It may have taken a number of CNN “Black in America” specials to reveal that Soledad O’Brien did indeed have black ancestry. Her mother is black Cuban and her father is Australian.
Carol Channing is a legendary Broadway performer who had always been celebrated as another glamourous white star. However, in her autobiography released in 2002, she shocked the world when she revealed that her father was actually a biracial black man. Channing did not know this until she attended college and her mother revealed it. The actress never said anything about it until she was in her 80s, so it wouldn’t harm her career.