One Drop Rule: A Guide to Black Celebs

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  • Cash Warren
  • Troian Bellisario
  • Fredi Washington
  • Carol Channing
  • Dwayne Johnson
  • Derek Jeter
  • Jennifer Beals
  • Santino Rice
  • Soledad O'Brien
  • Blake Griffin
  • Rashida Jones
  • Slash
  • Vin Diesel
  • Kris Humphries
  • Jessica Szohr
  • Jenny Lumet
  • Maya Rudolph
  • Wentworth Miller
  • Pete Wentz

Black Like Me

Fredi Washington, born Fredricka, was one of the first Black actresses to garner mainstream attention for her work on stage and screen. She's best known for her portrayal of Peola, a troubled young woman who passes for white, in 1934's Imitation of Life. Washington is also credited as a founder of the Negro Actors Guild. She died in 1994.

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