MCCN Interviews Tatyana Ali

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The actress/singer most famous for appearing as Ashley Banks in the Television series, Fresh Prince of Bel Air, was born to a father of East Indian ancestry from Trinidad and Tobago named Sheriff Ali. Her mother, Sonia is of Afro-Panamanian heritage.  In an interview with MCCN the actress talks about her “Trini” and Panamian roots.   She also talks about the foods of the culture. READ MORE

America Ferrera: Talks Interracial Relationships

America Ferrera and Lance Gross in Our Family Wedding

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“‘I felt like Our Family Wedding was funny and had its bigger comedy moments, but, because of the underlying issues of race and this young couple being in love and having to deal with their families’ race issues, could also be really powerful and emotional,’ says Ferrera, who herself is of Honduran descent. ‘People have experienced this kind of thing. I have interracial-couple friends. I am in an interracial relationship. The two met when Ryan Piers cast America in a student film while they attended the University of Southern California.  As for the film, Our Family Wedding,  Fererra  just feels like  it is a story that her generation could really relate to.’

Ferrera and Husband

The Multi Cultural Shakira

Shakira With Music Video Co-Star/Spanish Tennis Champ Rafael Nadal

Recently Shakira has created quite a stir with casting the Spanish tennis hunk and world Champion, Rafael Nadal in her new video Gypsy.  And she is back with more belly dancing in the new vid.  Ever wonder why she is so partial to that dance move?  Info about her ethnic background on her dad’s side helps to shed light. 

The Colombian singer’s real name is Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll and she was born in Barranquilla Colombia.

She was born to a mother of Spanish and Italian ancestry named Nidya del Carmen Ripoll Torrado. Her father, William Mebarak Chadid is of Lebanese ethnicity.

Her name Shakira means “thankful” in Arabic. She uses Turkish-Arabic belly dancing in a lot of her performances.

Find out more about Shakira and the ethnicity of other celebs at http://ethniccelebs.com

Try this Mediterranean Recipe which is popular among the Lebanese: Al Fattoush Salad Recipe