Mecca White, born Mecca Morgan White, is the daughter of actress, singer, and musician, Persia Jessica White. Mecca’s mother, Persia White, a Bahamas-born American is perhaps best known for her role as Lynn Searcy on the UPN sitcom Girlfriends. The series originally aired from 2000 until 2008. White’s mom is also a member of the band XEO3 and a solo singer who released her debut album Mecca in 2009.
Mecca has built quite a resume for a film and art lover. She is truly showing some potentiality as a young cinema maker. Know all about how she developed a passion for movies and how her actress mother was a big influence on her.
Along the way, also know about her personal life and much more.
Mecca White Has An Irish And Bahamian Ancestry
White was born on October 7, 1995, in Los Angeles, California. Her maternal ancestry includes Irish-American and Bahamian. Her maternal grandfather’s body halted after a car accident and he later moved to Miami to seek better medical care.
White’s mother later joined the Miami Coconut Grove Children’s Theater. As a teen, her mom studied dance, acting, singing, and painting. After high school, Persia signed with the Ford Agency and got her Screen Actors Guild card. Mecca’s mother then moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in acting.
Mecca is a graduate of the Los Angeles Film School Class of 2016. White’s daughter studied acting at The Groundlings, Sanford Meisner Center, New York Film Academy, London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts.
After some time she returned to The Los Angeles Film School to study directing.
Who Is Mecca White’s Biological Father?
Persia raised Mecca all on her own and she has never revealed her daughter’s biological father’s identity to the public.
There were rumors claiming rapper/singer, Saul Williams, Persia’s ex-husband, was her father. And while nobody has confirmed this particular speculation, Williams and Persia were in a relationship for a total of six years (2003 – 2009). This makes it hard to deny the singer might be Mecca’s real dad.
Persia’s other television credits include Angel, NYPD Blue, The Steve Harvey Show, Brooklyn South, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, as well as regular roles on Breaker High with co-star Ryan Gosling.
Mecca White’s Education
In 2013, White joined New York Film Academy under one year program to study commercial workshops, acting for film, screenwriting, voice and movement, audition technique, and stage combat.
Persia’s daughter then enrolled herself at Los Angeles where she studied Digital Literacy, English Composition, Film and Society, Film Theory, and Screenwriting. Additionally, she also holds knowledge in Mathematics, Production, Independent Film, Cinematography, Production Design, Sound, Art, Aesthetics, and Culture.
Mecca White’s Movies & TV Series: She Is a Writer & Director
In June 2016, White wrote, directed, and starred in the comedic TV pilot Juice Truck as Alex. The comedy follows the story of two socially awkward girls working in a juice truck in Santa Monica, California. Mecca’s mother, Persia White portrays one of the characters. Interestingly, Mecca used to sell juice in real life. Juice Truck was also her thesis project.
In September 2018, Morgan talked about her short film during that year’s Westfield International Film Festival and revealed the sitcom “Broad City” was a big inspiration for it.
While working on Juice Truck, the former film student said working with students didn’t make things any easier as some of them would “just leave set,” including the ones in charge of the props. She added she would feel like a madwoman. Morgan nevertheless filled the gap with the realization that she was a director.
Night Owl Productions, the company run by Mecca White’s stepfather Joseph Morgan, helped produce the short film.
The California-born filmmaker has also featured and worked on the short film Carousel (by the director, Joseph Morgan who is also her stepfather).
Likewise, she also co-starred as Savannah in the UPN/CW sitcom, Girlfriends. In addition, the young filmmaker has credits in the short film, 818. Her theater works include Twelfth Night (as Maria), Cyrano de Bergerac (Mary), Phantom Tollbooth (Princess Reason), Little Shop of Horrors (Crystal), and Footloose (Ethel McCormack).
Moreover, White owns a YouTube channel named, Mecca White TV.
What Inspired Mecca To Filmmaking?
Morgan attributes her foundation in the arts to her mother Persia White and stepfather Joseph Morgan. She says both help her get immersed in a world of art and film.
White also answered what inspired her to pursue a career in the film industry: her mother. The 25-year-old explained growing up, she’d join her mother on sets, where she got to learn it was the “most fun job in the world.”
Mecca, initially, just wanted to act. But over the course, she would want to create her own content as well and thus expand her horizons.
Her Mother’s Love Story With Her Step-father, Joseph
White’s mother, Persia met Joseph, in 2011 on the set of The Vampire Diaries season three. Joseph portrayed the character of Klaus, one of the original vampires, while Persia played Abby, a witch and mom of the main character.
In 2013, Joseph directed and produced a short film, Revelation; Persia would also have a role in the feature. The couple started opening up more about their romance in 2014. The same year in May, Joseph proposed to White’s mother to which she said.
Then on July 5, 2014, Persia White and Joseph Morgan married each other in a beach ceremony in Ocho Rios, Jamaica. The couple explained they chose the venue near the ocean because both of them grew up by the sea.
Mecca White Has A Great Relationship With Her Step Father
The daughter of Persia White, Mecca found a great father figure in Joseph Morgan. They have seemingly developed a great bond since the time Morgan entered Mecca and her mother’s life. As mentioned Morgan helped her learn and get inspired by the world of art. He even adopted her and gave her his name which Mecca has used as her middle moniker.
White’s Instagram page evidently tells the trio are as close as a family could get. Joseph hasn’t missed hanging out with the mother-daughter duo; be it dancing at the Thanksgiving dinner, wandering in the winter wonderland, or spending Saturdays on the beach.
While wishing Joseph his birthday through her Instagram on May 16, 2021, the New York Film Academy graduate called him ‘the coolest dad on the island.’
Mecca Is A Vegan Just Like Her Mother
Much like her actress mother, Mecca is also a vegan. She has stated it quite clearly in one of her Insta stories. Her conversion to veganism most certainly could be the result of her mother’s adherence to a plant-based diet who has been so for nearly three decades.
In addition, her mom is a human and animal rights advocate and environmentalist. PETA honored Persia with 2005 Humanitarian of the Year. Morgan’s mother is also a board member for the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, Humane Society of the United States, Global Green, Farm Sanctuary, and PETA.
Mecca White’s Net Worth
For someone who is just started to make a name in Hollywood, White’s net worth is a hard subject to delve into. Yet looking at her Instagram, one could say she is doing comfortably well in terms of living on her own.
In fact, she has a good amount of followers for an Ig influencer who promotes and advocates for several beauty products. She is also on Cameo, a virtual platform for people to hire actors, athletes, artists, and celebrities of all types to create personalized video messages for any occasion. Some of the brands she speaks for include Dr. Dart+, Cera Ve, Cozy Earth, Glossier, Cove USA, and so on.