by Mixed Kidd on June 20, 2014

2013 MTV Video Music Awards - Arrivals

Birth Name: Normani Kordei Hamilton

Place of Birth: Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.

Date of Birth: May 31, 1996

Ethnicity: African-American, Creole [French, African], possibly Native American and/or Indian

Norman, also credited as Normani Kordei, is an American musician, singer, and dancer. She is a member of singing group Fifth Harmony, along with Ally Brooke, Dinah Jane, Lauren Jauregui, and, previously, Camila Cabello.

Normani was born Normani Kordei Hamilton, and is the daughter of Derrick and Andrea Hamilton. She stated in an interview that she is of African-American, French, and Indian descent. It is not clear if she was referring to ancestry that is Native American, or Indian from India.

Normani spent her early years in New Orleans. Her family moved to Houston, Texas after Hurricane Katrina, in 2005. Normani has two older half-sisters, Arielle and Ashlee. She has been performing since she was three, and was an award-winning dancer and gymnast before recording her first single at age thireen. She also had a role on the HBO series Treme.

Normani’s grandmother was Barbara Bissant (the daughter of Robert Normand “Bob” Bissant, Sr. and Annabel Hymes). Annabel was the daughter of Mitchell Hymes and Ida Villavaso.

Sources: Obituary record of Normani’s great-grandfather, Robert Normand “Bob” Bissant, Sr. –

Obituary of Normani’s great-grandmother, Annabel (Hymes) Bissant –

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Mixed Kidd March 15, 2018 at 1:23 pm

correction: It should say Louisana Creole (African, French, and Native American)

I think what she means by African, French and Indian is Creole, she has family members from Louisiana

Mixed Kidd March 15, 2018 at 1:25 pm

and possibly Indian too, unless she does have someone in her family from India.

follers March 15, 2018 at 7:42 pm

Not all African-Americans from Louisiana are Creole. Not sure about the Indian part.

madman March 15, 2018 at 11:45 pm

True, but if she says she has African and French ancestry, it seems pretty likely that it is Creole. And it’s even already discovered, the surnames Bissant and Villavaso point in that direction. Black person + from Louisiana + Latin surnames = most likely Creole.

And the Indian part should be assumed to be Native American, I think. It’s a bit misleading to just write what she said when there’s such an obvious other interpretation. I’d write:
African-American, Louisiana Creole (African, French), possibly other

Mixed Kidd March 16, 2018 at 10:33 am

I know that, if she said has African and French roots, someone in her family from New Orleans with Creole roots then must be Creole too. Maybe it should say African American, Louisiana Creole [including African, French], possibly other instead.

fuzzybear44 March 17, 2018 at 1:53 pm

Speaking as a Creoles, change that to most definitely other ethnic bloodlines. Louisiana was a very popular stop for Europeans and others

neiltennant January 4, 2018 at 3:55 pm

she could easily be from nigeria or from sierra leone
she does not look mixed

bablah February 24, 2017 at 4:10 pm

Her great-grandmother:

Her great-grandfather:

I think they’re maternal and that Barbara Steward is her grandmother.

bablah April 15, 2017 at 3:04 pm

Barbara Steward (Bissant) really is her maternal grandmother.

luckystar February 2, 2018 at 5:10 pm

Her Her great-grandmother looks mixed and is light skinned. Ok, she got French ancestry.

midori29 August 29, 2016 at 11:21 am

I am sorry I do not believe her or she is trying to pull a Beyonce move. Unless her parents are of different races there is no point in claiming non black African ancestry from 100 years ago that every single African American has and saying you are three things. Can these people just say black. Its obvious that both her parents are Black people unless I am missing something. Since when did it become unpopular just to say “I am black” or I am African American.

fuzzybear44 August 29, 2016 at 4:00 pm

Quote(Since when did it become unpopular just to say “I am black” or I am African American.)

It’s not a new idea, but it really took hold during the talk show days of the late 90’s , 2000’s . Since people are sheep, they follow the leader

This person I think is Creole, and there are some that take offense to being called black or AA , since they say we were called Creole first. Maybe that’s how she thinks. However I always thought that was just the older ones(my aunts included)

neiltennant January 4, 2018 at 3:54 pm

she does look 100 percent

Bubblegum Bitch November 18, 2014 at 1:02 pm

She IS African American, she’s not “of African American decent”. African American is a race category, and it’s merrily just a politically correct way of calling somebody “black” in America.
Also, what does she mean by “Indian”? Native American “Indian”, or Asian Indian? Also, Indian is a nationality, and there are a range of different ethnic groups who “originate” from India, or emigrated there a long time ago. They all are and look noticeably different.

flo April 27, 2017 at 4:18 pm

African American is an ethnicity, not a race category. For example Idris Elba would not be African American.

kaki August 5, 2014 at 7:38 pm


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