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African American Linguists (AAL)

Promoting World Languages in the African American Community

Celebrity Linguists of African Descent

Actor/Model

  • Boris Kodjoe
  • German, Ghanian descent

Secretary of State

  • Condoleeza Rice

  • Speaks Russian,Spanish & French

NY Yankee's Pitcher

  • Mariano Rivera

  • Panamanian

CNN Reporter

  • Soledad Obrien

  • Cuban Descent

NBA Player

  • Kobe Bryant

  • Speaks Italian

NBA Player

  • Tony Parker

  • Speaks French

Actor

  • Amaury Nolasco

  • Puerto Rican

Actress

  • Rosario Dawson

  • Puerto Rican/Cuban/African-American/Native American Descent

Former Secretary of State

  • Colin Powell

    Speaks YiddishRosario Dawson

  • Puerto Rican/Cuban/African-American/Native American Descent

Singer

  • Gio Williams

  • Dominican

Chicago Cubs

  • Sammy Sosa

  • Dominican

Actress

  • Holly Robinson-Pete

  • Speaks French

Actress/Model

  • Garcelle Beauvais

  • Haitian Born

Actress

  • Zoe Saldana

  • Dominican/Puerto Rican

Actress

  • Gina Torres (wife of Lawrence Fishburne)

  • Cuban

Actress

  • Tais Araujo

  • Brazilian

Singer/Activist

  • Celia Cruz
  • Cuban

Actress

  • Phylicia Rashad

  • Speaks Spanish

Actress

  • Sidney Poitier

  • Speaks Russian

Raeggetón Singer

  • Raymond Ayala aka Daddy Yankee

  • Puerto Rican

Raeggetón Singer

  • Alfonso Ribeiro

  • Dominican

Singer

  • Christina Milian

  • Cuban-American

  • Celebrity linguists are not affiliated with African American Linguists.
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  • AAL welcomes admissions to this page. If you are aware of any celebrity linguist who is of African descent submit his/her name here to be researched and posted.

Comments from AAL members:

  1. "People of African descent speak all major dominant European languages due to slavery & colonization. It is to the advantage of African Americans not to see themselves as predominant speakers of English. Black people all over the world speak English, Spanish, French, Portuguese, Dutch, Italian, German and any other language of the colonizers. Besides, look at the variety of languages alone spoken in Africa. People there are multilingual!" Frances Mecartty-Dunlap, NJ
  2. "African Americans have an advantage. From antiquity our culture has been one that has emphasized keen listening as well as skillful imitation. For this reason, hearing & imitating the sounds of other languages has been accomplished with relative ease." Camellia Cuthrell, NC 
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