Taye Diggs caused a social media firestorm when he revealed he didn’t want his biracial son to identify solely as African-American. But in reality, there are a host of mixed celebrities who are absolutely comfortable with their African-American identity, and proudly celebrate their melting pot backgrounds.

As American continues to brown, here’s a gallery of celebrities who are proud to represent their Blackness fully.

Black & Proud: 29 Mixed Celebrities Who Identify As African-American  was originally published on hellobeautiful.com

1. Bob Marley

Bob Marley

2. Maya Rudolph

Maya Rudolph

3. Victor Cruz

Victor Cruz

4. Rashida Jones

Rashida Jones

5. Misty Copeland

Misty Copeland

6. Maxwell


7. Gugu Mbatha-Raw

Gugu Mbatha-Raw

8. Wentworth Miller

Wentworth Miller

9. Paula Patton

Paula Patton

10. Meagan Good

Meagan Good

11. Lenny Kravitz

Lenny Kravitz

12. Barack Obama

Barack Obama

13. Alicia Keys

Alicia Keys

14. Tracee Ellis Ross

Tracee Ellis Ross

15. Drake


16. J. Cole

J. Cole

17. Matt Barnes

Matt Barnes

18. Jesse Williams

Jesse Williams

19. Mariah Carey

Mariah Carey

20. Sade Adu

Sade Adu

21. Lisa Bonet

Lisa Bonet

22. Halle Berry

Halle Berry

23. Jurnee Smollett and Jussie Smollett-Bell

Jurnee Smollett and Jussie Smollett-Bell

24. Soledad O’ Brien

Soledad O’ Brien

25. Prince


26. The Rock

The Rock

27. Nicole Ari Parker & Boris Kudjoe

Nicole Ari Parker & Boris Kudjoe