Famous Americans of Caribbean Descent

The Caribbean and The United States of America have shared a long and prolific history together.  The U.S. has always been the symbol of freedom and prosperity to many in the Caribbean. As a result, we all have family and friends who have emigrated north and contributed to the social, political, educational, and economic prosperity of The United States.  We’d like to highlight a few famous Americans of Caribbean descent who have done just that.

Bahamas

Sir Sidney Poitiersirsidney

Sir Sidney Poitier, KBE, is a Bahamian-American actor, film director, author and diplomat. In 1964, Poitier became the first black person to win an Academy Award for Best Actor.

Beyonce Knowles-Carter

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Mrs. Carter, a musician and businesswoman, born to a Bahamian-American father, recently topped Forbes Magazine’s Most Powerful Celebrity 100 List.

Barbados

Gwen Ifill

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Gwendolyn L. “Gwen” Ifill is an American journalist, television newscaster and author. She is the moderator and managing editor of Washington Week and co-anchor and co-managing editor, with Judy Woodruff, of PBS NewsHour, both of which air on PBS.  Ms. Ifill’s mother is from Barbados.

Eric Holder

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Born to parents of Barbadian descent, Eric Himpton Holder, Jr. is the 82nd Attorney General of the United States, in office since 2009. Holder, serving in the administration of President Barack Obama, is the first African American to hold the position of U.S. Attorney General.

Haiti

Senator Kwame Raoul

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Born to Haitian parents, Kwame Raoul is an American politician and a Democratic member of the Illinois Senate, representing the 13th district since his appointment in 2004.

Jamaica

Dule Hill

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An actor, singer and dancer on both Broadway and television, Hill was born to Jamaican parents.

Sanya Richards-Ross

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Sanya Richards-Ross is a Jamaican American track and field Olympic Champion who competes internationally for the United States.

Collin Powell

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Colin Luther Powell is an American statesman and a retired four-star general in the United States Army born to Jamaican immigrant parents.

Pete Wentz

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Peter Lewis Kingston “Pete” Wentz III is an American musician best known for being the bassist and primary lyricist for the American rock band Fall Out Boy was born to a Jamaican mother.

 Trinidad & Tobago

Romany Malco

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Romany Romanic Malco, Jr. is an actor, comedian and music producer born to Trinidadian parents. He is currently starring in Think Like A Man 2.

This list does not scratch the surface of those of Caribbean descent making their mark  in The United States. There are so many others that we have not highlighted! We take pride in the contributions they’ve made and wish them and all of you in The U.S. a Happy Independence Day!

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