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Celebrities with Caribbean roots

The Caribbean is a beautiful, tropical grouping of over 700 islands, islets, cays, and reefs, and is broken up into 30 territories. The clear, blue waters surrounding these islands are full of tropical fish and sea life. Several famous actors, athletes and musicians are of Caribbean descent. Take a look at this list and share your thoughts in the comments section.

Born in the Barbados parish of Saint Michael in 1988, Robyn Rihanna Fenty began honing her throaty, arresting vocals at an early age, influenced by such iconic talents as Madonna, Bob Marley, Janet Jackson and Mariah Carey.

Rihanna
Rihanna
Sean Kingston

Born Kisean Anderson in Miami, Florida, Kingston was the first of three children born to Janice Turner. Kingston’s family moved to Kingston, Jamaica, when he was six. Kingston attended Ocho Rios High School in Ocho Rios for three years before migrating back to the United States.

Born Onika Tanya Maraj on December 8, 1982, in Saint James, Trinidad and Tobago and moved with her family to Queens, New York, when she was five years old.

Nicki Minaj
Notorious B.I.G.
Notorious B.I.G.

Christopher George Latore Wallace, aka Biggie Smalls and the Notorious B.I.G., was born on May 21, 1972 in Brooklyn, New York. His parents both hailed from the Caribbean island of Jamaica.

Born Nel Ust Wyclef Jean on October 17, 1969 in Croix-des-Bouquets, Haiti. With a distinctive lilt to his voice, Wyclef fit perfectly into the makeup of the Fugees, the group with which he would find international fame in the 1990s, and whose signature sound blended rugged rhymes and sweet songs.

Wyclef Jean
Wyclef Jean
Foxy Brown

Born Inga DeCarlo Fung Marchand on September 6, 1978, better known by her stage name Foxy Brown. She is of mixed Afro-Trinidadian, Indo-Trinidadian and Chinese Trinidadian descent.

Born James Todd Smith on January 14, 1968, in Bay Shore, New York, better known by his stage name LL Cool J (short for Ladies Love Cool James). LL Cool J has Bajan roots.

LL Cool J
Tyga

Micheal Ray Stevenson, known by his stage name Tyga was born in Compton, California, on November 19, 1989. He is of Vietnamese and Jamaican descent.

Naomi Elaine Campbell was born on May 22, 1970 in Streatham, South London, the daughter of Jamaican-born dancer Valerie Morris. Campbell is of Afro-Jamaican descent, as well as of Chinese Jamaican ancestry through her paternal grandmother, who carried the family name “Ming”.

Naomi Campbell
Meagan Good

Meagan Monique Good-Franklin was born on August 8, 1981, in Panorama City, Los Angeles, California. Her paternal grandfather is from Barbados.

Born Jason Joel Desrouleaux on September 21, 1989 Miramar, Florida, known professionally as Jason Derulo. Derulo is the son of Haitian parents.

Jason Derulo
Jason Derulo
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