Mila J

by ethnic on January 29, 2010

mila j

Birth Name: Jamila Akiko Aba Chilombo

Place of Birth: Los Angeles, California, U.S.

Date of Birth: November 18, 1982

*African-American (father)
*Japanese (maternal grandfather)
*Spanish- and Afro-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:

*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.

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 –

Mila’s paternal grandmother, Helen Viola Chisholm, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Obituary of Mila’s paternal grandmother, Helen Viola (Chisholm) Barnes –

Mila’s paternal great-grandparents, George A. Chisholm and Helen Imelda Duff, on the 1920 U.S. Census –

Jhené discusses their background –

{ 40 comments… read them below or add one }

xoxo November 26, 2015 at 1:02 am

Her sister looks way better.

neiltennant July 13, 2015 at 10:59 am

excellent mix

she looks gorgeous

M May 31, 2015 at 8:40 am

Are you sure she’s not part male? Not hating, but she looks manly.

MaYaYaYa May 31, 2015 at 8:43 am
M May 31, 2015 at 8:46 am

Troll because I have an opinion? Piss off please. You must be fan of Jhene and her ugly sister. Doesn’t mean you have to be a bitch though.

MaYaYaYa May 31, 2015 at 8:53 am

I’m sure they look better than you and you’re probably the manly looking one.

fuzzybear44 April 10, 2015 at 10:55 pm

Hey what happen to that first site picture, it was better than this current one?

ethnic April 11, 2015 at 2:32 am

The last pic was probably one I dont have rights to use unfortunately as it was a nice one.

fuzzybear44 April 12, 2015 at 5:22 am


ok got that. I was looking at the old comments back from 2008-09, you were lot more vocal back then

ethnic April 12, 2015 at 9:30 am

Yeah I had a lot more free time back then. Since then things have been really hectic but youll see me comment more.

Check7t February 12, 2015 at 11:47 pm

She came out less Asian looking than her sister; Jhene looks Southeast Asian to me.

MaYaYaYa February 11, 2015 at 3:53 pm

Can you put a pic of her (I think there was one before)?

MaYaYaYa February 11, 2015 at 4:30 pm

And can you also add her middle name Akiko (not sure what her other middle name is)?

tinasheeeee July 23, 2014 at 5:39 pm

Her and her sister look like Japanese, Native American & Black.. I don’t really see any of the other things in them…….

andrew September 26, 2013 at 3:22 pm

4 tribes lol

MaYaYaYa January 12, 2012 at 9:31 am – Please add/edit all of her Native Tribes that are listed in the screencap/photo.

follers February 12, 2015 at 10:16 am

I think she missed a few there. No Mi’kmaq??

MaYaYaYa February 12, 2015 at 10:47 am

It’s not listed there and ethnic just updated both Jhené Aiko and Mila J ethnic pages.

Bubbly January 9, 2012 at 1:24 am

She’s Beautiful!

MaYaYaYa December 28, 2011 at 11:42 pm
MaYaYaYa January 10, 2012 at 1:14 pm

Please change the Jewish part to German Jewish (as stated in the link above) and add French as well.

MaYaYaYa August 24, 2011 at 11:13 am

Please add all of her native tribes which are listed in this pic –

gabiibabii August 19, 2010 at 7:19 pm

i think the asian in her really came out in her and her sister
they both beautiful and got mixed very well

uyie October 14, 2011 at 12:45 pm

Her sister looks very much Asian but you can see a hint of African American in her you can also see the Native but honestly her sister Jhene is a lot preitter they are all nice looking but Jhene has it, hands down.

midori29 March 23, 2015 at 9:20 pm

@uyie, she looks more than a hint of African American, I would say 50%

creole baby504 August 11, 2010 at 8:46 pm


fuzzybear August 12, 2010 at 1:08 am

To creole baby504

That funny,that’s the second thing I saw.

uyie October 14, 2011 at 12:44 pm

Creole baby your silly it’s clear this girl has African American as a matter of fact both of her parents are part African American and if you look at other pictures of her other than a side view you can see it strongly. I don’t know what your talking about! When have you seen a Native or Japanese person with such melanin in their skin she is carmel brown skin that comes from her African blood smart person!

Katalina August 7, 2010 at 8:16 am

she has asian features, probably because she’s native and japanese [natives arent asian i know im just sayin]

[L.O.V.E] July 1, 2010 at 2:35 am

She’s mixed with almost everything you can think of. lol

Fuzzybear April 28, 2010 at 12:11 pm

To tanja

I don’t know about the others,but babydoll here is clearly mixed.

P.S The blood lines in her have mixed well

MaYaYaYa April 28, 2010 at 10:01 am

Uh Mila clearly doesn’t look fully black. I’ve even seen pics of her parents and grandparents so she is really mixed (and some of it might go farther back). And like all these other postings made on other celebs, not 1 black person, esp. in the US, is fully black. Everyone in general has some mix in them even if it back goes back more than 100 years.

tanja April 28, 2010 at 9:31 am

all these black celebrities need to stop lying about there race. if you black you black be proud and stop trying to through races on the mix

It's not that shocking May 28, 2010 at 10:24 pm

lmfao she clearly CLEARLY is not fully black i mean c’mon, why would she lie, look at her smh

italysdivine101 June 23, 2010 at 3:29 pm


adfa November 5, 2010 at 1:48 pm

yah she is DEF. mixed.

but theres nothing wrong w. that.
shes really beautiful and talented actually

uyie October 14, 2011 at 12:48 pm

You seem a little bitter and jealous your probably not very attractive. Most black people that complain about this issue aren’t or have a complex about being black such as having dark skin or being overly afrocentric thinking everything african like is the best! Get over it you don’t know her and she is mixed she would be laughed at if she walked around saying she is strickly black looking how she looks the responses she would get would be yeah ummmm and what else…

ethnic January 29, 2010 at 1:18 pm

No problem Badboy. Im surprised I didnt know about her until you mentioned her. but Ive heard her songs before. Shes pretty.


tazi October 14, 2011 at 12:50 pm

Your just saying that becuase shes mixed with Asian and your Asian oh pulleezz!

badboy January 29, 2010 at 8:58 am

thank you so much for putting her up ethnic!!!!!!!!!111

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