really is a stunner.

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