Blake Griffin

Griffin in 2011

Birth Name: Blake Austin Griffin

Place of Birth: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, U.S.

Date of Birth: March 16, 1989

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

Blake Griffin is an American professional basketball player. He is a 6′ 10″ tall power forward. He was the number one NBA draft pick in 2009.

Blake is the son of Gail and Tommy Griffin, who is a basketball player and basketball coach. His father is black, with African-Haitian ancestry. His mother is white, with English ancestry. His brother, Taylor Griffin, is also a professional basketball player.

Blake has two children with his former partner Brynn Cameron. Brynn’s brother is professional basketball player Jordan Cameron.

Griffin’s parents

Blake’s maternal grandfather was Clarence Melvin Simmons (the son of Curtis W. Simmons and Mabel/Mable D. Hiatt). Clarence was born in Oklahoma. Curtis was the son of Edwin Cirby Simmons and Mildred Dixon Poarch.

Blake’s maternal grandmother was Fanel Owings (the daughter of Lyle/Lyles Greenwood Owings and Alice/Allie S. Pat/Patricia Speed). Fanel was born in Texas. Lyle was the son of Eldridge John Owings and S. Margaret “Maggie” Greenwood. Alice was the daughter of Patrick Milton Speed and Alice Elizabeth Burleson.

Sources: Obituaries of Blake’s maternal grandparents, Clarence Melvin Simmons and Fanel (Owings) Simmons –

Blake’s maternal grandfather, Clarence Melvin Simmons, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Obituary of Blake’s maternal grandfather, Clarence Melvin Simmons –


Curious about ethnicity

181 Responses


    Idk…I don’t find him attractive at all.

  2. shobohunter says:

    his name should be black griffin

  3. Devon says:

    This is a perfect example of how a dark skinned black person and white person can have a child who is very light-skinned with freckles and light/red hair. Some people seem to think that if one parent is very dark skinned then the child will come out more darker than Blake’s skin color, which is definitely not the case.

  4. Daisuke says:

    he’s just a Black guy.

    • ihatemostpeople says:

      And you’re just an ignorant idiot. He is clearly mixed. Fuck the one drop rule.

      • Alice says:

        Anyone with two eyes in their head would know this man is not just a black guy. Daisuke stop trolling.

        • Rokai says:

          Well then maybe you should tell that to the American Government with their “One Drop Rule”. It’s a historical colloquial term in the United States for the social classification as Negros of individuals with any African ancestry; meaning any person with “one drop of Negro blood” was considered black. The principle of “invisible blackness” was an example of hypodescent, the automatic assignment of children of a mixed union between different socioeconomic or ethnic groups to the group with the lower status.

  5. Nunya Bizznizz says:

    Some people r fuckin ignorant. He’s half and half therefore he’s ugly. U racist niggas ain’t shit. He;s ball n makin money while y’all hatin n sittin at home continuing 2 b broke. Blake is upcoming and IMO a better dunker than LeBum Lames and the rest of those fakery dicks in Miami.

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