Naya Rivera RIP

Rivera in 2010, Helga Esteb/

Birth Name: Naya Marie Rivera

Date of Birth: January 12, 1987

Place of Birth: Santa Clarita, Los Angeles, California, United States

Date of Death: July 8, 2020

Place of Death: Lake Piru, Ventura County, California, U.S.

*50% Puerto Rican
*25% African-American
*25% German

Naya Rivera was an American actress, model, and singer. She played Santana Lopez on the television show Glee.

Naya was the daughter of Yolanda Marie (White), a model, and George Michele Rivera. Her father is of Puerto Rican and German descent. Her mother is of half black and half Puerto Rican ancestry. Naya had stated this on the talk show The View. She described herself as “half Puerto Rican, a quarter German, and a quarter African American.”

She was the sister of professional football player Mychal Rivera and runway model Nickayla Rivera. Pictures of her brother can be seen here.

Naya had a son with her former husband, actor Ryan Dorsey. She was also credited as Naya Rivera Dorsey.

Naya’s maternal grandmother was named Clara Esther White.



Curious about ethnicity

147 Responses

  1. TITI623 says:

    She looks spanish
    mestiza with black, and white

  2. Kimmel says:

    She is one of the most racially mixed people I have seen. She’s a wonderful combination of ethnicities and has a great complexion, but always leaves me asking: What are you?

  3. marjanel says:

    In latín América people would consider her black or at least mulatta.

    • slowdive says:

      No they wouldn’t and in most Latin American countries there’s a distinction between blacks and mulattoes (e.g. Dominican Republic, Brazil, etc.) she looks typically mestiza.

      • midori29 says:

        @slowdive disagree. Naya doesnt look typical Meztiza. Jeniffer Lopez or Selena looks typical Meatiza. So sad for her son. Most Dominicans Insee look like African Americans so I disagree with them making any distinctions. And mullato still is African with light skin and European admixed. But its still socially African. Ive traveled all over Latin America.

    • Samiiraa says:

      No they would not. She doesn’t look mestiza either. She looks mixed with black and white with a little more white.

  4. Dogg says:

    She’s multiracial.

    • midori29 says:

      Puerto Rican is not a race and doesnt actually tell you what her parent is. There are many black Puerto Ricans who are majority African descent, there are white Puerto Ricans and super mixed Puerto Ricans. Because of this non specificity the United States will soon ask Puerto Ricans to declare races on the census. You cannot just say Puerto Rican anymore. Puerto Rican is just a country not a race.

      • TITI623 says:

        The same way that Latin is not a race either,Spanish people are Latinos, Latinos in the United States are Spanish speakers
        And in Spain there are a lot of white Latinos, and they must also have mixed it up because there are mixed race people and also black people
        Race is diferrent of nacionality and culture

        • TITI623 says:

          latinos is not race that fact exist white latinos, spanish mestizo latinos, black latinos spanish, and black latinos puerto ricans, black latinos colombian, black latinos cuban black latinos white puerto ricans white colombian whites

  5. me says:

    latinas are bad represented in USA,Naya Rivera is ugly.

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