by ethnic on December 27, 2007

LOS ANGELES - JAN 23:  will.i.am at the Annual Trans4m Benefit C

Birth Name: William James Adams

Place of Birth: Los Angeles, California, United States

Date of Birth: March 15, 1975

Ethnicity: African-American

will.i.am is an American rapper, singer, songwriter, DJ, record producer, actor, and philanthropist. He is an MC/dancer, and a member of the music group The Black Eyed Peas. Other members of the group are apl.de.ap, Fergie, and Taboo.

will.i.am’s uncle is NFL player Lynn Cain (Lynn Dwight Cain).

Photo by kathclick/Bigstock.com

{ 12 comments… read them below or add one }

hescott123 November 24, 2013 at 8:58 pm

It seems like everyone on this site has some strange obsession with everyone being mixed. It is completely possible that no one in one’s family tree mixed with a different race, myself as an American example (I have researched my entire tree). He seems to look pretty African to me and I’m sure if he went there people would undoubtedly mistake him as an African.

Hope Moretti September 26, 2012 at 1:44 pm

He looks half filipino half african

bzbunni October 22, 2010 at 6:40 pm

there is no such thing as 100% anything anymore when it comes to RACE. You really think after the millions of years humans have been on this planet, someone remained pure? yea right (sarcasm) everybody was dipping lol

drexxx March 15, 2010 at 11:12 pm

Comment by Bri
January 29th, 2009

haha my philosophy; if ya hair got napps,u is black.if ya braids dont unwrap,sista you black!lol im kiddin:]
When i make braids on my mother, they get unwrap all the time !!!! And guess what, my mother is … 100% black !!!!!

ethnic July 16, 2009 at 7:05 pm

Thanks for the comment Barzahd. ethnicity is racial and also cultural. Therefore Jamaican could be a ethnicity as the people share a specific culture.

Barzahd July 16, 2009 at 4:24 pm

Ethnicity : an ethnic quality or affiliation resulting from racial or cultural ties
Nationality : people having common origins or traditions and often comprising a nation
For the people that seem to be confused; Ethnicity is to race as Nationality is to country.

karmelleyez October 22, 2011 at 10:33 am

Actually, people can be of the same ethnicity yet belong to different races…Take Latin countries for instance…Look @ Panama…Most of the people there are of African Descent…Their race is Black, their Ethnicity is Hispanic because of the culture…My grandfather is from Puerto Rico…He is dark skinned, thick, tight hair…He’s black, but his ethnicity is Hispanic but of his culture and he was born in a Latin Country

dar June 19, 2009 at 5:06 pm
Bri January 29, 2009 at 8:11 am

haha my philosophy; if ya hair got napps,u is black.if ya braids dont unwrap,sista you black!lol im kiddin:]

jburg January 3, 2009 at 11:30 am

yeah u muthafuckaz gotz me confused

Monique November 25, 2008 at 9:39 am

Jamaican IS an ethnicity. It is not a race, but it IS an ethnicity as in heritage.

Cat November 18, 2008 at 9:35 am

Since when is Jamaican an ethnicity. There are Afro, Anglo, Asian and multiracial Jamaican people. Jamaica is a country with a culture that its people share regardless of ethnic background.

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