Nicole Ari Parker

Parker in 2004, Helga Esteb /

Place of Birth: Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.

Date of Birth: October 7, 1970

Ethnicity: African-American

Nicole Ari Parker is an American actress and model. She is known for her role on the television series Soul Food. Her parents, Susan and Donald Parker, are both black. She is married to actor Boris Kodjoe, who is of biracial background. The couple has two children.

Nicole has said:

I’m just light-skinned and from Baltimore… My mother’s from North Carolina and she has green eyes and freckles. So, I’m sure there’s a whole lot of white and Native-American mixed-in there. But I’m only claiming African-American, because that’s really what I know.

A picture of Nicole with her father can be seen here. A picture of Nicole with her mother can be seen here. A picture of Nicole, Boris, and their children can be seen here.


Curious about ethnicity

105 Responses

  1. danishcookie7 says:

    I go with what my eyes tell me. I dont see a black woman. I just see a mixed race woman. Her features are too questionable to be all the way black. I dont understand people who insist that sub saharan africans can have light eyes and pale skin. This is a hard pill for many to swallow but light eyes (especially blue and green) and blonde hair are only european traits. Sub Saharan Africans and East Asians do not have those physical traits at least not naturally or without admixture.

  2. bablah says:

    Her mother’s name is Susan Regina and she was born on September 22, 1943 in NC. There’s a Susan Regina McDaniel from Burke, NC that fits the bill.

  3. typepope says:

    Fact check:
    She is biracial and heavily admixed with Caucasian ancestry.

    • SexyBlack 3434 says:

      No. she is NOT biracial. Both her parents are Black.

      • stuckinfoopid says:

        These people accuse African Americans of practicing the one-drop rule but are essentialist in their thinking and follow blood-quantum. They refuse to accept that African Americans don’t actually use either system and define race by history rather than by percentages.

  1. February 15, 2021

    […] while her father is black. Nicole Ari Parker ethnicity is Afro American. On this, the actress was quoted saying that there is a lot of Native American in her ethnicity but that she is African American because it […]

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