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Sunday, October 26th, 2014

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. …then you are missing the point

  10. …then you are missing the point

  11. Tish Newton Virgues says:

    lazy journalism full of assumptions and half truths

  12. Tish Newton Virgues says:

    lazy journalism full of assumptions and half truths

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. Black people are shallow?

  16. Black people are shallow?

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

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

  19. 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.

  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. Kristal K'Sera says:

    Whoever wrote this garbage needs to be fired.

  22. Eleshia L. Smith says:

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

  23. Eleshia L. Smith says:

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

  24. 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….

  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. 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.

  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. Kay Dejavu says:

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

  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. 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.

  31. 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.

  32. 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.

  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. 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..

  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. 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.

  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. 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.

  40. 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.

  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. The Digital Political explain

  44. The Digital Political explain

  45. 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.

  46. Parker Hellsin says:

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

  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:

    oh I loves me some Rashida Jones…

  49. Parker Hellsin says:

    oh I loves me some Rashida Jones…

  50. 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.

  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. Perttu Superjood says:

    WHO CARES

  53. Perttu Super says:

    WHO CARES

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

  55. Timo Partanen says:

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

  56. 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.

  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. Perttu Superjood says:

    not bad

  59. Perttu Superjood says:

    not bad

  60. Perttu Super says:

    not bad

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

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

  63. What are the rules man?

  64. What are the rules man?

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

  66. Paulette Purvis says:

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

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

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

  69. Thanks for the education on Plessy vs Ferguson.

  70. Thanks for the education on Plessy vs Ferguson.

  71. 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.

  72. 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.

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

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

  75. Dani Lazarus says:

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

  76. Dani Lazarus says:

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

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

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

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

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

  81. 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.

  82. 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.

  83. Arthur Vee says:

    Yep, great article WAY TO PERPETUATE RACISM IN AMERICA :D

  84. Arthur Vee says:

    Yep, great article WAY TO PERPETUATE RACISM IN AMERICA :D

  85. Arthur Vee says:

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

  86. Arthur Vee says:

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

  87. LaVinnia Bright says:

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

  88. LaVinnia Bright says:

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

  89. Glen Alcorn says:

    who cares….

  90. Glen Alcorn says:

    who cares….

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

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

  93. 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?

  94. 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?

  95. Aquil ExportQuality Hall says:

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

  96. Aquil ExportQuality Hall says:

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

  97. Terence Tramp Abney says:

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

  98. Claire Simba says:

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

  99. Claire Simba says:

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

  100. Why is this news?

  101. Why is this news?

  102. I just wasted 30 seconds of my life!

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

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

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

  106. Fani Lou Taylor says:

    Bill Herder "Right On Bill"

  107. Fani Lou Taylor says:

    Bill Herder "Right On Bill"

  108. 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.

  109. 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.

  110. 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

  111. 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

  112. Jones Andrea says:

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

  113. Andrea Rochester says:

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

  114. 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.

  115. 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.

  116. 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.

  117. 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.

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

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

  120. 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.

  121. 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.

  122. 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.

  123. 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.

  124. 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?

  125. 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?

  126. 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

  127. 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

  128. 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.

  129. 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.

  130. The question is can they pass for black!

  131. The question is can they pass for black!

  132. 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. )

  133. 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. )

  134. Edward Wandrick says:

    It appears the only one in denial is Melissa Gorga.

  135. Edward Wandrick says:

    It appears the only one in denial is Melissa Gorga.

  136. Edward Wandrick says:

    Agreed.

  137. Edward Wandrick says:

    Agreed.

  138. 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.

  139. 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.

  140. 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.

  141. 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.

  142. Mike Stoan says:

    successfully lol

  143. Mike Stoan says:

    successfully lol

  144. 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.

  145. 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.

  146. 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.

  147. 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.

  148. so what are you afraid of

  149. so what are you afraid of

  150. 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.

  151. 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.

  152. 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? :-)

  153. 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? :-)

  154. Bill Herder RIGHT ON BROTHER SOUNDS (SUSPECT)

  155. Matthew Damion Taylor says:

    Bill Herder RIGHT ON BROTHER SOUNDS (SUSPECT)

  156. Clifton Richie says:

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

  157. Clifton Richie says:

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

  158. 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.

  159. 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.

  160. Bryan K Lee says:

    White people started that Mr.Sailor

  161. White people started that Mr.Sailor

  162. 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!

  163. 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!

  164. Sabella Abidde and what is the point?

  165. Sabella Abidde and what is the point?

  166. 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.

  167. 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.

  168. Maybe.

  169. Maybe.

  170. 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"?

  171. 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"?

  172. Sameerah Luqmaan-Harris says:

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

  173. Sameerah Luqmaan-Harris says:

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

  174. Jade Bryan says:

    I agree, Keith.

  175. I agree, Keith.

  176. 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.

  177. 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.

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

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

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

  181. Tom Murphy Good post Tom…

  182. Tom Murphy Good post Tom…

  183. Carol Daniel-Faust says:

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

  184. Carol Daniel-Faust says:

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

  185. Ron Cephas Jones says:

    Amen!!

  186. Ron Cephas Jones says:

    Amen!!

  187. 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.

  188. 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.

  189. 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.

  190. 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.

  191. 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.

  192. 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.

  193. 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.

  194. 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.

  195. 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.

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

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

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

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

  200. 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.

  201. 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.

  202. Nick Smith says:

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

  203. Nick Smith says:

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

  204. 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!

  205. 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!

  206. 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!!!

  207. Marilyn Garrison says:

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

  208. 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!

  209. 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.

  210. 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

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

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

  213. I really needed this today. Thank You.

  214. 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.

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

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

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

  218. 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.

  219. Andrew James Bernard Kay says:

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

  220. 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.

  221. Jess Nelson says:

    These people are worst than the stereotypical ambiguous brown.

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

  223. 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…

  224. 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 .

  225. 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!!!

  226. 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.

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

  228. 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.

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

  230. 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!

  231. Maya Zimmermann says:

    Vin Diesel :-)

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

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

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

  235. 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!

  236. Robin M Fay says:

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

  237. 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.

  238. 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.

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

  240. 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.

  241. Chagasca Gagniere says:

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

  242. 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!

  243. 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.

  244. 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

  245. Mimi Brooks says:

    I pass for Dominican at best, lol

  246. 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

  247. 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.

  248. Hugh Holmes says:

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

  249. Eddie Pryce says:

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

  250. Eddie Pryce says:

    anyways you go head girl…great points!

  251. 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….

  252. Hugh Holmes says:

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

  253. 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.

  254. Wow

  255. Carol Channing, wow!

  256. Why no Mariah Carey ?

  257. 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….

  258. Clinton Andrews says:

    crazy

  259. 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.

  260. 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.

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

  262. Chloe Paul says:

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

  263. 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.

  264. "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.

  265. 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.

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