18 Celebrities You Didn’t Know Were Black

1. Nicole Richie

The co-star of The Simple Life doesn’t have such a simple ethnic background. Her biological father, Peter Michael Escovedo, is of Afro-Mexican decent, and she also has Creole and Spanish ancestry. Richie was also raised by a prominent black celebrity – musician Lionel Richie.


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At the age of 3, the Richies took in Nicole in hopes of giving her a better life. They legally adopted Nicole Richie when she was 9. Also worth noting is that Michael Jackson is Richie’s godfather. Unfortunately, she became best friends with Paris Hilton and had an awful reality show. But then she stopped being friends with Paris and got her life back on track.

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