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Showcase of African American Twins and Parents of Twins

In Celebration of Black History Month


Updated September 26, 2011

Profiled here are famous African American twins and multiples, as well as celebrity parents of twins who are African American.

Muhammad Ali

Muhammad Ali
Photo courtesy of Carsten Koall/Getty Images.
Boxer Muhammad Ali is the father of identical twin girls, Jamillah Ali and Rasheda Ali-Walsh.

Ronde & Tiki Barber

Tiki and Ronde Barber
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Identical twins, Tiki and Ronde Barber, have both had successful careers as professional football players.

Denzel Washington

Denzel Washington
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Actor Denzel Washington and his wife Paulette Pearson are the parents of twins, Malcolm and Olivia, born in 1991.

Tia & Tamera Mowry

Tia and Tamera Mowry.
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Tia and Tamera Mowry are identical twin sisters, best known for their television series, "Sister, Sister" and the Disney Channel movie "Twitches." In 2011, they initiated a reality tv series on the Style Network. "Tia and Tamera" follows the twins through wedding planning (Tamera's wedding to Adam Housley) and pregnancy (Tia's complicated pregnancy with son Cree).  

Holly Robinson Peete and Rodney Peete

Holly Robinson Peete and Rodney Peete
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The Peetes are parents of fraternal twins born in 1997. Daughter Ryan and son Rodney Jr. are two of the couple's four children. Holly Robinson Peete is an actress, singer and author while husband Rodney is a former NFL quarterback.

Angela Bassett and Courtney B. Vance

Angela Bassett and Courtney B. Vance
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Actors Angela Bassett and Courtney B. Vance are the parents of son Slater Josiah and daughter Bronwyn Golden born on January 27, 2006. The twins were carried by a surrogate mother.

Sean Combs

Sean Combs
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Sean Combs - aka Puff Daddy or P. Diddy, fathered twin girls with girlfriend Kim Porter. D'Lila Star and Jessie James were born in December 2006.

Malcolm X

Civil rights leader, Malcolm X, was the father of twin girls, Malaak and Malikah, born in 1965.

Harris Sextuplets

The Harris Sextuplets
Photo reprinted with permission of Chris & Diamond Harris.
The Harris sextuplets -- Kiera, Kalynne, Kaleb, Kobe, Kieran and Kyle -- were the first surviving set of African American sextuplets. They were born in Alabama in 2002. Another set of African American sextuplets were born to the Thommspon family in Washington, DC in 1997. Unfortunately, one baby was stillborn.

Millie & Christine McCoy

Millie and Christine McCoy were born to slave parents in North Carolina in 1851. They lived to the age of 61, the oldest female conjoined twins on record. They traveled throughout North America and Europe as a singers and dancers. They were nicknamed the Two-Headed Nightingale and even referred to as the eighth wonder of the world.

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