Carmelo Anthony

Anthony with wife La La Anthony in 2011, Rena Schild /

Birth Name: Carmelo Kyam Anthony

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

Date of Birth: May 29, 1984

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

Carmelo Anthony is an American professional basketball player. He has played for the Denver Nuggets, the New York Knicks, the Oklahoma City Thunder, the Houston Rockets, the Portland Trail Blazers, and the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He is 6′7″.

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 has a son, basketball player Kiyan Anthony, with his former wife, disc jockey, television personality, and actress La La Anthony. La La is of African-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 Echeandia/Iriarte, was mixed race, part African, and was born into slavery in Güigüe, Venezuela.

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



Curious about ethnicity

54 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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