Should Black African celebrities ever decide to return to Africa, these are the African countries they would be calling home. Matter of fact, many black Hollywood celebrities have already started looking for their roots in Africa. Therefore, here are the African Roots of 13 very Famous Black Celebrities. For this list, we are not including celebrities like Boris Kudjo, Chiwetel Ejiofor, and Peter Mensah but do go ahead and tell us via the comments, which other names we forget to add to the list.
Whoopi Goldberg was born and raised in New York but after having her DNA traced a few years ago, the actor and talk Show Host has another place she could call her ancestral home. How genetic makeup consists of 92% sub-Saharan African descent. The Sarafina star ancestors are from the Papel and Bayote tribes who transformed into what is now known as modern-day Guinea-Bissau.
2. Anthony Anderson
Anthony got his start in the show business as a stand-up comedian and then branched out into film and television. After having his DNA tested, the results revealed that Anthony's ancestors hail from the Bubu people of Bioko Island in Equatorial Guinea, and the Tikar, Hausa, and Fulani people of Cameron.
3. Vanessa Williams
Former Miss America and actress Vanessa Williams was born in Brooklyn but her DNA analysis revealed that the actress is 23% Ghanaian, 15% Cameroonian, 7% Togo, and 5% Senegal. She later told ancestry.com that she can't wait to go to Ghana, Cameroon, Togo, and Senegal because it is a great opportunity to see why the custom resonates with you.
4. Chris Rock
South Carolina history has heavy connections to parts of Africa. Chris Rock found that his roots were from northern Cameroon. After learning about his family's history, he told Oprah that he hopes everybody learns where they came from so their lives can make more sense.
5. Samuel L Jackson
The well-loved actor has always wanted to where his ancestors came from, hence his bold step to take a DNA test. The renowned actor traced his roots back to the Bantu tribe in Gabon and he was excited about the experience.
6. Michael K. Williams
Michael K. Williams got his start in the movie business after he was discovered by rapper Tupac Shakur and was cast to play his little brother in the movie Bullet. Williams was born and raised in Brooklyn, his father is from down south and his mother hails from the Bahamas, but for years he was encouraged by his friend and fellow actor Isaiah Washington to find out where his family roots really lie. After having his dinner fully analyzed, he found out that his ancestors are from The Mende tribe of Sierra Leone.
Queensbridge rapper Nas really meant it when he said in a verse on the Stillmatic album that he wished he "could flap wings and fly away/to where black kings in Ghana stay."
His middle name "bin Olu Dara" comes from the Yoruba people of Nigeria, and he also has ties to Benin, Togo, Ghana, and the Ivory Coast. More specifically, he comes from the Yoruba and Fulbe tribes of West Africa.
8. Ben Carson
Ben Carson is one of the few strong voices for the republican party who unfortunately couldn't win the 2016 republican primaries. Genetic results confirm that Ben Carson is 99.9 black sub-Saharan African and his ancestors are from Zaire, Zambia, and Angola.
9. Morgan Freeman
Morgan Freeman is an actor known for his astounding screen presence and his million-dollar voice.
According to DNA analysis, some of his ancestors were from the Songhai and Tuareg people of Niger. Some of Freeman's great-great-grandparents were slaves who migrated from North Carolina to Mississippi.
10. Isaiah Washington
Actor Isaiah Washington had his DNA traced and in doing so, has found a new purpose in life. Back in 2005, he had his DNA analyzed and found out his ancestors hailed from the Mende tribe of Sierra Leone. Traveling back to his homeland, the former "Grey's Anatomy" star has made it his mission in life to help his people by founding the Gondobay Mango Foundation (his African name) to help rebuild Sierra Leone "one village at a time." Washington has become the first African-American to be granted dual citizenship In Sierra Leone based on DNA testing.
11. Blair Underwood
While appearing on NBC's "Who Do You Think You Are," Underwood discovered his great, great, great, great grandfather owned one hundred acres of land in Virginia as well as two slaves. Deciding to do a bit more digging, the veteran actor had his DNA analyzed and discovered his people on his father's side are from Cameroon. He and his dad made a pilgrimage back to their homeland in Cameroon.
12. Oprah Winfrey
Oprah Winfrey is one of the few black celebrities who came from nothing and made it big in Hollywood. She is one of the richest females on the planet today. In 2006, she underwent DNA testing to confirm her African roots since she initially thought she was a Zulu from South Africa. But the test results indicated she is 89% sub-Saharan African 8% Native American and 3 of East Asian origin.
13. John Legend
Musical phenomenon John Legend is a force known for his amazing voice, his power couple status. Digging a little deeper into this star's background and history reveals a fascinating story that is rooted in the very fabric of America, and it makes Legend's rise to fame and influence even more powerful.
Legend underwent a very public reveal of some of his ancestral histories on the television show 'Finding Your Roots'.
The show revealed that the singer's DNA is 64% African, 32% European, and 4% Native American with roots most likely in the Fula people of Guinea-Bissau and the Mende people in Sierra Leone.
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