Frank Ocean

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Ocean in 2014, photo by

Birth Name: Christopher Edwin Breaux

Place of Birth: Long Beach, Los Angeles, California, United States

Date of Birth: October 28, 1987

Ethnicity: African-American, likely some Creole [African, French]

Frank Ocean is an American singer, songwriter, record producer, photographer, and visual artist. He is also known as Lonny Breaux and Christopher Francis Ocean.

Frank is the son of Katonya (Breaux) and Calvin Edward Cooksey. His mother founded Unsun Cosmetics, which produces sunscreen products. He was raised mostly in New Orleans, Louisiana, where his family has deep roots.

Frank’s maternal grandfather was Lionel McGruder, Jr. (the son of Lionel McGruder, Sr. and Wilhelmina Francis). Frank’s great-grandfather Lionel likely was the son of Stafford Monette/Monet and Pearl L. McGruder.

Source: Likely Frank’s maternal great-great-grandparents, Stafford Monette/Monet and Pearl L. McGruder, on the 1940 U.S. Census –

6 Responses

  1. Oaken05 says:

    His mother, Katonya Breaux, is a native of New Orleans. With a name like Breaux and being from the center of Creole culture, unless she’s adopted, you’d think she has Creole ancestry. However, an obituary lists her as the daughter of Mr. Lionel McGruder Jr. along with her brother Tony Breaux. Where the name ‘Breaux’ comes from, I’m not quite sure. It’s possible it comes from Katonya’s mother. McGruder also has Creole roots as I’ll show below.

    It Lionel’s mother’s name was Wilhelmina Francis McGruder, and his father was Lionel McGruder, Sr. Lionel Sr.’s father appears to be Stafford Monette/Monet and Pearl L. McGruder. Stafford’s parents were Louis Monette and Mary. Louis and Mary were also from Louisiana.

    Frank’s mother’s family looks like they’ve been in Louisiana a long time, and Monette was definitely Creole.

    BTW, Frank’s mother is a business woman who founded Unsun Cosmetics, which produces sunscreen products.

  2. savanna says:

    His parents are Calvin Edward Cooksey and Katonya Breaux.

  3. Virulent says:

    i’ve seen some lighter-skinned West Africans with his look, he resembles a lighter Nigerian guy i knew

  4. hesh123 says:

    It’s just tyler Perry making a serious face

  5. Check7t says:

    Not related to Billy Ocean.

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