Ludacris in 2008, Joe Seer /

Birth Name: Christopher Brian Bridges

Place of Birth: Champaign, Illinois, U.S.

Date of Birth: September 11, 1977

Ethnicity: African-American, as well as small amount of Native American

Ludacris is an American recording artist/rapper, entrepreneur, and actor. He was born in Champaign, Illinois, to African-American parents, Roberta Shields and Wayne Brian Bridges. He moved to Atlanta, Georgia, with his family in his high school years. Ludacris got his first major break in 2000, with his album Back for the First Time.

According to Ludacris’s family stories, one of his great-great-grandfathers was a white Jewish man who was said to be named Luther Smith. It is not clear if Ludacris having Native American and/or Jewish ancestry has been verified/documented.

Ludacris is married to Gabonese model Eudoxie Mbouguiengue. He has three children, including a daughter with Eudoxie.

Ludacris’s paternal grandfather was Otha Paris Bridges (the son of Thomas H. Bridges and Augusta Cheek). Otha was born in North Carolina. Thomas was the son of Peter Bridges and Terra/Terry Cross. Augusta was the daughter of Hugh R. Cheek and Mary J. Davis.

Ludacris’s paternal grandmother was Mary Christine Davis (the daughter of William Ernest Davis and Mary Cassie Lewis). William was the son of Robert Davis and Maria Cunningham.

Ludacris’s maternal grandfather was Robert Edward Shields, Sr. (the son of William Shields and Mamie Jackson).

Ludacris’s maternal grandmother was Juanita Irene Craig (the daughter of William G. Craig and Bertha Cheatham Motley). Juanita was born in Illinois. William was the son of William A. Craig, who was of African-American and Native American descent, and Nancy. Bertha was the daughter of Luther Baker Smith and Stella Motley.

Ludacris is a cousin of singer Monica‘s stepfather.

Ludacris is also a second cousin, once removed, of comedian and actor Richard Pryor. Ludacris’s maternal great-great-grandparents, William A. Craig and Nancy, were also the maternal great-grandparents of Richard Pryor.

Sources: Genealogies of Ludacris –

Ludacris’s paternal grandfather, Otha Paris Bridges, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Ludacris’s maternal great-great-grandfather, William A. Craig, on the 1900 U.S. Census –


Curious about ethnicity

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  1. cocobaby says:

    Just to make it clear to everyone when they came up with the label aferican american it was not ment to mean just african decent it was ment to mean african, native and white american. so ppl that get upset that we use this label need to get over it. It’s meaning is just that a mixure of all these races some more and some less. Also I wanna know why ppl are so concerned about mapping out african americans racial history and not most of these ppl that are passing for white and are clearly not just white. FYI if you have not done a dna test you can not truly be sure you are just white or just black. I have seen blonde haired blue eyed ppl who are bi racial. so who eversaid they are 100% white cant truly be sure unless they did dna mapping.

  2. Stacey Bridges says:

    Kristina Denial Isn’t Just A River In Egypt…

    I’m Going To Give You A FREE History Lesson, But Don’t Worry I Won’t Go As Far Back As The ORGINIAL Ancestors Out Of Southern Africa… Nor Will I Make Comments Or References In The Bible About Race Or RACE MIXING…

    I’ll Just Comment On America And Our Diversity As A Nation Founded On MiscegeNATION…

    Most Americans Have Forgotten That The FIRST SUCCESSFUL Settlement Was In Virginia, In 1607…What Made America Different FROM Any Other Country Is That We Were A TRUE Melting Pot! People Of Euorpean Descent LAYED DOWN With People Of Every COLOR From RED, BLACKS, BROWN, YELLOW And EVERYTHING In Between…

    What Made America A Human Melting Pot Was The RACE MIXING Particularly In Virginia… America Was Different From All Other Eroupean Countries, Because The BLOODLINE Of All Americans Were MIXED! Their Is NO Such Thing As A PURE Race Of People In America, WE THE PEOPLE Are A MIXED RACE Of People With WHITE, RED, And BLACK BLOOD In Our Veins And That IS A FACT!

    If You Fill Out Any Form Today You’ll Notice Their Will Be SEVERAL Categories Listed In The Race Section, From WHITE, BLACK, HISPANIC, ASIAN, NATIVE AMERICAN, Or Other…However Before We Had ALL These RACE Catorgoies On Government Forms In The Beginning Their Were Only Four Races. In The FOUNDING Of This Country We Classified People As Either WHITE, FREED PEOPLE OF COLOR, NATIVE AMERICAN And SLAVES…

    During Slavery White/ European Slave Owners Would BREED With Their Female Slaves To Create More Slaves For FREE LABOR…Some Slave Women Were RAPED, Some Were LOVED And Other Slave Women Were Used To BREED By Their MASTERS To SAVE MONEY On Human Trafficing!

    RACE MIXING In America Became Such A Problem That The State Of Tennessee In Acted The RACIAL INTEGRITY ACT Of 1910, Which Gave Birth To THE ONE DROP RULE…

    The ONE DROP RULE Applied To Americans Who Ancetry Was Mixed With Black, Which Meant That If You Had ONE DROP Of Black BLOOD In Your Family You Were Considered BLACK…This Law Was Put Into Place To Prevent HIGH YELLOW BLACKS From PASSING As WHITE….

    It Wasn’t Until 1924 When The State Of Virginia Enacted The RACE INTEGRITY ACT, In WHICH Our Govenrment ERASED Everyones HISTORY And LABLED Them BLACK, WHITE, HISPANIC, Etc…

    This Law Gave Brith To The JIM CROW LAWS Which Made It Illegal For Blacks And Whites To Marry…The ONE DROP RULE Meant That BLACKS Had To LIE ABOUT Their Ancestry Or Go To JAIL For A Year For PASSING As White On Government Documents…

    You Could Be Light, Bright And DAMN Near WHITE, But You Better Put BLACK Down On FORMS For The Register Of Vital Statistics, Or GO To JAIL!

    However, Descendants Of Pocahontas Where EXCEPT From These LAWS…

    Kristina If You Every Meet Me You’ll See That I Have The Face Of A SQUAW, The BODY Of A SISTA And The INTELLEGENCE That Would Astound Any HARVARD Scholar…

    I Know Who I’m, And I Know My History…Do YOU Know Who YOU Are?

    For The RECORD Don’t Base Your Image Of An Indian From The Westerns You See On TV, Not All Indians Look Like WHITE People In RED Paint…

    The NATIVE AMERICAN RACE Comes In ALL Shades With Different TYPES Of Facial Features, Just Like The Black American, Hispanic And Asian Races…

    It’s FUNNY How Everyone Else In America Can Be Of European Descent, Except Black People…

    Who Says The JIM CROW LAWS Aren’t Alive And Well…

    Kristina Wheather Your Black Or White It Doesn’t Make A Difference Anymore, Because The New White Is GREEN And You Don’t Have GREEN Then Your _________!

    Welcome To America… 9:o)

    Stacey Bridges
    Native Of Northern Virginia
    BLACK, Powhatan, Blackfoot And DUTCH
    Widowed 1 Year, 9 Months And 13 Days
    Witness To The Pharmaceutical Genocide Perpetrated On The American People Than Advertised On National TV

  3. kristina says:

    @stacey bridges not every American has some black in it I’m Dutch, French, and English fully so I’m ABSOLUTELY and COMPLETELY white or known as Caucasian just saying

  4. Stacey Bridges says:

    You know Their Were Black And White Conductors On The Underground Railroad, And Not All White Men Were Rapist Or Slave Owners.

    Every AMERICAN IS MIXED WITH SOME BALCK BLOOD, SOME WHITE BLOOD AND SOME RED BLOOD, Some More Than Others. I Use To Think That We Were Slaves Who Were Raped, Until My White/ Native Family Came Looking For The Natives Relatives Of Northern Virginia.

    It Was A Shock To Know That I Was A Decendent Of The POWHATAN AND BLACKFOOT TRIBE, I Knew We Had American Indian In My Family Because All I Had To Do Was Look In The Mirror…

    For Years I Thought That ROOTS Was Our History, When In Fact There Was Another Side Of The Story That ROOTS Didn’t Cover In The Slave Movement!

    I’m Not A GOVERNMENT Card Carrying Indian, However If You Have A Library Card You Can Read All About My Family…

    In Fact, My Family Never Had To Walk The Trail Of Tears, Because We Were Protected By A Force Bigger Then All Of Us…ANDREW JACKSON COULDN’T TOUCH US! During The Civil War My Family Was Protected By Both The Union Army And The Confederate Army As Well… When General Grant Came To Northern Virginia He BURNED All Of Nothern Viginia, EXCEPT OUR NATIVE LAND OF SULLY…

    My Great Great Grandfather Was A Dutch Quaker Who MARRIED A POWHATAN OF NORTHERN VIRGINIA, He Purshased Henry Lee’s Family Home And He And My Unlce Were The Accounts For The Union Army. My Great Great Grandfather Didn’t Own Any Slaves, However He Would Let Them Work On His Land To Pay Off Their Owners And Buy Their Freedom…

    My Great Great Grandfather Set Up The First Interracial Communtiy In The Heart Of Northern Virginia On The Land That HE OWNED!


    Let The Truth Be Told It Was Other Africans That Sold Their Own People Into Slavery, Because They were A Weaker Tribe Or For A Bottle Of RUM!

    The Saddest Part About Slavery Is That It Is Still Going On Today I Africa…


    Stacey Bridges
    Native Of Northern Virginia
    Powhatan, Blackfoot, Black And Dutch
    Widowed 1 Year , 7, Months, 16 Days And Counting
    Witness To The Pharmaceutical GENOCIDE Perpetrated On The American People Then Advertised On National Tv

  5. prinie says:

    This is da imjustsayin person not all african American people r mixed thanx

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