Showcase of African American Multiples and Parents of Twins

Who is a twin or has twin children? You may recognize these famous African Americans from the worlds of sports, history, and entertainment. These celebrities are either the parents of twins or are multiples themselves.

Muhammad Ali

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

Boxer Muhammad Ali is the father of identical twin girls, Jamillah Ali and Rasheda Ali-Walsh. His daughters were born to him and his second wife, Belinda Boyd. They and other family members were at his bedside when he passed in 2016.

Denzel Washington

Denzel Washington
Actor Denzel Washington and his wife Paulette Pearson are the parents of twins, Malcolm and Olivia, born in 1991. Photo courtesy of Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images.

Oscar-winning actor Denzel Washington and his wife Paulette Pearson are the parents of twins, Malcolm and Olivia, born in 1991. He passed on advice to George Clooney in 2017 that he should get plenty of sleep before his twins arrive.

Michael Strahan

Michael Strahan
Michael Strahan. Brad Barket / Getty Images

Michael Strahan is renowned for his successful football career, but this Hall of Fame player soared into public attention when he replaced popular television host Regis Philbin on the "Live With..." morning talk show and then joined the cast of "Good Morning America." The former New York Giants player is a dad of twin girls, Sophia and Isabella. 

Ronde and Tiki Barber

Tiki and Ronde Barber
Identical twins, Tiki and Ronde Barber, have both had successful careers as professional football players. Photo courtesy of Amy Sussman/Getty Images.

Identical twins, Tiki and Ronde Barber, have both had successful careers as professional football players after being born five weeks premature. Jamael Orondé "Rondé" Barber played for 16 years with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He was selected for five Pro Bowls and set records for interceptions. After retirement, he joined Fox Sports as a color analyst. Atiib Kiambu Hakeem-Ah "Tiki" Barber was a running back for the New York Giants and became a correspondent for NBC. The twins have a career co-writing children's books.

Tiki Barber has twin daughters Riley and Ella with his first wife Virginia Cha.

Holly Robinson Peete and Rodney Peete

Holly Robinson Peete and Rodney Peete
Celebrity parents, Holly Robinson Peete and Rodney Peete, have twins born in 1997. Photo courtesy of Michael Buckner/Getty Images.

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. Rodney Jr. was diagnosed with autism at age 3.

Malcolm X

Malcolm X was the father of twin girls.
Father of Twins and Civil Rights Leader, Malcolm X. Bob Parent / Getty Images

Civil rights leader, Malcolm X, was the father of twin girls, Malaak and Malikah, born in 1965 to his wife Betty Shabazz after his assassination.

Tia and Tamera Mowry

Tia and Tamera Mowry.
Tia and Tamera Mowry are identical twins sisters, best known for acting in the series, "Sister, Sister" and the Disney Channel movie, "Twitches.". Photo courtesy of Jon Kopaloff/Getty Images.

Tia and Tamera Mowry (Tia Mowry-Hardrict and Tamera Mowry-Housley) 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" followed the twins through wedding planning (Tamera's wedding to Adam Housley) and pregnancy (Tia's complicated pregnancy with son Cree).

Angela Bassett and Courtney B. Vance

Angela Bassett and Courtney B. Vance
Actors Angela Bassett and Courtney B. Vance are the parents of son Slater Josiah and daughter Bronwyn Golden, born in January 2006. Photo courtesy of Kevin Winter/Getty Images.

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
Sean Combs fathered twin girls with girlfriend, Kim Porter. D'Lila Star and Jessie James were born in December 2006. Photo courtesy of Mat Szwajkos /Getty Images.

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.

Harris Sextuplets

The Harris Sextuplets
The Harris sextuplets: Kiera, Kalynne, Kaleb, Kobe, Kieran and Kyle. 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 Thompson 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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