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 Yiddish

    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

    Actor

    • Sidney Poitier
    • Speaks Russian

    Raeggetón Singer

    • Raymond Ayala aka Daddy Yankee
    • Puerto Rican

    Actor

    • Alfonso Ribeiro
    • Dominican

    Singer

    • Christina Milian
    • Cuban-American

     

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    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