The first in a series of MiXD Spotlights, we've collected a list of well-known musicians who hail from diverse families. Did you know we were in such good (and talented) company? We've done some digging on them, too - read the backstory for the insider scoop on their stories.!
Mother: White, of Italian, Scottish, and Irish descent
Father: Black and Jamaican
Backstory: Alicia grew up in a rough but diverse part of NY. She credits her upbringing with seeing her background as an asset, telling the Guardian, "My mixed-race background made me a broad person, able to relate to different cultures."
Mother: African-American and Afro-Bahamian
Father: Jewish of Eastern European descent
Backstory: Lenny Kravitz married Lisa Bonet, who had similar heritage with a Black parent and a Jewish/Eastern European parent. Their daughter, Zoe, therefore is 50% Ashkenazi Jewish, about 38% African-America, and 12% Afro-Bahamian. Bonus: Lenny Kravitz and Al Roker are distant cousins!
Mother: English and Irish
Backstory: The boy band's mother converted to Islam upon marrying his father. Zayn is famously dating Gigi Hadid, who is also mixed with a father from Palestine and a mother of Dutch descent.
Bonus MiXD musicians: Not on the list are Nicki Minaj, Drake, Slash, Pete Wentz, Amber Rose, Ne-Yo, Christina Aguilera, Demi Lovato, Kelis, Bob Marley, and Sean Paul. Stay tuned for more stories!