15 Black Celebrities Who Traced Their DNA Roots

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4. Michael K. Williams

Michael K. Williams got his start in the movie business after he was discovered by rapper/actor Tupac Shakur and was cast to play his little brother in the movie Bullet. Williams was born and raised in Brooklyn, his father is from down south and his mother hails from the Bahamas, but for years he was encouraged by his friend and fellow actor Isaiah Washington to find out where his family roots really lie. After having his DNA analyzed, the “Boardwalk Empire” star found out his ancestors are from the Mende tribe of Sierra Leone, just like Washington.

5. Wyatt Cenac


Comedian Wyatt Cenac has been making audiences laugh for nearly two decades and impersonated President Barack Obama when he was just a junior senator from Chicago. The funny man had his DNA analyzed and discovered his ancestors are from the Yoruba tribe in Nigeria. Cenac most recently has appeared on Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show” as a correspondent until his final appearance on the show in December 2012.

6. Jessica Williams

Jessica Williams was born and raised in California and got her start on Nickelodeon’s “Just For Laughs” in 2006. Since signing up as a correspondent on Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show,” she has relocated to New York City. After having her DNA analyzed, the 24-year-old found out her roots travel much farther than that. Williams’ can trace her family lineage all the way back to the Bamileke tribe of Cameroon.

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