Chuck D

Chuck D in 2019, kathclick

Birth Name: Carlton Douglas Ridenhour

Place of Birth: Flushing, Queens, New York City, New York, U.S.

Date of Birth: August 1, 1960

Ethnicity: African-American

Chuck D is an American rapper and activist. He is the leader and co-founder of hip hop group Public Enemy. Flavor Flav is also a member of the group. He has also been known as Carl Ryder, Mistachuck, Chucky D, Chuck Dangerous, The Hard Rhymer, and The Rhyme Animal.

Chuck D is the son of Judy/Charlamae and Lorenzo Douglas Ridenhour, who were both born in Manhattan. All of his father’s traceable ancestors were born in North Carolina. Chuck D is married to Gaye Theresa Johnson. He has three children, including one with Gaye.

Chuck D’s paternal grandfather was Amos Ridenhour (the son of John Ridenhour and Elizabeth Legrand). John was the son of Amos Ridenhour and Hope Leak. Elizabeth was the daughter of Crawford LeGrand and Louisa Legrand.

Chuck D’s paternal grandmother was Troxie Covington (the daughter of Dave Stanback and Maud/Stella Covington). Stella was the daughter of Columbus Covington and Virginia Bostick.

Chuck D’s maternal grandfather was Charles Foster (the son of George Washington Foster and Carrie Jackson). Charles was born in New Jersey. George was born in Virginia. Carrie was born in New York.

Chuck D’s maternal grandmother was Wilma Mae Wallace (the daughter of William Wallace and Mattie Asbury). Wilma was born in North Carolina. William was born in South Carolina. Mattie was born in North Carolina.

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