Willow Smith

by Sage on March 11, 2016

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Birth Name: Willow Camille Reign Smith

Place of Birth: Los Angeles, California, U.S.

Date of Birth: October 31, 2000

Ethnicity:
*African-American (father)
*African-American, Afro-/Creole-Barbardian, Afro-/Creole-Jamaican (mother)

Willow Smith is an American singer, actress, and dancer. She is the daughter of actors/musicians Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith, and the sister of actor/musician Jaden Smith. Her maternal grandmother’s family were of Afro-/Creole-Caribbean descent, while her other grandparents are African-American.

Willow made her acting debut in 2007 in the film I Am Legend, with her father, and later appeared in Kit Kittredge: An American Girl, alongside Abigail Breslin. Willow launched her music career in autumn 2010, with the release of the hit singles “Whip My Hair” and “21st Century Girl”, and signed to her current mentor Jay-Z‘s record label Roc Nation, becoming the youngest artist signed to the label.

On her father’s side, Willow is the granddaughter of Willard Carroll Smith, Sr. (the son of George Wilmer/Willard Emmett Smith and Ellen King) and Caroline Bright (the daughter of ? Bright and Helen). Willard and Caroline are both African-American. George was the son of William Smith and Orlinda Dickens. Ellen was the daughter of Claude King and Alice L.

Willow’s maternal grandfather is Robsol Grant Pinkett, Jr. (the son of Robsol Grant Pinkett and Shirley Nancy Crystal Holland). Robsol, Jr. was African-American. Willow’s great-grandfather Robsol was the son of Maslin Frysinger Pinkett and Martha Josephine Dyer. Shirley was the daughter of James P. Holland and Alice Whitehead.

Willow’s maternal grandmother is Adrienne Banfield (the daughter of Gilbert Leslie Banfield and Marion Eliza Martin). Adrienne’s family were Black/Creole immigrants from the West Indies (Barbados and Jamaica). Gilbert was the son of Gilbert Seward Hinds Banfield and Ella E. Parris. Marion was the daughter of Ralph Nunis Martin and Daisy Coster/Costa.

Sources: Genealogy of Willow Smith – http://www.geni.com

Birth record of Willow’s maternal great-grandmother, Marion Eliza Martin – https://familysearch.org

Willow’s maternal great-grandmother, Marion Eliza Martin, on the 1920 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
Marion Eliza Martin on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

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