Celebrating Black History Month: 16 Celebrities With African-American Roots

February marks the celebration of Black History Month in the United States and Canada. The annual month-long observance of African-American history first took place in 1970 at Kent State University. In honor of Black History Month, we're highlighting 16 celebrities with African-American roots:

1. Esperanza Spalding

Esperanza Spalding

The 29-year-old three-time Grammy Award winner was born to an African American father and mother of Welsh, Native American and Hispanic descent.

2. Kid Cudi

Kid Cudi

Born Scott Mescudi, the "Day and Night" singer is Mexican on his father's side and African American on his mother's side.

3. Victor Cruz

Victor Cruz

The New York Giants player was born to an African American father and Puerto Rican mother.

4. Stacey Dash

Stacey Dash

The former Single Ladies star is Barbadian, African American and Mexican.

5. Reagan Gomez-Preston

Reagan Gomez-Preston

Reagan was born to a Puerto Rican mother and African American father.

6. Cassie Ventura

Cassie Ventura

The "Me & U" singer is Filipino, African American, Mexican and West Indian.

7. Shar Jackson

Shar Jackson

The 37-year-old actress' father is of Puerto Rican and Mexican descent, while her mother is of African American and Native American descent.

8. Mariah Carey

Mariah Carey

The New York-born singer is of African American, Venezuelan, and Irish descent.

9. Kelis


The "Milkshake" singer's father was African American (he passed away in 2000) and her mother is Puerto Rican and Chinese.

10. Tristan Wilds

Tristan Wilds

Also known as Mack Wilds, Tristan is of African American, Irish, and Dominican descent.

11. Carmelo Anthony

Carmelo Anthony

The New York Knicks star was born to a Puerto Rican mother and African American father.

12. Fabolous


The 36-year-old hip hop artist is of Dominican and African American descent.

13. Gloria Govan

Gloria Govan

The Basketball Wives star is Mexican and African American.

14. Sabi


The 26-year-old singer, who was featured on Cobra Starship's hit single "You Make Me Feel," was born to a Salvadoran mother and African American father.

15. Miguel


Born Miguel Jontel Pimentel, the "How Many Drinks" singer's father is Mexican and his mother is African American.

16. Naya Rivera

Naya Rivera

The gorgeous Glee star is of Puerto Rican, African American, and German descent.