Biracial Celebrities Who Proudly Claim Black

Drake, Colin, Tiny and more.


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Black Is Beautiful  - With Meghan Markle, who identifies as mixed-race, being engaged to Prince Harry, the conversation of racial identity is all over the Internet. While Meghan identifies as mixed-race, being "mixed" is consistent with the African-American experience, from Frederick Douglass to President Obama. Check out celebs who have different race parents but identify as Black.(Photo from left: Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for GQ, Paras Griffin/WireImage, Bryan Steffy/WireImage)


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Tiny - Tiny has a white mother and a Black father, but has never claimed she wasn't  Black. When the world was introduced to her mother on the reality show Tiny and Toya, it was the first time fans knew she had a white mother. Unlike some biracial celebrities, she never used her racial identity as a talking point or to dismiss any of her roots.(Photo: Paras Griffin/WireImage) 


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Jesse Williams - Born to a white mother and Black father, Williams has never tried to hide his biracial status. In fact, he tries to use it to advance his advocacy. “I have access to rooms and information. I am white and I am also Black. I am invisible man in a lot of these scenarios,” Williams said, referring to the Ralph Ellison classic. “I know how white people talk about Black people. I know how Black people talk about white folks. I know I am there and everyone speaks honestly around me.” 


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Alicia Keys - The Grammy Award winner has a white parent and a Black parent, but knows she is not seen as "biracial." The songwriter told The Guardian in 2001, “My mixed-race background made me a broad person, able to relate to different cultures. But any woman of color, even a mixed color, is seen as Black in America. So that’s how I regard myself.”  (Photo: Michael Loccisano/Getty Images for Harlem School of the Arts)