16 Famous Women Of Proud African And Asian Heritage


In recent weeks, the #StopAsianHate movement has gained momentum as everyday civilians and celebrities alike speak out against atta-cks aimed at Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. As a result of false information spread by our former commander-in-chief and those of a similar ilk during the pan-demic, there has been an uptick in hate c-rimes aimed at members of these communities.

And while plenty are of the mindset that discrimination toward any human being requires action, others don’t quite realize just how close to home this issue hits for members of our community as well.

We recently spoke to rapper Saweetie who shared her plans to help members of the African-American and Asian-American communities with her newly created Icy Baby Foundation. But the Bay area beauty is just one of many famous women with shared Asian and African ancestry who’s also subjected to discrimination from both sides. Scroll down to discover others you may not have known about.

1. Saweetie

Rapper Saweetie’s mother is of Filipina-Chinese descent while her father is African American.


2. Kelis

Singer Kelis’s mom is Chinese-Puerto Rican and her father is African American.

3. Dawn-Lyen Gardner

Queen Sugar star Dawn-Lyen Gardner has a Black father and a Chinese mother.

4. Robinne Lee

Actress Robinne Lee’s Jamaican parents are of Chinese, British and African descent.

5. Amerie

Singer Amerie’s mother is South Korean and her dad is African American

6. Sharon Leal

Actress Sharon Leal’s mom is Filipina and her father is African American.

7. Karrueche

Claws star Karrueche Tran was born to a Vietnamese mother and a Jamaican-American father.

8. Denyce Lawton

Actress Denyce Lawton was born in her mother’s native home of Seoul, South Korea. Her father is African-American.

9. Chanel Iman

Model Chanel Iman’s mother is Korean and her father is African American.

10. Jhene Aiko

Jhene Aiko’s mother is of Dominican and Japanese descent while her father is of Native American, African American and German-Jewish descent.

11. Ayesha Curry

Ayesha Curry’s mother is of Afro-Jamaican and Chinese-Jamaican descent while her father has African American and Polish heritage.

12. Naomi Osaka

Tennis star Naomi Osaka’s mother is from Japan and her father is from Haiti.

13. Cassie

Cassie’s mom is of African-American, Mexican, and West Indian descent while her father is Filipino.

14. Kimora Lee Simmons

Fashion designer Kimora Lee Simmons was born to a Korean-Japanese mother and an African-American father.

15. Rae Dawn Chong

Actress Rae Dawn Chong’s famous father Tommy Chong is of Chinese and Scottish-Irish descent while her mother is Black Canadian.

16. Naomi Campbell

Supermodel Naomi Campbell has Afro-Jamaican and Chinese-Jamaican heritage.

This is how people reacted to this post:

Jean WigginsYes we all hsve some mix race get that test and you will find out you are mix with other races

Abbey ColeHere in America we are fixated on ethnicity, skin tone, & what someone is mixed with! Pull that skin off & we are all the same!

Marlena Hunter I have such a funny story during a flight to Austria.

I was sitting next to a guy who was fascinated by this artist and her hit song (he had so much admiration on American hip hop) all the sudden he started singing this song. And it’s one of those songs you can’t resist.. so we were both singing her song mid-flight hit song (he had so much admiration on American hip hop) all the sudden he started singing this song. And it’s one of those song?. “My milkshake brings all the boys to the yard..”

Lawrena Ansah MensahAfricans are proud and happy people, we don’t need famous people to make us feel better about ourselves.

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