Zoë Kravitz


Kravitz in 2011, photo by Debby Wong / Shutterstock.com

Birth Name: Zoë Isabella Kravitz

Place of Birth: Los Angeles, California, United States

Date of Birth: December 1, 1988

*50% African-American/African-Bahamian
*50% Ashkenazi Jewish

Zoë Kravitz is an American actress, singer, and model. She is the daughter of musician and actor Lenny Kravitz and actress Lisa Bonet. Zoë is married to actor Karl Glusman.

Zoë’s father is of half Ashkenazi Jewish (his father) and half African-Bahamian and African-American (his mother) ancestry. Zoë’s mother is of half African-American (her father) and half Ashkenazi Jewish (her mother) ancestry. In terms of religion, Zoë identifies as a secular Jew.

Her stepfather is actor Jason Momoa. Zoë is related to weatherman and television personality Al Roker. Al has said that Zoë’s paternal great-grandfather and his own paternal grandfather were cousins.

Zoë’s paternal grandfather was Sy Kravitz, a producer (born Seymour Sol Kravitz, the son of Joseph Kravitz and Jean Kaufman). Seymour was born in New York, and was of Russian Jewish descent.

Zoë’s paternal grandmother was Roxie Roker, an actress (Roxie Albertha Roker, the daughter of Albert Roker and Bessie Mitchell). Roxie was born in Florida. Albert was Afro-Bahamian, from Nassau. Bessie was African-American, and was the daughter of Will Mitchell and Julia Tillman.

Zoë’s maternal grandfather was Allen Bonet. Allen was African-American.

Zoë’s maternal grandmother was Arlene Joyce Litman (the daughter of Eli Litman and Sylvia Ellen Goldvarg). Arlene was born in Pennsylvania. Eli was born in Pennsylvania, the son of Abraham E. Litman, a Jewish immigrant from Tourchen, Russia, and of Fannie/Fanny Lillian Ageloff, a Jewish immigrant from Vitebsk, Belarus. Sylvia was also born in Pennsylvania, the daughter of Louis Goldvarg and Sarah Silverman, who were both Russian Jewish emigrants, her father from Tiraspol, now Moldova.

Zoë’s matrilineal line can be traced to Sophie Grossman, who was born, c. 1865, in Siroca.

Sources: Genealogies of Zoë Kravitz – http://www.geni.com

Death records of Zoë’s paternal grandparents, Seymour Sol Kravitz and Roxie Albertha Roker – https://www.findagrave.com

Zoë’s paternal grandfather, Seymour Sol Kravitz, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Zoë’s paternal grandmother, Roxie Albertha Roker, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Obituary of Zoë’s paternal grandmother, Roxie Albertha Roker – http://www.nytimes.com

Zoë’s paternal great-grandmother, Bessie Mitchell, on the 1920 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Zoë’s maternal grandmother, Arlene Joyce Litman, on the 1940 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org

Marriage record of Zoë’s maternal great-grandparents, Eli Litman and Sylvia Ellen Goldvarg – https://familysearch.org

Zoë’s maternal great-grandfather, Eli Litman, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Zoë’s maternal great-grandmother, Sylvia Ellen Goldvarg, on the 1920 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
Sylvia Ellen Goldvarg on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org


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40 Responses

  1. Greyface says:

    ugly on both the outside AND the inside!

  2. M says:

    She’s ugly compared to her mother and father. She’s a self hating Biracial, almost all her boyfriends have been White. She did date that one mixed guy for awhile, but that doesn’t count.

    • cwm85 says:

      She is allowed to date who she wants you racist! So what she dates white men, she is half white and if she was all black she still is allow to date white men. Sound like you belong in the 1930s or something. Hate scum like you with racist views on interracial dating. My partner is white and in tri-racial so? Color don’t matter its if the person is good for you.

    • sarahle says:

      stupid racist….

      so, she is forced to love a black guy, or what?
      if she fall in love with a guy then it’s definitely not the skin of his color she first fall in love with… idiot.

      I don’t know if you are black or not but I assume you are…
      some black people think they are allowed to be racist towards others just of being black.

      you are not better than white racists… same racist trash.

    • Samiiraa says:

      Haha I don’t understand why biracial people are considered self-hating by some AAs when they don’t date black men or women. Biracial means you’re both so why wouldn’t she date white men ? I think YOU hate yourself and are frustrated when biracial women date white, it makes you feel ugly.
      I’m mixed, Black and Arab mostly, I’ve never dated a Black guy, only Arabs, so what ?

      • fuzzybear44 says:


        Quote(I don’t understand why biracial people are considered self-hating by some AAs when they don’t date black men or women. )

        You called out African Americans for doing that, However lets be fair, every ethnicity group has members of its particular groups that does that (including arabs).

        Quote(I think YOU hate yourself and are frustrated when biracial women date white, it makes you feel ugly.)

        So are you saying that all whites, Asians,Native Americans , Arabs etc that are opposed to those types of relationships Hate themselves and feel frustrated and ugly to? Because as I said, all those groups do it

      • midori29 says:

        @Samiraa I can say you hate yourself because you date Arabs. Most arabs are extremely racist against black people and subsaharan Africans. I never knew you were half Arab that explains your horrible comments about black people. Arab is not even a race and most Arabs are part black African anyhow. So in my opinion youre likely majority black African by DNA. You probably look black and think you dont.

      • midori29 says:

        @samirra. No such thing as half black and Arab because Arab is NOT a race. Todays Arabs are heavily admixed like hispanics. There was African slavery in the Arab world. Youre majority dna black African. Take a dna test. Get used to it youre black. No wonder you have weird comments . Youre confused.

    • beauty4ever says:

      she can date who ever she want…!!!

      • Jacklyn 224 says:

        2)different friends and dating options from various racial backgrounds and skin colours all in one community, so I don’t see the point in her picking black when she has all these options.Lol

    • Jacklyn 224 says:

      Excuse me what?lol.I’m guessing your one of those black people that claim biracial.Well let me make this clear to you,she’s mixed race neither black nor white,so;

      1)She has ever right to pick which side she likes the most and be apart of that.No one judges monoracials,when the pick one ethnicity of another e.g someone who is both french and Italian,prefers to be french,that’s his/her choice and that must be respected.The problem with people like you is you expect people of the same colour to behave the same,act the same etc,well it doesn’t work like that.

      2)The good part about being apart of the mixed race community is that you can have so many dif

  3. Princess says:

    Looking like a budget Alicia Keys with some Aaliyah and Vanessa Hudgens thrown in. Her mom was beautiful back in the day and her dad was hot as hell, but she’s just….boring, not even pretty.

  4. mimi says:

    awesome mix

  5. WTF says:

    she’s a second generation mulatto like me. my parents are both biracial too

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