by ethnic on December 29, 2007

BET Hip Hop Awards 2014 Presented by Sprite - Arrivals

photo by Prphotos

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.

photo by Adam J. Sablich /

{ 12 comments… read them below or add one }

Manila October 26, 2015 at 4:48 am
Manila October 26, 2015 at 4:53 am

I am still researching for her middle name.

Manila October 26, 2015 at 4:54 am
cwm85 September 19, 2015 at 7:46 pm

As one of my buddies said, “she-yo” lol

waaaaaatno September 19, 2015 at 6:06 am

He looks like Kang Dae-seon from Big Bang (Korean boy band).

mexicanpride July 19, 2015 at 6:56 pm

I love Ne-Yo and his music. He’s so talented.

Girll April 4, 2015 at 3:57 am

He stated in this interview that the Chinese came from his fathers side “half or a third or something like that”
at 4:18

follers April 4, 2015 at 11:08 am

I’ll add it, though it sounds suspicious.

Capricious April 3, 2015 at 4:59 am

He definitely has a bit of Asian in him – His eyes have an epicanthal fold. Actually rather, he looks full Asian but with a dark skin and African nose.

Unless, if he comes from that South African tribe.

shobohunter April 3, 2015 at 12:56 pm

epicanthal fold comes with pale skin

Capricious April 4, 2015 at 12:19 am

Ne-Yo is black. If you’re black and mixed with Asian you can be DARK skinned with an epicanthal fold. -_-

fuzzybear44 April 4, 2015 at 5:39 am


(epicanthal fold comes with pale skin)

Now why would you say something silly like that. Lots of African groups have that trait, and it has nothing to do with pale skin(Maasai, hamer,dinka,turkana,dogon,himba), just to name a few

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