(Guest post by Brooke Stafford)
Here at halfwhiteboy, there are no qualms about what race your are, or in some cases what
races you are. Because the United States alone is such a melting pot, there are many races blending
together making for interesting people. To that end, we thought it would be a good time to list
some of the more famous people who came from differently raced parents.
1. Barack Obama – The first black president of the U.S. definitely makes the top of the list for his
historic place in America's progress. However, simply referring to him as “black” is inaccurate.
He is the son of a Kenyan father and a white American mother. Another interesting fact about
the 44th president is that he is actually Barack Obama, Jr., as his father is considered Barack
2. Booker T. Washington – No, not the wrestler. This historic figure proves that mixed race in
America is not a new thing. He was born in 1856 to a black
enslaved mother and a white farmer who lived nearby.
Washington would grow up to become one of the first leaders
born into a period where blacks were made free and made
considerable contributions to their plight. He was also a
founder of the monumental Tuskegee Institute in Alabama.
3. Bob Marley – The father of Reggae also had an interesting heritage himself. Named Robert Nesta “Bob” Marley, he was the son of Norval Sinclair Marley, a white Jamaican of mixed English descent who was a captain in the Royal Marines and a plantation overseer, where he married an Afro-Jamaican woman.
4. Halle Berry – The former Bond girl and Oscar-winning actress is also of mixed race. She also has a white mother and black father. Her father was a hospital attendant and her mother was a psychiatric nurse. Halle's birth name is Maria Halle Berry.
5. Mariah Carey – She made headlines when she had twins with her African American husband. However, Mariah's children would be of extremely mixed race no matter what their father was, given her diverse background. She is the daughter of an Irish-American mother and an African-American-Venezuelan father.
6. Lenny Kravitz – Remember the African American lady from “The Jeffersons” who wasn't Weezy?
Her name was Roxie Roker, and she is Lenny's mother. Lenny's father was Sy Kravitz, a producer
for NBC of Russian Jewish descent.
7. Derek Jeeter – One of the most popular names in baseball is also of mixed descent. Jeeter's
father was an African-American and a substance abuse counselor. His mother was an
accountant of Irish-German descent. As a child, Jeeter was forced to sign a code of conduct and
was not allowed to use the word “can't.”
Brooke Stafford is a nursing practitioner student and also writes for
www.onlinefnp.com (Family Nurse Practitioner Degrees). The site helps students find the
right nurse practitioner degree to fit their needs.