Famous Caribbean People

Name these famous people of Caribbean heritage.
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Last updated: April 22, 2019
First submittedJanuary 29, 2014
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Clue
Country
Person
Knighted actor who starred in "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner"
Bahamas
Sidney Poitier
Singer of "Umbrella" and "Diamonds"
Barbados
Rihanna
Communist dictator and cigar aficionado
Cuba
Fidel Castro
Latin band leader and husband of Lucille Ball
Cuba
Desi Arnaz
1920s chess champion called one of the greatest ever
Cuba
José Raúl Capablanca
Miami Sound Machine singer whose family fled Cuba
Cuba
Gloria Estefan
Slugging Chicago Cubs star who hit 66 home runs in 1998
Dominican Republic
Sammy Sosa
Fugees singer who tried to run for President of Haiti
Haiti
Wyclef Jean
Former slave who brought Haiti to independence
Haiti
Toussaint Louverture
Haitian dictator known as "Papa Doc"
Haiti
François Duvalier
The fastest sprinter of all time
Jamaica
Usain Bolt
The most famous reggae musician of all-time
Jamaica
Bob Marley
Rapper who got caught cheating and said "it wasn't me"
Jamaica
Shaggy
Fierce "Slave to the Rhythm" singer and Bond girl in
"A View to a Kill"
Jamaica
Grace Jones
Actor who gave a thumbs down in "Gladiator"
Puerto Rico
Joaquin Phoenix
Singer of "Livin' la Vida Loca"
Puerto Rico
Ricky Martin
His face can be seen on the U.S. $10 bill
St. Kitts and Nevis
Alexander Hamilton
Greatest player in San Antonio Spurs history
US Virgin Islands
Tim Duncan
He has the only quadruple century in test cricket history
Trinidad and Tobago
Brian Lara
Pink-wigged rapper and singer
Trinidad and Tobago
Nicki Minaj
Caribbean pirate born Edward Teach
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Blackbeard
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Level 72
Mar 9, 2014
The Bahamas aren't in the Caribbean.
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Level ∞
Mar 9, 2014
True. But they are culturally aligned with the Caribbean.
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Level 37
Apr 23, 2018
Here we go again! - Guyana is also culturally "aligned" with the Caribbean, but you don't see it on Caribbean quizzes, do you?

The Bahamas are NOT part of the Caribbean.

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Level 74
Apr 24, 2019
No one say anything about Cyprus.
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Level 61
Jul 10, 2019
Cyprus is in the Caribbean?! So, that's the reason, why it's considered to be part of Africa, I guess!
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Level 50
Mar 9, 2014
More people got Rihanna than Blackbeard. :/
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Level 82
Jul 10, 2019
Rihanna has over 14 billion views on YouTube. Blackbeard has approximately zero. ;)
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Level 79
Mar 10, 2014
I think you may mean 'husband' rather than 'wife' of Lucille Ball?
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Level ∞
Mar 11, 2014
Fixed, thanks.
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Level 89
Nov 13, 2014
How is Tim Duncan, five time NBA champion and one of the greatest players of all time, at only 34%?
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Level 64
May 6, 2016
Maybe because they don't know that he is from the US Virgin Islands
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Level 63
Mar 28, 2017
Maybe because 1. not everyone here is American and/or 2. follows the NBA.
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Level 64
Jan 11, 2018
Because not everybody watches sportsball. Some people prefer to be productive in their free time.
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Level 82
Mar 9, 2020
Like taking quizzes online.
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Level 63
Jul 10, 2019
Because not everybody here follows sports, and even less follow the NBA. If they were questions about football (American and non-American varieties) and baseball then the percentage would be higher.
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Level 80
Jul 10, 2019
yeah that was one of the ones I missed. I guessed every basketball player I knew that might fit the description but that wasn't enough.
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Level 75
Nov 18, 2014
No cricketers in there? Brian Lara, Gary Sobers, Michael Holding, Joel Garner, Viv RIchards, Malcolm Marshall just to name a few. Those guys were unbelievably good.
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Level 77
Jan 24, 2017
They chose a wrong sport ;)
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Level ∞
Apr 20, 2019
Added Brian Lara
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Level 75
Apr 20, 2019
A very inspired decision! The West Indies dominated cricket in the 1980s in particular.
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Level 80
Jul 10, 2019
That was another one I missed.
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Level 79
Nov 25, 2014
A small typo in the answers: she's Gloria Estefan, not Estafan.
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Level ∞
Apr 20, 2019
Fixed
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Level 75
Apr 24, 2019
Speaking of which, is it possible to have more type-ins for her last name? I tried over a dozen before I gave it one last shot and lucked out...
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Level 79
Jan 9, 2015
I kept typing all spelling variations I could think of for Ricky Ricardo, wondering why it wasn't accepted for Lucille Ball's husband. Face smack.
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Level 64
Sep 12, 2015
Might include Alexander Hamilton.
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Level 37
Feb 13, 2017
YES! - The greatest of them all!
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Level ∞
Apr 20, 2019
Great idea. Added Alexander Hamilton.
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Level 77
Jul 17, 2017
Hoped to see Brian Lara, the guy is a semigod right there.
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Level 37
Apr 23, 2018
Edward Treach (Black Beard) was not of Caribbean heritage. He was an Englishman who profiteered in the Caribbean.
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Level ∞
Apr 20, 2019
Here's what my mom might say. Instead of finding all the reasons that people should be excluded, why not find reasons for them to be included.
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Level 38
Feb 19, 2019
Toussaint by itself should count as a correct answer, because he was most often referred to by this name alone, not by his full name and never as simply "Louverture" (which I'm assuming does count by itself, though I already had Toussaint typed in).
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Level ∞
Apr 20, 2019
Okay
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Level 77
Apr 21, 2019
What about Derek Walcott, St Lucia's Nobel prize winner for literature?
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Level 83
Apr 21, 2019
Sammy Sosa was from the Dominican Republic, or the Republica Dominicana, but not the Dominican Republica.
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Level ∞
Apr 22, 2019
Typo fixed
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Level 72
Apr 22, 2019
Nicki doesn't wear the pink wig so much anymore, and certainly not more than any other color wig – besides, too many music people are wearing pink wigs these days. :-0 You could, as an alternative, give as a clue her real name, or one of her more obscure hits?
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Level 82
Apr 22, 2019
I got her because of the wig hint. Not sure I'd gotten any of her hits. It's a hard enough quiz so possibly only add "Previously".
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Level 69
Apr 22, 2019
For those of us not from North America the question about the San Antonio Spurs great may as well read "bloke who played a sport in America."
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Level 81
Apr 24, 2019
For those of us who are from North America, the cricket question may as well read "Guess random names" ;)

On a more serious note, the NBA is popular in places outside North America; it has a pretty strong following among the younger generations in China, for example.

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Level 77
Nov 22, 2019
It's also followed in many European countries where basketball is popular, especially since their guys started playing in NBA.
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Level 53
Jul 10, 2019
The Bahamas are not in the Caribbean: the Caribbean starts at the south coast of Cuba
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Level 56
Jul 10, 2019
We, the Caribbean people, accept the inclusion of the Bahamas.
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Level 37
Mar 22, 2020
^ Here's one who doesn't!
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Level 82
Jul 10, 2019
GAH! I wish you would have gone with "To Sir with Love" instead of "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner" for the first one! Not saying it should be changed, it just would have helped me personally :)
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Level 72
Jul 10, 2019
I thought that Lin Manuel Miranda and Pitbull were missing from this list, but apparently they’re both mainlanders.
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Level 73
Jul 10, 2019
i knew the chess player, only in my mind he's called copacabana. i guess you don't want to add that as in type-in.

yeah i thought so, can't blame you.

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Level 58
Jul 10, 2019
Maybe consider including Cardi B who is double Caribbean (DR and Trinidad I think). Maybe also David Ortiz, Pedro Martinez and Al Horford. Also all the Puerto Rican personalities (reggaeton singers and otherwise), many of which are arguably the most famous caribbeans.
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Level 60
Jul 22, 2020
Very cool to uncritically parrot US propaganda by labelling Castro a dictator. :P
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Level 88
Jul 23, 2020
dic·ta·tor - noun - a ruler with total power over a country, typically one who has obtained control by force.

If the shoe fits...

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Level 72
Aug 11, 2020
Should include actress Roslyn Sanchez ( Without a trace ) etc.she's Puerto Rican and more famous than many of the people on here , and apart from the great Sidney Poitier this quiz is light on actors.
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Level 59
Aug 24, 2020
Cyprus is classed as Europe , ,in every part of the world