Black Vampires: Diversity Among the Undead

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  • Aaliyah, Queen of the Damned
  • Edi Gathegi, Twilight
  • Traci Heggins, Judi Shekoni, Twilight
  • William H. Marshall, Blacula
  • Eddie Murphy, Vampire in Brooklyn
  • Grace Jones, Vamp
  • Omar Epps, Dracula 2000
  • Cynthia Bond, Def by Temptation
  • Duane Jones, Ganja & Hess
  • Wesley Snipes, Blade

Edi Gathegi in Twilight

As vegetarian vampire Laurent, who occasionally succumbs to his cravings for flesh, Gathegi brought a touch of rasta to the undead with his long dreadlocks and "olive" skin tone. Kenyan-born Gathegi also played a biracial mutant in X-Men: First Class.

(Photo: Summit Entertainment)

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