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Famous Multiracial People
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!