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Two very interesting DNA requests have come out of Hollywood in recent days. In one case, a celeb might find out he’s not Black after all, while in another the star might be proving he is.

If you’re a Fresh Prince fan, you know Tom Jones. Carlton was often clowned for belting out the singer’s classic hit “It’s Not Unusual” — mostly because he looked like a cornball doing so. But if DNA results confirm the Welsh entertainer’s suspicious, Carlton might’ve been bigging up a brotha all along.

From the time Tom Jones first stepped on the scene people thought he was Black. Not only did he have a soulful baritone voice, the thick curly hair on top of his head pretty much screamed Africa to many. At 75 years old, the singer’s finally going to see if fans are right, opting to take a genetic DNA test to see just what racial groups he originated from.

“When I first came to America, people who had heard me sing on the radio would be surprised that I was white when they saw me,” he told The Telegraph. “Because of my hair, a lot of Black people still tell me I’m just passing as white.

“My mother came out in big dark patches all over her body. They asked if she had any black blood and she said she didn’t know. I’m going to get my DNA tested. I want to find out.”

Someone else who wants answers is young Prince Michael. Though we know Prince as Michael Jackson’s son, the teen has been haunted by rumors that MJ’s close friend, Dr. Arnold Klein, was his biological father. Dr. Klein passed away two weeks ago and now Prince is reportedly requesting a post-mortem DNA test to see if the famed doctor was in fact his dad. When Larry King asked Klein in 2009 if he might be the father of Michael’s kids he confessed to donating to a sperm bank once but said “To the best of my knowledge I am not the father.” Given that ambiguous response it’s no wonder MJ’s son wants real answers.

It appears Prince addressed the rumors on Twitter last week as well. Though his original tweet on the matter was deleted, he did post this note about the man we know to be his father, Michael Jackson.

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  • Mary Burrell

    I wonder who Paris’s father is?

  • HighFashionJunkie

    he looks like he could very well have some black ancestry somewhere within his DNA, i hope that he publicizes the outcome of the test.

    • Interesting point.

    • HighFashionJunkie

      Just like that veteran entertainer that came out years later that has black DNA running through her (Carol Channing I believe), so it wouldn’t totally shock me if he has some as well.

    • That’s very interesting. I’m interested to see what the test will reveal about his ethnicity too.

    • HighFashionJunkie

      me 2. I know he had a fling w/Mary Wilson of the Supremes in the 60s (read her bio), he seems to have an adoration of black culture

    • Get out of here. LOL. I didn’t know that. :) Well, I love chocolate too. :-) I don’t blame him at all. He does love to express his adoration of black culture. You get that vibe from him.

    • HighFashionJunkie

      I know i was like go Miss Mary!! She was a part of a highly successful group in the 60s, so i know she had her share of male attention.

      Hey don’t we all (love chocolate) :-) i am glad 2 know that you do too, don’t gotta worry about u being snatched up by a non-black ;-)

      Yeah he got a ‘lil swag about him that’s just so charming, love his deep voice.

    • I won’t go into Miss Mary and Diane Ross. LOL. I’m glad that they reconciled. Both of them are amazing artists. Yes, we all love some chocolate. Only a black person has my heart. ;-) I respect Mary’s talent.

    • HighFashionJunkie

      i know, i am torn but i’m a Diana fan first & foremost, the book didn’t paint Diana in a very good light. And i’m glad too that they reconciled, i wished they could have gotten their mess together for a reunion tour back in 2000. All living members & in seemingly good health, they could have made a killing, but sadly i guess it wasn’t meant to be.

      Glad to hear that, now when you become rich & famous you better know i’ll be checking (“[o]nly a black person has my heart”) ;-)

    • Yes, when our people come together in performing music, it become a great thing. Black Girl Magic is more than a slogan. It’s a reality. We have a lot of appreciation for Diana’s and Mary’s musical ability and their other gifts. I wish that hey had a reunion tour back in 2002. Also, I know that Diana and MJ were close friends. One thing about MJ was that he always loved Diane Ross with a great love. You so silly for that last comment. lol. You can check if you want. ;-)

  • Both of them have the right to have a DNA test. I don’t believe that Tom Jones should go in the Rachel route and claim to be a total 100 percent Black person. As for Prince, he is most probably not Michael Jackson’s biological father. Yet, Michael Jackson took care of him as a father. There is nothing wrong with DNA testing. The problem is that some people want to usurp the legacy of our people for nefarious purposes. I do believe that folks have the right to investigate and find the comprehensive truth. More and more people are investigating their lineages. We will wait and see what facts come along in dealing with Tom Jones and Prince Michael.

  • Zorino

    Wouldn’t be surprised to find out Tom Jones has some African ancestry. As for MJ’s son we all know Michael is THEE father but not the biological parent. That boy has zero African feature. Nada!