Don Lemon

Turner Upfront 2016 - Arrivals

Lemon in 2016, photo by Prphotos

Place of Birth: Baton Rouge, Louisiana, U.S.

Date of Birth: March 1, 1966

Ethnicity: African-American, some Cajun/French

Don Lemon is an American journalist, author, and television news anchor. He has hosted the show CNN Tonight with Don Lemon since 2014.

Don’s parents are both black. One of his great-grandfathers was white. A DNA test stated that he has roots in Nigeria, Cameroon, and the Congo.

Don’s maternal grandfather is named Frank Bouligney.

Don’s maternal grandmother was Mary Henrietta Jackson (the daughter of Harry Octave Rivault and Catherine Jackson). Harry was white, and was the son of Charles Alphonse Rivault and Emilie/Emily Perret Reine. He had both more deep Cajun/French ancestry as well as recent French immigrant roots. Catherine was the daughter of Henrietta Jackson.

Source: Family history of Don’s mother’s side – http://blogs.ancestry.com

4 Responses

  1. bablah says:

    *Don’s maternal grandmother was Mary Henrietta Jackson

  2. andrew says:

    he scored:

    76% African
    — 25% Nigeria
    — 22% Cameroun/Congo

    22% European

    • Oaken05 says:

      Source? I saw you post something on Jhene Aiko’s page. Are these videos, articles…where is this information coming from? And the test needs to be specified as well.

  3. jackson9 says:

    You wrote that Don Lemon’s great-grandfather Harry Rivault (1882-1941) was the son of Charles B. Rivault and Marie Antionette Ferbos. I believe this is inaccurate and these are in fact his paternal grandparents. I think Harry Rivault was the son of Charles Alphonse Rivault (1856-1911) and Emilie Perret Reine (1857-1928).

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