BET Hip Hop Awards 2014 Presented by Sprite - Arrivals

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Birth Name: Shaffer Chimere Smith

Place of Birth: Camden, Arkansas, United States

Date of Birth: October 18, 1979

Ethnicity: African-American, possibly some Chinese

Ne-Yo is an American R&B singer and actor. He is the son of Loraine (Parham) and Wiley L. Smith. His parents are both black. Ne-Yo has also stated (at the 4:18 mark) that he has some degree of Chinese ancestry on his father’s side.

Ne-Yo’s maternal grandfather’s surname is “Parham”. Ne-Yo’s grandfather’s brother, Bobby Parham, is a member of the band The Dramatic Force.

Ne-Yo’s maternal grandmother was named Rosie M.

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