Recently, Nicole Richie–daughter of music legend Lionel Richie–stopped by DJ Whoo Kid’s radio show to discuss her NBC show Fashion Star.

While Nicole was discussing the show, Whoo Kid jokingly asked why he couldn’t be a contestant. Nicole quickly quipped, “Because you’re black.” The group went onto to laugh at the joke and Nicole asked the fellas if they could tell she was black.

Nicole, who is the adopted daughter of Lionel Richie and his ex-wife Brenda, is said to be biracial, but because she was adopted, no one, except her people, really knows.

While I could care less how she identifies, especially considering the drama surrounding her parentage, some people aren’t too happy Richie seems to be claiming her black card when it’s cool and convenient.

But what do you think? And why should it even matter?

  • hmmm

    dont care…and yes it is quite convenient that she’s talking about it now.

  • CurlySue

    I remember seeing pics of her as a little girl. I always figured she was mixed. Is that not well-known?

  • http://afrikanmami.blogspot.com African Mami

    They should just call themselves the tailor made or more conveniently the customized race. You can ONLY claim black when there is need to be cool or seek empathy! Whatev. Ur ass still black to me…

    Now onto more pressing matters, say what Nicole got some black in hurrr?! The white genetics were stroooooooooong oo like cassava.

  • jazzyphile

    Ain’t she suppose to be the “love child” of Pete Escovedo (Sheila E’s daddy). I believe they are Columbian. This makes her E’s half sister.

  • http://musedmagonline.com Drew-Shane

    Leave Nicole alone! Does she have to go around announcing her race? We forget everyone knows she’s MIXED with something– yes, even white folks know. I’ve never heard her claiming to be white either though… maybe I’m wrong.

  • http://afrikanmami.blogspot.com African Mami

    Meow. yes.

  • Kacey

    Well, I always knew she was biracial. The thing that surprised me was that she was adopted. I think she bears a resemblance Lionel Richie, so I was surprised to learn that she wasn’t his biological daughter.

    In terms of her pulling the black card only when she’s in certain circles, well, that’s nothing new – during slavery (and especially in the years immediately following the civil war) runaway or free mixed raced people who were “passing” would often only feel free to reveal their true identity to other blacks when they needed their help in some way or to gain acceptance. *shrugs*

  • omfg

    i don’t think it’s new that she considers herself black. i’ve heard her identify herself as black in the past.

  • Bee

    I’ve always known that Nicole Richie was biracial. Her father is Peter Escavedo (Sheila E.’s brother) and her mother is black. Nicole looked biracial as a child.

  • apple

    is me or is most of these men thirsty in here?

    and in society (mostly) it doesn’t really matter where you come from, but what you look like. i’m sure if she looked black, she would have to say she’s black (more often)

  • http://commentarybyvalentina.wordpress.com/ Val

    One of Sheila’s brothers is Nicole’s biological father. And Sheila is Mexican and African American.

  • http://afrikanmami.blogspot.com African Mami

    so she was born out of an incestuous relationship?! somebody up thurr talked about sheila e being her mother, you saying one of her brothers is her father……this is insane…the saga continues.

  • Lawddd

    Nicole Ritchie has said she’s black for years now. This is nothing new. I used to (secretly) watch that reality show she had with Paris Hilton back in the day and she mentioned several times that she was black.

  • http://stephanietalktome.blogspot.com Stephanie

    So what’s the problem with her claiming her ethnicity? You’re damned if you do and damned if you don’t.

    People will always have a problem with what you do. So do what you’re going to do anyway.

    My family is Jamaican but I was born in America. So I say I’m black if asked to categorize myself or Jah-American.

    I know Africans that have a problem with the term African-Americans.

    Hell I applied for a scholarship to college when I graduated from HS years ago and I was told that I’m not African-American. You needed to have African-American lineage for the scholarship.

    What she wants to call herself is her business….you’re damned if you do and damned if you don’t. Don’t put yourself in a box to please people.

  • Yulez

    Nicole is openly black! She’s not a denier of the Woods persuasion. Her father is Sheila E’s bro, Peter. Her mom is an unknown black woman, said to have been one of Lionel’s back up singers.

  • Bosslady

    I’m not particularly a Nicole Ritchie fan, however she has ALWAYS claimed to be black. I remember many years ago in an interview she said she has a few racial and ethnic backgrounds in her but she classifies herself as African American. and always has. The end.

  • Bosslady

    Thank you! Black people just love to claim, she can claim what she wants, but I remember her always saying she was black when her and Paris Hilton were bff.

  • Leo the Yardie Chick

    Sounds like Zoe Saldana all over again. No matter how many times she says she’s black (proudly, too), folks scream, “No, you’re not!” because she doesn’t fit their Black Criteria to the letter. *le sigh*

  • iQgraphics

    “Everybody wanna be a n!66a, but don’t nobody wanna be a n!66a” -Paul Mooney

  • BLUE OCEA BREEZY

    I’ve been a fan of Nicole Richie’s since I first noticed how funny she was on The Simple Life and have been following her ever since. I’ve never seen her claim she was Black when in was most convenient. Likewise, I’ve always known she was biracial.

    *When someone says they could care less, they are implying that they care to a degree. It should be COULDN’T CARE LESS

  • Mimi

    Me too. I remember watching something on the Style Network (don’t judge me) about makeup and they interviewed her and she was talking about how she has a hard time finding a shade to match her black skin. She’s never hidden the fact that she’s black. I’m just glad she’s put on a few pounds because about 5 years ago, she looked like she was on death’s doorstep!

  • http://cree7.wordpress.com Cree Seven

    Contrary to how it used to be, a person CAN be white and have a black parent. The U.S. Census has a category for such people on the most recent census. And, simple observation will confirm it. Being white means being allowed to function as such. Do you know any people who are not white who are paid big money for doing nothing but being famous? Even Flava Flav had an act.

  • Mocha

    I think that if Nicole wants people to see her as being black, she might want to put it out there more. I know of some biracial entertainers and they don’t put out that they’re black when an particular opportunity comes around. People wouldn’t believe it because she doesn’t really represent it. Maya Rudolph comes to mind. She doesn’t have a poster on her chest, but her work reflects that she acknowleges her AA blood. So it’s out there, at the same time..maybe the media doesn’t focus on that because they CHOOSE not to. But I think if she wants people to see her as a black woman..she needs to relate/identify with them.

  • MauMau7

    I’m gonna give her KUDOS for even bringing it up!!

  • http://Roslynhardyholcomb.com Roslyn Hardy Holcomb

    The girl name her dog Honey Chile, if that’s not black I don’t know what is. And I still believe she’s biologically related to Brenda, they look so much alike it’s bizarre. Even her daughter looks like Brenda, especially those deep set eyes.

  • Elle

    Thing is, she has said it in a few interviews before when asked. She is black and I believe her birth parents are latino/white/ and the other is black. I’m not understanding the notion of her “using the black card” when its convienent? What is the black card?? What does she have to be doing in order to claim it?

    I also want to know what black Criteria means? Because Zoe sisters look black, she looks black but she is also latina, which can be black as well. She is mixed and she is made up two cultures so to me she can embrace them both if she wants. I would love to hear you all comments with getting too deep, just let me know what “black criteria” means.

  • jas

    We shoiuldn’t expect people to identify themself as black to make us cofortable. And she has claimed to be black before! Black people just weren’t interested in her.

  • binks

    Agreed, we know she is biracial but to my knowledge she always refered and identifed herself as black. But if I didn’t know her I would guess she had some black in her despite her main features anyway

  • Creoleyaya

    NIcole has always said she was black. This isn’t anything new!!!

  • Leo the Yardie Chick

    I used Black Criteria to cover the various (usually stupid) reasons other people have used to say why so-and-so “isn’t really black”. In Zoe’s case, those Criteria folks like to say that her also calling herself ‘Latina’ along with Black means ‘she hates herself’. *eye roll* An on-line acquaintance also told me that an older black woman looked down on her because ‘Real Black People don’t go to museums’. I wish I could say I made that up. >_<

  • Jolie

    AH…you’ve got to love America….where the ‘blackness’ spans the spectrum of all colours…oh well…great to know thats how she understand, but i guess as someone who is foreign-born, i will never understand this…but i guess its because the ODR has always been pretty much an American concept….wonder if thats what she calls herself even when she is outside the U.S…or better yet has she been to Africa and tried to call herself that?,..no offence, just asking

  • http://www.sherpagirljourney.comm Sherpagirl

    Elle, thank you for posing the question about the “Black Card”! People of color, especially in the US still operate under the rules of the old rules. Remember putting you in box was easier for the powers that be, because they were able to control you better!
    Being “black” really doesn’t have anything to do with color, more to do with what you feel as we range in hues from white, to deep chocolate. We also range in ethnicities, and you should be able to tell folks what that it without getting chewed out. Just love yourself, and don’t worry about what others think,because I learned a long time ago you will never be able to make everyone happy just be positive & live your life!

  • lulu

    black people are their own worst enemy. leave nicole alone

  • HowApropos…

    She claimed her ancestry on her reality show with Paris Hilton.

    I think it may have to do with acculturation for her children, so they know where they come from.

    Good on her.

  • Not the same

    Her biological mother is black, and to top it off she was raised by black people. Just because she kicks it with Paris doesn’t make her any less Black. IMO she’s more Blacker than the biracial stars Black people claim (Halle Berry)

  • BlueOceanBreezy

    1. Nicole being friends with Paris has nothing to do with how ‘black’ she is. Besides, they have known each other since they were toddlers.

    2. What is ‘more Blacker’? It should either be, “She is more Black than…” or “She is Blacker than…” But really, how does one define another person’s ‘Blackness’?

  • Georgia

    Mmmm…no…I clearly remember early interviews with Zoe when she said she wasn’t black, so not the same…

  • Kesha

    I co-op with everyone else who has said this: Nicole has always said that she is black. However, if she is of mixed race, she can claim whatever she wants to and it wouldn’t be a diss. It would be just her stating who she is. This article is making something out of nothing.

  • http://commentarybyvalentina.wordpress.com/ Val

    @African Mami

    Lmao! Sheila E is Nicole’s aunt! She is not her mother.

  • Jess

    For the last time, ZOE SALDANA IS NOT MIXED!! Geesh people, get a clue! She’s a black latino/Afro Latino – both of her parents are Black/African descended, from a Latin country.

    It’s no different than us being Black American/African american/U.S. descended Blacks – African descended people from the United States. Just as Gabrielle Union is not “mixed” in that sense, neither is Zoe. I just had to get that off my chest.

  • Jess

    Jolie, blackness comes in all shades in many parts of the Americas, not just United States. In Brazil, blacks come in a full range of colors and shades, Puerto Rico, which is a U.S. commonwealth, has Black latinos ranging from very light to very dark.

    And in countries like uruguay, you find blacks who range from very dark to very light, with various looks in between.

    Plus, a lot of Africans range in color – there are light-ish ethiopians, maybe not as light as some Black Americans get, but definitely light and full blooded african.

    i never understand why this is so hard for foreign-born people to understand. if you look at people from india, they range from very light to very dark, and everybody seems to get that. but some people dont get light-skinned american blacks? weird.

  • Jess

    totally agree lulu

  • Jess

    also, please note that back in the day, people in ghana, west africa loved W.E.B. Dubois, and he went there to live foe some years, and even died there, and he could pass for white, especially as he got older. But ghanaians still knew thathe was bLACK.

    just because some Africans are ignorant of the history of the Americas doesnt change who we are.

    for example, just because A person from India or may look like a Black person of U.S. or American descent, it doesn’t change the fact that they are still from India. Alternately, just because a greek white person may look like some very light skinned blacks doesnt make that greek person Black, or a black person white. like for example, charlize theron, no matter how much she may want to, can and will never ever be Black.

  • blahres

    I am there with Jolie. You can be “full-blooded” black african and be as white/light….uhm – not unless you are an albino. This whole vanilla to ebony thing is kind of ludicrous. These are mixed black individuals, who are either mostly black to a little black genetically. Means at some point in their history anywhere between 1600s to 1800′s there is white ancestry floating around. African Americans with “two black parents and four black grandparents” should dig a little deeper….cafe au laute, vanilla creme, red bone, yellow bone….these are courtesy of white slaveowners and/or native americans. learn some history.

  • blahres

    Jess – you should read or listen to Zoe Saldana’s interviews. She IS mixed. Both of her parents are mixed brown latinos. Many African Americans need to stop denying their mixed race backgrounds. Zoe Saldana has said she respects and acknowledges all of her racial background and said that she will not ignore the African, like other mixed race latinos. Apparently you missed the asiatic eyes and indian hair, thats not a perm or weave.

  • Jolie

    @Jess…..its not only about skin color, but also about features…yes Africans do vary in skin colour in features, but one thing you should know is that they is a difference between being ‘African’ and ‘black’….for example, as you mentioned Charlize Theron is African as she was born on the continent, but even in own her country (S.A), her race is still White.

    Secondly, no we ‘foreigners’ know nad understand that Africans do vary in colour, but you do not have people with blue eyes and red hair calling themselves ‘black’, because those certain features are not ‘natural’ to Africans…so that would be ridiculous for someone to call themselves that.

    I fully understand why African-Americans would call themselves that, but i think it is not us foreigners who are ignorant but rather Americans of how things work around the world. Many people who i see usually being referred to as ‘black’ here and other blogs would not be referred to as such in many African countries, many of which have never been practitioners of the ODR because like i already said that has been mostly a U.S concept. And there are many other countries in the Americas (iike Brazil) who have their own categories for classifying people, not just throwing everyone in the ‘black’ box cause they have some African ancenstry….hell i usually see some African-Americans trying to claim other non-American people of partial African descent from other countries without any regard of how such people may identify in their own countries, which to me reeks of ignorance and arrogance.

    The point i was making was not that Nicole Ritchie cant call herself ‘black’ in the U.S if she wants to, but that people have to understand that things work differently in toher countries and they should be prepared for that. I believe even Alicia Keys once talked about this when she went to South African and called herself ‘black’ but was told she was ‘coloured’, because in S.A black people and those of mixed heritage have never been grouped together….

  • Jolie

    @blahres….thank you…that is what i was trying to understand….seems to me that people do not want to fully acknowledge all their heritage, hence all the talk about ‘black’ people coming in all colours…with blue-green eyes to boot, features which are not native to Africans…i think doing so is doing more harm than good….what is wrong with people embracing all of they are, no matter what happened for it be like that…no one can change the past, but what one can do is embrace it instead of holding onto something thats not true…

  • http://asianblackco.wordpress.com/ Nikki @ AsianBlackCo

    Maybe that’s because she doesn’t claim her “black” card or even hint at it. Clearly she’s living the “white” lifestyle and all the privileges that come with it. Does she even have a black friend?! Come on with this!

  • Aguurl

    The presenter says too many ignorant things in “jest.” I’m done. Wow! Glad that’s not my local station. As for her……..really?! Is this even important or new? Neeeext!

  • Akosua

    Ditto, agree with everything you said

  • Ebony82

    She’s ethnically hispanic and was raised by black parents so that is why she considers herself to be black.

  • ThisIshRightHere

    boom.

  • Isulady

    I don’t think she’s claiming black when it’s convenient. She has publicly identified as black before. Her biological father is Peter Michael Escovedo, brother of Sheila E and they are half mexican and half creole. I’m sure being raised by black parents has informed her identity also.

  • Whatever

    “Escovedo is of Mexican, African-American and Creole heritage.”

    So Nicole is Afro- Latino and Black. (mom is black)

    Ummmm so, she is NOT biracial.

  • Whatever

    “Escovedo is of Mexican, African-American and Creole heritage.”

    So Nicole is Afro- Latino and Black. (mom is black)

    Ummmm so, she is NOT biracial.

  • Whatever

    Pretty Much.

    And I love how so many people just assumed she was mixed with white when this girl is Afro-Latino and Black. How can she not claim being black when anyone can simply google to find out her parents race. The pink elephant in the room here is that we live in America which is a very racist place and for the most part to a lot of white people (and apparently black people too) she is passing.

    I can’t think of anyone of the top of my head that finds nicole interesting or even relevant so I’m going to guess that this is what the author is hinting at.

  • Queen Ki

    …and to be honest, Black people STILL aren’t interested in her. Well, I’m not at least. Either way, it doesn’t make much of difference to me since she’s generally seen by the whole world…as white. The end.

  • Sofia

    She is black racially, culturally and historically and she has stated as much many times. She is not Hispanic ethnically or by culture and she has denied any such association. Her mother is black and her father is half black, she was raised in African American culture so she is African American.

  • pink

    I caught “Fashion Star” the other night by accident. I wasn’t even aware of this new show. It was great! A reality show with people with REAL talent!!

  • pink

    Not that I really care one way, or the other; but if her mother is half white, and half latino, and Lionel obviously has a lot of white ancestry…..then she’s mostly white.

  • http://www.chicnoirhouse.blogspot.com chic noir

    Nicole has been saying she’s blk for years.

    I’ve seen photos of her with Aaliyah when Nicole was a teenager. Nicole’s hair was darker and curlier and she looked like a light-skinned blk grl. Kinda like Adrina Lima(blk grandma)

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  • NY’s Finest

    @blahres: Thanks for telling us Black Americans what we already know about our history/ancestry.

  • obviously

    a picture of a young nicole… she’s obviously a woman of color/black: http://c580019.r19.cf2.rackcdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/09/nicole-richie-young-girl.jpg

  • Sondra

    Nuff said Lulu! Why as black people do we feel the need to tear ourselves apart to fit into all these different catagories, such as “light-skinned”, dark-skinned”, “brown-skinned”??? What is “black enough, or not black enough mean??? White people started this “class system” and now why are we so pinned down by this? Its just another way to keep us seperated. And we wonder why we are stereotyped…we stereotype ourselves!!!

  • Not the same

    Her experience growing up in her family. Since both parents are Black she’s had a different experience, she might know about certain things and/or customs that Black Americans do (food, clothing, religion, music etc.)

  • J

    @Pink… Lionel Richie is not her biological. He and his wife adopted her when she was young. He does not figure in this useless “racial makeup game”. As my mother used to say, “You can look at her and tell she’s got a little Black in her.” End of discussion. The fact that she acknowledges that her racial makeup includes “Black” is cool. Whatever. She grew up in the “Beverly Hills of Beverly Hills”, went to all-white private schools, and had best friends like Paris Hilton, etc… she’s a product of her environment. While I went to school in and around Bev. Hills, I got my Black butt on the Santa Monica bus and headed back to the Crenshaw district at the end of the day. If Lionel and Brenda Ritchie would have had some “cousins” in the Crenshaw district or Compton and visited every once in a while…Nicole wouldn’t be questioned so much. (Though I know she would travel to Tuskegee, AL to visit family when she was growing up)

  • CHE

    This is not your business…..and who cares what most africans and others think about how BLACK AMERICANS choose to define themselves. There have always been BLACK PEOPLE LIKE NICOLE RITCHIE AND ALWAYS WILL BE.

  • http://afrikanmami.blogspot.com African Mami

    @ CHE,

    My opinion as an African is very important! Ultra, should I add! :) Stop the division! and cap lockkin!

  • luise

    black people do come in different shades of black but we do not have blue eyes or blonde hair. Being light skinned is one thing but having green or blue eyes is another,

  • http://www.curlycuesandcupcakes.blogspot.com StaceyMarie

    Last time I checked, Michael Ealy and Jesse Williams both have blue eyes. Tyra Banks has green eyes. As for “regular” Black folks, I work with a whole family where all of the males have blue eyes. While it is not common, there are full-blooded African peoples (more than one tribe or group) with naturally occurring blue and green eyes, so eye color, like everything else, is more closely associated with genetics than race.

  • apple

    my dad has blue eyes
    i have green eyes
    we’re black! there i am proof black people can have those color eyes

  • CHE

    On this topic….not so much@African Mami(lol)…..less shouting….promise.

  • TypicalBlackWoman…

    In my lifetime (quarter of a century) I’ve seen two Nigerians, living in Nigeria, with two Nigerian parents who have green eyes (they spent most of their lives in their villages and were NOT wearing colored contacts). Uncommon, but not impossible.

  • TypicalBlackWoman…

    I love how the opinions/experiences of just one foreign-black person represents the viewpoints of ALL non-American black people.
    I agree with Jess.

  • apple

    Well actually she does/did . Her,Kidada Jones and Aaliyah have matching star tattoos for their best friendships.

  • So Over This Ish

    @Luise…what about Vanessa Williams? Sure, one of her parents is biracial but she is classified as a Black woman in America. She has light brown/honey blonde hair and blue-green eyes.

    I know lots of Black people with light eyes. Sometimes it comes from having white ancestry, sometimes it doesn’t.

  • Creolesista

    OMG! You did not just say that black people only have brown eyes abd dont have blonde hair. The ignorance is mind boggling. Hear ye, hear ye, black people come in all shades, have various eye and hair colors.

  • So Over This Ish

    This is the truth. There is too much division and not enough unity as it is!

  • So Over This Ish

    I don’t think that she is friends with Paris anymore. They haven’t been on friendly terms for quite some time. I’ve heard that Paris is racist.

  • So Over This Ish

    I agree with Jolie…BTW, I’m American so it isn’t only the “foreigners” who share your perspective on this.

  • So Over This Ish

    @Mimi…it’s weird that Nicole would talk about having “black” skin when she doesn’t. She has a light olive complexion that usually appears golden or tanned, but maybe she wears bronzer.

  • So Over This Ish

    Very good point, Stephanie!

  • So Over This Ish

    I’m not sure that Tiger denied being Black, though.

    He called himself “Caublinasian” (I believe this is what he said) as a joke, but he was also acknowledging his mixed heritage. I think his comment was innocent but most people didn’t take it that way.

    Unfortunately, this pissed off many African Americans. Of course, it doesn’t help that he only phucks with white girls. People seem to view him as a sellout for many reasons, which is kind of sad.

  • Leo the Yardie Chick

    Guess I better go for quotyes. Noit a problem:

    “When I go to the D.R., the press in Santo Domingo always asks, “¿Qué te consideras, dominicana o americana?” (What do you consider yourself, Dominican or American?) I don’t understand it, and it’s the same people asking the same question. So I say, time and time again, “Yo soy una mujer negra.” (“I am a black woman.”) [They go,] “Oh, no, tú eres trigueñita.” (“Oh no, you are ‘dark skinned’”) I’m like, “No! Let’s get it straight, yo soy una mujer negra.” (“I am a black woman.”)”

    Sources: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0757855/bio, http://urbanbushbabes.com/?p=8164 (which contains a line that people were pissed that she called herself black, rather than mixed *eye roll*), http://www.dumb.com/actress-quotes/zoe-saldana-quotes/, and http://abagond.wordpress.com/2009/05/12/zoe-saldana/

    Quoted straight from the horses mouth, so to speak.

  • Jolie

    nope…your ignorance is the one thats mind boggling….obviously i guess in your case when you say ‘black’ people you are referring to black Americans, many who have European admixture among others…hence the grey, green, blue eyes…..those features are not natural to Africans, and if they do occur its rarely and usually due to a medical condition….they occur amongst African Americans because of they admixture which they refuse to acknowledge, but it still doesnt change the facts

  • http://Roslynhardyholcomb.com Roslyn Hardy Holcomb

    Luise, Nicole dyes her hair. As you can see from the roots, it’s actually dark brown. She sometimes wears it dark. As you can also see from the pic, her eyes are not blue, they’re brown.

    http://hipcandy.blogspot.com/2010/01/nicole-richies-dark-hair-and-bangs.html

  • starry118

    @blahres umm, that’s incorrect. Zoe Saldana calls herself a black woman, and is very emphatic about it…google it. I agree with Jess…she is a Black woman, born of Black parents in Latin America. Latin/Latno refers to her cultural heritage. Her ethnicity is African/Black.

  • Roberta

    Um, you’re wrong about that. My husband who is brown-skinned like me was born with blue eyes and now they’re green. Genes, my friends, can skip generations and show up when least expected.

  • CHE

    @Jolie

    Yes Blacks do come in many shades, different hair colors and eye colors and we are all still quite BLACK…..deal with it and if you cant then…STHU because it is what it is.

    P.S. I dont know if you are African but do you know most of your continent was COLONIZED for hundreds of years….was there no mixing between Black and White? I ask because I have heard Africans say they are pure with no admixture at all and I wondered …..and I also know a Nigerian chic from the Delta with an English last name and she said its because she had slave history (I thought there was NO SLAVERY IN AFRICA) with admixture and I know another Nigerian with dark red hair who just came to this country and looks like some of my family members-red hair,freckles and all…..but I dont know what Im getting at….just asking.

  • Nic

    She’s had a nose job and now she straightens and lightens her hair, and all of the people she is seen associated with publicly are white…friends, husband, ex-boyfriends, etc.

    So I think white people esp. tend to put that all together and think she is white, although she doesn’t look white to me even with all of the bells and whistles. It’s funny that they created the one-drop rule but now they are in fact willing to claim anyone (and think it’s a big compliment) who is light enough.

    If you see pictures of her as a little girl with unstraightened hair and and unaltered nose, she just looks like a light-skinned girl.

    A lot of white people don’t know that Rashida Jones is black for the same reason, although in her case, she is sporting naturally straight hair and her real nose.

  • Nic

    Um, a “Columbian” would be a student or alumni of Columbia University.

    The country “COLOMBIA” would not tell you what someone’s race is, since people in South American come in all of the same races here. Plus, the Excovedo’s Latin roots aren’t Colombian.

    Being Latino and Black aren’t mutually exclusive, and not just b/c in this case, the black side of the family is Black American. So a person can be 100% Latino with two Black parents, or two Asian parents, or two White parents, but a lot of people cannot wrap their minds around that.

  • Pee.gee

    Dang, this is so very disappointing. I was just looking Nicole up for my Niece, to explain to her Nicole’s heritage and her upbringing, and I have to stumble upon silly people who don’t identify with being human beings and who act like they have lived under a rock on another planet.. Maybe you have..because….**@Luise and @Jolie**…. You both sound dumb…

    Not only can Black people and any homosapien have green eyes, like Smokie Robinson or Tyra Banks or Blue eyes like Vanessa Williams and Blu Cantrell…but no African American, that has a deeply rooted history in America, “refuse[s] to acknowledge” that there is a mixture… That is ridiculous to say….. Blacks know that full blooded Africans do not resemble Americans of African decent that have lived in America for many generations. That is why blacks know that African Americans and Africans are not the same and can come in many more shades and eye colors than a native African… An African that moved to America is considered African American to those of other races but real American bred and born blacks know that they are not the same, genetically.. Jolie, you said “they refuse to acknowledge” like it is some type of scandal. We all know slave owners couldn’t keep their hands off of their slaves and therefore created the hybrid of blacks that exist in America to this day. I doubt any African wanted to be a dehumanized slave and procreate with someone that claimed to own them and could and probably did lawfully beat or murder them and their families at will. They did what they were told or could be killed… The men that had to sleep with the women did what they were told and 9 times out of ten “were” killed bc we all know the white men hated to think of a Black man satisfying their woman but it was perfectly fine for a black woman to be raped and ravaged and forced to be a white man’s sex slave… 9 times out of ten they had a black husband and a white man’s sexual advances were unwanted and degrading…. but all that is another story….. Whites forcing blacks in America to be a new and different breed. That is the scandal. THAT is waht THEY (white ppl) refuse to acknowledge, if anyone is refusing, it is not black who can look in the mirror and see that there is a difference between them and a pure African….. There is no scandal of African Americans refusing to accept anything. Blacks were beat and violated into being mixed and had to choice but to accept it….That is what made your blacks with blue eyes.. And if you want to create a scandalous tone about this topic, how about the fact that there are many so called pure white people who descend from blacks.. But if a mixed black (mixed white) procreates with a white person and their offspring continue to have babies with white people, after a generation or two, the descendants can “look” white but are not fully so… Where do you think the wide nose or slightly kinky hair comes from in some white people? Just like Nicole Richie, not all black people look black, and not all white people that look white are fully white. And must we sound so uneducated? Brown eyes are a dominant gene, all other colors are recessive. If both parents have a recessive gene it is possible to have a blue, green or grey eyed child. Even Asians who are genetically inclined to dark eyes and hair can naturally have blue eyes or brown or blond hair. No American is a full blooded American except the Natives that inhabited this land before Europeans arrived and murdered and slaughtered hundreds of millions of them until they could take the Americas over (South and North)… Then when they couldn’t even survive winters or build anything correctly or in bulk, they began to bring more slaves across the ocean in droves to do what they couldn’t and wouldn’t do on their own. Native Americans were forced FROM this land and Africans were forced TO this land. But African Americans are as much American as anyone who has a history more than 100 years old here. No American is pure. We are all immigrants. And “Most” Europeans who traveled here did so because they were the bottom of the barrel in their countries and were looking for a fresh start. Nobility and those that were well off did not leave… For what? The white roots of this country were of poor, meager, and inferior whites seeking to be free men because they couldn’t do what their kingdoms required because they were poor, uneducated, impoverished and fortune-less.. Just because you appear white you are a descendant of an immigrant like everyone who is not a full blooded Native American. Don’t forget about the very recent violent and ignorant history of White people…Dont forget the insensitivity of your race, so that we can stop making the same silly mistakes made in the past. Just a few hundred years ago whites slaughtered any human race that was not like them. Why would you want to be like that? And spread your forefathers inhumane viewpoint on other generations and races. Accept the fact that there are many black people of all shades and hair colors and eye colors. And stop talking like this country or its history is noble. It is anything but… The generations after our forefathers have helped this country to sort of become what was hoped by everyone, not just the white men that wrote the declaration and the constitution. They were speaking of themselves. But all the races that were forced or persuaded to come here have helped it to become better. So all that to say, stop perpetuating the ignorant, shallow, closed minded, dilapidated viewpoint of the former European that was himself an immigrant and a murderous thief. So please get off the high horse just because you think you are white. No one is the full blooded race of their ancestors, we have all mixed with each other… And as soon as you do this, you will notice your first black person with blond hair and blue eyes. Although if you are older than 5 your are completely stupid for not realizing it before this ridiculous article. There are millions of Nicole Richies running around…. Black but don’t appear to be so.. And, There are many Kardashian-like people.. Armenian or from some country, only a 1st or second generation American–by birth bc they were born here…No history here at all….but if they look white, they are considered white and superior………….. It is all so stupid and the quicker people like Luise and Jolie realize the error of their ignorant mentalities, the better off we will all be. Who cares if you’re white. You’re an immigrant too…. Yes Blacks, can have light and different colored eyes, and blacks don’t refuse to acknowledge that, ppl like Luise just refuse to see it….Like they never saw Beyonce, Terrance Howard, Vanessa Williams or Jada Pinkett Before… And by the way I am partly Naturally from this land as I am part Blackfoot and Cherokee Indian. I can also trace my Italian and Irish heritage back to the 17th and 18th centuries on this land and my African heritage back to around the same time, on this land. I have people in my family with blue, green, blue-green, blue-grey, hazel, grey, and brown eyes… Some with the strong Indian blood even have light orange-brown looking eyes… I have roots that go back before this Country was a recognized country. So I am as American as they get. Many people have not had families in America as long as I have. And I’m proud to say that the generations of my families have been understanding of the fact that we are all intruders, except for the Natives. Most of my family were not violent even if they owned another, as was customary… land, heirlooms and fortunes were left to those descendants of my family, black, white and Native. I am so glad that the true way humans should behave was passed on thru my family by the Natives and Africans and I’m glad I dont have evil white people that are remembered by my family tree and we dont pass on what they had to say if there ever were any hardcore racists in my family tree… It is stupid to say what either of you said.. Yes… Stupid.

    http://bossip.com/268491/nigerian-couple-stuns-genetic-experts-give-birth-to-white-baby-girl/

  • Mixed-up

    I think Nicole just learned how to do her hair (which I wish she’d share). On The Simple Life, her hair was frizzy and very bi-racial-like. I know because I’m multi-racial and deal with this hair every morning!! Mixed ladies (like myself) come in all shapes, colors and sizes… In addition to Richie, look at Mariah Carey, Rashida Jones, Maya Rudolph…

  • maureen

    @ luise..Excuse me, I’m Nigerian and i have light hair which tends to go blonde in the Sun and i have Hazel green eyes….I can also trace my ancestry back to the 1400′s in my village. So please don’t go there…Shalom

  • Jack Sprat

    The genes for both blue and green eye color originated in Africa. At some point after the first people came out of Africa, they suffered a severe population reduction, probably in the Caucasas. The group that was set genetically adrift later exploded out into both Europe and Siberia, taking these genes with them. They’re relatively less common in East Asia than in Europe because there were people there with whom they interbred. Still, green eyes are not all unknown among either the Koreans or the Japanese. As for their continued existence even in Africa, this probably is owing to the extreme geography of the continent. Many places were cut off from one another when Man was technologically backward. Until very recently, tribal separation was also quite rigidly maintained by choice, it seldom being at all easy for the populations to intermingle.

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  • missphotochick

    Please, stop… I have a niece who has blue eyes and she is black smdh

  • MixedInMN

    She would then be multi-racial, no? I’m assuming that’s what you mean when you say she is NOT bi-racial.

    I’ve always known she’s mixed. She’s probably about the same shade as me but I leave my hair natural.

  • LeBraun

    Well if the bitch stop dying her hair blonde and skin bleaching she would look like a black girl but since she hung with Paris she dyed her hair blonde and try to fit in.

  • al

    she may be quarter. my nephews are quarter black and one has black features yet with blonde hair, really pale skin and blue eyes

  • dylan

    I’m full black and have medium brown/ blonde hair

  • ashley

    nope. i have relatives in nigeria with blue and green eyes. its possible.

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