6 Adopted Famous African Americans You Probably Don’t Know!!

1. Tommy Davidson

Tommy Davidson is a comedian, film and television actor. Born in Rolling Fork, Mississippi,Davidson was abandoned in the trash at 18 months old, before being rescued by the woman who became his adoptive mother. He was a child of an interracial adoption; his adoptive parents are Caucasian. He has two younger Caucasian siblings, Michael and Beryle Davidson. He and his family moved from Colorado to Wyoming to Oregon until he was about 5 years old, when they settled in Silver Spring, Maryland.


2. Jamie Foxx

Eric Marlon Bishop, known professionally as Jamie Foxx, is an American actor, singer, comedian, writer, and producer. Foxx was born in Terrell, Texas on December 13, 1967. He is the son of Darrell Bishop (renamed Shahid Abdula following his conversion to Islam), who sometimes worked as a stockbroker, and Louise Annette Talley Dixon. His parents split up shortly after his birth and he was adopted and raised by his mother’s adoptive parents. Foxx had very little contact with his birth parents.

3. Malcolm X

Born Malcolm Little on May 19, 1925 in Omaha, Nebraska, Malcolm X was orphaned early in life. His father was killed when he was six and his mother was placed in a mental hospital when he was thirteen, after which he lived in a series of foster homes.


4. Ice-T

Tracy Lauren Marrow, better known by his stage name Ice-T, is a rapper, singer, and actor. He co-founded the heavy metal band Body Count, which he introduced in his 1991 album O.G.: Original Gangster.  Born in Newark, New Jersey to Solomon and Alice Marrow on February 16, 1958. Solomon was African American, and Alice was Creole.  His mother died of a heart attack when he was in third grade. His father raised him for four years, with help from a housekeeper. At the age of 12, his father died of a heart attack, the orphaned Ice-T lived with a nearby aunt briefly, then was sent to live with his other aunt and her husband in View Park-Windsor Hills, an upper middle-class black neighborhood in South Los Angeles.

5. Michael Oher

Born Michael Jerome Williams, Jr., in Memphis, Tennessee, he was one of twelve children born to Denise Oher. His mother was an alcoholic and crack cocaine addict, and his father, Michael Jerome Williams, was frequently in prison. In 2004, Leigh Anne and Sean Tuohy, a couple with a daughter and son attending Briarcrest, allowed Oher to live with them and eventually adopted him. The family began tending to his needs after becoming familiar with his difficult childhood.

6. Simone Biles

Simone Arianne Biles is an American artistic gymnast. Biles is a two-time US National All-Around Champion, two-time World All-Around Champion, two-time World Floor Champion, the 2014 World Beam Champion, and a member of the gold-medal-winning US team at the 2014 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships. Born on March 14, 1997, in Columbus, Ohio, the third of four siblings. Her birth mother, Shanon Biles, was unable to care for Simone or her other children – due to her drug and alcohol addiction, and the children were in and out of foster care. Biles’ birth father, Kelvin Clemons, abandoned his family, struggled with addictions, and was never present in her life. Biles’ was eventually adopted by her maternal grandparents.


Written by How Africa

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