40 Famous Pop Culture Personalities of Caribbean Descent: It May Surprise You…


 Maybe you already knew, maybe you didn’t. The Caribbean Community has been exporting creative and intellectual talent to and growing talent within the U.S. for many decades.  Let’s take a closer look at 40 famous Capitol Hill change-makers, Hollywood royalty, and some others in-between, whom you may not have known were of Caribbean descent. We left out the athletes this time but let’s just say the entertainment industry owe us big time.

  1. Rihanna – born and bred in Barbados (yeah, yeah, you knew that already).
  2. Beyoncé Knowles, Music and Pop Culture Mogul – Bahamian father.
  3. Nicki Minaj, Rapper – born in Trinidad.
  4. Kerry Washington, Scandal Actress – Jamaican mother.
  5. Naomi Campbell, Supermodel – Jamaican mother.
  6. Anya Ayoung-Chee, Fashion icon – born of Trinidadian parents and raised in sweet TnT.
  7. Eric Holder, U.S. Attorney General – Barbadian father.
  8. Colin Powell, Former U.S. Secretary of State – Jamaican parents.
  9. Tyson Beckford, Supermodel – Jamaican mother.
  10. Lenny Kravitz, Singer and Music Icon – Bahamian grandmother.
  11. Gwyneth Paltrow, Actress and “Beyoncé bess’ fren” – Barbadian great grandmother (yeah, Google it nah)
  12. Alicia Keys, Singer – Jamaican grandparents.
  13. John Sampson, NY Senator – Guyanese mother.
  14. Sidney Poitier, Actor – born in The Bahamas.
  15. Harry Belafonte, Singer and Actor – Jamaican mother.
  16. Cicely Tyson, Actress – parents from St. Kitts and Nevis.
  17. Tia and Tamera Mowry, Twin Actresses – Bahamian mother.
  18. Tatyana Ali, Actress – Trinidadian father (Fresh Prince of Bel-Air Ashley Banks)
  19. Alfonso Ribeiro, Actor – Trinidadian parents (Fresh Prince of Bel-Air Carlton Banks)
  20. Karyn Parsons, Actress – Trinidadian mother (Fresh Prince of Bel-Air Hillary Banks)
  21. Cuba Gooding Jr., Actor – Barbadian grand-father.
  22. Sheryl Lee Ralph, Actress – Jamaican mother.
  23. Derek Luke, Actor – Guyanese father.
  24. Stacey Dash, Actress – Barbadian father.
  25. Romany Malco, Actor – Trinidadian parents.
  26. Estelle, Singer – Grenadian father.
  27. Sandra Denton, Salt and Pepper Rapper – born in Jamaica.
  28. Selita Ebanks, Victoria Secret Model – born in Cayman Islands.
  29. Melanie Fiona, Grammy-winning singer – Guyanese parents.
  30. Nia Long, Actress – Trinidadian parents.
  31. LL Cool J, Rapper and Actor – Barbadian grandfather.
  32. Sean Patrick Thomas, Actor – Guyanese parents.
  33. Deborah Cox, Singer – Guyanese parents.
  34. Persia White, Actress – Bahamian father.
  35. Grace Jones, Supermodel, Singer – born and raised in Jamaica.
  36. Heather Headley, Tony-Award Actress and Singer – born in Trinidad.
  37. Lorraine Toussaint, Actress – born in Trinidad.
  38. Craig David, Singer – Grenadian father.
  39. Lewis Hamilton, F1 Race Car World Champion Driver – Grenadian grandparents.
  40. Jackee Harry, Actress – Trinidadian mother.

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    February 20, 2015 Reply

    hmmm what about puerto rico? cuba? dominican republic? haiti? those are also caribbean countries! well puerto rico is not exactly a country...

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    March 13, 2016 Reply

    If there is a top pop stars from those countries share their names

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    April 24, 2016 Reply

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    Al P
    May 13, 2016 Reply

    Guyana is in South America, they are not Caribbean, they are South American. They are part of the Caribbean Community by virtue of having a similar history to those islands which were colonized last by the British Empire. Thus they are West Indian not Caribbean. People from the Aruba, Bonaire, St. Eustatius, Dominican Republic, Martinique etc are Caribbean people yet I don't see any representatives from those islands but you include Guyana

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