Birth Name: Jamila Akiko Aba Chilombo
Place of Birth: Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Date of Birth: November 18, 1982
*Japanese (maternal grandfather)
*Spanish- and African-Dominican Republic (maternal grandmother)
Mila J 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 Jhené Aiko. Mila’s parents are pictured here.
Mila’s paternal grandparents were both African-American. Mila’s maternal grandfather is of Japanese descent, while Mila’s maternal grandmother is of Spanish- and Afro-Dominican ancestry. Mila’s sister 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 their 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 their paternal grandparents were “mixed” (which is true, to some extent, of all people of African-American descent). All of Mila’s paternal grandparents and great-grandparents are listed as black on United States Censuses.
A DNA test taken by Mila’s sister Jhené stated that her genetic ancestry is:
——–*17% Trace Regions
——–*3% Native American
——–*28% Asia East
——–*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.
Mila’s paternal grandfather is George Warren Barnes (the son of George Washington “Jack” Barnes and Ruth Alberta Williams). Mila’s grandfather George was born in Birmingham, Alabama, to a father from Alabama and a mother from Georgia.
Mila’s paternal grandmother is Helen Viola Chisholm (the daughter of George A. Chisholm and Helen Imelda Duff). Mila’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. Mila’s great-grandmother Helen was born in Virginia, to Job/John Henry Duff and Catherine/Katherine Elizabeth Somers/Sommers.
Mila’s maternal grandmother is named Essie. Mila’s maternal grandparents, as well as Mila’s mother’s maternal grandparents, are pictured here. Mila’s maternal grandfather’s mother is pictured here, and Mila’s maternal grandmother’s parents are again pictured here. A picture of one of Mila’s maternal grandmother’s grandmothers (Mila’s great-great-grandmother) can be seen here.
Sources: Mila’s paternal grandfather, George Warren Barnes, on the 1940 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
Mila’s paternal grandmother, Helen Viola Chisholm, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
Obituary of Mila’s paternal grandmother, Helen Viola (Chisholm) Barnes – http://www.legacy.com
Mila’s paternal great-grandparents, George A. Chisholm and Helen Imelda Duff, on the 1920 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
Jhené discusses their background – http://noisey.vice.com