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15 Celebrities You Didn’t Know Were Related

They say good looks run in the family. In this case, even talent. From actors Edwin and Aldis Hodge to ‘Black-ish’ star Yara Shahidi and her iconic rapper cousin, Nas, you’ll be surprised to know about these celebrity relatives.

1.

Edwin and Aldis Hodge
Actor Edwin Hodge (Chicago F-ire, Secrets and Lies) is the older brother of Underground star Aldis Hodge.

2. Mike Colter and Viola Davis
These hollywood superstars are cousins. We see they share similar traits: smooth chocolate skin, perfect teeth, and superb acting skills!

3.

Yara Shahidi and Nas
The Black-ish star’s mother is first cousins with Nas, making them second cousins.

4. Brandy and Snoop Dogg
Brandy and Snoop Dogg’s parents come from McComb, Mississippi. “Brandy’s my first cousins… That’s my family,” Snoop told MTV. Fun fact: Rock & Roll legend Bo Diddley is Brandy’s third cousin.

5.

Maya Rudolph and Minnie Riperton
The comedienne, and former SNL star, is the daughter of legendary soul singer Minnie Riperton.

6. Redfoo and Berry Gordy
LMFAO frontman Redfoo (real name Stefan Kendal Gordy) is the son of Motown founder Berry Gordy.

7. Al Roker and Lenny Kravitz
NBC weatherman Al Roker is the second cousin of rocker Lenny Kravitz.

The Jefferson’s star Roxie Roker (Lenny’s mother) was Al’s first cousin.

8. Shanica Knowles and Beyoncé and Solange
Actress Shanica Knowles (Hannah Montana, Real Husbands of Hollywood) is first cousins with Beyoncé and Solange.

9. Monica and Ludacris
Monica and Ludacris are related through marriage and grew up together.

The singer’s mother married the rapper’s uncle. “Before there was Ludacris and Monica, there was Christopher Bridges and Mo and we were just always close,” said Monica.

10. Wood Harris and Steve Harris
Wood Harris (The Wire) is the younger brother of actor Steve Harris (The Practice, Legends).

11.

Denzel Washington and John David Washington
HBO’s Ballers star John David Washington is the eldest son of Denzel and Pauletta Washington.

12. Fantasia and K-Ci and Jojo
Fantasia is first cousins with R&B duo K-Ci and Jojo.

13.

Stephanie Mills and K-Ci and Jojo
Who knew? Stephanie Mills is also cousins with K-Ci and Jojo. She confirmed the news on Twitter.

14. Lynn Whitfield and Grace Gibson
Actress Grace Gibson (Black Nativity) is the daughter of legendary actress Lynn Whitfield.

15.

Chiwetel Ejiofor and Zain Asher
CNN International anchor Zain Asher is the younger sister of Oscar-nominated actor Chiwetel Ejiofor.

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