Eniko Parrish

by ethnic on February 6, 2015

eniko parrish ethnicity

Place of Birth: Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.

Date of Birth: August 18, 1984

Ethnicity: African-Jamaican, possibly mixed with Asian and/or European

Eniko Parrish is the wife of comedian Kevin Hart, with whom she has a son.

Some people have said that Kevin left his African-American ex-wife, Torrei, for a “an exotic light skinned woman”. Kevin responded by saying “My girl is Black, She’s Jamaican”.

Eniko may be mixed race due to her “Blasian” looks. She was born to Jamaican parents and it is not uncommon for Jamaican people to be of part Chinese and African heritage, as well as other ethnic groups.

Source: http://rollingout.com

Photo by Prphotos.com

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Adrian1Cram February 12, 2016 at 10:13 pm

She looks creepy if you ask me.

xoxo August 6, 2015 at 6:33 pm

Basic looking hoe.

M June 8, 2015 at 8:18 am

I don’t even know who this is, but she’s cute. She does look mixed.

Ajaxfan October 29, 2015 at 6:57 am

She looks plastic and ugly imo

xoxo October 29, 2015 at 9:04 am

LMFAO!!! That’s kind of mean, but I agree with you. This bitch is basic af. There’s HELLA prettier mixed chicks, you all need to get out more if you think this heffa is “pretty”.

Girll April 10, 2015 at 5:00 am

I think if people come from a mixed Latin American Country and their exact ethnicities aren’t known as their Country should be listed so it can be open ended.

For example she should be listed as:
Jamaican (including African and add others only if it’s confirmed)

comeforurlyfe April 22, 2015 at 8:10 pm

Um Jamaican is a nationality, therefore not everyone is black. We are out of many..

MisG March 20, 2015 at 2:03 pm

The Jamaican motto is “Out of Many, One People”

This means that out of many races/ethnicity, we are all “Jamaicans” — it doesn’t mean we are all “black”

Jamaica is a majority black country with pure and admixed black people; and we also recognize “mixed” race people for what they are “Mixed” ie brown Afro-European, Afro-chinese, Afro-Indian,

we don’t “one drop” them, unless they themselve’s state, “I am black” — like Yendi Philips, who is what we call “browning”

I am not racist and as a black Jamaican, I support any Jamaican, regardless of race/ethnicity or skin tone– because we are all one Nationality– Jamaicans.

but being accepting of other races does not mean that we don’t acknowledge differences in our racial makeup

its’ about the fact that if someone carries the blood of 2 -4 different races, then that person is “mixed”, and is seen as “Mixed” in Jamaican society (because there are dark-skinned mixed people too, like Super Cat)

that is the point I am trying to make, one which you want to run from and replace with your American concepts of race

MisG March 20, 2015 at 10:28 am

you are correct in saying this post is about Eniko

but unfortunately, it became about you because of the LIES you are saying about Jamaican culture and the fact that you keep pushing yourself up as the spokesperson for black people around the world (as I said, “you’re fired”)

You want to push AMERICAN concepts of race onto Caribbean people and I will not let you do that.

Yes, black people in Jamaica have admixture from other races, just like black people in America

but Jamaicans acknowledge those racial mixtures and if multiracial people want to call themselves “black” in Jamaica, everyone accepts it — and if they don’t, we accept that too

because we don’t “one-drop” anyone and call them black.

we’re not American or Guyanese, another set of racist people because the Indians are running things in Guyana and they don’t want to accept coolie people with African blood as “Indian”

midori29 March 20, 2015 at 7:13 am

@MISG, these people ARE considered mixed Jamaicans
Mixed Jamaicans
Tami Chin, Tessa Ann Chin

*To be in the mixed category, you have to be really indistinguishable and racially ambigious. You cannot look obviously BLACK.

MisG March 20, 2015 at 12:29 pm

Those people are what we call “white” in Jamaica

Tess and Tami are considered “Chinese” in Jamaica, even though they are mixed with African and European

in Jamaican, Nell Robinson is what we call “white” or “brown”

In America, Nell would be called “black” because white people created the one-drop rule and because of her visible African ancestry, she would be one-dropped by both black and white American people.

Mixed-race Jamaicans learn quick that once they leave the Caribbean, their identity changes depending on the country they go to and they learn to adapt, like in the UK

midori29 March 20, 2015 at 7:00 am

@MISG, again the most reliable census is the Central Intelligence agency reports that list Jamaicans as a self described 92.1 % BLACK island. So the half caste black designated mixed slaves or immigrant children are in full effect and have been for centuries describing themselves as blacks.


MisG March 20, 2015 at 9:56 am

so, I’m supposed to accept a white AMERICAN — a foreign country’s information about my country as Fact

and I’m supposed to ignore my own Jamaican governments census?????

and you call me ignorant? you don’t see the problem with what you are saying?

This is why I call you American and ignorant

MisG March 20, 2015 at 11:54 am

PURE LIES you a tell

the CIA published what they wanted by combining the Afro- Chinese, Afro-European, and Afro-Indian categories into a single “black” category

because that’s what Americans do– they call “mixed” race people black

here is the full Jamaican government census questionnaire:


half-black Jamaicans for centuries have called themselves anything BUT black, as the article from the Jamaican gleaner explains:


“Active efforts were made to co-opt the browns (offspring of the whites and the slaves) on the side of the whites.

A system of skin shade was developed, with a different legal status:
(mulatto + black = sambo; mulatto + white = quadroon; quadroon + white = mustee; etc.).

Many slave masters freed their brown children, and gave them the plum jobs on the plantations. Brown persons could be bookkeepers on estates, and officers in the militia.

Being ‘brown’, actually a mixture of races, became considered as being a separate race unto itself.

And then the system demanded that brown people be socialised to believe they were superior to blacks, but inferior to whites. And blacks were socialised to believe it too.”

MisG says: In Jamaica, we are all people of Colour

but we are not ALL black just because someone carries a small or half amount of African blood.

midori29 March 20, 2015 at 6:55 am

@MISG, I am still considered BLACK in the British Carribean as well as everyone in my family and we have Indian, White, and African mixtures. The British Colonies in America and the Carribean have a basically unified view on race. If you have a black parent socially you are still BLACK. And stop using the one drop rule because the women I posted where majority African looking.

MisG March 20, 2015 at 9:48 am

Lies… in the Jamaica and other islands in the Caribbean
if you looked “mixed”, you are considered “mixed”

you repeat yourself all day, but you are not going to change a fact

and learn your history. The AMERICANS parted ways with views on race with the BRITISH when it came to the West Indies dear.

The white man did not socially acknowledge their mixed race children. In Jamaica, the white man socially acknowledged his mixed race children — that is A historical FACT

That is why the mixed-race became their own “class” in Jamaica. Today, even though the island is majority black, mixed-race people are socially seen as being “mixed” and not black.

the white AMERICAN man hated his mixed children so much that he told them “you no part of me, you are black” and black Americans had no choice but to accept mixed people as “black” because the white man forced them (black and mixed) to all live together under segregation.

Jamaica did not have race segregation, we were divided by class (just like most other Caribbean island)

I don’t need to take a special University course to know about my country, especially from a confused Yankee gyal

WestIndiangrl March 20, 2015 at 1:54 pm

THAT IS A LIE ! I AM CARIBBEAN BORN & BREED ! CARIBBEAN Don’t telly you you are black if you are mixed ace absoloute lie you tell nah ! Black caribbeans are mixed & claim it So Stop lieing please!

midori29 March 20, 2015 at 4:02 pm

@WestIndiangrl, you are the same as MISG, you signed on with a different name and you are trying to stir up arguments for untruths. I am Carribean born and bred too and BLACK. Yes that is what everyone is saying Black Carribeans are mixed just like Black Americans. BUT THEY ARE STILL CONSIDERED BLACK.

MisG March 20, 2015 at 4:37 pm

no dutty gyal, I am not WestIndiangirl

I don’t need to play games to call you out as the delusional dingbat that you are.

midori29 March 20, 2015 at 4:05 pm

@WestIndiangrl, all the British Colony African slaves in America and the Carribean were mixed in slavery 200 hundred years ago. Making the black populations 200 different skin tones. But still BLACK.

The only unmixed black Jamaicans are called Maroons, black slaves who ran to the hills of which reggae artist Buju Banton is one of them .

midori29 March 20, 2015 at 4:09 pm

@WestIndiangrl, it does not matter what you claim, socially you are BLACK, even if you are mixed. Like Halle Berry claims her white mom but she is BLACK socially and chooses to be. If you look African or slightly , you are BLACK.

MisG March 20, 2015 at 4:55 pm

midori, stop with your lies backfoot gyal !
trying to pass off racist American “one drop” views onto Caribbean people

Jamaican people don’t accept every likkle white man half seed as “black” — stop the nize, liar gyal

MisG March 20, 2015 at 4:39 pm

it’s because you come from racist Guyana and grew up in racist America, why you don’t know anything about the Caribbean.

and dear GOD, please leave the Jamaican Maroons out your dutty mouth because this is where you truly get into territory you don’t know anything about.

MisG March 20, 2015 at 1:11 am

Dutty Gyal Midori

here are some more REAL Jamaican people talking about Jamaica’s problems with “colourism”


“Brown man!”
“One of the tortures I had to endure while growing up and still am enduring is constantly being called Brown man or Browning. Some have even gone as far as calling me Mr. Chin…note I am of Irish and Black decent, not Asian! I find it extremely annoying when I’m referred to as Brown man or Browning. It feels as if I’m being singled out for the colour of my skin. If you don’t know my name, I’m ok with “young man” or “Yow my yute” or refer to be by the colour of my clothes. That’s how a person of dark complexion calls to another dark person in Jamaica, why do I have to be referred to by the colour of my skin? I don’t walk around calling to people as “Black man”, “Black woman” or “Blackning”!”

MisG says: Notice the word “brown”– it’s there because it’s a common term that we use in Jamaica

something you don’t know about, yet you appoint yourself as the spokesperson for every “black people from all around the world’s” — well, you’re fired by the way!

you do not speak for me or the island of Jamaica

midori29 March 20, 2015 at 6:29 am

@MISG, what does Jamaica’s problems with colourism have to do with this ?????? And this post. The colourism problems in Jamaica are still within the BLACK Jamaican race. Why are you complicating the issue. They are all black people. Why are you creating silly interracial divisions??????

MisG March 20, 2015 at 11:06 am

No, we are all “people of Colour” because mixed-race people do have African ancestry

but that does not make them “black” in Jamaica

In America, having African ancestry puts mixed-race people in the “black” category because America is a racist country that wants white people to be pure

in Jamaica, even our “white” people most times carry African or Indian ancestry, like Kaci Fennels grandfather

midori29 March 20, 2015 at 7:25 am

@MISG, there is colourism ALL over the Carribean, the people are still BLACKS, light and dark in majority, so what?? Nothing new. You just proved my point the BLACK designation of Jamaicans is similar to the light skin and dark skin in African Americans. Encompassing 50 different skin tones. Its silly to spread that black Jamaicans only come in dark brown, that’s a slavery stereotype.

This video shows the diversity in Jamaicans, of different races. Indian, Chinese, Black, White


MisG March 20, 2015 at 10:07 am

I never said that Jamaicans only come in black and brown

that is you trying to deflect what I’m saying — Jamaica has many people of different ethnicities

and this is why, Jamaicans don’t “one drop” people like you Americans do. We acknowledge the mixture

We don’t call half-chinese, or half-indians “black” either

we acknowledge their African ancestry, sure
but that’s why the Jamaican government classified them as “Afro-Chinese and Afro-Indian” on the census

Jamaican governments census: Ethnic groups

African 76.3%, Afro-European 15.1%, East Indian and Afro-East Indian 3%, white 3.2%, Chinese and Afro-Chinese 1.2%, other 1.2%

and socially, they are seen as “mixed”

MisG March 20, 2015 at 12:48 am

The term “browning” came into fashion with Buju Banton’s song

but where do you think he got the term from– he didn’t pluck it out of thin air.

He took it from the us Jamaicans calling mixed raced people “brown”

as discussed in the Article I brought in, that you conveniently ignored

the article was written, September 23, 2011 (not 1911)

so it’s VERY relevant to current events and the culture of Jamaica in the here and now:

and since you choose to not read the article, I will highlight the parts that you don’t wish to Know about, Midori, because

you choose to be ignorant, so you can continue your self-appointed role as the “black Yankee know-it-all”:

Article by Peter Espeut, published in the JAMAICAN Gleaner


“Whether or not the exposé is accurate that some businesses have expressed to HEART Trust/NTA a preference for trained ‘brownings’, most of us are prepared to believe it, because of the reality that is Jamaica.”

“The system of social control worked, and its effects are still being felt today. The history of relations been the races in Jamaica has always been exploitative, and continues to be exploitative. The average brown person in Jamaica is usually much better educated than the average black person, is ‘better spoken’, has access to more resources, and so on. There are few brown persons in government primary and all-age schools. There are few brown people cutting cane and weeding bananas and coffee. Black people have to be kept uneducated, so they can continue to be looked down upon.

We may be ‘Out of Many’, but we are still ‘Many’, for the colour and class divisions in Jamaica are real and deep. And there is still deep racial resentment here – brown against black, and black against brown, and black against black, just to name a few of the combinations.”

MisG says: Notice dear Midori, how the author uses the word
“brown”– that’s because it’s a common, current term that we use STILL in this century

midori29 March 20, 2015 at 6:27 am

@MISG, I am a huge Buju Banton reggae fan, you forget, I was born in the Carribean, Georgetown Guyana, I know what a Brownin is and I saw Buju Banton on concert. ‘

You may be a black Jamaican but you are a black obviously ignorant Jamaican. No I don’t want to be Jamaican. But I went to school , visited , family friends, traveled to Jamaica and have been surrounded by BLACK Jamaicans. My whole family has and their is a great difference between Jamaicans and educated traveled, experienced Jamaicans.

MisG March 20, 2015 at 1:17 pm

I don’t CARE how many Jamaican people you know in America…you could even push out a Jamaican man’s pickney

and you still don’t know anything about Jamaican people, our history or culture

and that’s why you call Half-chinee and coolie people “black”

MisG March 20, 2015 at 12:36 am

Midori, you think you can run me down by trying to call me “white”, simple girl — I’m a black Jamaican women, something you’ll never be

you think that using your TIRED “I know Jamaican people” lines gives you authenticity!! do you realize how stupid you sound?!

That’s like when white people say: “I have a black friend, so I’m not racist”

You know a few Jam-Mericans and listen to Bob Marley, so you THINK you have a clue about Jamaica… sit your rclot, backside self down– YANKEE gyal

who knows you??? you are nothing but an Internet blip.. you could be ANYONE

but I know one thing that’s true– You my dear, are NOT Jamaican, and need to go sit down… and I doubt you are even from Guyana or Caribbean — because you sound like a straight up YANKEE gyal

and because you are actively trying to ignore the articles I bring in from Jamaican people, from Jamaican articles, from Jamaican websites

I am going to keep posting the words of real Jamaican people to show you up for the ignorant, delusional “wanna-be” Caribbean that you are

midori29 March 20, 2015 at 6:32 am

@MISG, your posts are DIVISIVE and very silly, if you call yourself BLACK, you are adding nothing to this discussin but hatred for light skin black people. I have traveled to nearly every single Carribean island. Why are you bringing up color divisions within the BLACK race???? The point of my argument is the BLACK Jamaican category is ALL inclusive and similar to the light skin and dark skin problems like we have in America. I lived in the Carribean, I am not all American.,

MisG March 20, 2015 at 11:10 am

Lies, you don’t live in the Caribbean

or you would post information from at least 1 Caribbean source

instead you bring in u-tube and information from a the white American government

you might have been born in Guyana, but you live in America because you think and sound like one

MisG March 20, 2015 at 12:19 am

You have a flippin nerve to show a bunch of mixed-race women as Jamaican “black” beauty

Facety .. and you keep talking your fool-fool nonsense like you know something about Jamaicans

You don’t have a Clue, ignorant delusional backside gyal!

Here is a glimpse of how WE black Jamaicans feel about your so-called “light skinned” women that keep representing Jamaica.

These are the voices of Jamaican people, speaking about Kaci Fennel and Jamaican issues (things you know NOTHING about because you a bclot YANKEE gyal)


“Miss Universe Jamaica 2014 Kaci Fennell leaves the island for Florida tomorrow to represent Jamaica in the Miss Universe International pageant”

“Donna-Marie Cole-Malott I’m so sorry, but Whiteness is so glorified, that we find it hard to see beauty in darker skinned people. Miss Universe, Miss America, miss anything is always White! That says something about how we feel about ourselves, and our Black identities. Yes she’s beautiful, but White people are a minority on the Island, Miss Jamaica, should most definitely be a Dark skinned Black woman!”

“Peter St. Christopher Kelly All these idiots who talk about white and brown after every coronation a year time are the ones who could give the dark beauties inferiority complexes. Unnu come pon social media day in day out a neng neng and terrorise and antagonise people wid unnu backward thinking.

Just shut unnu mout if unna nuh have nuttin good fi seh. Di people dem is tiyuuurd a unnu.”

Notice the word “brown” Ms. eediat gyal Midori — any true JAMAICAN will know we use the word brown, not just browning, for mixed people

midori29 March 20, 2015 at 6:37 am

@MISG, I did observe in Jamaica that there is a portion of really simple minded Jamaicans who claim their dark skin does not make them racist. BUT YES, I called it, you are a dark skinned racist. Those women you called Mixed are considered as BLACKS in Jamaica, whether they are light or dark, curly haired or kinky. I have women in my BLACK family who look just like these women. Why don’t you stop making BLACK people look stupid and stopped bringing up interracial colourism.

I pointed you to the CIA factbook and Jamaica is proudly 92% Black African. All blacks light and dark in the new world have been mixed. You cannot divide yourself from light skinned blacks, just because you think your skin tone allows you too . You are not accepting facts. You sound as though you grew up in a family with the same dark skin tone, and maybe your relatives have the same dark skin. That does not mean you cannot be mixed just like another light skinned black Jamaican, you need to cut these divisions. Most of Jamaica, thankfully is not you. Jamaicans with common sense consider themselves as one island and One people. of 92% black.

MisG March 20, 2015 at 11:20 am

you pointed to a an AMERICAN organization that comes from a country that does not recognize mixed-race people- so they classify anyone with a drop of African ancestry as “black” –so don’t act brand new

the Jamaican government does recognize “mixed” race people and that’s why I brought in the Jamaican census questionnaire — directly from the Jamaican governments website:


what is more authentic and credible, information from the Jamaican government about their own people?

or information from a foreign government? because that is what the USA is when it comes to information about Jamaica.

Jamaica is not an American colony, we are NOT Puerto Rico — we are a Sovereign nation, with our own history, policies and culture… when did Americans and their views/policies become part of Jamaica’s views and policies.

neither you or the American government can tell Jamaican people about Jamaican people.

midori29 March 15, 2015 at 6:51 pm

@Misg here is a list of what some Jamaicans have losted as their 10 most beautiful, all of these women would be considered Black in Jamaica.

MisG March 16, 2015 at 12:08 am

My dear,

Not one of them is considered Black in Jamaica

and I don’t need some little YANKEE gyal like you to come and tell me what MY people think or how we see race/colour.

That’s why I said to take your bclot confusion self back to wherever you came from and stay out of YARD people’s business.

midori29 March 19, 2015 at 7:34 pm


MisG March 19, 2015 at 11:59 pm

the only delusional dingbat here is you…YANKEE Gyal! fake Guyanese

you are NOT JAMAICAN… you have no business speaking for us– the only Jamaicans you know are the ones you find on Google..

You purposely ignore every link I’ve brought in so that you can continue your rant, you ridiculous, lying bitch!

You don’t know ANY Jamaicans, that’s why you say the same thing for any set of black people, regardless of where they’re from

“Browning” only came into fashion with Buju… we’ve ALWAYS called mixed people “brown”

and on the Official Jamaican census, they are labelled “mixed race”… as the sample census I brought in shows


ignoring the evidence does not make it disappear, you YANKEE gyal, wanna be Caribbean. You have never been to Jamaica — LIAR

midori29 March 20, 2015 at 6:39 am

@MISG, HEY ARE BLACK JAMAICANS, everyone of my Jamaica friends and family friends have these same looks as the girls. Upper class Jamaicans.

MisG March 16, 2015 at 2:49 am

obviously you skipped over my comments on how in Jamaica, we are tired of seeing mixed-race women always winning

because here you are, providing pictures of the very women black Jamaican people are complaining about ie Laurie Ann Chin

to Jamaicans, black beauty is represented by women such as Zahra Redwood and April Jackson



midori29 March 19, 2015 at 7:37 pm

@misg, YOU ARE SPEAKING IGNORANCE, the woman are light skinned, there is no real mixed race category in Jamaica. My best friends are Jamaican and I am from the Carribean. Black beauty is NOT just dark skinned in the British Carribean. Its a blend of 50 different black skin tones.. The entire Carribean has been mixed from past slavery just like America.
I AM A BLACK CARRIBEAN. You are speaking ignorance.

MisG March 20, 2015 at 12:02 am

again, you delusional LIAR, who don’t know ANYTHING about Jamaican culture

here is the official Jamaican census that clearly lists the ‘MIXED RACE” category.


as I said, STOP SPEAKING FOR JAMAICAN people you FaKE wanna be Caribbean YANKEE black woman.

We don’t call half caste, half seed white people “black” like you YANKEE people.

midori29 March 20, 2015 at 6:43 am

@MISG, you cannt pick just any census because not all census reports can be trusted. One of the most trusted census reports in the world is the CIA factbook and the CIA factbook list Jamaicans at near 92% percent black and that covers the entire island.

You are spreading a lot of ignorance, WOW. Get educated. I have a degree in Afro-Carribean studies as well. Jamaica is a BRITISH former colony therefore their definitions of “blackness” is just like the United States and not like Latin America and the Spanish Carribean. America was a former British Colony too.

ALL those women are blacks.

midori29 March 19, 2015 at 7:40 pm

@MISG Laurie Ann Chin is mixed, I agree, she is Chinese, Jewish, Black, etc, yes she is recently mixed. Most Jamaicans are not her. But the majority of the Jamaican population both light and dark is NOT recently mixed. Unlike the Spanish Carribean, you do not have to have dark skin to be considered as BLACK. Why are you just showing dark skinned women? There are black light skinned women in Jamaica too.

MisG March 20, 2015 at 12:07 am

The problem with you, is that you have no respect for blackness and that’s why you are brainwashed like the American Yankee that you are.

You believe the white man that told you that any oz of African, makes you black — Well, in Jamaica

We don’t believe in no “one drop rule”

That’s why we acknowledged mixed-race people as f’cking “mixed” and not black

if they wish to call themselves “black” –no one will complain.

but we have enough respect for our African ancestors to acknowledge when the blood has been tainted by non-Africans

and we called them what they are ‘MIXED”

and because you don’t know this.. you are a liar and don’t know any REAL, from the flippin YARD Jamaicans

Jamericans don’t count, sweetheart

midori29 March 20, 2015 at 6:45 am

@MISG, half black and half Indian and Half White and half Black people ALL over the British Carribean are SOCIALLY CONSIDERED BLACK, unless they look otherwise and can pass..

midori29 March 20, 2015 at 6:49 am

@MISG, as much as you want to spread LIES, and you my want to be mixed yourself, I do not know what you look like. But there is NO recognizable Mixed race category in Jamaica, sorry try again with that lie. They may label themselves quietly but socially they are still treated as BALCKS.

Half blacks in Jamaica are still socially BLACKS. YEs you do consider Half Black peoples as BLACKS.
And you are ignoring the obvious The Eniko Parrish the subject of this post has other races but considers herself a black Jamaican . I have two Jamaica friends whose one parent is Indian Jamaican, and they still consider themselves as BLACK Jamaicans too.

midori29 March 20, 2015 at 6:52 am

@MISG, You are speaking to a Guyanese there are one million times more mixed looking BLACK people in Guyana than Jamaica and even we do not recognize a large mixed category, neither does Trinidad . The entire place is mixed but we still have races, Black, Indian and white. Most everyone is mixed. So do not tell me about mixed people you FOOL.

midori29 March 20, 2015 at 5:06 am

@MISG, just because you have a personal problem with them picking lighter women as Miss Jamaica, do not bring it here because it does not fit the truth. There have been Miss Jamaica’s of all skin tones and their should be because Jamaica is not just one skin tone. I went to an all night reggae concert in Ocho Rios and the black crowd has multitudes of skin tone shades. So stop that light skin dark skin NONSENSE. I grew in a black Carribean family that had shades of skin tones from vanilla café au lait to black midnight, I have no skin tone bias. But its not fair for you to be spreading interracial divisions.

MisG March 20, 2015 at 3:02 pm

I am not spreading intra-racial divisions
I am calling out your misinformation about my country

article by Andrew Lindsay, Jamaican Gleaner



Unfortunately, Jamaican pageant representation is not as diverse as one would assume. In the 55 years of the Miss Jamaica World pageant, one can barely count the number of black winners with a single hand.

Perhaps I can put it into better perspective. Jamaica, like many other Anglophone Caribbean countries, is majority Afro-descended, with 76.3 per cent of the population self-identifying as black, followed by 15.1 per cent self-identifying as Afro-European (brown), 3.4 per cent East Indian and Afro-East Indian, 3.2 per cent Caucasian, 1.2 per cent Chinese and 0.8 per cent other.”

However, these statistics don’t represent the contingent of Miss Jamaica World winners. Since 1959, We have produced numerous Caucasian, Chinese and brown winners since then, with a notable minority of black winners.

The country’s bizarre desire to be represented by minority populations has not always been as static. Jamaica is at a moment of rupture. This rupture is precisely the reason for these conversations on social media to happen in the first place

A similar rupture happened in 1986 –when amid a contingent of brown contestants, Lisa Mahfood, a white upper-class Jamaican of Middle Eastern descent, won the title and was stoned off the stage by the majority black audience members in attendance.

midori29 March 20, 2015 at 5:30 am

@MISG Yendi Phillips is Black , former Miss Jamaica and

Yendi http://worldofblackheroes.com/2012/03/22/yendi-phillips/
Kaci Fennel-

and Kaci Fennel (a browning which is a BLACK light skinned Jamaican.

and a quote from a BLACK Jamaican living in Jamaica about the recent Miss Universe finalist Miss Jamaica Kaci Fennel

“Sup? Kaci is a black Jamaican woman, that’s what we see her as in Jamaica, that’s what she is. I feel so stupid quarreling with another black person about the race of another black person. We are literally the only fools on earth who dig into our ancestry to find a “non-black” person and run with it in attempt to “de-colourise” ourselves. And I find it even more foolish that you are trying to “de-colourise” actors/actresses who consider themselves as black people. Anyhow, this is the end of this discussion. “

MisG March 9, 2015 at 11:51 pm

As for Eniko Parrish,

she had at one time, posted information on herself, and said that her mom is Chinese-Jamaican and her dad is black

here are some posts/pictures she made, with a picture of her family (mom, dad, herself, siblings)


Nino February 18, 2015 at 3:15 am

Why would the author would even mention what others say about this beautiful black woman is besides the point, stop being bias when it comes to people of color and their dna heritage bloodline. You don’t post such things as such with white celebs and trust me they are just as messy if not more,..so stick to to subject and not gossip , we can care less about the gossip, she is one of the most beautiful women today in show business besides Tara Banks and countless black women..

ethnic February 18, 2015 at 5:37 am

I post anything related to ethnicity. I write about such things as rumors to dispel any false claims. An example is Channing Tatum.

J.J. February 6, 2015 at 5:25 pm

correction: caucasian is not an ethnicity, it should be listed as possibly european

atmo February 6, 2015 at 2:59 pm

wow, pretty girl

Bow Down Bitches July 26, 2015 at 4:53 am

she looks like a rejected knock-off version of jhene aiko

midori29 February 6, 2015 at 6:13 am

Very pretty girl. Most people do not realize that Jamaica is like America. Whereas it was settled by the British. Most of the blacks from slavery have been mixed in the past with British and by migration Scottish and Irish. About 200/300 years ago. Jamaicans are fiercly proud of thier African heritage so they do not have a mixed or mullato category similiar to the one drop rule in America, if you have majority black African dna , or a black parent then YOU ARE CONSIDERED BLACK. Unlike the Spanish and Portuguese Carribean whereas majority black people claim “mixed or thier island name, ie. Puerto Rican. Racial mixing was not banned in Jamaica, Trinidad, Guyana, Barbados so you have people with exotic admixtures like Indian, Chinese, Iranian mixed with African, who are labeled as BLACKS. But these non-black peoples without African admixture, for example if they mix with whites on the island then the offspring is labeled as white. Or labeled as what people visually see.

MisG March 9, 2015 at 11:25 pm

My dear Midori,

as a long time lurker on this site, I’ve had the displeasure of having to read through your inaccurate statements about different Caribbean countries — and about “race” in general

If you choose to call anyone with 2 drops of African blood in their veins “black”, that’s your business — just because your “Guyanese” does not make you an authority or spokesperson for West Indian or Caribbean people.

I normally just shake my head and breeze past your ignorance, but being that I am Jamaican, born and bred

I cannot allow your blatant lies about my country to sit here, uncorrected.

the only thing you got right in your statement, is that we Jamaicans are proud of our African ancestry and we do not have a one drop rule, so that means

Jamaican society Very much recognizes mixed-race people for who they are — “mixed-race” people, and they are not considered black, unless they themselves call themselves so.


Mixed race people in Jamaica are referred to as “brown” or “white”, depending on their family, like Michael Manley and Norman Bustamante

Mixed-race Chinese people are seen as just that “Chinese” and “Syrians” covers any one from mixed with Arab/middle east, like Edward Seaga.

And as anyone who lives in the Caribbean knows, Indians or mixed-raced Indians are called “coolies” – a word Indian people consider to be a derogatory word.

Jamaican has always had a “brown” class since slavery times because, unlike the USA, the white slave masters freed and educated their mixed-race children. (Many were sent to England)

and because of this, Jamaica also has issues with Colourism –
No one in Jamaica considers Sean Paul to be “black”

We have so many controversies with our beauty queens because many black Jamaicans are tired of the mixed-girls always winning. Miss Jamaica, Kaci Fennell caught a lot of flack, and so did Ms Jamaica World, Lauri Ann Chin


so, Please — speak for your own country and STOP speaking for us Jamaicans.

MisG March 10, 2015 at 12:39 am

and No, Midori — Jamaica is not like the USA when it comes to race….

we did not have a white man come up with a racist “one drop rule”, telling black people who they are and that they had to accept every 2-bit white slave masters seed into their group because white people wanted to remain “pure”

If anything, the white slave masters did the opposite. He left his half-white children in charge, while the man went back to England to find a white wife and spend the money they made off the backs of African slaves.

For anyone who is interested, here is an article in the Jamaican Gleaner discussing how Jamaica’s Brown class came into being:


“Active efforts were made to co-opt the browns (offspring of the whites and the slaves) on the side of the whites. A system of skin shade was developed, with a different legal status: (mulatto + black = sambo; mulatto + white = quadroon; quadroon + white = mustee; etc.).

Many slave masters freed their brown children, and gave them the plum jobs on the plantations. Brown persons could be bookkeepers on estates, and officers in the militia. Being ‘brown’, actually a mixture of races, became considered as being a separate race unto itself.”

midori29 March 15, 2015 at 6:03 pm

@Misg you are OBVISOUSLY misinterpreting what I am saying. And im sorry I had the displeasure to read your comments because you are not understanding mine. Jamaica is like America in that many of the blacks have other ethnicities and admixtues but they are still BLACK labeled. Jamaica is not like the Dominican tepublic or Puerto Rico when the minute you have any non black mixture you are labeled mullato. Im not saying Jamaica has the exact one drop rule but many of Jamaican blacks have other admixtures . And its true. So carefully read what im saying before you comment.

MisG March 16, 2015 at 1:28 am

no, sorry but in Jamaica, mixed-people are classifed as “MIXED”… here is a copy of our census questionnaire.

If you look at section 1.4, it asks people to identify and label “MIXED” is there:


the only thing you have said that has a whiff of truth, is that some mixed-people self-classify as “black”…. whether they are treated or called black by the majority is entirely different, that depends on how they look

midori29 March 15, 2015 at 6:09 pm

@Misg , you are being delusional. There is no active “brown” race currently in Jamaica. Unless you are talking about the East Indians from India, they would qualify. But as similiar to America, there are dark and light skinned blacks. If you google any cencuse records about Jamaica the majority of the island like 88% percent identifies as Black. Go ahead an google race categories in Jamaica. Also what you are qouting is slavery time descriptoons of the African slaves. Those modern day categories no longer exist.

MisG March 16, 2015 at 12:39 am

it doesn’t matter what % of people identify as black

I’ve provided links to articles about MY countries racial issues and you come back with some weak BS about you know Jamaican people and played tourist— who the h’ll cares!

The issue at hand is that in Jamaica, we call don’t call mixed-race people “black”

So you are the only delusional and ignorant one here… You are NOT Jamaican and your responses just goes to show that you know Nothing about MY country…

stop acting like you know everything about Black people from around the world… you don’t

Jamaica and America have slavery in common and the whitewashing it did on black people, that’s about it

We did not have no white people telling black people that they had to include their half caste children as black –that’s America darling

in Jamaica, mixed-race people were NEVER considered black and the fact that you don’t know that means you are NOT Jamaican and don’t know Anything about my country.

you claim that your Guyanese but you sound like a straight Yankee girl… stay out of Yard people business

MisG March 16, 2015 at 1:38 am

That’s your problem, dear — you need Google to give you a history lesson on Other people’s countries and culture.

The fact that you don’t know that we called mixed people “brown” goes to show that you don’t know anything about my country… that’s information that people know because they were actually born and Raised in that culture…

Jamaican governments census: Ethnic groups

African 76.3%, Afro-European 15.1%, East Indian and Afro-East Indian 3%, white 3.2%, Chinese and Afro-Chinese 1.2%, other 1.2%

shobohunter March 16, 2015 at 7:29 am

@midori29 you force me to intervene this bit of your comments grabs my attention
(Unless you are talking about the East Indians from India, they would qualify. But as similiar to America, there are dark and light skinned blacks)
no wrong Indian are not black (race)
N-I-g-g-r-o-s (to be exact )are from Africa.
when you talk about race try not to emphasize on skin color, is a very superficial way to describe race.
Black is just a skin color and indian are mostly Brown skin

Secondly India is a multilinguistic multi ethnic country, Indian are not belongs to one stream of racial group.
Indian are mostly Caucasian as the classify in U.S. unless you wanna extend this debate by posting some african looking tribe living in remote part of India do that and be happy I am done

midori29 March 15, 2015 at 5:59 pm

@MisG we agree to disagree, I have ALOT of Jamaican friends and ive been to Jamaica many times. I know what im saying. If you disagree you are one of those who wants to be in the other category. America and The British colonies were all under the same British mentality in regards to race.

MisG March 16, 2015 at 2:04 am

Jamaican governments census: Ethnic groups

African 76.3%, Afro-European 15.1%, East Indian and Afro-East Indian 3%, white 3.2%, Chinese and Afro-Chinese 1.2%, other 1.2%


as you can see, Mixed people are given their own categories and designations by our Jamaican Government: “Afro-European”, “Afro-East Indian”, “Afro-Chinese”

because black African-Jamaican people are not confused, we recognize when the blood has been tainted and call it what it is — mixed

These statistics comes the JAMAICAN government —

look at you quoting a racist foreign white governments statistics to try and tell me about about my country and our culture__GTHOH

midori29 March 15, 2015 at 6:13 pm

@Misg, the CIA factbook states that the black population of Jamaica under people is 92.1% , so upon visiting Jamaica you will see black people of 20 different skin tones , features and hair textures obviously the black population has had immigrants from other countries as it is a diverse and even more diverse than America.

MisG March 16, 2015 at 12:15 am

So, as a Jamaican, I’m telling you how it goes in MY country and in response,

you turn around to show me some statistics
put together by a white American racist organization…GTFOH

You visiting Jamaica don’t mean Anything, you are still ignorant about our culture–which have glaring showed by opening your mouth to me.

You are NOT Jamaican and cannot speak for us… stay in your lane

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