In no particular order this is a list of my favorite Creole, High Yellow, Redbone, honey-toned Halfrican American, Blatinas & mixed-race women.
DISCLOSURE: By sharing my list understand this was NOT composed by a consensus but rather one that simply reflects my taste in tawny beauties and nothing more.
Classy, graceful, & intelligent, Salli Elise Richardson was born November 23, 1967, in Chicago, Illinois. Salli's acting career was first nurtured in the theater and, ever since, she has been on a non-stop journey to success. Her first feature performance was in 1991 as "Denise" in Up Against the Wall
Alicia Keys was born in Hell's Kitchen, Manhattan, to Teresa (Augello), a paralegal who was also an occasional actress, and Craig Cook, a flight attendant. Her father is African-American, and her mother, who is caucasian, is of Italian and English/Irish/Scottish ancestry. Alicia began taking piano lessons at age seven at her mother's insistence...
Vanessa Lynn Williams is one of the most respected and multi-faceted performers in entertainment today. She has conquered the musical charts, Broadway, music videos, television and motion pictures. She has sold millions of albums worldwide and she has achieved critical acclaim as an actress on stage, in film and on television...
Vanity was a glamorous Canadian model and lead singer of the all-girl group "Vanity 6". She specialized in playing sultry female characters often in trouble with the law. Vanity was born Denise Katrina Matthews in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada, the daughter of Helga Senyk and James Levia Matthews...
Jeanene Fox grew up on a small island in the Bahamas. Her mother, Diane Gerace, was a Canadian Olympic High Jumper and her father, Ulrich Fox, was the first entrepreneur to manufacture ice in the Bahamas. Jeanene began her modeling career at the age of 15, when a German photographer discovered her climbing a fruit tree on Paradise Island...
Rachel Luttrell is an accomplished actress and singer who has worked in film, television and on stage. Rachel Zawadi Luttrell was born in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania, and is the second-born of four daughters to Veronica Makihiyo Shenkunde Luttrell, the daughter of a powerful medicine man of the Washambala tribes people...
Paula Patton was born in Los Angeles, California, to Joyce (Vanraden) and Charles Patton. Her father is African-American and her mother, who is caucasian, has German, English, and Dutch ancestry. Her family lived across the street from the 20th Century Fox lot when she was growing up and she was a fan of films from her earliest years...
Jennifer Beals was born in December 1963 in Chicago, Illinois and grew up in the city. With a life-long desire for acting, Beals first appeared in small high school plays and even got an uncredited bit part in My Bodyguard
in 1980. After graduation, she enrolled in college at Yale University, studying American literature...
Kathrine recently (past 4 years) worked in casting on HBO's 61*, when Billy Crystal was director. The casting department won the Emmy for the show. She also worked in casting on 8 Mile and Hardball, these films all shot in Detroit. She is working on independent films and currently in production for...
Lonette McKee's career began in the music industry in hometown Detroit, Michigan as a child prodigy, where she began playing keyboards composing music and lyrics, singing and performing professionally at a young age. At fourteen she recorded her first record, "Stop Don't Worry 'Bout It" which became an instant regional Pop/R&B hit...
Selita Ebanks is best known for appearing in the 2007 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit edition and for her work as a Victoria's Secrets lingerie model. She appeared in six Victoria's Secret fashion Shows from 2005 to 2010 and was a Victoria's Secret Angel from 2005 to 2009. She has worked also as an actress making appearances on The Apprentice
Born and raised in Cape Town, South Africa, Lesley-Ann Brandt has become one of the biggest South African exports via New Zealand after immigrating to Auckland with her parents and brother in 1999. With her mixed ethnic background, Lesley-Ann is Hollywood's exciting new discovery. As a child, she participated in almost every kindergarten and school play and was a natural singer...
Melanie Brown, aka "Mel B", best known as "Scary Spice" of the worldwide sensation singing group "The Spice Girls", is a chart-topping musical artist, actress, author, television personality and groundbreaking entrepreneur who is set to launch her own fashion line. Few artists have moved so effortlessly from one artistic medium to another as Mel B...
Joan Smalls is a fashion supermodel best known for her work Givenchy, Estée Lauder and as a Victoria's Secrets lingerie model. She appeared in five Victoria's Secret Fashion shows from 2011 through 2015. She has been a face Estee Lauder since 2011, and was the first Latina to represent Estée Lauder...
Daughter of musician Pete Escovedo
, Sheila E. became one of the top female musicians during the 1980s due to her fierce drumming style and her Latin rhythms. A former protégé of Prince
, Sheila became a drummer in his band before branching off into solo musical projects. In addition to being considered the best female drummer alive...
Karyn Parsons grew up the only child in historic Hollywood, California. At an early age, Parsons was an aspiring dancer whose only words were "Keep Trying". Nonetheless, Karyn had torn out a knee ligament from which she'd retired from dancing at an early pre-teen age. Then, at thirteen, Parsons gotten inspired by the craft of acting when seeing her schoolmates perform in George Bernard Shaw
Meta Golding is of Haitian descent but was raised in the United States, India, France and Italy as well as Haiti itself. She competed on ice as an Italian national figure skater, but when an injury ended her skating career she started acting in Italian theatre. Later she returned to the USA to attend Cornell University where she earned degrees in Theatre Arts and International Relations...
Kat Graham is a music artist, actress and producer, best known for her starring role in the hit TV show "The Vampire Diaries." Born in Geneva, Switzerland, Kat speaks four languages - English, Spanish, French and Hebrew - and is the daughter of a Liberian father and a Russian Jewish mother. At the age of 6...
Lisa Bonet was born in San Francisco, California, to Arlene Joyce (Litman), a teacher, and Allen Bonet, an opera singer. She has lived most of her life in New York and Los Angeles, where she attended Reseda High School and Celluloid Actor's Studio. Her father was African-American and her mother was Ashkenazi Jewish (from a family from Poland and Russia)...
Rashida Jones was born in Los Angeles, the younger daughter of media mogul, producer, and musician Quincy Jones
and actress Peggy Lipton
. She has an older sister, Kidada Jones
, and five half-siblings by her father's other relationships. Her father is African-American, and also has Welsh ancestry...
Nicole Lyn was born in Brampton, Ontario, Canada to parents Cheryl Gabay and Peter Lyn. Her love for the arts began at 3-years-old, when she started taking dance classes in her hometown. She loved performing so much, she was soon modeling and appearing in Canadian and U.S. national commercials, which led to regular roles on 2 Canadian series (Ramona
and Eric's World
) by age 12...
Pam Grier was born in Winston-Salem, NC, one of four children of Gwendolyn Sylvia (Samuels), a nurse, and Clarence Ransom Grier Jr., an Air Force mechanic. Pam has been a major African-American star from the early 1970s. Her career started in 1971, when Roger Corman
of New World Pictures launched her with The Big Doll House
Claudia's parents met when her father was in the Air Force, stationed at Brindisi, Italy where he met her mother, an Italian native. She was born and raised in Providence, Rhode Island where as an East Providence High School student, she was selected for the All State Track and Field team. She participated in three Junior Olympics and finished third in the long jump at the East Coast Invitational...
Catherine Burdon began her acting career in commercials while attending McMaster University (Hamilton, Ontario) for an Honors degree in Computer Science. With her eye on the big screen Catherine's acting career started to take shape in 1998 when she landed her first role in the feature film "Woo" starring Jada Pinkett Smith, Tommy Davidson and LL Cool J...
Beyoncé was born in Houston, Texas. Her father, Mathew Knowles
, manages Destiny's Child
. Her mother, Tina Knowles
(née Celestine Ann Beyincé), designs their glittering costumes. Solange Knowles
, her sister (they're about 5 years apart), has released her debut album. She dances with her big sister during DC-3 concerts. Beyoncé is of African-American and Creole descent...
Halle Berry was born in Cleveland, Ohio. Her father, Jerome Jesse Berry, was African-American, and worked as a hospital attendant. Her mother, Judith Ann (Hawkins), who is Caucasian, has English and German ancestry, and is a retired psychiatric nurse. Halle has an older sister named Heidi Berry
Jessica Lucas (born September 24, 1985) is a Canadian actress and singer. She is known for her roles in television, such as Edgemont, Melrose Place, and Cult, and in the films The Covenant, Cloverfield and the 2013 Evil Dead. She also starred in the music video for Coldplay's 2014 single "True Love"...
Judith Shekoni was brought up in Manchester, England. Relocating to London at 18 she modelled around the world before gaining her break into acting via the popular BBC TV show Casualty. Working in the UK including Eastenders (BBC) and gritty Hallmark drama The Hidden City, Judiths' acting career took her to America where during extensive theatre training she worked on every major US network...
Ana Beatriz Barros
Ana Beatriz Barros is one of the top Brazillian models in the world, working for high profile fashion labels including Victoria's Secret, Guess, Sisley's and Sports Illustrated. Born on the 29th of May, 1982, in Itabira Brazil, Ana started her modeling career at the tender age of 14 when she was spotted by a director of Elite...
Megalyn Ann Echikunwoke was born May 28, 1983 in Spokane, Washington. Her father is Nigerian and her mother is of Caucasian descent. Her last name Echikunwoke means "leader of men" and Megalyn is the granddaughter of a Nigerian tribal leader of the Igbo, which technically makes her African royalty. She is known for playing "Nicole Palmer" in the first season of 24
Carmen Ejogo was born in Kensington, London, England, to a Nigerian father and a Scottish mother. Ejogo grew up in London. Ejogo's television career began in the UK in the early 1990s, where she presented the children's series Saturday Disney
. Subsequently, she has had an acting career in the US. She has appeared in _Metro_ with Eddie Murphy
Naja is a multi-faceted news anchor, journalist and writer/producer. Her fun personality and unique camera presence provides audiences with a fresh twist on entertainment news and women's lifestyle content in fashion, beauty, fitness and health. Naja's love for media broadcast lead her to studying broadcast journalism...
Catherine A. Callahan
Catherine Ann Callahan is an Actress, Writer and Filmmaker known for Billions (2016) The Jim Gaffigan Show (2015) and LI Divas (2014) After graduating from Cornell University, she soon began her career in New York City and has been seen in several National Television Commercials and Guest Star roles...
Originally from Watford England, Sharon Carpenter moved to New York City to study at Pace University and graduated magna cum laude with a BBA degree in business management. Carpenter began her career in broadcast news as an associate producer for WWOR-TV ('my9 News') in New York before moving on to work as a producer at 'BET Nightly News'...
was born and raised in Massachusetts where she trained as a dancer and performed with the Boston Ballet for four years. She received her BFA degree in musical theatre from Syracuse University. Taking time out in her junior year to take part in a national tour of "West Side Story", Wilson was well on her way to a successful acting career...
This stunning and resourceful actress has been primarily a film player thus far. Only recently has she been opening herself up more to doing television (the series Gemini Division
, which she executive-produced), and animated voice-overs. Dawson's powerhouse talent stands out the most in edgy, urban filming that dates back to 1995 when she was only sixteen...
Adriana Francesca Lima was born on June 12, 1981 in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil. At the tender age of 13, Adriana entered the Ford Supermodel of the World Contest, where her unique beauty, derived from her Native-Brazilian, African-Brazilian, Portuguese, French, and Caribbean heritage, won her second place...
Tamera Darvette Mowry was born on July 6, 1978, two minutes before her twin sister, Tia Mowry-Hardrict
, in Gelnhausen, Hesse, Germany to Darlene Mowry
and Timothy Mowry
, who was in the U.S. Army at the time of her birth and later became a custody officer/jailer with the City of Glendale Police Department...
Laís Riberio is best known for her work as a Victoria's Secret lingerie model. She has been modeling for Victoria's Secret since 2010 appearing in five Victoria's Secrets Fashion Shows from 2010 to 2015,. Riberio became a Victoria's Secret Angel in April 2015. Riberio has worked with some of the biggest names in the industry in a variety of international shows and campaigns...
Gugu, short for Gugulethu which is Zulu for "Our Pride", was born in the John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford, England. Her mother, Anne Raw, is a Caucasian English nurse, and her father, Patrick Mbatha, is a Black South African doctor. Her parents separated when she was a year old, and she was brought up by her mother in the town of Witney...
Christine Flores (born September 26, 1981), better known as Christina Milian is an American singer, songwriter and actress. At the age of 19, Milian signed a contract with Def Jam. In 2001, Milian released her self-titled debut album, which featured the singles "AM to PM" and "When You Look at Me"; "AM to PM" charted within the Top 40 of the U.S...
Dania is a Latin American actress born in the Dominican Republic. She grew up, living with her grandmother, in a poor household. Her parents left for the United States, when she was 6-months old, and she finally joined them in New York when she was age 10. She knew from a young age that she wanted to act...
Daniella Alonso was born in New York City, to a large family of Puerto Rican, Peruvian, and Japanese descent, and was raised in an all-women household. At age fifteen, she was discovered by the Ford Modeling Agency, and began booking jobs for teen magazines like Seventeen, YM, and Teen, which led to her booking commercials for Clairol...
Growing up in New York City, Tristin was with the Ford Modeling Agency where she quickly became one of the top child models in the country. She would later land several national commercials such as Kraft Cheese, Play Skool Kool- Aid, Sunkist, ROSS, McDonald's and Hershey's. Tristin was also in several Broadway productions to include Disney's...
Monica Raymund stars as Gabriela Dawson in NBC's drama "Chicago Fire." A graduate of The Juilliard School, she is the recipient of the John Houseman Award for her commitment and dedication. Immediately following her graduation, she went on to star opposite Tim Roth for three seasons in "Lie to Me." During this time...
Britne Oldford has a background in music, dance, and theatre. She attended an arts intensive program, majoring in drama at a renowned arts school from her freshman to senior year of vocation, which proved vital in her transition into the entertainment industry. Residing in New York City, Britne has been actively perusing her acting career with notable success since the age of 18...
Amber Stevens West
Stevens was born in Los Angeles, California. She is the daughter of actor and radio announcer Shadoe Stevens, and former model Beverly Cunningham. She has a younger sister named Chyna Rose Stevens. She is a graduate of Beverly Hills High School. Her father is Caucasian (of Norwegian, German, English, and Dutch descent) and her mother is African-American (and part Comanche).
In September 2009, Rose announced plans to launch her own line of eye wear. She walked the runway at New York Fashion Week for "Celestino". She has said that being with Wiz Khalifa was the best decision she made after going through a rough relationship with ex-boyfriend Kanye West because he was cheating with Kim Kardashian...
Gloria has been featured in the spinoff weekly series of VH1's #1 franchise, Basketball Wives
, which is set to return for its next season this fall. The exciting drama-filled and, often controversial, Basketball Wives LA
series, follows a group of women who navigate the ups and down of their relationships (and each other) while dealing with life in the spotlight...