Rihanna

by ethnic on December 28, 2007

Birth Name: Robyn Rihanna Fenty

Place of Birth: Saint Michael, Barbados

Date of Birth: February 20, 1988

Ethnicity:
*Afro-Barbadian (paternal grandfather)
*Scottish, English, Irish (paternal grandmother)
*Afro-Guyanese (mother)

Rihanna is a Barbadian singer, songwriter, rapper, dancer, record producer, and actress. She is the daughter of Ronald Fenty, who is from Barbados, and Monica (Brathwaite), who is from Guyana.

Rihanna’s paternal grandfather was Afro-Barbadian. Rihanna’s paternal grandmother, who is caucasian, has Scottish, English, and Irish ancestry. Rihanna’s mother is of Afro-Guyanese descent.

In an interview with Allure magazine, Rihanna stated that she was bullied in school and called ‘white’ by the other kids while growing up in Barbados.

Rihanna’s paternal grandfather was Reginald Leslie Forde (the son of Helen Forde). Helen was the daughter of Joe Forde.

Rihanna’s paternal grandmother is Elizabeth “Betty” Fenty (the daughter of Stanley Fitzherbert Fenty and Hilda Olga Coppin). Elizabeth is white. Her parents were both born in Barbados. The surname “Fenty” is usually Scottish and the surname “Coppin” is usually English. Rihanna’s grandmother is also cited as having Irish ancestry. Elizabeth is from a family of “Red Legs”, descendants of slaves from the British Isles who were sent to Barbados.

On her mother’s side, Rihanna is the granddaughter of Lionel Brathwaite and Clara “Dolly” Viola Venetta Johnson.

Sources: Genealogy of Rihanna – https://www.geni.com

Death record of Rihanna’s paternal great-grandparents, Stanley Fitzherbert Fenty and Hilda Olga Coppin – http://www.findagrave.com

Obituary of Rihanna’s maternal grandmother, Clara Viola Venetta (Johnson) Brathwaite – http://downesandwilson.com

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neiltennant July 24, 2017 at 12:37 am

idiot

of course she is pretty and beautiful

she can wear an onion bag and can look hot

A user March 24, 2017 at 7:29 am

Someone’s hating.

Lady March 9, 2017 at 3:03 pm

You must be gorgeous then.

Lady May 19, 2017 at 12:07 pm

Well, that’s why I said “You must be gorgeous then”. Where did I said that you weren’t allowed to say that, as you suggested?

andrew December 29, 2016 at 3:55 am
me March 27, 2016 at 6:23 pm

She doesn’t look mixed at all.She is just a black girl.I don’t know why white people are trying to whiten her.

flo March 27, 2016 at 6:54 pm

No one is trying to whiten her. Her father is mixed. That’s just stating a fact.

Greyface March 27, 2016 at 8:24 pm

wrong! I always wondered why she was so pretty for a black girl, and now I know it’s because she’s 25% white!!!

flo January 7, 2017 at 8:39 pm

Greyface,
Except Rihanna looks like her mother (who is not mixed). Sorry, you can’t credit her beauty with being a quarter white lol

Samiiraa June 16, 2017 at 9:09 am

She is more than 25% White. The average black American has 20% European ancestry and she doesn’t look like the average black American. Her father is probably 60% Euro and her mother has probably European dna too and maybe some Native also. Rihanna is a mulatto, that’s just a fact, she doesn’t look black, she looks mixed and she identify as mixed.

neiltennant November 22, 2017 at 2:06 am

Yes but the green eyes scream MIXED

of course she looks mixed

midori29 December 6, 2017 at 7:09 am

@Samiiraa you need to learn what BLACK Africans look like . You can have green , grey or blue eyes and be 100% black African check these pics below
https://face2faceafrica.com/article/africans-with-blue-eyes-facts
This was posted in an article:
“There are also different types of albinism which feature different eye and hair colors including brown, green or blue eyes and red, brown or blond hair and some forms of albinism even allow the person enough melanin to tan… sound familiar? These aren’t “European features”, they’re inbred African features.”

Multiethnicchick September 5, 2016 at 1:18 pm

yes she does. Go to Africa where black africans are without any admixture. She would stick out because she’s mixed and looks mixed. that’s why black kids at her school called her white.

midori29 April 8, 2017 at 3:15 pm

Rhianna is exaggerating here. There are much much lighter black people living in Barbados than Rhianna. Plus there are actual WHITE barbdians. Rhianna would NOT stick out. Everyone would think she was a regular black girl in Barbados. She just tries to male herself more exotic with that. Rhianna does not even have curly or straight hair. Its just kinky plus she had a nose job.

Samiiraa December 29, 2016 at 1:50 am

At all ? Haha I am mixed and has the same complexion and she has green eyes. She looks definitely mixed. She is probably not 25% European but more since Black Barbadians and Guyanese have also European dna. She is probably 35% or even 40% white.

flo January 7, 2017 at 8:18 pm

Have you seen Rihanna’s mother? She is not mixed whatsoever.

neiltennant December 6, 2017 at 9:25 am

her maternal grandfather is also mixed

midori29 April 8, 2017 at 3:18 pm

Samirra please stop being stereotypical and stupid. Black people do not have to be mixed to be light skinned with greene eyes. And they certainly dont have to be 40 percent white. Supermodel Tyra Banks did a dna test and she is lighter than Rhianna with green eyes nd ONlY tested 14 percent white.

fuzzybear44 April 8, 2017 at 11:10 pm
midori29 February 14, 2016 at 6:24 am
BigMama February 14, 2016 at 2:34 pm

Her mother, Monica Braithwaite, is a retired accountant of Afro-Guyanese background, and her father, Ronald Fenty, is a warehouse supervisor of Barbadian and Irish descent. Rihanna has two brothers, Rorrey and Rajad Fenty, and two half-sisters and a half-brother from her father’s side, each born to different mothers from his previous relationships.

Speaking to Allure in 2008, RiRi revealed that she was bullied at school because some of her fellow pupils thought she was too “white”. She said that she was cursed by her so-called friends, but had managed to overcome the bullies to become one of the biggest pop stars in the world. She said: “I didn’t understand. I just knew I saw people of all different shades and I was light. Now I’m in a much bigger world.”
Read more at http://www.capitalfm.com/photos/famous-people-celebrities-bullying/rihanna/#gJxXcLfpDQ30VALD.99

midori29 February 14, 2016 at 6:23 am
BigMama February 14, 2016 at 2:35 pm

Her mother, Monica Braithwaite, is a retired accountant of Afro-Guyanese background, and her father, Ronald Fenty, is a warehouse supervisor of Barbadian and Irish descent. Rihanna has two brothers, Rorrey and Rajad Fenty, and two half-sisters and a half-brother from her father’s side, each born to different mothers from his previous relationships.

Speaking to Allure in 2008, RiRi revealed that she was bullied at school because some of her fellow pupils thought she was too “white”. She said that she was cursed by her so-called friends, but had managed to overcome the bullies to become one of the biggest pop stars in the world. She said: “I didn’t understand. I just knew I saw people of all different shades and I was light. Now I’m in a much bigger world.”
Read more at http://www.capitalfm.com/photos/famous-people-celebrities-bullying/rihanna/#gJxXcLfpDQ30VALD.99

midori29 February 28, 2016 at 10:12 am

@Big mama do not believe that bullied at school nonsense, that hard to beliveve. My grandfathers relatives came from Barbados and YES there are light skinned blacks in Barbados alot lighter than Rhianna.

abbracci October 8, 2015 at 1:22 am

She thinks she’s so special. Barbados is a country with no civilization, culture or history. Rihanna is a trashy overrated hoe.

xoxo November 26, 2015 at 12:59 am

SALTY JEALOUS BITCH! I bet Rihanna looks a million times better than your busted ass. LMFAO you’re so pathetic logging on this site and bashing people who don’t even give a flying fuck about your opinions. They don’t even know you exist and yet here you are calling celebrities “ugly” and “hoes”. Get a life, asshat.

midori29 July 29, 2015 at 10:57 am

Skin bleaching black celebrities , Nicki Minaj did it too and she tries to overmix herself as well.
http://trace.tv/people/beyonce-ciara-nicki-minaj-rihanna-those-stars-who-bleach-their-skin/

Kimmel June 5, 2016 at 4:41 am

Feel sorry for those featured in that article. But with Rhianna, it seems possible her skin changes with the seasons.

cwm85 July 27, 2015 at 5:40 pm

Typo Rihanna.

midori29 July 27, 2015 at 3:43 pm

Basically its true these days, female music stars are making more money being know as “exotic” so there is money to be made in making people think that you are a black mixed female. I am telling you the worldwide success of Halle Berry started this stuff. being just black is not interesting enough for the general public. It used to be with Janet Jackson and Dianna Ross, Tina Turner, even Vanessa Williams never played up her admixtures. She is making money on what is popular and racist people want to know, because 100% and beauty does not go together .

cwm85 July 27, 2015 at 5:38 pm

Rihan thagna is not just black. Her grandmother was white. Why should she say she is all african descent when she isn’t? Unless you are 100 percent of African ethnicity then you aren’t 100 percent African. She is multiracial like a lot of people. Like Halle Berry even though Halle Berry identifies as just black… I think, tho that is biologically impossible.

midori29 July 29, 2015 at 5:00 am

@cwm, a good number of black people in the Americas have white grandmothers. And all blacks are multicultural. Im not saying Rhianna should deny her white grandmother. But what I am saying is that she portrays herself as alot more mixed than she really is. Its not like one of her parents is totally white. She is mostly African. And Rhianna considers herself black but she tries to look more mixed with fake hair caucasian texture and skin bleach. Which is evident.

midori29 July 29, 2015 at 5:52 am

Grace Geely from the show Empire is a light skinned black girl from the Cayman islands in the Carribean and she does not try to overly mix herself up like Beyonce, Kerri Washington or Rhianna who are also of Carribean descent. Grace just says she is a light skinned black girl. Rhianna and Beyonce display self hate and they are bad for black women.
Grace Geeley below Cayman Islands star of Empire on Fox tv. Link
http://m.essence.com/2015/03/18/why-empires-grace-gealey-team-shorthairdontcare

BigMama February 14, 2016 at 2:28 pm

She was bullied for being mixed race…. And you are here sayin she’s black…. Ridiculous.

midori29 February 28, 2016 at 10:10 am

@Big mama, I seriously doubt Rhianna was bullied as she says, she may be playing that up. There are alot of lighter skinned black people in Barbados, I have visited there, I am Carribean and I have some relatives from Barbados. Rhianna is not that light, especially when you have half black people who look like Mariah Carey all over the Carribean who many consider themselves black. Rhianna plays to American people who do not travel, she can basically say anything and fake the foolishness.

BigMama February 14, 2016 at 2:36 pm

Her mother, Monica Braithwaite, is a retired accountant of Afro-Guyanese background, and her father, Ronald Fenty, is a warehouse supervisor of Barbadian and Irish descent. Rihanna has two brothers, Rorrey and Rajad Fenty, and two half-sisters and a half-brother from her father’s side, each born to different mothers from his previous relationships.

Speaking to Allure in 2008, RiRi revealed that she was bullied at school because some of her fellow pupils thought she was too “white”. She said that she was cursed by her so-called friends, but had managed to overcome the bullies to become one of the biggest pop stars in the world. She said: “I didn’t understand. I just knew I saw people of all different shades and I was light. Now I’m in a much bigger world.”
Read more at http://www.capitalfm.com/photos/famous-people-celebrities-bullying/rihanna/#gJxXcLfpDQ30VALD.99

midori29 February 28, 2016 at 10:26 am

@Bigmama, Rhianna will do or say anything for fame and money. I have seen her in real life, up close before her skin bleach and fame, she is only a medium toned dark caramel brown color naturally. Not very light at all. That story sells records, and makes her seem much more exotic. She is overwhelmingly West African, kinky bushy hair and green eyes. Google some young pics of her.
Link:http://gossiponthis.com/2011/04/18/rihanna-big-secret-3-older-siblings/youngri2/

Man in NY July 2, 2016 at 11:03 am

“Not very light at all. That story sells records, and makes her seem much more exotic. She is overwhelmingly West African, kinky bushy hair and green eyes.”

She could be naturally light-skinned, but with a tan in those photos. Other than that, I don’t disagree with you.

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