by ethnic on August 28, 2008

Aaliyah Private Photo Shoot for Get Paid in the Escalade

Birth Name: Aaliyah Dana Haughton

Date of Birth: January 16, 1979

Place of Birth: Brooklyn, New York City, New York, U.S.

Date of Death: August 25, 2001

Place of Death: Marsh Harbour, Abaco Islands, The Bahamas

Ethnicity: African-Jamaican, African-American, possibly some Native American

Aaliyah was an American R&B singer, actress, dancer, and model.

Her parents, Diane (Hankerson) and Michael Haughton, are both black. The name Aaliyah is from the word Aliyah, which is of Hebrew origin, meaning “highest, most exalted one, the best.” Her uncle is record producer and music manager Barry Hankerson, who founded Blackground Records. Her brother is writer, director, and screenwriter Rashad Haughton. Aaliyah was killed in a private plane crash.

Her father is of African-Jamaican descent and her mother is of African-American ancestry.

Aaliyah has sometimes been cited as having a Native American grandmother, or as having a grandmother with some Native American ancestry. It is not clear if this ancestry has been verified/documented. A photo of her maternal grandmother Mintis can be seen here.

Aaliyah’s paternal grandfather was named Franklin Gresley Haughton. Franklin was a Jamaican emigrant, from Westmoreland.

Aaliyah’s paternal grandmother was Gladys Lucille Burton (the daughter of Joseph Francis Cato Burton and Adella Adelaide Allen). Gladys was a Jamaican emigrant, from Bagnold Spring, Saint Mary. Joseph was the son of Francis Cato Burton. Adella was the daughter of Henry Staines Allen and Esther Adelaide Anderson. A picture of Gladys can be seen here.

Aaliyah’s maternal grandfather was Ernest Hankerson (the son of Waddy Myers and Susie Hankerson). Ernest was born in Bullock, Georgia. Waddy was the son of Henry Myers and Andenia Hankerson. Susie was the daughter of Henry Hankerson and Rachel Peeples.

Aaliyah’s maternal grandmother was Mintis L. Hicks (who was possibly the daughter of Daniel Hicks and Anna Scott). Mintis was born in Barnwell, South Carolina. Anna was the daughter of Sam Scott and Millie.

Source: Genealogy of Aaliyah (focusing on her mother’s side) – http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com

Photo by Prphotos.com

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Manila August 24, 2018 at 11:03 pm

Aaliyah’s paternal grandfather was named Franklin Gresley Haughton. Franklin was a Jamaican emigrant, from Westmoreland.

Aaliyah’s paternal grandmother was Gladys Lucille Burton (the daughter of Joseph Francis Cato Burton and Adella Adelaide Allen). Gladys was also a Jamaican emigrant, from Bagnold Spring, Saint Mary. Jospeh was the son of Francis Cato Burton. Adella was the daughter of Henry Staines Allen and Esther Adelaide Anderson.

Remark: Franklin and Gladys were both ethnic African. Also, I have picture of Gladys’. https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3Q9M-CSMV-FH4Y-S

Manila August 26, 2018 at 9:06 pm

You misplaced Mintis’ birthplace.

bablah December 18, 2016 at 4:09 pm
bablah December 18, 2016 at 4:41 pm

Her (Minty’s) parents were Daniel Hicks and Anna Hicks (nee Scott).
Anna’s parents were Sam and Millie Scott.
Anna’s death certificate:

follers December 18, 2016 at 5:52 pm

Aaliyah’s grandfather was born in 1913. I doubt that her grandmother was born in 1902.

bablah December 18, 2016 at 5:56 pm

It’s not that big of a difference. My granny was 9 years older than my grandpa, lol.

MettaWorkPlease August 29, 2016 at 3:01 am

Aaliyah was a black girl 100%. Stop trying to make every beautiful black female biracial, when she was alive she never claimed to be anything other than what she was. Back in the 90’s, black females actually embraced their blackness, now every black female actress, singer or model likes to emphasize any little ancestry they have that isn’t black & will use alot of cosmetic to look like that. It’s pathetic. Back to Aaliyah, she was a beautiful black Princess, just like my girlfriend who has too black parents, but is light skinned & most people think she’s biracial, which she kindly corrects them. Not all black people want to claim to be biracial.

Multiethnicchick September 5, 2016 at 12:44 pm

Her features and mother suggest otherwise. You don’t know what a 100% black person looks like

xoxo January 28, 2016 at 10:36 pm

She was a pretty girl, but her music is way overrated.

savanna January 5, 2016 at 2:40 pm

Here is a photo of her (supposed Native American) grandmother Mintis L. Hicks Hankerson, Aaliyah dedicated her album to her: http://pbs.twimg.com/media/A764SDvCcAAsqxS.png:large

Malefactor September 21, 2015 at 6:12 pm

I don’t see Native in her, but I certainly see her European.

cwm85 August 10, 2015 at 8:56 am

There was talked about her having native American ancestry. I bet she and her fam had a lot of European admixture too. She was a pretty woman. Gone to soon. Life is just unpredictable and sad.

M May 31, 2015 at 1:07 am

She was pretty. Looked biracial, to me anyway.

flo March 27, 2017 at 8:50 am

Aaliyah looked nothing like a biracial.

midori29 January 19, 2015 at 8:07 am

Everyone google West African Taureg women, they are very diverse and gorgeous. They live in Mali, and considered subsaharan black women . Igbos and Fulanis are gorgeous too. Click link

midori29 November 27, 2014 at 5:22 am
midori29 November 27, 2014 at 5:10 am
midori29 November 26, 2014 at 3:44 pm

@noneofyourbussiness , the Uk has many Jamaicans unfortunately in Jamaica and other parts of the Carribean, class and wealth followed with skin tone. And the poorest Jamaicans, who went to the UK were the darkest in skin tone. Those are mainly the blacks in the UK who intermix with whites. So the mixed race category in the UK has alot of people who would be black in America by appearance. This is because thier parent was very very black skinned. Many of the lighter skinned Carribeans, Africans migrated to America because they had more money (its historical). For example Colin Powell was a very light skinned upper class Jamaican. Of course there are dark skinned upper class blacks as well. But the black economic skin tone disparity is why Paris and the UK has super dark black immigrants and America did not (in the 50s,60s)

Lulu18 December 29, 2014 at 11:30 pm

There are many errors in your statement. To say mainly dark skinned Jamaican’s came to the UK is silly. Migration was not based on skin colour but on economics. How many Jamaican’s you know are”very very black skinned” Jamaican’s vary in skin tone from white to black. How very black can black be?
Speaking as a second generation Jamaican of brown skin tone ( with family menbers ranging from Halle berry ‘fair’, Queen Latifa ‘brown’ and Whoopi Goldberg ‘dark’ I get the feeling you are not of Jamaican heritage. My father is fair, my mother is dark. I am surrounded by plenty of neighbour hood fair skinned Jamaican’s to see that dark skinned Jamaican’s does not mean poverty. Many Jamaican’s of all hues came to the UK ‘the Mother-land’ because of promises by the UK government. Some were professional, teachers, farm workers and engineers. many came here and ended up not being able to practice their skills due to a colour bar system and the UK really needed migrant workers to rebuild the Britain after the war. Colin Powell is a relation of mine and I can assure you he has a huge extended family in England….yes! as fair as he and they are, and they have been here since the 1950’s. Colin Powell is also a second generation Jamaican. Where did you get ‘upper class’ from? His family comes from St Elizabeth on the South coast of Jamaica. No way near upper class. Just hard working people from a tight knit farming community. Your obsession with the words very very dark /super dark clearly shows your mind set. I’m sure Colin my family member would be embarrassed to read what you have written.

noneofyourbusiness November 26, 2014 at 12:37 pm

I know a lot of African Americans say she was just black, but you’d have to be brainless idiot to say she didn’t have any European genes at all. She looked very mixed, I have googled pictures of her. I even added her picture to this “lookalike” web site and all the results were white actresses. I wouldn’t classify her as black and if she grew up in the UK she’d be considered mixed race. The UK doesn’t believe in that “one drop rule” bullshit.

noneofyourbusiness November 26, 2014 at 12:38 pm

Correction ~ You’d have to be a brainless idiot to say she didn’t have any European genes at all.

Lulu18 December 29, 2014 at 11:32 pm

She’s BLACK!!!!!!

noneofyourbusiness November 26, 2014 at 12:38 pm

Correctio n ~ You’d have to be a brainless idiot to say she didn’t have any European genes at all.

midori29 November 26, 2014 at 3:36 pm

@noneofyourbussiness Aaliyah was a whole lot more than one drop. You dont know black people obviously. People in the UK are very limited because you have very dark Africans or very dark Carribeans, you dont have the light skinned blacks like in America or the Carribean so your views are skewed. Black people look different, different shades, etc skin tones. In England most of those blacks come from darker black areas of Africa etc. I know ive been to Europe. You have many Ghanian blacks and Sudanese. You have not seen a variety of black people. And the black people who mix with whites are usually the very very darkest blacks and not the lighter ones. I assume some mix due to color complexes. You cant compare a first generation mixed person who may have Aaliyahs skin tone to a light skinned black that may have had one white ancestor 100 years ago. They may be the same color skin tone but not the same.
I maintain you can be 85 percent black African and 15 percent other and still look like Aaliyah. Also you have to account for hair straightening and lighting , etc.

midori29 November 26, 2014 at 3:47 pm

@noneofyourbussiness , no she does not have to have European dna or recent. Even 200 yrs ago slavery ancestors would be too far back to count.

flo March 27, 2017 at 8:52 am

Why would someone with two black parents be classified as mixed race?

midori29 November 26, 2014 at 8:17 am

I see exactly what is listed. She may have had a nose job though, if you compare her younger pics. I dont think every pretty black woman should be accused of having white ancestry. There are other ethnicities like Chinese, or American Indian that American blacks can have.

tinasheeeee November 17, 2014 at 5:39 pm

No one will believe me or whatever but she is my cousin in marriage and my step dad is Barbadian, so maybe she might be Barbadian or something.

tinasheeeee November 17, 2014 at 5:41 pm

and no i’m not trolling.

neiltennant October 24, 2014 at 10:54 am

maybe 20 percent or less white

Check7t September 24, 2014 at 2:28 am

Looks like a mulatta.

I don’t see any discernible Amerindian ancestry, but her physiognomy looks clearly Caucasian influenced.

blah October 23, 2014 at 11:36 pm


shobohunter November 8, 2014 at 3:37 am
shobohunter November 8, 2014 at 3:44 am

but you like to claim white -and other-race of celebrity who have “black blood” in them and have so-called black features.

Dogg November 23, 2014 at 8:50 pm

I can see the Native American ancestry. You need to look at other photos of her.

JasonBaker July 15, 2014 at 1:02 pm

I really think she has distant White ancestry, probably from the horrible slavery days. However, her skin color changes a lot depending on the picture. And did she wear contacts usually? In loads of pictures her eyes look almost green.

tj June 17, 2014 at 1:18 am

And also I’m not saying every black person has to be dark skinned and stuff that’s just how some people think we are suppose to look which doesn’t make sense there is no specific way a black person is suppose to look

tj June 17, 2014 at 1:14 am

She is so pretty and wish she never died :( but anyways it’s really making mad like you don’t have to have darkskin short hair to be black …. Aaliyah was black both of her parents were so she was my mother is very light skinned lighter than aliyah and she is black both of her parents are and she has curly hair like a mix girl I always asked her if she was mix and she isn’t yes I have native American in me from my great great great grandmother but I’m still black because both if my parents are you don’t have to be a dark color to be consider “black ” Aaliyah was black no she doesn’t have to have Dar skin that’s just how she was born if you look at pictures of her when she was little you can tell she was black most black people get characteristic that make them look like something else like my mom Asian people ask if she’s mixed with Asian no she’s not its just her nose that makes her look like that but does that mean she has Asian in her ….no so same with Aaliyah just because she’s light skinned and has high cheekbone and skinny nose does not mean she has to have white in her I mean look at Lena Horne at first glance she looks white but no she wasn’t she had two black parents

Indiablack November 25, 2014 at 9:27 pm

You need to do more research honey,because Lena Horne
Is multiracially mixed.I’m a fan and their are plenty of records
that states both of her parents are mixed both of them her mother was multiracial and her dad was biracial that’s a fact.and
back in the day Lena was so white looking the studio people
Had to darkened her skin alittle so the white people watching her
In movies and shows wouldn’t mistake her for a white woman fact.
Everybody under the sun can see Lena was mixed s
He looks Spanish or Puerto Rican she can totally pass as one.

kay perez June 17, 2014 at 12:23 am

You’re a idiot ALOT of blacks have native in their blood . And some white ppl do to . However more black people do .

Indiablack November 25, 2014 at 9:41 pm

You are the idiot,honey that’s a lie alot of blacks don’t have Indian blood.some do like me with proof but most don’t it was white slavemaster blood that there family was covering it up by lying claiming Indian blood that’s why when most blacks do their family tree they found out it was Indian blood it was white rape. Blood that their finding.their famililies lied through generations.now white however have more Indian blood then blacks because the whites raped Indian women and some married Indian women some it would make sense whites would have more Indian blood more than blacks.

shobohunter November 26, 2014 at 3:02 pm

stop saying Indian. indian from India and native American are different group of people.
India is a country. even if you have native American blood that doesn’t make you Indian.

kay perez June 17, 2014 at 12:22 am
Princess June 8, 2014 at 5:14 pm

She looked very Italian. Hardly black at all.

kay perez June 17, 2014 at 12:25 am

Welp too bad both of her parents are black Smh

BlackPolish June 2, 2014 at 4:30 am

CORRECTION – Aaliyah is primarly a Hebrew name, the Arabic version is derived from Hebrew. Please update this, because it causes confusion.
PS – In my opinion Aaliyah had to have some White ancestors many many many generations back, while many Black Americans with some White features (narrower nose, thinner lips, lighter skin) often turn out to have some White ancestry, often caused by rapes by White racist men on their Black servant women, that took place like 100 years ago. Nevertheless, the theory about Aaliyah having some distant Native American descent is also possible.

WTF June 2, 2014 at 10:25 am

duh its very obvious she had other things in her bloodline that weren’t just black. i don’t really see the native american in her. black folks and white folks love to claim that native blood but neither have any native blood. they mostly claim it to seem “exotic”. aaliyah looked more mulatto instead of native+black

kay perez June 17, 2014 at 12:21 am

I’m you’re a idiot ALOT OF blacks have native in them and also some whites .

Indiablack November 25, 2014 at 9:48 pm

Yes whited and blacks do claim native Indian blood most of the time it’s a lie or myth.but some black do have Indian blood like me I have proof pictures, ,documents and d.n.a.proof of my well documented native American heritage, it’s not to be exotic its imbracing who you are. And more whites would have Indian blood from raping. Indian women. Fact

Indiablack November 25, 2014 at 9:54 pm

And your right she does look more on the mulatto side not Indian.I’ve seen a picture of her grandmother and her grandmother looks just like her.her grandmother was very light and had long curly hair alittle past her shoulders she looks like a mulatto not Indian.but she was very beautiful like Aaliyah. You can Google it Aaliyah’s grandmother.

PandaCutie May 17, 2014 at 8:15 pm

Apparently all black people are supposed to look a certain way. Take your ass to Africa and tell me how many black people look exactly the same.

tinasheeeee April 24, 2014 at 4:35 pm

She looks like she’s mixed with more though.

ihatemostpeople May 17, 2014 at 8:06 am

I agree.

Aylin April 16, 2014 at 6:22 pm

I always thought she was part Arabic, but yeah she is gorgeous!

shobohunter May 17, 2014 at 4:34 am

her name is Arabic. but she is not

Check7t February 21, 2014 at 12:11 pm

She looks like she’s 35% black, at the most.

midori29 March 27, 2014 at 10:19 am

That’s silly she is BLACK. Its sooo funny when people see an attractive black woman who has obviously flat ironed her hair and assume she is not black. Attractive and black woman apparently do not go together.

ihatemostpeople May 17, 2014 at 8:02 am

You’d have to be an idiot to think she looks straight up black. She looks mixed. If she were alive today, she’d be considered mixed. She doesn’t look like any “Black” girl that I have seen. She looks black, white, and Native American, IN MY OPINION.

PandaCutie May 17, 2014 at 8:16 pm

Wow…so I guess all of us black people are supposed to look a certain way.

Semiotix May 31, 2014 at 8:53 am

You don’t know many black people.

mia123w May 31, 2014 at 5:20 pm

Are you dumb? What is a “black” person suppose to look like? I see you comment on EVERY FULL BLACK persons ethniticy and always gotta say “no way she/he isnt 100% black they have to be mixed” chill on that shit because you sound ignorant as fuck.

orbital June 11, 2014 at 2:39 am

If she were alive today she’d be considered Black because that’s what the hell she was. Her parents are both Black.

Princess June 11, 2014 at 3:17 pm

No. Her mother was biracial and her father looks mixed as well. Probably had some White and Native American.

Semiotix May 31, 2014 at 8:53 am

You are defining “black” in a very odd and inaccurate fashion.

flo March 27, 2017 at 8:54 am

She has two black parents. How could she be less than 50%?

MCantu February 15, 2014 at 8:59 pm

She was as beautiful as her Grandmother.

ihatemostpeople February 13, 2014 at 2:11 pm

I always thought she was black and white. I don’t see the Native American. She looks more like a mulatto to me.

Gurrl February 5, 2014 at 3:38 am

Isn’t her grandmother the one with native ancestry? If so, it isn’t really distant. Distant is like something from the 1600’s or something :P
Anyway she needs a picture up.

Aaliyah’s Grandmother(looks a bit racially ambiguous tbh)

ethnic February 5, 2014 at 6:43 am

Got a good one

follers February 6, 2014 at 9:15 am

I am not sure if there is any evidence that Aaliyah’s maternal grandmother, Mintis L. Hicks (the one claimed to be Native American), has Native American ancestry.

Gurrl February 10, 2014 at 9:11 am

Typical “possibly native” ancestry. Well her name is arabic and has nothing to do with Swahili, so that should be corrected.

Chris K December 29, 2013 at 3:27 am

lol no doubt it she was black, check out aaliyah’s pictures at: http://www.ablackcelebrity.com/aaliyah-pictures/

mable November 22, 2013 at 5:16 pm

she is black with trinidadian root her family lived next door to my aunt they were always cooking curry so maybe trini indian but she black

nnnnn May 8, 2013 at 12:34 am

I see, it’s an obligation to have a “distant native ancestry”.
I suppose, Kunis is the next, who claims, she has “native

andrew May 8, 2013 at 9:44 am

ahaha lol

nnnnn May 9, 2013 at 1:50 pm

no, black foot or big foot

nnnnn May 9, 2013 at 1:53 pm

if Kate Melua claims, her grandgrandfather emigrated
from British Canada to Georgia (USSR), why shouldn’t
black foot emigrate from USA to Ukraine? Is that site
not grotesk enough?

betty boo May 7, 2013 at 5:08 am

@MCantu- Speaking of Jeniffer Hunson, the fiance David Otunga is half African from AFRICA

MCantu March 19, 2013 at 2:23 am

“African American” and “Latinos” Come in all colors and hair texture simply Because Most of us are Mixed that is a fact and theirs no denying that. Plus African Americans and Africans are two different people.

Multiethnicchick March 28, 2013 at 5:56 pm

Well some Africans are White since Africa is an entire content and has mixed people too(as in half and half.)
The majority of black Americans still don’t even have the equivalent of one white grandparent or one mixed parent. And I wouldn’t consider someone who is 88.5 percent black mixed(1/8 something else).

fuzzybear44 March 29, 2013 at 3:22 am

(The majority of black Americans still don’t even have the equivalent of one white grandparent or one mixed parent.)

There’s no way you could know what the majority of black Americans grandparents were.I’m not trying to be mean,just saying.

(I wouldn’t consider someone who is 88.5 percent black mixed(1/8 something else).

Well you did express this as your opinion,because in other peoples mindset,if your not 100% then your a mixture.Again,I’m not trying to be mean,just saying.

betty boo May 7, 2013 at 4:54 am

@ MCantu- ” plus African Americans and Africans are two different people.”You will be surprised dear. Do you supress our african brothers and sisters back in motherland because of all the poverty,war and terrible living conditions as portrayed on t.v? the Africans in Africa look up to the African Americans, “shame”, if they only knew how the African American don’t want nothing to do with them and embarrased of them. This is just sad. Besides, many africans are mixed. The whole continent is not suffering like you see on t.v. people are living in huge mansions and own huge estates. I happen to make a trip last december and i was surprised. Africans are beautiful people and trust me they don’t rely on weaves, surgeries, skin lightning and make up, most have great slim bodies and trust me they don’t rely on diet to loose weight. funny i worked in Afghanistan for a while and we had many nationalities and races mixed up. The african americans who are there usually supress the africans from Africa, thinking they are in another level and they are superior to them. Most of them couldn’t even write well till the Africans were surprised and they were like ” i thought you are the ones who are exparts and your education system was better. Well “not”. But the white americans treated the africans very well many white americans married the black africans and lived happily while the once who supressed the africans married “themselves” and got kids all over with different baby daddies and mummies, they faced divorces, always arguing and loud mouthed, the guys were slapped with child support suits. Okay i’ve gotten out of the topic, im sorry. But the above comment to the africans is like a black man discriminating on another black man. “OOH THE AFRICAN AMERICANS ARE NOTHING LIKE THE AFRICANS”??? WELL THANK GOODNESS COS YOU ARE FULL OF RACISM AND SHIT. People expect the white people to be the ones discriminating but its actually the AFRICAN AMERICANS THEMSELVES. Sorry to have generalized and i know im going to get alot of angry people respond. I just don’t like how most people” black african merican people” put the humble good hearted Afrian people down” and trust me,i will defend them till the end of time cos they are the best people i ever met in this world. Atleast they know exactly where they come from and are proud of their skin and culture.

fuzzybear44 May 7, 2013 at 5:50 am

I know I almost promise,but I just had to say this.First I don’t think whoopi goldberg wears a weave.Also I do think you’re kinda generalizing about African Americans(I see you’ve had a bad experience with some of them).However I pretty sure the AA’s that are like that,are few.I get this phrase a lot(you surprise me for AA).I get the idea,they assume we’re all dumb.Also it’s the media that shows Africa in the worse possible light.They refuse to show the cities and things like that,which is why no one knows good things about the place.

( Atleast they know exactly where they come from)

Now that’s just mean!!!

betty boo May 7, 2013 at 11:57 pm

@fuzzybear44- yes, you almost promised lol. Actually i haven’t personally had a bad experience with the A.A, but i have lots of close african friends and how the A.A’s treat most of them is just sad. Well it’s sad untill they encounter the loud mouthed African’s then they meet their match” sorry i generalized.” I put Whoopi in the list cos she’s an A.A but could easily mingle in the midest of what African’s are portrayed to look like and not because of her hair. The A.A’s that i met in Afghaistan can’t even ,,,,,,,,,,…… okay i’ll stop there, but the way they treat the Africans you would atleast expect them to be able to hold a pen right or even know how to operate a computer. Im sorry i just have to say this. So there was this big A.A boss that gave everyone a shock, he thinks Africa is a country, i mean “Hallo.” Enough said. Sorry again if i offended anyone

beyfox January 9, 2013 at 4:27 am

she was beautiful, she looked very African to me

Lotus January 14, 2013 at 12:27 pm

well, don’t want to sound racist but she always looked mixed to me. had no idea she was of Native American descent tho.

Multiethnicchick March 28, 2013 at 5:57 pm

Africans don’t all look one way, some are Arab, some are western European white, some are mixed(half and half) and some are just black.

fuzzybear44 March 29, 2013 at 3:10 am


Many of those are arab in culture only.Also their mixture can be in many different combos,not just 50/50.Many of those people are MgM’s,even the white ones in the south,are said to be up to 10% native

beautyisabeast August 4, 2012 at 2:27 am

I also think she look like an average african american. African American even Africans have strong facial features. Africans come in all skin complexion and hair types like a lot of ethnicities. I know some African Americans have distant mixtures within their background, but I personally think that still make a person no different than an average African American walking down the street. Humans been on this earth for thousands of years so why can’t Africans/African American be just as diverse as any other ethnicities? I traveled all around the world and seen people with African descent with colored eyes, long wavy hair, and features you may consider “RARE” in our race. Our race aren’t just wide nosed, dark-skinned, black hair people just like white people aren’t all blue eyed and blonde and straight hair. Its annoying to see everybody on here say every black person is mixed when most african americans have distant mixtures in their background which is why they are African Americans.

Lotus January 14, 2013 at 12:30 pm

u had me until u said “colored eyes” which is a European treat.

MCantu March 19, 2013 at 2:19 am

Well you do realize that Black American’s Ancestry goes to Sub Sahara Africa. And when Our Ancestors were brought here to the US some of our Women were raped by there White Slave Masters and some of our Ancestors were Native American I’m Biracial Black and Hispanic and same goes for my Salvadorian Side My Indigenous Ancestors mixed with The Spanish and same goes for my African side. When Blacks came here they did not look like Beyonce and Aaliayh and Tyra they were pure African with Black African Features. Yes there are Light skin AFricans in Africa and Africa is a beautiful diverse Continent but We Blacks descended from Black Africans mainly from The West and Central Africa and most of us are Mixed race same for most Latinos which is why we look the way we do.

Multiethnicchick March 28, 2013 at 5:59 pm

Thank you. People like to think that black Africans looked like Beyonce who has a mixed parent and at least 1/4 mixed.

fuzzybear44 March 29, 2013 at 4:10 am


Actually black American heritage also includes north Africa stock.However what i want to know is,what are Black African Features?

betty boo May 7, 2013 at 5:07 am

@MCantu- you never sieze to amaze me, African americans should be claiming countries like Nigeria, Cameroon and the rest of the west african countries. FYI people like Tyra banks had some plastic surgeries, she had her nose fixed. By the way you should include in your list Oprah Winfrey, DMX, THE GAME, 50Cents, Jeniffer Hudson,Taraji, Kanye West, Brandy, RayJ, Denzel Washington, whoopie .G. On the women mentioned, remove the weave,makeup and expensive clothes and wow you’ll notice they are all the same..

scallyswag July 21, 2012 at 8:08 pm

I always thought she had some arabic in her, looks semi-arabic

sashafierce564 July 12, 2012 at 6:07 pm


levangelista36 July 13, 2012 at 7:24 am

Calm down.

TheZo25 June 23, 2012 at 11:53 am

I can believe that Aaliyah had some Native American ancestry. I also think she might have had some European in her,considering how light complected she was. She was pretty too,had a crush on her since I was 2- years-old.RIP Baby Girl

Indiablack May 23, 2012 at 10:09 am

R.i.p. Baby girl you be missed, and yes I knew she was mixed but I thought I was black and white, not indian, she was so nice and pretty

hi March 31, 2012 at 1:38 pm

such a beautiful woman.

Mashmash February 19, 2012 at 10:46 am

Just saying, Aaliyah is an Arabic/Semitic name, not Swahili.

George March 29, 2012 at 8:16 pm

even aaliyah herself (r.i.p) said her name was arabic, idk why it says swahili on here

Scoprpio February 16, 2012 at 3:18 am

Aaliyah also had italian ancestry

ken March 27, 2012 at 2:37 pm



levangelista36 June 23, 2012 at 10:14 pm

Why do you guys think everyone is part Italian? It’s annoying.

TrueBlue February 3, 2012 at 4:49 pm

She’s one person that I know her Native ancestry is legitimate. She had Oneida ancestry and was a tribal member. Aaliyah is listed as one of the tribe’s “notable people” and she stated it on a Saturday Night Live interview.


No matter what, she was beautiful inside and out.

Eduardo January 16, 2012 at 8:29 pm

Love aaliyah not only was she beautiful but she was also a great dancer and had ethnic background r.i.p aaliyah

Samira January 3, 2012 at 11:06 am

simply gorgeous …

That Black Guy December 11, 2011 at 1:09 am

She has an beautiful mix. :)

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