Jhené Aiko

by ethnic on September 27, 2009

jhene aiko ethnicity

Birth Name: Jhené Aiko Efuru Chilombo

Place of Birth: Los Angeles, California, United States

Date of Birth: March 16, 1988

*African-American (father)
*Japanese (maternal grandfather)
*Spanish- and Afro-Dominican Republic (maternal grandmother)

Jhené Aiko is an American pop and R&B singer. She is the daughter of Karamo Chilombo (born Gregory Wycliff Barnes) and Christina Yamamoto. Her sister is singer Mila J. Jhené’s parents are pictured here. Jhené has a daughter with R&B singer O’Ryan.

Jhené’s paternal grandparents were both African-American. Jhené’s maternal grandfather is of Japanese descent, while Jhené’s maternal grandmother is of Spanish- and Afro-Dominican ancestry. Jhené has said that she took a DNA test which specified her ancestry as 34% European, 33% African, and 28% Asian.

Jhené has stated that her father also has German Jewish and Native American ancestry. It is not clear if this ancestry has been documented/verified. Jhené has also stated that her black paternal grandparents were “mixed” (which is true, to some extent, of all people of African-American descent). All of Jhené’s paternal grandparents and great-grandparents are listed as black on United States Censuses.

A DNA test taken by Jhené stated that her genetic ancestry is:

*33% Africa
——–*16% Nigeria
——–*17% Trace Regions
*3% America
——–*3% Native American
*28% Asia
——–*28% Asia East
*34% Europe
——–*13% Ireland
——–*6% Europe West
——–*15% Trace Regions
*<1% Pacific Islander
——–*<1% Trace Regions
*1% West Asia

Another version of Jhené’s DNA test result can be seen here.

Jhené’s paternal grandfather is George Warren Barnes (the son of George Washington “Jack” Barnes and Ruth Alberta Williams). Jhené’s grandfather George was born in Birmingham, Alabama, to a father from Alabama and a mother from Georgia.

Jhené’s paternal grandmother is Helen Viola Chisholm (the daughter of George A. Chisholm and Helen Imelda Duff). Jhené’s grandmother Helen was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Helen is pictured here and here. George was born in Pennsylvania, to Nelson Chisholm and Sally/Sallie Jane Green. Jhené’s great-grandmother Helen was born in Virginia, to Job/John Henry Duff and Catherine/Katherine Elizabeth Somers/Sommers.

Jhené’s maternal grandmother is named Essie. Jhené’s maternal grandparents, as well as Jhené’s mother’s maternal grandparents, are pictured here. Jhené’s maternal grandfather’s mother is pictured here, and Jhené’s maternal grandmother’s parents are pictured here. A picture of one of Jhené’s maternal grandmother’s grandmothers (Jhené’s great-great-grandmother) can be seen here.

Sources: Jhené’s paternal grandfather, George Warren Barnes, on the 1940 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Jhené’s paternal grandmother, Helen Viola Chisholm, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Obituary of Jhené’s paternal grandmother, Helen Viola (Chisholm) Barnes – http://www.legacy.com

Jhené’s paternal great-grandparents, George A. Chisholm and Helen Imelda Duff, on the 1920 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Jhené discusses her background – http://noisey.vice.com

Jhene aiko Ethnicity

Profile by Shanesha; contribution from MaYaYaYa

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Samiiraa September 8, 2017 at 12:46 pm

Again, what is “Afro” Dominican when 73% of Dominicans are mixed ? With approximately 39% African dna, 52% European and 8% Native. It makes no sense. And her grandmother isn’t that “Afro” since Jhene is only 33% African, knowing her father is African American and looks at least 70% African.

fuzzybear44 September 9, 2017 at 2:12 pm

I’m trying to understand why does it bother you that they’re called Afro? I mean lots of them actually call themselves Afro-latino, and many of them you wouldn’t see as black anything. Also those percentages are from a test group, other test groups might show different percentages, so nothing is written in stone

Samiiraa October 16, 2017 at 6:34 am

It bothers me because it makes no sense since there is no historical context behind that expression unlike the term African American. and Latin Americans don’t use the term “Afro” because the MAJORITY of Latinos are mixed. It bothers me because again, we have to submit to the americanization, because it denies the existence of MILTIRACIAL PEOPLE. Latin America is NOT like ANGLO-AMERICA

fuzzybear44 October 17, 2017 at 12:21 am


1. Quote(It bothers me because it makes no sense since there is no historical context behind that expression unlike the term African American.)

What are you talking about,they’ve gone thru the the same thing. They’ve been taught that you should deny that part of their ancestry, and many cases to strive to improve their race by becoming more white. African Americans have been told, we had no history. Afro-latinos,(and I’m not the one who named them that), are looking to try and take back that part of their ancestry, they were taught to be ashamed of.

2. Quote(and Latin Americans don’t use the term “Afro” because the MAJORITY of Latinos are mixed.we have to submit to the americanization)

I think you’re misinformed, becausee a good amount of them do use the term. You could look at video where they call themselves that. Here’s a few:
at the 1:05 mark

Even Mexico is calling people Afro-latino on the census now.

So as you can see, some of them actually do ID as Afro-Latino. So you can stop blaming us.

Secondly,the vast majority of people of Afro whatever are of mixed ancestry, so what are you talking about?

3. Quote(because it denies the existence of MILTIRACIAL PEOPLE. Latin America is NOT like ANGLO-AMERICA)

No being called Afro, doesn’t deny anything. It’s just their way for them to be recognize, that they and that part of that culture exist. Secondly, you’re right, it’s not Anglo-America. It’s Latin -America and it’s just as bad. Latin American likes to promote one look .When you have to carry around a White goddess to celebrate your African culture, just so you don’t upset the white ruling class something wrong. Also to improve the race by marrying white, well something is wrong.Also your Arab culture does the same thing

marjanel December 12, 2017 at 10:22 am

Latín Americans don’t use a word like afro-latino in census or in any context.That is in USA, blacks in México are Afro mexicanos not Afro-latinos.Words like latino or hispanic doesn’t exist in Latín American census, like Anglophone doesn’t exist in American census.

fuzzybear44 December 13, 2017 at 12:13 am


First I do think you’re just nitpicking, but fine. I do know what they call themselves and the census in Mexico will be including Afro Mexicanos,” in the next coming census

Now as far as referring to themselves as Afro-latino,Yes many of them do . Did you not look at any of the videos provided, where they clearly call themselves Afro-latinos? My sister-law is Cuban /Salvadorian , raised in El salvador and she calls herself Afro-latina.
I understand it’s a slow movement but it’s starting to take off. because those types of Latinos want to be recognized and have a voice.They might not do it on the census in other countries(YET), but many do call themselves Afro-Latino when asked

Samiiraa October 16, 2017 at 6:38 am

And what also bothers me is that we use AFRO or AFRICAN to talk about people of WEST AFRICAN DESCENT, it’s a DENIAL of the diversity of the African continent. African isn’t a skin color nor a phenotype, nor a race, it’s being part of Africa which is HUGE and DIVERSE.
Afro isn’t a synonym for West African, not all Africans are West Africans, not all Africans are black.

fuzzybear44 October 17, 2017 at 12:50 am

Quote(And what also bothers me is that we use AFRO or AFRICAN to talk about people of WEST AFRICAN DESCENT, it’s a DENIAL of the diversity of the African continent.)

Well what bothers me, is the fact people like yourself like to regulate black people to just West Africa. Everytime you mention black people, like you just stated, West Africa is the only place that comes out .I swear black people were all over Africa the last time I checked.

Quote(African isn’t a skin color nor a phenotype, nor a race,)

Well it’s not now. However saying that, no place has just one ethnic group anymore. Secondly,You don’t seem to have a problem with regulating a certain coloration of the people who are a part of that huge diversity,to a certain part of Africa

BTW, you still after everything you wrote, have not explained why a person being called Afro-latino bothers you. You have nothing to do with their culture. Their African ancestry for the most part comes from West Africa, where you seem to like regulating black people to , so what’s the problem?It’s the black or black-ish people over here that used the term , not you guys. Are you bothered that you being partially black , that they will call you an Afro-Arab and look at you as black? I mean that’s what the other Samira didn’t like

MaYaYaYa August 27, 2016 at 12:10 pm
Mafia888 April 30, 2016 at 7:35 am

Ugly Blasian b!tch. She looks dirty.

MaYaYaYa May 5, 2016 at 10:06 pm

And (I bet) you’re one ugly dirty racist

Hill July 20, 2017 at 3:33 pm

Damn. I’m guessing you’re pro inbreeding?

fuzzybear44 January 19, 2016 at 1:55 am

Ok I’m looking at her DNA percentages, and something is not adding up. It amounts to only 95%, what’s the rest?

bablah January 19, 2016 at 4:02 am

Native american? Middle eastern? Those are usually separate on ancestry.com results. She also mentions her father having native background. Maybe that’s that.

fuzzybear44 January 20, 2016 at 1:04 am

Well I guess so. However if she saw fit to mention the native ancestry before, and it was proven she had it, then why leave out the percentage. Oh well not really important

ethnicitiies March 17, 2016 at 5:47 pm

I noticed that too! It’s strange, something was probably mixed up idk

MaYaYaYa January 18, 2016 at 3:24 pm

Somebody already posted this but here’s a pic of her great-great-grandfather-https://instagram.com/p/2dyYNpj325/ and I think he could be from either side of her maternal grandmother’s parents and Jhene said in the comments that he’s Spanish.

MaYaYaYa January 18, 2016 at 10:18 am

And here’s another pic of her maternal grandmother’s parents -https://www.instagram.com/p/4rDXc4j3-j/?taken-by=jheneaiko

And a pic of her maternal grandmother’s grandmother – https://www.instagram.com/p/4rDpN-j3-z/?taken-by=jheneaiko

MaYaYaYa January 18, 2016 at 9:48 am

This article has some info on her DNA results – https://intothegloss.com/2016/01/jhene-aiko/

asdfkj October 27, 2015 at 5:20 pm

ugly as fuck

asdfkj October 27, 2015 at 5:22 pm

damn i posted in the wrong article damn, sorry

xoxo October 27, 2015 at 8:48 pm

Yeah right bitch. You just got exposed as a bitter ass hater.

Devotion October 25, 2015 at 7:07 pm

I’m really not a fan of the “blasian” look (half black, half Asian). It’s rarely that attractive.

xoxo October 27, 2015 at 8:48 pm

Racist piece of shit.

athelya November 17, 2015 at 12:42 pm

i they are cute

athelya November 17, 2015 at 12:42 pm
midori29 January 16, 2016 at 1:53 pm

Kimora Lee is that mixture and she is very pretty.

legez August 29, 2015 at 6:01 am

She looks totally SE Asian

abbracci August 21, 2015 at 5:06 pm

Looks like a regular Blasian. I don’t see the Latina in her. Rita Ora and Cher Lloyd are prettier. Eurasians look better like Chrissy Teigen.

xoxo August 27, 2015 at 2:42 am

Chrissy Teigan looks like a dog, she is very ugly especially for an EurAsian. Most of them are attractive, she is not.

She might have the height and body for a model, but her face is busted. **cough CASTING COUCH cough**

cwm85 October 19, 2015 at 3:28 pm

What don’t see isn’t always because something not is. She is considered some part of Latina because her grandfather had some Spanish and so did her mother. Spanish is a latin language and most Dominicans have Spanish blood because they land was conquered by Spain.

cwm85 July 26, 2015 at 2:12 pm

Her father looks like he has significant european admixture. She is at least a quarter Japanese since her Grandfather is Japanese. And her grandmother is Spanish and afro Dominican. Her Mother from that pic certainly looks part Asian.

GypsyQueen July 19, 2015 at 1:59 pm

She is mostly Black with Asiatic features. She doesn’t look really mixed or Latina. She’s overhyped and some people act like she’s the next it girl or something when she’s a generic version of Cassie but Cassie is prettier. Some of her songs are good but she ain’t all that IMO.

cwm85 July 19, 2015 at 2:40 pm

You’re a moronic hater. And she looks like a darker asian. She is not African with asian features. She is Japanese, spanish, African. She is tri-racial like me. You sound miserable btw…

M July 23, 2015 at 8:16 pm

Bitches gonna hate LOL. You’re blind as f_ck if you think she looks mostly black.

Multiethnicchick November 27, 2017 at 8:40 pm

Did you even look at the dna percentages. She’s mostly non black and yes her features are asian but at the same time, black people and asian people share the same type of features. Why bring Cassie into this? You sound jealous. Cassie is mostly nonblack too.

cwm85 July 15, 2015 at 3:22 pm

I thought she was just Asian when I first saw her. Remember depending on location Asian complexions rage from brown to white. Anyway what nice mixer of ethnic groups. I wish I was part Japanese, I guess because I love the culture. I’m only black, English, Scottish and native. Not boring lol but not Asian either.

ashleymw1981 July 21, 2015 at 3:13 am

Lol what Asian look white Unless your talking people in Turkey.An some parts in the middle East. But if you are trying to say Chinese Japanese , or any other oriental that looks white your crazy.

cwm85 July 22, 2015 at 6:20 pm

I was talking about complexions of some asian people. Can you read? Asians complexions very from pale skin/white to dark brown. I didn’t say Asians look white, I said their complexions can be white. Learn to read honey.

Surreal August 3, 2015 at 9:30 pm

Actually some Asians can get the color of charcoal. But I’m going to assume you mean the East and Southeast Asians, not the Asians from West, Central, or South Asia (which are usually of the Eurasian and Caucasian variety).

tttyyy July 8, 2015 at 5:41 pm

I don’t see the japanes

California July 14, 2015 at 5:39 pm

Stupid or blind? Maybe both? The girl looks obviously part Asian. I’m not even going to lie, I thought she was Filipino when I first saw her.

California July 14, 2015 at 5:39 pm

Btw, it’s Japanese, not Japanes.

lvna May 31, 2015 at 9:44 pm
fuzzybear44 June 2, 2015 at 12:02 am

maternal Grandma look nice, no wonder grandpa went at her

jaimarai April 15, 2015 at 6:21 pm
shobohunter April 3, 2015 at 12:34 pm

looks asian

abbracci April 3, 2015 at 8:45 am

Jhene Aiko looks like a 40 years old Filipino woman. She doesn’t really look Latina or Black.

MaYaYaYa April 3, 2015 at 12:32 pm

She doesn’t look 40. She looks young and in most of her pics, she either looks fully Asian or mixed.

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