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23 Famous People Who Are Both Black And Jewish

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 10 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.

 

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