LOS ANGELES – OCT 23: Questlove, Ahmir Khalib Thompson at 2021 Ebony Power 100 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on October 23, 2021 in Beverly Hills, CA, kathclick/

Birth Name: Ahmir Khalib Thompson

Place of Birth: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.

Date of Birth: January 20, 1971

Ethnicity: African-American [including Dahomey African]

Questlove, stylized ?uestlove, is an American musician, drummer, disc jockey, record producer, filmmaker, music journalist, author of several books, and actor. He is the drummer and joint frontman for hip hop band the Roots, who have been the in-house band for Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. He hosts the podcast Questlove Supreme, co-founded hip-hop and alternative music website Okayplayer and digital media platform OkayAfrica, and is an adjunct profesor at the Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music at NYU. He is a member of music production teams the Soulquarians, the Randy Watson Experience, the Soultronics, the Grand Negaz, and the Grand Wizzards. He is also known as Quest, Questo, BROther ?uestion, Brother Question, Qlove, ?uestlove, and Questlove Gomez.

Questlove is the son of Jacqueline Louise (Lewis) and Arthur Lee Andrews Thompson. His parents were musical. His father, a singer, was lead singer of doo-wop group Lee Andrews & the Hearts. His mother was a member of soul group Congress Alley. His father was from Goldsboro, North Carolina.

Questlove’s maternal great-great-grandfather Joseph Lewis’s parents, Charles “Charlie” Lewis and Maggie, were born in Africa, c. the 1840s. The transatlantic slave trade was outlawed in 1808; Charles and Maggie were brought over from Africa on July 9, 1860, on the schooner Clotilda, which docked in Mobile Bay, Alabama, and was the last known slave ship to come to the U.S. They were part of a bet by Captain Timothy Meaher in 1858, that he could orchestrate the bringing of a slave ship to the U.S. illegally (he won); the slaves, 125 in total, were bought from the Republic of Dahomey, now Benin, and sold, while the ship was scuttled into the bay. The freed slaves from the ship later founded a city called Africatown, Alabama.

Questlove’s paternal grandfather was William Thompson (the son of Arnold Thompson and Laura “Della” Hatch). William was born in North Carolina. Arnold was the son of Rayford Thompson and Mary. Laura was the daughter of Stephen Hatch and Harriett.

Questlove’s paternal grandmother was Thelma McIntyre (the daughter of Andrew McIntyre and Anna “Annie” Moses). Thelma was born in North Carolina. Andrew was the son of Henry T. McIntyre and Nancy. Anna likely was born in Stony Creek, Wayne, North Carolina, and was the daughter of Ephrim Moses and Julia Leggett.

Questlove’s maternal grandfather was Robert Henry Lewis (the son of Robert Lewis and Octavia Austin). Questlove’s grandfather Robert was born in Mobile, Alabama. Questlove’s great-grandfather Robert was the son of Joseph Lewis and Eugenia Davis. Octavia was the daughter of Charles “Charlie” Austin and Lizzie Gregory.

Questlove’s maternal grandmother was Laura Pauline McClain (the daughter of The Rev. John S. McClain and Rebecca Isley). Laura was born in Greensboro, Guilford, North Carolina. The Rev. John was the son of John McClain and Laura Sloan. Rebecca was the daughter of Augustus Isley and Mary.

Source: Genealogy of Questlove –

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