by ethnic on December 28, 2007

Birth Name: Mya Marie Harrison

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

Date of Birth: October 10, 1979

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

Mya is an American singer, songwriter, record producer, and actress. She was born in Washington D.C., to an Anfrican-American father, Sherman Harrison, and a mother of Italian descent, Theresa.

Mya made her debut with her self-titled album in 1998, and has appeared in the films Love for Sale, Penthouse, and Shall We Dance?

Mya 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.


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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 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*

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