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Famous Multiracial People

Updated on July 19, 2009

 Despite what many people believe, there are thousands, if not millions, of multiracial people in the world. Of these, just a fraction of those people are famous people... people whose names and faces we see regularly on t.v., in movies and those who we hear sing and tell jokes. I did some research on this a while back, and came up with some very interesting facts.

Some of the famous actors I came across, of multiethnic parentage are: Shemar Moore, famous for roles on The Young and the Restless, Criminal Minds and several movies; Emilio Estevez, famous for St. Elmo's Fire, Bobby and other roles; A. Martinez, famous for roles on One Life to Live, Huff and Raines; Billy Bob Thornton, famous for various movies; Vin Diesel, famous for The Pacifier, The Fast and the Furious movies and other roles; Brian Austin Green, famous for his role on Beverly Hills 90210, as well as others; Cris Judd, famous for Dangerous, Ballroom Dance Like a Star and others; and Frankie Muniz.

As far as actresses go, there are quite a few: Christina Milian, Thandie Newton, Yasmine Bleeth, Rashida Jones, Amanda Lear, Eliska Sursova, Kimberly Russell, Persia White, Devon Aoki, Nicole Richie, Zoe Saldana, Rosario Dawson, Vanessa Marcil, Lauren London, Jennifer Tilly and Cree Summer.

Next on the list are singers: Alicia Keys, Keyshia Cole, Charlie Baltimore, Blu Cantrell, Linda Rondstadt, KT Tunstall, Marques Houston, Ashanti (Douglas), Nicole Scherzinger, Sade, Jordin Sparks, Jon Secada and Crystal Waters.

Other famous multiracial people include Kimora Lee Simmons (formerly married to Russell Simmons, Phat Farm clothing line; former fashion model; mother to two girls, with Russell- Aoki Lee Simmons and Ming Lee Simmons); Essie Mae Washington-Williams (Strom Thurmond's 1/2 black daughter); Meg Tilly (famous actress); Derek Jeter (famous baseball player) and the list goes on and on, and on.

Note: this was just a fraction of the famous multiracial people I've done research on. There are many more out there, where these came from. I think it's vital for us to teach ourselves, then our children and other loved ones, that there are people of different backgrounds out there. Many, of course, are famous, but so many more are not! These are our neighbors, our children's playmates, the people who we walk by while going to lunch, the people who we see in our churches, our schools and our lives. They are no different than anyone else, of a single ethnicity. The thing about that, is... if you just do a little research on your own ancestors, and their backgrounds, it's actually more likely than not that you will find more than one ethnicity (if not several) within your own family. That's just the way it is!

For instance, I grew up identifying as "white," or caucasian; however, when I did more digging into my biological family (I was adopted), I found that we have a rich Cherokee indian heritage in our family. It's funny, because... I always knew there was something "different" about the way I looked (as opposed to other caucasians I knew). I just couldn't put a finger on it. When I found out, though, not only was I excited and happy to learn of this discovery, but... from that day on, I have never identified as "white" or caucasian again. I claim "biracial" or, if that's not a choice, I choose BOTH american indian and caucasian. It is important that, as biracial and multiracial people, we claim all of our ethnicity. Some people do, though, and others don't. Like most things, it's up to the person.

Multiracial individuals are several parts of a whole. The uniqueness, though, within a multiracial person is very personal. It can be embraced in part, or in the whole. Whatever the case, the person is as unique as each, different part. They should be respected and acknowledged for the person they choose to be, not who society wants/thinks they should be. Live your life and be happy with who you are. As long as you do that, it doesn't really matter what everyone else says. YOU are happy with you!

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    • audreana71 profile imageAUTHOR

      audreana71 

      6 years ago from WV

      Thank you, Didge, for responding! Out of curiosity, which ideas did you find intriguing?

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      Didge 

      6 years ago from Southern England

      Several very cool ideas audreana71!

    • audreana71 profile imageAUTHOR

      audreana71 

      9 years ago from WV

      I agree, that... many people who think they're "one or the other" are "hiding" skeletons in the family closet," so to speak. I also agree, that... many just don't know that the ethnicities within their family tree run much deeper than they perceive. Spiritually, speaking, that is also true: we DID, all, originate from the "same place..." or, rather, same people;) Again... many people, either, don't realize this fact, or they just don't see it as connecting to their family, personally. If it doesn't affect them IN THE MOMENT, people have a way of "ignoring" the truth... which only hurts ourselves, as well as future generations of our families. To be further aware of why people "separate themselves," you certainly have to have knowledge of the spiritual kind. The reason people do this, is... because, when Adam and Eve sinned, separating themselves from God, future generations of theirs continued to do so. Eventually, the sins became aparent to the point where they were separating themselves from each other... based on things like religion, skin color, etc. No where in the bible will you find God, or his son, Jesus, condone or approve of this "separating" of people, or racism. The fact, is... if one does some research, they will find that God, very much, wanted his people to love one another and live in peace TOGETHER. If you are to understand race relations in our society, today, you have to be somewhat studied in the subject. Our "wonderful" government created further separation when they developed the ethnic "groups" on applications and other, such forms. Now... one has to "choose ONE," or the other (black, white, american indian, etc.), further separating ourselves, not only, from each other, but also our OWN, varied ethnical background. I have done extensive research in the area of race relations... historically and today. In relation to choosing "one," or the other, this came about because our own government wanted to further separate the races! Talk about racism!!! There are SO MANY people, in society- past and present- who are not being accurately identified, due to this blatant racism. The overwhelming population of multiracial individuals in America are not being, and have not been, properly- and fairly- recognized. The question, is... IF people actually knew all the ethnicities that comprise their own background, would they, then, make the choice to IDENTIFY themselves as something other than "just one?" The very sad truth is... many would not. The deep damage and division created by racism, and its effects, have been so horridly ingrained within some individuals, that they would probably never "get it," if they had eternity to comprehend the truth. That said... there are, literally, MILLIONS, who have chosen- despite the backlash, ridicule and negativity- to take a stand and proudly claim their ENTIRE heritage... whether that means white AND asian, OR white AND american indian, OR white AND black, OR black and asian, OR black and white, OR black, white AND asian, and the list goes on. These are the people who should be CONGRATULATED and RESPECTED due to their intelligent and ethnically encompasing choice to value EVERY PART of their ancestry. If we, as multiracial (biracial, etc.) individuals make that profound stand- in society, to our own family, to our friends, our acquaintances, etc... we can begin to understand and grow, now just as a society, but as self-aware and compassionate human beings, as well.

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      Allen Werner 

      9 years ago from West Allis

      I think one of the saddest things about dividing people racially, is the simple fact that most people are even mre limiting and basically cultural. Racial differences is simply an educated, scientific term sprung upon us because throughout history, clans and tribes of people nearly identical to one another have found supposedly worthy reasons to divide themselves, separate and even war. I think too, history being so deep and unreported - many who think they are 'pure something' have skeltons somewhere in the family closet they might not even know about. And if you take a biblical perspective - we all started from the same place anyway.

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