Alicia Keys

by ethnic on December 27, 2007

Birth Name: Alicia Augello-Cook

Place of Birth: Hell’s Kitchen, Manhattan, New York City, New York, U.S.

Date of Birth: January 25, 1980/1981

*African-American (father)
*Italian/Sicilian (maternal grandfather)
*English, Irish, Scottish (maternal grandmother)

Alicia Keys is an American singer, songwriter, actress, and record producer.

Alicia’s father, Craig Cook, is African-American, and Alicia’s mother, Terri (Augello), is caucasian. Alicia’s maternal grandfather was of Italian/Sicilian descent, while Alicia’s maternal grandmother was of English, Irish, and Scottish ancestry, with several of her family lines leading back to Connecticut of the 1600s. Alicia is married to hip hop recording artist and record producer Swizz Beatz, with whom she has two children.

Alicia has stated that as she grew up in New York she never had to experience feeling “not Black enough” or “not White enough”. However, she became comfortable with her biracial heritage as it allows her to relate to different cultures. She has said, “A lot of people believe I’m part Jamaican, though I’m not. I’m definitely black and Italian and a little Irish or Scottish.”

Alicia’s paternal grandfather is named Michael Cook.

Alicia’s maternal grandfather was Joseph Lawrence Augello (the son of Michelangelo/Michael Angelo Augello and Mary Carmen Zaffina). Joseph’s parents were both Italian immigrants. Alicia’s great-grandfather Michael was from Sciacca, Province of Agrigento, Sicily. Alicia’s great-grandmother Mary was the daughter of Giuseppe Zaffina and Rosa Scardamaglia, from Nicastro and Sambiase (now Lamezia Terme, Province of Catanzaro, Calabria).

Alicia’s maternal grandmother was Donna Jean Smith (the daughter of Thad T. Smith and Irma Margaret Heald). Thad was the son of Henry Harrison Smith and Mary S. Jordan. Irma was the daughter of George Webster Heald and Margaret Ruxton. Alicia’s grandmother Donna’s ancestry was largely English, with many roots in New England, going back to the 1600s, and some ancestors who lived in Canada. She also had Irish and Scottish ancestry.

Sources: Genealogy of Alicia Keys –

Genealogies of Alicia Keys (focusing on her mother’s side) –

Genealogy of Alicia’s mother (focusing on her own mother’s side) –

Notations about Alicia’s Italian background –

Alicia’s maternal grandfather, Joseph Lawrence Augello, on 1940 U.S. Census –

Passenger record of Alicia’s maternal great-great-grandfather, Giuseppe Zaffina –

Passenger record of Alicia’s maternal great-great-grandmother, Rosa Scardamaglia –

Obituary of Alicia’s maternal grandmother, Donna Jean (Smith) Augello –

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andrew December 30, 2016 at 6:34 pm

Passenger record of Alicia’s maternal great-great-grandfather, Giuseppe Zaffina:

Passenger record of Alicia’s maternal great-great-grandmother, Rosa Scardamaglia:

neiltennant December 30, 2016 at 12:31 pm

she looks better with bronze make up

without make up we all can see she is mixed and she does not look good ;-(

andrew October 1, 2016 at 7:05 pm

Alicia’s maternal grandfather, Joseph Lawrence Augello, on 1930 U.S. Census:

andrew October 1, 2016 at 6:59 pm
Capricious October 11, 2015 at 7:24 am

Looks like a typical Algerian.

andrew October 11, 2015 at 2:27 pm

Absolutely not

follers October 11, 2015 at 2:55 pm

Where else could she possibly pass, other than Algeria? She would immediately be as a foreigner everywhere outside the Algerian border.

andrew October 11, 2015 at 3:05 pm

she doesn’t look North African.

follers October 11, 2015 at 3:31 pm

She looks like her Turkish cousin Ryan Reynolds.

andrew October 11, 2015 at 3:45 pm

or Ben A.

Capricious October 11, 2015 at 5:15 pm

Nah you’re right. Algerians are white. They would look like Ben Affleck. She isn’t white and looks nothing like him.

I was so wrong.

abbracci October 8, 2015 at 2:14 am

She looks just Black to me. I never thought she was mixed.

JessicaDawn October 9, 2015 at 8:43 pm

You’re very opinionated aren’t you, lol. I’m surprised you let her make more of a career than you, since she’s so inferior.

cwm85 October 11, 2015 at 2:10 pm

So she looks 100 percent sub Saharan African? You need to really a book of Africa… smh..

midori29 June 28, 2016 at 12:51 pm

@Cwm85 this is what a 40% Subsaharan African woman looks like (there are tons of looks to black people)

andrew October 5, 2015 at 6:51 pm

Michael Angelo Augello was from Sciacca, Province of Agrigento, Sicily.


Mary Carmen Zaffina was the daughter of Giuseppe Zaffina and Rosa Scardamaglia, from Nicastro and Sambiase (now Lamezia Terme, Province of Catanzaro, Calabria)

neiltennant August 19, 2015 at 8:19 am

this is the picture (19/08/2015) where she looks the mixed girl from next door

its not nice to see that all of the famous ”black” celebrities who are famous are at least mixed

thats not so nice for those pure african americans

wherever i see in hollywood HALLE BERRY, BEYONCE etc, who play alibi- blacks in movies and in the media

all mixed

midori29 August 19, 2015 at 12:28 pm

ALL African Americans are mixed, all of them, even the super dark ones. So it does not matter.

midori29 August 19, 2015 at 12:30 pm

I do not consider Beyonce mixed, only people with parents of two different races are mixed to me. Most African Americans and Carribeans have Beyonces background. I am unsure why its hard to understand for some people that ALL black people were mixed during the slavery and rape in America and the Carribean.

cwm85 August 19, 2015 at 4:02 pm

That’s your opinion. Some of the mixtures come from grandparents or great grand parents and of course if your grandparents are other race you are part of it too. Are you really that ignorant?

LucarioCooper September 5, 2015 at 7:05 pm

Thank you so much for saying that! How can you call a person like Beyonce mixed if both of her parents have African descent in them.

Obviously, predominately, she will be considered “black”.

abbracci October 8, 2015 at 2:13 am

Beyonce just bleaches her skin and dies her hair blonde to try to look mixed and appeal to a larger demographic.

A lot of Blacks aren’t represented in the media because they look the same and are really ghetto.

LucarioCooper January 1, 2016 at 11:55 pm

Abbraci, shutup. That last paragraph was literally the dumbest thing I’ve ever read.

xoxo July 30, 2015 at 10:00 pm

She looks like a biracial Amber Heard.

Bow Down Bitches July 25, 2015 at 10:27 pm

she’s always seemed like a lesbian to me

M June 5, 2015 at 7:47 pm

I love her hair in this picture.

historybuff February 25, 2015 at 9:51 am

Please go to and type in Alicia Keys in the Search box. Her original nose was huge. She probably had at least 2 nose jobs to get to her current nose. I hate the hypocrisy when celebrities and famous personalities like Alicia Keys, Cicely L. Tyson, Beyonce, Kelly Rowland and Serena Williams act like they are Afro-centric sometimes. However, they all have plastic surgery to try to get rid of their African features. I suspect that Lupita Nyong’o MIGHT start changing her skin color, nose and hair texture soon too. Hopefully not, though. They probably pray that these African features do not manifest themselves in their children. Genes and Nature rule though.

hotvic September 22, 2015 at 3:54 pm

Yes it is possible, but in this case there’s no telling for sure. Nose, face format as well as skin and eyes tone, change over the years, especially if compare with childhood or adolescence. Somepeoples change fully, other look alike from childhood to old age. Looking at photos of family I can hardly recognize my grandmother, daughter of parent african light-skinned descendants, had its totally obvious dark side with your brown skin, upper lips and lower fleshy, nose some swollen, face more fat and the hair completely curly, until their 20s it looked blacker than Muhammad there and today, at 70, it is less evident than him. Already in her 40s she was a completely different person like it is today, with skin be less dark, wide nostrils, but less swollen and something like pointy ,the cheekbones and apples much more prominent and absolutely thin lips. Only the hair has not changed and how it has always been very poor, a traditional women’s fields in Brazil and without vanity could never have passed or plastic surgery.
Alicia changes are very mild and in the process of physical changes to make sure that it actually operated the nose or like this.
It is also not advisable to take pictures of people who are grinning and compares them with them serious, who don’t was your case.

hotvic September 22, 2015 at 3:56 pm


hotvic September 22, 2015 at 4:03 pm

* … than Muhammad ALI
*fleshy upper and lower lips

Man in NY July 2, 2016 at 12:06 pm

“I hate the hypocrisy when celebrities and famous personalities like Alicia Keys, Cicely L. Tyson, Beyonce, Kelly Rowland and Serena Williams act like they are Afro-centric sometimes. However, they all have plastic surgery to try to get rid of their African features.”

You’ make a valid point.

midori29 December 29, 2014 at 10:34 am
arjanguelsk December 29, 2014 at 6:17 pm

For me, she looks mixed in both.

Dogg December 5, 2014 at 1:18 am

What part of Italy does her Italian side come from?

roman2886 January 15, 2015 at 12:46 pm

She looks Sicillian mixed with Black and Arab she may have some Moorish blood in her.

mony March 14, 2015 at 9:29 am

How can you say she looks sicilian…i don’t see anything of sicilian ….and i come from there!

Capricious April 1, 2015 at 6:15 pm

Relax, she’s mixed. She’s half African.

So of course she wouldn’t look fully Sicilian.

noneofyourbusiness December 2, 2014 at 11:39 am

One of the finest mixed chicks out there. Black men and white women have better looking kids.

WTF December 5, 2014 at 5:07 pm

Lmfao you’re either a white chick or a black guy.

angrygirl19 December 6, 2014 at 4:34 am

Ignorant trifling ass cow

WTF December 6, 2014 at 1:58 pm

No wonder you’re so angry, you stupid c*nt. I’d be pretty pissed if I was a stupid, ugly, uneducated, fat bitch like yourself. LOL I am laughing my fucking ass off at your stupidity. Shouldn’t you be in school, little girl? Or are you another high school dropout working at McDonald’s or a street corner. Fucking asshole thinking you can drag me, try again simple heffa!

shobohunter September 29, 2014 at 8:04 am

she look too white or Caucasian..

tinasheeeee September 29, 2014 at 4:11 pm

Well maybe it’s because she’s mixed. Mixed people sometimes have white features. Duh

noneofyourbusiness December 2, 2014 at 3:54 pm

Well her mother is white, what the hell do you expect? She doesn’t look fully white btw. You can tell she is of partial African descent.

midori29 December 29, 2014 at 10:30 am

@shobohunter Alicia Keys had a nose job and straightens her hair

angrygirl19 September 28, 2014 at 8:36 pm

Wow, she’s related to King Henry I

WTF August 17, 2014 at 5:09 am

the original mixed chick

Your Mom August 5, 2014 at 2:40 am

I Used To Like Her But After I Found Out She’s A Home-Wrecker, I Lost Respect For Her. She Is Pretty, But I Can’t Overlook Her Slutty Ways. She Screwed A Married Man. I Know It’s His Fault Too, But She Could Have Turned Down His Offer. I Thought She Was Classier Than That.

Man in NY July 2, 2016 at 11:51 am

“But After I Found Out She’s A Home-Wrecker, I Lost Respect For Her.”

Me too.

ihatemostpeople February 24, 2014 at 6:12 am

Mixed girls are gorgeous.

Taylor January 6, 2014 at 3:57 pm

I’m excited for her new movie! She’s gonna play Lena Horne. They look so much alike

ihatemostpeople February 24, 2014 at 6:13 am

She’s going to be in a movie???? I sure hope she can act. I hate when singers try to be wannabe actors and vice versa.

Nikki May 8, 2014 at 6:34 pm

I kno right! Every female former/still on now disney stars, are singers.

Trincee November 17, 2013 at 2:20 am

She’s beautiful, classy, and talented.

Taylor November 16, 2013 at 8:13 pm

I luv her. My fav singer

gtlady April 1, 2013 at 9:07 pm

I think her dad is black jamaican, like mya and not african american! But her mother is fully white, which makes her mulatto!

fuzzybear44 April 2, 2013 at 1:31 am


It says in that quote above:

A lot of people believe I’m part Jamaican, though I’m not. I’m definitely black and Italian and a little Irish or Scottish.

gtlady April 2, 2013 at 10:24 pm

@fuzzybear44..her father being jamaican doesn’t make her jamaican..she’s not! I’m caribbean and I don’t claim alicia keys, even though I love her.

fuzzybear44 April 3, 2013 at 2:50 am


I know,that’s what the quote was saying

blackandwhitechic February 16, 2013 at 12:03 am

Although she is black she is still also white. She may consider herself black . My sister always says that we are black but, we are in fact also white.. Its weird how the world is

gottlob February 16, 2013 at 12:18 am

If you looked White like Shailene Woodley you would not be having this problem. People see what they see, they are not psychics.

Mikaylah February 3, 2013 at 1:09 pm

If you are mixed you are really black. That’s the law since slavery. I’m African American French and Indian but mainly African American and I think that law is stupid!! If she’s mixed she’s not just black she’s black and white!! So she’s mixed face it people!! Slavery was cruel but they didn’t have to make that law!!

fuzzybear44 February 4, 2013 at 1:31 am

I do understand what your saying.However what you and others seem to ignore,is that Alicia calls herself a black woman.Just the same way you and others call yourself mixed ,instead of black.She has the same right to see herself as black instead of mixed.

sashafierce564 July 7, 2012 at 10:51 pm

Omg she gonna call herself black anyways because she said it herself! Duhh

DarellDianne April 9, 2012 at 6:48 am

FCK off you racist cunts..just shut and in my opinion she is one very pretty lady..

DA X mann April 8, 2012 at 9:39 pm

Always the Black women who are mix are always the most attractive.

anisamae November 18, 2012 at 4:37 am

That doesn’t even make sense, both grammatically and literally. “Black women who are mix?” Meaning she is mixed, so how does that make her just black?

Tara:) April 8, 2012 at 9:34 pm

She is very beautiful that’s all I have to say…

Takemeflying March 27, 2012 at 3:09 am

She’s beautiful her nose and bone structure is perfect

Christian March 23, 2012 at 9:22 am

people its very sad to see that those AFRICAN AMERICANS with success in the usa are of mixed background

there are very very very few african americans with really dark skin who are in the showbusiness

thats what i call RACISM

for me it s clear, that keys may be mixed

her bone structure , eyes and mouth look very mediterranian european to me

Yazmin April 5, 2012 at 8:31 am

Unfortunately there also isn’t many Asians and middle easterners as well in Hollywood…
But face it it’s better now then several decades ago…
I don’t like it aswell I’m half Chinese half Syrian…

sashafierce564 July 7, 2012 at 10:48 pm

You wrong so Denzel Washington Oprah Winfrey Tyra Banks are not important in show business because they are fully black. That what I called racism

mony March 14, 2015 at 9:34 am

Her bone structure? Don’t Mediterranean Europeans have the same bone structure as North European? LOL

Sexiness March 3, 2012 at 11:38 am

lmao you sound dumb.Black people are Drop dead gorgeous! you don’t know anything about black people. Original black people also have long nice hair,nice eyes etc.Sit your little baby dick as down faggit.

boss February 17, 2012 at 7:07 am




Tony March 10, 2012 at 6:56 pm

The media is full of retards. She’s very mixed. Go to Africa and see Real black people. They look very different.

George February 9, 2012 at 5:28 pm

im ashamed of people like her. Their the reason why us mixed people are labeled “african american” when we are MIXED

Corey February 5, 2012 at 12:16 pm

Does Roda Monroe have black in her?

Eduardo January 25, 2012 at 11:07 am

That explains why she so beautiful because of her multi racial background

JESSA January 9, 2012 at 10:10 am


chanerya bailey January 4, 2012 at 7:18 am

i love her and her singing i wish the best life for her.. and her baby….;)

Biracial Beauty December 15, 2011 at 1:49 am

She makes me proud to be Biracial. All Biracial people are super attractive. We have the best of both races. :)

Toni January 12, 2012 at 8:33 am

not really, there are some butt ugly mixed race people and okay mixed race people. Dont get happy ’cause you see one good looking mixed race person (:

Shay October 29, 2011 at 7:01 am

Black men get around & sleep with ALL kinds of women , white,black,Asian,Hispanic,middle eastern. That’s why to this day especially now in the 21st century where interrcial couples arent frowned upon there all so many people that are of mixed race. A Majority are half black !

Mel September 4, 2011 at 11:37 am

Alicia’s mom is part Italian, but she is very light-skinned

felicia September 15, 2011 at 10:36 pm

Italians are lightskinned unless they go tanning everyday.Geese why you dumb fucks think you know about italian im lightskinned duhh its called being full blood european italian

jerome Braun August 22, 2011 at 7:42 pm

Alicia Keys one of the best singers out ,even today passes Maria Carie by a landslide the BEST

HighwayStarryNight May 6, 2011 at 8:11 am

This girl really disappoint me… she’s beautiful… and she married and have a baby with somebody a thousand ways of thousand miles to be physically beautiful …
I know that the beauty is alot found in the character …but jesus…it’s not only this… i don’t ask her to marry a model…but at least somebody better than this bad scenario…
Hopefully not all girls make that choice… ’cause it will be the future very end of z fashion weeks …

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