Jada Pinkett Smith

by ethnic on February 6, 2009

Birth Name: Jada Koren Pinkett

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

Date of Birth: September 18, 1971

*African-American (father)
*Afro-/Creole-Barbadian, Afro-/Creole-Jamaican (mother)

Jada Pinkett Smith is an American actress, dancer, singer, songwriter, and businessperson. She is the wife of actor/musician Will Smith, and the mother of actors/musicians Jaden Smith and Willow Smith.

Jada is the daughter of Adrienne Banfield-Jones and Robsol Grant Pinkett. Her father was of African-American descent. Jada’s maternal grandfather was an immigrant from Barbados (of Afro-Barbadian descent), while Jada’s maternal grandmother was the daughter of immigrants from Jamaica, who were of Afro- or Creole-Caribbean descent. Her brother is actor/writer Caleeb Pinkett.

An article in the New York Times Syndicate stated that Jada also has some degree of Portuguese Jewish ancestry. It is not clear if this ancestry has been verified/documented. Many people of Afro-Caribbean descent do have a small amount of Sephardi Jewish ancestry.

Jada’s paternal grandfather was Robsol Grant Pinkett (the son of Maslin Frysinger Pinkett and Martha Josephine Dyer). Robsol was born in Maryland. Maslin was the son of Daniel James Pinkett and Sarah E. Peaker. Martha was the daughter of Eli Dyer and Alverta Hackett.

Jada’s paternal grandmother was Shirley Nancy Crystal Holland (the daughter of James P. Holland and Alice Whitehead). Alice was the daughter of Joe Whitehead and Sallie Watkins.

Jada’s maternal grandfather was Gilbert Leslie Banfield (the son of Gilbert Seward Hinds Banfield and Ella E. Parris). Jada’s grandfather Gilbert and his parents, who were black, were from Saint Michael, Barbados, in the West Indies/Caribbean.

Jada’s maternal grandmother was Marion Eliza Martin (the daughter of Ralph Nunis Martin and Daisy Coster/Costa). Marion was born in Boston, Massachusetts, to emigrants from Jamaica (Saint Ann and Kingston, respectively). Marion, along with her parents, are listed as “Mulatto” on the 1920 U.S. Census. Marion is listed as “Black” on the 1930 U.S. Census.

Sources: Genealogy of Jada Pinkett Smith – http://www.geni.com

Genealogy of Jada Pinkett Smith (focusing on her father’s side) – https://www.wikitree.com

Jada’s maternal grandfather, Gilbert Leslie Banfield, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org

Birth record of Jada’s maternal grandmother, Marion Eliza Martin – https://familysearch.org

Jada’s maternal grandmother, Marion Eliza Martin, on the 1920 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
Marion Eliza Martin on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

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andrew February 12, 2018 at 3:53 pm
andrew July 17, 2017 at 5:52 am

The Portuguese Jewish ancestry clearly comes from her maternal grandmother. “Nunis” (from “Nunes”), “Martin” and “Costa” can be Portuguese Jewish names.

follers July 17, 2017 at 10:48 am

Could be. Then again, the name is also spelled “Coster”. Or they could be “slave names” rather than actual ancestry.

ashash November 27, 2016 at 8:47 pm

That’s a bad picture of her. She’s cute otherwise.

JoshG October 25, 2015 at 12:30 pm

She’s extremely dark here. Probably the lighting.

hesh123 August 18, 2015 at 12:44 pm
neiltennant April 3, 2015 at 7:10 am

hmm thats strange

on some pics she looks like those blackfaced caucasian women who had been tanned artificially in order to look black. Then black actors were not allowed to play roles in hollywood

Bow Down Bitches July 26, 2015 at 8:40 pm
neiltennant August 8, 2015 at 6:29 am

i m sure you did not understand what i wrote there

because the horizon of your brain is not as broad

phaedra April 10, 2016 at 1:36 am

Are you that thick-headed? He just laughed at your joke.

The audacity….

theropod April 1, 2015 at 12:42 am

No European ancestry whatsoever?


midori29 February 13, 2015 at 7:00 am

You know ALL the prettiest black top celebrity women have Carribean roots/heritage.
1. Alicia Keys (Jamaican)
2. Beyonce (Bahamas/Haiti)
3. Nicki Minaj (Trinidad)
4. Rhianna (Barbados/Guyana)
5. Leonna Lewis (Guyana)
* Island/Carribean South American heritage black women are Gorgeous!

LucarioCooper August 26, 2015 at 8:53 pm

Alicia Keys is mixed…

neiltennant May 26, 2016 at 12:26 pm

what a stupid theory

all of those people you mention do have also european descent
for except nicki minaj


and not all mixed people do look good. I know a few examples in my friends .-))

the MAYA RUDOLPH phenomenon

andrew May 26, 2016 at 3:42 pm

Beyonce and Alicia Keys does not have Caribbean roots

midori29 February 13, 2015 at 6:55 am

Most black people in the Carribean and America have been mixed in the past. Sometimes I do not know why this website even exists. People are soooo dense. I am a carribean West Indian, with African, Indian , and European roots, I know. But I am mostly black . The majority of black Carribeans both light and dark have Portuguese or British admixtures in the past.

kid124 November 15, 2014 at 9:16 pm

her roots are west indian jamaican and bajan she talked about it in ebany magazine a while back but they are mixed west indian not the pure black ones that why they use the term creole which is used in the islands also not just for people from louisanna they have french creole from Hatiti and also cape verde creole which is one of the african islands but jada was born here so she is african American or just black to many people the smith are in trinidad a lot they owen a home their and jada is part of the black caribbean assocation

amckenzie August 21, 2014 at 5:29 pm

Saddd…I wish her Afro-/Creole-Caribbean ethnicity from her maternal grandmother could be specified as to what country she came from! Hmmm…I guess I’ll just have to live with this everlasting wonder… Hahahaha I’m just kidding! LOL but on the real though, it would be nice to know exactly what Caribbean country her maternal grandmother was from :)

follers August 22, 2014 at 1:19 am
ihatemostpeople June 15, 2014 at 3:35 am

I swear I remember reading that her mother was biracial. Was that an internet rumor? She does look mixed in a way. Not your typical Black woman.

ladida October 23, 2014 at 9:54 am

Please give me an example of, “you’re typical black woman” because I see you comment on almost every black actress page and they all looked mixed to you. Give a legitimate example.

blah October 23, 2014 at 9:56 pm

Her mother is not Biracial GTFOH! You’re on every black celebrity post saying they’re mixed, knock it off. There is no typical look to a black woman, IDIOT. We all come in different skin tones and have different hair textures thanks to slavery (sarcasm), so there is no typical way a black woman look. It’s the same reason my sister and I have the same mother and father and she’s light skin and I’m brown, her hair is kinky but mine isn’t, so don’t tell us there’s a typical way a black woman look because then you sound dumb. We’re the most diverse looking women on this planet.

midori29 February 13, 2015 at 6:52 am

@ihatemostpeople your comment is RIDICULOUS, rude and racist. Jada does look like a typical black woman to me.

Adamina September 10, 2016 at 3:32 pm

@Ihatemostpeople “typical Black woman”? Are you serious?!? There is no such thing. Africans are very diverse. You sound stupid.

Brown girls rock December 15, 2013 at 9:28 pm


mable November 22, 2013 at 5:00 pm

yes she has west indian roots and that can be a mixture of any thing and creole is not just for people in luisanna people from hatit and cape verde are also called creole like beyonce the french she talks about is hatitian freanch from her grandmother

midori29 February 13, 2015 at 6:53 am

Most black people in the Carribean and America have been mixed in the past. Sometimes I do not know why this website even exists. People are soooo dense. I am a carribean West Indian, with African, Indian , and European roots, I know. But I am mostly black .

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