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With the recent controversy surrounding former NACCP president, Rachel Dolezal, a Caucasian woman who identifies as black, we found it interesting that some black celebrities do not consider themselves African-American. A few of the stars listed are bi-racial and believe that their mixed origins should not define them, but some A-listers reject their black roots altogether. This stunned many fans who believe that the black celebs who do not identify as African American are ashamed of their heritage. Let us know what you think below.

1. Raven Simone

The former Cosby Show and Disney Channel star denounced her sexual and racial identity during an interview with Oprah Winfrey. Simone said that she didn’t want to be labeled as “gay” or “African-American.” The 29-year-old explained, “I’m tired of being labeled. I’m an American. I’m not an African-American; I’m an American…I’m a colorless person.” Oprah was stunned and responded, “Oh, girl, Don’t set up the Twitter on fire… Oh, my lord. What did you just say?”

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2. Shemar Moore

He may be one of the reasons you tune into Criminal Minds every week and we can’t say we blame you. Moore, 45, is one of the best looking men on television, but don’t call him a black actor. Moore, who is of African American, Irish and French-Canadian once said, “I’m just Shemar Moore the actor. I’m very proud to be Black but I’m just as much Black as I am White.” That response seems reasonable to us as long as his black fans don’t think he’s ashamed of his origins.

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