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10 Black Celebs Who Successfully Pass For White

wentworth miller

Actor Wentworth Miller is an easy candidate for this list. Why? Because he busted onto the scene after debuting in the film The Human Stain, where he played a black man passing for a white man. His notoriety was further increased when he played Mariah Carey’s love interest in her music video for “We Belong Together.” The Prison Break star was born in England to a black father and white mother.

 

meghan markle

Because of her freckled face, actress and fashion model Rachel Meghan Markle could easily be mistaken for being lilly white. But the star, who currently plays Rachel Zane on the USA legal drama Suits, is the offspring of an African-American mother and a Dutch and Irish father.

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Comments

  1. Black people and in particular the author of this piece are shallow. What is the big deal if they did pass for white? I think the idle hand who thought this is a great "research" should go and get a real job.

  2. Black people and in particular the author of this piece are shallow. What is the big deal if they did pass for white? I think the idle hand who thought this is a great "research" should go and get a real job.

  3. Michael Rene'e Daniels says:

    Most of the folks on this list haven't hidden their race or ethnicity with the exception of Carol Channing. In fact Soledad O'brien has always been very specific and clear about her ehtnicity. Never heard of the young lady on the the reality show.

  4. Michael Rene'e Daniels says:

    Most of the folks on this list haven't hidden their race or ethnicity with the exception of Carol Channing. In fact Soledad O'brien has always been very specific and clear about her ehtnicity. Never heard of the young lady on the the reality show.

  5. Kenneth D Price says:

    excellent article

  6. excellent article

  7. These people aren't Black! And as far as I am concerned Biracials have just as much right to claim there Black side as they do there White. When are Black people going to get rid of this "one drop" bullcrap?

  8. These people aren't Black! And as far as I am concerned Biracials have just as much right to claim there Black side as they do there White. When are Black people going to get rid of this "one drop" bullcrap?

  9. These people aren't Black! And as far as I am concerned Biracials have just as much right to claim there Black side as they do there White. When are Black people going to get rid of this "one drop" bullcrap?

  10. …then you are missing the point

  11. …then you are missing the point

  12. Tish Newton Virgues says:

    lazy journalism full of assumptions and half truths

  13. Tish Newton Virgues says:

    lazy journalism full of assumptions and half truths

  14. Right on, brother. You're one color, I'm another. God made us both and he made us that way. Let's start trying to solve some real problems, like family, jobs, etc. and stop worrying about something as unimportant as skin color.

  15. Bill Herder says:

    Right on, brother. You're one color, I'm another. God made us both and he made us that way. Let's start trying to solve some real problems, like family, jobs, etc. and stop worrying about something as unimportant as skin color.

  16. Black people are shallow?

  17. Black people are shallow?

  18. Bill Herder Skin color is unimportant? Hmmm…So the NYC "Search and Frisk Law" impacts who the most?

  19. Bill Herder Skin color is unimportant? Hmmm…So the NYC "Search and Frisk Law" impacts who the most?

  20. Nebuwah Hutip says:

    Fence hoppers.. lol not hatin though. Scilians have a considerable amount of blood admixture from the motherland. Both her parents are probably Italian.

  21. Nebuwah Hutip says:

    Fence hoppers.. lol not hatin though. Scilians have a considerable amount of blood admixture from the motherland. Both her parents are probably Italian.

  22. Kristal K'Sera says:

    Whoever wrote this garbage needs to be fired.

  23. Eleshia L. Smith says:

    Interesting though…didn't know about chick from PLL. I find this stuff fascinating.

  24. Eleshia L. Smith says:

    Interesting though…didn't know about chick from PLL. I find this stuff fascinating.

  25. Its a non-issue. They are not passing, unless they pretend not to be black or of mixed heritage. Even if you changed the name of the article to "Actors you might not have known are black" it would still be poorly researched. The only one passing is the older woman….

  26. Its a non-issue. They are not passing, unless they pretend not to be black or of mixed heritage. Even if you changed the name of the article to "Actors you might not have known are black" it would still be poorly researched. The only one passing is the older woman….

  27. Wardell Benford says:

    Its alot of blacks like this! I blamed the mothers for this shit. They are first teachers. Regardless if they are white, latino, asian and black.

  28. Wardell Benford says:

    Its alot of blacks like this! I blamed the mothers for this shit. They are first teachers. Regardless if they are white, latino, asian and black.

  29. Kay Dejavu says:

    Damn is that Melissa? Anyhooo none of these people are black, they are part black. Let us stop the one-dropping!

  30. Kay Dejavu says:

    Damn is that Melissa? Anyhooo none of these people are black, they are part black. Let us stop the one-dropping!

  31. Steve Edmonds says:

    People, the term "passing" actually came from American white people. America need to really know their history before saying this is shallow or is garbage. Google Plessy vs Ferguson and read about the "one drop rule" Black people did not make this rule…White people did. Whether we like it or not its a ugly part of American History.

  32. Steven Michael says:

    People, the term "passing" actually came from American white people. America need to really know their history before saying this is shallow or is garbage. Google Plessy vs Ferguson and read about the "one drop rule" Black people did not make this rule…White people did. Whether we like it or not its a ugly part of American History.

  33. Tre Baker says:

    I knew all of these people were Black except the first guy. I don't understand how this wasn't obvious unless you know zero lightskinned Black people.

  34. Tre Baker says:

    I knew all of these people were Black except the first guy. I don't understand how this wasn't obvious unless you know zero lightskinned Black people.

  35. Brad Isaac says:

    This is a misleading list as most of the people here are obviously biracial and they all really do nothing to hide that they are biracial. If you are really interested in whichever actor then a little looking will let you know. Besides who cares..

  36. Brad Isaac says:

    This is a misleading list as most of the people here are obviously biracial and they all really do nothing to hide that they are biracial. If you are really interested in whichever actor then a little looking will let you know. Besides who cares..

  37. Joy Foster says:

    I get what you're saying, but if 'we Black people' are to 'drop' the one drop bull, then "we" Black Americans wouldn't be "Black" either due to a few centuries worth of miscegenation starting with slavery, and would have to right to claim the white ancestry that a MAJORITY of us have, for many generations past. Unfortunately, that would make a plethora of people really uncomfortable, making it not quite as simple a task as you make it sound. Maybe in the next century we can actually be "post racial", but it's not here yet.

  38. Joy Foster says:

    I get what you're saying, but if 'we Black people' are to 'drop' the one drop bull, then "we" Black Americans wouldn't be "Black" either due to a few centuries worth of miscegenation starting with slavery, and would have to right to claim the white ancestry that a MAJORITY of us have, for many generations past. Unfortunately, that would make a plethora of people really uncomfortable, making it not quite as simple a task as you make it sound. Maybe in the next century we can actually be "post racial", but it's not here yet.

  39. Joy Foster says:

    I get what you're saying, but if 'we Black people' are to 'drop' the one drop bull, then "we" Black Americans wouldn't be "Black" either due to a few centuries worth of miscegenation starting with slavery, and would have to right to claim the white ancestry that a MAJORITY of us have, for many generations past. Unfortunately, that would make a plethora of people really uncomfortable, making it not quite as simple a task as you make it sound. Maybe in the next century we can actually be "post racial", but it's not here yet.

  40. Cheapo Comics says:

    You're right, who cares about their ethnicity? The article's title alone is annoying. So much crap about race these days it gets a bit much at times.

  41. I wonder why the insecure person who wrote this is attempting to cause a stir? Soledad does a lot of activism and discussions about biraciality and black/ latin perception and experience in america. Some of the other's mentioned jobs are to entertain, not make categorizing narrow minded and announcements to make silly people feel better #stopthewitchhunt.

  42. I wonder why the insecure person who wrote this is attempting to cause a stir? Soledad does a lot of activism and discussions about biraciality and black/ latin perception and experience in america. Some of the other's mentioned jobs are to entertain, not make categorizing narrow minded and announcements to make silly people feel better #stopthewitchhunt.

  43. I wonder why the insecure person who wrote this is attempting to cause a stir? Soledad does a lot of activism and discussions about biraciality and black/ latin perception and experience in america. Some of the other's mentioned jobs are to entertain, not make categorizing narrow minded and announcements to make silly people feel better #stopthewitchhunt.

  44. The Digital Political explain

  45. The Digital Political explain

  46. Hrh Elizabeth Eff Obisanya says:

    if their daddies are white they are white,(bible definition of where you are from – on fathers side sorry folks) those whose daddies are black are considered as black folks.

  47. Parker Hellsin says:

    Melissa looks cute I can tell in the curly haired picture she got some black in her(high five)…

  48. Parker Hellsin says:

    Melissa looks cute I can tell in the curly haired picture she got some black in her(high five)…

  49. Parker Hellsin says:

    oh I loves me some Rashida Jones…

  50. Parker Hellsin says:

    oh I loves me some Rashida Jones…

  51. By far, this is the most racist article I've read in a while… "celebrated black" and "another caucasian." Please. Not to mention, none one of these actors/celebs are full black, they are bi-racial or bi-regional, like most of the U.S. So use that in your title, "Bi-racial celebs who pass white." OHHH..That won't grab a readers attention. Amateur racist bullshit. Get a new job, Mr. A Moore.

  52. By far, this is the most racist article I've read in a while… "celebrated black" and "another caucasian." Please. Not to mention, none one of these actors/celebs are full black, they are bi-racial or bi-regional, like most of the U.S. So use that in your title, "Bi-racial celebs who pass white." OHHH..That won't grab a readers attention. Amateur racist bullshit. Get a new job, Mr. A Moore.

  53. Perttu Superjood says:

    WHO CARES

  54. Perttu Super says:

    WHO CARES

  55. What retard follows bible definitions? Everything is genetics. These people are mixed race, not black or white.

  56. Timo Partanen says:

    W.H.O. slogan: "WHO CARES"

  57. Excuse me, but most of the people you listed HAVE NOT made it a point to deny their Black ancestry. Rashida Jones–who doesn't know that her father is Black? Soledad O'Brien has made it a point, well before her documentaries, that she is part Black. Same thing for Maya Rudolph. Oh, BTW, Maya's character in Bridesmaids could hardly have been considered to have been a "white" woman, when the man who played her father in the movie, was BLACK, and the mother was white. Just because some of the people mentioned are biracial, and may play white roles, doesn't necessarily mean they are passing–with the exception of Carol Channing–who didn't find out until she was in college, and living in an age when it wasn't unusual for very light-skinned Blacks to PASS.

  58. Excuse me, but most of the people you listed HAVE NOT made it a point to deny their Black ancestry. Rashida Jones–who doesn't know that her father is Black? Soledad O'Brien has made it a point, well before her documentaries, that she is part Black. Same thing for Maya Rudolph. Oh, BTW, Maya's character in Bridesmaids could hardly have been considered to have been a "white" woman, when the man who played her father in the movie, was BLACK, and the mother was white. Just because some of the people mentioned are biracial, and may play white roles, doesn't necessarily mean they are passing–with the exception of Carol Channing–who didn't find out until she was in college, and living in an age when it wasn't unusual for very light-skinned Blacks to PASS.

  59. Perttu Superjood says:

    not bad

  60. Perttu Superjood says:

    not bad

  61. Perttu Super says:

    not bad

  62. Funny how these people are white while our President is black??

  63. Funny how these people are white while our President is black??

  64. Funny how these people are white while our President is black??

  65. What are the rules man?

  66. What are the rules man?

  67. Black people are shallow? Then, what that makes you?

  68. Paulette Purvis says:

    Black people are shallow? Then, what that makes you?

  69. These are ALL biracial or multiracial people. They are NOT black.

  70. These are ALL biracial or multiracial people. They are NOT black.

  71. Thanks for the education on Plessy vs Ferguson.

  72. Thanks for the education on Plessy vs Ferguson.

  73. If you really want to know the truth, at least 60% of all people are biracial in one way or another. Sorry, but true. If this stings, then you must have been bitten. Next subject please. This topic doesn't interest me one way or another.

  74. Paulette Purvis says:

    If you really want to know the truth, at least 60% of all people are biracial in one way or another. Sorry, but true. If this stings, then you must have been bitten. Next subject please. This topic doesn't interest me one way or another.

  75. I found this offensive; the intimation was that people gain by "passing" as White.

  76. I found this offensive; the intimation was that people gain by "passing" as White.

  77. Dani Lazarus says:

    Re Ms. Gorga: many Italians deny their African heritage. Nothing new. #Moors

  78. Dani Lazarus says:

    Re Ms. Gorga: many Italians deny their African heritage. Nothing new. #Moors

  79. Correct! Black people need to stop trying to "claim" people who dont want the label "black".

  80. Correct! Black people need to stop trying to "claim" people who dont want the label "black".

  81. For instance, Tiger Woods has TOLD YOU he's "Cablasian" so just move on!

  82. For instance, Tiger Woods has TOLD YOU he's "Cablasian" so just move on!

  83. Dani Lazarus says:

    Soledad O'Brien has never tried to 'pass'. She has always and continues to be ridiculed as a white face trying to pass for Black, in fact.

  84. Dani Lazarus says:

    Soledad O'Brien has never tried to 'pass'. She has always and continues to be ridiculed as a white face trying to pass for Black, in fact.

  85. Arthur Vee says:

    Yep, great article WAY TO PERPETUATE RACISM IN AMERICA 😀

  86. Arthur Vee says:

    Yep, great article WAY TO PERPETUATE RACISM IN AMERICA 😀

  87. Arthur Vee says:

    Sabella Abidde no he's not. The only one missing the point is closeted bigots like yourself.

  88. Arthur Vee says:

    Sabella Abidde no he's not. The only one missing the point is closeted bigots like yourself.

  89. LaVinnia Bright says:

    the one drop rule was started by slave master not black people. you don't know your history

  90. LaVinnia Bright says:

    @Aaron Sailor the one drop rule was started by slave masters not black people. you don't know your history

  91. Glen Alcorn says:

    who cares….

  92. Glen Alcorn says:

    who cares….

  93. the bible is wrong about a whole lot of things

  94. the bible is wrong about a whole lot of things

  95. Maya Rudolph had a SNL alum, who is African American with locks play her father in Bridesmaids. Along with other mistakes in this article. The journalist here did no research before allowing this print. Where is thfe fact checker or is this a gossip site?

  96. Maya Rudolph had a SNL alum, who is African American with locks play her father in Bridesmaids. Along with other mistakes in this article. The journalist here did no research before allowing this print. Where is thfe fact checker or is this a gossip site?

  97. Aquil ExportQuality Hall says:

    Right, nobody wants to mention that. White people have the shortest selective memory!

  98. Aquil ExportQuality Hall says:

    Right, nobody wants to mention that. White people have the shortest selective memory!

  99. Terence Tramp Abney says:

    This is your "editorial"? who cares? awesome job blackstar.com, you have successfully proven your worthlessness.

  100. Claire Simba says:

    Umm excuse me… in this list there's NO BLACK PERSON, only MIXED! Very different!

  101. Claire Simba says:

    Umm excuse me… in this list there's NO BLACK PERSON, only MIXED! Very different!

  102. Why is this news?

  103. Why is this news?

  104. I just wasted 30 seconds of my life!

  105. Hahahaa…this posted to my wall….thank you for saving 30 seconds of my life!

  106. Why is that supposed to be a success? lol. ijs

  107. Why is that supposed to be a success? lol. ijs

  108. Fani Lou Taylor says:

    Bill Herder "Right On Bill"

  109. Fani Lou Taylor says:

    Bill Herder "Right On Bill"

  110. I would agree with you that following the father's ancestral line makes sense, but since we live in the USA and in order to continue and maintain slavery the race was assigned according to the mother.

  111. I would agree with you that following the father's ancestral line makes sense, but since we live in the USA and in order to continue and maintain slavery the race was assigned according to the mother.

  112. If your father is biracial it makes u black? Why is that only the case with black people? If my mother was half Italian I wouldn't be considered Italian passing for black. Being multiracial doesn't catogorize everybody mixed with everything BUT black. My son is half black, a quarter Hispanic, & a quarter white. I feel like its just as wrong to tell him that he's not white or Hispanic as it is to tell him he's not black

  113. If your father is biracial it makes u black? Why is that only the case with black people? If my mother was half Italian I wouldn't be considered Italian passing for black. Being multiracial doesn't catogorize everybody mixed with everything BUT black. My son is half black, a quarter Hispanic, & a quarter white. I feel like its just as wrong to tell him that he's not white or Hispanic as it is to tell him he's not black

  114. Jones Andrea says:

    So the person who wrote this, didn't see Bridesmaids cuz Rudolf's dad in the movie was black. SMH

  115. Andrea Rochester says:

    So the person who wrote this, didn't see Bridesmaids cuz Rudolf's dad in the movie was black. SMH

  116. This is the kind of garbage that keeps racial issues alive in America. People are people. Talent is talent. Who gives a damn what color they are? This is super frustrating.

  117. This is the kind of garbage that keeps racial issues alive in America. People are people. Talent is talent. Who gives a damn what color they are? This is super frustrating.

  118. Necie Coles says:

    What a negative racially charged piece of garbage. The author
    Is no journalist. What a waste. One little point. Did you watch
    The movie bridesmaids? Maya Rudolph's character had a white mother and an African American father. You did even get that small
    fact correct. The rest of this is just BS fuel.

  119. Necie Coles says:

    What a negative racially charged piece of garbage. The author
    Is no journalist. What a waste. One little point. Did you watch
    The movie bridesmaids? Maya Rudolph's character had a white mother and an African American father. You did even get that small
    fact correct. The rest of this is just BS fuel.

  120. IS THAT THE GIRL FROM SUITS?!?!? Crazy. I like her a lot more now

  121. IS THAT THE GIRL FROM SUITS?!?!? Crazy. I like her a lot more now

  122. Chevas Samuels says:

    I don't believe the author meant these people were actually trying to pass as white (other than Melissa who denied her black ancestry). I think the author meant that these people could pass for white if they wanted to. Most of us knew the ancestry of these people without being told. "We know our people when we see them," is what my grandmother used to say.

  123. Chevas Samuels says:

    I don't believe the author meant these people were actually trying to pass as white (other than Melissa who denied her black ancestry). I think the author meant that these people could pass for white if they wanted to. Most of us knew the ancestry of these people without being told. "We know our people when we see them," is what my grandmother used to say.

  124. Sdot Chambers says:

    I don't believe the article says that they denied their blackness, it states that they have successfully passed for white. (basically they were able to do so in their film careers.

  125. Sdot Chambers says:

    I don't believe the article says that they denied their blackness, it states that they have successfully passed for white. (basically they were able to do so in their film careers.

  126. Sdot Chambers says:

    I don't see what is wrong with the article. No one was disrespected. The author never stated that anyone denied their blackness. What is the problem?

  127. Sdot Chambers says:

    I don't see what is wrong with the article. No one was disrespected. The author never stated that anyone denied their blackness. What is the problem?

  128. Sdot Chambers says:

    People on this post do not read. The author never stated that any of these people purposely tried to pass for white, deny their African ancestry or anything else. This is simply a list compiled to show what actors are able to successfully pass as white in tv series and films. What is the big deal? They can't help how they look. ughhhh

  129. Sdot Chambers says:

    People on this post do not read. The author never stated that any of these people purposely tried to pass for white, deny their African ancestry or anything else. This is simply a list compiled to show what actors are able to successfully pass as white in tv series and films. What is the big deal? They can't help how they look. ughhhh

  130. Kris Janelle says:

    This is a dumb ass article.. Plain and simple.. Maya Rudolph, Rasheeda Jones and Soledad O'Brien will glady say they are AFRICAN AMERICAN. Just because you dont look what they think is standard then ur passing for white??? Ignorance.

  131. Kris Janelle says:

    This is a dumb ass article.. Plain and simple.. Maya Rudolph, Rasheeda Jones and Soledad O'Brien will glady say they are AFRICAN AMERICAN. Just because you dont look what they think is standard then ur passing for white??? Ignorance.

  132. The question is can they pass for black!

  133. The question is can they pass for black!

  134. I think what is most interesting in this article is the notion of what makes a person "black" in the first place. Apparently, for this writer, it is about "ancestors" – a reliance on the old American rule of "one drop of 'black blood' [sic]" prevails. Of course, we know that race, as a set of mutually exclusive biological categories, does not exist, despite the repeated efforts of some scientists to prove otherwise. Race – White, Black – are social construction. This is nicely illustrated when you ask students to explain how they know someone is white – it turns out that the criteria we assume to be quite settled are in fact very shaky and rather arbitrary. Although, I have to agree that it is much easier to be seen as a handsome or beautiful "star" if one is identified by others as White as opposed to Black. There is a great deal of research that examines the definition of beauty and attractiveness in our society as being intrinsically "white." There is no doubt that those Identified (and who identify as) Black are under represented in mainstream entertainment media, with exception of rap performers. And those same Black men and women find far fewer options and opportunities in movies, television and advertisements. Thus, I would argue that yes, being identified as White instead of Black probably does prove advantageous. But I see this as less of a confirmation of the desirability of the category of White over Black, but rather an indication of the degree to which those identified as Black are seen as inferior in relation to Whites, and thus treated as if inferior (sociological definition of racism) persists in our society. Furthermore, this article insures that we know that even if someone "looks" white, they might still really be "black," reinforcing the belief that there is some real, absolute definitions of these racial categories, and the notion that being white is obviously preferable. In a way, the article has the danger of acting as an "outing" of those who dare pass as something they aren't, as something they can't be, as undeserving impostors to the exclusive club of being White (I think, Sharon, this latter aspect of the article might be the source of your discomfort – something I agree with. )

  135. I think what is most interesting in this article is the notion of what makes a person "black" in the first place. Apparently, for this writer, it is about "ancestors" – a reliance on the old American rule of "one drop of 'black blood' [sic]" prevails. Of course, we know that race, as a set of mutually exclusive biological categories, does not exist, despite the repeated efforts of some scientists to prove otherwise. Race – White, Black – are social construction. This is nicely illustrated when you ask students to explain how they know someone is white – it turns out that the criteria we assume to be quite settled are in fact very shaky and rather arbitrary. Although, I have to agree that it is much easier to be seen as a handsome or beautiful "star" if one is identified by others as White as opposed to Black. There is a great deal of research that examines the definition of beauty and attractiveness in our society as being intrinsically "white." There is no doubt that those Identified (and who identify as) Black are under represented in mainstream entertainment media, with exception of rap performers. And those same Black men and women find far fewer options and opportunities in movies, television and advertisements. Thus, I would argue that yes, being identified as White instead of Black probably does prove advantageous. But I see this as less of a confirmation of the desirability of the category of White over Black, but rather an indication of the degree to which those identified as Black are seen as inferior in relation to Whites, and thus treated as if inferior (sociological definition of racism) persists in our society. Furthermore, this article insures that we know that even if someone "looks" white, they might still really be "black," reinforcing the belief that there is some real, absolute definitions of these racial categories, and the notion that being white is obviously preferable. In a way, the article has the danger of acting as an "outing" of those who dare pass as something they aren't, as something they can't be, as undeserving impostors to the exclusive club of being White (I think, Sharon, this latter aspect of the article might be the source of your discomfort – something I agree with. )

  136. Edward Wandrick says:

    It appears the only one in denial is Melissa Gorga.

  137. Edward Wandrick says:

    It appears the only one in denial is Melissa Gorga.

  138. Edward Wandrick says:

    Agreed.

  139. Edward Wandrick says:

    Agreed.

  140. you are what you look period, if you look black then wear it proudly, if you look white wear that as well because in the end no one walks around with pictures of their parent pasted to their forehead. In society people are going to base you on how you look, that's just the way our society is.

  141. you are what you look period, if you look black then wear it proudly, if you look white wear that as well because in the end no one walks around with pictures of their parent pasted to their forehead. In society people are going to base you on how you look, that's just the way our society is.

  142. African Americans are the only people who talks about race and gender. Living in the south, I grew up around many Blacks who passed for White, no big deal. The so called "one drop rule" has always kept us picking and choosing over one another. Frankly, any White person with brown or black eyes has Black blood somewhere in their blood line – some people would rather say they are half Native American, or Italian, or French, or any other nationality before admitting that they are Black. Too bad the only time folks want to be Black is when their is a financial gain in doing so. Even some Black folks don't want to be Black until they get into trouble. How strange, even today the Jim Crow laws are still in effect.

  143. African Americans are the only people who talks about race and gender. Living in the south, I grew up around many Blacks who passed for White, no big deal. The so called "one drop rule" has always kept us picking and choosing over one another. Frankly, any White person with brown or black eyes has Black blood somewhere in their blood line – some people would rather say they are half Native American, or Italian, or French, or any other nationality before admitting that they are Black. Too bad the only time folks want to be Black is when their is a financial gain in doing so. Even some Black folks don't want to be Black until they get into trouble. How strange, even today the Jim Crow laws are still in effect.

  144. Mike Stoan says:

    successfully lol

  145. Mike Stoan says:

    successfully lol

  146. The thing is everyone, except that Italian woman, on the list is a person with only a small amount of Black ancestry. They're "passing" for what they mostly are. That's like Tyson Beckford showing up on a list of Asian celebrities who pass for Black.

    By the way, I didn't get the impression that apparently half the commentators walked away with that the author of this article was insinuating the folks on the list were hiding or in any way denying having black ancestry.

  147. The thing is everyone, except that Italian woman, on the list is a person with only a small amount of Black ancestry. They're "passing" for what they mostly are. That's like Tyson Beckford showing up on a list of Asian celebrities who pass for Black.

    By the way, I didn't get the impression that apparently half the commentators walked away with: that the author of this article was insinuating the folks on the list were hiding or in any way denying having black ancestry. I think Moore was simply saying they are often mistaken for white.

  148. Kahala Lei Azuma Maui says:

    Edward Wandrick Many Italians say that because they are descendants of Hannibal and the Elephant Invasion, where Africans raided Cicily. The old school Italians don't like that history, so it angers them into denial.
    On a similar note, some of Thomas Jefferson's descendants argue about the black side of their family. They didn't want to believe it really existed.

  149. Kahala Lei Azuma Maui says:

    Edward Wandrick Many Italians say that because they are descendants of Hannibal and the Elephant Invasion, where Africans raided Cicily. The old school Italians don't like that history, so it angers them into denial.
    On a similar note, some of Thomas Jefferson's descendants argue about the black side of their family. They didn't want to believe it really existed.

  150. Edward Wandrick Many Italians say that because they are descendants of Hannibal and the Elephant Invasion, where Africans raided Cicily. The old school Italians don't like that history, so it angers them into denial.
    On a similar note, some of Thomas Jefferson's descendants argue about the black side of their family. They didn't want to believe it really existed.

  151. so what are you afraid of

  152. so what are you afraid of

  153. Kristal K'Sera says:

    The problem is that the author is flat out saying these actors are passing for white and that's not true. He's making the determination that they've clearly hid their blackness which is why they're successful…that's not true.

    So the problem is the article is a lie.

  154. Kristal K'Sera says:

    The only one that passed for white is the old lady who keep her biracial father a secret until she turned 80. Hell….they don't even have to identify as white OR black when they're both….

    So the author is on some bullshit…if anything they're passing for BIRACIAL/MULTIRACIAL which they are…and the world seems to be ok with biracial people. The only people who make an issue of it are racist white and black people.

  155. it's hard to deny at least some black ancestry for all of us since it is pretty much acknowledged that the "Human" race began in Africa. I had mentioned in a prior post that I am half Italian. In history Italy was overran by an influx of people from many other countries, most of them from the African continent. It's not too difficult to make that leap. Humm! I wonder how I can profit from that? :-)

  156. it's hard to deny at least some black ancestry for all of us since it is pretty much acknowledged that the "Human" race began in Africa. I had mentioned in a prior post that I am half Italian. In history Italy was overran by an influx of people from many other countries, most of them from the African continent. It's not too difficult to make that leap. Humm! I wonder how I can profit from that? :-)

  157. Bill Herder RIGHT ON BROTHER SOUNDS (SUSPECT)

  158. Matthew Damion Taylor says:

    Bill Herder RIGHT ON BROTHER SOUNDS (SUSPECT)

  159. Clifton Richie says:

    I agree, this has to be one of the most simple minded pieces of journalism ever.

  160. Clifton Richie says:

    I agree, this has to be one of the most simple minded pieces of journalism ever.

  161. Absolutely. Indirectly, everyone is 100% African. But some of us have a more…direct lineage than others. :-D. Regarding Italy, I've met so many Italians who I mistook for black, that I don't blink an eye when a person I thought was black turns out to be Italian. Same deal with a few Spaniards who I mistook for black.

  162. Absolutely. Indirectly, everyone is 100% African. But some of us have a more…direct lineage than others. :-D. Regarding Italy, I've met so many Italians who I mistook for black, that I don't blink an eye when a person I thought was black turns out to be Italian. Same deal with a few Spaniards who I mistook for black.

  163. Bryan K Lee says:

    White people started that Mr.Sailor

  164. White people started that Mr.Sailor

  165. You're an idiot dim wit, you don't even know what with being racist is! Typical argument coming from a white individual… You created the ideology of racism and now have the nerve to call someone else out, SMH what an ass!

  166. You're an idiot dim wit, you don't even know what with being racist is! Typical argument coming from a white individual… You created the ideology of racism and now have the nerve to call someone else out, SMH what an ass!

  167. Sabella Abidde and what is the point?

  168. Sabella Abidde and what is the point?

  169. Sabella Abidde and what is the point?

  170. Franny Ryan says:

    It's weird that the article claims that Maya Rudolph played a white woman in Bridesmaids – her character's father was black. Maybe in another generation or two people will stop writing these stories.

  171. Franny Ryan says:

    It's weird that the article claims that Maya Rudolph played a white woman in Bridesmaids – her character's father was black. Maybe in another generation or two people will stop writing these stories.

  172. Maybe.

  173. Maybe.

  174. I just find it frustrating that we continue to have this conversation around "passing" or not looking "black". What does "black" supposed to look like? Americans of African descent are ALL mixed-race people, in varying degrees. Black is a cultural/social (and sometimes political) identity attached to our west African ancestors and the slave industry. There are communities in Ohio where everyone is very light skinned, but all identify, willingly and proudly, as black people. I think what we need to say is that some of us don't necessarily show any west African physical traits. But black? How are we defining "black"?

  175. I just find it frustrating that we continue to have this conversation around "passing" or not looking "black". What does "black" supposed to look like? Americans of African descent are ALL mixed-race people, in varying degrees. Black is a cultural/social (and sometimes political) identity attached to our west African ancestors and the slave industry. There are communities in Ohio where everyone is very light skinned, but all identify, willingly and proudly, as black people. I think what we need to say is that some of us don't necessarily show any west African physical traits. But black? How are we defining "black"?

  176. Sameerah Luqmaan-Harris says:

    hopefully someday we'll get to be defined as "human".

  177. Sameerah Luqmaan-Harris says:

    hopefully someday we'll get to be defined as "human".

  178. Jade Bryan says:

    I agree, Keith.

  179. I agree, Keith.

  180. Courtney Harge says:

    Good points Keith. I'm also really concerned with the notion of "outing" people as Black. It feels a bit like a witch hunt while simultaneously posting Blackness as something to hide or be ashamed of.

  181. Courtney Harge says:

    Good points Keith. I'm also really concerned with the notion of "outing" people as Black. It feels a bit like a witch hunt while simultaneously positing Blackness as something to hide or be ashamed of.

  182. Are you serious? Let me ask you this, "were you born with straight BLONDE hair???" Enough said! Sit down and be quiet…

  183. Courtney Harge – Yes, Courtney. This "outing" blackness is equally insane.

  184. Courtney Harge – Yes, Courtney. This "outing" blackness is equally insane.

  185. Tom Murphy Good post Tom…

  186. Tom Murphy Good post Tom…

  187. Carol Daniel-Faust says:

    Yes Paulette, please, lets move on…..no interest here either.

  188. Carol Daniel-Faust says:

    Yes Paulette, please, lets move on…..no interest here either.

  189. Ron Cephas Jones says:

    Amen!!

  190. Ron Cephas Jones says:

    Amen!!

  191. Erica Williams says:

    Thank you for bringing this up because they make African American people seem as if we are delusional when it comes to race matters.

  192. Erica Williams says:

    Thank you for bringing this up because they make African American people seem as if we are delusional when it comes to race matters.

  193. I find this whole think offensive. The idea of passing is offensive. The idea that any of this makes a difference is offensive. Who cares what your back ground is.

  194. I find this whole think offensive. The idea of passing is offensive. The idea that any of this makes a difference is offensive. Who cares what your back ground is.

  195. Erica Williams says:

    When it comes to ethnicity people get uncomfortable. People pride is deeply rooted into what ethical background they are. We know our history in America and blacks is not a group that people like to claim when it comes to pride. That's how the world goes unfortunately.

  196. Erica Williams says:

    When it comes to ethnicity people get uncomfortable. People pride is deeply rooted into what ethical background they are. We know our history in America and blacks is not a group that people like to claim when it comes to pride. That's how the world goes unfortunately.

  197. I watched Imitation of Life this weekend, and I was thinking about if this movie would be relevant in 2013. I think you answered my question.

  198. I watched Imitation of Life this weekend, and I was thinking about if this movie would be relevant in 2013. I think you answered my question.

  199. I watched Imitation of Life this weekend, and I was thinking about if this movie would be relevant in 2013. I think you answered my question.

  200. Blacks who Successfully Pass for Whites does not mean to me that they are denying anything its simple saying you wouldn't know they have African Ancestry just by looking at them. Now see this is uncomfortable for most because we have not reached a level of being able to accept one another as being different in this world especially black people. Let's face it we are not shown in a good light since the beginning of time. We have always been look down on I don't care how successful we get the respect level is not the same as for other ethnicities. That's why I believe we as blacks always are pointing out someone has black in them because truth be told we are looked down on so if that's the case why are you having sex with us.

  201. Kewl! Let's have them infiltrate the Teabillies!

  202. Kewl! Let's have them infiltrate the Teabillies!

  203. Eva Keane We don't claim Tiger…trust me.

  204. Eva Keane We don't claim Tiger…trust me.

  205. Alexander Thomas says:

    Funny you bring this up. I've been wondering lately about how we've taken the colors black & white – give them a value (ie the whole white is pure black is evil thing) ok, fine, but then we assign them inaccurately to the color of our skin – there are some people of African descent whose skin is actually black, most of us are varying shades of brown. Any child will tell you that. There are absolutely no white people – people who's skin are white – (beige maybe?) With the exception maybe of a percentage of Albino skinned people and a number of "them" are in fact African. And then society ascribes the value that has been ascribed to the color to the people that we pretend are those colors but are actually not. Go figure.

  206. Alexander Thomas says:

    Funny you bring this up. I've been wondering lately about how we've taken the colors black & white – give them a value (ie the whole white is pure black is evil thing) ok, fine, but then we assign them inaccurately to the color of our skin – there are some people of African descent whose skin is actually black, most of us are varying shades of brown. Any child will tell you that. There are absolutely no white people – people who's skin are white – (beige maybe?) With the exception maybe of a percentage of Albino skinned people and a number of "them" are in fact African. And then society ascribes the value that has been ascribed to the color to the people that we pretend are those colors but are actually not. Go figure.

  207. Nick Smith says:

    I was reading that. I cringe when I see people comment on facebook. Exposes alot of stupidity

  208. Nick Smith says:

    I was reading that. I cringe when I see people comment on facebook. Exposes alot of stupidity

  209. Donna Duplantier says:

    The problem is that is STILL SOMETHING THAT WE IN THE BLACK COMMUNITY STILL HAVE ISSUES WITH!! THIS IS SO STUPID!!! FIRE THIS IDIOT! PASSING????!!! F OFF!

  210. Donna Duplantier says:

    The problem is that is STILL SOMETHING THAT WE IN THE BLACK COMMUNITY STILL HAVE ISSUES WITH!! THIS IS SO STUPID!!! FIRE THIS IDIOT! PASSING????!!! F OFF!

  211. Donna Duplantier says:

    Tru Locs GET A LIFE!!! this article STUPID!!! BLACK PEOPLE PLEASE STOP FIXATING ON THIS!!! WE HAVE TO GROW!!! FOR THE LOVE OF GOD!!!

  212. Marilyn Garrison says:

    This has put being Black and proud back to 100 years ago. Not good. Very sad in fact!

  213. OK NOW FOR SCIENCE….BLACKS ARE THE ONLY PEOPLE ON THIS PLANER THAT IS 100% HUMAN EVERYONE ELSE IS AN ADMIXTURE OF HUMAN NEANDERTHAL/RHESUS MONKEY DNA….I LOVE SCIENCE WHY? BECAUSE IT DOES NOT CARE ABOUT MY OPINON OR THE REST OF YOU FUCKS ON HERE!

  214. Andrew Knoll says:

    I agree with most that the people on this list are largely a reach in terms of "passing," in fact this list probably has Nella Larsen spinning in her grave. I think it's considerably more interesting that we now have a large number of white entertainers "passing" for black, and now in a sanitized sort of way that old time rock n rollers may have. You look at contemporary R&B, it's filled with white guys who would consider "Wow, from your record I thought you were black!" to be very high praise.

  215. Shelly Hunt says:

    All this is is drama who cares it doesn't bother then so why are mad blk ppl crack up smh sad

  216. With mobile society and intermarriage, race is quickly becoming obsolete.

  217. Frank, I kind of wish the process would speed up!

  218. I really needed this today. Thank You.

  219. This thread reminds me of one of my favorite – but perhaps apocryphal? – stories. A Caucasian with Nordic ancestors was approached by a neighbor who launched into a diatribe against the integration of their neighborhood. The Caucasian, disgusted, said (low and slow), "You should be careful, Friend. You never know when someone has a black grandparent." According to the story, the idiot backed away, making vaguely fish-like motions with his mouth.
    BTW, what we know about the human genome now makes it clear – we either have thousands of races, or none. Our cultural concept of race is just that – cultural.

  220. No "black" people on this list, theyre all bi/multiracial. No surprises here.

  221. History repeats itself doesn't it? Sometimes I feel like I'm back in the fifties again.

  222. Good point. I agree it is probably better to say some people don't show any west African physical traits. If not for the '1 drop' rule, would it even be an issue? Anyway, to another point, I have to disagree that all Americans of African descent are mixed race people. There is a new generation of Americans of African descent whose parents recently settled in this country. As their children continue to integrate and contribute to American society, I forsee these terms "Black" and "African-American" getting a bit more…interesting?

  223. This is absolutely sickening to me! I am a biracial actress as well and very proud of my Black father – I just don't fit into what society is comfortable calling "Black" in a lot of cases – which is their problem. There are many times I don't look "black enough" for the categorized "black female role" – are we supposed to turn down racially ambiguous roles just because people who don't know us will criticize us and say we are "passing"? We are ACTING! – that is what we do – we become other people…If it is not a direct reflection of who we are- who cares? Just because you have the ability to play multiple types of roles does not mean you are disowning your black heritage. I don't believe Rashida Jones has ever denounced her father – and I'm pretty positive Maya Rudolf has always been open about the fact that she is mixed. This article saddens me – we have so far to go. Why must we be constantly ridiculed by our own people?

  224. The author dug deep into their "one drop" bias to scribble this article, and assigned a lot of convictions on these people that we don't know if they believe or not. Without hearing from the subjects themselves on the issue, this was a speculative exercise.

  225. This article is 100% bizarre. I haven't heard anyone (Black or otherwise) say that any of these people are "passing". What I have noticed is that people seem to confuse "passing" and "presenting", "presenting" being a passive action; when people assume you are a certain race/ethnicity on their own without your consult, and "passing" being an active action to portray oneself as a particular race/ethnicity. And at least with all the contemporary actors on the list as far as I know NONE of them have played an explicitly White character, they've always played Black or Bi/Multi-racial characters, or characters assumed to be Multi-racial and we never actually see their parents (like Ann on Parks and Rec or Karen on The Office, both played by Rashida Jones). I can't remember if we saw Jennifer Beals' parents in Flashdance, but I'm almost positive she was bi-racial on The L Word, and as for Carol Channing, she was at he peak in the 40s/50s, which was an extraordinarily different environment than it is now, so I don't know what point exactly the author was trying to make, aside from asserting their own ignorance.

  226. @ Rchard, for a lot of Black people, the notion that we think we're in a post-racial world (where race doesn't matter) is offensive, too.

  227. Here's a hint..w hen u say something and only the white people agree…u might wanna reevaluate your stance!

  228. Sameerah Luqmaan-Harris nto me.. i always wanna be classified as black. I love being black!

  229. I'm from New orleans….none of em fooled me!

  230. they are all biracial and biracial is not black so what was the point of this article!

  231. They're not Black, these people are multi racial, the 1 drop rule went out with Jim Crow!

  232. "SAY IT LOUD, I'M BLACK AND I'M PROUD" JAMES BROWN: SOUL BROTHA #1! Y'ALL CAN KEEP THEM MIXIES!

  233. Having been born in Texas, raised in Southern California and lived most of my adult life in Northern California where I've come across folks from all over the diaspora I'm always surprised and often amused at people's amazement when their perceptions of what a "black" person is "supposed" to look like! It is proven on a daily basis how unique and diverse "we" are. The folks listed in this article have, for the most part, all made a decision at some point in their life to claim that part of their ancestry with which they can most relate, accepting all the joy and pain that came with that decision. How others react to that decision is NOT something for which these individuals are responsible. They appear to be living their lives in a manner that honors both themselves and their ancestors, ALL OF THEM! It is now our responsibility to move this conversation forward.

  234. Just another reminder to those that would like to pretend that racism does not exist anymore. If America was not such a racist country, these people would not have had to hide their heritage to be successful.

  235. PREACH

  236. This list, is full of stupid.

  237. Michael Hill says:

    Chuck, Only one of these people listed has been accused of trying to hide their heritage. If you google the rest of them anyone who cares to know learns they are black. It literally takes seconds. Now when most of them are actively and vehemently denying their black heritage, the author may have a point. I mean the name 'Rashida Jones' immediately leads me to think black. If someone chooses to look at them and assume otherwise, it's not their fault nor are they hiding anything.

  238. Andrew James Bernard Kay says:

    …so stupid…and Maya didn't play a "white woman" in Bridesmaids anyway… wtf?

  239. Derrick Braud says:

    This is really stupid. Black is not a race its a color. WHY do black people insist every person with some negro descent declare himself black or else. If you define black by how a person looks then these people do not fit the black phenotype. If you define black by the "one drop rule", which is clearly retarded, then these people obviously have a lot more other drops in them. If you define black as a cultural or ethnic identity then one would be hard pressd to define that identity as it applies to all black people. What these people are are racial hybrids. they bear Simlilarities to their parent races but because of their mixture they are uniquely different from them. I think the reason blacks always bring this up is because they feel that people who are able to "pass" are somehow getting a benefit that they themselves aren't able to recieve. Like crabs in a barrel some folks hate to see others succeed and throw off the label of Black.

  240. Jess Nelson says:

    These people are worst than the stereotypical ambiguous brown.

  241. "one drop" (of African blood) as context is sooooo 19th century.

  242. Elisabeth Penn Jones says:

    This is my issue with "online journalism"—sometimes it's just stupid. I actually feel like I may have lost a few brain cells reading that. I should have known by the ignorant title…it's interesting how in today's standards none of these people are considered black…people really shouldn't compose articles without their brains…

  243. Erica Taylor says:

    Everyone is mixed with something. Doing slavery nothing was just pure. Genes have a habit of coming out and surprising everybody. What is done in the dark will come .

  244. I'm agreeing with my homie Q, I'm from New Orleans and this is the home of the "passe' Blancs" aka The black people that can pass off as white. You people from Hollywood don't understand or see what we see, I could pick all of them out of a line up with I was given the chance. F*ck the skin color, All them mofo's got nappy ass hair!! Look at them roots!!! Look at ya boy with that slick hair and nappy ass beard!! Come on man!! They ain't fooling me!!!

  245. I saw some surprises in here but for the most part, most of them were not passing for white bec they admitted their ancestry. They just look more white than black. The "passing" for black part is kind of putting a negative spin on something that isn't negative.

  246. Omg !!!!!!!! Wentworth Miller I kinda knew it…. Love him to fine…..LOL

  247. Joseph Arechavala says:

    I'm just wondering who has been appointed to judge whether someone is black or not…just so I know who the ultimate authority is.

  248. Eva Keane I only see one of the people listed as someone who didnt want the label "black.

  249. Acacia Smith says:

    I cannot presume why or if they tried to pass. But, some biracial people think it easier to be white. They have said, they have no problems. But, I beg to differ on that issue. "What is so easy in this day and age is being white going to bring you"? If anything, I would say it's very hard. I know to many people like this, and they call their self "family". Give me a break!

  250. Maya Zimmermann says:

    Vin Diesel :-)

  251. Krystal Williams That's why it's called 'passing' because you can't tell that they're part black.

  252. How can someone that is half Black be said to only have a small amount of Black ancestry?

  253. Eva Larue, The Rock, Wentworth Miller, Jessica Alba & on and on……………………….

  254. Perhaps I'm naive, but isn't about time we stop labeling people? I am of Caribbean heritage (Trinidad % Tobago) and as such my ancestry is as colourful as the rainbow and I am proud to be human!

  255. Robin M Fay says:

    I agree, Toni. And that kind of headline is reinforcing yet another racial sterotype…

  256. Rachelle Miller says:

    Folks seem so ready to criticize and feign outrage about this story. I'm not so sure I understand why? No one said anything about what the folks pictured here say about their ancestry (except the Italian lady who seems to be in denial). Many of us are missing the obvious in this dialogue—it's how OTHER people perceive them based on their appearance alone.When you see most of these folks on tv, they look mainstream—caucasian, and all the intricacies of their ethnicity are not readily apparent. Hollywood has coined the term "racially ambiguous" for a reason.

    Why are folks "outraged" over the expression of what is simply fact? Some people's race just isn't so obviously clear. And I'm ok with that…because race isn't how I'm judging them anyway.Remember the Dr. King color of skin vs content of character thing?

    PS
    I hope more of us will actually research "passing" in its historical context to discover what it truly meant and how it effected people's lives for better and worse.

  257. Sdot Chambers Actually, the term "passing for white" used to mean that someone WAS denying their heritage. The terminology used was the only thing I found wrong with the article. It was inaccurate. But I guess they did that to get more views.

  258. This isn't surprising since most of them are half-white.

  259. I was watching a talk show, don't remember the name , when Wentworth Miller stated he was biracial. However, his character on television was Caucasian. I was not surprised when he indicated he was biracial – he has beautiful coarse hair.

  260. Chagasca Gagniere says:

    Best comment so far Derrick Braud. Thank you (from a biracial person.)

  261. Dorothy Ann Porawski-Orzechowska says:

    yeah, i don't get that. what is this article trying to say? it's like, OOOH! these's people are liars or are closet blacks! some people treat 'black' or 'white' like an issue or nationality instead of an issue of genetics. just like with Obama. his momma is WHITE people!… and who cares!!!! not. me. don't know why i am commenting though. now because i spoke up and wrote above quoted adjectives someone is bound to say i'm racist….. beh!

  262. I don't see the author as bashing mixed actors who pass for white, but rather criticizing the system for a limited selection of similarly strong and well developed black roles for these actors. Again, we don't need to jump on people who discuss race. The author didn't put-down any of those people in the descriptions and the article wasn't negative in any way. Also, "passing" is still relevant in a country where black people "as a whole" are still on the bottom and "passing" gets you benefits. For example- roles that other blacks are denied. Again, I'm not dogging anyone for "passing", just don't look down on those people you "pass" moving up the ladder.

  263. Why aren't people similarly "upset" and "disgusted" with the lack of great black roles for these actors instead of taking issue with the author for writing an article discussing racial topics?? #societynotpostracialyet

  264. Mimi Brooks says:

    I pass for Dominican at best, lol

  265. Mimi Brooks says:

    The chick from NJ Housewives is technically "Dark" Italian, Moor from 500 years ago running in that hair and nose before she anglofied herself. But never call them a "Moolie", lol

  266. Hugh Holmes says:

    Ain't NONE of them white. And Melissa's really trippin' if she thinks she doesn't have any Black in her. It goes waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay back.

  267. Hugh Holmes says:

    And Carol Channing? Her lips are bigger than mine. I could've told you THAT.

  268. Eddie Pryce says:

    I actually know Megan Markle. Went to school with her….too funny

  269. Eddie Pryce says:

    anyways you go head girl…great points!

  270. Hugh Holmes says:

    Kahala Lei Azuma Maui One of the oldest Italian family names is LoNegro, so what's THAT tell you? And don't forget Nigro, Nero, etc….

  271. Hugh Holmes says:

    And even in the "after" photo, she looks like Jayne Kennedy meets a young Dihann Carroll….

  272. Hugh Holmes says:

    Sadik Bey And also, Julius Caesar (and you can't get any more Italian than him) had African troops in his legions stationed in Italy. Looks like the Coal Man has been making deliveries there for a helllllllllalong time.

  273. Wow

  274. Carol Channing, wow!

  275. Why no Mariah Carey ?

  276. Donna J. Nicol says:

    This is garbage because "passing" assumes denial of their Black heritage. So even if the author didn't say it outright, it was implied. It is utterly ridiculous to hold people to the "one-drop" rule when DNA testing services all conclude that the average African American is at least 30% non-Black. It is even more ridiculous when you consider that the "one-drop" rule was a creation of racist white people who wanted to deny fathering Black children or providing equal protection under the law. Why would oppressed people side with the policy perspectives of their oppressors is beyond me….

  277. Clinton Andrews says:

    crazy

  278. Aj Barber says:

    why Bill Clinton's name not up here? he's the only white guy in America that knows all the words to the Black National Anthem, "Life every voice and sing" many blacks never heard that song before.

  279. Leanne Marshall says:

    Its a bit of a strange article. I didn't assume that that Maya Rudolf was playing a white women in Bridesmaids.

  280. Does it matter. Why can we all judge persons by their character?

  281. Chloe Paul says:

    You can be what you want to be as long as you feel comfortable with it.

  282. I think passing is a wrong word in this story. For most of those mentioned they should have used "mistaken" for white. Perhaps the title is just an attempt to grab attention and spark debate.

  283. "However, as the daughter of well-known music mogul, Quincy Jones, she can’t hide from her black side."

    Looks like the author is implying here that Rashida Jones is indeed trying to hide that she is black. The tone of the article (and the headline) is written to get us to read it with contempt towards the people listed.

  284. Stacey Ellis says:

    This article is misleading. These people are not trying to pass. Everyone that I recognized on this list has revealed their blackness. Just because some people assume they are white, doesn't mean they are trying to pass.

  285. thnaks keith,well put! i live in germany and i am so sick and tired of people telling me i am not black because in their opinion my skin colour is supposed to be tar like in order to "pass" as black

  286. carly: i am a biracial actress myself but in germany.needless to say i work 3 jobs and none of them are on stage,right?

  287. I get what you are saying. But how can someone who is half black and white become black? or if your ancestry is 75-95 white how is that black? I am Haitian I am pretty black so people who are actually black should define whos black and not and by the way my son is mixed he isn't black and he isn't white but mixed :)Black Americans just like the White Americans did are forcing mixed race people to pick black one drop rules whites created. My mixed son will not be considered black or white but mixed because why should pure blacks compete with mixed people? Halle Barry is not black and my pure black ass says so :)

  288. Most of American history is ugly if you're black.

  289. Maya Rudolph's dad in Bridesmaids was a black man, so I don't think her character was white. Remember the wedding party speech by him?? They just had her marrying a goofy, corny white dude which is the more acceptable manner of interracial relationship in Hollywood.

  290. Really, in this 21st century we still talking colour ???? …who gives a flying horse ?? What does it matter if we're black, white, Chinese, Indian, red or not ?? Are they nice persons ? Do you enjoy their performances ? Sheesh…can't believe this crap, still going on. This is why we will never evolve…the Apes have, but not us humans. Now for those who subscribe to this type of thinking…GO GET A LIFE !!!!

  291. Do they know that half of the 'Caribbean' successfully passing for 'Red'…lol woot woot, let's hear it for 'Red people' (LOL.. ah have way too much time on meh hands.. LOL)

  292. Alot of people must didnt get that memo about Barack Obama…cause they damn show giving him a hard time because of his skin color!

  293. Janessa Brown good luck with that hun. I work in school system and have seen mixed children not treated equal to whites, they are grouped in with the blacks.

  294. Most of 'em are MULATTOES & therefore get an *! Check this series out athttp://black2afrika.blogspot.com/2013/05/mullatoes-other-half-breed-nikkkas_20.html.

  295. Melissa Gorga can deny it all that she wants but Italy's history, especially Southern Italy, states otherwise. She needs to do her research. There are no 100 % pure anything in Italy. Everyone from the Moors, the Phoenicians, the Normans . . . she is so mixed up and it's apparent.

  296. Gillian Hendricks – But here in America we place others in caste systems based on mixed race categorizations. That was dark and horrible part of SA's history.

  297. Who cares we all human. Doesn't matter to me anymore. As long they living a good life and contributing and help building a better society for the future. Vamos!!!!!!

  298. How does being 1/2 black and 1/2 white make you black????? It does not add up!

  299. Ecckie becky or paint brush… :)

  300. Bill Herder it has never been unimportant in this country. It shouldn't matter and it doesn't, but the fact that people don't know what we look like, every way that we do look, is a problem. The content of your character is the real judge, but until we aren't discriminating on the basis of looks then it matters

  301. Alani, I was thinking the same thing about Maya Rudolph, she did not play a white woman, Her father in the movie was played by Franklyn Ajaye

  302. Melissa Gorga is a liar. You looking dead on Tia and Tamera but you all white? SUUUUURRRREEEE.

  303. this is dumb. they mixed and not trying to pass. wait, is this out of ashy ass Atlanta?

  304. Damn, we are so obsessed with the color of skin, aren't we?

  305. Yep. And they aren't saying they trying to pass, but that they CAN pass. I think it was just worded differently.

  306. I these people are black then someone need to tell us if u have 2 black parent what are they considered…if you are half and half..when I was in school it equaled to being half and half…if you are black and white thats what u r..u r not black…2 black parent makes u black..some people need to go back to school…

  307. Forget about the 1 drop rule..thats Bull S…my grand daughter is 75% white and 25% black..she is considered white and looking at her u would never in a million years think she has a drop of black in her…I love her with all my life but I will tell her about my back ground and why we look different..she will know she has black in her…sorry to say she will fit in where she feels more comfortable..society can be a bitch…

  308. Courtney Harge , none of these actors were outed. They've all acknowledged at some point in their careers that they are part Black and very proud of it. Jennifer Beals, in an interview in Ebony years ago, said that when her hair dresser wants to straighten the waved roots, she tells her not to. It's the only thing that reminds her of her late father. It's her own little way of staying connected to him……But I understand what you're saying. Opps………my bad, I didn't scroll all the way down. Yep, they did some outing……

  309. I would say, either a wonderful/happy person or a miserable/confused person.

  310. Most of them have acknowledged who they are, but Melissa Gorga insists she doesn't have a drop. She's right..She has a whole damn bucket!

  311. Not the crab there's 16 shade of black 8shade of brown 8shade yellow dna will tell you if you if u black or not because it is a difference in race and not just the color

  312. The title of this article is misleading. By saying "successfully passing for white", the inference is that the person is making a deliberate attempt to deny their black heritage. As stated in other posts, there is only one denial

  313. where is Van Diesel?

  314. Sameerah Luqmaan-Harris Hopefully those who are Black humans get to see themselves as human without denying being Black.

  315. I don't know you guys but I think apparence plays an important role on this, I'm not saying that these celebrities don't have to recognize their african heritage, but to my standards they don't look basically black, why we blacks insist on this? if a bird looks closer to a duck, why we have to say that this animal is a lion?

  316. Bill Herder Let's not forget skin color has and is a deciding factor in money allocation for schools and neighborhoods, that in turn is a heavy factor in determining education quality, which affects secondary and/or vocational education quality(if any), which dictates job selection, which impacts how you can support your family and where you can live. Which brings you right back to now what schools and neighborhoods the next generation of kids will excel or be hindered in. You following the pattern? It's 2013 and skin color is still very relevant in the real of society. Think it's not? Go to new york, visit manhattan and take a drive down park avenue. Let me know how the scenery changes when you cross the harlem river into bronx. Then when you're done there come back to my home, Richmond,VA. One of america's corner stones of deep seeded racism. The effects of Jim Crow runs deep in many black people even today. Crime, the penal system, the education system all reflect 'color' differences. The concentration of liquor stores. Brand new Dollar General built across the street from a Family Dollar on northside of richmond but nowhere to buy fresh produce in sight! I could go on for days about this. Don't get me wrong though, I'm doing good. I saw the mistakes and pitfalls from an early age and was able to maneuver around them. But I have a laundry list of friends that didn't and I can easily the mental and exposure limitations. Theoretically color should not be important but factually it is. Very much so. Mr. Herder you seem old enough to know that very well.

  317. Then I guess we should stop claiming Barack Obama as the first black president… Right. Good luck winning that campaign.

  318. The only problem I have with this article is that it says Maya Rudolph played a white woman in Bridesmaids. Ummm if I'm not mistaken she played a Bi/Multiracial woman, remember her father was a Black man with Locs, go to the wedding scene A Moore and see for yourself.

  319. Black is black, white is white, whether mixed race or not, being black is a thing of the mind, you know within yourself who you are, you can deny all ur life, but u know deep down in ya soul where u belong.
    I don't care what anyone thinks, i mustn't be compelled or reminded i am black, everyone knows who he/she is.
    I am black,I love being black and would always want to remain black and am proud I am.

  320. Or both …lol

  321. Sdot Chambers The implication is DEFINITELY that they tried to hide it especially the last post. And saying that Rashida Jones "couldnt deny her blackness".

  322. Most of the people posted I knew were black and I don't think they were "hiding" it. This isn't the 40s LMAO I can't even believe I see the word "passing" in 2013. Especially Soledad (duh!), and Maya Rudolph? Come on everyone knows who her mom was. She didn't "play a white woman" in that movie..she played a woman, and she didn't once say HEY I'M WHITE. Maybe the child who posted this article is the one more shocked about these people actually being black. I was surprised about Cash Warren but since he's pretty much out of the limelight who cares. I think it matters most in Hollywood with the# of roles you are able to get because you look racially ambiguous. Maybe the title should have been "10 celebrities who look like they could be white but they are really black"

  323. Cuff Lynks I agree, however I think The President very much considers himself a black man. Even thought he was raised by his white mother and grandparents…its just something that happesn ALOT with biracial (black and white) people…I think he times have a huge part in that…it may not be the same for biracial children born today…but back in the day? oh yeah you're black. I was really expecting to see something jaw dropping in this article. Soledad? The creator of "Being Black in America" ? HA!

  324. @Keith Josef Adkins, I listened to that same docu about Ohio's fair skinned black community and several of the folks did have a problem with their black identity.Pike County, Ohio – As Black as We Wish to Be. http://www.prx.org/pieces/85361-pike-county-ohio-as-black-as-we-wish-to-be

  325. Eva Keane I totally agree with you Eva, why are we begging this people to accept us? We try to force Afro Latinos to admit they are black, if Sammy Sosa doesn't believe he's black let him be.

  326. @Carly, they should make more biracial
    film roles, because I would prefer to see women who look like Sana Lathan than Rashida Jones representing black women.

  327. We all have African blood because the first man came out of Africa. The only one on this list who denies having African ancestry is rhat you lady from the reality show however, claiming to be 100% Italian and not acknowledged that Hannibal and the Moors ruled the Mediterranean for hundreds of years show how deep White supremacy and White skin privilege is in this day and time.

  328. @Eva…Sista if you knew your history, (and it's apparent you don't) then you would know that all African American people are of a mixed race. So ummm…yes, they are black. We all are.

  329. This is really silly.

    Recognition of the one-drop-rule (or really any color based politics) is a nod to the existence of white supremacy and subservience to a "white" system, which really doesn't exist, except in the mind of those who allow it to.

    People of African descent in the United States, who are the only ones on earth who actually still subscribe to this silly one-drop rule, really need to stop allowing their identity to be dictated by white southern politics put in place to protect jobs more than 100 years ago.

    The problem is that today here is a whole economic community built around the one-drop rule via music, movies, TV stations, businesses and organizations that benefit from keeping this USA phenomenon in existence.

    They have their cultural police also who accuse anyone who has African ancestry, but recognizes any other heritage, as being anti-black or in denial because they don't subscribe to the false, non-scientific one-drop belief system.

    Take back your power and write your destiny with our own pen. BE FREE or cease to be a relevant voice in the diaspora.

    Remember 95% of all Africans brought to the Americas went to Latin America and speak Spanish, Portuguese and French and don't follow the one drop rule.

    As the world becomes more global, USA-based, one-drop rule centrists, risk becoming an even more marginalized sub-culture, even among people of African descent in the Americas. Be careful.

  330. EXACTLY.

    A whole community exists in the USA because of supreme court decision.

    The recognition of the one-drop rule is an act of subservience to white supremacy. Even down to calling yourself "black". It all is a reaction to white action.

    People who asserting their mixed race heritage are heroes, because they are rebelling against the white-supremacist system that forced the one-drop rule on a whole people.

    Mixed-race people are not "in-denial" because they don't pick one crayon like white people want them to.

    They are fighting back for the freedom to define themselves outside of this crayon based system created by white supremacists. They are not passing, they are gaining access to systematic knowledge that is kept secret from as many outside of the white mainstream as possible.

    They are like spooks by the door.

    Beware of all "black" people who accuse them of being sellouts… they benefit in keeping the races separate.

    BET, Centric, black movies, black radio would have to change if the country becomes more mixed. Its always been about money, not race.

    The one-drop rule protected jobs for Hence Plessy vs Ferguson.

    Stop following this silly one drop rule. BE FREE. Nobody else in the WORLD follows it.

  331. I used to just be a person before coming to the US. Now every form I fill out needs to categorize me by race. It was unnerving at first. Now I just fill in whatever I feel like that day!!! I can lay claim to a multiplicity of lineages. Someone is obsessed. But some how Blacks seem to always be the ones accused of being so. Don't think we are the one (for the most part) designing the forms. I took my personhood back!!!! Today I feel ASIAN 😀

  332. Maya Rudolf did not "play a white woman" in Bridesmaids, her character's father was a black man with locs! Maybe you should do some research before you begin to write an article…

  333. Dwl, quite so. Loovev it Sandi !

  334. Maya Rudolf didn't play white in Bridesmaids, her father was black in the movie…

  335. Dwl! that"s a good one mi still laugh.

  336. DWL Sandi am ok wit that ,it should not matter nayway

  337. It says a lot about our society that in 2013 we are even having this conversation. Sad.

  338. Sdot Chambers -yes but under Quincy Jones daughters picture the writer says "she can't hide from being black and that she is trying to blend in with the other white cast mates. to me the writer is saying that these individuals are trying to hide and deny being black by "passing" and are successful at it.

  339. Amen….these people are biracial.

  340. Right on, right on … its our differences that are educating & soul inspiring, I mean who wants to be all the same anyhow.
    I mean culture & its influence are important & all cultures I believe need to adhere to their own truths, of course (in the best & most uplifting way possible) but also while understanding that we are people of many races, many faces & many colours all coming together to be hopefully a better human being, one of the earth & all that encompasses.
    Let us look toward the things that really matter like child welfare, poverty, famine sickness, education, science, socialisation, community interaction & support, environmental & humane issues effecting us all. All for one & one for all lol, ok ok .. well maybe that ain't gone happen but we can try in our community's & work our way out like a ripple in a still pond.

  341. The Digital Political many people are shallow shit I see em' everyday & they ain't all black … infact hardly are where I am at the mo' but I will say that ignorance get everybody & I have had my fair share of racial taunts for not being black enough though I love my darker skin brothers & sisters sometimes the sword cuts both ways.

  342. Rashida Jones is Quincy Jones's child if I remember correctly.

  343. Very astute!! Now give one of those ladies on this list the role to play Nina Simone and watch what happens. Do a research on the backlash poor Zoe Salanda(so) received when she was given the role. These hypocrites show their hate.

  344. Spot on, sir Mr. Bill Herder. God doesn't recognize colors only character

  345. this feature just confirms the racial inferiority complex suffered by it's authors, whatever race they may be!

  346. Donna J. Nicol you are incorrect you meant to say on average African Americans are 20% non-Black, not "the average African American," meaning some are more (mixed race people) & most of us are less. The majority of Black Americans are an extremely high percentage of African and that's the only part we should be focused on.

  347. Valerie Harper People of African descent would vary in skin tone, facial features, hair types, etc…with or without race mixing. Black people need to stop thinking that without "race mixing" we would ALL look the same or a certain way, that is BS.

  348. Paulette Purvis "bi" means two so you meant to say that all human beings are multi-racial not biracial.

  349. Bill Clinton is white so why would he be on this list? Bill Clinton is no different than any other racist white man. Black people please stop acting like coons, accepting this man just because he can play the saxophone & used to eat at McDonald's.

  350. Derrick Braud the last part of your comment I am confused about. The fact that you see "passing" as some sort of "success" is disturbing.

  351. Any person that is less than 50% African ancestry cannot be considered Black.

  352. Sdot Chambers… That's not what "passing" means….

  353. My Son is Of Mixed heritage. However both his mother and I have raised him to see himself as a individual. He is NOT going to live his life living inside a box others( White or Black ) have made for him. When He looks in the mirror the first thing he sees is himself, not the colour of his skin. If others cant deal with that, then they don't deserve to interact with him at all. Thank God he has grown with self love and an attitude of acceptance, of both himself and others. Catch up people, a lot of your views belong in the history books.

  354. Edward Wandrick Melissa Gorga is southern Italian. The hair, tan and facial structure is very similar to someone of Calabrian or Sicilian heritage.

  355. That's rude of you to say. I'm biracial and I AM BLACK. I'm proud of it. Shame on you for telling me I'm not.

  356. Only thing I have a problem with is this article simply seems like its saying Becuase most of these actors have some black blood in them that makes them black, They are not BLACK actors they are Bi-racial or multi-racial, whatever, The thing with Melissa Gorga made me a little mad because she said she wasnt black, she might not be she might be, but the writer of the article(just my opinion) put it as if it was shameful for her to deny her black side (if she is even part black-no one knows) but it wouldnt be shameful if she were to deny having a "White" side….People should be proud of their heritage/ethnicity why is race always end up in an argument like we have to choose sides when most are equally of both. I did enjoy reading this article I learned a lot abt actors I didnt know was Bi/Multi-racial. But I think the writer should have came with a different approach.

  357. Edward Wandrick It's not just one invasion: it's most of their history. Sicily has been a crossroads of the Mediterranean for thousands of years, and many of the people settling there have been dark: Moors, darker Arabs, darker Jews, and sub-Saharan African blacks…and because racism is useful, Northern Italians like to 'politely' remind Sicilians about this, and the traditional reaction has been to deny rather than to revel in their hybrid vigour So an Italian-American might know as little about her black ancestors as I know about whatever Gentile French[wo]men in my ancestry led me to resemble a Frenchman slightly more than does the average Semite on our native turf.

    It also reflects that the 'one drop rule' is a peculiarly American institution….

  358. Kahala Lei Azuma Maui – Yes – you probably know that Italian American immigrants in New York City around the turn of the century were looked down upon by other white people there – the were actually called blacks. I did not know this until recently.

  359. Courtney Harge _ White people go tanning to get darker – and I see some black people want to be white(?) Let's meet in the middle and be happy.

  360. A couple of these are OBVIOUSLY black. How could you not tell Jennifer Beals is black? And Maya Rudolf SCREAMS black jew. Don't have to know a damn thing about her parents to know that. Just need to see one picture. And about half the rest I would have guessed were biracial, one part of which being black. But yeah, a few I wouldn't have guessed right away.

  361. I am biracial (Haitian and Irish-American) and it irritates me that that these people have been characterized as black celebrities "passing" as white. They can do that b/c most, if not all, of them are white, too. They are not black "passing" as white, they ARE white just as much as they are black.

    As a person of mixed race, I refuse to give into societal pressure to choose one race over the other to identify with just so the rest of the world knows how to define me. I am insanely proud of my heritage on both sides and they are both equally important. Sorry I'm not sorry if that makes it hard for some people to label, categorize, and file me away in their brains as BLACK or WHITE. Maybe it's time we ditch the race labels and file people under what actually defines us as people: SMART, KIND, TRUSTWORTHY, GENEROUS, HONEST, etc.

  362. Because most of the people commenting so loosely fail to really understand the implications of the social and political and economical constricts, content and context of race and how it;s played out in the media as a ocializing element to demean and devalue blackness/african-ness. you guys are polling the superficial surface of these ideoligies and dumbing it down to a personal relatinship paradigm. 'The implications for being ambigious or non-descript when having african bloodlines is akin to a devaluation process of black people that is now being fully perpetuated by black people because of white supremacy/racism's powerful yet subtle processes to produce a demeaned concept of blackness.

    Keep asking the question WHY and continue to DIG DEEPER into history and truths will begin to reveal themselves bout the process and products of a system that racializes a society for control of power paradigms only. It is predicated through wealth access and consumption, but anchored in absulute Power Dominance. White Skin = Power & Value & Control. Yet those who classify themselves as "white" deeply understand this paradigm power dynamic because they only represent less than 10 percent of the world population and survival "instincts" have been activated to achieve, maintain and retain global dominance even though they represent a recessive gene trait population.

    Pathological Obsession with this particular power dynamic (RACE) would become a "natural" impetus for an individual or a group in this position. With this backdrop, I ask you to now review history with this lucid lense and tell me if it makes more sense to you. It is not about good or bad, right or wrong — but survival ….and what people will do to ensure their own survival even if it means others must suffer. It's deeper than we all can contemplate. There is no moral compass when one's own physical and genetic survival is at stake.

    This process isn't about who we expect and accept as being part of the Black Parent People/Family of this Planet, but about what and how people identify and preserve the value of that identification. The context is NOT about skin color, but a dynamic and cultural connection that is unashammed to preserve itself amid pressures and methodologies of social dilution, decadence and degradation. This is a social directive that supplants and supercedes as well as undercuts our concepts and conversations about overt manifestations of racial classification. The construct of race was developed to isolate undesireables and caste them into a perpetual lifecycle of constant and persistent devaluation by all means necessary…and at the same time, promote, protect and produce access of life-sustaining resources to the most desirable of group members.

    The line of distinction made was isolated to skin color and a man-made value was given to it. Those who classified themselves as white pronounced ultimate god-given value to their own white skin thus creating a social, political, cultural and economic hierarchy based of the values attributted to white skin versus other people's skin tones. The dehumanization process of blackness begin right there and is woven into the fabric of everything we see and do, believe and think, dream and invision — due to our edu-trainment (education and conditioning) — everything around us reinforces the value of whiteness and in so doing, also — the invalidity and devaluation of blackness in our social construct and context. This is our unescapable lense whether we want to agree with it or not. But those who cannot or refuse not to see clearly through that truthful lense of clarity will only suffer from their own ignorance.

    The people pictured or mentioned here, who clearly value thier black ancestry will self-identify. Those who don't won't. We have no control over that. And the fact that the construct of white supremacy plays into that acknowlegement or rejection is a real phenomena. We can't keep ignoring this FACT. We can't blame people for being subjected to the forces of it's POWER and the real affects and effects of doin or not doing so. That would be playing to stupidity and even denial and amnesia. But those are 2 very real options offered to people when we begin to uncover racial classification and it's purpose, processes, products, presentations and permissions. We speak too fast, teach too little, learn not enough and preach to ferverently without clue or study. We become too easily hippocrates of our own ignorance. It is complex and complicated and layed and lofty —- this thing called RACE. But we judge too swiftly and harshly without the evidence nor license to do so. If we would only seek to understand, before trying to be understood when we engage in our "1-way conversations." Take time to aske questions, engage in critical thought (*does NOT mean to critisize everything and everyone) and dig deeper for knowledge and more questions. Most of are answers are the shallow representations for all we think we know. Become a commited learner, before you seek to be a teacher….because soem of the respnses I read on here are so telling of the respondents command of the information they are espousing about — and NOT in a good way. Talking just to Talk become just unwarranted NOISE if it is noy grounded in purpose and wisdom. Just take NOTE.

  363. Umm what's a biracial black man? Either or… Either or.

  364. That mindset—that any black blood makes you black—stems from past racist American laws, implemented during slavery times. They believed back then, and some still do (they just don't enforce it) that if an ancestor was black, the person is. They used terms like these:
    . #onedroprule #oneblackancestorrule
    #traceableamountrule
    #hyperdescentrule
    That's why you hear the phrase "passing for white". Biracial people who were part black and were very light complected would live their lives as white people bcuz they were better accepted by society, had more advantages in life, and we're not kept as slaves. That "passing" behavior stayed around after slavery ended for some of the same reasons. The mindset is so ingrained in our culture that people still think that way—including me, unfortunately. Ever seen the old movie called "Imitation of Life"? Very good movie about this topic!! People who were "passing" years ago LIVED IN FEAR of their ethnic background being found out bcuz their lives would immediately change!! They would lose their jobs, their homes, and would be treated like the dregs of society. Smh

  365. u can be biracial with other races..they just saying "black" is one of his races..if he was white n latino he would b biracial latino

  366. The term "biracial" typically means African American and Caucasian tho. You can say one race without the other in that sense. If he's a biracial black man.. Is he black and white or black and Asian? It just doesn't make sense

  367. Why is this important? They are good actors – the end.

  368. Interesting! I commented on this article "on the site," and it showed up on my FB feed…. hmmm. Anyway, I didn't like the article. Why should we care about such things?

  369. I agree. What difference does it make if someone is of mixed heritage?

  370. Well I don't know what they are going to do once America turns to a non-white majority as the population growth trends seems to indicate to happen in less than 50 years? I guess there will be a rush to claim their racial identity; but the question is should the rest of us let them in?

  371. There's a nation called Black?? I was unaware of that, maybe someday I will go on vacation there.

  372. Only 1/6 of the entire planet is considered "caucasion".

  373. And the reason for this article is? Who really cares anyway. We are a nation of mixed nationalities. It is what makes our Nation great! If anything, having mixed bloodlines whether Asian, German, Italian, or Black, etc. I believe in Hollywood today would only help expand the careers of these stars by opening up more acting opportunities. Love who you are and the skin that you live in!!

  374. Exactly how do you think we become light skinned black people?

  375. Susonya Davenport: That is absolutely not true.

  376. Lelani and anyone that thinks like you; your rant was quite ridiculous. Acknowledging the different races we have been mixed with is NOT a cover up for any insecurites we have. It is simply the full package of what we are. I have heard too many white people say they are part Irish and Italian and German. Are they insecure? Or simply acknowledging their heritage? Yes, many of us are mixed with Indian in this country and that should not be a shock to you, yet we don't say I don't want to be black and call ourselves Indians.

  377. Edward Wandrick Honey, have you seen many Italians? Many have hair like that and are darker, Caucasians come in many shades as all people do.

  378. The title of this article makes a silly implication. Since when did any of these people TRY to PASS for white? Words are power…

  379. Eva in that term isn't Tiger alluding to his Black ancestry as well?
    See, come people aint satisfied unless a Black person has a pick in their hair wearing a 40 Acres and a Mule shirt…

  380. And why was it a success? As if passing for white is an accomplishment that people strive for or so desperately want. Really, seriously. How about this, I not only pass for, but I excel at being black and proud!!!

  381. Lois Magnotti let me take you to Mississippi in case you get confused and think you are "mixed"….

  382. Maya rudolph played a bi-racial girl.in bridesmaids… her father is bkack in the movie

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