Creole is a term that was adopted by people born in Louisiana of African, Native American, French, and/or Spanish descent. It’s a culturally rich heritage that celebrities including Beyoncé, Prince, and Debbie Allen embrace. It’s fascinating to see our favorite celebrities perform their craft but it’s just as fascinating to learn about their diverse backgrounds. Here are the top 5 celebrities that really embrace their Creole heritage.
Creole Celebrities #5 – Ava Duvernay
On an episode of Finding Your Roots, the director of Selma, When They See Us, and A Wrinkle in Time learned that she was in fact almost 50% of European descent. Research findings indicate that one of her ancestors, Jacques Henry Glaudin, was a French man from Haiti that later moved to Louisiana. Although, Ava DuVernay considers herself to be black, her history is richly defined by Louisiana Creole roots.
Creole Celebrities #4 – Jim Parsons
Descendant of the French architect Louis-François Trouard, Jim Parsons is an actor, comedian, and the fourth top celebrity to embrace his Creole heritage. The actor embarked on a journey to discover his heritage and pay tribute to his father. It was through this journey that Jim learned about his deep french heritage and embraced his Louisiana roots.
#3 – Prince
It’s undeniable that Prince was a musical visionary with his funk/pop/rock/r&b sounds. This legend is listed as the third top celebrity that embraced his Creole heritage. Prince’s history is deeply rooted in Louisiana from which most of his family predominantly came from. Findings indicate that this celebrity’s maternal and paternal grandparents were originally from Louisiana residing in various Parishes. Prince’s music will live within our hearts forever due to his unselfish giving of his culture.
#2 – Debbie Allen
Debbie Allen is known for her jazzy, ballet dance moves, directing ability, and fierce personality. She’s the sister of Phylicia Rashad and daughter of Dr. Andrew Allen, a Louisiana Creole.
It’s evident that Debbie’s Creole roots are entrenched in her creative process as a dancer, choreographer, director and producer. With roles in movies such as Fame, starring and directing musicals including Hot Chocolate Nutcracker, and Ragtime. Debbie Allen is rated the second top celebrity that embraces their Creole heritage.
#1 – Beyonce
Queen Bey is the top celebrity to embrace her Louisiana Creole heritage. As a descendant of Acadian hero Joseph Broussard, Beyoncé has carried the torch in proclaiming her pride in her Creole descent. In several of her songs she references her Creole roots and incorporates elements of the cultural in her videos such as Formation, Deja Vu, and Creole. It’s official Beyoncé is the Creole queen.