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10 Black Celebrities You May Not Have Known Were Adopted as Children


Jamie Foxx

Oscar-winning actor Jamie Foxx, who was born Eric Marlon Bishop, was adopted shortly after his birth on Dec. 13, 1967, in Terrell, Texas. He was raised by his mother’s adoptive parents, Esther Marie (Nelson), a domestic worker and nursery operator, and Mark Talley, a yard worker. The entertainer reportedly had little contact with his birth mother, Louise Annette Talley Dixon, who was not a part of his upbringing.

Keyshia Cole

Keyshia Cole

R&B singer Keyshia Cole was born Oct. 15, 1981, in Oakland, California. The artist was born to Francine “Frankie” Lons but was later adopted at age 2 by family friends, Leon and Yvonne Cole. Subsequently, the singer’s adoptive parents changed her last name to Cole.

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