Top Celebrities with Jamaican Parents



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Jamaica – our little rock – a small country in the middle of the Caribbean Sea.

Just over 50-years-old, with an estimated population of 2.8 million in 2014, and a total surface area of just 10, 9991 square kilometres.

We’re a small country but despite the nation’s size we’ve produced an astonishing number of world famous celebrities.

Bob Marley, Usain Bolt, Shaggy, Sean Paul…just to name a few.

Yep, definitely likkle but tallawah.

Other stars, that didn’t grow up here, also have the magic of Jamaica in their blood.

Many people know that boxer Lennox Lewis is of Jamaican descent, as well as actress Sheryl Lee Ralph, model/singer Grace Jones and the great Harry Belafonte.

But there are many more world famous people out there that have Jamaican heritage.

Clearly there’s something special in the water!


Here are 13 celebrities you may not have known had Jamaican origins.

1. Kerry Washington

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Olivia Pope the actress that portrays Scandal’s leading lady, Kerry Washington, her mother is Jamaican.



Rapper Tyga’s father is from Jamaica.


Scream and Shout singer and member of the Black Eyed Peas,, has Jamaican parents.

4. Naomi Campbell Coat

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British supermodel, Naomi Campbell, who was recently in the island on vacation with Paris Hilton, was born to a Jamaican mother.

5. Tyson Beckford

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Male model Tyson Beckford’s parents are from Jamaica. He actually lived in the island until he was 7.

6. Mya

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My Love Is Like…Wo singer Mya’s has a yardie father.

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Both of the parents of the late rapper The Notorious B.I.G. are Jamaican.

8. Patrick Ewing


Former NBA star Patrick Ewing was born in Jamaica.

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David Paterson, the first black governor of New York, has a Jamaican father.

10. Busta Rhymes

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Rapper Busta Rhymes has Jamaican parents.

11. Corbin Bleu

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For those of you who remember High School Musical, the only black lead in the movie, actor Corbin Bleu’s father is Jamaican.

12. Al Roker

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Today Show weather man Al Roker’s mother is from the rock.


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