Will Smith

by ethnic on April 21, 2009

Birth Name: Willard Carroll Smith, Jr.

Place of Birth: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.

Date of Birth: September 25, 1968

Ethnicity: African-American

Will Smith, known as The Fresh Prince, is an American actor, rapper, songwriter, and producer.

Will is the son of Caroline (Bright) and Willard Carroll Smith. His parents are both African-American. Will is married to actress and musician Jada Pinkett Smith. He has a son, actor and disc jockey Trey Smith, with his former wife, Sheree Zampino; and two children, actors and singers Jaden Smith and Willow Smith, with Jada.

Will first gained fame as a hip hop MC, and collaborated with DJ Jazzy Jeff, as DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince. He then starred in the television series The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.

Will’s paternal grandfather was George Wilmer/Willard Emmett Smith (the son of William Smith and Orlinda Dickens). George was born in North Carolina.

Will’s paternal grandmother was Ellen King (the daughter of Claude King and Alice L.).

Will’s maternal grandmother is named Helen.

Source: Obituary of Will’s father – http://www.legacy.com

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neiltennant January 4, 2018 at 3:00 pm

question: When this guy will ever become old ?

Hill June 30, 2017 at 8:45 am

Does the caucasian ancestry go so far back it’s untracable?

andrew February 2, 2017 at 11:11 pm
ibarro February 3, 2016 at 9:08 pm

Will Smith looks Griffe (60-80% SSA & 20-40% European) he can pass in some Latin American nations like Dominican Republic, since he belongs to the Mulatto Spectrum.

fuzzybear44 February 4, 2016 at 2:11 pm

Going by Surreal below, you could say the avg black American could fit in the DR. You guys crack me up with this stuff like he could fit in. It wouldn’t be very hard to fit in the DR, you have Black to White to Asians there. I’ve seen Dominicans that are just as dark as any African

Surreal August 3, 2015 at 10:21 pm

* According to Ancestry.com, the average African American is 65 percent sub-Saharan African, 29 percent European and 2 percent Native American.

* According to 23andme.com, the average African American is 75 percent sub-Saharan African, 22 percent European and only 0.6 percent Native American.

* According to Family Tree DNA.com, the average African American is 72.95 percent sub-Saharan African, 22.83 percent European and 1.7 percent Native American.

* According to National Geographic’s Genographic Project, the average African American is 80 percent sub-Saharan African, 19 percent European and 1 percent Native American.

* According to AfricanDNA, the average African American is 79 percent sub-Saharan African, 19 percent European and 2 percent Native American.

slowdive January 31, 2016 at 2:35 pm

It’s funny how the DNA results vary a lot. African-Americans in the South (generally speaking) tend to be more black, at least from the results I’ve seen.

Will Smith looks like 70-75% SSA.

GMurdiz June 26, 2015 at 7:03 pm

Correction; Alfonso Ribeiro is Trinidadian. Check on his page.

black_bahian February 5, 2015 at 10:37 am

Im black and have the same skin tone

Gave June 14, 2014 at 10:58 am

He has the most English surname ever

M-oneill-14 January 30, 2015 at 6:55 pm

Surnames were given to the african slaves, take the basketball player Shaquele O’Neale, do you really think he is of Irish descent? no

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Multiethnicchick April 29, 2013 at 2:59 pm

his hair texture suggests some mixture. On fresh prince his mom was mixed and his dad was black. If his mom on the show was any indication of his mom in real life, then he’s probably a quad

JoFacto December 18, 2013 at 11:17 pm
midori29 January 30, 2015 at 9:08 am

@multiethnicchick, you do know most of black Hollywood wear texturizers, weaves, and relaxers. You cannot tell what anyones real hair looks like. He mother is dark skinned black.

midori29 January 30, 2015 at 9:11 am

He looks pretty much fully black. I do not see admixture anywhere.

noneofyourbusiness January 31, 2015 at 1:07 am

He’s African American, I doubt he’s fully black. Most AA’s have white admixture.

Multiethnicchick April 13, 2015 at 11:33 am

you’ve probably never seen a fully black person then.

ectag February 3, 2016 at 2:42 pm

Nah. He’s clearly mostly black but has some visible Euro ancestry. Compare him to 50 Cent or So Sharpton for example.

I think he’s most likely more than 75 percent black but has high single digit or low double digit white ancestry.

Me myself and I March 18, 2013 at 12:09 pm

Now seriously, saying that Will here is mixed because of his light skin is like saying that a tanned White person is mixed. All human beings are different, so Blacks can be light to dark, just like Whites and Asians. End of story! And I’m talking generally not just about AA who have some Euro. blood, but that doesn’t mean anything!

ectag February 3, 2016 at 2:45 pm

But it’s not just his skin tone. His facial features look likely European influenced.

Consider Wesley Snipes, 50 Cent or Notorious BIG for comparison. Those guys look fully black.

Will Smith? Definitely some white in him.

fuzzybear44 February 4, 2016 at 3:36 pm

(Consider Wesley Snipes, 50 Cent or Notorious BIG for comparison. Those guys look fully black.)

Well you can’t go by that. As I said before, Blair Underwood is more mixed than Tyra banks, and his clearly darker. Don cheadle is 19% European, which is more than Tyra, yet clearly darker. IMO even 50 Cent has a mixed phenotype

IDK, but will would be one ugly white man:

prisbey March 16, 2013 at 3:48 am

i’m pure african born there and raised there i’m light skin and you guys will you say that i’m mixed? no i’m not it means that if you’re black you don’t really have to have dark skin but there are blacks in africa with light skin as me but not mixed.. so will smith is back not mixed

boss February 17, 2012 at 7:35 am

no he just black


i dont like white people

they always say blacks are mixed

all white americans are mixed with indian native american

Jak February 10, 2012 at 6:38 pm

No way is he full blooded. He’s got some Caucasian blood in him. It’s easy to see what “africans” that ain’t trully africans.

I can see if a “black” person is a mulato with no problem. I like Will Smith but he’s not pure race.

Me myself and I March 18, 2013 at 11:57 am

most African Americans have European blood, so no he’s Black, not Mulatto or whatever you’re implying

Island Girl August 1, 2011 at 7:34 am

It is obvious that Will Smith is mixed with something, he probable doesn’t even know it goes so far back. This reminds me of the British/Jamaican sport star Colin Jackson, he believed that he was 95 per cent black with a little drop of European,once the dna test was done it showed that he also had Carib/Taino Indian as well. I am black British of Jamaican ancestry, I always thought of myself as one hundred per cent African proud of fact that there was no mixing of the genes for me. I had to change my view when I went on holiday and found out that my grand mother on my mother’s side was part Taino Indian, then it clicked why mother had straight her and me and brother had inherited this, but I really had to accept this when both black and white people would ask about my hair texture. Blacks who have any ancestry of slavery do tend look just a little bit different from full blood west Africans. I am about Naomi Campbell’s colour so I am not light skinned, I have never ever been mistaken for an African by other blacks or the whites or even Indians. I bet this is the same for many black Americans and Caribbeans, you have to wonder why this is. I have been on holiday in places like Italy,Spain,Greece and France and when asked where I from I always give the answer Africa, they are not fooled for one minute, they shake their heads in amusement and tell me I must be American, what I want to know is how in the hell do they know.

what? October 22, 2011 at 11:28 pm

Why is it obvious that he is mixed with something? Because he’s light skinned? Not all african-americans have the same skin color if you haven’t noticed this already. And just because some are light doesn’t mean they all are ‘mixed.’

Commonsense1980 November 22, 2011 at 9:11 pm

Well to be real most Blacks outside of Africa were from West Africa (slavery). West Africans tend no to be Light-Skinned People.
They tend to be medium brown to Dark-Skinned.

So if a person is light-skinned, unless a person is recently from another part of Africa like South Africa of Ethiopia, 99% of the time they have mixed ancestry.

Nina Micgaoyin power January 2, 2012 at 1:33 pm

Look here honey if you go to Africa with PURE Africans the features are some what different. He is mixed with something.

midori29 March 19, 2013 at 7:51 am

I think you are seeing things that do not exist. You cannot mention pure Africa, thats ignorant really as most people in the entire world have been colonized and mixed at some point in the past. So that is a stupid point. And comparing Africans who are in 100 degree heat everyday does nto makes sense

Why are people bringing back ancestry that was hundreds of years ago, it makes no sense. Both of his parents are black and he is black period.
Wow European colonization has really done a big job on divide and conquer with blacks. YES there are light skinned Africans , who are nOT mixed.

midori29 March 19, 2013 at 7:48 am

I dont agree that its obvious he is mixed with something, I am from the Carribean too. he looks just black to me. I dont see anything else. He is not even that light

ectag February 3, 2016 at 2:51 pm

Because most blacks from the Americas have a noticeable if small component of non-black ancestry.

Regardless of complexion they just tend to have a slight but noticeable European and/or Native-American influence in their facial features (usually white).

Sela September 7, 2010 at 1:23 pm

I always thought he was part Cherokee and White, Cherokee cause his cheekbones are high and round, and his eyes have that great slant to them, and part White cause his skin is light-ish.

Ray December 11, 2011 at 2:50 am

You are the biggest idiot if you think every light skinned black person in this world is mixed. I pity you.

midori29 March 19, 2013 at 7:53 am

I agree Ray. Why is it that when a normal looking black person gets super famous people find all sorts of mixtures that are not even there?????? crazy. Will Smith is not even light skinned , he is brown.

total23 June 4, 2010 at 7:10 am

Lov Diz Guy! No Homo!

ethnic December 18, 2009 at 1:01 pm

Mace thanks for the comments. Its makes sense what you wrote. As mixing sometimes goes back hundreds of years its hard to identify ancestry without DNA tests.

mace December 18, 2009 at 4:48 am

another thing african american does not mean having some native blood.this is away for those to deny there african roots again. the term african american was to connect blacks back to africa in america.the american part is no brainer since aafrican american were born here.

here is some good info-
Best Answer – Chosen by Asker
Very interesting question! According to a man who has performed DNA testing on black Americans, only approximately 10 percent have Native American ancestors:
He said many blacks wrongly believe they are descendents of Native Americans.
“If you ask 10 African-Americans if they have Native American ancestry, eight of them will say yes, but when we actually test them, it’s less than 10 percent,” Kittle said.
The historians and archaeologist and anthropologist have shown that the bulk of the enslaved Africans came from northern Nigeria to southern Angola’s parts of western central area, and so we have a database that encompasses that area and so when we test these African-Americans, they pretty much match to there about 95 percent of the time,” Kittle said.

Other Answers (7)
Due to stigma and discrimination, MANY persons have been known to claim Native Amer. ancestry, instead of admitting to African American.
I would estimate that probably 1/2 of those that think they have Native Amer. , really do not (not limited to those with African Amer. ancestry), and many become very upset, when they do the actual research.
If you want to know if it is true or not, you can always do the actual research of your ancestors, and find out what the records show. There is no need at all to guess what “might” be true or not.

fuzzybear June 4, 2010 at 8:08 am

Where are all these test done,because I never hear anything about them.Also I don’t they ever tested anyone in my family,but yet I already know mine

Indiablack August 15, 2012 at 7:27 am

@mace you are so naive and clueless
Yes, your right most blacks dont have
Native american blood thats a fact,
First of all mr.gates didnt test every
Black person around the world,so
I know for a fact that if the man test
More black people around the world
The results of black having native
American indian blood would in fact
Be alittle higher than 10 percent,
Theres noway only 10 of blacks got
Native american blood, mr gates only
Tested like a couple of thousands,
He didnt test every black people
So get you facts straight, I think
Theres more black with native american
Blood out theres im sorry honey,
Theres more then 10 percent, I put
Money on it, if mr gates tested more
Black people around the world you would
Find more blacks with native american
Blood,thats a fact, again im not saying
All blacks and most blacks do have
Native american blood, im just
Saying its alittle more then 10 percent
And the test might not show all
Native american indians d.n.a.,there
Was 500 indian tribes, and some
Of the tribes went existed or blended
In with other races, so whatever and
As far as those blacks you said were
Mad they didt have indian blood,
I can understand their whole life
Being told you had native indian blood
By all your family,especially older family
Members,no one wants to think the
Older family members lie, but when
They get tested they find out they
Not have a drop of native american blood
So I can understand that,these myths
About indian blood has been pasted
Down from generation,after generation
After generation,after generation,after
Generation,after generation,after
Generation,till today so thats why
They are mad, thier family could
Have lie,or they were lied to,or they
Were hiding there black blood,so all
Those are true, im black and white
Yes,in my own family,they say we have
Native american blood, lol I laugh and
Just laugh about it and change the
Story when my older family members
Tell me that, show old ass pictures,
Telling stories,yes in the photos
They look native american, face,nose
Skin,long straight or wavy hair waist,ass,
Thigh,and knee length hair, some got
Curly hair, but that could have came
From my white family, I dont believe
,i say to myself dammit another
Indian lie in my own family,im
The type of person who doesnt believe
Everything I hear, you have to show
Me proof documents,d.n.a,something
Oh hell no my family wont have me
Believeing a dam lie, I dont care about
Them looking like full blood native
American indians with white,pale,or
Red or tan or yellow skin tones,they
Have, I dont care,i want proof
Until then im black and white, so there
I said it,i hate liars with a passion,
For one of my aunts crying and
Cussing me out, saying ima fool
With I dont think we indian, I told
iYHer auntie you got to show me
Proof, im sorry you can cry your eyes
Out but I need proof,and I like when
She goes they was poor indians,
They didnt have records,they lefted
The reseration so have a better life,
And afew other things but thats private
And they change their names,look at your
Uncles and great uncles pointy hooked
Noses some long ,with asian like eyes
And thin lips,

fuzzybear44 August 15, 2012 at 4:19 pm

couple of thousands?No I don’t think gates went pass 100 yet.Also he based his theory of 1 in 20 AA with native blood,after only testing less than 45 people(which still give about 2 million AA’s).Also people have to remember,alot of the AA population,are not from the original stock(it has swelled from less than 10 million to what it is now ,in less than 80yrs).Also As I stated before,many people may have been adopted into tribes in the past,so their descendants think that’s what they are(an culturally that is what they are).Also blood levels of certain heritages can shrink after generations,although traits can always appear.Take Tina Turner for example,she only 1% native(about less than 200yrs to get to that level).I pretty much can guarantee,that if you test her grandkids,they want show any measurable amounts.Now as far as your family,just get tested(of course that was just a suggestion,don’t get mad at me).

mace December 18, 2009 at 3:47 am

some african americans have not native blood or white blood at all.some are still unmixed.

fuzzybear June 4, 2010 at 8:08 am

now that’s true

Commonsense1980 November 22, 2011 at 9:13 pm

Lol, yeah like 3% of the black population. And they just came here from Nigeria.

There is such a thing as trying to be too black homie, chill out.

Indiablack August 15, 2012 at 7:38 am

Sorry I didnt finish I made a mistake
And sent the first message threw
But anyway, when my aunts,cousins,
Grand parents,uncles, tell me this
I laugh and leave because enough
With the lies, no proof for me,
And I will keep saying yall lying
Dam just give up already we black
And white, let it go, but they want
To bet me money we are indian blood
Ok they gonna lose that bet, and
I will be rich, anyway I don’t
Believe the native american myth,no
Proof,documents,d.n.a. No dawes rolls
No nothing, you see what saying,
All they got is the looks,culture,and hearsay,
With hatchets,medicine bags,gun,whatever
I love my.family but they lying, but
They not talking to me because i dont believe
Them, so its all good i dont go
Around them,only the my family
Thats real not fake ass family members
Trying to be something there not,

So god bless,

mace December 18, 2009 at 3:46 am

not really, recent dna has proven that more african american have some white blood more so than native american blood.one lady on a show by henry gates thought she had some native blood but it turn out that she had some white blood,not native. .

D2009 August 6, 2009 at 10:53 am

Will Smith is also part Native American.. It’s said it on IMDB.

ethnic August 6, 2009 at 12:18 pm

D2009, thanks for the comment. I think a lot of African Americans would say they have some Native American blood, so i dont think its really necessary to include that. The term African American would already mean their is some mixed blood.

Sharna May 27, 2009 at 11:32 am

Awsome!!!! he’s such a good actor!!! and still good looking even thow he getn old!!!

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