T.I.

by ethnic on February 28, 2009

Birth Name: Clifford Joseph Harris, Jr.

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

Date of Birth: September 25, 1980

Ethnicity: African-American

T.I., also known as Tip and TIP, is an American hip hop recording artist and actor. He was raised by his grandparents. He was given the nickname Tip by his grandfather but later shortened it to T.I. This became his stage name.

T.I. has two children with Lashon Dixon; a daughter with R&B singer Ms. Niko; and three children with his wife, singer and songwriter Tameka Cottle.

On his mother’s side, T.I. is the grandson of Robert Morgan and Willie Bell Smith (the daughter of Owen Smith and Katie Mae).

Sources: T.I.’s maternal grandmother, Willie Bell Smith, on the 1940 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Obituary of T.I.’s maternal grandmother, Willie Bell (Smith) Morgan – http://www.legacy.com

Ayessemedia/bigstock.com

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bablah May 10, 2017 at 7:43 am

His maternal grandparents were Robert Morgan and Willie Bell Smith.
Willie was the daughter of Owen Smith and Katie Mae.

Grandmother’s obituary:
http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/atlanta/obituary.aspx?pid=126537789

Her on a census:
https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:K75X-JF1

caligurl2 September 13, 2016 at 1:17 pm

Black people need to stop claiming native ancestry lol. Like Natives just couldn’t resist blacks or something. I highly doubt most would have even slept with a black. Slaves were not attractive to anyone but rapist. Most never even came in contact with Natives. Slaves were usually on plantations where no native tribes were and by the time the slaves were freed half the Native population was gone. Yet 80% of black people claim they have some Native ancestry LOL. And stop saying white people claim native to seem more interesting because Blacks do too. Infact it seems like Black people especially in America try their hardest NOT to be considered black “Oh im caramel color that’s because my great great grandfather was part hawaiian i is mixed”. African Americans have just about as much racial inferiority complexes as South American mestizos do.

fuzzybear44 September 14, 2016 at 12:59 am

@caligurl2

Quote:(Black people need to stop claiming native ancestry lol)

But what if you do actually have Native ancestry?

Quote(. I highly doubt most would have even slept with a black. Slaves were not attractive to anyone but rapist. Most never even came in contact with Natives. Slaves were usually on plantations where no native tribes were and by the time the slaves were freed half the Native population was gone. )

Your knowledge of this is really bad. This entire segment of your comment was incorrect. There’s plenty of proof that what you said was really wrong

Quote(Black people especially in America try their hardest NOT to be considered black “Oh im caramel color that’s because my great great grandfather was part hawaiian i is mixed”. )

While I do admit There are those that do this(at-least that I’ve seen on t.v.), you’re overgeneralizing. First , pretty much all the AA that I know (which are many) yell very proudly that they’re black people(no matter what their skin tone ). Although, I do have some cousins that are more comfortable seeing themselves as white. Secondly, most black people couldn’t tell you what their great grand anything was, because they don’t know( pass Great grandma is usually a family mystery)

Quote( African Americans have just about as much racial inferiority complexes as South American mestizos do.)

Again, you’re overgeneralizing. You can’t speak to the mindset of most AA’s, because you don’t know most AA’s at all

person July 25, 2014 at 6:06 pm

This guy has a dose of Euro blood.

creolequeen June 12, 2014 at 7:42 pm

You whites need to stfu! Black people don’t claim rape blood! Y’all are just so stupid and would never say this in real life!

aaa July 27, 2013 at 11:52 am

He looks have some european and native american

westovermarching October 9, 2014 at 11:58 pm

only 7% of African Americans have N.A. blood some it’s not likely plus he would probable be darker if so. But yes all A-A have white blood but by definition they’re A-A

MCantu March 19, 2013 at 12:50 pm

His name is Clifford wow never knew that lol

Real_Deal February 18, 2012 at 4:01 pm

We can all agree on somthing, he along the line somewhere is mixed with a lighter skin heritage besides african american. Thank u @ Real Deal Chavez

K-Jizzle January 17, 2012 at 2:38 pm

:) Ashanti is so fine.

K-Jizzle January 17, 2012 at 2:33 pm

Although T.I. looks Jewish. He might just be native-African-american. On the travel channel, I saw a couple of black jews who looked very similar to T.I, and you know how the native-Jews look. Do some comparisons and see what you get. -You know the white Jews, but it is quiet clear that T.I. isn’t white.

boss February 18, 2012 at 3:09 am

HAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAH JEWISH

YOU ARE THE DUMBEST GIRL ON THE SITE


T.I. LOOKS JUST BLACK

LIKE HIS NAPPY HAIR

HE DOESNT HAVE ANY NATIVE

OR WHAT EVER

HE WOULD SAY IT

HES AFRICAN AMERICAN

cassidy January 15, 2012 at 10:16 pm

No ; T.I. is blackk & has Native American blood in him also. You can tell by his almond eyes , his cheek bones, & his skin color is lighter than someone who isn’t mixed . You can look it up on any other websites .

GeorgeJeanPierre October 29, 2012 at 8:56 pm

hate to break it to you but most african americans are NOT native american like they like to believe, they are white. they have white blood in them because of the slave trade. Only about 1/100 African Americans have native american heritage. T.I clearly has white somewhere down the line.

fuzzybear44 October 30, 2012 at 1:11 am

To GeorgeJeanPierre

1 in 100?Even Gates said 1 in 20.Blood gets diluted over time,if there is no new infusion.People who may have had it in their family 7 generation ago,will test negative now.Like I said with tina turner who is 1% native,and gates says look you got zip.Check her grandkids,they most likely will be negative.However the heritage is in the bloodline,just not measurable anymore.This is Just my opinion btw.

NativeEyes May 27, 2013 at 9:46 pm

hahaha! he does not have native American in him just because he is light skinned, has high cheek bones and almond shaped eyes. Next thing your gonna say is that TI great great great grandmother was a Cherokee Princess. lol I swear everyone wants to be Native American. Some people are so stupid. Stop being ashamed of your race/ heritage and stop claiming another your not.

fuzzybear44 May 28, 2013 at 1:16 am

@NativeEyes

Where do you get this (ashamed of your race/ heritage)?You don’t know what he does,or doesn’t have.Most people go by what they are told,it has nothing to do with being ashamed.Just about every american celeb on here say they have native heritage,are they all ashamed?

Angel Syrene January 14, 2012 at 1:25 am

he is good look

Tiifany January 2, 2012 at 9:26 pm

YAWN SHUT UP OR STFU. THE MAN T.I IS BLACK THAT IT. He even said it himself damn

USA October 16, 2011 at 8:07 pm

A lot of White people swear up and down they have Native American blood and it’s usually bull monkey- it’s so funny because usually they have typical Caucasian features and coloring when Natives generally (let’s be real) had blue-black hair and black-brown eyes and brown skin-all of which tend to be dominant genes. Often times they say it to seem more interesting or something I don’t know but (in the South especially) it would seem to me that there are more African Americans that have some Native American heritage. Idk how reliable your source was Native Pride smh.

Alice February 18, 2012 at 10:46 pm

Popular culture has come to believe that many African Americans have Native American ancestry and some historians argue that most African Americans have Native American ancestry.[20] But, in the PBS series led by historian Henry Louis Gates, Jr., called African American Lives, a few geneticists argued that African-Native American admixture is relatively rare.[21][21][22] In his associated book, Gates summarized the information:
Only 5 percent of African Americans have at least one-eighth Native American ancestry (equivalent to one great-grandparent). On the other hand, nearly 78 percent of African Americans have at least one-eighth European ancestry (the equivalent to a great-grandparent), and nearly 20 percent have at least one-quarter European ancestry (the equivalent to a grandparent.)[23][22]
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blood_quantum_laws

Alice February 19, 2012 at 12:16 am

It is a very interesting topic. It is very hard to find the percentage of Native American in white populations. There doesn’t seem to be many studies done. The European man that came to the US initially were mostly without women so they would have took Native American wives. I’ll keep looking for a study but surprisingly there doesn’t seem to be many done. I’m sure the percentages of Native blood in both white and black groups is over estimated. The Native American population wasn’t that large to begin with and there was massive amounts of death unfortunately. It does seem that everyone wants to have that Cherokee Princess in their lineage.

Bambi May 28, 2010 at 7:47 am

But which African American person doesn’t have Native American blood?

heather August 16, 2011 at 7:16 am

Uhhh… Me cause my parents r from Haiti and Bahamas . Then my grandparents are from Haiti and Dominican republic. Then my great grand parents r from Italy Germany and Brazil .

AMBER BERG August 16, 2011 at 5:30 pm

But they may have some type of west indian- from either Haiti, Dominican Republic, and/ or Brazil

Lindsay August 19, 2011 at 7:40 am

You probably do have Native blood since haitians were descended from the Tainos

Native Pride October 14, 2011 at 4:07 pm

prbaly not way to far down the line sorry only 5% of black ppl in american have native american ancestry.And 20% of white ppl in american have native ancestry.You would consider me white but both my grandmas are half native american. thats what you consider native american blood !!

felicia September 15, 2011 at 3:27 pm

Your dumb white people have more native american ansectors than black people probaly because theyve both been in America longer than african americas read about stuff before posting cause your just spreading eneducated as shit.

mdd September 18, 2011 at 12:30 pm

umm the first recorded slaves were brought by spaniards to spanish florida in the 1590’s and the first african slaves to the northern parts of america by the dutch in 1611… black people have been in the americas quite long enough sweetheart and in many situations interacted more with native people because of similar experiences of oppression and similarities in traditional ideas of spirituality and religion AND because white people weren’t exatly beloved by native americans so when it came to transactions and dealings the best populations to use as sort of ambassadors were blacks mixed with both white and native american because they understood all those languages and because they weren’t seen as enemies. black people easily escaped and formed maroon societies with native tribes and were taken in and not seen as threats. black people could travel into indian territory without fear of death compared to white people etc… . just because someone is white doesn’t mean they came over in the may flower theres quite a lot of recent european immigrants that just came over in the early 1900s and mid 1800s hell some people cant trace their family back before ellis island.

Native Pride October 14, 2011 at 4:03 pm

like im really going 2 read that?? I know what im talking about!

Native Pride October 14, 2011 at 4:02 pm

5% of black ppl in america have native american ancestry !`1 white ppl have 20% do research dumb ass

Tiff May 28, 2010 at 2:11 am

IMDB says at T.I.’s mini biography he is part Native American.

http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1939267/bio

aaliyah March 20, 2010 at 1:15 am

i luv t.i so much!!

Fuzzybear March 6, 2010 at 8:48 pm

To drexxx

Yeah,but it the third time I did that;next time I’ll ask first

drexxx March 6, 2010 at 2:07 pm

oh sorry drexxx is my nickname , not my surname (because the french for nickname is “surnom” and i confused lol)

drexxx March 6, 2010 at 4:02 am

no it’s not a big deal, i never mentionedif i was a boy or a girl, so you couldn’t know .

Fuzzybear March 6, 2010 at 1:14 am

To drexxx

I am so soooorrrrrrry,just say i,m an idiot

drexxx March 6, 2010 at 12:39 am

lol my surname just come from my real name: My name is audrey !!!! Take the end, drey, and change the y for three x, you got drexxx loooool !!!!!

ethnic March 6, 2010 at 12:17 am

drexxx I thought you were a guy too. Its the nickname drexxx that sounds male for some reason.

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drexxx March 5, 2010 at 10:42 pm

To Fuzzybear: I’m fine, and you???
LOL you call me pimp, but i’m a girl, i didn’t mention it sorry!!!! I have to watch your video about creole people, i didn’t watch it yet !!!

Fuzzybear March 5, 2010 at 8:40 pm

To drexxx

what up pimp?

Fuzzybear March 5, 2010 at 8:37 pm

To Lauren

there you go with the one drop rule in reverse, LOL

drexxx March 5, 2010 at 8:10 pm

Can i ask you something lauren ? You say that the three persons you quoted are mixed, how do you know that ?
Do you make this statement because of their complextion or because they say it themselves ? I´m very curious because now i don´t really know what are their ethnic backgrounds, and you seem to be so sure about it !! Maybe you can justify your statement, because i want to understand.
Hope you´ll answer.

Lauren March 5, 2010 at 1:51 am

Yea but all three of them have non black blood runing threw they’re veins whether you want to except it or not.

ayee March 5, 2010 at 1:31 am

Why do black celebrities always have to be mixed?!?! Or should i say why do people always want black celebrities to BE mixed!!!
T.I. is black, Ciara is black, Tyra Banks is black….its getting annoyin and old now.

drexxx March 4, 2010 at 12:33 am

looool TI definites himself as black, so WHY people wants him to be absoluetly mixed ??
It’s ridiculous to seeing that, when a black person become a star, everybody want this person to be mixed. Get some fresh air, free your minds and accept the facts !! TI is a handsome black guy, and until he say that he’s mixed, he will be black to my mind.

tammy December 4, 2009 at 1:41 am

haa bitchess backk da fuckk off myy mann heee iz watever he wants to bee
nla

sandy November 10, 2009 at 12:32 am

Apprently hes got lebanese in him but i highly doubt hes half LEBANESE!!

Anonymous November 6, 2009 at 2:08 pm

I hope he’s not claiming to be cherokee! EVERYONE seems to have a cherokee blood. Their language is extinct and long gone…no (cib) ur not a native.

XGIRLX November 6, 2009 at 3:53 am

FYI IF U ARE MIXED RACE U R NOT BLACK! IF U R HALF BLACK/HALF WHITE THEN U R NOMORE BLACK THN U R WHITE- U R MIXED N SHUD B PROUD OF BOTH

lol October 12, 2009 at 8:22 pm

T.I.’S tthe same color as my lil bro, and he’s black…Color a
has nothing to do with it!! lmao ignorance at it’s best!!

shaye October 11, 2009 at 5:05 am

U DUMB ISABELLE BITCH. T.I. IS BLACK U DUMBASS, CREOLE IS LIKE A FANCIER WORD FOR BLACK. I MEAN IT’S OBVIOUS THE MAN IS BLACK. LOOK AT THE WAY HE TALKS AND THE WAY HE LOOKS. HE IS A BLACK MAN ADMIT IT. DAMN! THAT GOES FOR ANY OTHER PEOPLE WHO THINK THAT JUST BECAUSE U’RE NOT ‘DARK SINNED’ U’RE NOT BLACK. EVERYONE IS MIXED WITH SOMETHING DUMBASSES. BUT IF U HAVE BLACK IN U THEN U’RE BLACK. AFRICAN AMERICAN COMES IN ALL DIFFERENT SHADES OF COLORS, DUH THAT’S THE REASON THEY’RE CALLED “COLORED”, BECAUSE THE COMPLEXIONS RANGE FROM HIGH YELLOW TO DARK SINNED. BESIDES, TI LOOKS BLACK, IS BLACK AND I’M SURE HE CONSIDERS HIMSELF AS BLACK.

ethnic October 5, 2009 at 12:38 am

if he does have white in him its going way back generations.

unknown October 4, 2009 at 6:10 pm

I really can’t see any native american in him, instead he’s probably a mulatto(white/black).

ethnic September 20, 2009 at 4:17 pm

He’s not half Native American. He might have some in his ancestry though.

Brent September 19, 2009 at 7:08 pm

T.I is half native american?? can i have a source??

He is black and sexy

Isabelle August 22, 2009 at 9:42 am

T.I.’s Creole like his second cousin, Ciara.

ultimateflofan August 18, 2009 at 3:11 pm

Here we go again with another mixed dude considered full blooded black. T.I. is half NATIVE AMERICAN. We don’t need a link to prove it.

boss February 18, 2012 at 3:16 am

WHAT DO YOU MEAN

T.I. IS FROM ATL

BOTH OF HIS PARENTS ARE BLACK


DONT CONFUSE THE AFRICAN AMERICAN RACE

T.I. IS BLACK – JUST LIKE HIS PARENTS

HE CONSIDERED BLACK

BUT

YOU PEOPLE WANT HIM TO BE

MIXED

WTF

-HAHAHA

HES BLACK PERIOD

AALIYAH May 24, 2009 at 12:58 pm

T.I ISS HOTT !
i lOvee him my futuree husband ;)
LOL.. & i herdd he was philipeno likee wtff ?? lOl

Katie Bates May 16, 2009 at 1:30 am

He does have indian blood. That is on real fact. Not sure if he got anything else but he does have that native blood.

Adam May 12, 2009 at 4:14 pm
Yolanda May 8, 2009 at 8:34 pm

Whats wrong with you people – why is it any AAs with light skinned are considered not fully black. Is it because light skinned AAs are rare? We have artist in Jamaica like Shaggy, Sean Paul, Bob Marley (I could go and on) who we in Britain and the caribbean considers black period. I am a black woman of mixed race and am proud of that.

Please Black America finish with that nonesense and stop making a mockery of blacks. Its embarassing.

Liam O'Connel January 2, 2012 at 5:19 am

Are you stupid?..all those men you named are not fully black. Bob Marley has a white father.Claim T.I as black all you want, but the reality of the matter is he is not a full blooded black man, it’s evident by looking at him

Realist May 2, 2009 at 3:45 pm

Yeah he is part Native American it’s kinda easy to see it in him. Some sources also state that as well.

boss February 18, 2012 at 3:20 am

LIAR

I CAN SMELL YOUR LIE

FROM HERE

HES NOT PART NATIVE AMERICAN

HES JUST BLACK


I SHOW YOU

A TRIBE IN AFRICAN

CALLED KHOISAN

THEY HAVE THE SAME SKIN COLOR AS T.i.

AND FACIAL STRUCTURE

AND THEY ARE AFRICAN

AND NOT MIXED

coolcat April 27, 2009 at 6:50 am

does anyone have any proof of this? cause if not, im going with hes black…and two. wtf? does ” hes too white too be black” mean? that sounded really ignorant

ethnic April 19, 2009 at 12:23 pm

If you gave a link to that info that would help a lot.

ImFinally18 April 18, 2009 at 3:38 pm

He is Part Native American

Holly March 20, 2009 at 4:04 am

T.I.’S HALF LEBANESE.

sonic February 21, 2012 at 11:45 pm

no hes not half lebanese not even close

détester March 17, 2009 at 5:33 am

That doesn’t seem right. Flo Rida and T.I. really need to speak up. There are way to white to be plain African American. Wait a minute! Isn’t there so suppose to African American specific names such as Senegalese, Hausa, Igbo, Yoruba ect.

souljaboy2471 March 17, 2009 at 5:24 am

T.I. is severly half white.

boss February 18, 2012 at 3:21 am

NO HES NOT

AND HE DOESNT WANNA BE

JUST BECAUSE

YOU WANT HIM TO BE MIXED

DOESNT MEAN THAT HES MIXED


HES JUST BLACK

DEAL WITH IT

sonic February 21, 2012 at 11:46 pm

nO HES NOT half white –

HES JUST BLACK

jAhkEE March 16, 2009 at 2:41 am

I think he’s hot :]

CreOle/bLaCk sIsta March 10, 2009 at 9:10 am

FYI he is african american..Most blacks are not fully black anymore.Creole is black mix.Im creole and african american but just go by black…watevr. NegRO iS blaCk liKe iT oR nOt.

Isabelle March 5, 2009 at 3:49 am

T.I. is Creole not African American.

boss February 18, 2012 at 3:22 am

NO MAN

-HES AFRICAN AMERICAN

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