Jamaicans can be found on every corner of the planet.
We are an adventurous people and we usually work very hard to achieve our aspirations.
You’ve most likely seen some of these faces many times without knowing of their Jamaican connection.
Here is a list of famous people you probably didn’t know have Jamaican heritage.
You may be surprised by some of the names on this list.
More popularly known as Olivia Pope for her lead role in the mega hit TV show Scandal, Kerry Washington has a Jamaican mother.
Lindo was born in Eltham, south-east London. He is the son of Jamaican immigrant parents, and was brought up in nearby Lewisham. His mother was a nurse and his father worked in various jobs. As a teenager, he and his mother moved to Toronto, Canada, and when he was sixteen, they moved to San Francisco, where Lindo would graduate from the American Conservatory Theater.
Bleu was born in Brooklyn, New York City, the son of Martha (née Callari) and David Reivers. His mother is Italian American and his father is Jamaican American.
Tyson Beckford’s parents are from Jamaica. He actually lived in the island until he was 7.
Farrakhan was born Louis Eugene Wolcott (also mistakenly spelled Walcott) in The Bronx, New York, the younger of two sons of Sarah Mae Manning (January 16, 1900 – November 18, 1988) and Percival Clark, immigrants from the Caribbean islands. His mother was born in Saint Kitts and Nevis. His father was a Jamaican native.
Sheryl Lee Ralph
Raised between Mandeville, Jamaica, and Long Island, Sheryl Lee Ralph was born in Waterbury, Connecticut, to an African- American father and a Jamaican mother.
This popular actor from the hit TV show Psych Hill was born in East Brunswick, New Jersey, to parents Jennifer and Bertram Hill (who are both from Jamaica).
Sanya Richards-Ross was born February 26, 1985 in Kingston, Jamaica. She competes internationally for the United States.
Powell was born on April 5, 1937, in Harlem, a neighborhood in the New York City borough of Manhattan, to Jamaican immigrant parents Maud Arial (née McKoy) and Luther Theophilus Powell.
Lewis was born on 2 September 1965, in West Ham, London, England to Jamaican-born parents.
The Notorious B.I.G
Born in St. Mary’s Hospital on May 21, 1972, Wallace grew up in the Clinton Hill section of Brooklyn, New York City on 226 St. James Place near the border of Bedford-Stuyvesant, considered at the time to be within the latter neighborhood’s boundaries. He was the only child of Voletta Wallace, a Jamaican preschool teacher, and George Latore, a welder and small-time Jamaican politician.
United States National Security Advisor Susan Rice was born in Washington, D.C., to Emmett J. Rice (1919–2011), Cornell University economics professor and the second black governor of the Federal Reserve System; and education policy scholar Lois (née Dickson) Fitt, currently at the Brookings Institution. Her maternal grandparents were Jamaican.
This former Governor of New York was born in Brooklyn to Portia Paterson, a homemaker, and labor law attorney Basil Paterson. His father is half Afro-Jamaican. His paternal grandmother, Evangeline Rondon Paterson was secretary to Black Nationalist leader Marcus Garvey.
Germaine Williams (born December 9, 1974) better known by his stage name Canibus, is a Jamaican-American rapper and actor. He rose to fame in the mid-Nineties.
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