Mandela Van Peebles

Van Peebles with father Mario in 2013, photo by Prphotos

Birth Name: Mandela Mali Van Peebles

Place of Birth: Los Angeles, California, United States

Date of Birth: June 4, 1994

Ethnicity: African-American, one quarter German, as well as possibly some Italian

Mandela Van Peebles is an American rapper, actor, and producer.

He is the son of actress Lisa Vitello and director and actor Mario Van Peebles. Mandela’s father is of African-American and German descent. Mandela’s mother is black. Her surname, Vitello, might indicate Italian ancestry, as well.

Mandela was named after activist and politician Nelson Mandela.

Mandela’s father has said of his own background:

We did our DNA and just found out West Africa, some German, French, British, Spanish and Portuguese.

Mandela’s paternal grandfather is Melvin Van Peebles (born Melvin Peebles, the son of Marion Peebles and Edwin Griffin), an actor, filmmaker, playwright, novelist, and composer. Melvin was born in Illinois, and is African-American.

Mandela’s paternal grandmother is Maria Marx, an actress and photographer. Maria is German.

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