12 Black Celebrities You Probably Didn’t Know Were Related
Al Roker & Lenny Kravitz
accomplished weatherman and anchor Al Roker says that he and superstar
rocker Lenny Kravitz are cousins. In the July 2011 issue of UsWeekly
, Roker said that he and Kravitz’s mother, late actress Roxie Roker ( Helen Willis character on The Jeffersons
television series), were first cousins.
Bill Bellamy & Shaq
NBA superstar Shaquille O’Neal and actor and stand-up comedian Bill
Bellamy, who both hail from Newark, N. J., are second cousins.
Wood Harris & Steve Harris
Successful Black actors Wood Harris and Steve Harris are brothers. Wood Harris starred in the TV series The Wire
and Steve Harris starred in ABC’s The Practice.
They have also starred in several movies including Remember the Titans
, Above the Rim
and Tyler Perry’s Diary of a Mad Black Woman.
Chad Johnson & Syleena Johnson
NFL player Chad Johnson is the brother of R&B songstress Syleena
Johnson, who shot to fame after her spectacular feature on Kanye West’s “All Fall Down
.” The two stars have the same father, Syl Johnson.
K-Ci & JoJo & Fantasia
Nineties R&B superstars K-Ci & JoJo, and American Idol
star Fantasia Barrino are cousins. The three R&B singers all reportedly grew up in North Carolina.
Vince Carter & Tracy McGrady
to the start of the lockout-shortened 1998-99 basketball season, the
Raptors drafted Tracy McGrady’s cousin Vince Carter. McGrady was already
on the team and reports say the two became inseparable. In one
interview, teammate Dee Brown reflected, “They say they’re cousins… But
Siamese twins is more like it.”
Stacey Dash & Damon Dash
Rocafella executive Damon Dash and actress Stacey Dash are first
cousins. They’re both from the Bronx, N.Y., where they reportedly grew
Martin Lawrence & Christopher Martin
In the 1990 movie “House Party,”
comedian Martin Lawrence was cast in the role of Dragon Breath Bilal,
the cousin of Christopher “Play” Martin. What many fans may not know is
that the two actors are cousins in real life also.
Pete Rock & Heavy D
In a TVOne “Unsung”
featuring Heavy D, DJ Pete Rock revealed that he was the late rapper’s
younger cousin. Rock said that it was Heavy D’s brother Floyd who
taught him how to DJ. Natives of Mount Vernon, N.Y., both D and Rock
saw success in hip-hop in the ’90s.
Snoop Dogg & Brandy & Ray J
star Snoop Dogg said in an MTV 2006 interview that Brandy and Ray J
are his cousins. He explained that after they discovered they were
family, they decided to keep it a secret. Said Snoop, ”We never really
told the world because we weren’t trippin’ off of that, but that’s my
Rashida Jones & Quincy JonesParks & Recreation
and The Office
actress Rashida Jones is the daughter of the legendary music mogul Quincy Jones.
Redfoo & Berry Gordy
Motown legend Berry Gordy is the father of LMFAO rocker Redfoo (aka Stefan Kendal Gordy).
Edited by tatee - Jan 06 2014 at 11:57am