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.