Birth Name: John Roger Stephens
Place of Birth: Springfield, Ohio, U.S.
Date of Birth: December 28, 1978
Ethnicity: African-American, some European [English/Scottish/Welsh/Cornish]
John Legend is an American singer, songwriter, producer, actor, and philanthropist. He won the Academy Award for Best Original Song, along with Common, for their song “Glory,” from the film Selma (2014).
John’s parents, Phyllis Elaine (Lloyd) and Ronald Lamar Stephens, were/are both African-American. He studied English with an emphasis on African-American studies at University. He is married to model Chrissy Teigen, with whom he has two children.
A picture of John with his wife, child, grandmother, and father can be seen here. A picture of John with his mother can be seen here.
A DNA test taken by the show Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. (2012) stated that John’s genetic ancestry is:
*4% Native American
John was selected People Magazine’s “Sexiest Man Alive” in 2019. He is the fourth non-white man, and the fourth man of significant African ancestry, to have been given this title by the magazine (Denzel Washington, in 1996, is the first, and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, in 2016, Idris Elba, in 2018, and Michael B. Jordan, in 2020, are the others, fitting both criteria).
John’s paternal grandfather was Arthur Benjamin Stephens (the son of John B. Stephens and Martha Cape). Arthur was born in Ohio. John’s great-grandfather John Stephens was the son of Henry Stephens and Julie. Martha was the daughter of John Kimsey Cape and Antinete.
John’s paternal grandmother is Marjorie Maxine “Maggie” Smith (the daughter of Dennis Wiley Smith and Esther Louise Ryder). Marjorie was born in Ohio. Dennis was the son of Sidney Smith and Matilda. Esther was the daughter of James Ryder and Bessie/Bethinia Underwood.
John’s maternal grandfather was Raymond Eugene Lloyd, Sr. (the son of William/Will Lloyd and Lillie Beatrice Greason/Greeson). Raymond was born in Tennessee, and was a Pastor Emeritus. Lillie was born in Tennessee, the daughter of Monroe/Mon Greason/Greeson and Laura Whitfield.
John’s maternal grandmother is Elmira M. Bass (the daughter of Ralph/Ralf Lewis Bass and Elmira/Elmyra Mack). Elmira was born in Ohio. Ralph was the son of Richard Bass and Mary Ella/Ellen Buchannon.
John’s DNA test stated that John’s patrilineal line likely came from the Fula people in Guinea-Bissau, and that John’s matrilineal line likely came from the Mende people in Sierra Leone. In his 2014 book based on the series, Finding Your Roots: The Official Companion to the PBS Series, Gates writes on page 266, “One analysis of [John’s] admixture indicates that his white ancestors were from southeastern Europe, around Romania, but he also shares genetic material with people living in the United Kingdom, Ireland, and Jamaica.”
Sources: Genealogy of John Legend – http://www.geni.com
Obituary of John’s maternal grandfather, Raymond Eugene Lloyd, Sr. – http://www.legacy.com
John’s maternal great-grandmother, Lillie Beatrice Greason/Greeson, on the 1910 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org
John’s maternal great-grandfather, Ralph/Ralf Lewis Bass, on the 1900 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org
Information about John’s appearance on Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. (2012) – http://www.yourgeneticgenealogist.com
correction the word caucasian should be changed to white or european
How come his Romanian ancestry isn’t added in his European part of his ethnicity. If you include UK and Irish, you might as well add his Romanian ancestry too.
It just looks silly if Romanian is in the paragraph but not his ethnicity.
Sexiest man alive? Really?
Amy opinion by women is accepted
This photo shows the functioning of the singer and brown man’s —– John Legend, better than that of Chris Brown and Kanye West
Non-sexual men tend not to have a good —– size that works in every way, romantic who don’t tend to make love
I see the beauty of a man by the way he works on my body
Tasty and desirable man, like a tomato, where everything is complete, and turns into a tomato —–, it’s so good!
Men who have a good functioning, generally have a desirable body and an attractive face
Stop with the stupid, pornographic posts, weirdo.
Cockalorum! And Obnoxious, am I the only person who is saying bad things?
You think you are the only person who is great to make these comments
I’m sorry, I don’t want to offend you, but I just told the truth
I’m also big, it doesn’t matter if I speak wrong English
And thank god I’m not in your country, because I would become a meme in all English speaking countries