Tori Kelly

by bellavoz on October 16, 2013

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Birth Name: Victoria Loren Kelly

Place of Birth: Wildomar, Riverside, California, United States

Date of Birth: December 14, 1992

*Puerto Rican, African-Jamaican (father)
*Irish, German (mother)

Tori Kelly is an American singer, songwriter, actress, and record producer.

Tori is the daughter of Laura Denise (Richards) and Allwyn Earl Delano Kelly II.

She stated on her Twitter account that she is “Jamaican, Puerto Rican, Irish, & German”. In and interview on Z90 with Tre, she stated “My dad is Jamaican/Puerto Rican and my mum is Irish and German”. She has also said that she loves to learn about different cultures, and has been to Puerto Rico and Ireland, but still has not been to Jamaica and Germany.

Tori’s paternal grandparents are Allwyn E. Kelly and Elsie Diaz.

Tori’s maternal grandparents are James C. Richards and Priscilla Holman.


Divorce record of Tori’s paternal grandparents, Allwyn E. Kelly and Elsie Diaz –

Divorce record of Tori’s maternal grandparents, James C. Richards and Priscilla Holman –

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bablah May 18, 2017 at 3:24 pm

Her father’s birth record:
His full name is Allwyn Earl Delano Kelly II.

I think this is her grandparents divorce record:

Her mother’s birth record:
Her full name is Laura Denise Richards.

Possibly her grandparents’ divorce record:

bablah October 15, 2017 at 11:34 am

I verified that those are her grandparents.

ArnyDiaz March 17, 2017 at 9:32 am

Puerto rican and Jamaican aren’t a ethnic…when will you learn?

madman March 18, 2017 at 3:09 am

Both Puerto Rican and Jamaican are ethnicities.

ArnyDiaz November 20, 2017 at 10:12 am

bahahaha, nope! learn history!

madman November 20, 2017 at 11:21 am

I don’t need to, this has nothing to do with history. They match the definition of an ethnicity. The fact that their ancestry is (most often) a mix of other ethnicities doesn’t change this fact.

fuzzybear44 November 20, 2017 at 1:37 pm



midori29 October 22, 2016 at 10:37 am

I do notice that being admixed with Irish tends to lighten up people alot. Alot of Irish are super pale and lack melanin ie. Lots of redheads not counting the “black Irish” . Compared to other white Europeans the Irish tend to be very white. So mixtures with Irish come out very white looking. Mariah Careys mom is Irish too. But then many black Jamaicans have Irish admixture too. There is an Irish town in Jamaica and they had Irish slavery in the Carribean. I would give this girl about 25 to 30%black subsaharan admixture.

savanna February 15, 2016 at 9:07 pm

Her parents are Allwyn Kelly and Laura Carlson.

cwm85 August 23, 2015 at 8:12 pm

I just posted a picture of her dad. He looks mostly European with native and maybe little African admiture but its not easy to tell. He looks a lot like a lot of Puerto ricans.

torikellyfactkeeper October 15, 2015 at 4:49 pm

Her dad is not Irish her dad is only Jamaican and Puerto Rican her mom is only Irish and German

torikellyfactkeeper October 15, 2015 at 4:51 pm

Actually her mom is only Irish

midori29 October 22, 2016 at 9:05 am

@cmw85 Most Puerto Ricans have dna tested in the 20% to 50% black subsaharan West African range then her Dad is black Jamaican too. Thats a significant amount of African . Also you cannot go by skin tone. Skin tone has proven to be the least determinant of African admixture. There are dark skin blacks more mixed than light skin blacks ie. Chris Rock dark skinned Comediene tested more white admixed than supermodel light skin green eyed Tyra Banks. Puerto Rican is not a race. Truthfully this girl could be as high as 30 to 40 % subsaharan black African IMHO. Or like you said she could also be 20 %to 25% subsaharan black African.

cwm85 August 23, 2015 at 8:10 pm
cwm85 August 23, 2015 at 7:38 pm

She’s pretty much white. Her dad looks more spanish and native descent with low African admixture. He maybe 20 percent at most but looking at him. His complexion is a little darker than mine. His is a very light brown or tan complexion with curly hair but not kinky or wooly. Curly straight hair.

abbracci August 23, 2015 at 7:33 pm

She don’t look really black because Taino Puerto Rican genes are pretty strong and her mother is pure white. Mixed women are so beautiful. There is mixed Jamaicans in Jamaica.

midori29 February 17, 2016 at 6:46 am

@abracci, it has been proven that MOST puerto ricans are just African and White, light skinned mulattos because the Taino Indians died out very early before slavery. You can look it up. Many Puerto Ricans exxagerate the Taino Indian to get rid of the African label.

bablah February 17, 2016 at 7:18 am

all the 23andme results for puerto ricans I’ve seen have native ancestry in 5-20% range. some even had more native than african.

midori29 October 22, 2016 at 10:28 am

@bablah I have traveled to Puerto Rico and there are actual black Puerto Ricans too living there. Ive seen some really black dark skinned Puerto Ricans with kinky hair.

Pegzi October 27, 2017 at 6:02 am
midori29 October 22, 2016 at 10:30 am

@abbraci I really dont know what looking black means to you. Black people have tons of different looks and skin tones, hair textures, etc.

California July 25, 2015 at 5:09 pm

She’s a cute girl and I love her voice.

cwm85 July 18, 2015 at 8:14 pm

I estimate she is less than 20 percent African. Her dad looks more Puerto rican/spanish more than anything. He has that earth brown complexion, curly hair… the father has two groups other than african in him and the mother is all European so it makes sense she looks, well basically Caucasian.

ashleymw1981 July 25, 2015 at 2:11 pm

I am sorry but Puerto RICAN is not a race. When you are Puerto Rican you can be mixed , European, African . and Asian descent. I am sorry that people but blacks in this box of just having nappy hair , and darker than night ( which is nothing wrong with that at all ) However without being mixed blacks have loose curls , wavy hair, tight curls , light honey skin , yellow skin complexion, cinnamon , coco ,chocolate , milk, earth brown complexion as well. Your comment is ignorant.

midori29 February 17, 2016 at 6:50 am

@ashleymw1981, AGREED you are totally correct most of the world does not know how diverse looking black people are. Thank goodness someone else said it. Most Puerto Ricans are just lighter skinned African/European mixtures. Even if they have straight hair and light skin MOST are part black. Puerto Rican is not a race. I have traveled to Puerto rico. Puerto Ricans range in skin tone from milk white to coal black.

beyonceisflawless May 26, 2015 at 3:52 pm

yall just dont want her to be mixed with black thats what it is….. shameful is she black she is black does not matter

beyonceisflawless May 26, 2015 at 3:54 pm

i mean if she is black she is black… doesn’t matter.

someone from the internet August 17, 2014 at 1:40 am

I thought she was just white.

Sydney August 16, 2014 at 9:51 am

Also, for those of you saying that she doesn’t look black. It doesn’t matter! Just because she doesn’t look black doesn’t take away from the fact that she is part black….doesn’t matter what percentage….and when the heck did it become a bad thing to be black or half black or part black? She is part black….whether she is 2% black or half black….it is apart of who she is so deal with it. No one is making a big deal that she is part Hispanic/Latino…but you are making a huge deal about the fact that she part black….please stop…your ignorance is showing.

marjanel November 29, 2015 at 9:43 pm

Because hispanic and latino are not raíces.Latino can look everything.It would be like people making a big de al because someone has ancestors from Anglophone countries.

Tiasparkle March 23, 2014 at 1:33 pm

And she is pretty with awesome curly hair :)

Tiasparkle March 23, 2014 at 1:32 pm

I adore Tori’s singing voice..she is an amazing singer! I knew that soul had to come from somewhere. So she is about 1/3 or 30-40% black with a splash of Latina! :)

Cossette May 28, 2014 at 8:24 am

Lol.. Look up where Black Americans got soul music from. The Irish brought gospel and from gospel the early black Americans created soul. The info will be hard to find but it’s true.

Sydney August 16, 2014 at 9:44 am

First, black Americans did not get gospel from the Irish. Always trying to take credit got every thing GOOD in the black community. Do YOUR research! Gospel music’s roots stem from the African Oral Tradition, which was a method used to pass tradition, history, folklore, religious beliefs, etc down from generation to generation. During the time of slavery in America. Lines of hymns were formed…. Work songs or as they are also known, “Negro Spirituals”. There was a great deal of repetition used as it was apart if African music, and helped them to achieve a trance like state for communal bonding. When blacks worshipped in churches after the emancipation, they used their hands and foot stomping to accompany their music in church. So THAT is where gospel music came from….do your research.

Soul music came about in the early to mid 1900’s (FROM BLACKS) and was a mixture of gospel and rhythm and blues.

Prior to slavery, music was still apart of African tradition, so don’t come on a website spewing ignorance and try to say they are facts. Music has always been apart of African traditions.

And if you must know, I am half black half white.

ihatemostpeople May 28, 2014 at 10:36 am

She’s probably less than 30-40. Her father is mixed. She said he’s black, white, and Puerto Rican. I don’t know the percentages though, I just remember her saying that on Twitter and Tumblr.

ihatemostpeople May 28, 2014 at 10:37 am

She looks white and Latina to me. I was surprised to find out she’s part black. She doesn’t look it.

Sydney August 16, 2014 at 9:53 am

Who cares if she is part black? Is that a bad thing? She is what she is. Deal with it.

midori29 February 17, 2016 at 6:53 am

@ihatemost people, most Puerto Ricans are just light skinned mulattos (black/whites) Puerto Rican is not an actual race.

AnonymousPerson January 8, 2014 at 3:26 pm

She’s only 21, but she looks like she’s in her mid 30s already. Holy shit. She looked old as fuck when she was on American Idol.

Naraya January 8, 2014 at 6:45 am

Translation: White majority with spoonfuls of black and native american.

J.J. October 16, 2013 at 7:27 pm

correction; her eyes are hazel and her hair is dark brown (brunette) (dyed blonde)

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