Celebrity South Asian and Black Couples – Past and Present

Updated January 22, 2019


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
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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 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

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
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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
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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.

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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