Fantasia Barrino

by ethnic on December 25, 2007

Birth Name: Fantasia Monique Barrino

Place of Birth: High Point, North Carolina

Date of Birth: June 30, 1984

Ethnicity: African-American

Fantasia Barrino is an American R&B singer, songwriter, actress, and author. She won the third season of the show American Idol (in 2004). See other American Idol winners here.

Her uncles, The Barrino Brothers, were a 1970s soul music group.

Fantasia’s parents are both African-American.

African-Americans with the surname “Barrino” have lived in North Carolina since at least the mid 1800s, and usually came from South Carolina before that. It appears that the surname was originally “Barrineau”. Speculation that the family has some degree of Hispanic (specifically Cuban) ancestry is not accurate.

Fantasia’s paternal grandparents were Curtis Barrino (the son of Jesse/Jessie Barrino and Juanita McKeythan/McKether) and Madie Medley (the daughter of Robert Medley and Ellen Chambers). Juanita was the daughter of Curtis McKeythan and Faye Thomas.

On her mother’s side, Fantasia is the granddaughter of Neil/Neal C. Washington and Addie Lee Hicks. Addie was a pastor.

Sources: Fantasia’s paternal grandfather, Curtis Barrino, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Obituary of Fantasia’s paternal grandmother, Madie (Medley) Barrino – http://www.genealogybuff.com

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andrew September 29, 2013 at 6:36 pm

definitely Cuban since Barrino arguably comes from the word “barrio” that is Spanish for neighborhood. Barrino= “little barrio”

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barrio

andrew September 29, 2013 at 6:32 pm

her name can be both Italian or Spanish (“fantasy”) and her surname sounds Italian

Indiablack September 11, 2012 at 3:02 pm

Dam i didnt know fanny was
Mixed, i thought she was just
A talented black woman,
Yoy never know a person race
By looks and color, but im sorrt
But i got to see proof, about her
Heritage,sorry i just cant believe
It,mixed black people dont look like
That,every body isnt mixed, that’s

And lie, some yes but most are not
6 generations back dont mean mixed,
To me this is my opinion but, mixed
To me is threw parents and grandparents
And maybe distantly mixed threw
Great grand parents,,but yes mixed
Is parent$ and grand parents, that’s
A fact, see ya

BlkTainoPr December 13, 2011 at 6:55 pm

Most people in the carib/antilles (that includes PR, DR, Cuba, Jamaica, Haiti ect.) are of the 3 dominating following decents:
1. Taino/Arawak decent (We are not extinct, so don’t believe that lie)
2. Spanish
3. African

We are not LIMITED to these three and we were historically enslaved.
So it is not out the the possibility she is indeed of some indigenous carib that what enslaved or migrated to the states. Google: “caribbean african diaspora” there is a website that will school you!

GeorgeJeanPierre September 12, 2012 at 8:05 pm

You forgot about trinidadians!

mariela December 26, 2010 at 12:09 pm

us cubans are black. all the whites went to miami.

jay September 6, 2010 at 11:02 pm

There are black people in Latin America just as black as Michael Jordan or Wesley snipes. They just have Spanish last names as opposed to northern european as most of us do.

Lots of black folks in Latin America have been kicked to the side of their societies. Ever listen to Cuban music? That alone would tell you there are black people there

LiL VACHA August 26, 2010 at 5:23 pm

HEy EtHNiC, fANtASiA iS 0f pUERt0 RiCAN ANd AfRiCAN dESCENt, hER fAtHER MUSt BE pUERt0 RiCAN ANd bLACk 0R jUSt pUERt0 RiCAN. HER HALf-bR0tHER SAyS tHAt AND hiS NAME iS RiCC0 bARRiN0 ANd HE CALLS HiMSELf pUERT0 RiCC0. SOURCE: puertoriccmusic.com

S0… y0U SH0ULd ChANGE tHAt.! tHANkS.! =]]

ethnic August 27, 2010 at 8:58 am

hmm he calls himself Puerto Ricco but doesnt really mention much about his Latino roots…

Anthony August 21, 2010 at 11:38 am

To you people saying “the article is wrong about her being Cuban or Puerto Rican”, you do realize that there are Afro Latino people from those countries (and others) that look just as African American as you and me but have accents as thick as their hair.

toney June 9, 2010 at 1:40 am

every ones considered mixed though cuz both ur parents have unique back round cant no one be whole some thing anymore both ur parents got crazy genes and deep ancestory no one knows really but u will be shocked when u really find out whats in ya blood so yes she can be cuban she afo cuban im happy or her go fantasia .

toney June 9, 2010 at 1:37 am

she can be cuban wtf do skin color got to do with it her freakin last names barrino it is a latin last name duh . and yes there are afro cubans afro rican afro american afro trini afro german too. and the lists goes on people gotta understand we had the most harsh and worst slavery we were slinged every where it dont mean u not frm there because u dark or got short hair. it jus means she african decent but the slave owners shipped her african ancestors there to cuba while some others where shpped to the south. so use common sense she a black cuban get over ths racial hump u only hurt ur self being stuck on skin color and on more thing just because u spanish dnt mean always lite skin its where u frm make u a latino u can be black or white llokin as long as ur frm south america u considered latin skin color aint shit

Charlie June 8, 2010 at 2:07 pm

we r all mixed…if u were born here in america u r mixed…

haters hate all u want and learn to love yourself…

GOOO FANNI!!!!!

siddee April 18, 2010 at 4:35 pm

alot of cubans are afro cubans anyway so i believe that shes mixed… why are people so stuck on skin color and hair? if shes mixed shes mixed

Biscanyne March 24, 2010 at 8:52 am

Fantasia is beautiful for what ever reason.These comment just goes to show how black people are not black and proud.Why in the @#$$ are we worried about what the @#$%^ color FANTASIA BARRINO is..she is the D@#m color the LORD made her….You all sound like a bunch of poor ignorant poor stuopid low self esteem no money blacks who want to be any thing but black.Just shut the “H” up go to school get some education use the gift “GOD” GAVE YOU and stop worrying about FANTASIA.
just pray for her and thank GOD he gave her that beautifull singing voice and thant god for the TALENT he gave you…..WHAT EVER IT IS….Yall so stupid and my stupid behind was actually reading this mess…….Love for ever…..

EIBLEANN March 8, 2010 at 4:00 pm

CUBAN PEOPLE ACTUALLY HAVE AFRICAN BLOOD, THE SAME AS BRAZILIANS. THE EURPOEANS MIXED WITH OR HAD INTERRACIAL RELATIONSHIPS WITH SOME OF THEIR AFRICAN SLAVES, THE SAME THING THAT HAPPENED HERE. BASICALLY, IF YOU ARE NOT FROM AFRICA, YOU HAVE SOME KIND OF MIXTURE IN YOU, EVEN SOME AFRICANS DO. DO A GENAEOLOGY TEST AND YOU’LL FIND OUT! JUST BECAUSE HER SKIN IS DARK DOES NOT MEAN SHE’S NOT MIXED. MY FATHER’S PUERTO RICAN AND HE’S VERY LIGHT, BUT HIS COUSINS ARE MILK TO DARK CHOCOLATE. AND THEY’RE FULL BLOODED PUERTO RICAN, ONLY SPEAK SPANISH, NEVER LEFT THE ISLAND. AND THAT GOES FOR CUBAN PEOPLE, BRAZILIAN PEOPLE. AND EVEN INDIAN PEOPLE FROM INDIA HAVE SHADES THAT ARE DARK CHOCOLATE TO WHITE CHOCOLATE. DO SOME RESEARCH AND LEARN!

Lena March 1, 2010 at 7:06 am

My fiance is a black Cuban so there is a possibility she is.

Adeen January 1, 2012 at 3:19 pm

I think she might be afro cuban because of her last name. Plus I am a jamaican and I have afro cubans in my family. Regular blacks dont have that last name, barrino. When I first heard fantasias last name, I was shocked to hear how spanish it sounds. I am jamacian , like fantasia barrino and yes she is probably half cuban.

Fuzzybear February 16, 2010 at 6:00 pm

I mess up,meant to say wouldn’t have needed protection

Fuzzybear February 16, 2010 at 5:12 pm

To Shane,

Here’s some other things,when ever your described as black as ink,and the only thing white about you are your teeth;your black(song of roland).Also pictures and other stories before the whitewashing have always depicted the moors as black people.Examples:Estevanico the moor(black man),Benedict the Moor
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/2/2e/Benedict_the_Moore-icon.jpg
Black man.
http://www.1st-art-gallery.com/thumbnail/106394/1/A-Moor-In-A-Crimson-Edged-Robe,-Venice.jpg
http://www.canvaz.com/b/Berchem-Nicolaes/Merchant%20Receiving%20a%20Moor%20in%20the%20Harbour-s.jpg
I could go on for days with this stuff,but don’t get me wrong yes there were white moors,but the majority were black.One more thing,the moors weren’t have needed protection if they were just olive skinned.

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