Natasha Curry: TV Anchor, Biracial beauty–updated


Come on ladies: weave does not make you white nor a nose job. In looking at both photos I suspect that Miss Curry had a little plastic surgery.  A little goes a long way and it is not uncommon among African Americans or women of any ethnicity including a mixed one.

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Her maiden name is Vantramp and she was born in Washington state. That state has a high rate of interracial marriages from the statistics. 

Here’s what one person found and left this comment on her research on Miss Curry, who is most popular. Thanks so much for the info from this reader. 

 

More genealogy research…
I have confirmed that Natasha Curry’s mother is Charlein CURRY, daughter of Maj. General Jerry Ralph CURRY, U.S. Army, retired, (b. 7 Sep 1932, living) and Charlene Elaine COOPER (b. 15 Aug 1935, d. 24 Sep 2010). Charlene is the author of “The General’s Lady, God’s Faithfulness to a Military Spouse”.

 

[Apparently, Natasha decided that "Vantramp" wasn't a particularly good name for a television career, so she started using her mother's surname. She is also, justifiably, quite proud of her maternal grandparents.]

 

This page includes a photo of Natasha Curry’s maternal grandparents, Charlene and Jerry:
http://www.jerrycurry.com/militarycareer.html

 

Jerry R CURRY was born 7 Sep 1932 in Liberty, Pennsylvania, the son of Jesse Aaron CURRY (b. abt 1905, Virginia) and Marion Mercer SHIFLET (b. abt 1912, Virginia). On the 1930 US Census, McKeesport, Pennsylvania, their race is listed as “negro”; however, on the 1920 US Census, South River, Virginia, Mercer SHIFLET’s race (and that of her father) is given as “mulatto”, while her mother’s race is given as “black”.

 

Charlene COOPER’s parents (Natasha’s other maternal great-grandparents) are Charles Eli COOPER (1878-1960) of Florida and “Pinkie” HARRELL (1898-1982) of North Carolina. Charlene COOPER’s racial background is very similar to that of her husband. On the 1930 US Census, her parents’ race is listed as “negro”; however, there is a 1920 US Census record on which Charlie COOPER’s race is listed as “mulatto” while his mother’s race is given as “black”. That would suggest that Natasha Curry is, at most, 3/8ths black. [I hope no one takes exception to any of this terminology; genealogists simply report what the historical records say.]

 

The bottom line is: the CURRY and COOPER families have both been racially-mixed for quite a long time. It is always a mistake to assume that this is a recent phenomenon.

 

More genealogy research… I have confirmed that Natasha Curry’s mother is Charlein CURRY, daughter of Maj. General Jerry Ralph CURRY, U.S. Army, retired, (b. 7 Sep 1932, living) and Charlene Elaine COOPER (b. 15 Aug 1935, d. 24 Sep 2010). Charlene is the author of “The General’s Lady, God’s Faithfulness to a Military Spouse”. [Apparently, Natasha decided that "Vantramp" wasn't a particularly good name for a television career, so she started using her mother's surname. She is also, justifiably, quite proud of her maternal grandparents.] This page includes a photo of Natasha Curry’s maternal grandparents, Charlene and Jerry: http://www.jerrycurry.com/militarycareer.html Jerry R CURRY was born 7 Sep 1932 in Liberty, Pennsylvania, the son of Jesse Aaron CURRY (b. abt 1905, Virginia) and Marion Mercer SHIFLET (b. abt 1912, Virginia). On the 1930 US Census, McKeesport, Pennsylvania, their race is listed as “negro”; however, on the 1920 US Census, South River, Virginia, Mercer SHIFLET’s race (and that of her father) is given as “mulatto”, while her mother’s race is given as “black”. Charlene COOPER’s parents (Natasha’s other maternal great-grandparents) are Charles Eli COOPER (1878-1960) of Florida and “Pinkie” HARRELL (1898-1982) of North Carolina. Charlene COOPER’s racial background is very similar to that of her husband. On the 1930 US Census, her parents’ race is listed as “negro”; however, there is a 1920 US Census record on which Charlie COOPER’s race is listed as “mulatto” while his mother’s race is given as “black”. That would suggest that Natasha Curry is, at most, 3/8ths black. [I hope no one takes exception to any of this terminology; genealogists simply report what the historical records say.] The bottom line is: the CURRY and COOPER families have both been racially-mixed for quite a long time. It is always a mistake to assume that this is a recent phenomenon.

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Natasha’s top photo, standing, is from 2007. She probably has been growing her hair for a while.  However, today on HLN it looks like she has added some dreaded weave to her hair, which is already nice.  If you notice the two photos, Natasha is clearly olive-skinned and looks black, and not biracial.  My children who are not biracial are actually a perfect example of the look, sandy hair, green eyes and fair golden skin.

But in the bottom photo Curry looks much fairer with a better grade of hair. We also know of Michael Jackson’s famously racial phenotypical changes!

We know from experience that weave is not good for the hair over the long haul. It leaves bald spots. From this top photo she clearly looks black, not white just by the grade of her hair. Heloise is working on a book to help women of color grow their hair long…so hang on ladies…

There may not be any online photos of Curry parents like no pics of Cheyenne Woods white mom. Trust me Natasha is biracial. She often sits in for Robin Meade. Curry’s hair is much longer than current photo.   

First draft: While I was away at the Bay in January 2011–I turned on the TV in my hotel room I saw Miss Curry’s face. She has a great look and figure. But if you look at her high, very high forehead that is also slightly bulging you have to know that along with her olive skin she is not Anglo-Saxon. I also note her hairline, short rounded nose, wide nostrils (not uncommon in some nordic types though) and her eyes are the exact same color as my children (if they are hazel/green) which is an indicator of racial mixing.  So, for those reasons and others not shared here I put Natasha Curry on my list.I’ve been meaning to include her on my list of biracial beauties for a long time. I am part creole and the women in my family on my mother’s side reflect it too. I plan a gallery with their pictures this summer. But Natasha Curry: my take is that her dad is probably white and her mother a woman who is probably a fair-skinned black woman. It could be the reverse though. I do not think she is a creole and she is not from New Orleans. She does not look exotic enough to me to be a New Orleans creole.
 
My best guess is that since one parent is white, dad most likely, and her mother also racially mixed that would give her about 20-25% African American in genes. This photo is more recent, maybe from 2009.  This looks like her hair has grown out from above. But could still have chemical help.
 
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  1. Your guess is wrong. Her mother is a white woman and her father is a DARK African American. Even if her mother was African American or any Black woman she wouldn’t have to be “fair skin” or racially mixed to have a child Natasha’s complexion.

    • Yes I know but my guess is right she is biracial and that is the title of the article. I wrote You are what you look like and that explains what I know about race. I am not biracial but olive skin. Color is co dominant so someone has to have white skin but not white race. We know that much. Thank you. Will check out your information.

    • I guess you were wrong about her mom. I agree with the rest of your comment though

  2. Thanks so much for this article. I too have long thought that Natasha is biracial. There are a few anchors who are biracial I know of worth willing to check out, ESPN’s Sage Steele and Cindy Brunson and a local news reporter Natalie Sentz from my area in Sacramento at News 10. Brunson and Sentz each can pass for white.

  3. nice post. shows again that dark color shades are the best hair color for olive skin. blond and light colors just dont look right for people with olive skin or what do you all think ?

  4. Natasha Helene Vantramp Curry was born in Puyallup, Washington in 1978, the daughter of Dr. Roland Gerard Vantramp (b. 27 Dec 1954, Nebraska) and his wife Charlein. She has a sister, Victoria A Vantramp, who is about one year younger.

    Natasha Curry’s parents:

    Dr. Vantramp is obviously white; his wife may be of mixed race. They met at Univ. of South Dakota. I have not been able to determine her maiden name. For grins, track down the college photo of Dr. Vantramp in his basketball uniform!

    • Her maiden name is van tramp that tells me her dad is white. Her mom is probably mixed race as you cite. Thanks for the link will check. This blog is my all time. #1 hit.

  5. More genealogy research…
    I have confirmed that Natasha Curry’s mother is Charlein CURRY, daughter of Maj. General Jerry Ralph CURRY, U.S. Army, retired, (b. 7 Sep 1932, living) and Charlene Elaine COOPER (b. 15 Aug 1935, d. 24 Sep 2010). Charlene is the author of “The General’s Lady, God’s Faithfulness to a Military Spouse”.

    [Apparently, Natasha decided that "Vantramp" wasn't a particularly good name for a television career, so she started using her mother's surname. She is also, justifiably, quite proud of her maternal grandparents.]

    This page includes a photo of Natasha Curry’s maternal grandparents, Charlene and Jerry:

    http://www.jerrycurry.com/militarycareer.html

    Jerry R CURRY was born 7 Sep 1932 in Liberty, Pennsylvania, the son of Jesse Aaron CURRY (b. abt 1905, Virginia) and Marion Mercer SHIFLET (b. abt 1912, Virginia). On the 1930 US Census, McKeesport, Pennsylvania, their race is listed as “negro”; however, on the 1920 US Census, South River, Virginia, Mercer SHIFLET’s race (and that of her father) is given as “mulatto”, while her mother’s race is given as “black”.

    Charlene COOPER’s parents (Natasha’s other maternal great-grandparents) are Charles Eli COOPER (1878-1960) of Florida and “Pinkie” HARRELL (1898-1982) of North Carolina. Charlene COOPER’s racial background is very similar to that of her husband. On the 1930 US Census, her parents’ race is listed as “negro”; however, there is a 1920 US Census record on which Charlie COOPER’s race is listed as “mulatto” while his mother’s race is given as “black”. That would suggest that Natasha Curry is, at most, 3/8ths black. [I hope no one takes exception to any of this terminology; genealogists simply report what the historical records say.]

    The bottom line is: the CURRY and COOPER families have both been racially-mixed for quite a long time. It is always a mistake to assume that this is a recent phenomenon.

    • Yes. Thanks so much I am going to incorporate and update this into my post. She like my family and many black families are multiracial. Since her hair is not white hair like some of my cousins I would put her at 80% white genes. If she is unmarried and childless then her name choice makes sense. If she marries a white man her kids will be like Paula patton who is also nearly white. But if she marries someone mixed her kids could still look non black.

      Since slavery there has been miscegination that goes for most blacks in this country and why the average black does not look African.

  6. All African Americans are mixed with other races! Who cares about ratios and percentages. The bottom line is that Ms. Curry is a human being and not an alien.

  7. Po is that why this post has 54,000 hits and counting and is num1 on google and other search engines? I think I know better what interests readers. Thanks anyway.

    • It’s number 1 because people hate to believe that one can be light skinned with long hair and not be mixed and vice versa.. I myself am biracial. My parents are Trini mom is black and dad is Indian(from India) I’m dark skinned and have had short hair all my life.

      Whereas my mother who is as far as i know 100 percent black has almost waist length hair and my father is balding.

      I spent years wondering why I was the only one out of my siblings who was born BALD and dark but now i accept it embrace it and love it. Not all biracial people fit into that stereotypical light skin with long hair box and not all light skin blacks with hair are “mixed”

    • Your comment below states Biracial is someone who has a white parent and a black parent … huh is that a typo?

      blacks and whites aren’t the only race of people out here that can produce biracial children.

      It is my opinion that you are trying desperately to distance yourself from everything black. I could be wrong but that is how you come across.

    • I think the reason you have “SO MANY” hits on this PARTICULAR subject, is NOT the subject of being biracial, but is the subject of people googling NATASHA CURRY! She has stated MANY times that dad was white & mom was black. She also said a couple of weeks ago that dad is a dentist, & mom is a hygienist. Beyond race, creed, or religion, SHE IS A BEAUTIFUL WOMAN! Can’t we just leave it at that? I do not understand why people are so infatuated with the race of another person! WHO CARES? We are ALL humans! Ms. Curry bleeds red JUST AS MUCH as my VERY WHITE body does! Can’t we just leave the woman to do her job? C’mon people, is this REALLY all there is to talk about, her race? I STUMBLED onto this site because I wanted to know more about Natasha, the PERSON, NOT Natasha the MAYBE BIRACIAL!

    • Grow up

    • What year is this ?
      Is there nothing else to worry about?
      Look around there are things to truly be worried about.

  8. I CANNOT BELIEVE HOW YOU HAVE DISECTED THIS WOMAN…TRY ALL 40 MILLION OF US AND SEE WHAT U COME UP WITH…LOL

    • Anonymous…ur comments sound like mine…which I replied to over a year ago…geeeezzz stop worrying about her color…all African American in the US are mixed with something if you know the History of America…

    • Eddy Curry sr

      I’m a Curry stop all the hating and grow UP!!!!!!!!!

  9. I TOTALLY agree with you, “Anonymous.” I wonder if EVER Natasha Curry would have the time or even interest to come across this site and see how she, her family, her genealogy, has been dissected ad nauseum. And what is the point of it all? This wasn’t done for her benefit. Ms. Curry has not sanctioned this site or its “author” to do this type of research.
    Whether she was, is biracial or came from a mixed race background, as many black Americans have, she closely resembles her mother, and probably took on her last name as homage to their tight bond and resemblance–not as a slight to her father. She’s probably a Daddy’s Girl and cherishes that relationship as well.
    My children are biracial and I have checked out our/their lineage and “surprise, surprise” there were mulattoes and Native Americans all up and through there! There are more non-black than they are black…does that somehow make that fact (or them) better? Heck no! And I wouldn’t have them believe that or revel in that sick psyche. It’s just a matter of fact and something (hopefully) they do not have to involve themselves or submit themselves to in their lifetimes.

    • Natasha Curry by virtue of her job is a public person and a TV celebrity of sorts. Her bio is fair game. If that’s okay with you. This is my MOST popular post with hits approaching 100,000. So, I think I made a good call. You don’t have to agree.

    • I posted the genealogy because I think it is better to have the facts, rather than uninformed speculation, such as we saw in the very first comment attached to this article.

      I do not think that this discussion has been particularly invasive. Unlike some celebrities and TV personalities, Natasha Curry has made no secret of her family or her genealogy. She has done some research of her own and it’s quite public, if you know where to look. (At least, it was, a year ago).

      On another note, I must say that the subtle difference between the terms “mixed-race” and “biracial” utterly escapes me. Is it merely a matter of proportion? Is it possible for someone to be both?

    • Hi, thanks for your comment. I am mixed race and so are my kids. It is because we have admixture almost equally from all three races: red, black and white and mixed races can look just as white if not whiter than a biracial person.

      Biracial is someone who has a white parent and a black parent and how they look is not considered. My kids were often asked which of their parents was white. What happens in mixed race is that the European DNA from both parents can been seen and it can produce blond hair, blue eyes. Remember that Europeans came from African and Asian mixture and evolution in cold climes.

    • Ah, yes–when _both_ parents carry recessive traits, they can be seen in the offspring. Thanks for clarifying

  10. Just ask the woman. She can only do her own genealogy research since she knows the important real info. Speculation is the same as ignorance. focus on raising your bi racial kids to be normal and accepting of themselves instead of summing up bi racial to fit into a certain criteria. Im glad Natasha is just there on tv and doing it.

  11. OMG you guys are all crazy! Natsha is a god friend of mine and I know her family. Her mother is biracial and father is WHITE!

    • If you are Natasha’s friend then you would know not to be online spreading her business. What difference does it matter the race of her parents. She has proven herself to be a great journalist. Nothing else matters!

  12. A blood related relative.

    Thank you for your input, however you have made several errors. “Pinkie” Harrell is of no blood relation to Natasha Vantramp. Charles Eli Cooper and his first wife had several children and they were born in Florida. After his first wife died he later married “Pinkie” Harrell. Thank you for your efforts.

  13. Who care?

  14. how did i get here?

    came across this randomly – this site is weird. if you’re an adult and you’re analysing racial mixtures……wow do you have time to burn.

  15. I am a curry my grand father name was Dock curry he had sister by name of Sally
    brothers name Jake and Lake all deceased

  16. What difference does it possibly make?

  17. What in the hell is the matter with you people at “The Trough”? (and by the way that is a great name as that is where pigs eat) I “Googled” to find out about Natasha’s baby, whether she had a boy or girl, and all I came up with was this garbage. Between the 2000 U.S. Census and the 2010 Census, bi-racial marriages increased four-fold. It is a fact of life. Get over it!

  18. Obviously she is pretty because of her “white” genes. Just show me an African girl (pure blood) that is “pretty”.

  19. Natasha Curry has the worst voice I’ve ever heard…and I am a “news junkie”! That is a ‘divorce voice’ if ever heard…seems her voice is on the edge of laughter ALL THE TIME…and a hideous laugh at that! Hurry back Robin….PLEASE!!!!!

    • You’re right about that. She must be the most irritating news reader in history. As my dad was fond of saying about someone not qualified for his job, “He (or in this case she) must know someone”.

    • It’s too bad that your television lacks a control that can change the channel for you. That’s would be a solution to your terrible problem.

    • The business Curry is in, believe it or not, is show business. Not only is it irritating to hear her, because she has one of the worst voices I have ever heard on or off the air, but it is galling that those of us who have beautiful voices can’t get a chance to take her place.

      Yes, we have equipment to change the channel and we do. That is not the point.

    • Alas………..I’m sure that “beautiful voices” are in the ear of the beholder.

    • Those who are tone deaf with a tin ear to boot usually have no idea that they are.

  20. What is a “better” grade of hair? Hair is hair. Whether a persons hair is straight or course is irrelevant. There is no better grade of hair, only different grades of hair. All grades of hair have pros and cons.

  21. Race does not have to be about race. God! She is gorgeous!
    D. Weaver
    Mansfield, LA.

  22. Amen! I am watching her right now.

  23. I am from The Carribbean, the culture of The Southern USA and the Carribbean have a lot of similarities when it comes to racial intermarriage. On thing is absolutely true. Natasha is absolutely lovely, bright and a joy to behold!

  24. Natasha needs tk get out of those cheap looking short sleeve summer tops that she wears every Sunday, seemingly, and wear something more grown up and sophisticated looking for tv

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  26. she is soo beautiful, i hope some day i have a biracial baby! ;)

  27. She is heavily made up, has drawn-on eyebrows, and a voice that could cut a block of glass in half. She is awful to watch and listen to. All I ask is why?

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  29. NATASHA, I LOVE YOUR NEW HAIR STYLE.

  30. She is a zebra..mix your veggies not your race.

  31. Get a life lady !

  32. Someone please tell her to Stop Screaming!!! Its like nails on a chalkboard. Also… Nix the Sears Plus Size…Wardrobe Please!!!!

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  34. What difference does it make?

    • “What happened, girl?” Natasha H. Vantramp attended the famed Puyallup Fair, Thursday September 17, 1992. Miss Vantramp was fifteen. See: Misty Copsey. “What happened?”

  35. All I know is she is really hot and a beautiful woman

  36. Wow……nothing left to be said….just wow.

  37. @Hott on Heloise in regard to your article on Natasha Curry- what difference does it matter regarding her race. I wish everyone was clear and maybe we could focus on what is important and not skin tones and hair lengths. It sounds so 9th grade-ish!!!

  38. Aye Natasha! You are soooo gorgeous baby…love you…

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  44. I think she’s one of the most beautiful women I’ve ever seen. I thought she may have some India Indian in her gene pool. Just lovely.

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