Rashida Jones

Rashida Jones

Jones in 2011, kathclick/bigstock.com

Birth Name: Rashida Leah Jones

Place of Birth: Los Angeles, California, United States

Date of Birth: February 25, 1976

Ethnicity:
*father – African-American, with some English, Scottish, and Welsh
*mother – Ashkenazi Jewish

Rashida Jones is an American actress, writer, and producer. She is the daughter of music producer Quincy Jones and actress and model Peggy Lipton. She is known for her roles, Karen Filipelli on The Office and Louisa Fenn on Boston Public. She is a sister of actress Kidada Jones and a half-sister of model Kenya Kinski-Jones. She has a son with her partner, musician Ezra Koenig.

Rashida’s father is mainly of African-American [West African/Central African] ancestry, with some English, Scottish, and Welsh, heritage.

Rashida’s mother was Jewish, of Russian Jewish, Belarusian Jewish, and Latvian Jewish descent. Rashida was raised Jewish, studied Hinduism, and is now a practicing Jew.

Rashida’s paternal grandfather was Quincy Delight/Delightt Jones (the son of Caesar Jones and Susannah/Susanna Burgess). Rashida’s grandfather Quincy was born in South Carolina, and was a semi-pro baseball player. Caesar and Susannah were both black. Susannah was the daughter of West Burgess and Adele, or of Osborne Burgess and Elizabeth.

Rashida’s paternal grandmother was Sarah Frances Wells (the daughter of Love Adam Wells and Mary Belle Lanier). Sarah was born in Mississippi. Love, who was black, was the son of Nelson Wells and Sarah Campbell. Mary’s father, James Balance Lanier, was white, and had mostly English, as well as Scottish and Welsh, ancestry. Mary’s mother, Cordelia Dickson, was black.

Rashida’s maternal grandfather was Harold Arlen Lipton (the son of Max Lipschitz/Lipton and Alice Goldfarb). Harold was born in The Bronx, New York City. Max and Alice were Jewish emigrants, Max from Slutsk and Alice from Brest, both in Belarus, then in the Russian Empire. Max was the son of Harris/Harold Lipschitz and Rebecca Leah Pitovsky/Witkowsky. Alice was the daughter of Aaron Goldfarb and Frieda/Freude Bass/Bab.

Rashida’s maternal grandmother was Rita Hetty Benson/Rosenberg (the daughter of Hyman Rosenberg and Jeanie “Jane” Benson). Rita was born in Dublin, Ireland. Hyman was a Russian Jewish emigrant, who was born in Saga, Province of Kemerovo, the son of Marko Benjamin Rosenberg and Sarah Hahn. Jeanie was born in Manchester, Lancashire, England, to Jewish parents from Latvia and/or Kaunas, Lithuania, Benjamin Joseph Bensohn/Benson, from Kovno, and Sophia Winestein/Weinstein.

A DNA test whose results were displayed on the show African American Lives (2006) stated that Rashida’s father’s, Quincy Jones’s, genetic ancestry is:

*66% Sub-Saharan African
*34% European

In his 2009 book about the show, In Search of Our Roots: How 19 Extraordinary African Americans Reclaimed Their Past, Henry Louis Gates, Jr. wrote that Quincy’s African DNA matches the Tikar people of Cameroon, the Sukuma people of Tanzania, the Tonga people of Mozambique, and the Fang people of Equatorial Guinea.

Sources: Genealogies of Rashida Jones – https://www.geni.com
http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com

Genealogy of Rashida Jones (focusing on her mother’s side) – http://www.wikitree.com

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167 Responses

  1. dlxzvs says:

    correction caucasian should be changed to white/or european

  2. bablah says:

    She has a son with Ezra Koenig.

  3. Alyx says:

    She looks a tanned white woman, I don’t know why racist people think a white-looking person cannot have a black parent, see Paula Patton’s son who looks a Russian kid.

    • Samiiraa says:

      She is white looking because she is only 33% Subsaharan African and 67% European. Her father is a mulatto. And so is Paula Patton’s son ! Paula is biracial which mean her kids are way more European than anything else. They are at least 75% European. It’s just logic

    • Samiiraa says:

      She is white looking because she is only 33% Subsaharan African and 67% European. Her father is a mulatto. And so is Paula Patton ! Paula is biracial which mean her kids are way more European than anything else. They are at least 75% European. It’s just logic

      • midori29 says:

        @Samiirra there are actual 50 percent African mulattos who are born white looking too. Just Google. When you are half and half mixed you can be born looking like anything. Stop this nonsense rule that half white black people cant look white, yes some of them do look white. And some look black.

  4. slowdive says:

    She is phenotypically white and genetically mixed, like of African-Americans who are phenotypically black (there are plenty of African-Americans who still look West African) but still have a mixed genome.

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