Normani Kordei

by tinasheeeee 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, Indian, French

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

Normani is the daughter of Derrick and Andrea Hamilton. She stated in an interview that she is of African-American, Indian, and French decent.

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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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.

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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