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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: 30

Profession: Record producer, Songwriter, Rapper, Actor, Composer, + more

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

Also Ranked

#1 on The Best Canadian Rappers

#61 on The Greatest Rappers of All Time

#30 on The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name

#23 on A Definitive Ranking of Rappers as Actors

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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: 41

Profession: Film Producer, Screenwriter, Author, Actor, Voice acting, + more

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

Also Ranked

#82 on Famous Women You'd Want to Have a Beer With

#73 on The Funniest Jewish Comedians And Actors

#45 on Celebrities You Want On Your Trivia Team

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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: Died at 65 (1925-1990)

Profession: Television producer, Musician, Film Producer, Actor, Singer, + more

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

Also Ranked

#56 on The Greatest Broadway Stars of All Time

#45 on The Greatest Black Actors in Film History

#31 on The Best Oscar Hosts Ever

#18 on The Best Emmy Hosts Ever

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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: 44

Profession: Comedian, Actor, Voice acting, Singer

Credits: Bridesmaids, Gattaca, Big Hero 6, Idiocracy

Also Ranked

#40 on The Greatest Black Actresses of All Time

#32 on The Best SNL Cast Members of All Time

#6 on The Funniest Female SNL Alumni

#28 on The Most Successful Saturday Night Live Alumni

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