Solange Knowles

by ethnic on June 9, 2010

Birth Name: Solange Piaget Knowles

Place of Birth: Houston, Harris, Texas, U.S.

Date of Birth: June 24, 1986

*African-American (father)
*Louisiana Creole, including African, French, Acadian/French-Canadian, as well as distant Irish and Spanish (mother)

Solange Knowles is an American actress, singer, songwriter, and model. She is the daughter of Tina Knowles (born Célestine Ann Beyincé), a fashion designer, and Mathew C. Knowles, a businessperson and talent manager. She is the sister of actress and singer Beyoncé. Solange is a step-sister of actress Bianca Lawson. Her mother is married to Bianca’s father, actor Richard Lawson. Solange is married to music video director Alan Ferguson. She has a son with her former husband, Daniel Smith.

Solange’s father is African-American. Solange’s maternal grandparents were French-speaking Louisiana Creoles, with roots in New Iberia; their ancestry included African and French (including French ancestors who lived in Canada). Solange is also of approximately 1/32 Irish ancestry, and has distant Spanish roots on her mother’s side, as well (at least one of her great-great-great-great-great-grandfathers, Juan Tomas Francisco Garrido, was Spanish). A picture of Solange’s maternal grandparents can be seen here.

Solange’s sister Beyoncé has said that she has Nigerian ancestry.

Solange has been described as having Cherokee Native American ancestry. It is not clear if this ancestry has been verified/documented. No Cherokee Native American ancestors appear on publicly available family trees of Solange’s mother.

Solange’s paternal grandfather is Matthew Knowles (the son of Taylor Knowles and Girlie/Gurlie Mae Inez Miller). Matthew was born in Alabama. Taylor was the son of James Isaac Knowles and Sarah Elizabeth Dixon. Girlie was the daughter of Prophet Miller and Jane Hall.

Solange’s paternal grandmother is Lou Helen Hogue (the daughter of Davis/Dave Hogue and Hester Moore). Lou was born in Alabama. Davis was the son of Jim Hogue and Rosetta Moore. Hester was the daughter of Pinkney Madison Moore and Arenia Goree.

Solange’s maternal grandfather was Lumis Albert Beyincé (the son of Alexandre Beyincé and Marie Amelie Oliver Broussard). Lumis was born in Abbeville, Louisiana. Alexandre was the son of Jean Boyancé/Beyincé, who was born in France, and of Angéline Élizabeth Green. Marie Amelie was the daughter of Olivier Despanet Broussard and Alphonsine Boutte.

Solange’s maternal grandmother was Agnès/Agnèz DeRouen/Deréon (the daughter of Eugène-Gustave DeRouen and Odelia Broussard). Agnès was born in Decambre, Louisiana. Eugène-Gustave was the son of Gustave DeRouen and Marie-Estelle Gary, who was of part Spanish descent. Odelia was the daughter of Eloi Rosemond Broussard and Celestine Josephine Lessee/Lesse/Lesser. A picture of Solange’s great-grandfather Eugène-Gustave can be seen here.

Mathew Knowles and Tina Knowles at the Giorgio Armani Prive ShowSolange’s parents (photo by Prphotos)

Sources: Genealogies of Solange Knowles –

Family history of Solange, by Megan Smolenyak Smolenyak –

Solange’s paternal grandfather, Matthew Knowles, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Solange’s paternal grandmother, Lou Helen Hogue, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Article about Solange’s maternal great-great-great-great-great-great-grandfather, Joseph Broussard –

Solange’s maternal grandmother, Agnès/Agnèz DeRouen/Deréon, on 1910 U.S. Census –

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bablah November 4, 2017 at 5:41 pm

What is the point of having both Cajun and Acadian as tags on the site? Isn’t it one and the same?

fuzzybear44 November 4, 2017 at 11:28 pm


They’re two different cultures. While Cajun people are descendants from Acadians, They have their own specific culture that is unique to Louisiana. Like African Americans are Descendants of Africans, but we have our own cultures

Kimmel May 28, 2016 at 11:32 pm

Mr Knowles doesn’t look all ‘African-American’ (I know they are mixed anyway). He looks part Peruvian or mixed with something significant, because looking at his hair and jawline I can see admixture.

midori29 June 15, 2017 at 8:00 am

@Kimmel LOL gimme a break her dad is a basic Black man. I love how this website tried to mix everyone up cause most of the people posting here are mixed themselves.

fuzzybear44 June 15, 2017 at 1:27 pm


What is (look all ‘African-American’)?

andrew June 16, 2017 at 3:01 am

I believe he meant that he does not look much Sub-Saharan African in facial features, and that is true. I guess he has around 80% SSA ancestry like most AA’s though.

fuzzybear44 June 23, 2017 at 2:48 pm

Quote(I believe he meant that he does not look much Sub-Saharan African in facial features)

I strongly disagree,I’ve seen his facial features in other West Africans, you have to get more exposure

Quote(I guess he has around 80% SSA ancestry like most AA’s though.)

the range is said to be 3-20%, not 20 on the nose. and 23and me and others like it haven’t tested that many African Americans so their gene pool is low, and even they have different results from each other

andrew June 25, 2017 at 4:43 am

I respect your opinion but my point is that he looks African-American, not West African.

fuzzybear44 June 25, 2017 at 1:36 pm


I will respect your opinion, and know what I know to be true

Samiiraa June 16, 2017 at 9:11 am

The Knowles sisters are obviously mixed, they are mulattos but delusionnal self hating black Americans will always deny it.

fuzzybear44 June 16, 2017 at 11:47 pm


From what I can see, even Solange states she’s black . So exactly what are black Americans supposedly hating about? I don’t think anyone had denied that the Knowles are MGM’s

Multiethnicchick August 21, 2017 at 2:53 pm

Yeah but there are a lot of people who are mixed race who claim black because black Americans tend to get mad when you’re mixed and don’t claim only black.

fuzzybear44 August 22, 2017 at 12:35 am

So you’re saying that those black Americans are no different than you are. You get anger when a FGM doesn’t ID as mixed, while those Black Americans you speak of get anger because those FGM’s don’t ID as black. Both of you are taken away the right to choose. How does the way these FGM’s self Identify affect you or those anger black people you speak of? I’m a black American of my own choice, and I could care less how a FGM wants to ID, if they call themselves black fine with me, if mixed fine. Truthfully , this is the same old William Lynch
crap that pops up every 30yrs

fuzzybear44 November 4, 2017 at 11:47 pm

Just being curious, how many black Americans have you actually talk to, that told you they get mad. . Because the black Americans I know, really don’t talk about this stuff. Also, you’ve given black Americans far more power than they actually have. As I stated before, you’re ignoring personal choice. Many of the FGM’s that I’ve seen, have stated themselves that they feel more comfortable seeing themselves as black. I do understand that is a foreign concept to you

savanna January 10, 2016 at 3:06 pm

“On her father’s side, Beyoncé is…”

Should say Solange

lelo4 October 15, 2015 at 6:01 pm

she looks hispanic-caribbean, like dominican or more admixed black puerto ricans

Capricious October 9, 2015 at 11:42 pm

Maybe Beyonce looks like that with her real hair and unaltered face….

Malefactor September 21, 2015 at 6:17 pm

She looks like a transexual.

neiltennant July 29, 2018 at 10:52 am

dont be offensive

actually i would have said that years ago too
but actually i like her now

her recent album was not bad.

and for me she is not the lil sister of BEYONCE anymore but a good singer

hesh123 September 2, 2015 at 7:46 pm

Gross and annoying face

L Christiensen August 14, 2015 at 8:51 pm

Tanning is a social status for Whites. It has nothing to do with Black people. Michael Jackson used that as an excuse in an interview. Blacks and other Non-Whites are out of the equation. Up till the 1910’s if White individuals got tanned they would be deemed as peasants, manual laborers. That’s why White females in Europe, North America, South America and Oceania would wear a parasol or sun umbrella. Even men would avoid too much sunbathing during the 19th century, even though they had outdoor activities and visited beaches and lakes. During the 1920’s Coco Channel started divulging that free healthy girls should be tanned. The tanned look got stronger after the 70’s. It became a social status meaning that the White person had money and time for leisure, for beach time, pool time, sailing etc. Just like women dress for women instead of men, Whites tan for other Whites basically. Right after the Black plague during the Renaissance, being chubby was a sign of wealth, just like today being ripped, built or just athletic is a symbol of money and time, it means the person has money for organic food, a special diet and time for exercizing, besides the aesthetic appearance. It’s just a social symbol, that’s why many Whites refute that and admit their paleness, owning their pasty skin.

Preston Parker August 14, 2015 at 9:14 pm

Every time a Black person says that Whites tan cuz they want to be Black, Whites laugh on the inside

Preston Parker August 14, 2015 at 9:23 pm

A Black character who wants to look Caucasian in that movie ‘Dear White people’ also used the same cheap line Michael Jackson did. This sentence makes no sense. ”Oh Whites tan”
When Beyoncé has a nosejob, bleaches her skin and wears expensive blonde weaves she’s sending a bad message to Blacks and mixed people. It’s not healthy. It’s sad!

neiltennant August 15, 2015 at 2:15 pm

on the other hand i knew and know lot of young girls in the early 00s who secretly visited tan stations in order to get darker

and those people had idols like halle berry, beyonce or naomi campbell

i don’t think its ridiculous to say that many whites who tan want to imitate blacks or dark people

in the late 90s i remember many tan stations in germany used (illegally!!) pictures of black women for example TONI BRAXTON indicating that some whites can tan and look liker her haha

midori29 July 23, 2015 at 8:55 am

Her hair is straight afro kinky and from Africa, not a bit of mixture looking in the texture. It goes to show you that Beyonce must hate her hair texture because you never see the real thing. Then convincing other black women to wear these silly weaves. The worldwide non black people hate nappy hair and some do not think it is feminine, its a fact. But I think its pretty and thank goodness my boyfriend does too. I am proud of Solange for makking this type of stand. But I do not think Beyonce would be worldwide famous if she wore her hair like her sisters. SO sad when you think blacks in Africa , perm and relax their hair and bleach because of these brainless celebrities.

neiltennant July 15, 2015 at 3:31 am

she is ugly

neiltennant July 17, 2015 at 9:02 am

i will correct my opinion

you had chose a hideous picture of her.

She is not ugly.
She looks actually good but with that short hair she looks strange

by the way its not easy to be the sister of a such famous singer

i know her album and it was not bad but not good after all.

she is talented but what I’m missing at her is SALT

LucarioCooper September 2, 2015 at 7:27 pm

She looks prettier with her hair longer. Her hair is pretty amazing.

M May 31, 2015 at 6:44 am

I’d hate to be the ugly sister, poor Solange. She’s quite strange looking, I don’t mean to sound cruel.

neiltennant July 29, 2018 at 10:54 am

actually she is not ugly

she looks good and her recent album was good

and thats me saying that who for years laughed at her

midori29 December 25, 2014 at 10:06 am

Any black celebrity can bleach thier skin amd wear weaves to appear more mixed these days.

neiltennant July 20, 2015 at 4:32 am

totally unncesscerly

why those idiots have to bleach their skin ? Most people go and tan and pay a lot of money for it and take risks like cancer and aging of skin and those people on the other side bleach their skin

SEEXYPUREBLOODLATINA July 5, 2014 at 8:38 pm

Wldnt say she ugly ..but goofy looking haha! Um so basically this what beyoncé wld really look like WITHOUT the white powder makeup and the 22″blonde ugly weave! Its called the NATURAL STATE. B!

LucarioCooper May 3, 2015 at 7:06 pm

Her hair is very beautiful. And you’re right, the weave and extensions should stop. :)

tinasheeeee June 24, 2014 at 4:30 pm

If Beyonce didn’t do the skin bleaching, nose job, and use wigs, she’d basically be twins with Solange.

L Christiensen August 14, 2015 at 7:25 pm


WTF June 24, 2014 at 12:11 pm

She looks different than her sister. Do they have same dad? Beyonce looks “whiter”. Solange looks “blacker”.

midori29 December 1, 2014 at 8:41 am

@WTF I guess you dont realize that Beyonce wears fake blonde hair.

tinasheeeee April 26, 2014 at 5:35 pm

Don’t she have Gullah too like Beyonce?

indo December 19, 2013 at 6:05 pm

solage isnt ashamed to show her natural hair but why is beyonce?

The Beautiful Ones December 9, 2013 at 1:23 pm

she looks a mess

the punisher December 1, 2013 at 8:40 pm

She looks weird and unattractive in this picture

Taylor December 1, 2013 at 4:18 pm

I like solange better. She knows she’s black, unlike SOME people

Brown girls rock December 15, 2013 at 9:19 pm

Who doesn’t know their black…if your speaking of beyonce…she has a different style from solange and if she wore her hair like that she wouldn’t be beyonce she has to put on the glamorous look

What? February 17, 2012 at 8:29 pm

Umm, Solange looks very African to me. Beyonce looks mixed unlike SOlange.

DVEO February 20, 2013 at 1:01 pm

This is what beyonce looks like without the relaxers and blonde wigs honey.

Multiethnicchick December 31, 2013 at 10:40 am

Her features don’t look like that of a black African. Her hair is looser in texture as well but still highly influenced by her black African ancestry

midori29 June 15, 2017 at 8:10 am

@Multiethnic chick you do know there are subsaharan Africans who are black with curly, wavy ans straight hair right? ??? Black Africans have all sorts of hair textures.

thkjrtbg July 3, 2011 at 9:08 am

what the actual fuck how the hell are you gonna have two sisters on this damn site and give them two dif races dumbasses

lol October 22, 2011 at 11:55 pm

they don’t aha, they list african american and creole under both beyonce and solange

Lisette February 20, 2013 at 1:22 pm

Cause anybody can put celebs ethnicity up. The one that says Beyonce is Irish is fake. Beyonce never said she was Irish, she’s African American,Creole like she said. Ppl just love to fabricate.

moi August 4, 2010 at 8:05 am

fuuny beyonce looks more mixed

how bey does look like her mom

and sole looks like her dad

Nixon November 3, 2013 at 3:53 am

Beyonce kinda did look like her dad before she got her nose job(not that it’s nothing wrong with getting a nose job if that’s what she felt she needed to do)But with out her hair straightned and blonde hair she would probably look more black i never saw bey with her natural hair just natural and it’s original color and when i did it was even straightned and relaxed then so.But back in the day pictures of beyonce and kinda did favor her her sister solange with her tanner complexion.

Multiethnicchick May 12, 2014 at 1:47 pm

except for the fact that Beyonce obviously didn’t get a nose job

TajMahmud May 14, 2014 at 12:05 pm

You’re clueless as hell and need to do some research. Noses don’t just up and shrink and change shapes naturally without plastic surgery. Big damn dummy.

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