Jordin Sparks

by ethnic on August 17, 2008

Birth Name: Jordin Brianna Sparks

Place of Birth: Phoenix, Arizona, U.S.

Date of Birth: December 22, 1989

*African-American (father)
*German, English, Scottish, Norwegian (mother)

Jordin Sparks is an American singer, songwriter, and actress. She won the sixth season of the show American Idol (in 2007). See other American Idol winners here.

Jordin is the daughter of Jodi (Weidmann) and NFL player Phillippi Sparks. Her father is African-American. Her mother, who is caucasian, has German, English, Scottish, and Norwegian ancestry.

Jordin is married to fitness model Dana Isaiah Thomas, with whom she has a son.

Jordin’s paternal grandmother is Guinetta Marie Sparks/Moss (the daughter of Mildred Otheree Climmons/Sparks). Mildred was the daughter of Edna P. Climmons. Edna re-married to Royal/Roy Sparks.

Jordin’s maternal grandfather is Jim Wiedmann (the son of Otto Wiedmann and Leah Gladys Krause). Otto was born in North Dakota, the son of Phillip/Philip Wiedmann and Dorothea/Dorothy Müller/Mueller, who were ethnic Germans from Russia. Leah was also born in North Dakota, the daughter of Jacob Krause and Frieda Bender, who were also from ethnic German families from Russia, from Odessa.

Jordin’s maternal grandmother is Pamela Rutherford (the daughter of James Marvin Rutherford and Gladys I. Gilleshammer). James had English, Scottish, and German ancestry, and was the son of John Nichol Rutherford and Johannah/Hannah Antonette Dahl. Gladys was of Norwegian descent, the daughter of Peter Gilleshammer and May Agnes C. Olsen.

Sources: Genealogy of Jordin Sparks –

Obituary of Jordin’s paternal great-grandmother, Mildred Otheree Climmons/Sparks LaVow –

Jordin’s paternal great-great-grandmother, Edna P. Climmons, on the 1920 U.S. Census –

Obituary of Jordin’s paternal great-great-grandmother, Edna P. (Climmons) Sparks Heath –

Genealogy of Jordin’s mother (focusing on her own father’s side) –

Genealogy of Jordin’s maternal grandmother, Pamela Rutherford (focusing on her own father’s side) –

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bablah September 4, 2018 at 4:22 pm

Her grandmother’s name is Guinetta Marie Sparks/Moss.

I think this is her great-grandmother. One of her children was called Phillipi, like Jordin’s father.

bablah September 4, 2018 at 4:23 pm
bablah September 4, 2018 at 5:25 pm
neiltennant March 29, 2017 at 10:10 am

For a mixed race person whose white mom has northern european roots she does look like an average BLACK

Adamina April 1, 2017 at 6:05 pm

I don’t know about average, but I’ve seen Nigerian women who have looks similar to hers

andrew April 2, 2017 at 10:00 am

Neiltennant, she looks mixed-race but Northern European genes does not make mulattoes lighter (than South or East Euros I suppose you meant), there are plenty of examples in this site.

bablah February 17, 2017 at 7:03 am
M August 22, 2015 at 7:23 pm

She is pretty, but her newest song is … weird and skanky…. I thought she had morals, she’s just turning into another industry hoe.

arjanguelsk August 11, 2014 at 10:15 am

you don’t need more proves if her parents are one black and other white… i don’t see and understand why people deny mixed race… its ridiculous.

arjanguelsk August 11, 2014 at 10:14 am

she is mixed half black/ half white, and she looks like… her skin is lighter, and her facial features and admixtures aren’t full black. And different shades occurs on people when they are mixed (black/white).

Your Mom August 6, 2014 at 2:41 am

I Think She’s Pretty. She Lost A Lot Of Weight These Past Few Years. She Looks Great. Not That She Didn’t Look Good When She Was Plus-Sized, I’m Just Saying….

Freerk July 12, 2014 at 1:43 pm

I would like to say “typical German face”, but that would be wrong … of course … One don’t even see European in her. But nevertheless, she looks nice. Like someone to have a good time with.

someone from the internet August 21, 2014 at 6:36 am

I see a lot of biracial girls that look like Jordin. She looks biracial, not fully black.

alexgxo September 1, 2016 at 8:29 am

The European is obvious. She doesn’t look at all like your typical close to 100 percent SSA person and a lot of her features look European influenced. Look beyond the skin color.

SEEXYPUREBLOODLATINA July 5, 2014 at 8:51 pm

Um..sorry not pretty to me.

roman2886 June 4, 2014 at 5:07 pm

She is a African American Euromutt or Mulatto Euromutt I’m a Asian Euromutt or Eurasian mutt the more mixed you are the better looking you are.

WTF June 3, 2014 at 2:54 pm

whoever said she looks fully black is stupid af!!! she obviously looks mixed. she has good hair and her features are mixed. she looks dominican actually.

Daisuke November 21, 2013 at 6:59 pm

you can be mixed and be really dark

fuzzybear44 November 22, 2013 at 5:09 am


(you can be mixed and be really dark)

Very true

arjanguelsk August 11, 2014 at 10:17 am

amen! agreeee

midori29 February 21, 2014 at 4:56 pm

Thats me, I am mixed and dark skinned with wavy curly hair. Mixed with Native Indian,Portuguese, and Indian. My brother is even darker than me,he is about one shade lighter than Wesley Snipes.

arjanguelsk August 11, 2014 at 10:16 am
neiltennant May 11, 2013 at 10:41 am

norwegian ??? of course lol

maybe 0,0004%

nathaliemk March 14, 2014 at 6:32 pm

Well, her maternal grandmother is half Norwegian, so that makes Jordin 1/8th Norwegian :)

nathaliemk March 14, 2014 at 6:34 pm

Or 12,5% if you want.

ItsMe123 January 2, 2013 at 3:43 am

Mixed girls are always gorgeous.

Affellay January 5, 2013 at 9:12 am

Its just coz u didnt see ugly mixed girls))

theropod June 26, 2013 at 2:25 am

She looks full African to me.

I’ve seen Africans in Africa, pure blooded, that look like her. You don’t have to look like Whoopi to not be regarded as ‘mixed’.

fuzzybear44 June 26, 2013 at 3:17 am


(You don’t have to look like Whoopi to not be regarded as ‘mixed’.)

I know you’re using her just as an example,but i know black people who are the same color and phenotype,who are half white.


notional October 30, 2013 at 12:13 pm

if you think she looks African you obviously don’t know what an African looks like, an unmixed black person is really dark

ethnic October 30, 2013 at 9:27 pm

Not all subsaharan africans are “really” dark. Some tribes are quite light skinned. This is particularly evident if you go further south towards south Africa.

andrew November 1, 2013 at 3:44 am

Capoid ppl are not related to West Africans

Brown girls rock December 15, 2013 at 9:36 pm

Not true gosh some of you people are ignorant

Prettypoodle January 20, 2014 at 1:56 pm

You are wrong about that because my grandmother is biracial and can pass your white but I am way darker than she is. Kelly Rowland complexion. What you said was very ignorant because I have two friends from Nigeria who are pure African who are nit dark at all. You need to travel more.

LadyNikkitten November 29, 2013 at 5:22 pm

Bullshit. African girls who look like that IN Africa are mixed. There are a lot of mixed people in sub saharan Africa too. I would KNOW since I’m one.

Multiethnicchick December 31, 2013 at 10:34 am

Oh please, where in Africa are there black africans that look like Jordan sparks without admixture. If she went to Africa, she would be colored

native american January 6, 2014 at 9:43 pm


arjanguelsk August 11, 2014 at 10:23 am

many mixed girls look like her… you don’t need more proves if her parents are one black and other white… i don’t see and understand why people deny mixed race… its ridiculous. she is mixed and many mixed people look like her.

ihatemostpeople January 21, 2014 at 3:56 am

You’re retarded. Jordin looks mixed.

arjanguelsk August 11, 2014 at 10:23 am

many mixed girls look like her… you don’t need more proves if her parents are one black and other white… i don’t see and understand why people deny mixed race… its ridiculous. she is mixed and many mixed people look like her.

arjanguelsk August 11, 2014 at 10:20 am

theres many african mixed darskinned girls, because not all africans are pure black…. and she looks mixed.

myarmyrulesyours September 16, 2013 at 5:55 am

She’s not “mixed”. There’s actually no such thing. If she believes in the Bible, the identity of the person (i.e. their heritage) goes by the what the father is. That means she’s a so-called “black” person. Her nationality is a Judite.


lexi_redbone November 1, 2013 at 6:28 am

Their is such thing as mixed. Im mixed Not everyone is just one race & it doesn’t say that in the bible

Prettypoodle January 20, 2014 at 2:04 pm

Actually there is no biological basis for race. I too a course from the counseling department called multi Cultural Gender Issues and we watch a video called the Genome project. They did an experiment where they swiped all he students mouth and looked at thier gene sequence. This black female and white male found out that they had the same gene sequences. These were re two people who thought that they would have less in common with each other genetic wise. There is legitimate research that race does not exist biologically and it is something that we humans made up. Out hair, skin, and eye color our only a small portion of our genes.

Rokai April 10, 2014 at 3:07 pm

Actually everyone is one race remember we’re all humans but we just come from different parts of the world with different languages, heritage, and cultures but I get what you’re saying.

roman2886 June 4, 2014 at 5:05 pm

I’m Mixed too

luluz September 20, 2013 at 9:53 pm

not always trust me plus she is averaging

luluz September 20, 2013 at 9:53 pm

average looking

ihatemostpeople February 27, 2014 at 8:35 pm

She’s far from average. She’s beautiful. Most mixed people are though so….

ihatemostpeople February 27, 2014 at 8:35 pm

Well I mean of course there are some ugly ass mixed people, but MOST of them are above average and hot.

roman2886 June 4, 2014 at 5:04 pm

She defiantly looks Mixed Most Mulattos look either Black or Mixed it’s very rare for Mulattos too look White I’m mixed too Eurasian but i look White instead of Mixed and Asian Mixed race people are better looking than Blacks Asians and Whites.

Indiablack September 11, 2012 at 2:05 pm

Jordan sparks is so pretty, I have
A cousin that looks like her,no
Lie, I knew she was mixed,and
What makes her more beautiful
Is her personality,that makes her
Very beautiful,and shes very talented
God bless you mixed race sista
Jordan sparks. Stay sweet and nice

Sweden July 21, 2012 at 7:23 pm

Noo…only intelligent and normal people would figure out that she is mixed. Its not rocket science at all…and only ignorant and close-minded people would think she was just full black. First time I saw her, I guessed that he was mixed…she looks half German because she is half German, simple as that.

sashafierce564 July 12, 2012 at 5:23 pm

I like that she wear her hair curly she look gorgeous and pretty ands it look like she wears it natural

Layla4805 May 13, 2012 at 6:42 pm

Race has less to do with skin color than most people think and many groups of people are pushing for the doing away with antiquated classifications any way-for example, Anthropologists agree South Asian Indians are generally Cacuasian despite complexions that vary from very fair to almost black but they get classified as Asian? Do they look anything like someone say Japanese or Chinese?
The three races are very anachronistic and outdated, Hispanic has always been an ethnicity not a race, as Hispanics can be black, indian, european, or a mixture of any or all three and most Middle Eastern people and North African people do not accept being identified as Caucasian. Being mixed myself I guess I look forward to the day when we all are truly mixed…and racism just goes away.

Multiethnicchick July 12, 2012 at 11:29 am

right on Layla, you said it

truegattaca September 28, 2012 at 7:54 pm

Just because you are not mixed doesn’t mean you are racist towards people who are different from you.

A mixed person can be racist! Having a full ethnicity or being part of one race is not the culprit.

Blonde Frizzles May 13, 2012 at 9:06 am

so beautiful and has a great voice

Lady Avarice April 10, 2012 at 12:35 am

I see that she is part German she looks like it too a little bit, but she looks more black though.

Bianca March 19, 2012 at 8:25 pm

Well I’m African American and French. But actually it really doesn’t matter to me what race you are because it really only matters if you are a good person. Sometimes you can’t pay attention to peoples race and really just pay attention to there behavior and whats on the inside

Blonde Frizzles May 13, 2012 at 9:05 am

I couldn’t agree more with you. It’s really so annoying when people are fighting over whether being Italian is white or not and I’m just like, “Who cares? Does being white make her a good or bad person? Of course your race has nothing to do with the person you really are.”

ipop February 13, 2012 at 7:55 am

I taught she just black she looks more black anyways

nathaniel thomas January 29, 2012 at 5:39 pm

Woo lots of curls

Blonde Frizzles May 14, 2012 at 2:34 pm

Yeah we don’t see curls like that as much anymore, since many people straighten their hair. My hair is super curly and it makes me feel more insecure to always see celebrities with straighter hair than me, so I personally love this pic!! :D lol

Amanda January 6, 2012 at 2:36 pm

She is really pretty.

Candice January 5, 2012 at 9:00 am

I would be so angry if I came out looking like her big jaws and mouth she isn’t a very attractive looking mixed girl! Iv’e seen many African American girls that look way better her parents must look like dooty pootys!!

rafael July 3, 2011 at 5:34 pm

this girl,loves going to the puerto rican day parade,i thought she would be at least half puerto rican,i guess she just enjoys a mouth full of puerto rican juice

Samia_Kabullah_Bella February 5, 2011 at 12:30 pm

Caucasian could be anything from European,to western Asian,North African,Central Asian and Southern Asian.

Miguel Perez January 9, 2012 at 4:09 pm

True, but The term Caucasian was re-purposed to phase out the use of the word “White” as a PC term. So Black = African-American and White = Caucasian.

Its a fail since people call each other black or white anyway. Besides what would the PC term for Jordin Sparks be African-Caucasian, mulatto us outdated and mixed can mean any type of mixture?

There is not clear cut guidelines separating, Ethnicity, Nationality, or Ancestry.

Leah January 11, 2012 at 5:34 pm

When did North Africans become Caucasian? I missed that one lol

Mac January 17, 2012 at 6:43 pm

google it the word caucasian and check for yourself ! In the U.S North Africans and middle easterners are counted as white people, with the other categories being Asian and Black.

Ron August 26, 2010 at 8:48 am

Weidmann sounds German.

anna August 29, 2010 at 3:17 pm

i agree.but maybe she isn’t only german…;)

Sound_Soldier August 25, 2010 at 1:08 pm

What means Caucasian ? It means Southern Russian ? White ?

ethnic August 25, 2010 at 7:04 pm

Caucasian generally means someone of European ethnic origin.

fuzzybear August 25, 2010 at 7:52 pm

Also to add on to what Ethni said,it can also mean a person or culture with a certain facial type.Because every culture seems to have that facial type in it.It use to have to do with color,but these days you can’t say that

fuzzybear August 25, 2010 at 8:18 pm

facial feature and bone structure

Rachael January 4, 2012 at 7:54 am

hey errm my names rachael and my parent are both nigetrian but im realllly light and much lighter than them soooo what do you think happened

Jose Lomba January 5, 2012 at 7:05 am

Your mother was screwing the milkman?

Jessica-Tere October 24, 2012 at 1:39 pm

You may have some light skinned ancestors and you just got the recessive genes. It happens all the time. Disregard this other person’s ignorance.

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