by ethnic on December 28, 2007

Birth Name: Mýa Marie Harrison

Place of Birth: Washington, D.C., U.S.

Date of Birth: October 10, 1979

*African-American (father)
*Italian (mother)

Mýa is an American recording artist, songwriter, and actress. She was born in Washington D.C., to an African-American father, Sherman Alphonso Harrison, Jr., and a mother of Italian descent, Theresa Marie.

Mýa made her debut with her self-titled album in 1998, and has appeared in the films Love for Sale, Penthouse, and Shall We Dance? She is known for her beautiful vocals and can dance various styles from Hip Hop to Tap. She also appeared on season nine of Dancing with the Stars.

She stated in People Magazine:

My mother’s mother is from Italy, right outside of Rome. My dad is African-American. His grandmother is American Indian.

Mýa’s paternal grandfather was Sherman Alphonso Harrison (the son of Sherman Catlett Harrison and Lou Ethel Ware). Mýa’s grandfather Sherman was born in Essex County, Virginia. Mýa’s great-grandfather Sherman was the son of Catlett Alfonso Harrison and Carrie Muse Holmes. Lou was the daughter of Willie Allie Ware and Julia A. Fortune.

Source: http://randb.about.com

Mýa’s paternal grandfather, Sherman Alphonso Harrison, on the 1940 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org

Mýa’s paternal great-grandfather, Sherman Catlett Harrison, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org

Obituary of Mýa’s paternal great-grandmother, Lou Ethel (Ware) Harrison – http://www.legacy.com

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Manila June 28, 2018 at 12:59 am

Can you correct the title from Mya to Mýa?

Sherman’s middle name is Alphonso and has the suffix Jr. Theresa’s middle name is Marie.

Mýa’s paternal grandfather was Sherman Alphonso Harrison (the son of Sherman Catlett Harrison and Lou Ethel Ware). Mýa’s grandfather Sherman was born in Essex County, Virginia. Mýa’s great-grandfather Sherman was the son of Catlett Alfonso Harrison and Carrie Muse Holmes. Lou was the daughter of Willie Allie Ware and Julia A. Fortune.

Sources: Mýa’s paternal grandfather, Sherman Alphonso Harrison, on the 1940 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:K7FF-YHM

Mýa’s paternal great-grandfather, Sherman Catlett Harrison, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:CD9V-8W2

Obituary of Mýa’s paternal great-grandmother, Lou Ethel (Ware) Harrison – http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/fredericknewspost/obituary.aspx?n=lou-harrison&pid=168303453&fhid=17025

MettaWorkPlease October 11, 2016 at 9:00 am

Beautiful. And you can tell that her black and Italian mix is the reason why she is ageing well. She’s 37, but doesn’t look a day over 21

neiltennant October 15, 2017 at 10:21 am

maybe plastic surgery ?

BigMama February 14, 2016 at 3:28 pm


Devotion October 12, 2015 at 6:32 am

definitely looks her ethnicity.

i thought she was african & middle eastern. but now i read that she’s half italian instead. so i was close

cwm85 October 12, 2015 at 8:51 am

Middle eastern is not a race is a geographic location genius. Italian is an ethnicity. Most middle eastern people are Caucasian and jewish…

xoxo August 6, 2015 at 6:38 pm

Why doesn’t she sing anymore? I like a few of her songs.

cwm85 August 6, 2015 at 1:42 pm

Always thought she was pretty. Had a crush when I was younger. Figured she was mix. A lot of the mix musicians and actors always turn to predominantly black music and movie roles tho. It seems mixed black and white are more accepted in African-American communities. As a mix person I have been on the opposite end as more fully Caucasians have accepted me than blacks. Just an observation.

Masterlord July 24, 2015 at 6:58 am

That face (especially the nose) is soo italian! Take away her darker skin and Lady Gaga isnt too far away!

Surreal August 3, 2015 at 10:02 pm

Yeah, you can usually spot when a black person is half Italian. It’s that nose.

California July 14, 2015 at 9:46 pm

She’s very pretty, tf are you dumbasses talking about? Envy isn’t a good look, ijs.

SEEXYPUREBLOODLATINA July 5, 2014 at 7:57 pm

I heard she was pr back in the day..now I know. This pic is actually decent of her but I still think she uuugly!never thght she was pretty.sorry y’all.

Your Mom August 5, 2014 at 1:49 am

She Is Gorgeous. I Think You’re Jealous.

midori29 December 2, 2014 at 6:33 pm

@your mom, I actually dont think Mya is gorgeous, she is an average looking girl. She has bulbous big eyes and looks like a cartoon character or dabrat doll.

peppa June 25, 2014 at 9:21 am

Mya is not half Jamaican. Why would she be quoted saying her father is African American if he is Jamaican? No one hides their Jamaican heritage. She breaks down her mothers Italian heritage to a T, but doesn’t expand on her fathers Caribbean heritage? Makes no sense. Jamaican people have a habit of doing this and its a part of their pride. When an artist goes to Jamaica and makes a reggae inspired album or works with reggae artist they claim they are half Jamaican.

Alicia Keys is not half Jamaican and Mya is not half Jamaican. They might love vacationing in Jamaica and performing with Jamaican artist but they are not Jamaican.

midori29 December 2, 2014 at 6:28 pm

@peppa Alicia Keys has stated that her dad id Jamaican

midori29 December 2, 2014 at 6:34 pm

@peppa he can be both Jamaican and African American you know.

Hyun Ahh June 12, 2014 at 6:14 pm

She doesn’t look black to me

Princess June 12, 2014 at 8:32 pm

She doesn’t look Black to me either. Her “Black” parent was probably mixed. Most African Americans are mixed with White and Native American.

midori29 December 2, 2014 at 6:30 pm

@princess where are you from? Mya has a typical half black half white look.

WTF November 10, 2014 at 5:20 am

Really???? You can’t tell that she’s mixed with black? WTF?? She looks mixed to me. Blind morons! I have seen plenty of mixed girls that have her look.

noneofyourbusiness December 2, 2014 at 11:46 am

She looks Indian.

midori29 December 2, 2014 at 6:32 pm

She does not look Indian at all, her lips and lower mouth are typically African.

Man in NY July 2, 2016 at 1:46 pm

@midori29 “She does not look Indian at all, her lips and lower mouth are typically African.”

I don’t see Indian either. Can you discern other influences?

midori29 December 2, 2014 at 6:29 pm

@Hyann Ahh you have not seen a variety of black and mixed blacks, she looks exactly what she is.

Princess June 9, 2014 at 1:00 am

So she’s an 1/8 Native American and the rest is Italian and Black? I just thought she was Cuban…

midori29 February 6, 2015 at 8:54 am

@Princess Cuban is not a race, there are mostly people of African descent living in Cuba and very little whites. Cuban whites are like 15%.

BigMama February 14, 2016 at 3:32 pm

Cubans are mixed can be identified as white:
According to Cuba’s Oficina Nacional de Estadisticas ONE 2012 Census, the population was (11,167,325 ): 7,160,399 whites, 1,034,044 blacks and 2,972,882 mulattoes or mestizos.

BigMama February 14, 2016 at 3:33 pm

Cubans are mixed and many can be identified as white*

Princess June 8, 2014 at 5:13 pm

Pretty Cuban girl.

ihatemostpeople May 31, 2014 at 11:24 pm

She looks Indian..

eu May 2, 2014 at 9:07 pm

She looks part Arabian or indian

WTF November 10, 2014 at 5:24 am

Funny you should say that, my mother is biracial and people have mistaken her for being Indian as well but she’s not. She’s half black and half white. IDK why some ignorant people think that all mulattoes are going to look black. There’s no specific way to look mixed. A lot of mulattoes could pass as Indian and a lot can pass as Hispanic too. My brother’s ex-girlfriend looks like a Latina but she’s a mulatta. Stop being a dumbass!!

Samiiraa March 16, 2015 at 2:18 pm

latino not a race and most latinos are mixed, and the term you used “mulata” is spanish word meaning mixed with black and white like a lot of latinos in the Caribbean.

xforeverlove21 April 26, 2014 at 6:27 pm

She looks like the typical Guyanese girl

WTF November 10, 2014 at 5:25 am

Lmfao bitch please she does not. She looks exactly what she is which is black and wife. Have a seat heffa!

WTF November 10, 2014 at 5:29 am

white* I fucked that up, sorry I was typing too fast and didn’t catch that error.

tinasheeeee April 24, 2014 at 4:32 pm

isn’t she part Gullah too?

JoeMcGood February 17, 2014 at 9:25 pm

It is so sad you have that hatred and racism inside you. You really need professional help

xforeverlove21 April 26, 2014 at 6:26 pm

Don’t worry 93% of the commenters here are Neo-Nazis

ihatemostpeople January 20, 2014 at 4:51 am

What happened to her? I remember I used to love her music. She was pretty back in the day.

Damian January 10, 2014 at 7:11 am

no they didnt,,,, i did,,,

indo December 19, 2013 at 6:40 pm

correction; her eye color which is light brown should be listed.

Sequoia January 6, 2014 at 9:13 pm

They did list it.

Clarisse Foxx November 17, 2013 at 4:31 pm

omggg i miss Mya

neiltennant May 11, 2013 at 11:12 am


ConfusedBreed January 31, 2013 at 8:10 pm

Correction: Mya is Jamaican and Italian! She is NOT AFRICAN-AMERICAN! SHE IS JAMAICAN! This irritates me! Jamaican and African-American are NOT the same! They are 2 different nationalities and races. Jamaicans are mixed with several things while most African-Americans are only Black and partially European. I hate when Jamaican-Americans are lumped with African-Americans. Please update this!

baltimoremike2005 February 3, 2013 at 4:54 am

Something tells me people do this because of Your races likeness to ours i.e. your hair grain and skin tone which by the way happens to be of the same ancestral backround as us being africa; and when your race happens to look just like the more numerically dominant race in the us (african-americans) (37.6 million) your gonna tend to get “roped” in as you put sometimes.

baltimoremike2005 February 3, 2013 at 4:56 am

Exuse me I misquoted your I meant “lumped” in .

ConfusedBreed February 9, 2013 at 11:59 pm

Mya is a pretty Jamaican girl! She looks nothing like Oprah and Precious oh and ugly ass Gabrielle Fat Union and Jeniffer Hudson

betty boo March 4, 2013 at 1:35 am


JoeMcGood February 17, 2014 at 9:27 pm

It is so sad you have that hatred and racism inside you. You really need professional help

fuzzybear44 February 4, 2013 at 1:16 am

While African Americans and Jamaicans are two different groups,with their own history and culture,neither one is a race unto themselves.Now as far as the mixing goes,we really aren’t that different.I see in Jamaican history,(Middle Eastern,Asian,european,and native).Now last time I checked,that’s the same for African Americans

ConfusedBreed February 10, 2013 at 12:00 am

No its not. AAs have like.000000001% Euro blood and thsts it LOL pathetic! Stop hating yourselves and claiming other races

fuzzybear44 February 11, 2013 at 3:18 am

Well you picked the right name,Confused

jaimarai May 23, 2013 at 12:04 pm

LOL!!!!!!! Confused, delirious and dumb as hell is more like it.

jaimarai May 23, 2013 at 12:03 pm

You name should be confused bitch.

gtlady May 23, 2013 at 8:26 pm

You’re so right..I dont understand how AA be claiming to be mixed and half white when most are just black. You have to look mixed before you claim that you are.

fuzzybear44 May 24, 2013 at 12:17 am


I seriously doubt you met 1/7500 of a piece of a quarter of .0000000000001% of the African Americans in this country,nor know what they claim to be.

(You have to look mixed before you claim that you are.)

It’s obvious you know very little about this subject.You have certain stereotypes stuck in your mind.You don’t have to look a certain way to be mixed. Jamila Wideman,and gabrielle reece doesn’t look mixed at all,but they are.

fuzzybear44 May 24, 2013 at 12:37 am

don’t look mixed

jonel003 May 27, 2013 at 6:10 pm

When I stopped calling myself African American it was because I realized that by doing so, I was neglecting my Cherokee and Blackfoot Heritage. That I was ignoring that the light skin and long silky hair on my father’s side (he and his siblings). We don’t know much about our history unless well you have great great grandparents still living o_O oh wait, I do, therefore I know about my ethnicity which is not solely African! I’ve never been to Africa, and the closest I’ve been is China. I met 100% Africans, white and black and I will say, I dont resemble either. Hell the Chinese I met mentioned that and called my ethnicity out, as well as the Filipinos in the Philippines . . .

andrew May 28, 2013 at 4:59 pm

China isnt close to Africa

blah448 September 3, 2013 at 12:50 am

China is no where near Africa lmao another retard

blah448 September 3, 2013 at 12:49 am

Confused breed is confused lmao take ur ghetto ugly retarded ignorant ass back to school.u don’t know who u are or what u are u are a confused child playing on the computer.mya is of black/Jamaican descent and she’s Italian .Thats why she’s on b.e.t u know black entertainment lol

me December 30, 2012 at 6:24 am

She looks part Indian

GeorgeJeanPierre July 8, 2012 at 5:53 pm

i like her alot :)

MixedKisses May 31, 2012 at 7:02 pm

Shes beautiful.

Rose Red March 24, 2012 at 8:09 pm

Italians are mixed with other Italians, from throughout the peninsula and from the islands of Sardinia and Sicily. They also are mixed with the peoples of neighboring countries, such as Albania, Austria, France, Slovenia, and Switzerland. Additionally, they’re mixed with the peoples of nearby countries, such as Greece and Spain. And to a far lesser degree, they’re mixed with the peoples of their former colonies in Eritrea, Ethiopia, Libya, Somalia, and Tianjin/Tientsin, China.

Roger Is My Lover March 16, 2012 at 1:10 pm

What has she been up to lately? I liked her as a performer.

me February 19, 2012 at 12:09 pm

She looks part jewish

Tony March 10, 2012 at 6:44 pm

Lots of people think italians and jews look similar..

francescorivi May 22, 2012 at 1:12 am

totally different.

boss February 17, 2012 at 7:15 am





Tony March 10, 2012 at 6:45 pm

No..She is part italian(European) Deal with it

BRAZIL March 17, 2012 at 3:59 am


The Truth April 10, 2012 at 7:59 pm

Where is Italy? It’s in Europe making them European and majority of European look and ARE white. Just because they get tanned don’t mean crap they are still white underneath all of that. Sorry if it hurts but that is the truth.

Steve December 26, 2013 at 12:22 am

This guy keeps posting this using different accounts. Clearly racist. Clearly has something against Italians. Whether you like it or not, Italians are white people. Sorry bud. Ignorant american fools such as yourself who know little or nothing about the world around them like perpetuating shitty hateful things like this. There is nothing wrong with being ‘not white’ but there is something wrong with people like you who make comments like this out of prejudice and ignorance. There are many pure bread Italians all over Italy who look more ‘white’ than people from places like Great Britain and Germany. Travel the world. Stop being a racist ignorant prick. And by the way, WE ALL CAME FROM AFRICA!!!!!! EVERY LAST ONE OF US!!!!!

boss February 17, 2012 at 7:14 am





AnonymousPerson December 26, 2013 at 3:53 am

You’re an idiot. How is she just black when her mom is Italian? Dumbass! Screw the one drop rule, I consider her mixed!!!!!

andrew December 26, 2013 at 7:05 am
nana January 19, 2012 at 7:00 am

It dont matter what she is she still a good singer

carly j January 17, 2012 at 10:17 pm

this is crazy there are always so many offensive comments on bi racial or mixed people’s pages. sorry zolie i agree with jem, i am a mixed person and my goal in life is not to try to be white or anything but black, it is just who i am, who cares what society thinks, the truth is the truth. do you know that this mentality dates back to times of slavery and jim crow laws? you don’t know what a mixed person looks like because our eyes have been trained to see only black…the one drop rule. back in that time if you were half white, half asian, half whatever you were still called black because that is what the slave masters wanted to see…we are still seeing with those eyes today? move on. what does it matter what a mixed person calls themselves? everyone has the right to be proud of who they are, ALL of who they are, not just the parts that make you comfortable.

Zolie January 8, 2012 at 12:50 pm

You can be mixed all you like, there is nothing special about it. You live and die like all people. You can claim both sides, or one side, but nine times outta ten you will not be accepted into that white inner circle. The majority of mixed people in reality know this. This is why they try so hard to claim being mixed, as they believe in someway this will give them a hand up on not being “seen” as Black.

Jem January 10, 2012 at 2:41 pm

That’s crazy…being proud of your culture does not mean you want to be more accepted by “white people” Are you serious? In this day and age COME ON! You statement alone reaks or prejudice and ignorance

dvanilla January 17, 2012 at 12:01 pm

Jem, you are so correct!

dvanilla January 17, 2012 at 11:59 am

Jesus is the author and finisher of our faith. And has shown His beauty through his workmanship as an artist through the beauty of His people. “King James Bible (Cambridge Ed.)
I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.”

exotiq May 31, 2014 at 7:50 pm

I have to laugh when I read or hear such idiocy such as what Zolie says. It’s the sort of crap that I would get from blacks, because no white person has ever blurted something so ridiculous to me, as a mixed-race Latina. First of all, not all mixed people look black, so to say something like “mixed people will not be accepted into the ‘white inner circle'” is so wrong on so many levels–because like it or not, mixed people (who are part white) are ALREADY IN THE ‘WHITE INNER CIRCLE’…duh!! …How do you think they were born mixed??!!! …And 2nd of all, what makes you think that white people think like you anyway??? You sound like you’re still living in the Jim Crow era–step into the modern age, where many Americans are mixed, and that includes whites–whom many have African heritage, and you wouldn’t even know it, just cause they don’t show it. 3rd of all, speaking for myself as a Latina, what makes you think that ‘being white’ is all that anyway? What makes it so special?! I can do anything and be anywhere that any white person can do or be and I’m not treated any differently! I’m not called ‘Ni**er’ or treated like a slave from a lost era that is long gone. I don’t give a crap about racist groups such as the KKK, they mean nothing to me and they don’t affect my life in any way, shape or form. You sound like a racist, because only racists would say the things that you say and at the end of the day, your comments don’t matter to anyone, but yourself. I only respond, because I get so tired of reading yet another ignorant rant from a racist that is so outdated and tired and the fact that there are still people today that think like you or even agree with you are a dying breed. It will be a wonderful day when you all die off, maybe then this country will finally be cured of the poison it’s been infested with since the 1600s!

cindy December 31, 2011 at 3:01 pm

she is sooooooooooooooooooooooo amazing what a beautiful being
speechless woooow

Alice December 31, 2011 at 8:24 am

What a beautiful lady. Italian and African American mixes together very well.

Jay Dub January 8, 2012 at 2:07 am

How more “very well” do they mix than African-American and Vietnamese or African-American and Irish or African American and German?

A lot of the statements on this site are as crazily prejudiced as the views this site was created in opposition to.

Alice January 8, 2012 at 7:32 am

I saw Sally Richardson and she has the same ancestry. They are 2 beautiful ladies. I’m not saying other ethnicities don’t look good as well. In these two ladies it came out a lovely combination. I’m not Italian or African American. It was just an observation from looking at these two beautiful women.

Miguel Perez January 10, 2012 at 9:16 am

@Jay Dub I get what you’re saying but..
As far as genetic diversity is concerned the only mammal as diverse as humans are Dogs.

Some people like how German Shepards mixed with a Labradors.

I hate to compare people with dogs but people do the same thing. Everyone has their preference.

I like how Africans and Asian mixes look. But thats just me.

kendra love October 31, 2011 at 11:57 am

i love you mya i will see you in the industry reeally soon my real name is kendra love but my stages name is stacy young aka sexylove

total23 July 5, 2011 at 3:09 pm
charles November 18, 2010 at 12:47 pm

is alicia also half jewish?

charles November 18, 2010 at 12:45 pm

alicia keys is half jewish. maybe italian jew?

Liam O'Connel December 30, 2011 at 1:11 am

no she’s not, she’s half african american and her mother is half irish half italian according to her

creole baby504 August 11, 2010 at 8:36 pm


Willy Wonka July 14, 2010 at 2:19 pm

I like mya,she’s very talented,beautiful,and positive.She is of Jamaican’n’Italian descent(yes that’s a FACT!).At first when I saw her
I thought she had alot of latina in her.

RJ July 19, 2011 at 10:03 pm

Italians often get confused w/ latina and vice versa. Italians are technically caucasian from Europe. They are easily the darkest Europeans. Most are dark with very curvy bodies, full lips and large expressive eyes. They are by far the most sexual chicas I’ve ever seen or heard of too lol.

ashley December 29, 2011 at 10:45 pm

I am getting tired of people getting mixed girls ( black /white) and latina looks confused . Most latinos are mixed ( african /european ) which will is the same as a mixed girl from America. IF your latina in boricua IN pUERTO rICO YOUR the same as a mixed girl from ohio . tHE ONY Difference is the language and culture .

DatMatt July 14, 2010 at 6:25 am

Exactly the same mixture as Alicia Keys…interesting…

DatMatt July 14, 2010 at 6:26 am

I mean Alicia Keys’ mom is of Italian descent and her dad was Afro-Jamaican.

Alfonso July 14, 2010 at 6:33 am

Alicia Keys mother was Irish Italian

p August 12, 2010 at 11:54 am

actually alicia keys is black from her dad side and italian,irish,scottish from her mom side.in the wikipedia she said she is not jamaican.

ethnic July 14, 2010 at 8:24 am

Both fine women.

italysdivine101 June 13, 2010 at 4:07 am

she is thick dumbass!!!

moneyshot April 3, 2010 at 1:53 pm

there still wouldn’t be anything wrong w/ her if she was less curvy, & it wouldn’t make her any less black or Italian looking if she were. I personally know many “full blood” blacks & Italians, some are on the thicker side, while others are rail thin. someone hasn’t seen very much of the intra-racial diversity this world has to offer if they disagree w/ me. try paying attention to something more than stereotypes.

jazmine March 23, 2010 at 7:06 am

mya is very pretty!… she has a great voice!

HelloKitty March 19, 2010 at 4:08 pm

Loves ethnic’s comment “one drop rule is wack” it really only applies in this close-minded country.

Fuzzybear March 19, 2010 at 12:36 pm

To van

Maybe,I’m misunderstanding you.Are you saying that because she is part black,she has to have a certain built?That black women can’t come with different types of physiques?Because from what I’ve seen,there’s nothing wrong with her:
She looks curvy to me.Now just anybody else,black women aren’t all the same

LiL V4CH4 March 19, 2010 at 6:49 am

Mya (a.k.a. Mya Harrison) plays nightclub singer Lola Martinez in Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights, but in real life, the beauty says she’s of Italian, African-American and Native American descent. “My mother’s mother is from Italy, right outside of Rome. My dad is African-American. His grandmother is American Indian,” she says.

Thats my source

van March 19, 2010 at 3:05 am

i would think sense shes part black and italian that she would have a bigger thicker body.
when i say big i mean big as thicker bones more curvy after all arent blacks and italians more thicker and curvyier then her because of genetics?

TL January 16, 2010 at 8:35 pm

She looks black to me!!!!

Dio November 23, 2010 at 9:32 am

Not necessarily, she has very Italian features, i once saw an Italian pornstar with similiar features, eye shape

Here she is


She has that same exotic seductive look in the eyes that Mya usualy has, Mya looks like both.

Robert March 11, 2011 at 3:07 pm

Due to her mixture, she has a sort of east or Asian Indian look to her in many photos, especially those taken when she was a kid. Based on physical appearance alone, she could very easily fit in on a typical Bollywood production given the right wardrobe.

exotiq May 31, 2014 at 8:16 pm

@TL …She looks black to you? …You’re an idot! …If she looks black, then what does Jennifer Hudson look like to you? (who is also a beautiful woman) …You think they look similar in ethnicity? If you believe that, then you need to get your eyes checked, because anyone with a decent sense of ethnicity and visual knowledge of racial diversity can see that she is mixed, and looking mixed doesn’t equate to “looking black”….You can distinquish what a typical black woman looks like and a mixed woman looks like….I can guarantee you that many black men can tell the difference!!!

SEXY2009 January 10, 2010 at 9:23 am

..ethnicity mix epeople are beautiful but also still get discriminated..pure people comment..where did u see anyone pure of breed that look good..the only one I see are the one that look like hobo and ghetto people..trailer trash..forest living trash..

ethnic January 2, 2010 at 12:47 pm

Hi VACHA, do you have a link?



LiL V4CH4 C0MiN yUR W4y January 1, 2010 at 2:27 pm

She’s also mixed with Native American too..

Wat??? November 13, 2009 at 7:01 am

I love Mya!! She’s beautiful, talented and can dance her AZZ off!!

mopeezy November 12, 2009 at 12:47 am

your all idiots. does it matter whether she’s african american or afro-jamaican? she was born in DC! besides all black people this side of the hemisphere aren’t even indiginous. like jamaica popped out of the water with black poeple on it hahaha. they were all slaves. soblack is black regardless of what prefixes it. besides shes not even jamaican.

Mya (a.k.a. Mya Harrison) plays nightclub singer Lola Martinez in Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights, but in real life, the beauty says she’s of Italian, African-American and Native American descent. “My mother’s mother is from Italy, right outside of Rome. My dad is African-American. His grandmother is American Indian,” she says.

truthsayer November 10, 2009 at 9:10 pm

If you were born in the United States of America then you are an American. Your birth entitles you to everything everyone else born here is entitled to. You people from the Caribbean are so naive and delusional. My parents were both born in the Caribbean but I was born here which makes me an African- American.And that is exactly what I go by..I see no other paperwork but my birth certificate. Caribbean people, get a life! Stop trying to take credit for America’s superstars. And as for Rhianna, people in Barbados continue to say she’s better than any American but you fail to realize that America Made Her. (producers, writers, fans, sales, etc) If she was still in Barbados, she’d be nothing to the world. It is what it is.

ethnic October 11, 2009 at 2:22 pm

One drop rule is wack.

shaye October 11, 2009 at 4:28 am

…of course as u can see, MYA is black, she may be mixed with some shit but the girl is african american. ALICIA keys is african american too for that dumb ass who said that mya and alicia keys don’t have any african american in them. That is a dumb stupid comment. I mean look at them, they’re obviously black. They may not be all black but everyone knows that black dominates and if u have any black in u at all then u’re considered black, duh!!

exotiq May 31, 2014 at 8:51 pm

@shaye …You’re a dumb ass! One drop rule no longer rules so you need to wake up to the modern age. You sound like an idiot when you say that ‘any black in u at all then u’re considered black’ …If that bull sh*t even made sense, then the one drop rule would still be in existence! It’s only existing in your pea brain and the other idiots that agree with you. Plus, learn how to spell!

embarassed September 23, 2009 at 2:22 pm

you people are stupid. pure people….. jerks

yerp August 18, 2009 at 2:46 pm

african american/afro american is a black american. afro jamaican is a black jamaican. their two different things

ethnic August 18, 2009 at 5:16 pm

Her father is Jamaican. Mya was born and raised in the US making her African American and Italian American.

yerp August 18, 2009 at 2:44 pm

mya is not african american she is jamaican

ashley December 29, 2011 at 11:00 pm

Stop trying to seperate the two to make a divide amongst the community. Jamicans and blacks come from the same people as a matter of fact I am from a ohio and probally got cousins over in Jamica. Some of you African Carribean people are so brain washed by thinking you different or say your not black will make you better or superior than blacks. Dont evern try t o use that Jamicans are mixed so are black AMericans …from the looks of it Jamicans seem to more full blooded African than black which is not a bad thing; but if your going to throw in that mix excuse both groups are mixed with Native and white. The only differece is in America we play snear drums in Jamica ya play steel drums , in jamica you guys have rusta and we have muslim/ black panthers in jamica ya hav jerk chicken and we eat fried chicken. We are one … the only seperation is our culture and racism . I hate when I hear I am black and Trinadad , or black and Jamican so on… that mean your black

Brent August 7, 2009 at 8:02 pm


britny July 31, 2009 at 3:54 pm

lmao mya is indiannnnnnnnn !!!!

Buzzock June 18, 2009 at 8:38 pm

This is information on Mya is incorrect. Mya is Jamaican and Italian just like Alicia Keys She is not African American.

italian June 10, 2009 at 6:55 pm

wow just like alicia keys. Italian/African mixed people are so good looking. Prince has the same mixture. And so does Faith Evans,Taimak Guarriello, Corbin Bleu.

coolcat April 27, 2009 at 5:10 am

to yodude…thats true. i thought i was all african american but i just found out that i have native american and caucasian in me

hank April 20, 2009 at 11:41 am

Not only in USA, but in north america, central america, south america, and the south of europe. Really a good mix, she looks very nice.

yodude April 7, 2009 at 1:11 pm

in america maybe a veeeery small percent of people r “pure”

Native American and proud February 17, 2009 at 1:44 pm

Why should there be a mixture? Isn’t pure people pretty?

What a lovely winter day December 1, 2008 at 4:29 pm

Very pretty mixture.

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