Zoë Saldaña

by ethnic on August 28, 2008

Birth Name: Zoë Yadira Saldaña Nazario

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

Date of Birth: June 19, 1978

Ethnicity: Puerto Rican, Dominican Republic, evidently small amount of Lebanese and Haitian

Zoë Saldaña is an American actress and dancer. She is known for her roles in the films Guess Who, Avatar, Guardians of the Galaxy, and others.

Zoë is the daughter of Asalia (Nazario) and Aridio A. Saldaña. She is a black Latina. Her father was Dominican, and was born in Cotui Pro Sa, Dominican Republic. Her mother is Puerto Rican. She is also said to have some degree of Lebanese and Haitian ancestry. She speaks English and Spanish fluently. Zoë spent part of her childhood in the Dominican Republic.

Zoë is married to Italian artist Marco Perego, with whom she has three children.

Zoë has said:

There’s no one way to be black… I’m black the way I know how to be. You have no idea who I am. I am black. I’m raising black men.

 Zoe Saldana, Marco Perego at the Vanity Fair Oscar Party 2015 at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts

Zoë Saldaña and husband Marco Perego at the Vanity Fair Oscar Party 2015

Photos by kathclick/Bigstock.com

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Multiethnicchick July 31, 2017 at 11:28 pm

Zoe Saldana is an idiot. She’s not black and how can she say shes raising black sons when shes not black herself? There are true black latinos with no admixture whatsoever that look like lupita nyongo or Djmon Honsou. Zoe is mixed like most latinos but whenever someones mixed with black in America, Americans have to force their racist one drop rule on people.

And what’s with people saying she looks 20-25% mixed? She looks like a true mulatto 50/50 like Barack Obama. With so many mixed people claiming black, no one seems to know what an actual black person looks like anymore. The ignorance is astounding.

Hill August 14, 2017 at 4:39 am

I never consider light-skinned people black. No matter how far back their non-African ancestry goes.

fuzzybear44 August 14, 2017 at 3:11 pm

@hill

Quote(No matter how far back their non-African ancestry goes.)

Well with this statement, you’ve just wiped out most of the black people this side of the hemisphere

Also what’s your range for a light skin black person? Because I see Zoe as being average in color, nothing I don’t see everyday

midori29 June 29, 2016 at 9:52 am

This girl tested as 20% black West African Dna
https://youtu.be/bzjukGKbcuk

madman April 26, 2016 at 7:48 am

She is the daughter of Asalia (Nazario) and Aridio Saldaña. Also, the link does not mention her Lebanese or Haitian ancestry, though this commercial confirms what her roots are:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x3VroEwtTrQ&app=desktop

crunty March 25, 2016 at 12:50 pm

A beautiful mix.

me March 11, 2016 at 3:30 pm

Lebanese?really?she looks black with some distant spanish ancestry.

Multiethnicchick July 31, 2017 at 11:16 pm

No, she looks mixed. Have you ever even seen a fully black person?

Nikki January 5, 2016 at 8:21 pm

Sorry but she is African, Haitan, Puerto Rican, Lebanese, European (German, Austrian, Portuguese, Dutch), and Dominican.

fuzzybear44 January 6, 2016 at 1:02 am

sorry about what?

Devotion October 26, 2015 at 5:49 pm

Looks 100% African. She looks Mauritanian, and could easily pass as one. Not all Africans have copper black skin with very frizzy hair and wide noses.

She looks this Mauritanian woman:

http://gdb.voanews.com/6E220B28-6C06-4EFE-81EE-4FC766A2998A_cx0_cy1_cw0_mw1024_s_n_r1.jpg

BigMama February 13, 2016 at 12:42 pm

Dominican African ASCENDENCE is predominantly cooper black skin with very freeze hair and wide noses. Igbo and Yoruba west African black African tribes and Puerto Rican and Haitian came from west African people too… And she is mixed from those black people and others…. She’s no Ethiopian or something like that (respect to my beautiful Ethiopian people :* )

In other hand Mauritius is a multiethnic society, drawn from Indian, Black African, European (mostly French) and Chinese origin ethnicity.
And According to the 2011 census conducted Mauritius is the only country in Africa to have a Hindu plurality….

Zoe is European, African and middle eastern by blood. Mixed and with a Latino – Caribbean etnicity.

Multiethnicchick July 31, 2017 at 11:19 pm

Well Africans can be mixed, black, Caucasian, Asian, etc, since Africa is a continent. And no, she looks nothing like that women who looks mixed herself. Zoe Saldana definitely doesnt look black African.

legez August 29, 2015 at 7:41 am

doesn’t look mulatta, but not fully black. looks like African-American probably 70-75% Black

Surreal September 15, 2015 at 1:07 pm

I agree. She looks like a Griffe like Rihanna.

getttea March 24, 2016 at 10:34 am

She reminds me of Thandie Newton a little.

Multiethnicchick July 31, 2017 at 11:21 pm

Are you kidding, her hair texture is not that of someone who is merely a quarter mixed, her facial features also indicate admixture. She looks like a true mulatto. 50%

fuzzybear44 September 12, 2017 at 1:40 am

Truthfully , she says she likes to use a Japanese straightener for the past 10 years. she says she has a whole routine for taking care of her hairm That her hair is actually like an Afro

fuzzybear44 September 12, 2017 at 1:42 am

Truthfully , she says she likes to use a Japanese straightener for the past 10 years. she says she has a whole routine for taking care of her hair That her hair is actually like an Afro

Andrea August 19, 2015 at 1:32 pm

I swear everytime someone says someone is black everybody lashes out like its a bad thing, bc they don’t look a certain way. It clearly f*cking says she’s a black Latina and that’s what she is. Stfu.

cwm85 September 15, 2015 at 3:23 pm

Another M, midior29 alias.

Mdelacruz16 January 8, 2016 at 12:08 am

LOL yes that midori bitch is always trying to say everyone who is mixed is just black.

get the fuck over it they’re mixed

Multiethnicchick July 31, 2017 at 11:21 pm

Black latinas have no admixture, this women does. Shes a mixed latina like most latino people.

cwm85 August 7, 2015 at 1:25 pm

She is black, native, European and Lebanese. So she has a lot going on and to pin her as only black is stupidity…

midori29 August 19, 2015 at 1:36 pm

@CWM, Zoe herself has stated she is black. Most black people will say they have European, native American etc. But they do not mention percentages. Zoe could be and is likely 75% black African and 10% European, 10% native, and 5 % Lebanese. Just because she mentions alot does not mean the mixture is in equal parts.

I am black, native, portuguese, and native myself but my race in majority is BLACK,. Most people on earht have other admixtures. But only black people seem to highlight them, especially black women for some odd reason.

cwm85 August 19, 2015 at 4:00 pm

You are ashamed of your other ethnicities if true. You try to make someone mixed African when it is impossible to be pure African if you are mixed with other races. You have a right to consider yourself black but other people who are mixed like myself choose to acknowledge them all because I’m not ashamed of my heritages like you. You try to put down any person who is black with something else down. You’re filth is all over this site. Don’t reply to me in any of my comments, I don’t like your racist ass…

Andrea August 27, 2015 at 6:03 pm

He/she didn’t say anything racist. You are f*cking retarded.

Every time somebody asks you what your race is no one is going to go down the fucking list of what mixture they are. That doesn’t mean they are ashamed. Get over yourself.

Bow Down Bitches July 26, 2015 at 8:48 pm

black people need to chill and stop claiming dominicans and puerto ricans. they’re not black!

Andrea August 19, 2015 at 1:34 pm

Dominican and Puerto Rican is a f*cling nationality you dumb ass not a race. A nationality is a place you are FROM! You cab be any color and be dominican, Puerto Rican or w.e stfu. Ugh.

BigMama February 14, 2016 at 2:47 pm

@bow Down Bitches agree with you! They are searching all the mixed race and other ethnicities to confuse everybody … Same with Cubans.

@Andre No Cuban , PRicans and Dominicans are not race, but PRico is more Mestizo (native/white) multi racial (white, native, some black) and white population…. Cuba is 65 %white or predominantly white and the rest are mixed Mulattoes (from black and white ) and 16% black…. Dominican Republic is predominately mixed mulatto (from black and white) the 73% of the population…. Obyusly Cubans and Dominican have some por et of native blood but predominately black and white

BigMama February 14, 2016 at 2:54 pm

Obviously Cubans and Dominican have some of native blood but predominately black and white*

BigMama February 14, 2016 at 3:08 pm

Cuba: According to Cuba’s Oficina Nacional de Estadisticas ONE 2012 Census, the population was 11,167,325 including:The racial make-up was 7,160,399 whites, 1,034,044 blacks and 2,972,882 mulattoes or mestizos.

Puerto Rican: Studies have shown that the ancestry of the “average” white Puerto Rican person is about 64% European, 21% African, and 15% Taino/Amerindian, with European ancestry strongest on the west side of the island, African ancestry strongest on the east side, and consistent levels of Taino ancestry throughout the island.[36] In fact, even though 75% of Puerto Ricans self-identify as white.

Dominican Republic: According to recent genealogical DNA testing, the genetic makeup of the Dominican Republic’s population is estimated to be 52.15% European, 39.57% Sub-Saharan African, and 8.28% Native American overall. Most Dominicans fall within three major ethno-racial groups. The last census conducted in the country estimated the population as 73% mixed race (mainly of African and European descent), 16% White European (mainly of Spanish and French descent), and 11% Black African.

getttea March 24, 2016 at 10:33 am

Some of them are some of them aren’t.

Gina Torres and Christina Milian are black Cubans. Eva amended is a mestizo Cuban. Cameron Diaz is a white Cuban.

These are all nationalities.

fuzzybear44 March 25, 2016 at 1:25 am

mestizo Cuban?

Multiethnicchick July 31, 2017 at 11:23 pm

Christina milian isn’t black, shes mixed.

midori29 June 4, 2015 at 8:23 am
arjanguelsk December 25, 2014 at 10:15 pm

Dominican Republic is in the Island La Hispanola,na half island is DR and the other half is another country called Haiti. theres mixed people in both countries, but specially in Dominican Republic more of the 73% are mixed. Mulatos (black and white, people don’t like to use it like and adjective, but is used in some Antilles including DR ), mestizos (native and white), Native and black, and Multiracial. Dominicans don’t say are white, they feel proud of all there roots, etnically and culturally proud. They have beautiful cuture, people, beaches and important monuments. All of you have a nice day! Peace and love :)

arjanguelsk December 25, 2014 at 11:21 pm

I have been with Dominicans my entire life. I have NEVER see in Dominicans the so call “self hate” and “being in denial”.
For Dominicans is not just the skin is everything, hair, eyes, blood (genes), family genes, type of body, mouth, ascendence…all all the admixtures, cuz’ they are proud of all…. for these reason the Topic about “race” is not something Dominican speak about since most Dominicans just don’t care.

Because Dominicans see a White Dominican as the same as a Black Dominican or a Mix Dominican.Thats all!

Then you all are crazy for something they don’t care!…

There is the same, no matter skin color. undertand? It’s also such a double standard with Dominicans.

Even if you ask to an apparently white or ligth skin On DR ARE YOU WHITE? don’t be surprise if many of them Answer: NO! AM NOT WHITE, I’M DOMINICAN or YES MY SKIN IS BUT NOT ALL OF ME CUZ I’M DOMINICAN, claiming ALL THE ROOTS. Does this mean that these Dominicans are White Self haters too? No! They are proud of all their roots!And that is good. If you are mixed, you are mixed.

Now I say goodbye again, and forever, i will not talk again in Zoe. Kisses.

midori29 December 25, 2014 at 9:55 am

Also similiar genetic studies have been done on other Carribean islands like Jamaica, Trinidad etc, predominantly African too but still mixed and populated with Indians, whites.. All islands have some degree of admixture. Puerto Rico is the most mixed I would say.

WestIndiangrl May 10, 2015 at 4:10 pm

Trinidad is Not predominantly Black More than half the population of Trinidad & tobago Is of East Indian descent :) also with other ethnic groups (black chinese syrian lebanese white amerindian etc)

midori29 December 24, 2014 at 1:43 pm

Dominican Republic is an Island, more people need to travel. The island is shared with Haiti , yes its an island. Ive been there, you may fiol other posters but not me. DOMINICANS will be midnight black and argue to the death that they are white. Amazing, lol.

ciarabeautiful May 7, 2015 at 9:18 am

I’m Dominican and I’m fair skin so you sound ignorant

midori29 June 4, 2015 at 8:22 am

I have been to the Dominican Republic, im definitely not ignorant, lol. You know what I am saying is true. I saw lighter blacks in Jamaica. !
Zoe Saladana admitts in this article that she chemically straightense her hair and that she really has an afro underneath.
http://www.skinnyvscurvy.com/zoe-saldana/zoe-saldana-its-months-hair-straightening-treatment.html

arjanguelsk June 14, 2015 at 4:58 pm

Thank U @ciarabeautiful agree with you!

California July 12, 2015 at 11:13 pm

Most Dominicans are not purely Black, get out of here with that mess. Even the “Blackest” looking Dominicans are mixed to some degree. Most Dominicans don’t like to be called Black.

midori29 August 21, 2015 at 4:20 pm

@California, most blacks in the Americas are not pure black NOT just Dominicans. Most Dominicans are so brainwashed. I am suprised Zoe says she is black. I obvioulsy never said all Dominicans were dark but some are. Nothing wrong with that. But Domincians have seizures when you mention they are dark/black. Very poor self images.

Daron December 11, 2014 at 4:08 pm

She is black.

Dogg December 23, 2014 at 11:39 pm

She’s mixed.

leximartinez December 10, 2014 at 6:53 pm

See, this just proves that Latino/a or hispanic is not a race. Zoe is black and she is a latina. We come in all shades of colors. I am a white latina and proud! Really getting tired of people claiming it is a race. It is not.

arjanguelsk December 16, 2014 at 8:26 pm

There are many mixed Latinos… Many! They’re more mixed than white or black In Latin America .. IN my family the a lot of white skin black facial admixtures and dark skinned with Caucasian admixtures…. I’m latina and I travel a lot to many latin country’s and I’m ️proud of being latina and mixed lite de majority of Latinos . Is no flaming a race is not is claiming all you’re roots.

arjanguelsk December 16, 2014 at 8:28 pm

Is no claming* a race y is claiming all you’re roots. And she’s mixed

midori29 December 4, 2014 at 9:35 am

Also Zoe Saldana has had a nose job.

longhaired thick lightskinned gyal December 3, 2014 at 5:29 pm

She is WAAAAAAAAAY overhyped. She’s actually ugly. Better looking actresses out there, even her acting is overhyped. She ain’t that good.

midori29 December 3, 2014 at 10:43 am

I should remind people to read and study. The definition of a BLACK person in the new world is not black skin and kinky hair. Black means anyone with a substantial amount of subsaharan African black blood. Cause its strong stuff , usually at the 50 percent or more line. If you do not like this definition then take it up with white Americans and white European British who created this rule and classification.

arjanguelsk December 16, 2014 at 8:20 pm

Well the definition of race of British and white Americas is wrong that’s the problem… They don’t accep that in Latin America and many african america are mixed. In the case of dominican republic for example they have more than a century having mixed baby’s cuz they have more than a century having interracial love and without slavery. Some people do not understand this … The 73% of the population of Dominican Republic is mixed… They have Afro .. But they have others races too. Trust me the definition of European and white Americans is not important for Latinos …. white people do not rule the world and they con be wrong in something… Anyways all the races and mixed people are the same we are human so stop you’re discussion and have a walk , u need it.

midori29 December 17, 2014 at 3:41 pm

@arjanguelsk, you dont have to tell me about the Dominican Republic I have traveled there and stayed. The island is not as mixed as they proclaim . Its very very black. Puerto Ricans are alot more mixed than Dominicans. Dont believe that mixed stuff, Dominican Republic is majority black. I am a black South American and my country is more mixed than the Dominican Republic.

andrew December 18, 2014 at 4:49 am
arjanguelsk December 18, 2014 at 4:38 pm

Well @midori26 you can’t know more than me of Dominican Republic cuz im half dominican and i lived there many years, and I know how mixed they are, very mixed. Dominican Republic is one of the most mixed country’s in Latino America. So I no just believe it, I have confirmed it. It dosen’t care if you believe it. Genes don’t lie.

midori29 December 21, 2014 at 8:21 pm

@aranguelsk, I think Dominicans like to believe they are very mixed but the island looked very black to me. Puerto Ricans are ALOT more mixed and compared to Cuba and Puerto Rico, I don’t think so.

arjanguelsk December 22, 2014 at 7:24 am

@midori29 First what “you think”, DOSEN’T CHANGES GENES and the reality http://tinypic.com/view.php?pic=jl2efa&s=6#.VJgvaMALs And I can find you more, books , magazines, studies ect that comproved the truth, tbt Domincans are mixed.. Second Dominican Republic is not an Island, the Island have a name and inside there’s two countries, one of them is Dominican Republic.

Goodbye, and have a nice day. Dominicans are what they are, it dosen’t care what you think. Bye Bye. Kisses :* no hate. Here I stop.

Dogg December 23, 2014 at 11:40 pm

Well you can’t argue with genetic studies. Who gives a shit if you’ve been there. Dominicans are mixed, period.

midori29 December 24, 2014 at 1:40 pm

@Dogg, yes you can argue with any study because the bias depends upon who is making the study. Alot of so called studies are in fact biased. So youre wrong

midori29 December 2, 2014 at 6:53 pm

Pic of Zoe and her sisters again. I have Aunts that look like them, they look American Indian/Black African primarily. I dont see much white European at all.

midori29 December 2, 2014 at 6:56 pm
arjanguelsk December 16, 2014 at 7:48 pm

If she is american indian and black she is mixed…. And dominicana are black + white + american indian most of time they have more….. She is mixed.

midori29 December 2, 2014 at 6:49 pm

@noneofyourbussiness ALL BLACK PEOPLE ARE MIXED, GET IT

Girll December 2, 2014 at 7:46 pm

Only direct mixture counts as mixed. Insignificant distant ancestry doesn’t really make a difference.

midori29 December 1, 2014 at 2:11 pm

@Andrew check this pic with Zoe Saldanas and her sisters. The pic you posted was lightened.
http://m.usmagazine.com/celebrity-moms/news/zoe-saldana-celebrates-pregnant-sister-mariel-at-baby-shower-pictures-2014226

andrew December 1, 2014 at 4:34 pm

I am sorry but I dont consider these woman “black”.

midori29 December 2, 2014 at 6:17 pm

@andrew well they consider themselves black. As they have stated.

Girll December 2, 2014 at 7:44 pm

She’s mixed race, end of story. No one is arguing about their own self identification. Many mixed people identify as black.

arjanguelsk December 16, 2014 at 7:50 pm

Agree! She’s mixed! End of story!

midori29 December 1, 2014 at 2:08 pm

@andrew her mom looks like a black and white mixture and her dad is black, that still would make Zoe majority black .

Dogg November 28, 2014 at 6:47 pm

She does NOT look full black. She is mixed – end of story. Google her parents.

midori29 December 1, 2014 at 8:18 am

Most black people in the new world (Carribean and America) have some admixture and parents or grandparents who look like Zoe Saladanas parents. My point is the Zoe is a majority black person and not mixed as in the sense of Halle Berry or Mariah Carey. Her parents are both of Substantial African descent.

andrew December 1, 2014 at 11:48 am
midori29 December 1, 2014 at 2:05 pm

@Andrew she looks like my black grandmother. I dont think youve seen a variety of black carribeans.

andrew December 1, 2014 at 4:32 pm

she’s not black, she’s probably a triracial woman, not even a mulatto

noneofyourbusiness December 2, 2014 at 11:40 am

Midori is an idiotic Afrocentrist, just ignore the stupid bitch. She pulls things out of her ass and says the most ignorant things. It’s so obvious her mother is not just black.

noneofyourbusiness December 2, 2014 at 11:41 am

I meant Afrocentric.

midori29 December 2, 2014 at 6:21 pm

@noneofyourbussiness, Zoe Saldana has repeatedly stated in the media that she is a “black woman” she has said that herself. What else do you need? And your insults are foolish because if Zoe Saldana is not black to you then no black people in America and the Carribean are black either. My comments are completely sensible and yours are not. You are resorting to insults due to ignorance.

midori29 December 2, 2014 at 6:25 pm

@noneofyourbussiness, your reading skills are very bad.I said her mother looks like a black white admixture and her dad is black. Id rather be an Afrocentrist than a ignocentrist.

noneofyourbusiness December 2, 2014 at 6:45 pm

@midori29: Listen up, idiot. A lot of mixed race celebrities identify as black, but does that mean thet’re just black? Halle Berry has a white mother, but she still considers herself a black woman. Zoe can say she’s black all she wants, but genetically and biologically she is mixed.

Dogg November 28, 2014 at 6:40 pm

Lebanese :O

me November 26, 2014 at 1:25 pm

She looks fully black to me.

midori29 November 26, 2014 at 4:37 pm

@me, I agree Dominicans are masters at straightening and shining hair to look “mixed”. and Dominicans like claiming anything but BLACK.

andrew November 26, 2014 at 4:40 pm

@me are you and midori the same crazy person to say this woman is “fully” what?

Dogg November 28, 2014 at 6:40 pm
Bow Down Bitches July 26, 2015 at 8:55 pm

in what world does she look fully black? she looks mixed because she is mixed!

angrygirl19 November 8, 2014 at 6:09 pm

Don’t forget Hatian,miss on her commercial

angrygirl19 November 8, 2014 at 6:09 pm

Oops
‘It’s’ on her commercial

ladida October 23, 2014 at 9:45 am

Seriously? People are getting heated and arguing over what a girl IDENTIFIES as. If the girl wants to be black, let her be black. There is absolutely nothing wrong with it. What is wrong with you people? Do you look in the mirror and hate your reflection so much that you have to knock down and berate black Americans? Do you have some self loathing issues? Get over it and grow up. The girl identifies as black but acknowledges her mixed heritage. That should be enough for you sociopaths, but it’s not because while some of you are blaming her racial choice on black Americans you fail to realize you all are reaching and snatching her away from her blackness due to your INSECURITY. Either you’re white and hoping to identify with such a beautiful woman, or you come from a similar background as her and do not wish to be identified as black due to your own self hatred. It’s sad really, she’s not white, obviously get over it.

arjanguelsk December 16, 2014 at 7:59 pm

I understad youre argument, and is not our problem the race that she identify herself and she dosen’t look white. But she is obiously mixed and if deny one of you’re roots its dosen’t care if it the white or black or other…. It’s really sad cuz that race you are denying is in you’re blood… But discuss about the race of others or juge what they are … Only becouse you thing they aren’t is stupid.

arjanguelsk August 10, 2014 at 7:43 pm

She is mixed… She’s clearly mixed

blah October 23, 2014 at 5:59 pm

A lot of Afro-Latins and African Americans are mixed due to slavery, but a lot of us are never going to denounce our ancestors like you guys want us to. Especially the Afro-Latins and African Americans you guys feel are attractive and famous you want them to denounce it. Smh Just KNOCK IT OFF WHITE PEOPLE!

arjanguelsk December 16, 2014 at 8:03 pm

Many Afro latina are mixed! Dominicans all have black white and American indian in their blood … It dosen’t care the skin color they come in different shades.

midori29 November 26, 2014 at 4:40 pm

@arjanguelsk Zoe Saldana is not clearly mixed, you have to squint to see it. Its not clear at all. She looks black.

noneofyourbusiness November 26, 2014 at 4:44 pm

Why are you such an Afro-Centric? Zoe does look mixed, she does not look like an average black woman. Have you seen pictures of her mother? Her mother looks mixed. http://www.arogundade.com/Resources/zoe-saldana-moth.jpeg

arjanguelsk December 16, 2014 at 8:07 pm

She looks mixed… She dosen’t look full black.

arjanguelsk August 10, 2014 at 7:32 pm

I She is mixed.. Like all Dominicans and Puerto Ricans.

deadite July 24, 2014 at 9:07 pm

she looks black

a July 20, 2014 at 7:06 pm

She looks fully black,she can pass as ethiopian like Liya Kebede

fuzzybear44 July 21, 2014 at 6:02 am
arjanguelsk August 10, 2014 at 7:57 pm

There is Mixed people in ethiopia and there are countries of Africa where the people are mixed …. and despite ithe skin color is dark or lighter, features and genetic background is what makes mixed people. She is not black, She is mixed and she looks like…. Dominicans and Puerto Ricans are mixed they have black, white, and native genetic background… Some of them have Arab or Asian too…. And she is mixed ;)

fuzzybear44 August 11, 2014 at 1:16 am

@arjanguelsk

(She is not black)

Even if that’s what she says she is?

arjanguelsk August 11, 2014 at 8:11 am

stereotype<< that's the problem… All famous mixed colored people knows how difficult is that people accept mixed race… And if they are colored they said they are black, becouse Is what people want to hear…. But that dosen't mean is true. She also say she is dominican, Puerto Rican (most of dominican and Puerto Ricans are mixed), and people know that she have mixed background becouse she said it and support it. Also she said starts to talk about it becouse people start to ask becouse people see something different in her admixture (becouse she is mixed) And it's dosen't care if you think she is black or not. She is evidently mixed.

Jello July 20, 2014 at 2:53 pm

Why would she even mention that she is Lebanese. Dominicans are mixed with all types of races. Puerto Ricans have a lot of mixed races as well. Her mom and dad are both black Hispanics which means that they are both mixed. Dominicans and Puerto Ricans identify themselves according to their nationalities not which race or ethnicity they are mixed with.

shobohunter June 17, 2014 at 2:19 pm

to midori29
Totally agree wid ya Bruddah. Cudn’t agree more. Except “Natives” of Dominican republic ain’t called “Indians”. “Indians” are people from country India.
“Native” are called “Mesoamericans”. We are talking about ethnicity, not race. Racially She’s a Black sista.

Bhadwe Lavde .

You know what !?!

What !?!

Chicken’s Butt.

ihatemostpeople June 17, 2014 at 6:08 pm

No she’s not. She’s clearly mixed. I don’t consider Zoe black. She doesn’t look fully black.

midori29 June 10, 2014 at 9:19 am

I have traveled to the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico. There are thousands of regular looking and very African people in the Dominican Republic. There are black people in Puerto Rico. I dont think Zoe is a mullato, in that both of her parents are majority black with some admixture. The way I define mullato is having a direct parent of a different race. Both of Zoes parents are black. She is about 70% black African. I am black with the same mixtures from South America.

andrew June 17, 2014 at 5:08 pm
ihatemostpeople June 17, 2014 at 6:06 pm

Her mom doesn’t even look black. I understand you were being sarcastic, but still… Her mom looks more Mestiza.

Betta Franka September 30, 2014 at 4:54 pm

30% admixture is significant enough to be considered mixed. If you define mulatto as having one parent of a different race than your definition is wrong. The reason why very a few people in DR or PR have a 100% black o 100% white parent it is because the admixture has been going for more than a hundred years several cups of coffee and milk mixing over and over again. A Dominican might not have a white parent but can easily be more than 50% white because all his ancestors were mixed as well.

Peanut October 3, 2014 at 1:34 am

the autosomal dna testings i’ve seen on dominicans averaged around 50-55% caucasian, 40% black, 6-8% amerindian.

puerto ricans ranged from 60-80% caucasian, 10-25% black, and about 1/8 amerindian.

ihatemostpeople June 10, 2014 at 12:10 am

She looks mulatto to me. I never once thought she was just black. She looks like Thandie Newton, another mulatto actress.

midori29 June 10, 2014 at 9:23 am

Both of Zoe’s parents are black people with admixture. How are you defining mulatto?. In my opinion mulatto only means one parent who is white. This is not the case with Zoe Saldana. This woman is like 70% black African.

samira June 17, 2014 at 4:16 am

I’m sorry but what are you talking about ? Zoe’s mother is NOT black, she is very light, tan-skinned, dark hair, she looks like a “typical” puertorican woman of spanish heritage, she looks mediterranean. And her father, I don’t think we have seen any picture of him because he died years ago and she was raised by her stepfather who is dominican too so stop lying please, Zoe is mulatto not black.

Nikki May 19, 2014 at 4:54 pm

correction:

she is dominican, afro-puerto rican, haitian, and lebanese. I hoped this helped!

midori29 June 10, 2014 at 9:33 am

The description of Zoe’s background should be ammended. Zoe is really Afro Puerto Rican and Afro Dominican. The Dominican Republic is a black in majority island. Alot of the people are datker than the average African American. Ive been there, saying just Puerto Rican or Dominican is very misleading. And if someone black just has a little little Asian or Indian it can nearly or completely straighten their hair. Do not let the long wavy haor trick you into thinking she is more mixed than she actually is. She is about as mixed as the average African American. The difference is just she has Indian instead of white like most African Americans (who have white). So her hair texture is less kinky.

Betta Franka September 30, 2014 at 5:00 pm

DR is not a black in majority country, it’s a country where 73% of it’s population is mixed. 16% white and 11% black. Only 16% of Dominicans have native ancestry. Get your facts straight.

Jello February 1, 2015 at 7:09 pm

incorrect. The majority of the population is of mixed race, but there is a tiny percent of native American and a lot more than 11% black. Dominicans are mostly black and mixed with European.

Nikki April 21, 2014 at 2:33 pm

CORRECTION:

Zoe Saldana is Puerto Rican, Dominican, Haitian, and Lebanese. It was documented in People Style Watch Magazine.

follers April 21, 2014 at 2:42 pm

Haitian? I haven’t heard that.

samira April 22, 2014 at 2:28 pm

where did you read that ? she never mentionned it …

Nikki April 22, 2014 at 6:46 pm

She even stated that she hd some degrees of Haitain and Lebanese heritage

Nikki May 7, 2014 at 5:43 pm

maybe you guys dont know what people have in their blood (its called ethnicitys suckers)

bree July 31, 2013 at 1:45 pm

Race is something that is so stressed here in America. you are either white or your black and if your mixed people force you to choose or make it seem like you have to choose because they’ll say things like “Well, when people look at you…..” Since when do we let other people say what we are.

Laura January 16, 2014 at 8:23 pm

You are soooooo right. Finally someone with brains on the subject.

guerra6 July 26, 2013 at 4:21 pm

Be the change you wish to see in this world!!

guerra6 July 26, 2013 at 4:20 pm

So sad…african americans need an urge to call other dark skinned people like them because of racism in america. They need to feel belonged. If dominican isn’t a race neither is welsh, irish, german ect But no one one this forum has called that out have they? In america it is black and white. But your classifucations are not the only ones in the world and by far are the most racist. Just because someone is black doesn’t mean you are the same. The same goes for white skin tones. Dominicans are mixed. Some have more predoniment african features then others some are brown with “white” features. Some look very arabic. But then look at their parents or grandparents or even siblings and they all come in differing shades and predominent fetures. Why? Because Domincans are very much mixed. With africa, northern africa as well ( I seprate because African americans tend to originate from sub sahara africa) arabs and erupean. Just because you share similar complexions does not make you the same. African Americans, Domincans are mixed and like I said some more then others depending how long your family has been in Dr. Just like the us DR has also a lot of immigration in the last 30 years both from haiti and dominican-Americans going back to Dr. Question so what is a domincan born in america to you racist fucks called? Accept your own culture African Americans. Dubois speaks of this. Remove the veil. Accept and move on and only then will things improve in the world. Be the change you wish to be in the world.

And the fact that zoe calls her self black to please her fans doesn’t change anything. She is still dominican and her skin tone is seen in indians africans ect and her features are seen in whites blacks arabs indians ect. Or perhaps she knows that her own mixed domincan culture is predominently black. But the fact that the world still follows the one drop rule is so sad. Why ignore so much of your ethnicity because of the color of your skin or how other people percive you as. Get a grip african americans you arw you adding to the racism in the world by supporting classifications.

fuzzybear44 July 27, 2013 at 6:38 am

@guerra6

(And the fact that zoe calls her self black to please her fans doesn’t change anything. She is still dominican and her skin tone is seen in indians africans ect and her features are seen in whites blacks arabs indians ect. Or perhaps she knows that her own mixed domincan culture is predominently black. But the fact that the world still follows the one drop rule is so sad. Why ignore so much of your ethnicity because of the color of your skin or how other people percive you as. Get a grip african americans you arw you adding to the racism in the world by supporting classifications.)

So she says this to the Dominican press:
So I say, time and time again, “Yo soy una mujer negra.” (“I am a black woman.”) [They go] “Oh, no, tú eres trigueñita.” (“Oh no, you are ‘dark skinned'”) I’m like, “No! Let’s get it straight, yo soy una mujer negra.” (“I am a black woman.”).

So that was done for the AA’s benefit?It has to be a trick right ,I mean there’s no way ,she could be proud of that part of her heritage.You are seriously in denial, she did that because she deals in reality,it had nothing to do with AA’s.Also maybe she has a mind of her own.Maybe she does takes pride in that part of her heritage.Here You are wanting to be seen a certain way,but you don’t want others to have that same choice.You are hating on the wrong people.AA’s didn’t make these rules,nor are they the ones enforcing them.

Also if you want to be seen as such and such,STAY HOME.Stop coming to a country,where you would called black.That way problem solved

lexi_redbone October 31, 2013 at 7:13 am

That is so true!!!! People just always thinking, assuming, and saying people are Black. Black and White are not the only two races in the World people She is Mixed. She is not black she is Spanish. Just because someone has brown skin color or just because their skin color is not white it doesn’t mean they’re black. people need to stop being racist & assuming what race other people are they are what ever they consider them self as & mixed people are not black they are MIXED their is a such thing as jsut being mixed not always black or white

PandaCutie May 17, 2014 at 8:31 pm

Wtf are you talking about shes not black shes spanish? what? She has very strong african genes and that something she doesn’t deny. But shes not …how should I put it…people in Latin American countries don’t classify themselves. They know they’re ethnic background, but she is still very much mixed. Just like a majority of African-Americans.

tracy December 19, 2013 at 8:08 pm

She is not just dark skinned . Zoe clearly looks of majority black African heritage without a doubt she is black. Tons of black women look like her and alot more exotic.

guerra6 July 26, 2013 at 4:19 pm

guerra6 July 26, 2013 at 4:14 pm
So sad…african americans need an urge to call other dark skinned people like them because of racism in america. They need to feel belonged. If dominican isn’t a race neither is welsh, irish, german ect But no one one this forum has called that out have they? In america it is black and white. But your classifucations are not the only ones in the world and by far are the most racist. Just because someone is black doesn’t mean you are the same. The same goes for white skin tones. Dominicans are mixed. Some have more predoniment african features then others some are brown with “white” features. Some look very arabic. But then look at their parents or grandparents or even siblings and they all come in differing shades and predominent fetures. Why? Because Domincans are very much mixed. With africa, northern africa as well ( I seprate because African americans tend to originate from sub sahara africa) arabs and erupean. Just because you share similar complexions does not make you the same. African Americans, Domincans are mixed and like I said some more then others depending how long your family has been in Dr. Just like the us DR has also a lot of immigration in the last 30 years both from haiti and dominican-Americans going back to Dr. Question so what is a domincan born in america to you racist fucks called? Accept your own culture African Americans. Dubois speaks of this. Remove the veil. Accept and move on and only then will things improve in the world. Be the change you wish to be in the world.

And the fact that zoe calls her self black to please her fans doesn’t change anything. She is still dominican and her skin tone is seen in indians africans ect and her features are seen in whites blacks arabs indians ect. Or perhaps she knows that her own mixed domincan culture is predominently black. But the fact that the world still follows the one drop rule is so sad. Why ignore so much of your ethnicity because of the color of your skin or how other people percive you as. Get a grip african americans you arw you adding to the racism in the world by supporting classifications.

sadie March 20, 2012 at 7:08 am

WHO THE HELL CARES! LEAVE HER ALONE.

Nataine March 19, 2012 at 9:29 pm

Zoe’s race is the most highly debated color topic I have ever seen. I do not understand why Latinos and even white people get sooooooo angry whenever someone else says Zoe is Black. First and foremost, Zoe said that Zoe is Black. Secondly, Zoe has acknowledged that her mother is Puerto Rican with distant Lebanese and Dominican, and that her father is Dominican. Well, we all know that Puerto Rican and Dominican have African ancestry, point blank period. That doesn’t mean Puerto Ricans are Black or Dominicans are Black, but they are ethnically part African. When you look like Zoe, or LaLa Vasquez, or Lauren Velez or Sammy Sosa before the bleach, it is clear that their mixed ethnicity is predominantly African. So if a mixed race person looks and considers themselves more one race than another, that should not be a problem with other people. Check out Zoe staking her claim on her Blackness here:

http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0757855/bio

and scroll down to “personal quotes”.

Rick P April 6, 2012 at 12:40 pm

Gee I wonder if youre convictions are as strong about George “ZIMMERMAN” being Latino. Its ok to call him White right? If he had won a medal at the Olympics he’s Latino.
But because he murdered somebody (and we know he did) he’s a” white rascist” .
I don’t care if Zoe is Blue (avatar) she’s beautiful period.
If dialog is the path….. dont shut someone down because they dont agree with you. Listen and ask the same of them.

sarahwilson September 2, 2013 at 7:06 pm

Personally, i know a lot of people who are half Puerto Rican and half Dominican and not one of them would reply “I’m Black” if asked what they were, they would simply say Puerto rican and domincan and no questions would be asked. when i look at her i see a Hispanic women as that is what most of them look like, its misleading, when she says she is black i think aa think she is saying she is African. to me culture overrides your skin color. i don’t go around saying . hi im yellow with brown undertones

fuzzybear44 September 3, 2013 at 4:22 am

@sarahwilson

(Personally, i know a lot of people who are half Puerto Rican and half Dominican and not one of them would reply “I’m Black”)

Well that’s just it,she’s one you don’t know.Those two groups saying they are not black,is no new story. They could be as dark as wesley snipes,and they would still tell you,they are not black.

(when i look at her i see a Hispanic women as that is what most of them look like)

You’re good,because when I first saw her,all i saw was a black woman.However I do understand what you’re saying

(its misleading, when she says she is black i think aa think she is saying she is African)

NO,I think AA are hearing her saying she’s black.Also from my understanding,I think she’s constantly telling the latino press that,not AA’s.

exotiq July 23, 2014 at 4:41 pm

Every time I read a comment from fuzzybear, I’m convinced that this person is probably black and/or definitely pro-black/pro-African American. I think that just the mention of someone having the slightest of African heritage, they are simply black, end of story. Period. Kind of ironic, when you consider that this site is about celebrating ethnicity and all of it’s complexities. I don’t understand why fuzzybear doesn’t embrace that, instead of limiting their scope of ethnicity, and jumping to the idea of labeling everyone and everything black or African American. Apparently that’s all that matters to fuzzybear. Interesting, isn’t it?

fuzzybear44 July 23, 2014 at 8:29 pm

@exotiq

We’ve talked at least a dozen times,and you’re just now determining I’m a black person.Even when you asked me point blank was i black,was my parent black.To repeat once again,I am of Creole heritage,but yes I see myself as a black person.

(I think that just the mention of someone having the slightest of African heritage, they are simply black, end of story. Period. Kind of ironic, when you consider that this site is about celebrating ethnicity and all of it’s complexities. I don’t understand why fuzzybear doesn’t embrace that, instead of limiting their scope of ethnicity, and jumping to the idea of labeling everyone and everything black or African American.)

It’s obvious you didn’t read my comments,the way you said you have.Because I don’t called anyone anything,they don’t call themselves.If you find a comment where I did that,please show it to me,because I don’t remember it.I say anyone who is part black,has ancestry or heritage.I don’t call them black,if you actually read the comments, you would see that.Also I never called anyone AA unless they called themselves AA

It’s interesting you came up with a lists of things I don’t do

person July 25, 2014 at 6:09 pm

@exotiq
Exactly smh

hhi March 14, 2012 at 10:01 pm

she said she’s black. people are going by where her family is from but not their ethnicity. they’re from the west Indian islands or Caribbean but instead of saying that they say puerto rico and domincan republic. its basically how you were brought up, i know i wasn’t brought up to think my ethnicity was latin, my fathers family 3 generations back are from cuba. my mother is black and asian but ethnicity was never an issue with both of them growing up. on my father side they consider themselves black even though looking at them they’re clearly biracial people. Back in the old days on islands like DR you were killed for considering yourself to be a black person, which is why you get now majority of spanish speaking Caribbeans denying any heritage, association or obvious knowledge of black in their own family or in themselves. there are those that do but are look at like their crazy or stupid for thinking that their black. if DR didn’t have those crazy murderous dictators ruling then alot of people wouldn’t have died and majority of people on DR would ‘ve considered themselves black and you probably wouldn’t be hearing all the “im not black im spanish” or “im not caribbean im from DR” or” puerto rico” crap.

I love you, Roger Scientist March 14, 2012 at 3:52 pm

She is dating Bradley Cooper.

They will have Puerto Rican, Dominican, Italian, and Irish babies. Half white and half Afro-Latina! :D

ihatemostpeople June 10, 2014 at 12:14 am

They broke up a long time ago. She’s married an Italian man.

Gaga February 10, 2012 at 4:00 pm

she is hispanic point blank…… HELlOO!!!! you ignorant prejudice fucks are worried about the wrong thing….. WAKE UP! we all bleed the same color and all will be judged at the end of time!!! whether your black,white, hispanic or mexican etc….

anakaterina October 13, 2013 at 2:10 pm

Whether your black , white, hispanic, mexican
First off black and white are races.
Hispanic isn’t a race just a culture.
Mexican is a nationality. You can be white , black and still Mexican
She is black or predominantly African ancestry.
Get over it

lacy January 25, 2012 at 9:29 pm

Shes gorgeous,exotic looking. She looks african because she is an afrolatino.just like we have african americans in the united states there are millions of african americans that like in latin american as well.that is why they are darker skinned but yet speak spanish because they live in latin america.

fingerwaves January 20, 2012 at 10:27 am

Shes Latina but Obviously she has african blood in her. Get it toghether, folks!

sammie January 17, 2012 at 2:23 pm

I used 2 thnk sh ws lyk mixed wt black nd smthn else…gues I ws wrong…

lily January 14, 2012 at 4:32 pm

most of you on hear need to educate yourself before you post ignorant comment….How about you watch afrolatinos or read a book..

yet7 January 8, 2012 at 3:15 pm

What an ignorant comment. She’s of FULL Hispanic descent, Dominican and Puerto Rican. Both of her parents are lighter than her, her puerto rican mother is a bit darker than her dominican father though but they’re both light. I saw them in an interview a while ago.

me January 5, 2012 at 10:40 am

she is basically part black and part hispanic.

anakaterina October 13, 2013 at 2:12 pm

Uh, no she is basically an afro latina. Hispanic isn’t a race for you can be pure black and still be hispanic or white etc

Gigi January 4, 2012 at 2:37 pm

why are we so fast to take offense to having african ancestry but are in anstonishment when someone points out european features. if people were actually comfortable to be in their skin you wouldn’t take offense to when someone asks if you’re black. from the darkest shade to the fairest shade and everything in between be proud of who you are and stop making it such a competition

Antilambon January 4, 2012 at 9:16 am

Black is a color. And no way 90% of all Dominicans are black unless you consider those like Manny Perez, Rosana Tavarez, Alex Rodriguez and Albert Pujols black. We don’t follow the one drop rule, you know.

Amanda January 5, 2012 at 2:16 pm

According to a study by the CUNY Dominican Studies Institute, about 90% of the contemporary Dominican population has West African ancestry. However, that doesn’t mean they do not have ancestry from other places. That study is saying that most people who have the Dominican nationality are mixed with West African to some degree.

Nina Micgaoyin power January 2, 2012 at 1:24 pm

Well not all Hispanics are mixed with black. But I know she has black in her some where down the line. I’m not saying this by just looking at her skin color I’m looking at her features. But she doesn’t have to say black because Hispanics are mixed any way.
Also there’s this one girl at my school who is Cuban and peurto rican she claims. And at my school we have a Hispanic club and me and her are both in it. We came to an argument about Hispanics are not black because she didn’t want to believe so. I told her she has to have black in her because she has a big nose a little darker than zoe above by 2 shades maybe and her hair has a kinky texture to it. ( don’t be offended by this description I am mixed with black my self) But my point is I hate how Some Hispanics get specific of what they are really mixed with but leave the black part out. I’m black, chinese,Korean , Spanish , native american. To be specific how I’m Hispanic my mom is Cuban. But that’s not a race and I get the black from her because her great great great grandfather was african. I’m sure if the rest of you Hispanics kept track of your roots you would find African traits. :) I don’t care who is offended by this because it’s the truth. There is nothing wrong with being black and claiming being black even if it’s just a little smudge. that’s just my point

Gaga February 10, 2012 at 4:05 pm

so your talking about her features to identify her with black???? i ve seen white people with bigger noses than anything! so explain that one. ive seen soamoans with nappy hair and big noses… and they’re not black…. Idiot

jquarles June 11, 2013 at 11:34 pm

Simoans are not a race so some of them can be black just saying…

andrew June 13, 2013 at 1:18 pm

Samoans are Polinesians/Pacific Islanders

Samira January 2, 2012 at 5:15 am

ZOE IS MIXED PERIOD ! have you seen her mother ? she’s not even black ! her father was probably black but dominicans are very mixed, full black dominicans are a minority, most of them are mixed and ten light skinned or brown skinned.

Amanda December 31, 2011 at 1:06 pm

According to a study by the CUNY Dominican Studies Institute, about 90% of the contemporary Dominican population has West African ancestry. Africans migrated to Cuba, Puerto Rico, Jamaica, Haiti, Navassa Island and to the Dominican Republic prior (before) to slavery. During slave time the The Atlantic Slave Trade Routes also intercepted these islands. She is black and her nationality is American. She was born her in America. Zoe’s birth took place in Passaic, New Jersey, U.S. Her parents nationalities were Dominican and Puerto Rican. Most Dominican and some Puertro Ricans are black, but are also Latina or Latinos.

Puertro Rican and Dominican are nationalities not ethnicities.

Amanda December 31, 2011 at 12:28 pm

According to a study by the CUNY Dominican Studies Institute, about 90% of the contemporary Dominican population has West African ancestry. Africans migrated to Cuba, Puerto Rico, Jamaica, Haiti, Navassa Island and to the Dominican Republic prior to Slave Trade. During slave time the The Atlantic Slave Trade Routes also intercepted these islands. She is black and her nationality is American. She was born her in America. Zoe’s birth took place in Passaic, New Jersey, U.S. Her parents nationalities were Dominican and Puerto Rican. Most Dominican and some Puertro Ricans are black, but are also Latina or Latinos.

Dominican and Puertro Rican are not an ethnicities, they are nationalities.

Amanda December 31, 2011 at 1:06 pm

Sorry about the re-post!

miss miller December 25, 2011 at 11:42 am

Corrections in my typos spaniard

Ciara December 24, 2011 at 8:18 pm

yes there is a such thing as a light skinned black person .

Amanda January 4, 2012 at 1:42 pm

I agree with you, but I wouldn’t call her a light skinned black person. Zoe is more medium brown and not light. She about about 4 to 7 shades darker than I.

ihatemostpeople June 10, 2014 at 12:17 am

How in the hell do you think they became “light skinned”, dumbass? They’re obviously mixed. Light skinned is another word idiotic Afrocentrics use to describe biracial people. FUCK the one drop rule. Its 2014, we should be past that ignorant bullshit.

toro December 24, 2011 at 5:11 am

Being latino has nothing to do with being anything.. dominicans need to be more like afro cubans and accept the fact that they are from african descent for they are a caribbean island and like other caribbean islands have a history of slave trading.. being latino doesnt mean you your the same as somebody from chili just because you talk spanish.. as other countries al the latin countries and islands have their own history and cultural heritage.. only thing latinos have in common is that at one point the country they call their own now was colonized by spaniards.. being latino can mean that your black, white, mulato, marron or in between.. zoe zaldana is no different from megan good.. she’s lightskin black!

Jose Lomba December 24, 2011 at 9:56 am

There is no such thing as a light-skinned black.

jamekah December 24, 2011 at 2:23 pm

I’m black and I’m light skinned:/

iAMjaleese December 24, 2011 at 11:31 pm

there really is, i have both light and dark skinned family, you sound extremely insensitive and racist.

miss miller December 25, 2011 at 11:23 am

To the afro cuban I am Happy that you are proud of where you come from as we all should be as latino people however where I desend from and my country we started off as indians that were killed by the spainurd they also brought french slaves with them. To work the fildes caves etc…and when they were done or had taken what they came for they left laving the slaves behind whom eneded up taking over dr for a very long time ….. See my point is yes you are right that we are mixed with what some kind of afro slave that was brought to our country however saying that we are black takes away from saying I am a proud latino … We come in all colors black white tan light but that doesn’t change that we are latino first we are not a color we are a culture

Gaga February 10, 2012 at 4:14 pm

u sound so dumb.. light skin black? she is hispanic. and yes, her skin is light skin brown….. Just respect the fact she is hispanic.. you sound like you have a problem buddy…. You say you wanna call her “light skin black” like its to hurl an insult at her LOL!!!! so lemme guess, will you call jennifer lopez white??? exactly my point

Pérez December 9, 2011 at 1:13 pm

Black or White who cares. Race doesn’t define your culture or ethnicity. Identifying myself as Hispanic and Dominican more accurately describes my ties to a group of people of similar culture, language, and history. Saying I’m Black or White or whichever is too vague a definition, the only thing about race is the society’s “understanding” of what they see (mostly skin color) regardless of culture or language or history. Culturally a African American, a Nigerian, a Jamaican, an Afro-Dominican etc etc have not very much in common other than the shade of skin color. But say a “white” Dominican and a “black” Dominican have much more in common. I mean how African tribes are united or east Indians and even orientals. All that being said Zoe wants to be identified as Dominican or whatever that’s her choice.

Nelda Scott November 27, 2011 at 1:47 pm

Latino is NOT a RACE it IS a CULTURE!!!! PERIOD!!!!!

Jane November 18, 2011 at 1:09 pm

By the way why are so proud of your native blood when the best things that came from Latin America because of the blacks. So if you are ashamed of your black blood then do not enjoy anything that came from blacks. What did the Natives do that I enjoy today shit all that is right. We were slaves but we are way ahead of them in everything.

Jane November 18, 2011 at 1:07 pm

I am Haitian and proud that I am not a rape baby like the rest of Latin America. Why be proud of the rapist who rape your black great great mother? You people need therapy and even if I had white ancestors I will never admit to having French blood never. Now a days people can be proud if you didn`t come from rape but why be proud of the rapist gene pool. Also think about all the rape babies from Latin America would be abored today. You all should think God there had no abortions in those days lol.

Zoe looks black to me and I have meant so many Africans that have lighter skin the hers all from West Africa and have nicer Hair then hers and those negros are not mixed there know what tribes there come from. Also Africans are usually ashamed of rape babies meaning when the Deutch,German,English,French,Spainish,portuguese and Italians came to colonies Africa. There left many of there rape offersprings behinde and those raped babies were looked down upon that is why you can go all over Africa and see communities of rape babies that blacks are ashamed of.

Oh yeah someone said about about a polish guy and that this black women likes him but he is with a rican who cares. In Haiti many Haitians have Polish ancestry there came to fight with the French but ended helping the blacks fight against the French true story.

Midz October 19, 2011 at 7:27 pm

is everyone on this forum stupid. A Latino is a Latino. Latinos are mixed with everything. Asian, Native American African and or European. Zoe Saldana is Puerto Rican and Dominican. That would make her Latino. People don’t go around saying white Latino or crap like that. Why does everything need a stupid prefix. No one says Euro Caribbean or shit like that. She’s Latino and that says enough. A Latino is mixed in general. There is no such thing as race anyways. It’s a social category. Now there is such a thing as ethnicity.

Jean November 15, 2011 at 1:49 am

The reason they say she is Afro Latina is because she is Afro Latina. It is a lie that every Latino is mixed. That is false. Latin itself comes from Europe. From Italy. The culture, and the Latin Names & even Roman Catholicism. The original Latin countries are Italy, Spain, Portugal, France & Romania. Latins are from Europe and are classified as White/Caucasian. Spanish is a European Language as well and is based off Latin.

When Columbus sailed to the new world he sailed for Spain. Unfortunately in the new world after the Taino’s nearly died off they needed to replace the labor force. They brought in African Slaves around 1512 and brought in the first massive shipment to the island of Hispaniola around 1517 almost 3 decades after Hispaniola was landed on in 1492. Why would Zoe omit her AFrican ancestry. She even stated in an interview.

When I go to the D.R., the press in Santo Domingo always asks, “¿Qué te consideras, dominicana o americana?” (What do you consider yourself, Dominican or American?) I don’t understand it, and it’s the same people asking the same question. So I say, time and time again, “Yo soy una mujer negra.” (“I am a black woman.”) [They go,] “Oh, no, tú eres trigueñita.” (“Oh no, you are ‘dark skinned'”) I’m like, “No! Let’s get it straight, yo soy una mujer negra.” (“I am a black woman.”

Jarocho November 16, 2011 at 9:53 am

jean shut the fuck up, if you havent heard of a place called LATIN America, then your ass needs to pick up a book and find out what countries are in LATIN America, you moron

angela November 17, 2011 at 10:00 am

I like how Jean explained the history in full in detail about what everything means including the events of what took place, and then here’s your post…

maria November 27, 2011 at 2:15 pm

You shut the hell up what Jean is saying is the truth.I advise you to go read a fucking book idiot,Think you would know a bit about Latin Americas history if your a 3rd geneation American Cuban obviously your a bit of an idiot for that, The Latin language comes from Europe and was spoken in ancient Rome and Latium ..The Latin European countries are Spain, Portugal ,Italy France and Romania .,The term Latin America came in 1860swhen the French Emperor Napoleon III was trying to extend French imperial control over Mexico .He and his ministers used the term to try suggest at least some degree of cultural similarity throughout the region and with France ..The main offical languages in the region Spanish Portugese (and French)are derived from LATIN,.

S December 24, 2011 at 11:26 pm

Actually there is still a lot of Taino blood left in the carribean…

angela November 17, 2011 at 10:12 am

Not ALL Latinos are mixed with ‘everything’. Some Latinos are completely European, some are completely African, etc. All Latino means is that you come from a country that speaks the Spanish language.

J. Dominguez November 17, 2011 at 4:19 pm

I was born and raised here in America. I’m third-generation Cuban, and I do not speak any Spanish at all. My mother is mixed (black, white, and native) and my father is black.

angela November 17, 2011 at 10:58 pm

The official language of the country you are from Spanish, I didn’t say EVERY individual knows how to speak Spanish.

anakaterina October 13, 2013 at 2:18 pm

Not all latinos are mixed with everything moron. Many are but many aren’t

Mia rivera October 11, 2011 at 11:35 am

Okay for one there are alot of dark dominicanos depending on what part you are from. There are also alot of dark puerto ricans also depending on where your from. look at her name it sounds spanish for those of you calling her black. Does it really matter she said she puerto rican and,dominican than she is

garett October 13, 2011 at 7:39 am

Latinos can be black. I’ve heard her say she’s afro-latino.

Jean November 15, 2011 at 1:52 am

When I go to the D.R., the press in Santo Domingo always asks, “¿Qué te consideras, dominicana o americana?” (What do you consider yourself, Dominican or American?) I don’t understand it, and it’s the same people asking the same question. So I say, time and time again, “Yo soy una mujer negra.” (“I am a black woman.”) [They go,] “Oh, no, tú eres trigueñita.” (“Oh no, you are ‘dark skinned'”) I’m like, “No! Let’s get it straight, yo soy una mujer negra.” (“I am a black woman.”

angela November 17, 2011 at 10:04 am

Your last name doesn’t dictate your ethnicity! Will Smith sounds like an English name, does that make him not Black? Last names like Jones, Jefferson, Jackson, Johnson, etc. are not African, but most African Americans have those kind of surnames, I guess they’re not black.

The reason why they’re “dark” is because they are Black! The demographics of DR are mostly black and mixed.

Does anyone know anything about slavery and/or colonization?

jquarles June 11, 2013 at 11:54 pm

Well will smith has an english name because AA were mainly colonized by Britain. Just like Latinos were colonized by Spain or Portugal so you have spanish names. if you go to spain you will find white european spanish ppl with the names vasquez, rameriz, diaz, rayas, etc.

hhi March 14, 2012 at 9:52 pm

she said she’s black, family is from the west indian islands. more specifically dominican republic and puerto rico. her father is a black man from DR who actually considers himself black and not “spanish” and besides a name is a name doesn’t mean her name means her ethnicity. my name is greek but im black, just b/c i have a greek name doesn’t mean that im greek and/or white.

anakaterina October 13, 2013 at 2:20 pm

Yeah stupid. Dark Dominicans wtc are black. She is black or predominantly African ancestry. Her last name is Spanish. And ?? The Spaniards gave everyone Spanish last names. You’re not going to tell me that she has a Spanish name she’s Spanish are you??

Rhonda Bianchi October 10, 2011 at 5:55 pm

I ‘m sorry, clarification is indeed in order of latin and spanish history; for my fellow latino’s, Hispanic’s and non-latino hispanic, The latin culture, nationalities, are derived at many attributes wether that being Spain, Africa, our mother land’s with mixture of different culture of Indian, Asian, European, African decent. When born of an Hispanic or Latin mother or father we in latin america don’t put a stigma of plague on our culture where we are from we are just that; the blood of our land (country) in which you are born. There would not be a reason to clasify anyone of the latin culture as such we don’t judge in color we juge in country and the bloodline. My dear one who spoke on Tainos, correct you are but for those who are unfortunate to the latin experience maybe this can help you along!
Tainos are relatives of the Arawak people of south america. The tainos language is a member of the Arawakan language family ranging from south america across the caribbean. They are called Tainos tribes dating back to 1492. Which is part of West Indies; West Indies are usually regared as subregion of north america and are organized into 30 territories including sovereign states, overseas department and dependencies. To historically correct one; Caribbean can also be expanded to include territories with strong culture and historical connections to slavery, European, colonisation and the plantation system. So my response as to Zoe Saldana, Dominican decent & Puerto Rican both are Islands of the caribbean which relates to the West Indes reference of history. There aren’t any articles that say she is born to an african american mother or african american father. Zoe Saldana was born in the U.S. the articles speaks for itself and very comprehensible in details is that her mother is of Puerto Rican decent, Father Dominican decent but she was born in the U.S. . How much clearer should an article be for one to get or see the picture to read the responses, I ask seriously, What is going on in America? Instead of worrying of Zoe Saldana culture and nationality seriously; not sure of your age or education but seriously; honestly we all have had history lesson for those who didn’t comprehend there’s some place called a library, reading is truly fundamental where one doesn’t go onto a website carelessly offending another ethnicity when obviously; I’m wondering if you graduated from grammar school is where the start of formal education begins especially with history, usually when we don’t understand something, I’d hope we have well informed parents that are educated to mentor properly, unless this is where one ignorance begin’s in the home a child learns what he lives and what he is taught without the ignorance that plague and plagerizie this society today. Understand hispanic’s, latino’s are unique and very modified in descriptive deriviations of brillance which is why Sofrito, Sazon is mixed with a little bit of everything….Of what the Latin & Hispanic culture is made of!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I understand why my country Cuba became a socialism country for what plagued it; the ill ignorance that came forth to our land; “American”, hate and ignorant mentality, for us is begotten; we’d rather be poor and dignified than shameless and ignorant. The Cuban regimes states loudly & proudly racisim has been eliminated under socialism !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I Thank god everyday for the small things, being well informed so like the oxy-moron who’s utterly uninformed can crawl into a ditch and crash!!!!!Hit his head and knock some sense of how do you spell ed-u-ma-k-sun; lol “Education” .

shm October 10, 2011 at 5:04 pm

2 me shes black

cc October 10, 2011 at 9:55 pm

Of course she’s black. Puerto Rico and Dominican Republic is just where you are born or where your parents or ancestors come from.

ihatemostpeople June 10, 2014 at 12:18 am

She’s mixed.

Angantyr October 2, 2011 at 1:44 am

Why should she call herself black? Why do we have to go by Jim Crow laws. She even looks Taino for god’s sake.

dude October 4, 2011 at 10:35 pm

dude c’mon she looks mostly black, but could pass for taino. The tianos I’m accustomed to have always been much lighter than her, such as my family

Jean November 15, 2011 at 2:01 am

The truth is that the Taino on the island of Hispaniola were wiped out mostly due to disease. In a census taken by the Spanish 1542 only 5000 Taino were counted. 98% of the Taino population was wiped out mainly due to European disease. This is why in around 1512 the first African Slaves were brought to the island of Hispaniola by the Spanish. The Portuguese actually were the Latins who had a monoply on the Slave trade and transporting the most slaves to the new world. Brazil and the island of Hispaniola received the most slaves. 85% of the Dominican Republic is African Ancestry and Haiti is around 98%

S December 24, 2011 at 11:34 pm

I’m Puerto Rican and have a lot of Taino blood, in fact one of my grandparents is almost completely Taino. Before the Tainos were not killed off a lot of them mixed with the Spaniards and others escaped to the mountains where many of them still remain today. The statistics about Tainos are usually wrong because those that are still around don’t usually take part in census surveys. however if you go to the very rural parts of the mountains I assure you, you will find them. Also, many of the people on the island have Taino blood.

Antilambon January 4, 2012 at 9:24 am

Not all tainos from Hispaniola were wipe out. That’s just a myth. Many survived and mixed with Africans and Spaniards. In fact, the average Dominican is 11% taino. People with taino features are not uncommon in DR.

angela November 17, 2011 at 10:05 am

Zoe looks Taino? In what universe?

Antilambon January 4, 2012 at 9:26 am

She looks slightly influenced. The taino in her is very diluted.

carly j September 30, 2011 at 8:39 am

latino people don’t say that they are black with SOME latin heritage, especially if they or their parents are from that country. they would say: ” i’m cosa rican,” or i’m “Columbian.” This is how i know that the people saying that they are upset that she doesn’t call her self black are not Hispanic people, and those people do not have the place to comment on what someone claims on nationality or race since what determines race is not the same in every country. in Latin America you are your country and then mestizo, Moreno, indegeno, and if you don’t know what those are then you especially do not have the right to cast judgment on what any Latino person considers themselves. this is coming from a person of both African American and Mexican heritage so my perspective is from both sides.

Mixed Girl Who REALLy IS MIXED--Not Just BLACK! October 7, 2011 at 12:58 pm

I agree!!!! …Being an immigrant from a Latin/Caribbean country myself and ALSO being racially mixed, I’m so tired of certain ignorant Americans who seem to think they know everything, especially when it comes to race…That’s a joke!!! Especially when this country is notorious for it’s racism!!! …Unless you know how the culture is from another country, you have no room to talk, because you’re just talking out of your ass and sounding like one too! Educate yourself before you open your ignorant mouth! Just because this country has an ugly past when it comes to race, doesn’t mean that certain people have to keep harping on the ignorant notions of yester-year—Stop quoting the out-dated, ignorant and unjust “One Drop Rule” BS cause it makes you sound stupid. This is 2011 people–time to get with the program and grow a brain already! If there was no forward change, where would we be today—It’s time to move with the times!

cc October 10, 2011 at 9:58 pm

She’s black and was born in America. Too bad you are mixed, racist.

Kai September 29, 2011 at 10:29 pm

Wow, what she consider herself is her choice and business.
My opinion is it’s obvious she’s black but she’s also of Latin
Culture. I don’t get why people act as if it’s impossible. Latins
Thinking their white, is all on how their raised. It’s obvious
She’s was raised with common sense. Being Dominican or puetor rican
Is a nationality and culture, but that’s different from your actual ethnic race.

carly j September 29, 2011 at 10:05 pm

so i read some of the comments.. most them i could not finish reading because of how hostile or ignorant they were. why are we fighting over how she identifies herself? it is really no one’s place but her’s and God: God made her have parents with Latin ancestry, so to me if that is how she identifies then that is what she is obviously her skin is dark, but there are East Indians, Cambodians and people of the south pacific who are darker so this alone does not make her black. here is a scenario to think about: we see a white person let’s say Angelina Jolie? she has darker features, full lips, and something that makes us say ” what else is in her ancestry?” we will look up somethings and find that she may have some distant Lebanese. looking at her recessive genes do we start calling her Lebanese? do we accuse her of denying her middle eastern heritage? not really. obviously Latin people have a mix most of the time, recessive genes are bound to appear no matter how recent or distant the mix. no one has the right to tell anyone what their “REAL” mix is since we are not in their families nor do we know them personally.

cc October 10, 2011 at 9:59 pm

She’s black stupid. Try again and get over it.

angela November 17, 2011 at 10:08 am

You are making this far more complicated than it is. Zoe Saldana’s race is Black. Her heritage is Latino. All Latino means is that you come from a country that speaks Spanish (Dominican Repbulic).

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