Jaden Smith

by ethnic on June 18, 2010

jaden smith

Birth Name: Jaden Christopher Syre Smith

Place of Birth: Malibu, California, U.S.

Date of Birth: July 8, 1998

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

Jaden Smith is an American actor and singer/rapper. He is the son of actors/musicians Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith, and the brother of actress/singer Willow Smith. His maternal grandmother’s family were of Afro-/Creole-Caribbean descent, while his other grandparents are African-American. His uncle is actor/writer Caleeb Pinkett.

Jaden made his movie debut in the 2006 drama The Pursuit of Happyness, playing the son of his real-life father’s character. He first appeared onscreen in several episodes of the TV series All of Us, in 2003 and 2004 (his parents helped create the show). With a solid start in the movies, Jaden’s next job was a supporting role in the big-budget remake The Day the Earth Stood Still (2008, starring Keanu Reeves). He then played the lead role in the remake of the 1980s hit The Karate Kid, starring opposite Jackie Chan, in 2010.

On his father’s side, Jaden is the grandson of Willard Carroll Smith, Sr. (the son of George Wilmer/Willard Emmett Smith and Ellen King) and Caroline Bright (the daughter of ? Bright and Helen). Willard and Caroline are both African-American. George was the son of William Smith and Orlinda Dickens. Ellen was the daughter of Claude King and Alice L.

Jaden’s maternal grandfather is Robsol Grant Pinkett, Jr. (the son of Robsol Grant Pinkett and Shirley Nancy Crystal Holland). Robsol, Jr. was African-American. Jaden’s great-grandfather Robsol was the son of Maslin Frysinger Pinkett and Martha Josephine Dyer. Shirley was the daughter of James P. Holland and Alice Whitehead.

Jaden’s maternal grandmother is Adrienne Banfield (the daughter of Gilbert Leslie Banfield and Marion Eliza Martin). Adrienne’s family were Black/Creole immigrants from the West Indies (Barbados and Jamaica). Gilbert was the son of Gilbert Seward Hinds Banfield and Ella E. Parris. Marion was the daughter of Ralph Nunis Martin and Daisy Coster/Costa.

Sources: Genealogies of Jaden Smith – http://www.geni.com

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

Jaden’s maternal great-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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phaedra April 14, 2016 at 11:24 pm

He’s sexy.

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