Black Celebrities You Probably Didn't Know Are Related

Black Celebrities You Probably Didn't Know Are Related

From siblings to second cousins here are 17 black celebrities who are surprisingly related.

Published December 7, 2018

Let's keep it real, it's not unusual for someone to claim they are related to a celebrity to get a few coins. But who really knows until the celebrity or the family vouches for them. This was often a common claim for families like the Jacksons and the Knowles.

Well, believe it or not, its not uncommon for a family to have at least one celebrity in the family but in these cases it's more than one.

We don't know how, but many fans didn't get the memo that there is a family connection between these celebrities. 

Keep scrolling to see which of your faves are actually relatives. You may be shocked...

  1. Gabrielle Union & Saweetie
    (Photos: Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images, Leon Bennett/WireImage)

    Actress Gabrielle Union confirmed on Twitter that her cousin is "Icy Girl" rapper Saweetie. Are we the only ones shocked? Get the details on their family lineage, here.

  2. Eniko Hart & Jordy Craig
    <<enter caption here>> on September 24, 2018 in Los Angeles, California.
    (Photo: Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images)

    The mother of Tristian Thompson’s first child, Jordy C, is actually the first cousin to Kevin Hart's wife, Eniko Hart. Who would have known that Prince Thompson and Baby Kenzo Hart were related?

  3. Quincy Jones & Rashida Jones
    LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 07:  Rashida Jones and Quincy Jones attend the 2017 Los Angeles Dance Project Gala on October 7, 2017 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Vivien Killilea/Getty Images for L.A. Dance Project)
    (Photo: Vivien Killilea/Getty Images for L.A. Dance Project)

    You might not have known that actress Rashida Jones is the daughter to legendary music mogul Quincy Jones.

  4. Monica & Ludacris
    ATLANTA, GA - OCTOBER 22:  Monica Brown and Chris "Ludacris" Bridges  attend Unspoken Angels Charity Event For Domestic Violence Awareness Month at Intermix Buckhead on October 22, 2015 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Prince Williams/WireImage)
    (Photo: Prince Williams/WireImage)

    Fun fact: Monica's mother married rapper Luda's uncle, which makes them step-cousins.

  5. Snoop Dogg, Ray J & Brandy
    (Photos: Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for ASCAP, Michael Bezjian/Getty Images for Primary Wave)

    Reality star Ray J and singer Brandy are undoubtedly siblings, but did you know that rapper Snoop Dogg is their first cousin? Fo' shizzle!

  6. Damon Dash & Stacey Dash
    Damon Dash and Stacey Dash
    (Photo: J.Sciulli/WireImage for Brent Bolthouse Productions)

    Although there are times when entrepreneur Damon Dash doesn't want to claim her due to her controversial views, actress Stacey Dash is in fact his first cousin!

  7. Lionel Richie & Sofia Richie
    BEVERLY HILLS, CA - NOVEMBER 09:  Singer Lionel Richie and daughter Sofia Richie arrive at SAG-AFTRA Foundation Patron of the Artists Awards 2017 on November 9, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California.  (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)
    (Photo: Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)

    You may not have noticed, but model Sofia Richie is the daughter of singer Lionel Richie.

  8. Sheila E & Nicole Richie
    (Photos: Jason Merritt/FilmMagic, Donato Sardella/Getty Images for REVOLVE)

    We were shocked to learn that iconic drummer Sheila E is the biological aunt to fashion designer, Nicole Richie

  9. K-Ci, JoJo & Fantasia
    (Photos: Paul Bergen/Redferns, Michael Loccisano/Getty Images for VH1)

    You may have heard that Jodeci lead singers K-Ci and JoJo are brothers, but did you know that songstress Fantasia is a cousin to the duo? Music runs in the family! 

  10. Al Roker & Lenny Kravitz
    <<performs>> on NBC's "Today" at Rockefeller Plaza on September 2, 2011 in New York City.
    (Photo: Al Pereira/WireImage) Prem

    You may not be able to see it right away, but weather forecaster Al Roker is the cousin to singer Lenny Kravitz. Who would have known?

  11. Timbaland & Pharrell
    (EXCLUSIVE, Premium Rates Apply) NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 06:  Pharrell Williams and Timbaland inside Madonna and Gucci Host "A Night to Benefit Raising Malawi and UNICEF" at the United Nations on February 6, 2007 in New York City. **EXCLUSIVE**  (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
    (Photo: Kevin Mazur/WireImage)

    Our jaws dropped to the floor to learn that mega famous producers Timbaland and Pharrell are cousins. Woah, we'd love to be invited to a jam session!

  12. Shaq & Bill Bellamy
    <<enter caption here>> at Muzik on February 12, 2016 in Toronto, Canada.
    (PhotoL Isaiah Trickey/FilmMagic)

    Don't let their height fool you, but basketball giant Shaq and comedian Bill Bellamy are second cousins.

  13. Berry Gordy & Redfoo
    ***EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE***  at the 2012 Billboard Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 20, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
    (Photo: Kevin Mazur/WireImage)

    Would you be shocked to know that LMFAO rocker Redfoo (Stefan Kendal Gordy) is the son of Motown legend Berry Gordy

  14. Pete Rock & Heavy D
    (Photo: Larry Busacca/Getty Images for the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival, Time Life Pictures/DMI/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)

    DJ Pete Rock is the younger cousin to the late rapper Heavy D.

  15. Martin Lawrence & Christopher Martin
    (Photo: RB/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images, Gilbert Carrasquillo/Getty Images)

    Not only did comedian Martin Lawrence play the cousin to rapper Christopher Martin in the movie House Party, but they're cousins in real life. We'd love to be invited to that house party! 

  16. Chad Johnson & Syleena Johnson
    (Photos: Gustavo Caballero/Getty Images for Maxim, Marcus Ingram/Getty Images)

    Say what? Former football player Chad Johnson is the brother to singer Syleena Johnson.

  17. Migos
    (Photo: Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)

    It’s a family thing! Did you know that rappers Quavo and Offset are cousins, while Takeoff is Quavo’s nephew. Now that's bad and boujee! 

Written by Tweety Elitou

(Photos: Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images, Paul Archuleta/FilmMagic)


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