Celebrities you thought were black but aren’t

Sat., Mar. 30, 2013 2:22 PM EST
by Louvonia McClain

BrunoYou can’t judge a book by its cover and you definitely can’t determine someone’s race just from looking at the person. With so many races and combinations, you never know who’s what. While most think of African-American decent when the topic of being multiracial is brought up, these celebs look the part but have no black in their blood.

Click below to see which celebrities look black, but they aren’t.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=500505710 Miko Blouin

    Rolling Out imma need you to get your FACTS together because Dwayne ‘The Rock” Johnson is Black….SMDH

    The pro-wrestler was born to a Samoan Mother and an African Canadian
    father. His maternal grandfather was a famous Samoan pro-wrestler named
    Peter Maivia. His father, dubbed “Soulman” Rocky Johnson was the first
    African American pro-wrestling champion. The Rock spent some time
    growing up in New Zealand where he was able to learn about his Pacific
    Islander heritage.

    • Dwayne Powell

      And Samoan do have a African Origin as well… So yes Rock is Black

  • Guest

    Come on, really now…who really thought Channing Tatum was black, i think yall are just boared because he clearly isnt black, and The Rock is BLACK so yall might want to take this off this article, because it is false info

    • Stassi Rebecca Pryce

      they’re referring to the way he speaks.

    • Guest

      Channing Tatum is Creole. If you understand what Creole is. In a sense Channing Tatum is actually BLACK. I’m Creole btw. It’s usually a combination of BLACK, Spanish, and French..and sometimes Native American. Whoever made this article needs to get their facts straight. Because their very ignorant.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=500505710 Miko Blouin

    Come on, really now…who really thought Channing Tatum was black, i
    think yall are just boared because he clearly isnt black, and The Rock
    is BLACK so yall might want to take this off this article, because it is
    false info, PPL knew that Jon B was not black, ppl who are into rap/hip hop know that DJ Khaled is not black…i swear yall need to do yall reaearch before yalll post things like this, because if one of these celebs see this they may get offended, also alot of the ppl yall chose to put on here, clearly we already knew they werent black and yall seem like yall put them on here because of their skin tone or just because of what they do….stupid

    • Stassi Rebecca Pryce

      they’re referring to the way he talks.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=500505710 Miko Blouin

    http://ethnicelebs.com/zendaya-coleman how bout yall go here then you can see the race of any celeb

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=500505710 Miko Blouin

    And just for FYI everyone has something in them, NO ONE IS PURE THESE DAYS

  • Abubakr

    This site is probably one of the stupidest sites currently around. Your buffoonish research dept. needs serious education. Dwayne Johnson father is black (Rocky Johnson) who was the wrestling parter Tony Atlas (Mr. USA). They were the 1st all black tag team of the WWF. I know because I grew up watching them. His mom is the little sister of the “Wild Samoans” who also have black blood in them (black Pacific Islanders…duh).
    I guess any uniformed ignoramus can get a blog/site…don’t be one of them.

  • Alex

    Who thought Channing was black?

    • Stassi Rebecca Pryce

      it’s the way he talks.

  • tawnybw

    Dwayne Johnson – Dwayne Johnson is half-black. Johnson states this himself in his autobiography. His father is a Black man from Canada. Yes, Canada has a large Black population, i.e., Tamia, Drake, etc., just to name a few. Consequently, with this being such a well-known and substantiated fact from the person himself, I question the accuracy and credibility this and other stories from this source.

    Channing Tatum – Please let us expand our minds beyond what someone “looks like”. Time and time again, we have judged incorrectly based solely upon sight. Judgment based upon sight is highly subjective and deceptive, especially if you have minimal to no exposure to diverse racial and ethnic groups. I have family members whose mothers and fathers are both African-Americans and
    look Caucasian. More specifically, there are individuals of bi-racial or mixed African decent who may not “look” black. Therefore, Channing Tatum could very well have a percentage of African decent. Many people did not know Jennifer Beal, Flashdance, was half African-American.

  • Bill

    I’m sorry, but I feel that this article is racist! It makes me feel that being black is different! Besides, the information in this article is wrong!!

  • http://twitter.com/DanielDickey Daniel Dickey

    LOL this list is terrible. I legitimately had snot come out of my nose when I saw you listed Channing Tatum. Who would ever assume these people are African American?

  • DRUNK247

    The Rock’s dad is black so why is he on this stupid list

  • DRUNK247

    Is this some kinda wind-up?Cause its working

  • datguyjoey

    americans are race retarded – no one in the UK thinks any of these people are ‘black’ or more importantly, cares about what race they are

    • MandyBrew

      No one beats the race obsession of South Africans. In that country they have “coloured” and “black” as separate categories, and people there treat you according to your race. Craziness.

    • http://twitter.com/eshowoman Friday Foster-ABWW

      As a person born a Black Briton, let me say you are full of shite.

  • http://twitter.com/JoyNsideMyTears Chill Cosby

    Seriously, who is retarded enough to think ANY of these people are Black? O_o

    • Nigg.Newton

      I clearly think the most of them are BLACK…do a DNA test and I bet ALL of them have BLACK DNA…Hummm

  • B Johnson


    • lucy devurney

      Indeed B.Johnson!
      Many misguided fools in the world want to be white or some derivative thereof that is acceptable in socalled white folks eyes. For those that do, I say go forth and join the pale-recessive club, and stay away from my people. Enjoy.

  • Sharon

    Ok you all must not of had anything better to write about! I never thought any of these people were black!

  • evedizzy

    how stupid do you think we are? I never thought for one second ANY of those people were black….and if there are people out there who do think they are black quite frankly their racist

  • lucy devurney

    Hollyweird tries to make claims about what “black” people think as a group and this is wrong, especially when blacks themselves adopt these scripted lies as valid or authentically black in origin. Rumors and lies come from the rumor and lies mill. Let’s keep it real and let it show for the record blacks DO NOT and NEVER have claimed any of those celebs pictured or not pictured as “black”, and that includes the lie about Bill Clinton. He is not black nor is a friend to blacks. Stop the madness.

  • lucy devurney

    Here’s the deal on a lot of these so-called “others”. Genetics don’t lie. If you got brown or yellow-ish brown skin, full lips, sorta-kinda kinky hair…or even straight hair with darker than pink features, or sometimes even pink features… GUESS WHAT… yo azz got black in ya! Deal with it. Like Paul Mooney said: everybody wants to act black…but not be a…well you know. They claim everything else but their African origins: Navaho, slap-a-ho, asiatic, Maori..Samoan, etc. By the way all you Rock fans… did you know Maori sounds a lot like Moor, and that before the pale folk came out that way in the Pacific…those “Samoans and Maoris” was very very very dark skin people. Just saying

    • PolyGirl

      Umm, ‘Maori’ is derived from the Eastern Polynesian word ‘Maoli’ which itself is derived from the Western Polynesian word ‘Mao’i’ which translates to true/pure and refers to native Polynesians. I’m Samoan and though there is no oral history of migration from another land mentioned anywhere within our culture (ancient Samoan belief is we are descendants of the gods and came from the heavens), it is widely accepted that Polynesians migrated from South East Asia which makes sense since Asia is geographically close and there are aspects of the cultures that are similar and so are the languages. This has nothing to do with being in denial of one’s heritage. It’s about not claiming to be something you’re not because that just makes you a culture stealing dick. Broaden your horizons because there are a lot of dark-skinned people out there but that doesn’t necessarily mean they have African ancestry.

      • lucy devurney

        You have the appropriate “nick name” … POLY! Yet another in denial. Sweetie, if you do not have original DNA then you are not human! Perhaps you are neanderthal. Ya never know.. AND for the record. IT IS EVERY OTHER socalled culture on the planet that STEALS from the ORIGINAL ASIATIC BLACK MAN and BLACK WOMAN. Get it straight honey!

      • Doryphore

        Maori and aborigine people in Australia and New Zealand are, even today, called “black.” This is not to say they are genetically related to Africans, but they are called black.

  • http://www.facebook.com/tycrook1 MsTy Crook

    Never thought ANY of these people were black

  • J

    Every human being in the world has black blood as the first humans originated in Africa


  • Anna

    Creole is a combination of Black and African. Puerto Ricans are black they are just in denial

    • http://twitter.com/eshowoman Friday Foster-ABWW

      So are Dominicans, but they lie about it

  • http://www.facebook.com/jocelyn.d.payton Jocelyn D. Faulkner-Payton

    Who thought Channing was Black?

  • Nigg.Newton

    What is this, a JOKE common sense says ALL of them have some Black DNA…Look at their complexion.

    • jessiemua

      None of them look black. Stop trying to claim non blacks. They are all light with soft hair

      • Nigg.Newton

        Well WHERE did all that COLOR come from…answer that.

        AS FOR – light with soft hair, EVERY NATION on the East Africa has BLACKS with SOFT hair and Light complexions (Somalia, Ethiopia, Egypt, and Aborigines) — all have the same features.


      • Dave

        LOL ANOTHER DIRTY COLORED NIGGER TRYING TO LUMP THEMSELVES IN WITH WHITES AGAIN. You haven’t invented anything, your don’t rule any country and your ancestors probably begged for food just like the blacks did. No real white person would claim Mindy is light or whiteish looking unless they were deluded. Not one person on earth would call her light except an darkie ethnic person who wanted to be white but failed. You personally still will never be white or as elegant as a white woman. No matter how “soft” your black stiff hair is or how much bleach you put on your indian blackie or asian skin. And the green contacts you stuff in your nigger colored eyes, you still don’t look as beautiful as Kate Upton or Scarlett Johansson. You’re not different to us than the ugly ho Oprah, just easier to sleep with. Everyone knows white woman are hotter, look at how all your men are obsessed with our woman and how bad you darkies try to claim us. Stop trying to claim whites. Anti Racist is the Code for Anti White.

      • Dave

        You’d probably try to sleep with me. Show us some pics slut, you are the type of chick its easy for me to get to flash nudes on okcupid and chat sites and think I want to bring you home when you are just a cheap passport lay. Kate Upton is feminine and you probably look like a slutty squatty sand digger like all the darkies of the world. Yes I came from Stormfront and I won’t apologize for it. And all of them look like niggers except for the whites. Dumb blacks.

        • Nigg.Newton

          DAVE, DAVE, Dave…

          I am a BLACK Jewish MAN…daddy Jewish white, mamma Black Jamaican…

          I am about 6′ 8″ 250lbs…QUIT PLAYING, before I knock you OUT son…

  • Lisa Brown

    What the…..? I just came across this article. Who in the wold came up with this list? None of these people look black, especially not Channing Tatum. They must have dropped The Rock from the gallery since I didn’t see him up there. After all it is common knowledge that his father is black. But I never thought any of these others were black. But one commenter was correct. Africa is the seat of mankind. Members of the scientific community (actually I haven’t read or herad othewise, yet) have traced the genetics of modern mankind all the way back to a single woman from Africa. They also say that what is perceived as “race” has no real scientific foundation. So I guess that means that scientifically and genetically we are all the same people. We are just separated by different ethnic and national backgrounds that developed over time.

  • BlackGirl

    Um… “Black Blood” black is a color or hue. Middle easterns have african blood, so do Puerto Ricans and Dominicans. Since India is now considered Asia, Sayin shes Indian and Asian doesnt really make any sense. There r blacks all over the world and more than likely if some one is considered “Black” its because the have some African DNA. Anyone who says it doesnt matter obviously doesnt know what its like bein “Black” cuz it matters, alot, it may even shape help or hinder the direction of ur life….. P.S. who ever wrote this article needs to go back to school…Thanks

    • lucy devurney

      At one time the entire planet was populated by people misclassified as “black”. We are the original people on this planet. Everything else is a hybrid from us. That is a fact. Then there are others who I have no idea from whence they came. :)

  • Lu

    This must be a list made by white people… Not a SINGLE person looked black on that list. Well, this is what we get for commercializing the most multiracial looking black people as representative of the black race. Blame it on media, I guess.

  • wonnie

    The Rock is half black I had the chance too meet the rock and his father his father does alot with kids like big brother big Sister work and my girls are in the program and my girls meet both of them so yes his father is black and really sweet the Rock too.

  • http://twitter.com/VWri Vevlyn Wright

    Just a quick genealogy reminder: Globally, we all came from that African woman, so we are all part African, though we may not identify as black because of how we were socialized.

    A primer: black came into vogue in the 1960s. Heretofore, African-descent folks in the United States, for instance, were referred to as darkies, niggers, nigras, negroes, colored, then black. Of course, the new term, which not all of us are down with, is African-American.

    Anyone who is Dominican, Creole, Puerto Rican, and most dark skin folk who were born in South and Central American are PART African. It is more accurate to assert that these beautiful people are part AFRICAN, Dutch or whatever other ethnic group informs their makeup, rather than referring them to as black only.

    In fact, this “black” handle is most likely to be adopted by those of us who identify as black American or African-American. That is folk whose people were stolen direct from West Africa and brought to the Colonies, which would become the United States of America.

    A friendly suggestion to be careful about using black/African interchangeably. And remember that most of us in the world are a mixture of ethnic groups. Further, that a person who has African blood is not solely African or black.

    • Dave

      I am not African. Darkie. All international darkies are inferior, I don’t care what island or place is south america, inida, africa you dragged your blackie butts from. The yellows have a civilization but the they are still deformed and ugly and look like monkeys.

  • guest5

    Rita Ora is the only one on this list I that I thought was black.

  • BButcher

    I think this article is severely confusing RACE, ETHNICITY and NATIONALITY…Bruno Mars…as if there are no Blacks in Puerto Rico…

    • Yuyun

      Well Bruno is part of Puerto Rican from his dad’s side. Look up his dad’s picture and you’ll understand why the article mentioned him for not being part black. His dad is light skin Latino and he even not full Puerto rican but a part of Jewish. .

  • dree

    your kidding me? Channing Tatum is not black? wow. seriously this is stupid and some of these are wrong. If Bruno mars is Puerto rican then he probably has some African ancestry as some Puerto Ricans have some African ancestry

    • Yuyun

      Well Bruno is part of Puerto Rican from his dad’s side. Look up his dad’s picture and you’ll understand why the article mentioned him for not being part black. His dad is light skin Latino and he even not full Puerto rican but a part of Jewish.

      • DuBois

        I’ve looked at Bruno’s father’s pic… I wouldn’t assume he has black ancestry, but it wouldn’t surprise me.

  • creoleboi

    He’s part Creole.I too am Creole, and Creoles are a mix of french/spanish/african and occasionally native american. Technically Channing Tatum is part black.

    • CreoleBabe

      THANK YOU!!!!! I’m Creole as well and reading this was very disappointing. Especially about Channing Tatum because he is Black. Whoever wrote this is a total idiot.

      • Dave

        You’re not a babe like Kate Upton. You low down self hating blackie nigger. Babe is for whites, no dumb dark bitches like you. LAtinas have mustaches.

    • Dave

      What a sad mixture. You should get rid of the African and Native and European Spanish and French are nationalities dumbass blackie bitch. Stop trying to claim our race and make yourself seem lighter so you can try to bred with a white guy.

  • teejay

    None of these people could pass for black and Albanian is white. The writer of this article is a fucking moron.

    • TJ

      ..and channing tatum is completely white as all of those nationalities are Caucasian.

  • teejay

    i actually read of wiki that Bob Marley and Fredrick Dougless are half white. I know black people would be super pissed to hear that LOL

    • TJ

      were half white

    • DuBois

      Black people already know that, Teejay. Welcome to the party.

  • i am the devil…..ihave come

    The whole article is ridiculous. It mostly consists of ethnicities that have been proven to have African ancestry through DNA. They are Black at the very root. It has been proven that Middle Easterners and Asians originated from Africa. If you don’t know that Puerto Ricans and Creoles are mixed with African Americans. Like, read a book, bro.

    And just so you know, Africans were in America thousands of years before Columbus, and if this were ever accepted, Channing Tatum would be gettin a nigga check, because he Creole, a Native Black American mix, key word, Native.

    • jessiemua

      African doesnt mean black.even racists know that.middleasterners and north africans are pale and they pass for white,european,hispanic

      • i am the devil…..ihave come

        No African does mean black. White people nor middle easterners are not indigenous to North Africa, the white people of North Africa are descendants of European slaves held by the moors and the Arabs in North America are descendants of people who conquered Northern Africa including Egypt aka kemet the only reason white people claim that whites are indigenous to North Africa is so that whites can. Claim the ancient Egyptians were white thru were not they were black people similar to East Africans white people could not survive in Africa there is no way pale people could be native to Africa it is impossible they would have died out from skin cancer they original North Africans were black and thousands if not millions of black people still live in North Africa today next whites will say they are indigenous to America and natives don’t exist if North Africans are white then Southern Europeans with sickle cell dark skin and Afros are black them blacks are indigenous to Southern Europe two can play this game

        • lucy devurney

          All of Europe was once socalled black. (EUROPA = name of BLACK Phonecian Goddess). WTH name a place of socalled whites after a black woman??? They must think we are not paying attention. The Americas was all Black as well as Asia… So ummm all this stuff about pale folks coming out of Africa is nonsense. Pale people were created by Black people. The fact that they all hate realizing. I say deal with it!

  • joe

    And what is a Black race? Last time I checked Black is not a race of people. But if you want to be accurate in your description and not stir the pot of racism. You should probably use the term “of African decent”. Puerto Ricans are of African decent.

  • j

    And what is a Black race? Last time I checked Black is not a race of people. But if you want to be accurate in your description and not stir the pot of racism. You should probably use the term “of African decent”. Puerto Ricans are of African decent. Creole was a term to describe Slaves that where born in the new world. They also where mixed with African blood.

  • UncleRuckus420

    And what is a Black race? Last time I checked Black is not a race of people. But if you want to be accurate in your description and not stir the pot of racism. You should probably use the term “of African decent”. Puerto Ricans are of African decent. Creole and Dominicans have African blood.

  • UncleRuckus420

    And what is a Black race? Last time I checked Black is not a race of people. But if you want to be accurate in your description and not stir the pot of racism. You should probably use the term “of African decent”. Puerto Ricans are of African decent. Creole and Dominicans have African blood

  • CJ

    Also should’ve listed Cree Summer (she played Freddie on A Different World). People think that she is half black/white, but she is actually white/Cree “Indian”. Not considerd black!

    • DuBois

      Actually, Cree’s mother is half Indian and half black, so Cree is a quarter black.

  • Roger Smith

    I had no idea who most of these celebrities were, but the title for some of them should be: Celebrities who look Black because they are really part African: Bruno Mars Puerto Rican, John B (?) Dominican, and and Channing Tatum Creole, could explain why they look Black.

  • CreoleBabe

    I want to say whoever wrote this article is both ignorant and insulting! My advise to you is that you need to do your homework the next time you try to put out an article talking about someone not being “Black” and any other article in the future. What is black anyway? Because I’ll have you know you listed at least four ethnicities that are BLACK! Dominicans are black, Puerto Ricans are Black, some Filipinos are black. And last but not least. Creoles are Black. I’m Creole and reading this article is very insulting, simply because of the fact that you are so IGNORANT! Creoles are Black, French, Spanish, and sometimes Native American. How could you possibly say Channing Tatum isn’t Black. Or Jon B, etc. This article needs to be DELETED!

  • Ethnicelebs

    Actually there is no documented evidence of channing tatum being anything other than white, regardless of what many fans claim. All of his documented ancestors were EUROPEAN. No Creole or Native American. So many white people want to be viewed as exotic. He’s as African as Kim Kardashian.

    • Guest

      Just so you know Creoles are European. And no one walks around with documentation, in fact you don’t need documentation to confirm your ethnicity. If you think that these celebrities don’t have some genetic connections to Black individuals and so on. Then you are as smart as the person that wrote this article.

  • Guest

    Rolling out, you should expect with a title this controversial that many people would be outraged. The person who wrote this article is spreading their ignorance with untrue theories.

  • iphoto27

    Since when were Sheriff Bufford Pusser and Hercules have Negro blood in them?

    Did the movie industries ran out of white actors or just greed for money to get the black man in the screen?

    I bet many black will protest if a devoted Muslim will be cast as Jesus.
    But then again the Christian & Jewish people are not racist, right?

    Soon, a black men will play the role of Adam, Noah and Moses.
    While Donnie Yen will plays the role of President Barack Obama.

    • NOOLA