Carmelo Anthony

Birth Name: Carmelo Kyam Anthony

Place of Birth: Brooklyn, New York City, New York, U.S.

Date of Birth: May 29, 1984

*Puerto Rican [African, some Spanish and Indigenous/likely Taíno], distant Venezuelan (father)
*African-American (mother)

Carmelo Anthony is an American professional basketball player, in the INBA. His father, Carmelo Iriarte, was born in Manhattan, to Puerto Rican parents, of African, and some Spanish and Indigenous (likely Taíno) descent, along with distant Venezuelan. His mother, Mary Anthony, is African-American. His father died when he was an infant.

Carmelo is married to disc jockey, television personality, and actress La La Anthony, with whom he has a son. La La is also of Afro-Puerto Rican descent.

A DNA test whose results were displayed on the show Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. (2017) stated that Carmelo’s genetic ancestry is:

*70% African
*24% European
*6% Native American [Indigenous]

Carmelo’s paternal grandfather was Andres Iriarte Rodriguez (the son of José Luciano Iriarte and Angelina/Angela Rodriguez). Andres was born in Arecibo, Puerto Rico. José Luciano was the son of Benicia Iriarte. Benicia’s mother, Valentina Echeandria/Iriarte, was mixed race (part African), and was born into slavery in Güigüe, Venezuela.

Carmelo’s paternal grandmother was Carmen “Carmela”. Carmen was born in Santurce, Puerto Rico.


Rena Schild / (Carmelo and Lala)


Curious about ethnicity

52 Responses

  1. andrew says:

    the surname “Iriarte” is Basque


    Yea I knew this. Lala is full pr too AND FROM JERZZY LIKE ME. Funny thing is when lala first starred in the entertainment biz & before she got big, yoooo this chic was buuuusted w a capital B! Its amazing what glam squad can do, foreal!

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