Janelle Monáe

by ethnic on October 15, 2010

Janelle Monae ethnicity

Birth Name: Janelle Monáe Robinson

Place of Birth: Kansas City, Kansas, U.S.

Date of Birth: December 1, 1985

Ethnicity: African-American

Janelle Monáe is an American singer, songwriter, rapper, record producer, actress, and model. She specializes in psychedelic soul and R&B music. “Monae” is her middle name. Her parents are both black. Her father’s name is Michael Robinson Summers.

Janelle’s paternal great-grandmothers are named Ruby Robinson and Loretta Norman.

Photo by s_bukley/Bigstock.com

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midori29 September 26, 2016 at 8:13 am

We all come from Africa. In Africa among blacks Africans there are tons of unique looks, kinky, straight, curly, wavy hair, light and dark skin without admixture. Many Africans looks “mixed” or biracial when they are not not. They say many African Americans are 20% white but many are actually not. Oprah Winfrey took a dna test and she has zero no white dna she tested 95% African subsaharan and 5% Chinese/Indian Asian. if you goolge pics of black Africans there are all types of looks. The 20% in some African Americans did not change teir look that much. This Nigerian Igbo woman is 100% West African.
Monalisa Chinda (Nigerian with green eyes)
West African girl with wavy hair
West African girl with straight hair

Gurrl September 26, 2016 at 5:48 pm

The last girl is a Tuareg Berber girl who are racially Caucasian. The other pictures have typical Sub-Saharan African looks although there is variations between ethnic groups within a shared race. That being said, tightly coiled hair is an ethnic trait for sub-Saharan Africans.
And blue eyes is a Caucasian ethnic trait. There are anomalies everywhere though but it is by a rare genetic mutation only in individuals out of thousands/millions of their own ethnic group (ex. blue eyes in East asians, Africans)

midori29 September 27, 2016 at 9:03 am

@Gurll you are being uneducated and simple mided. Tuaregs who are subsaharan black are NOT Caucasian. The Caucasian Tauregs that you speak of are ABOVE the Saharan dessert. Taureg is like an ethnic group like Hispanics that have white, black and mixed Hispanics. The pic of the Taureg girl is West African black she is NOT Caucasian. Wow Caucasians or whites are soo quick to mix black West Africans, South and East Africans. Why???? Black Africans can have different looks and not be Caucasian. That little girl looks now where like a Caucasian.

Gurrl September 27, 2016 at 9:54 am

Taureg people are Berbers, location doesn’t matter. However some of them are mixed and have Sub-saharan blood too. They are historically semi nomadic travelers. Many Taureg live in North Africa too. North African Berbers are genetically unrelated to Sub-Saharan Africans. Africa is a geographical location, not a race. Sub-saharan Africans are a race. And Berbers are the only ones in Africa who have straight/wavy etc. hair but they are racially Caucasian.

The first picture of of ethnic Pathans who are ethnically Afghan and live in Northern parts of Pakistan. However Berbers can be pale, have blue eyes, or be tanned with brown eyes.

“Keep your Caucasian in Europe, parts of the middle east and India that you want to claim but stay out of African subsharan black people.” No one claimed Sub-Saharan Africans. Caucasian not only includes Europe but the Middle East, South Asia and North Africa (Berbers).

And the non-Berber Africans you showed me have identifying sub-saharan African features.

midori29 September 27, 2016 at 9:06 am

@Gurll again so simple minded, black Africans who are not Caucasian can have straight, curly, and kinky hair types. Caucasians ar enot part of everything black that is different. You sound like a white supremacist, GET REAL and educate yourself about black people. Most black Africans have different looks because Africa is a HUGE continent. There is no black features, there is no Caucasian features. Keep your Caucasian in Europe, parts of the middle east and India that you want to claim but stay out of African subsharan black people.

midori29 September 27, 2016 at 9:22 am

@Gurll, I am black and I know a real black person when I see one who is not caucasian. Also not to mention the so called European admixture on African Americans and Carribeans had little effect on their different looks. When the African slaves came to America they looked different ALREADY. Take African American actor “Blair Underwood” who texted 74% West African and 26% White European. BUT Blair went to Africa and met Cameroonians whom he descended from. Black dna is STRONG look at the pic below Blair Underwood looks no different than the 100% black Cameroonian men, Blair is on the far right.
Cameroonian men-West African

Another African American Chris Rock tested 20% European and rest Cameroon, he looks no different than West African Cameroon men either.
Chris Rock-African American
Cameroon men-West African

midori29 September 27, 2016 at 9:32 am
Gurrl September 27, 2016 at 10:10 am

tuareg berber’s living in Sub-Saharan Africa i would say are genetically similar to horner Africans due to their large Sub-saharan african mixture. Due to travel it makes sense Sub-Saharan Africans and some groups of Berbers mixed.

These Tuaregs look like they have varying degree’s of mixture.




Samiiraa April 27, 2018 at 10:15 am

The last 2 girls are mixed race. The one with wavy hair is either Tuareg or Fulani and both of these groups are made of mixed people, mixed with North African, Middle Eastern and Subsaharan African.
The last one is North African and Berber.

Greyface March 21, 2016 at 1:27 am


Capricious October 11, 2015 at 12:03 am

She looks like an “ethnic African” if that makes sense. She doesn’t look like a typical African American (who come from Western Africa).

She looks, I don’t know, Zambian? Botswanan? Angolan?…

LucarioCooper October 4, 2015 at 12:44 pm

Beautiful face.

cwm85 August 14, 2015 at 8:56 pm

She looks Kenyan…

neiltennant July 14, 2015 at 12:52 pm

she is relatively unknown in europe

but most people know her from the video WE ARE YOUNG by FUN

and she has so much style and she looks very good !

And again another proof that not all lesbians look hideous

Capricious October 11, 2015 at 12:02 am

She is actually pansexual, and prefers “androids”. Seriously lol I read that on Wiki somewhere (and it’s sourced).

midori29 July 13, 2015 at 1:46 pm

She and Lauren Hill, Dianna Ross, Janet Jackson, Donna Summer, the prettiest black female singers ever. (Mariah Carey too)

neiltennant August 1, 2015 at 6:32 am


stop in the name of love :–) before you break my heart

fuzzybear44 August 1, 2015 at 9:56 pm


IDK, there are a lot of ladies you could have said that about.Tyler Collins, Karyn White, Pebbles, etc,. Also what about pre drug Whitney. Just saying

Bow Down Bitches August 2, 2015 at 4:29 am

Mariah Carey is hardly black, she looks Italian. She looks nothing like a black woman.

LucarioCooper October 4, 2015 at 12:43 pm

Mariah isn’t just black.

Multiethnicchick September 5, 2016 at 12:37 pm

mariah carey isn’t black. She’s mostly white

M June 4, 2015 at 6:29 pm

She kind of looks like a darker FKA Twigs (Robert Pattinson’s fiancée). She’s obviously black, but she has Caucasian features for a black perosn. She probably has some white in her.

M June 4, 2015 at 6:29 pm


midori29 July 13, 2015 at 1:44 pm

Sigh, here we go again making EVERY single attractive black woman obviously mixed with white, when they have clearly stated they are not. Please STOP

Surreal August 10, 2015 at 2:10 pm

I get why you’re annoyed. I honestly do. They think all the pretty black girls must have some white in them. But technically, most African Americans (people descended from former American slaves) are part European (23-25% Euro on average). They are a biracial ethnic group, it’s just a given. That being said, she doesn’t look like she’s “mixed”, she looks like what she is, an African American. And there are tons of beautiful African American girls no different or more mixed than any other African American.

flo January 7, 2017 at 9:49 pm

Caucasian features? I’ve never seen any white people who look like Janelle.

fuzzybear44 September 22, 2014 at 7:34 am

I thought she looked real nice in that Q.U.E.E.N video

Jeri March 30, 2012 at 6:40 pm

Yes she is very beautiful!!

susuie87 February 22, 2012 at 8:18 pm

Her face! I love her face, she look’s like a baby doll….very beautiful woman.

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