Pharrell Williams

by ethnic on May 31, 2010

5th Annual Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Governors Awards - Arrivals

Birth Name: Pharrell Lanscilo Williams

Place of Birth: Virginia Beach, Virginia, U.S.

Date of Birth: April 5, 1973

Ethnicity: African-American

Pharrell Williams is an American singer, songwriter, rapper, fashion designer, and producer. He is a member of the music duo The Neptunes, with Chad Hugo, and the rock band N.E.R.D, which also includes Chad.

His parents, Carolyn L. (Hoggard) and Pharaoh Williams, Jr., are both African-American. Pharrell is married to model Helen Lasichanh, with whom he has four children.

An article published at “Diary of a Hollywood Street King” claimed that Pharrell’s mother is Filipino. This information is not accurate. Pharrell’s mother is African-American, and is pictured at the bottom right of this page. Also, for whatever reason, stated that Pharrell is of part Laotian descent. They may have confused Pharrell’s mother with Pharrell’s wife, Helen Lasichanh, who is of part Laotian descent.

Pharrell’s paternal grandfather was Pharoah Williams, Sr. (the son of Cato Williams and Ora Cooper). Pharrell’s grandfather Pharoah was born in North Carolina.

Pharrell’s paternal grandmother was Carrie/Carol Lee Sills (the daughter of Mark Stamp Sills and Rebecca O’Niel/O’Neal). Carrie was born in North Carolina. Mark was the son of Ed Sills and Lucy Stamp. Rebecca was the daughter of Rufus O’Niel and Joanna Allen.

Pharrell’s maternal grandfather was Cleon Dorson Hoggard, Sr. (the son of James Edward Hoggard and Emma Edwards).

Pharrell’s maternal grandmother was Lucille Sarah Johnson (the daughter of Lee Edward Johnson and Sarah F. Lamb/Lambe).

Sources: Diary of a Hollywood Street King article that makes the incorrect claim that Pharrell’s mother is Filipino –

Genealogy of Pharrell Williams (focusing on his father’s side) –

Lengthy article about some of Pharrell’s ancestors, by Megan Smolenyak Smolenyak –
Accompanying video –

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savanna May 11, 2016 at 4:16 pm

“The Family Tree of Pharrell Williams and Why He Almost Didn’t Exist”:

phaedra April 10, 2016 at 1:43 am

Definitely has Amerindian in him. And a good percentage – say like 30%….

Greyface April 10, 2016 at 2:54 am

johnny depp relation is likely based on these findings

fuzzybear44 May 13, 2016 at 11:52 pm

30%? Well not that you couldn’t be right, but what are you basing that on?

Sage March 8, 2016 at 11:34 am

What is that on his chin?

jstv2015 October 20, 2015 at 5:10 pm

he’s boss

lelo4 September 4, 2015 at 10:01 pm

Looks Zambo

Manila September 4, 2015 at 9:04 pm
hesh123 August 6, 2015 at 12:22 am

Just looks like a black guy

xoxo October 21, 2015 at 3:14 am

No he doesn’t, he looks mixed with Asian or Native American,

asdfkj October 27, 2015 at 5:20 pm

he looks nelson mandela

Blerman August 5, 2015 at 10:47 am

wow I thought he was mixed

M August 5, 2015 at 11:13 pm

Same… I thought he was Blasian or Blaxican.

abbracci June 6, 2015 at 5:54 am

A lot of African Americans are not pure Black anyway. I thought Pharrell was half Asian or Hispanic.

Capricious April 2, 2015 at 5:27 am

Surprised that he is 100% African American. I expected a lot of ethnicities, like; Mestizo, Native American, English, Irish, Spanish…

stop trying make everbody white December 19, 2014 at 5:45 pm

I bet only mutts and white people troll these sites

andrew December 20, 2014 at 5:56 am

it’s actually the contrary

midori29 February 9, 2015 at 7:07 am

@stop trying to make everybody white, I AGREE and think you are right because the perception of black people on this site is warped. Everytime someone vears from the norm and is actually attractive and not jet black with a big wide nose and thick lips they have to be European, mixed, etc, etc. This site is full of stereoptypes about real black people having no variation in looks.

midori29 February 9, 2015 at 7:09 am

@stop trying to make everybody white, then every mixed person on here is labeled pretty , which in reality not all of them are attractive.

midori29 December 3, 2014 at 10:58 am

Scroll down link, he could be Nelson Mandelas son

midori29 December 3, 2014 at 10:46 am

Pharrel looks 100 percent South African like a Nelson Mandela type. 100 black Africans can have his exact phenotype.

noneofyourbusiness December 3, 2014 at 2:00 pm

Either way, he’s ugly.

JCTB5355 February 18, 2015 at 1:01 am

He is not ugly he is very sexy very talented very sweet and is very respectable of the female gender and all races including all ethnicities. Which is a lot more than I can say for so many of todays music stars.

someone from the internet August 20, 2014 at 5:49 pm

Strange looking…

Check7t August 21, 2014 at 1:23 am

Yes, he’s ugly, especially with the elf ears.

Good producer back in the Clipse days tho…

blackgeno September 3, 2014 at 2:37 am

I’m sure he’s better looking than your father and more talented. Stfu!

shobohunter August 16, 2014 at 12:15 am

I think I made myself perfectly clear.
I have given name of the African tribe and people that look Asian.
Egyptian are not black.. it is a nationality.
You black are so obsess with claiming and taking credit for others ethnicity. Even though others races and ethnicities don’t wanna do anything with you black. example
How many time have you seen an Chinese person saying that he have African blood.
Even Dominican dont consider themselves black African.

oddmodd August 16, 2014 at 8:21 am

You’re a damn liar. I live in the Miami area and though they are not African-Americans, 70% of Dominicans have African heritage and they acknowledge that. Do your research feeble boy about your Egyptian history. The entirety of African was black prior to Greek infiltration. That includes the Egyptians. They were black African. Africans came in varying phenotypical types with slightly varying degrees of skin colors but they were all if the same racial type.

Peanut August 16, 2014 at 4:16 pm

nope, the greeks had no impact at all on african genetics. east africans, from east of the nile down to the horn of africa, mixed with caucasoids from southern arabia and migrated back and forth, crossing the red sea for the last 15,000 years. those people mixed again in (what would become) lower egypt with caucasoids, who came over the sinai peninsula from mesopotamia. plus, the proto-berber, who setteled in northern africa over 10,000 years ago were caucasoids too.

fuzzybear44 August 17, 2014 at 2:41 am

(east africans, from east of the nile down to the horn of africa, mixed with caucasoids from southern arabia)

Well those southern Arabians were descended from East Africans in the first place.However yes they did go back and forth.Now if you mean Caucasoid as in a phenotypical trait that they acquired while either still in Africa or gained while in Arabia, fine.However if you mean white people then no.You set the date,the pale skin mutation didn’t exist 15,000 yrs ago,not even 10,000.

Peanut August 17, 2014 at 4:04 am

yes, i’m talking dark skinned caucasoids, maybe dravidian looking, who knows. not what most western people think of as caucasians nowadays.

Shawn August 30, 2014 at 4:44 am

“The entirety of African was black prior to Greek infiltration. That includes the Egyptians. They were black African.”

Boy don’t start with your Afrocentric nonsense — the Berbers were never black and you can look at depictions of them prior to Alexander the Great’s conquest of Egypt and they aren’t black.

There’s no irrefutable evidence the Ancient Egyptians were initially a Negroid population and they certainly weren’t entirely Negroid too. Even prior to Alexander the Great plenty of groups from West Asia (Hyksos, Babylonians, Assyrians, Persians, etc) touched Ancient Egypt way before the Greeks did too, so even if the Egyptians were initially black (no proof), they weren’t solely or entirely a black population before Alexander the Great’s conquest in 332 BC.

memphis January 6, 2015 at 5:05 pm

You do understand the term “Negroid” is a very recent term (17th century). “Black” is a social term. Africans don’t have to have the stereotypical look of huge lips and noses. Every dna test I’ve seen of Egyptian dna (at least y dna) ties back to Africa and West Asia with a very small percentage from Europe. Modern Egyptian are very mixed with, besides Arab, large contributions from Turkey(who are also very mixed). Real Caucasians are Central Asians, were is said the Amazigh (Berber) originated in the Caucasus. Due to similar dna with Somalis and other East Africans, Amazigh most like originated in East or North Africa.

blackgeno September 3, 2014 at 2:46 am

And you are so obsessed about what blacks claim, we can claim whatever the hell we want. Hitler your brother was claiming to be Aryan lol while your other brothers claim a Jewish Jesus is white lol. Gtfo with that rubbish, Egypt is in Africa, next door to South Sudan which is very black, so geographically, it is possible that black Africans lived in Egypt, as a matter of fact, black Nubians were points of Egypt for almost 100 years after they conquered it! Read a damn book! Humanity itself started in Africa including your dumb self! Today a lot of people of African heritage don’t claim it because of the economic status of Africa, if Africa rises and becomes as great as it should be then even your father will trace his DNA to AFRICA!

shobohunter August 16, 2014 at 12:00 am

says who? source please. .

shobohunter August 15, 2014 at 11:34 pm

he probably belong to that African tribe who look Asian.
Malagasy Peoples. Negrito, the san people
himba people also have mongloid features. people
living in northern Namibia..etc

mariposita December 24, 2014 at 7:29 pm

Some dark skinned Asians may look similar to black people. And at one point, thousands of years ago, they may have lived in Africa but genetically they are not the same race as Africans. Being separated for thousands of years gave them different genetic markers. If you study anthropology or even just study people, you will see NO ONE GROUP OWNS A PHYSICAL FEATURE. So-called Asian eyes, or monolid, or epicanthal fold is also found in the Xhosa of South Africa (believed to be the oldest people on Earth), and some northern Europeans-Iceland and a small minority in Scandinavia. But not all Asians have that feature. There are people in Asia, and not soley the dark southern ones, that have very similar facial characteristics to people in Africa. I know many blacks, 100% or not, that could pass for a black-asian mix, me included. For African Americans and Afro-Latinos, those so called “asian” features most likely come from their African ancestry or their native ancestry. Yes the natives came from Asia thousands of years ago.

Check7t August 11, 2014 at 4:20 am
Marseille August 15, 2014 at 6:55 pm
follers August 15, 2014 at 7:01 pm

And Egyptian, too!

shobohunter August 15, 2014 at 11:14 pm

no Egyptian..

follers August 15, 2014 at 11:29 pm

“says he has Native American and Egyptian heritages”

Check7t July 31, 2014 at 8:41 am

He would stick out so much in West Africa.

65% Sub-Saharan African
20% European
15% Native American

That’s his genome, probably.

memphis January 6, 2015 at 5:08 pm

He wouldn’t stick out if he was a Tuareg in Mali, Mauritania, Northern Nigeria, Niger and the Sahel in West Africa.

ihatemostpeople July 29, 2014 at 3:47 am

He’s ugly as hell. He looks like a retarded dog/seal hybrid.

Check7t July 31, 2014 at 8:40 am
ssempre July 11, 2014 at 9:25 pm

He said he has native american ancestry (I think he said it when he got beef for wearing a native american headdress)

anthrogal June 29, 2014 at 6:14 pm

I’m thinking he has Native American in him.

roman2886 June 28, 2014 at 4:54 pm

Does Pharrell Williams have Welsh ancestry his surname is Welsh he will be honored too Welsh ancestry.

murican July 29, 2014 at 7:37 am

Williams is the most common surname among African-Americans. It doesn’t come from Welsh ancestry. It comes from slave ancestry.

ashash June 24, 2014 at 7:30 am

He looks just like his mother.

Princess June 8, 2014 at 9:02 pm

Pharrell’s mother is Filipino. Why is it not listed on here? He looks very Filipino, even more than Black.

Michella Murphy June 12, 2014 at 1:31 pm

you must be talking about Bruno Mars, Pharell’s mom is black.

mrsdraper October 30, 2014 at 2:40 pm
PandaCutie June 3, 2014 at 1:23 am

God, you guys are all fucking stupid. African-Americans are a majority of the time, mixed. We are mixed because of slavery. I am mixed, but I am African-American and you will not tell me otherwise.

Another stupid thing I wanted to point out…high cheekbones means they’re mixed with Asian or native american? are you stupid? Have you not seen the black people from east Africa? the ones from Somali and Ethiopia? their fucking cheekbones are on their eyes they’re so goddamn high.

You guys need to stop generalizing people, especially black people. We’re one of the most genetically diverse group of people on this planet, we don’t all look the same and we don’t all have just one feature.

Pharrell’s parents are both AFRICAN-AMERICAN, get over it and shut the fuck up.

You all act like being just black is a bad thing, sorry, but we’re attractive too.

orbital June 11, 2014 at 1:52 am

Ikr? We can never be just Black. They’ll fight tooth and nail to dilute the Blackness even with copious evidence to the contrary. It’s sickening.

WTF May 31, 2014 at 6:49 am

i think he’s ugly as fk. never understood the hype surrounding this overrated and arrogant douche

Michella Murphy June 12, 2014 at 1:32 pm

The power of the internet, as you hide behind it to judge others as you have nothing else to do…sad.

Your Mom June 12, 2014 at 4:24 pm

He is ugly though. Not everyone is a groupie like you.

shobohunter May 29, 2014 at 9:54 am

to “wowsergirl” not Alice
(sorry Alice lol)
you can feel good about those blonde tribe living in remote part of Africa but they are genetically distant then you. they are could be more genetically distinguish
as a Asian to an African.

shobohunter May 29, 2014 at 9:44 am

to alice
all colors comes from genetic mutation occurred in different part of world..
there is no color in humans we are all different shade of Brown. there is more to a race than skin color.
skin colors is very superficial thing.
example- some white people look yellow some very pale. or olive skin..
Asian- Chinese n Japanese are very pale but others group of Asian specially who lives in south like south east Asian look darker ( I, e- Malaysia Filipino Thailand)

the some of the black tribe in Africa have blonde hair blue eye. but they are genetically is different then the African living in America. African have tallest people and have shortest people in the world.

like African pygmies..
there are blonde tribe in northern Pakistan(Google pushtun) but you won’t see pakistani claiming their European features.
because pakistani knows that a 100% pure paki cannot products blonde hair.
their are blonde tribe in remote part of China
but you won’t see Asian claiming the European features because they know that they genetically distant /different then the main line Chinese.

Alice July 9, 2014 at 2:12 am

Why are you addressing this me? I know all about races and I’m very interested in dna and genetics. All I’ve said was that Pharrell Williams doesn’t appear to have a Filippino mother.

Just to pick up on something you said there are no African tribes with blond hair and blue eyes. Africa does have the greatest genetic diversity but that hasn’t anything to do with pigment traits. Some Pakistanis do have blond hair and blue eyes. The same with Mongolian people. The gene mutations for blond hair and blue eyes occurred after people left Africa. Do a search on google if you want to look into it. Some Oceanic tribes can have blond hair but the gene is different than the one in Europeans /or Caucasions.

ihatemostpeople May 1, 2014 at 6:07 pm

He looks mixed to me. His nose is not like most black people’s noses. I would bet that he has white, Native American, and Asian in him. He doesn’t look like your average African American.

xoxKxox May 4, 2014 at 8:43 am

Lmao that’s ignorant to say. Not every black person is look “black”, there’s diversity amongst every racial group.

xoxKxox May 4, 2014 at 8:44 am

*is gonna look “black”

ectag May 26, 2014 at 7:43 am

Full blooded blacks do not look like Pharell. He’s obviously part white somewhere down the line. People in Africa don’t look like him. He’s mostly black but clearly has substantial non-black admixture. You don’t need a DNA test to tell that;it’s obvious. It’s probably nothing more ‘exotic’ than white.

memphis July 7, 2014 at 7:17 pm

People in Africa have very diverse features. Kenyans can have short pointy noses, Fulani people have elongated faces sometimes and beak like noses and some people in the Sudan can be near pitch black with dark blue eyes. Not to mention the reddish skin and somewhat Asian features of the San people.

eu May 4, 2014 at 3:29 pm

No,he looks a black man with asian or native american ancestry and distant european. Is kinda silly compare celebrities with average people.Pharrell may be using makeup in this pic for example.

wowsergirl May 9, 2014 at 8:12 am

My nose is straight and pointy and I’m not mixed.. god ignorance. When all people come from black roots. Black people can look anyway. that’s why people always want half black babies smh

ectag May 26, 2014 at 7:52 am

I have no idea what you look like but people who are actually fully black don’t just happen to occasionally pop up looking vaguely mixed. The fact that someone has no known “white” ancestors is meaningless, because many “black” people in the US and Caribbean have significant white ancestry. They still look more black than anything else because -surprise surprise- they ARE more black than anything else. However, when two blacks with white ancestry have a kid, the kid has a much higher chance of genetically encoded caucasian features being manifest in their appearance. This is why you sometimes see a couple that don’t look particularly ‘mixed’ have a kid with surprisingly caucasianesque features (lighter skin tone, ‘good hair’, small nose, etc.).

There are no people who are parented by people who are 100% black who by sheer random weirdness have a kid that looks ‘mixed’. That’s nonsense.

memphis July 7, 2014 at 7:10 pm

“There is no people who are parented by people who are 100% black who by sheer random wierdness have a kid that looks “mixed”” Two examples, a few years ago a Nigerian couple living in England gave birth to a seemingly “white” baby non-albino with blue eyes. In 1955 “white” South African couple give birth to a seemingly biracial child named Sandra Lange. Sandra’ s biopic is called “Skin”. Please describe what a fully black person looks like.

orbital June 11, 2014 at 1:58 am

Try having a “straight” nose, semi-curly hair and very fair skin. I caught HELL growing up when it came to the “legitimacy” of my Blackness. And both of my parents are Black. It’s just disgusting. -_-

Princess June 11, 2014 at 3:14 pm

Orbital- No offense to you, but obviously you have to be part White in order to have those features. You have good hair and mixed race features. I can assure you that if you were to take a DNA test, you would have a lot of White ancestry. Why do you hate White people so much? You should be glad you have nice features thanks to us. Not being racist bwt*

ssempre July 8, 2014 at 10:02 am

This statement is so incredibly racist. There’s no such thing as “good hair”… and saying stuff like “you should be glad to have nice features thanks to us” thanks to you for what?? raping black people when they were slaves in america???

hamdi May 24, 2014 at 10:07 am

yes, totally agree with you

PandaCutie June 3, 2014 at 1:25 am

God, you guys are all fucking stupid. African-Americans are a majority of the time, mixed. We are mixed because of slavery. I am mixed, but I am African-American and you will not tell me otherwise.

Another stupid thing I wanted to point out…high cheekbones means they’re mixed with Asian or native american? are you stupid? Have you not seen the black people from east Africa? the ones from Somali and Ethiopia? their fucking cheekbones are on their eyes they’re so goddamn high.

You guys need to stop generalizing people, especially black people. We’re one of the most genetically diverse group of people on this planet, we don’t all look the same and we don’t all have just one feature.

Pharrell’s parents are both AFRICAN-AMERICAN, get over it and shut the fuck up.

You all act like being just black is a bad thing, sorry, but we’re attractive too.

fuzzybear44 July 8, 2014 at 12:59 am

could you please explain to me, out of the 42million plus African Americans in this country, that you or anyone else knows what the avg one looks like.I ‘be been around them my entire life, and couldn’t tell you that

sarahle April 20, 2014 at 10:11 am

His mother Caroline Williams is from the Philippines. She was Miss Asia Pacific in 1971. He is half Filipino and half African Ametican.

Alice April 26, 2014 at 1:59 am

Miss Asia Pacific 1971 was Miss Guam Flora Baza so that information is not correct.

sarahle April 26, 2014 at 11:20 pm
Alice April 27, 2014 at 2:17 am

That’s a different woman than what Black Woman posted. There is obviously some misinformation going around about Pharrell Williams.

wowsergirl May 9, 2014 at 8:13 am

Well he says he is African American so it’s what he wants

Nikki April 27, 2014 at 8:34 am
Nikki April 27, 2014 at 8:33 am
Alice April 28, 2014 at 1:17 am

Who is your post directed to? I don’t think anyone is lying. There does seem to be a lot of confusion about his mother.

aaa April 17, 2014 at 7:36 am

Of course he is part native american or asian.Look at his cheekbones and eyes

ihatemostpeople May 1, 2014 at 6:08 pm

Yes, I agree.

shobohunter April 15, 2014 at 6:16 am

When a black man looks presentable (unusual for a black), then black people claims he’s totally black and their people also possess these feature (straight hair, colored eye)

wowsergirl May 9, 2014 at 8:17 am

All colors come from black. If you read a book you’d know there are African with colored eyes and straight hair. its sad that people think that equals beauty. When certain ideas or beauty are forced you know its untrue

shobohunter April 15, 2014 at 6:11 am

He’s definitely denying his Asian side. This half-Asian M O N G R E L

BlackWoman March 31, 2014 at 9:34 pm

Pharrell is NOT half-Filipino or half-Asian AT ALL. He’s the spitting image of his mother, who is a Black woman. Here’s Pharrell’s mother, Carolyn Williams, on the bottom right:

Alice March 31, 2014 at 10:42 pm

Great find. I was wondering about his ancestry.

neiltennant April 1, 2014 at 1:24 pm


thank you !!
oh my god if you take a scissor and remove her hair we have an older version of pharell
he is like his mother

hmm on this pic above we can see that he is 40 years old.

he was sooooo cute when he made the frontin video 11 years ago but now his eyes look tired

Dr.90210 April 25, 2014 at 9:14 pm

His mom is Filipina. mixed and thats itusly you haven’t seen a Pacific islander (Filipino/Filipina) person before.. His best friend/co-member of the Neptunes Chad already confirmed it And his mom was in Pacific Islander pageant. Stop hating.. he’s mixef

Dr.90210 April 25, 2014 at 9:24 pm

His mom is Filipina. Obviously you haven’t seen a Pacific islander (Filipino/Filipina) person before.. His best friend/co-member of the Neptunes Chad already confirmed it And his mom was in a Pacific Islander pageant. Stop hating.. he’s mixed

Alice April 26, 2014 at 2:08 am

I’ve seen loads of Pacific Islanders but Filipinos aren’t Pacific Islanders. Look up what islands comprise this group.

Alice April 26, 2014 at 2:04 am

Filipinos are not Pacific Islanders and someone said his mum was Miss Asia Pacific 1971 when the person who won was Miss Guam Flora Baza. People should give definite proof and not just incorrect information.

ssempre March 29, 2014 at 11:30 pm

Instead of just saying Africa, maybe it should say the country, if known (if a black person’s ancestors were slaves, it might not be known), Africa is a big continent, with many different types of people.

indo March 19, 2014 at 10:53 pm

He’s half Asian too

BlackWoman March 31, 2014 at 9:35 pm

He’s not, he’s Black.

Check7t March 18, 2014 at 6:50 pm

That being said all African-Americans are mixed race, but Pharrell looks more admixed.

Check7t March 18, 2014 at 6:49 pm

Pharrell does not even look like a typical mixed AA though.

Check7t March 18, 2014 at 6:49 pm
Check7t March 18, 2014 at 6:48 pm

If we’re being serious here…

Check7t March 18, 2014 at 6:46 pm

All African-Americans are mixed race.

MCantu February 15, 2014 at 8:54 pm

He looks very young for his age

ihatemostpeople February 22, 2014 at 5:09 pm

Black don’t crack!

ethnic February 27, 2014 at 7:56 am

Happy and healthy

ihatemostpeople February 14, 2014 at 7:36 pm

I could have sworn I heard he was part Asian???????

neiltennant January 27, 2014 at 5:17 am

he looks more like a mulatto black+ south american

or Black + Native american

Caution January 18, 2014 at 12:42 am

His mom isn’t Filipino, she’s African-American but he has visible Mongoloid features, probably part Native American.

ShawntheGod November 14, 2013 at 11:08 pm

If he is part Filipino that would explain his supposed Asian-esque look.

I always just assumed he had Native American ancestry somewhere down the line.

MettaWorkPlease November 14, 2013 at 10:37 pm His mother is a Filipina

yo yo March 16, 2012 at 5:16 am

who cares about if hes mixed o not .. lets focus on how sexy he is :)

Tisha March 2, 2012 at 12:27 pm

What is up with people using the racist term “ch*nky” to describe eye shape? That is so racist people COME ON! We don’t use the n word to describe African American features…

Beauty February 4, 2012 at 11:18 pm

He looks AA to me; my sister has eyes that are “chinky” way tighter than his and we are full black. Who are we to argue about some ones race, if he say he is African American than that is what he is. Have you seen his brother Cato Williams that famous skate boarder, he look African American also and they have the same mother and father.

Eduardo January 19, 2012 at 12:55 am

Im not gay but man he has a hot sexy body

Kiki January 3, 2012 at 5:20 pm

He does look part Asian.. Not a large amount, but maybe 1/4 or 1/5.. The bone structure, eyes, and even the body type all remind me of Koreans.. I’m around more Asians than any other race everyday, so I’ve gotten used to recognizing the features.. Then again, some people can look like a race with having absolutely none of that particular blood in them.. I know that, just sayin’.. Ah, and to those of you who say a lot of black people have “chinky” eyes (which is insulting in it’s own way, btw), no.. There are a lot of African/ black people with ALMOND shaped eyes, but not slanted the way most Asians are…

BRAZIL February 27, 2012 at 11:27 pm
p41 October 16, 2011 at 5:31 am

Listen to the people saying, “he’s just black”, where in West Africa could you possibly drop him off and have him blend in with the locals? And no, he does not look like those cup eyed Ethiopians. He looks either Aisan and Black or Native American and Black. Unlike those AA’s who say, “Ah got eendyan in me”, he actually looks it.

Jessica Mae October 16, 2011 at 4:05 pm

He has native american in his blood line. native americans are basically from asia so it makes sense. however, your comment is ignorant so i will school you. Africa is not a country and it popluated with many different races besides black. Many blacks in some regions have very Asian like feature such as jaw bones and eyes BUT they are dark with wool like hair. Ethiopians/Somoli’s are “mostly” mixed with Arab blood. South Africans range from whites to black to mixed. Egyptians are of arab blood. There are many mixed Nigerians too!

wtf December 14, 2011 at 11:52 am

Sorry jessica mae but let me school YOU! arab has no blood line! Lmfao they are a mixture of black white and Asian through many years of mixing africa was all black south african whites are NOT native to african land may want to pick up a book before “schooling ” anyone!africans are only mixed now due to colonizing.including Egyptians which once upon a time were Black as well.Duhhhhhhhhhhhhh.

BRAZIL February 27, 2012 at 11:29 pm

go to south african and drop him

those people look like him

go to ethipia and drop him







- October 10, 2011 at 1:39 pm

Yeah, to the person that said Pharell is 1/4 Korean, shut up okay? Where is your proof that he said he’s a quarter Korean? Do you believe everything your friend says? lol. I know a lot of people of Black heritage who have chinky eyes, so why are people always trying to assume? I’ve heard that Pharell had Filipino heritage, but since nothing has been confirmed, he is African-American. Let’s just leave it at that.

angel September 25, 2011 at 4:42 pm

This is sooooo ridiculous! He is not asian! Or mixed with asian….he is just a regular african american….born in virginia Whats wrong with him…being just black. People tell me im pretty all the time…except they ask are you mixed with black & white, black & asian or black & latino as if you cant just be a beautiful african american woman. Pharell is just trying to make money off asian people.

liz September 10, 2011 at 9:00 pm

he looks mexican and black to me.

Yanna September 10, 2011 at 2:09 pm

I believe he is Japanese and Black thus the reason he is in co- horts with so many Japanese entertainers and spokespeople and has an fashion line relating to “Tokyo” either that or Thai and Black. But he’s def mixed.

Amy August 6, 2011 at 7:22 am

He is quarter korean, I read it online, someone said their friend met him at a concert and asked. He has asian eyes!!!

Samia-Kabullah-Bella-Rose December 17, 2010 at 4:33 am

Not the most flattering picture of him X) He needs to loose the tach then Wallah i looked it up and i couldn’t see any Thai heritage but i only went so far up in his ancestry .

Now the internet people and whoever took this pic of him and Pharell his self know he look better without that mustach! Oh and i looked it up on other websites that he is mixed with thai and black December 17, 2010 at 2:18 am
Binkstoz December 5, 2010 at 12:57 pm

lol hez mixd no doubt abt dat, aint nuthn wrng wit bein mixd im 4rm south africa n im blak n we embrace our mixd ppl. Hez mixd fullstop.

jeff December 2, 2010 at 11:34 am

on a bloggin site i heard his thai and african american decent

Anonymous September 1, 2010 at 10:42 am


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bullshyt June 1, 2010 at 1:32 am

ethopian more like

bullshyt June 1, 2010 at 1:31 am

he is not of asian decent

tracy.. May 31, 2010 at 4:13 pm

why cant being african american be good enough…

total23 May 31, 2010 at 4:52 pm

It Is Good Enough!

But This Website Is Called Celebrity Ethnicity – What Nationality Background Race. Therefore Regardless What He Is Majority Of Which Is Black, This Site Also Want’s To Know What Other Ethnicity A Celebrity Is Made Up Of. So It Means Regardless, Whether He Has Asian In Him But Goes Back 7 Generations, He Is Of Asian Descent.

So To Sum It Up Even Though He Is Black, We Want To Know His Other Ethnicity!

We Are Not Tryna Make Him Sound Less Black Because It Doesn’t Matter. If Your Majority Of A Race Then You Are Mainly That Race!

greg August 6, 2010 at 11:35 pm

because it’s no fun being just african american anymore.

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