Celebrity Korean and Black Couples – Past and Present

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This list will include all known celebrity Korean and Black couples, past and present, even minor celebrities, and will include both full and partial Korean / Black couples. In the US, Korean and Black married couples are the second most prevalent Asian and Black marriage combination only after Filipino and Black marriages. The 2010 census showed that 15% of all Asian / Black marriages were with Koreans. Based on the celebrity Korean and Black couples shown here, the Korean / Black breakup rate is ~26% which is much lower than the US divorce rate of ~60%, and lower than the Korean divorce rate of ~35%. Please let us know of other celebrity Korean and Black couples that should be added to this list or known changes to the couples below and we will update the list accordingly. Listings for other celebrity Asian and Black couples are published separately and can be found at the end of this listing. Enjoy!

Celebrity Korean and Black Couples Listing

1. James Yates and InJa Yates
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James Yates, African American / American Indian, and InJa Yates, Korean born in Japan, are founders of the Soul-2-Seoul scholarship foundation. They have been married since 1960 and have three children and seven grandchildren. Their foundation provides financial and academic assistance to deserving mixed race students who are working to bring unity and friendship among the diverse peoples within their respective communities. As of July 2016, they have awarded 27 scholarships of $2000 each to deserving students.   Seoul II SoulThey were featured in the documentary short film, Seoul II Soul, which was released in 1999 and can be viewed in the link. James is also a torch bearer for the Rio 2016 Olympics. Much love and respect to James and InJa for all that they have done to help promote diversity and unity in the world!

2. Sadikiel Kimaro and Young Kim Kimaro
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Dr. Sadikiel Kimaro, Tanzanian, is the former Chairman of the Board for the Uchumi Bank in Moshi, Tanzania, the former head of the Tanzanian President’s Economic Policy Advisory Unit, and a former economist in the African Department of the International Monetary Fund (IMF). He married his wife, Younghoy Kim Kimaro AKA Young Kim Kimaro, Korean, in 1970 while they were both pursuing their graduate degrees in the US. Young worked for over 30 years at both the IMF and the World Bank before retiring with Sadikiel to live on the slopes of Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. In retirement, she is busy in many civic activities in Tanzania in addition to writing a regular column for the Korea Times. Eliaichi Kimaro and parentsSadikiel and Young have 2 children together and their move back to Tanzania is chronicled in the documentary movie, A Lot Like You, which was written, directed, and produced by their daughter, Eliaichi Kimaro. See more on our post on Asian and Black Couples in the Movies.

3. Redd Foxx and Yun Chi Chung
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Redd Foxx was a legendary African American comedian who is best known for his trailblazing explicit comedy records and his TV sitcom “Sanford and Son”. Redd was married four times and his last two wives were both Korean. He married Yun Chi Chung in 1976 and divorced her in 1981. Apparently cultural differences regarding food played a part in the divorce.

4. Redd Foxx and Ka Ho Cho Foxx
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In 1991, at the age of 69, Redd Foxx married Ka Ho Cho only 3 months before his unexpected death. After his divorce with his prior wife, Foxx’s lavish lifestyle and poor money management caught up with him and he filed for bankruptcy in 1983 with the IRS eventually seizing most all of his assets. Redd credits Kaho with being one of the few people that stuck with him through all of his financial difficulties and he expressed a tremendous love for Kaho during their brief marriage together.

5. Dr. Tyrone Hayes and Dr. Kathy Kim
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Dr. Tyrone Hayes, African American, is a renowned biologist, herpetologist, and biology professor at UC Berkeley and is known for his scientific breakthroughs related to frogs. Since 1994, he has been married to Dr. Kathy Kim, Korean, who is an Assistant Professor at UC Davis, and they have two children together.

6. Kyung-bae Park and Insooni
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Kim In-Soon (Korean: 김인순), better known by her stage name, Insooni (Korean: 인순이), is a biracial (Korean/African American) South Korean singer. She made her debut in 1978 in the group “Hee Sisters (Korean: 희자매)”. Since then, she has recorded a total of 19 albums and is considered South Korea’s acclaimed R&B diva with a wide range of fans. She has also earned several top prizes at broadcasters’ annual award ceremonies. In 2011, Insooni founded the Hae Mil School in Hongcheon, in the Gangwon province, for biracial and multicultural Korean students. The school started it’s first year of classes in 2013, and provides a positive environment for Korean biracial and multiracial children to combat the bullying and prejudice that Insooni faced growing up in Korea. In 1994, Insooni married Kyung-bae Park (Korean) who was a professor at Kyunghee University, and is now a professional golfer on the Champions Tour of the Korean Professional Golf Association. They have one daughter together.

7. Tiki Barber and Ginny Cha
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Tiki Barber, an African American retired NFL running back with the NY Giants (and the identical twin brother of Ronde Barber, also former NFL), was married to Ginny Cha, who is mixed Korean and Vietnamese, from 1999 to 2010 and they have four kids together. Unfortunately, he left his then 8 month pregnant wife with twins for a young white intern at NBC where he was working at the time – very messy.

8. Sugar Shane Moseley and Jin Sheehan
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Sugar Shane Mosley, an African American retired professional boxer who held 3 different world boxing titles was married to Jin Sheehan, Korean Irish, from 2002 to 2010 and they have 3 kids together. Jin made big bank in the divorce and recently appeared on a reality TV dating show “Friends to Lovers” which did not paint her in the best light.

9. Wesley Snipes and Nakyung “Nikki” Park Snipes
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Wesley Snipes, African American, and his lovely wife, Nakyung “Nikki” Park, Korean. They met in 2000, married in 2003, and have 4 children together. Wesley is an well known actor, film producer, and martial artist who began his acting career in 1986. Recently he has appeared in Chi-raq, but he has numerous awards for his very memorable roles in Demolition Man, One Night Stand, New Jack City, and Blade. Wesley holds a 5th degree black belt in Shotokan karate, and a 2nd degree black belt in Hapkido, a Korean martial art. Wesley and Nikki spend as much time as they can in South Korea, which Wesley considers his second home.

10. Big Mama King (BMK) and Maxey Larry Derrelle
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BMK, aka Big Mama King, aka Kim Hyun-jung (김현정), Korean, and her husband, Maxey Larry Derrelle, African American. BMK is said to be one of the most popular soul and jazz singers in all of Korea and she has been producing music since 2003. She met her husband, an US Army pilot stationed in Korea in 2007 and they married in 2011. Check out one of BMK’s most popular songs here. We love this couple and wish them much love and happiness forever!

11. David Alan Grier and Christine Kim
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David Alan Grier is an African American actor and comedian. He is best known for his roles on the TV series “In Living Color” and the movie “Peeples”. Grier was married to museum curator Christine Y. Kim, Korean from 2007 to 2009 and they have one daughter together.

12. Hansen Clarke and Choi Palms-Cohen
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Hansen Clarke, biracial African American and Bangladeshi, is a former US Congressman from the State of Michigan from 2011 to 2013. He was born and raised on the east side of Detroit, one of the rougher neighborhoods there, and he still lives there today with his wife, Choi Palms-Cohen, a Korean adoptee. He is currently a law professor at the University of Detroit.

13. Tiger JK and Yoon Mi Rae

Natasha “Tasha” Shanta Reid, better known by her Korean name, Yoon Mi Rae, is a popular biracial African American & Korean American hip hop / R&B singer and rapper who lives in Korea with her husband, Tiger JK, a Korean rapper, record producer, and entrepreneur best known as one of the founding members of the trail blazing Korean hip hop group Drunken Tiger. They have one child together.

14. James Woods and Lily J. Lee
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From the blogging world, Lily J. Lee, is the founder and a leading Blasian youtuber at Lily Petals World with over 100,000 subscribers currently. Lily is Korean and became widely viewed after her video entitled “Why I Love Black Men” went viral. Her husband, James Woods, is Kenyan and he keeps a lower profile, but has been more involved in the channel lately. They have been married since 2009 and have two beautiful daughters together.

15. David Yoon and Nicola Yoon

Nicola Yoon, Jamaican American, is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the 2015 novel turned 2017 movie, Everything, Everything. Her husband, David Yoon, Korean American, was the illustrator for Nicola’s novel and he is the creator of a line of custom notebooks. Nicola’s 2016 novel, The Sun Is Also A Star, was a national book award finalist and features a Blasian couple (Jamaican American woman and Korean American man) similar to Nicola and David. Much continued success to David and Nicola!

16. Tony Akins and Mina Akins
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Tony Akins aka 전태풍 (Chon Tae-Poong), bi-racial Korean and African American, is a professional basketball player in the Korean Basketball League (KBL) with the Busan Sonic Boom KT team. Tony has played professional basketball in both Europe and Asia and he was the #1 draft pick in the 2009 KBL Ethnic Draft which was established to give mixed blood Korean basketball players of foreign nationality a chance to play in the KBL without being counted as foreigners. He first met his wife Mina Akins, also bi-racial Korean and African American, in Los Angeles in the 90s, but did not reconnect with her until much later when they were both living in Korea and they married in 2010.

17. Lenny Nicholson and Ameriie
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Amerie Mi Marie Rogers, AKA Amerie, AKA Ameriie, Korean and African American, is an American recording artist, record producer and actress. She started her music career in 2001 and has also done work in television and movies. In 2004, she started dating her manager, Lenny Nicholson, African American who she married in 2011. Her website, ameriie.com, and her Youtube channel, Books Beauty Ameriie, are both very well done and give lots of details about her various projects.

18. Kevin Johnson and Michelle Rhee Johnson
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Kevin Johnson, African American, is currently the mayor of Sacramento, the state capital of California. Johnson is also a former NBA star who was a 3 time NBA All Star with the Phoenix Suns. His wife, Michelle Rhee, is the former Chancellor of the District of Columbia School System and founded the nonprofit group, StudentsFirst. She is currently the Chairperson of St. Hope Public Schools, a charter school chain run by her husband. She is Korean-American and they have been married since 2011.

19. Anderson Paak and Wifey
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Anderson Paak, AKA Brandon Paak Anderson, AKA Breezy Lovejoy, AKA Anderson .Paak, is a breakout neo-soul and R&B artist who has produced collaborations with Dr. Dre, The Game, Omarion, and several other name artists. His father is African American and his mother is Korean and African American. In 2011, he married his second wife who was a Korean vocal student at Musicians Institute in Hollywood where Anderson was a teaching assistant. They have one son together. Learn more about Anderson at andersonpaak.com.

20. Eugene Jang and Ilia Calderon
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Ilia Calderon is an Afro-Colombian award winning journalist and Univision news anchor. She married Eugene Jang, a Korean physical therapist in 2012 and they have one beautiful daughter together.

21. Metta World Peace and Maya Ford
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Metta World Peace, formerly known as Ron Artest is an African American professional basketball player. Artest played on the championship Lakers team, and is an one time NBA All Star. He most recently played professional basketball overseas in China and Italy and in September 2015, he signed a one year contract to play for the LA Lakers again. He has been dating Maya Ford, a Korean Canadian professional model since 2012.

22. Hill Harper and Chloe Flower
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Hill Harper is an African American actor and author best known for his character on the television show “CSI”. His girlfriend, Chloe Flower, Korean, is a classical pianist and human rights activist. They have been dating since 2012.

23. The Dream and Lydia Seung Nam
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Terius Youngdell Nash better known by his stage name The Dream, is an African American R&B and pop record producer and singer-songwriter. He is known for co-writing many successful songs, including “Me Against the Music” for Britney Spears, “Umbrella” for Rihanna, “Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)” for Beyoncé and “Baby” for Justin Bieber, as well as for his own acclaimed releases as a solo artist. He was engaged briefly to Lydia Seung Nam, Korean-Canadian, who is the mother of his fifth child, but they have since broke off the engagement.

24. Terrence Howard and Mira Cristine Pak Howard
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Terrence Howard is an African American actor and singer who was nominated for an Academy award for his role in the movie “Hustle and Flow”. He is currently starring in the hit TV show “Empire”. Terrence is multi-generational African American and European American biracial – both his parents are African American and European American biracial. He married Mira Cristine Pak Howard, Korean Canadian, a restaurant owner in SoCal and a former model in Vancouver in October 2013. They have one child together born in May 2015. Court documents show that Terrence and Mira divorced in July 2015, but Terrence has posted photos on social media showing the two still together with their child. Terrence was previously married to a biracial Filipino and white woman and had a 12 year relationship with a Chinese lady. See more in this post about Terrence’s relationship with Asian women.

25. Dom and Hyo
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Dominic “Dom” Dinkins, African American, and Hyosun “Hyo” Park, Korean, better known as Dom & Hyo, are the creators of the Dom&Hyo webtoon and blog about an African American guy and Korean girl and their life in Korea which discusses cross cultural dating in Korea along with Korean culture, food, and language. episode83realThe webtoon series is very well done (see the attached sample) and they have a large following online. They married in 2015.

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    • Thanks for your comment. Both Kimora Lee Simmons and Russell Simmons, and Kimora Lee Simmons and Djimon Hounsou are listed on the Celebrity Japanese and Black post. There is a debate online about whether Kimora Lee Simmons’ mother, Joann “Kyoko” Perkins, is Japanese, Korean, or mixed Japanese/Korean, however both Kimora and her mother publicly say that her mother is 100% Japanese. In fact, Kimora’s mother now refers to herself as Kyoko Perkins, in honor of her birth mother who she says was named Kyoko. Kimora’s mother was born in Korea, but says that she is ethnically Japanese, and that her birth mother moved from Japan to Korea during the confusion of the Korean war. Kimora’s mother was adopted by an American service man from the Korean adoption system at an early age. So in summary, while we understand there is an online debate about Kimora’s Asian heritage, we choose to respect Kimora and her mother’s public statements that she is 100% Japanese.

      Thanks for visiting Asian Black Couples.

    • Chris,

      Thanks for the suggestion. Anderson Paak is really talented! We will add him and his wife to the list as soon as we can find a good picture of them and some basic info on his wife .

      Thanks for visiting ABC!

  1. As you can see, most of these involve AA men and Oriental women! Easy to know why … Oriental women believe in being submissive, weak and walking four steps behind a man so this clearly adds up! Black and white women won’t take being abused or being dominated over! Figures Snipes went that way since that pr— is the reason that Halle Berry is mostly deaf in her left ear! Just telling the real truth here ….

    • K. Williams,

      Thank you for your comment. From your comments, we can only presume that you have had bad experiences with Black men and that you do not know any Asian women. We are sorry for your deep seated pain with Black men and your lack of knowledge of ever knowing the strength of Asian women. Today, most people know that there are many high quality, classy Black men, and strong, independent Asian women, and we hope you have the opportunity to meet them during your life. The stereotypes you are relying on are old and tired and only believed by the uninformed or hardcore racists who refuse to accept the facts of our modern day society.

      We wish you nothing but happiness and joy and we thank you for visiting ABC!

    • Obviously you know nothing about Korean Women. I’m half Korean and Black, and yes there is a certain expectation of women as thier roles as Wives and Mothers in Korean society, but there is also a reason Korean women are called the Tigers of the North, we don’t play, we will stand up for ourselves and refuse to trampled on. I HATE when people assume that bs just because my Mother is Korean that somehow I will be a doormat.

  2. i really don’t understand these stereotypes as it isn’t even true technically, even in the past. it’s just prejudicial.

    as to the black woman’s insult to asian women, then she should also consider that there are more white female and black male couples than black female to white male couples. but accuracy and truth do not matter to idiots or those with lower iq’s.

    also, middle eastern cultures are the epitomy of patriarchal culture yet their women do not get stereotyped as submissive when in reality they are the most and we can generalize that the middle east is a mixture of black/caucasian the most. so look at yourself in the mirror woman!

    also, this is to asians: i have lived all over the world as well as mostly in the west and i can tell you that though western women are very good at ‘hype’ and putting on a front of bravado and toughness, they are no different than any other women. they get weak just like anyone else and especially african american women may brag and spout shit like ‘girl, i wouldn’t put up with that!’ and you will find out they put up with it and more. if it was ‘actually’ true they were as strong as they project, then their actions would prove it yet they stay with men that abuse, cheat etc just the same and the same goes with white women too.

    what these black, white and hispanic women forget is the true test is in your actions, not your damn ‘mouth’, and the stupidity of ‘act’ as if outgoing means you are tough. true strength has nothing to do with that. i can tell you that asian women are known to have some of the ‘highest’ standards and put up with much less than african american, latino, and white women. of course, every woman is different and truly it really comes down to individuality as to what they will or can live with or for how long etc.

    I was a counselor at a battered women’s shelter and it does not discriminate on race/culture and neither does human weakness. plenty of women go back to their abuser or make excuses for it or put up with it. yes, they may differ in the sense of level of ‘drama’ but screaming and yelling at partner but still staying or going back and forth is still submissive. check yo self before you point fingers because the ‘truth’ is there no matter what convenient stereotypes you may be able to hide under conveniently.

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