Fantasia Barrino

by ethnic on December 25, 2007

Birth Name: Fantasia Monique Barrino

Place of Birth: High Point, North Carolina, U.S.

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 [email protected]#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.

Fuzzybear February 16, 2010 at 4:27 pm

To Shane ,

Incorrect my friend,the law I gave you point blank shows what they were.Also they were called moors long before Islam showed up.The word Moor has always been linked to black people.It’s not until recent times that people are trying to change it .Also I’m well aware of the people of Sri Lanka,however we are not talking about them.It also seems your forgetting about the history of North Africa.I even talked to North Africans who themselves say that their ancestors were black people,not Nubian black ,but black

Shane February 16, 2010 at 3:52 pm

The term Moors means different things in different countries at different times in history. It is a misnomer in most understandings. Moors from North Africa were not Black. They call Muslims in Sri Lanka Moors. In Iberia, the Moors were Muslims from North Africa. Moro in Spanish and Portugese means dark and in comparison to the fair skinned Europeans, the Moors, who were olive skinned, were considered dark.

Fuzzybear February 16, 2010 at 3:48 pm

You guys do know that during the time of Africans involuntary captivity,they didn’t just come from West Africa.Don’t believe all that junk,they tell you in school.They came from (North,West,East,South East,Madagascar, Iberian).Then the Moors who came as slaves,and the free ones.Also for who thinks the moors were not here,there was a law to protect them:
Moors Sundry Act of 1790

mariela December 26, 2010 at 12:12 pm

the west africans were taken to the americas and carribean. the east afrians were taken to asia, europe and the pacific islands

Shaniqua February 16, 2010 at 3:00 pm

She be black from West African slavery.

Chief_Mulatto_Native February 14, 2010 at 10:40 am

Fantasia is mixed. Cubans are mixed. They are not pure black or pure white. Just because she is dark skinned doesn’t make her pure black. Mixed people come in all colors. Also, her maternal grandmother who is a preacher is light skinned so Fantasia could be mixed with white & Native American ancestry.

Anonymous February 3, 2010 at 6:11 pm

There are cubans that look like Seal so of course Fantasia could be mixed with cuban.

ethnic January 24, 2010 at 12:04 am

pringlez nice comment. thanks for that.

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pringlez January 23, 2010 at 3:45 pm

I personally don’t get why her race would matter she has and amazing gift and she has over came so much, which shows her strength.She encourages so many young girls to believe and anything is possible and that the mistakes in your life doesn’t justify who u are.Black or mixed she is a beautful strong woman.

ethnic January 18, 2010 at 4:02 pm

First Ive heard of that. got a link?

Sasha January 18, 2010 at 11:32 am

Actually, Fantasia is mixed with Puerto Rican. Her brother, Rico Barrino, is a lot more vocal about it than she is. He always talks about it in his songs. I think Fantasia identifies more with black though.

TL January 16, 2010 at 8:42 pm

Sorry to bust anyones bubble but, she is 100% black

ethnic January 14, 2010 at 11:01 pm

nice pic TtBrown

TtBrown80 January 12, 2010 at 2:55 pm

if u wanna see what i look like go 2 My Space and look up TtBrown

TtBrown80 January 12, 2010 at 2:53 pm

this is so weird, if any of us want 2 really concentrate on what these peoples backgrounds are why don’t we ask them. oops!!! we don’t know them personally……… so what does it matter. we are all somebody, i myself by nationality mixed-race, but my race is black. im no different than any of u. so lets stop going for each others throats and just enjoy this womans gift of song and not concentrate on her color. because really it’s none of our biz. folks are gonna see what they wanna see, so what is the use in arguing????? huh

alle January 11, 2010 at 8:23 am

this is for doo doo sweetie yes u are very confused but its ok uv got the gift of google use it and u will find out that they are all very much the same no matter the language they speak (because thats learned im fluent in spanish) or the appearance (that comes from genes)

alle January 11, 2010 at 8:18 am

and whoevr left the comment directly above mine dont even get me started on the “putting people in little boxes” stuff ok do not start with that crap dont even try (stress on the “dont even try”) to say it is only african americans notice im not saying that blacks dont do this because i would be lying but dont put this all off on black people like every other race in the world does not do this to some extent

alle January 11, 2010 at 8:09 am

uhhh not again!! cuba is just a place people from cuba are called cubans. ok now that we understand this race is inherited (i address this because this point is being missed) if both of your parents are white but ur born in china ur white. u wuld only be called chinese because thats ur nationality. ur race is white. just like we all here (sorry if ur not) are american but we are different races. u ppl are mixing up race and nationality. the difference may be small but its important. please stop being ignorant get informed use the internet to help u make an informed and educated comment not just one u pulled out of thin air.

Anonymous January 8, 2010 at 10:03 am

What is it with african americans in this country constantly trying to put people in these little boxes and saying pick one side but you better not pick the other. Can someone please tell me how her being mixed or not affects you personally.Last time i checked we all learned our crayola colors in grade school therefore the tone of her skin is brown! Yes there are lots of people who look like her that have dominican,cuban, brazillian etc. Due to the slave trade go to the library and look it up!

MariposaSedosa December 29, 2009 at 4:43 pm

Being half Cuban doesn’t necessarily make her mixed. Unless you consider being mixed based on ethnicity or nationality and not race. Most Cubans are black! Many are 100% black or mostly black. Many are mixed with spanish and/or Indian. Matter of fact it makes little sense to say someone is African American and Cuban or Black and Cuban. You’re comparing apples and oranges. One is a country or nationality and the other a race or ethnicity. I think many people on this page do not know that Cuba is about 67-75% Black, with the remaining being mixed, or white and a very small minority of Asians. Most Cuban Americans are white, the vast majority of Cubans on the island are Black. Try visiting the island, it is one of the most African places you can go to outside of Africa. African dialects are still spoken, and African dances, clothing, and religions still utilized. Just look up Afro Cubans on youtube, that is a start, please don’t read wikipedia as much of it is made up.

And having dark skin doesn’t mean you are 100% black just like having light skin doesn’t mean you are mixed. I think this site is just further confusing people who were already mixed up to begin with.

p.s. Most Blacks in the Western Hemisphere live south of the U.S. border. Matter of fact-95% of slaves went to Latin America and the Carribean.

mariela December 26, 2010 at 12:15 pm

thank you, finally some sense on this page cuba is 80% black. the little groups of whites have left for miami.

i am Cuban and i am black. i speak yoruba (a language from nigeria) and spanish.

J luv December 27, 2009 at 10:54 am

obama aint “black” . yall r soundn so ~race”ist. im tan, not white.

Who cares what race she is.fyi-she said its "rumbo December 27, 2009 at 10:46 am

Griffin mid. school !

barbie December 5, 2009 at 1:06 am

cuban is black dum dums they have african anceters in ur case u wouldent kno kuz u neva lived ha life so yall need to stop juding sumbody and sum cubans look black and their for you need to pick up a book and get yo facts straight and even if she wa full afican she i still beautiful or even full cuban which she kould so really yall need to stop

blackskull bash December 3, 2009 at 11:08 am

People Who say she is all black. The surname Barrino an African or American/English last name. There are alot of Cubans, Brazilians, Puerto Ricans and Domincans of AFRICAN descent. So her father being of Cuban ancestry is not to far fetched.

Espada December 1, 2009 at 8:52 pm

Fantasia is super ugly.

ethnic December 1, 2009 at 5:24 pm

Thanks for sharing your view on this.

doo doo December 1, 2009 at 1:07 pm

JUST DON’T SEEM THE SAME. PLUS THEY DON’T WANT BE CONSIDERED BLACK. THINK THEY BETTER FOR SOME REASON. I’M USED TO SOUTHERN BLKS. U MAY SAY I SOUND IGNORNANT. BUT THAT’S JUST HOW I SEE IT AND FEEL BOUT IT. OH WELL.

doo doo December 1, 2009 at 1:00 pm

I GUESS I’M JUST CONFUSED. I’M LIGHT SKIN BLACK NOT MIXED. BOTH MY PARENTS ARE BLACK PPL. ALL MY FAMILY IS BLK. WE ARE FROM MISSISSIPPI. I GREW UP ROUND JUST BLK FOLKS. AND JUST AS OF RECENTLY SINCE I’VE BEEN ON THE BLOGS I AM HEARING OF THESE DIFF MIX RACES. AND AFRO CUBAN, DOMINCAN. I DON’T GET HOW THEY ARE BLK PPL LIKE ME AND BLKS I GREW UP ROUND WHEN THEY SPEAK SPANISH AND WHATEVER ELSE. NOT TRYING BE FUNNY JUST NEVER OF SUCH BEFORE. I JUST DON’T THINK ITS THE SAME AS BEING BLK. AND I ALWAYS WONDERED WHAT FANNY WAS. SHE LOOKS ALL BLK, BUT HER LAST NAME KEPT THROWING ME OFF. ITS LIKE ANY COMMON BLK FOLK NAME I KNOW. AND I WAS SO CONFUSED CAUSE SHE DOESN’T LOOK MIXED. JUST MY OPINION I DON’T CONSIDER C. MILIAN, GINA TORRES, LAZ ALONZO, ZOE SALDANO, TATANYA ALI OR ALFONSO ROBEIRO OR ANY SPANISH PPL WITH SPANISH LAST NAMES BLACK. JUST MY THOUGT, LET THEM BE THEM LATIN SPANISH OR WHATEVER THE POLITICALLY CORRECT WORD IS. LALA VASQUES EITHER. CARMELO A. ETC

HarajukuBarbie November 26, 2009 at 6:59 am

First of all she’s not BLACK, last time i checked her skintone was brown.
And so what if she has some Cuban in her?
Just because she has a darker tone she can’t be Cuban?
Some of you are really retarded and dumb.
Don’t be a fool, stay at school..

lis October 31, 2009 at 4:10 am

fantasia is a black cuban. not african american but a black hispanic. all hispanic don;t look like jessica alba and jlo

yep!! October 18, 2009 at 2:04 am

reply to “ummmm” you need to shut up!! like really, i wish i can see your face and determine who you are..you wouldnt like it if i called you fucking something else that your not

shaye October 11, 2009 at 4:50 am

there are black cubans, take christinia milian for example……And as we can all see, FANTASIA IS BLACK AND BEAUTIFUL=)

supernerdy June 19, 2009 at 4:51 pm

MIXED TO YOU HONEY
NA U NEED TO GO FOR LAZER EYE SURGERY
HEY I CAN AGREE THAT THERE ARE SOME BLACK CUBANS BUT SHE IS PLAIN BLACK

Buzzcock June 18, 2009 at 9:36 pm

She’s mixed she looks mixed to me.

bluelinexx May 31, 2009 at 3:35 am

Yes, there are “black” Cubans. No falsity here.

jordan April 28, 2009 at 11:11 pm

what the hell that is a sister

ethnic April 28, 2009 at 3:26 pm

Some Cubans are fully black so i could be possible.

Crystal April 28, 2009 at 3:47 am

that’s a lie, she’s fully black

Bri January 29, 2009 at 7:53 am

B-l-a-c-k Hunny! beautyfully black.

adina January 4, 2009 at 8:13 am

where does it state that she is anything other than black?

ummmmm December 1, 2008 at 4:20 pm

Yea right. She is black.

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