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23 Famous People Who Are Both Black and Jewish  

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Curious about the religious affiliations of some of your favorite stars? These famous black Jewish celebrities either converted to Judaism, or were raised in the Jewish faith. Some well-known black Jews are actors while other African American and Jewish celebs are musicians. Several famous black athletes also identify as Jewish.

Who will you find on this list of famous black Jewish people list? Rashida Jones appears here. The Parks and Recreation actress is the daughter of music legend Quincy Jones, who is of African American and Welsh descent, and Twin Peaks actress Peggy Lipton, who is Ashkenazi Jewish. Jones attended Hebrew school until she was ten years old. The Vampire Diaries star Kat Graham also has an African American father and a Jewish mother.

Actor and singer Sammy Davis, Jr. converted to Judaism in 1954 following a terrible car accident. "Even when my own people would complain to me about racism," he said. "I would always say, 'You got it easy. I’m a short, ugly, one-eyed black Jew. What do you think it’s like for me?'" Other celebrities featured on this list include Ben Harper, Drake, and Maya Rudolph.

Who is your favorite black Jewish celebrity? Take a look at this list and get in on the conversation in the comments section.

Drake is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list 23 Famous People Who Are Both Black and Jewish
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Drake's mother, Sandi Graham, is Jewish. The singer attended Jewish school and had a bar mitzvah.

Age: 32

Birthplace: Toronto, Canada

Credits: Degrassi: The Next Generation, Ice Age: Continental Drift, The Hangover Part III, Spring Breakers

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Rashida Jones is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list 23 Famous People Who Are Both Black and Jewish
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Actress Rashida Jones is the daughter of music legend Quincy Jones, who is of African American and Welsh descent,  and Twin Peaks actress Peggy Lipton, who is Ashkenazi Jewish. Jones attended Hebrew school until she was ten years old.

Age: 42

Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States of America

Credits: Parks and Recreation, I Love You, Man, The Social Network, The Muppets

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Sammy Davis, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list 23 Famous People Who Are Both Black and Jewish
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Sammy Davis, Jr. converted to Judaism in 1954 following a terrible car accident. "Even when my own people would complain to me about racism," he said. “I would always say, 'You got it easy. I’m a short, ugly, one-eyed black Jew. What do you think it’s like for me?'"

Age: Dec. at 65 (1925-1990)

Birthplace: Harlem, New York City, New York, United States of America

Credits: Ocean's 11, That's Dancing!, Family Feud, Sammy and Company

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Maya Rudolph is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list 23 Famous People Who Are Both Black and Jewish
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Comedian Maya Rudolph's mother was African American and her father is Ashkenazi Jewish. She explored her Jewish heritage on an episode of the PBS show Finding Your Roots.

Age: 46

Birthplace: Gainesville, Florida, United States of America

Credits: Bridesmaids, Gattaca, Big Hero 6, Idiocracy

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