18 Celebs Who Have Been Racially Profiled

The current administration has only made life worse.

The Price of Being a Minority In Trump's America - Black and Latino celebs are often judged based on the color of their skin in everyday situations, similar to Muslims, LGBTQ folks and countless other minorities. From MCs David Banner and J. Cole to TV personality Wendy Williams, here are some famous faces who have been racially profiled — sadly, this kind of behavior has only worsened in Trump's America. In fact, in July, 2019, Trump was rubuked by the House for telling four of its members — all woman of color and American citizens — to "go back" to where they came from.(Photos from left: Tim Mosenfelder/Getty Images, Paras Griffin/Getty Images for Netflix), James Devaney/Getty Images)

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The Price of Being a Minority In Trump's America - Black and Latino celebs are often judged based on the color of their skin in everyday situations, similar to Muslims, LGBTQ folks and countless other minorities. From MCs David Banner and J. Cole to TV personality Wendy Williams, here are some famous faces who have been racially profiled — sadly, this kind of behavior has only worsened in Trump's America. In fact, in July, 2019, Trump was rubuked by the House for telling four of its members — all woman of color and American citizens — to "go back" to where they came from.(Photos from left: Tim Mosenfelder/Getty Images, Paras Griffin/Getty Images for Netflix), James Devaney/Getty Images)

Wendy Williams - During a sit-down with journalist Roland Martin on her talk show, Wendy Williams recalled a moment where she was in the cosmetics aisle of a drug store and was racially profiled. Noticing she was the only minority in the establishment, she said she heard a "call for an associate" over the intercom to be sent to the aisle where she was browsing.(James Devaney/Getty Images)

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Wendy Williams - During a sit-down with journalist Roland Martin on her talk show, Wendy Williams recalled a moment where she was in the cosmetics aisle of a drug store and was racially profiled. Noticing she was the only minority in the establishment, she said she heard a "call for an associate" over the intercom to be sent to the aisle where she was browsing.(James Devaney/Getty Images)

J. Cole - J. Cole often addresses this subject in his music, but he actually lived it back in 2013 when he said he was pulled over for what he believed was his style of dress. "I just got pulled over on 42nd street in Times Square for what I believe was nothing," he said. "They said it was for tints on my front window, which is barely tinted. I really believe it was because I had my hat low... I had my hat low and I think I was looking 'suspicious' just as a Black man with my brim low."(Tim Mosenfelder/Getty Images)

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J. Cole - J. Cole often addresses this subject in his music, but he actually lived it back in 2013 when he said he was pulled over for what he believed was his style of dress. "I just got pulled over on 42nd street in Times Square for what I believe was nothing," he said. "They said it was for tints on my front window, which is barely tinted. I really believe it was because I had my hat low... I had my hat low and I think I was looking 'suspicious' just as a Black man with my brim low."(Tim Mosenfelder/Getty Images)

Just Blaze - Hip Hop heavyweight producer Just Blaze recorded the moment he was racially profiled live on Periscope. In the video, he says, "The first thing out of his [the officer's] mouth was 'Is your car legit?' insinuating a Black man could not drive an expensive car. (Photo: Johnny Nunez/WireImage)

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Just Blaze - Hip Hop heavyweight producer Just Blaze recorded the moment he was racially profiled live on Periscope. In the video, he says, "The first thing out of his [the officer's] mouth was 'Is your car legit?' insinuating a Black man could not drive an expensive car. (Photo: Johnny Nunez/WireImage)

James Blake - Racial profiling can happen to the average person on the street and A-list celebrities.  Apparently, even being a legendary tennis star at the U.S. Open can't stop you from being racially profiled.  In Manhattan, the retired tennis player, who was once ranked  number four in the world, was slammed to a sidewalk and handcuffed by five, plainclothes cops. The 35-year-old was misidentified by a witness during a credit card fraud investigation, according to the police.  James Blake suffered a cut to his left elbow and bruises to his left leg.  The tennis legend told the Daily News, “It was definitely scary and definitely crazy. In my mind there’s probably a race factor involved, but no matter what there’s no reason for anybody to do that to anybody.”(Photo: Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

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James Blake - Racial profiling can happen to the average person on the street and A-list celebrities.  Apparently, even being a legendary tennis star at the U.S. Open can't stop you from being racially profiled.  In Manhattan, the retired tennis player, who was once ranked  number four in the world, was slammed to a sidewalk and handcuffed by five, plainclothes cops. The 35-year-old was misidentified by a witness during a credit card fraud investigation, according to the police.  James Blake suffered a cut to his left elbow and bruises to his left leg.  The tennis legend told the Daily News, “It was definitely scary and definitely crazy. In my mind there’s probably a race factor involved, but no matter what there’s no reason for anybody to do that to anybody.”(Photo: Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

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Pusha T - Pusha T struck back through Instagam and Twitter after he claimed he was racially profiled and denied entry into a sports bar in his hometown of Virginia Beach.The G.O.O.D. Music MC claimed he and his friends were denied entry into Venue 112 because they were Black and the owner allegedly invoked an imaginary "guest list." Push took to IG, ranting, "You whispered a little too loud last night @jlinds112 @venue112. We heard u tell your doorman, 'tell them we are on guest list only tonight.' Unfortunately your other worker had already put the band on my friends wrist and wasn't hip to your racially motivated instructions..."(Photo: Mireya Acierto/Getty Images)

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Pusha T - Pusha T struck back through Instagam and Twitter after he claimed he was racially profiled and denied entry into a sports bar in his hometown of Virginia Beach.The G.O.O.D. Music MC claimed he and his friends were denied entry into Venue 112 because they were Black and the owner allegedly invoked an imaginary "guest list." Push took to IG, ranting, "You whispered a little too loud last night @jlinds112 @venue112. We heard u tell your doorman, 'tell them we are on guest list only tonight.' Unfortunately your other worker had already put the band on my friends wrist and wasn't hip to your racially motivated instructions..."(Photo: Mireya Acierto/Getty Images)

Pharrell - Pharrell jumped in the middle of his Star Trak brother's beef with racist establishments in their home town and called for an end to the hatred.(Photos from left: Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images, Pharrell Williams via Twitter)

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Pharrell - Pharrell jumped in the middle of his Star Trak brother's beef with racist establishments in their home town and called for an end to the hatred.(Photos from left: Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images, Pharrell Williams via Twitter)

Ginuwine and Claudia Jordan - R&B crooner Ginuwine and  former  Atlanta Housewives star Claudia Jordan found out that some malls in Alabama have a problem with Black people. The two and their friends made a trip to Auburn, Alabama on May 8, 2013  to see the "Pony" singer perform and a mall detour turned ugly. According to the radio personality's Instagram and a video she posted on YouTube, the small entourage was kicked out for wearing their sunglasses.(Photos from left: Earl Gibson III/Getty Images for BET, Paras Griffin/Getty Images for "Black Or White")

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Ginuwine and Claudia Jordan - R&B crooner Ginuwine and  former  Atlanta Housewives star Claudia Jordan found out that some malls in Alabama have a problem with Black people. The two and their friends made a trip to Auburn, Alabama on May 8, 2013  to see the "Pony" singer perform and a mall detour turned ugly. According to the radio personality's Instagram and a video she posted on YouTube, the small entourage was kicked out for wearing their sunglasses.(Photos from left: Earl Gibson III/Getty Images for BET, Paras Griffin/Getty Images for "Black Or White")

Nas - Nas claimed he was targeted following a DUI arrest in Atlanta in 2009, but reassured fans when he said, "They can't keep a good man from shining." Charges against the rapper were eventually dropped. (Photo:  Craig Barritt/Getty Images for Italia Independent New York City, LLC)

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Nas - Nas claimed he was targeted following a DUI arrest in Atlanta in 2009, but reassured fans when he said, "They can't keep a good man from shining." Charges against the rapper were eventually dropped. (Photo:  Craig Barritt/Getty Images for Italia Independent New York City, LLC)

Lenny Kravitz - The rocker turned insult into poetry when he penned his song "Bank Robber Man," inspired by a 2001 incident in Miami when he was cuffed by officers while walking to the gym. Officers claim Kravitz matched the description of an at-large bank robber, not realizing they had arrested a world-renowned rock star. They later apologized for the mix-up. (Photo: Tullio M. Puglia/Getty Images)

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Lenny Kravitz - The rocker turned insult into poetry when he penned his song "Bank Robber Man," inspired by a 2001 incident in Miami when he was cuffed by officers while walking to the gym. Officers claim Kravitz matched the description of an at-large bank robber, not realizing they had arrested a world-renowned rock star. They later apologized for the mix-up. (Photo: Tullio M. Puglia/Getty Images)

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Kelly Price - The R&B singer didn't find the skies to be so friendly when an agent for United Airlines rudely asked her to step out of the first class check-in line, making an assumption that Price was flying coach. Turns out the agent was wrong and Price didn't hesitate to put her on blast via Twitter. "Stephanie at United Airlines is the nastiest agent I've ever come across in my life!!!" she tweeted.  (Photo: Lester Cohen/Getty Images for BMI)

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Kelly Price - The R&B singer didn't find the skies to be so friendly when an agent for United Airlines rudely asked her to step out of the first class check-in line, making an assumption that Price was flying coach. Turns out the agent was wrong and Price didn't hesitate to put her on blast via Twitter. "Stephanie at United Airlines is the nastiest agent I've ever come across in my life!!!" she tweeted.  (Photo: Lester Cohen/Getty Images for BMI)

Henry Louis Gates Jr. - When this Harvard professor was arrested in 2009 after neighbors called cops and identified him as a burglar in his own home, the irony was lost but the anger wasn't. Gates, a Black studies scholar at the Ivy league university, lashed out at cops for racial profiling and the incident sparked a national dialogue.  (Photo: Gilbert Carrasquillo/Getty Images)

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Henry Louis Gates Jr. - When this Harvard professor was arrested in 2009 after neighbors called cops and identified him as a burglar in his own home, the irony was lost but the anger wasn't. Gates, a Black studies scholar at the Ivy league university, lashed out at cops for racial profiling and the incident sparked a national dialogue.  (Photo: Gilbert Carrasquillo/Getty Images)

T.J. Holmes - "Driving while Black ain't no joke!" Holmes tweeted in 2012 after he was pulled over by cops less than two miles from his house, because "he wanted to see if I had insurance." Holmes said he was "frustrated" by the experience but reluctant to label it as racial profiling.(Photo: Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images)

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T.J. Holmes - "Driving while Black ain't no joke!" Holmes tweeted in 2012 after he was pulled over by cops less than two miles from his house, because "he wanted to see if I had insurance." Holmes said he was "frustrated" by the experience but reluctant to label it as racial profiling.(Photo: Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images)

Nick Cannon - The Real Husbands of Hollywood star believes he is a frequent victim of profiling for being "a Black man in a nice car." Cannon popped off on Twitter about a cop who pulled him over in 2011 for seemingly no reason. "Growing up, never liked cops, thought they were bullies," he tweeted, adding an anecdote about police pulling him over with guns drawn when he was a 13-year-old riding his bike. "What the hell did he think I was gonna do?!" he asked incredulously.  (Photo: Rahav Segev/Getty Images for Oakley)

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Nick Cannon - The Real Husbands of Hollywood star believes he is a frequent victim of profiling for being "a Black man in a nice car." Cannon popped off on Twitter about a cop who pulled him over in 2011 for seemingly no reason. "Growing up, never liked cops, thought they were bullies," he tweeted, adding an anecdote about police pulling him over with guns drawn when he was a 13-year-old riding his bike. "What the hell did he think I was gonna do?!" he asked incredulously. (Photo: Rahav Segev/Getty Images for Oakley)

David Banner - In the wake of the death of Trayvon Martin, the Mississippi rapper spoke candidly to an audience at 106 & Park about his experiences with profiling and how to change the system. "We have to do something so that nothing like this ever happens again," he said to the crowd. Banner added that he often gets pulled over while driving expensive cars and each time, "I feel like I did something wrong."(Photo by Paras Griffin/Getty Images for Netflix)

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David Banner - In the wake of the death of Trayvon Martin, the Mississippi rapper spoke candidly to an audience at 106 & Park about his experiences with profiling and how to change the system. "We have to do something so that nothing like this ever happens again," he said to the crowd. Banner added that he often gets pulled over while driving expensive cars and each time, "I feel like I did something wrong."(Photo by Paras Griffin/Getty Images for Netflix)

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Forest Whitaker - The Academy Award winner got more than he bargained for in 2013 when he stopped in a New York City deli to buy a sandwich. An employee of the bodega frisked him in front of other patrons and accused him of stealing snacks. Whitaker was understandably angered by the situation but never received a formal apology. Guess this employee had never seen The Last King of Scotland.  (Photo: PacificCoastNews.com)

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Forest Whitaker - The Academy Award winner got more than he bargained for in 2013 when he stopped in a New York City deli to buy a sandwich. An employee of the bodega frisked him in front of other patrons and accused him of stealing snacks. Whitaker was understandably angered by the situation but never received a formal apology. Guess this employee had never seen The Last King of Scotland.  (Photo: PacificCoastNews.com)

Tyler Perry - The media mogul vented on his Facebook page following a moving violation gone bad in 2012. Perry claims cops got rough with him after pulling him over for making an illegal left turn, which Perry claims he only did because he was worried he was being followed. The cops, both white men, were cleared of any wrongdoing. The only question that remains is WWMD? What would Madea do?  (Photo: Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

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Tyler Perry - The media mogul vented on his Facebook page following a moving violation gone bad in 2012. Perry claims cops got rough with him after pulling him over for making an illegal left turn, which Perry claims he only did because he was worried he was being followed. The cops, both white men, were cleared of any wrongdoing. The only question that remains is WWMD? What would Madea do?  (Photo: Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

MC Hammer - Please, Hammer, don't hurt 'em. The '90s pop star was arrested for obstruction earlier this year and he cried profiling upon his release. He tweeted that police in Dublin, California, pulled him over and asked him, "Parole or probation?" (Photo: Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)

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MC Hammer - Please, Hammer, don't hurt 'em. The '90s pop star was arrested for obstruction earlier this year and he cried profiling upon his release. He tweeted that police in Dublin, California, pulled him over and asked him, "Parole or probation?" (Photo: Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)

Oprah Winfrey - Like luxury fashion brand Hermès, whose flagship Paris store she was denied entry to in 2004, Swizz boutique Troix Pommes is no longer one of Oprah's favorite things. A store clerk at the posh boutique refused to show the billionaire a $38,000 purse, saying it was too expensive for her. Oprah discussed the incident during an interview promoting Lee Daniels' The Butler as an incident of racial profiling. "She didn't know I had an [American Express] Black card," Winfrey said of the clerk, deducing that the assumption had to do with the fact that she's a Black woman. Not only did the clerk embarrass herself and her employer, she probably missed out on the commission of a lifetime.(Photo: JScott Barbour/Getty Images)

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Oprah Winfrey - Like luxury fashion brand Hermès, whose flagship Paris store she was denied entry to in 2004, Swizz boutique Troix Pommes is no longer one of Oprah's favorite things. A store clerk at the posh boutique refused to show the billionaire a $38,000 purse, saying it was too expensive for her. Oprah discussed the incident during an interview promoting Lee Daniels' The Butler as an incident of racial profiling. "She didn't know I had an [American Express] Black card," Winfrey said of the clerk, deducing that the assumption had to do with the fact that she's a Black woman. Not only did the clerk embarrass herself and her employer, she probably missed out on the commission of a lifetime.(Photo: JScott Barbour/Getty Images)