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Taye Diggs caused a social media firestorm when he revealed he didn’t want his biracial son to identify solely as African-American. But in reality, there are a host of mixed celebrities who are absolutely comfortable with their African-American identity, and proudly celebrate their melting pot backgrounds.

As American continues to brown, here’s a gallery of celebrities who are proud to represent their Blackness fully.

Black & Proud: 32 Mixed Celebrities Who Identify As African-American  was originally published on

1. Bob Marley

Bob Marley

2. Lenny Kravitz

Lenny Kravitz

3. Barack Obama

Barack Obama

4. Tracee Ellis Ross

Tracee Ellis Ross

5. Drake


6. Klay Thompson

Klay Thompson

7. J. Cole

J. Cole

8. Matt Barnes

Matt Barnes

9. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson

10. Logic


11. James Blake

James Blake

12. Nicole Ari Parker

Nicole Ari Parker

13. Boris Kodjoe

Boris Kodjoe

14. Jesse Williams

Jesse Williams

15. Meagan Good

Meagan Good

16. Paula Patton

Paula Patton

17. Mariah Carey

Mariah Carey

18. Sade Adu

Sade Adu

19. Gugu Mbatha-Raw

Gugu Mbatha-Raw

20. Maxwell


21. Lisa Bonet

Lisa Bonet

22. Halle Berry

Halle Berry

23. Misty Copeland

Misty Copeland

24. Jurnee Smollett and Jussie Smollett-Bell

Jurnee Smollett and Jussie Smollett-Bell

25. Rashida Jones

Rashida Jones

26. Soledad O’ Brien

Soledad O’ Brien

27. Victor Cruz

Victor Cruz

28. Prince


29. Maya Rudolph

Maya Rudolph