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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 Black. But in reality, there are a host of mixed celebrities who are absolutely comfortable with their identity, and proudly celebrate their melting pot backgrounds.

As America 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 Black  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. Alicia Keys

Alicia Keys

6. Drake


7. Klay Thompson

Klay Thompson

8. J. Cole

J. Cole

9. Matt Barnes

Matt Barnes

10. Blake Griffin

Blake Griffin

11. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson

12. Logic


13. James Blake

James Blake

14. Nicole Ari Parker

Nicole Ari Parker

15. Boris Kodjoe

Boris Kodjoe

16. Jesse Williams

Jesse Williams

17. Meagan Good

Meagan Good

18. Paula Patton

Paula Patton

19. Wentworth Miller

Wentworth Miller

20. Mariah Carey

Mariah Carey

21. Sade Adu

Sade Adu

22. Gugu Mbatha-Raw

Gugu Mbatha-Raw

23. Maxwell


24. Lisa Bonet

Lisa Bonet

25. Halle Berry

Halle Berry

26. Misty Copeland

Misty Copeland

27. Jurnee Smollett and Jussie Smollett-Bell

Jurnee Smollett and Jussie Smollett-Bell

28. Rashida Jones

Rashida Jones

29. Soledad O’ Brien

Soledad O’ Brien

30. Victor Cruz

Victor Cruz

31. Prince


32. Maya Rudolph

Maya Rudolph