This list will include all known celebrity South Asian and Black couples, past and present, even minor celebrities, and will include both full and partial South Asian / Black couples. South Asia includes all of the countries in the Indian subcontinent – India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, Bhutan, and Maldives. In the US, for Asian Man, Black Woman (AMBW) marriages, there are more South Asian and Black married couples than any other Asian and Black marriage combination. The 2010 census showed that over 30% of all AMBW marriages were with Indians and other South Asians. Based on the celebrity couples shown here, the South Asian / Black breakup rate is ~23% which is much lower than the US divorce rate of ~60%, but much higher than the divorce rate in India which is only about 1%. The South Asian / Black breakup rates are one of the lowest among all Asian / Black couples, (along with Japanese / Black). Please let us know of other South Asian / Black celebrity couples that should be on this list or known changes to the couples below and we will update the list.

Listings for other celebrity Asian and Black couples are published separately and can be found at the end of this listing. Enjoy!

1. Alan Keyes and Jocelyn Marcel Keyes
Alan Keyes and Jocelyn Marcel Keyes

Dr. Alan Keyes is an African American conservative political activist, author, former diplomat, and perennial candidate for public office having run for President of the U.S. three times now. Dr. Keyes served in the Reagan administration and more recently has hosted radio and television talk shows. A doctoral graduate of Harvard University, Dr. Keyes began his diplomatic career in the U.S. Foreign Service in 1979 at the United States consulate in Bombay, India, and later in the American embassy in Zimbabwe. He met his East Indian wife, Jocelyn Marcel, in Bombay, India, while he was serving as vice consul at the U.S. Embassy. They married in 1981 and have three children together.

2. Viv Richards and Neena Gupta
Vivian Richards and Neena Gupta

Viv Richards is a former West Indian cricketer. Popularly known as King Viv, he is regarded as one of the greatest batsmen of all time, and one of the best players in the history of the sport. He had a brief relationship with popular Indian Bollywood actress, Neena Gupta, and they have one daughter together.

3. Jason George and Vandana Khanna
Jason George and Vandana Khanna

Jason George, African American actor, and his wife, Vandana Khanna, East Indian, author/poet and college professor first met each other in college in 1992. Jason is well known for his role in the television series, Grey’s Anatomy, and he has an impressive set of acting credits starting in 1998. Also, Vandana has won numerous awards for her books and poems. Jason and Vandana married in 1999 and have 3 children together. We wish them continued success and a life of joy and happiness!

4. Willie Brown and Kamala Harris
Willie Brown and Kamala Harris

Willie Brown, AfrAm, the veteran California state politician, and Kamala Harris, East Indian and Jamaican American, the US Senator and former Attorney General for California dated for a brief period from 1994 to early 1996. When Willie and Kamala first met, Willie was the Speaker of the California State Assembly, and Kamala was a Deputy District Attorney for Alameda County (Oakland) in the early part of her career. Willie is 30 years older than Kamala and they dated until early 1996 when Willie became the iconic mayor of San Francisco. Willie was married from 1958 to 1976 when he permanently separated from his wife, although they never divorced. Some have accused Kamala of having an affair with a married man, but that is simply not true as Willie had been living the single life for quite some time, and Willie and Kamala’s relationship was very open and widely known at the time. Indeed, Willie’s alleged reputation for being a womanizer is part of what caused their relationship to end, despite continuing to be great friends. 

5. Adrian Lester and Lolita Chakrabarti
Adrian Lester and Lolita Chakrabarti

Adrian Lester is a Jamaican-English actor, director, and writer. He has played many roles in British TV, theater, and movies as well as a role in the American TV show “Girlfriends”. His wife, Lolita Chakrabarti, is an actress, writer, and producer and she is Indian-English. They live in London with their two kids and have been married since 1997.

6. Tony West and Maya Harris
Tony West and Maya Harris

 

 

From the legal world, Tony West, African American, and his wife, Maya Harris, East Indian and Jamaican American, have long been two of the brightest stars. Tony and Maya first met while they were both studying at Stanford Law School and married several years after graduating. Tony served as the US Associate General Attorney during the Obama administration and is currently an EVP and General Counsel for PepsiCo. Maya was one of the youngest law school deans ever at Lincoln Law School, a senior fellow for the Center for American Progress, and most recently a senior policy advisor to Hillary Clinton during her presidential run. Maya is also the younger sister of Kamala Harris, US Senator for California. We wish Tony and Maya continued success and many blessings for the future.

7. Jermaine Jackson and Halima Rashad
jermaine jackson and halima rashad

Jermaine Jackson is a famous African American singer, musician, bass guitarist, composer, and occasional film director / producer. Jermaine is Michael Jackson’s brother and was part of the Jackson 5 group. His wife, Halima Rashid Jackson, is from Afghanistan, a central Asian country and they have been married since 2004, but unfortunately filed for divorce in 2016.

8. Dr. Aydin Huq and Mariah Huq
aydin huq and mariah huq

Dr. Aydin Huq, Bangladeshi, is an emergency room doctor in Atlanta. He and his wife, Mariah Huq, African American, are executive producers of the reality TV series “Married To Medicine” in which they also have main roles. They have one child together and Aydin has adopted Mariah’s second child.

9. Damon Dash and Rachel Roy
damon-dash and rachel-roy

Damon Dash, was formerly Jay-Z’s manager and business partner at Roc-a-Fella Records and Rocawear. Damon also was dating the singer Aaliyah right before her untimely death in 2001. From 2005 to 2009, he was married to Rachel Roy (shown in the picture), a fashion designer who is East Indian and Dutch and they have two children together.

10. Shaun King and Faith King
shaun-king and faith-king

Shaun King, African American, is the former quarterback of the NFL Tampa Bay Buccaneers and he is currently a sports commentator seen on Fox Sports and NBC Sports. Shaun has been married since 2010 to Faith King, who is mixed east Indian and Chinese from Singapore. They have 2 kids together.

11. Dimi Lezinska and Reshma Bombaywala
Dimi Lezinska and Reshma Bombaywala

Reshma Bombaywala is an East Indian model, jewelry designer, and actress who won the Miss Beautiful Smile at Femina Miss India, and was the first runner-up in the Indian Gladrags Megamodel contest in 1995. She is married to noted mixologist and Discovery Channel’s Cocktail Kings host, Dimitri “Dimi” Lezinska. Dimi is of West Indian heritage and was born in France and later moved to London where he bartended for some of the top bars in London. Dimi is also the global brand ambassador for Grey Goose Vodka. Reshma and Dimi have been married since 2010 and currently live in Mumbai, India.

12. Michael Ealy and Khatira Rafiqzada
Michael Ealy and Khatira Rafiqzada

Michael Ealy, born as Michael Brown, is an African American actor who is best known for his roles in “Barbershop”, “Think Like A Man”, the television series “Almost Human”, and several movies. His wife Khatira Rafiqzada is an actress. She is from Afghanistan, but has lived in the US for many years. They have been married since 2012 and have one child together.

13. Keith Thurman and Priyana Thapa
Keith Thurman and Priyana Thapa

Keith Thurman, AfrAm / White, professional boxer, and the former unified welterweight world champion from 2015 to 2019 is married to Priyana Thapa, Nepalese. Thurman is nicknamed “One Time” for his knockout power and is considered one of the hardest punchers in the welterweight division. As of July, 2019, Keith was 29-1 suffering his only loss to Manny Pacquiao in their recent fight. Keith and Priyana first met in 2016 in a nightclub in Japan and were married in Kathmandu, Nepal in 2017. We wish Keith and Priyana a lifetime of love and happiness!

Listings for other celebrity Asian and Black couples are published separately and can be found in these links:

Wishing everyone all the best!

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3 COMMENTS

  1. I’m very interested in getting your take on East Indian women/Black men. I understand that the numbers may not be high because of arranged marriages and cultural exclusivity when it comes East Indian women preferences for dating/marriage. However, I am sure there are those who will be open to men outside of their culture. Especially black men. Are there any particular online dating websites where black men can find East Indian women? Or can East Indian women be found on more general dating sites?

    • Steven,
      Blindian couples appear to be on the rise recently, but honestly, we do not have a lot of experience with Blindian couples, and as much as we would like to say that Blindian couples are just like Blasian couples, we see more and more evidence that the two communities are somewhat different.

      Here is what we do know:
      – Research shows that East Indian and Desi women are far less likely than East Asian and Southeast Asian women to date outside their ethnic group. Based on 2011 data, only 7% of East Indian women married non-East Indian men. Asian women on the whole marry non-Asian men 35% of the time. So the pool of East Indian women who will consider non-East Indian men for marriage is fairly small.
      – From the same 2011 data, only 0.5% of East Indian women married Black men, whereas 1.7% of Asian women married Black men. So again, East Indian women just historically have not viewed Black men as marriage partners for many different reasons of course.
      – For East Indian women who are married to Black men, they are highly selective about the Black men they marry. East Indian and Desi women marry Black men with far higher education and income than Asian women in general. Desi women were found to have married Black men where 51% had Bachelor degrees, 30% had advanced degrees, 22% made more than $100K and 11% made more than $150K. Compare that to Asian women who married Black men where 34% had Bachelor degrees, 15% had advanced degrees, 13% made more than $100K, and 5% made more than $150K. Finally, compare that to the US Black male population in general where 14% have Bachelor degrees, 5% have advanced degrees, 3% make more than $100K, and 1% make more than $150K. The numbers are pretty clear – East Indian women who marry Black men are very choosey about who they marry with a heavy preference for Black men with advanced degrees and fairly high incomes.
      – So if you look at all of the above and you are still interested in dating or marrying East Indian or Desi women despite the challenges, we think there are probably only two reasonable ways to find a suitable Desi woman – A) Network within the Desi community or B) work with a Desi matchmaker. Yes, there are a plethora of dating sites and apps focused on the Desi community, but given the needle in a haystack type search we believe you would be on, they would not be our first choice.
      – In terms of networking, the East Indian community is typically highly networked and collegial, so making some good friends with East Indian men would be a good start if you have not already done so. Once you have some great East Indian male friends, they will help give you the straight scoop on your chances of meeting East Indian women, and if they believe in you, they will help make introductions for you that will likely go further than anything else you can find on your own. By being married to an East Indian woman, you eventually will be a part of the East Indian community, so if you have not already started to integrate with that community, now is the time to do so if you are truly serious about finding love with an East Indian woman. Also, US communities with the most East Indians are New York City, Chicago, Washington DC, San Jose, San Fran / Oakland, Dallas, Houston, and Philly.
      – Regarding a Desi matchmaker, while we do not have personal experience here, we hear good things about DesiJodi, but we would encourage you to do your own research here.
      – Finally regarding dating sites for Indian singles, we ran across this link which seems reasonable, but again we would encourage you to do your own research.
      Good luck!

    • One more thought on Black men meeting East Indians. In the AMBW community, we see a large segment of East Indian Caribbean men who are much more likely to date and marry Black women due to their familiarity of living near Blacks in the Caribbean. The same is true for East Indian Caribbean women – Indo-Trinidadians, Indo-Guyanese, Indo-Surinamese, and Indo-Jamaicans – who are much more likely to date and marry Black men than their native and American East Indian sisters. You will find them in large numbers in the US in New York city, Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Palm Beach, Orlando, Newark, and Atlanta.

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