Mel B

by ethnic on March 6, 2008

Birth Name: Melanie Janine Brown

Place of Birth: Harehills, Leeds, Yorkshire, England, U.K.

Date of Birth: 29 May, 1975

*Afro-Nevisian (father)
*English, possibly Welsh (mother)

Mel B is a British musician, television personality, actress, dancer, and model, also known as Scary Spice or Melanie Brown. She is one of the original members of the female group The Spice Girls, along with Victoria Beckham, Emma Bunton, Melanie C, and Geri Halliwell.

Her father, Martin Brown, who is black, is from Saint Kitts and Nevis. Her mother, Andrea Dixon, who is white, is English. She is a maternal first cousin of actor and director Christian Cooke.

Mel has three children: a daughter with her former husband, Dutch dancer Jimmy Gulzar; a daughter with American actor and comedian Eddie Murphy; and a daughter with her former husband, film producer Stephen Belafonte. Mel has extended family in Wales.

Mel’s maternal grandparents are Stanley Dixon and Eileen Mary English.

A picture of Mel, with her father and ex-husband, Stephen Belafonte can be seen here. A picture of Mel and her mother can be seen here.

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midori29 February 20, 2018 at 5:53 am

Mel B looks plain old African American black or Ethiopian, Eritrean black East African. If she lived in America no one would immediately think she was biracial at all.

andrew February 20, 2018 at 2:58 pm

I agree with you. She can pass for African-American. Like most biracial British entertainer or sportspeople. The likes of Lewis Hamilton, Ashley Cole, Courtney Lawes, Anthony Watson and many others

beauty4ever March 2, 2018 at 3:12 am

She dont look black maybe only in her skin color and she tans alot if u see her in her early spice girls days u can see she is bi racial and she look in the face even more white than black and she have bi racial curls.

Ardor February 9, 2017 at 2:29 am

She looks Indian to me. Very beautiful.

andrew February 9, 2017 at 5:38 am

you can include a picture of Mel with husband Stephen Belafonte (who’s said to not be related to Harry Belafonte) and father Martin Brown:

andrew February 9, 2017 at 5:39 am

that was not directed to “Ardor”

neiltennant October 12, 2017 at 1:23 pm

haha there arent any black indians you idiot

fuzzybear44 October 12, 2017 at 3:34 pm


Actually Native Americans did vary in the past, from what you grew up seeing on t.v. to very dark brown like Mel B. Then you had the mixed-bloods, that took more after their African ancestry. Sometime so dark in appearance, that they were mistaken for runaway slaves(and hanged ). Slave narratives or laws often talked about mestizos(which meant Black Indian) in the English colonies. There are books called The black West, Also Black Indians, that talk about this stuff. In Some of them, you can clearly see the blending. They have the native hair and features, yet black as the Ace of spades, actually have them today

neiltennant January 3, 2018 at 4:12 pm

no she looks 100 percent black

midori29 February 20, 2018 at 5:57 am

@Neiltenant for one I sgee with you. Mel B just looks black to me. And she is likely wearing a straight hair weave fake hair in that pic. Her real hair is wild thick and super curly. I dont see any of her white mom in her at all. 100% black Africans come in her skin tone as well.

midori29 February 20, 2018 at 5:58 am

@Nieltenant typo meant to say I AGREE with you

beauty4ever October 17, 2018 at 2:25 pm

I see more white in her face than black she look 100% mixed !!!

midori29 February 20, 2018 at 5:50 am

@Ardor Absolutely nothing zero about this woman looks Indian except her fake hair weave. Her face totally looks African. Some people on this site need to hang out with more , Africans black, Black Carribeans or just African black mixed peoples. I come from a country with both blacks and Indians and she does not have an Indian face at all.

savanna June 28, 2016 at 9:19 am
savanna June 7, 2016 at 9:36 am

It is possible she has Welsh on her mother’s side. Her extended family lives in Wales.

savanna November 27, 2015 at 6:08 pm

Her parents are Martin Brown and Andrea Dixon.

xoxo August 6, 2015 at 4:39 am

Biracial women are so beautiful, along with Latinas and Asians.

midori29 June 28, 2016 at 8:07 am

I would never have thought she was biracial she is a pretty dark biracial. She looks like her great-grandparent could have been white not her mom.

Samiiraa January 11, 2017 at 8:50 am

She looks biracial. You’re just delusiona. That’s what biracial look like, Alicia Keys, Mariah or Rashida Jones for example are lighter skinned because they are more white than black.

fuzzybear44 January 12, 2017 at 1:42 am

@ Samiiraa

Quote(Alicia Keys, Mariah or Rashida Jones for example are lighter skinned because they are more white than black.)

Well by that same logic, darker ones like Boris kodjoe, must have more black blood in them.

Also explain then, why Tom Joyner who is DNA tested 66% black :

is far lighter than Boris kodjoe who is said to be 50/50

Boris kodjoe:

neiltennant January 3, 2018 at 4:13 pm

i always thought both of her parents were nigerian migrants

flo February 8, 2017 at 3:10 pm

Latinas (most) are biracials also.

fuzzybear44 February 9, 2017 at 12:57 am

I’d say more like Triracial

purplerain July 31, 2015 at 8:48 am


California July 25, 2015 at 5:26 am

She’s pretty, but her choices in men are questionable.

purplerain July 31, 2015 at 8:47 am
neiltennant May 23, 2016 at 3:24 pm

EDDIE MURPHY is not a good choice

are you stupid ?

shame on you

neiltennant July 15, 2015 at 7:55 am

she was beautiful when she was younger and then she became strange

beauty4ever July 15, 2015 at 7:46 am

She has a white Facial features with brown skin..she’s beautiful!!

cwm85 July 15, 2015 at 3:27 pm

Um, she is both black and white she is supposed to have both features… smh…

flo February 8, 2017 at 3:10 pm

Her facial features do not look white at all lol

midori29 February 20, 2018 at 5:51 am

@Beauty4ever this woman looks totally black to me. If anything she looks East African black. I see no white admixture .

Jaiylyn June 9, 2015 at 10:52 pm

Why does this site get the ugliest pictures of these celebs? Is that on purpose?

beauty4ever July 15, 2015 at 7:43 am

You are Absolutely right!!

ta_Ad10 August 19, 2013 at 2:46 pm
sam March 6, 2011 at 1:48 am

She is so beautiful…mixed people are the most beautiful people in the world!!!!

liyah June 19, 2011 at 6:43 pm

are u mixed?

Wow June 19, 2011 at 6:49 pm

Some are,but I also seen some that all the mixed blood in world wouldn’t help

Jaiylyn June 9, 2015 at 10:53 pm

I wouldn’t be so sure…

midori29 February 20, 2018 at 5:52 am

@Sam Mel B does not look mixed. She looks more black than anything. She does not have the stereotypical mixed look

total23 May 20, 2010 at 3:08 pm
ethnic January 26, 2010 at 4:34 pm

Hmm most sites say Nevis is her father’s origin.

Sebastiane January 26, 2010 at 11:57 am

I thought she was from Belize, because I remember her mentioning the movie “Spice World” that that is where she was actually from.

ethnic October 8, 2009 at 2:28 pm

Eddie must have found her English accent alluring

Joel October 8, 2009 at 12:07 pm

Wow I thought she was mixed, shes so beautiful… I can’t believe she was w/ eddie murphay!! SMH.

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