Bow Wow

by ethnic on July 15, 2010

Birth Name: Shad Gregory Moss

Place of Birth: Columbus, Ohio, U.S.

Date of Birth: March 9, 1987

Ethnicity: African-American

Bow Wow is an American rapper, actor, and television personality, previously known as Lil’ Bow Wow. He is the son of Teresa Rena (Jones), who was born in Georgia, and Alfonso Preston Moss, who was born in Ohio. Bow Wow has a daughter.

Bow Wow’s paternal grandfather is Alfonso Preston Moss (the son of Frank Pierce Moss and Ernestine Williams).

Bow Wow has tweeted, among other things, “Im mixed. I dont know what my ancestors was doing”, “Im saying my moss side of family is NOT BLACK. Heritage different”, “my ancestors were in tribes. My moss side of my family is white and native”, “NO BLACK really on the moss side of the family. All my cousins have BLONDE HAIR BRO. Nephew etc.. look like bieber.”, among other statements of a similar nature.

He stated that he cannot relate to the civil rights struggles because of his heritage.

Hey if your cousins look like Justin Bieber and grandma look like betty white with looooooong blonde hair aye!

Sources: Information about Bow Wow’s family history –

Obituary of Bow Wow’s paternal great-grandmother, Ernestine (Williams) Moss

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Multiethnicchick March 9, 2018 at 1:49 pm

Probably between 25-40% admixture

andrew July 31, 2017 at 1:08 pm
dlxzvs September 18, 2016 at 4:34 pm

correction, remove “possibly other” nothing is certified really, he’s black

neiltennant November 24, 2017 at 6:12 am

i want to ride this ”black brother” like a horse

i think he is rather hot


savanna July 28, 2016 at 10:05 am

His dad’s father was mixed, according to him. The Moss side is almost entirely white. “NO BLACK really on the moss side of the family. All my cousins have BLONDE HAIR BRO”. He also claims Native American ancestry on that side.

fuzzybear44 September 18, 2016 at 11:09 pm

This Tweet up there that I just read, says his moss side of the family is not black? Now If this is his father, then someone on that side of the moss family is black

Now while it’s possible, I don’t think that much more mixed than the avg black person here

He may want to see himself as different, which is fine. However him not been able to relate to the civil rights struggles because of his heritage, is just crap. He doesn’t relate to it, because he doesn’t want to relate to it

midori29 September 19, 2016 at 9:54 am

@Savanna we have to cutt off this mixed nonsense somewhere. Everyone in the world has been mixed. Alot of peopl esee lighter skin and a light bulb says they ar emixed. NO NO NO. Pure Africans blacks can be light skinned too. You cannot pull ancestros from 100 years ago and say someone is mixed thats foolish. My fathers dad was mixed and my mothers mom was mixed but I dont consider myself mixed at all.

neiltennant June 7, 2015 at 2:52 am

He indeed looks very mixed

on this picture he reminds me of boys school in england, where a lot of mixed boys of british and african decent came together

most of them had nigerian fathers and british mothers

fuzzybear44 September 18, 2016 at 11:11 pm


He’s most likely less mixed than you think

midori29 September 19, 2016 at 9:56 am

@Neiltennant you have a very very low threshold for saying someone is mixed. NO bow wow does not look mixed. Where do you cutt of mixed? I say if you parents are not of two different races then you are not mixed.

neiltennant September 19, 2016 at 10:35 am

maybe you are right

but we europeans or people growing up in europe do have problems with the WORD RACE

because for years scientists know that there is only one human race but different ethnicities

i know in the US you got the ”race” mentioned in your ID cards

i think its ridiculous.

For example i could handly be categorized

many people say to me that i look polish, others say turkish, others say russian, others say Tartar, others say czech, others say italian, greek etc. hahahahaha

i think i would be categorized as WHITE in the USA

but im not sure for my 2 sisters

one is pale as hell but has black hair she is white

but the other sister has a little bit slanty eyes

Elina April 7, 2012 at 11:01 am

he look part white… what is his daughter ethnicity, she looks 75%white and 25% black actually.

Elizabeth8 August 6, 2014 at 10:58 pm

He does look mixed a little but he’s more black.. and his daughter looks a little more black, well mixed and her mother is mixed.

midori29 May 5, 2015 at 2:30 pm

@Elina, no he does not look part white at all

M May 31, 2015 at 8:42 am

He doesn’t look fully black though. He looks like a child of a biracial and a black person, I’ve seen some that look like him.

fuzzybear44 June 1, 2015 at 11:56 pm

Quote:(He doesn’t look fully black though)

What does a fully black person in this country look like?

Quote:( He looks like a child of a biracial and a black person)

I have shown a number of times, that you can not tell how mixed a black person is in this country by their skin tone. blair underwood(26% euro) is more mixed than tyra banks

andrew June 2, 2015 at 7:39 am

There are not “fully” black People in New World, not even Haitians score 100% SSA in genetic tests

fuzzybear44 June 2, 2015 at 11:39 am


Quote( There are not “fully” black People in New World)

Well that’s interesting, even the geneticists in the articles I’ve read in the past hadn’t made that statement. The highest they’ve said was 3/4 of the AA population was mixed. Also what about all the 1st and second generation Africans that have come here( as well as other places), I’m sure they would test 100% African

I don’t know much about Haitians DNA, it’s not my main focus, so where did you find that information at?

andrew June 2, 2015 at 11:45 am

I read it..I just found this article now

andrew June 2, 2015 at 11:51 am

anyhow there are “fully” black people in New World, the descendants from recent immigrants,

Saraiah Dachae April 6, 2012 at 9:40 am

Bow Wow is too cute! First of all: Light skined, Dimple, Hazel eyes, Cute lil’ body, PERFECT SMILE. Who the hell wouldn’t think he’s bomb? Mmmm Mmmm Mmmm

TooPrettyNdPaid December 26, 2011 at 5:38 pm

Heeee sooooo seexy damnnn

neiltennant November 24, 2017 at 6:13 am

take your stinky fingers away from him

he belongs to me

sydney September 23, 2011 at 10:24 pm

mhmmhhmmm bow wow is so talented and fine and he has green eyes not hazel and he said in a ustream video that somewhere down the line he has native american in his family

ooo February 27, 2012 at 1:53 am






lael wedlund March 1, 2011 at 3:11 pm

im from columbus,ohio too….best state

NiNi February 20, 2011 at 4:00 pm

He is so sexy with his dimple on his right cheek I jus lov him nd his hazel eyesssss! Muahhhhh I lov u shad gregory moss aka bow wow ;)))) <3333

Ur numba 1 fan who's name is Nia

Pook January 30, 2011 at 11:56 pm

LOL, when I saw his first video, I thought he was a girl! He was a very pretty child! :)

Khaulah ally January 30, 2011 at 3:58 pm

Yeah,he does not look to be 23 years old bt he looks so waaoow nd handsome.

creole baby504 August 11, 2010 at 8:44 pm


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