Zendaya

by ethnic on December 8, 2010

Zendaya Coleman Ethnicity half Black

Birth Name: Zendaya Maree Stoermer Coleman

Place of Birth: Oakland, California, U.S.

Date of Birth: September 1, 1996

Ethnicity:
*African-American (father)
*German, Irish, English, Scottish (mother)

Zendaya, also credited as Zendaya Coleman, is an American actress, singer, dancer, and model.

Her father, Kazembe Ajamu (born Samuel David Coleman), is African-American, from a family from Arkansas. Her mother, Claire Marie (Stoermer), who is white, has German, Irish, English, and Scottish ancestry. Her name, “Zendaya”, comes from the word “Tendai”/”Tendayi”, which means “to give thanks” in Shona, a South Western African language common in Zimbabwe and southern Zambia.

Zendaya’s maternal grandfather was Phillip Hilary Stoermer (the son of Fritz Hillary Stoermer and Marian Elizabeth Peir). Fritz was the son of Henry Stoermer and Etta Tyler Fritz. Marian was the daughter of Alois Henry Peir and Kathyrn Gertrude Leahy/Leady.

Zendaya’s maternal grandmother was Daphne Carol Whitelaw (the daughter of Douglas William Walker Whitelaw and Thelma Ray Kelly). Daphne was from Vancouver, Canada. Douglas was the son of Harry Tulloch Whitelaw and Agnes Drummond. Thelma was the daughter of Joseph William Kelly and Ella Sparling.

zendaya and parentsA picture of Zendaya with her parents

Sources: Video of Zendaya and her parents talking about their ancestry – http://www.usmagazine.com

Genealogy of Zendaya (focusing on her mother’s side) – http://gw.geneanet.org

Obituary of Zendaya’s maternal grandfather, Phillip Hilary Stoermer – http://nl.newsbank.com

Zendaya’s maternal great-grandfather, Fritz Hillary Stoermer, on the 1920 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Zendaya’s maternal great-great-grandfather, Henry Stoermer, on the 1880 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Zendaya’s maternal great-great-great-grandmother, Ellen Grandona, on the 1860 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Zendaya’s maternal great-great-grandmother, Etta Tyler Fritz, on the 1910 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

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andrew August 29, 2016 at 3:39 pm

@ follers

I think she has some distant Italian ancestry from Ellen Grandona. “Grandona” is definitely an Italian surname.

follers August 29, 2016 at 5:22 pm

I don’t know. Ellen was born in Mississippi around 1841, and her own mother was from the British Isles. Something strange is going on with that surname.

andrew August 29, 2016 at 5:30 pm

yeah, her mother is listed as English-born. Is this the same woman?

https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:V4N6-CGM

follers August 29, 2016 at 5:33 pm
MettaWorkPlease August 29, 2016 at 3:14 am

Her dad is African American, but to those saying he’s Ghanaian, are mistaken. With a name like Kazembe, I’d say he’s Southern African, because the name Kazembe is a surname found in Malawi, Zambia & Zimbabwe, it means ‘diplomat’ or ‘ambassador’

follers August 29, 2016 at 9:50 am

Or you could always read the text written here and find out.

neiltennant May 26, 2016 at 12:22 pm

she looks like SELENA GOMEZ or DEMI LOVATO

i would have thought of LATINA + EUROPEAN roots

Greyface March 20, 2016 at 4:29 pm

is she the guy with the dreads? or the guy in the raiders jacket?

bleachsoda December 13, 2015 at 10:22 am

For those that keep saying she must have some typa asian in her. understand that her dad is black small eyes and her mom is white. This combo will give her small eyes due to her dad’s eyes and her being biracial. I know a girl that looks native American as hell but her dad was khoixan south African (I hope I’m spelling it right lol) and her mom is dutch. This south African group are known for having extreamly small eyes but they’re not mixed just pure south African. People like nelson mandela who is from this ethnic group can pass as blasian or black and native American but he’s just from this ethnic group. so just because her eyes are small and her cheekbones are full doesn’t mean she has any asian or native in her because you’ll find blacks with these same features.

fuzzybear44 December 14, 2015 at 10:01 am

Did you know that AA have bushman DNA? Atleast that’s what I’m seeing in people’s results

ectag January 8, 2016 at 4:58 pm

Her Dad doesn’t look at all like South African blacks who are typically brown/tan/yellowish skinned with ‘small eyes’ (e.g. Xhosian).

I suspect she’s adopted. A child of a couple like that would look blacker than she does. It’s possible but I doubt it; she looks part East Asian, or possibly a Latin-American black/white/Amerindian mixed race type.

fuzzybear44 January 9, 2016 at 12:55 am

@ectag

Quote:
(Her Dad doesn’t look at all like South African blacks who are typically brown/tan/yellowish skinned with ‘small eyes’ (e.g. Xhosian).

In South Africa Jet black skin is just as common as brown/tan/yellowish skinned . Not everyone is mixed with white or has small eye like the Xhosian

Quote:
( A child of a couple like that would look blacker than she does.)

Come on, not you to. I’ve already proven that not to be true

flo January 11, 2017 at 4:53 am

Not all black South Africans are Khoisan. That is just one tribe.

The average black/white biracial comes out Zendaya’s color.

Jello November 18, 2015 at 3:59 pm

Her mom is white and her dad is black.
Where is this Asian or Native American that people are seeing?

xoxo October 18, 2015 at 5:04 am

She looks Blasian, or Pacific Islander.
Anyway, she’s way prettier now that she grew into her looks. She was sort of ugly back then.

xoxo October 18, 2015 at 5:05 am

Oh and btw, the owner should put a current picture. She doesn’t even look like that anymore.

fuzzybear44 October 18, 2015 at 10:46 am

Quote:
(she’s way prettier now that she grew into her looks)

As I stated, she was going to grow into her own. Still a little to skinny, but that’s Hollywood for you

athelya November 18, 2015 at 4:29 pm

“too skinny too fat” whats wrong with you.. people are naturally skinny you know

JoshG October 25, 2015 at 12:23 pm

Yeah she changed a lot. I would have never expected.

bleachsoda December 13, 2015 at 10:12 am

She doesn’t look Pacific islander at all and this is coming from a Polynesian lmfao

hotvic September 22, 2015 at 8:53 pm

Some peoples from the North or northeast Brazil look like her and has definitely African origin, yes! As well as Euro roots but, I’ve never seen one that did not noticeably had Amerindian blood too. Usually European with native + african; or african with native + Euro; or any of these combinations, but always has something Amerindian or Asian.

hotvic September 22, 2015 at 8:38 pm

oh god
I think she’s so Gorgeous. That face is so exotic and sometimes remember me J Lo and an childhood love. I also thought she’s some Asian or Native America because your plan sinuses, and torn eyes

sparkles180 August 11, 2015 at 7:02 pm

Love her!! Shes so pretty! I seriously don’t see any asian in her, the most I would have assumed is native.

xoxo July 30, 2015 at 9:52 pm

I thought she was Cassie Ventura’s little sister, she looks like her. No Asian at all?

hotvic September 22, 2015 at 8:23 pm

Cassie Ventura ? This looks more like Nicki Minaj than Zendaya

cwm85 July 15, 2015 at 3:30 pm

Obviously mixed. But I thought she had some native in her as well as the other’s listed. I guess I think that a lot since I’m a black, white and native mix.

midori29 March 11, 2015 at 9:44 am

Her dads name is Kazimbe Ajamu and this article has a pic of him, there are articles that state he is African and not African American.
http://blackamericaweb.com/2014/06/24/zendaya-blasts-critics-again-who-say-shes-too-light-skinned-to-play-aaliyah/

midori29 March 11, 2015 at 9:47 am
midori29 March 9, 2015 at 3:05 pm

And her dad is 100 percent black African from Ghana.

follers March 9, 2015 at 4:03 pm

How do you know that her father isn’t African-American?

midori29 March 11, 2015 at 9:46 am

Actually its this article link not the first one. Some articles have incorrectly stated her dad as African American
http://theybf.com/2014/07/01/zendaya-colemans-dad-refutes-skin-tone-rumors-on-why-she-dropped-out-of-aaliyah-biopic

midori29 March 11, 2015 at 10:04 am

@follers actually I m honestly unsure now, looking through the articles, some say African other articles say her dad is African American.

midori29 March 8, 2015 at 8:34 pm

You tube link proves that Chinese have African dna
http://youtu.be/lw-MSRWdEIM

Daron May 16, 2015 at 7:32 pm

That is redundant because all people have African DNA. Because humans orginated in Africa.

noneofyourbusiness November 26, 2014 at 12:32 pm

Strange, I would have classified her as a Mexican Mestizo or a Filipino Mestizo girl. Her mother knows damn well her father is not her biological father, I mean clearly this young girl does not have any African genes whatsoever. Her real father is probably either a Mexican with strong, predominant Amerindian genes or he’s a Filipino. I have seen quite a few Eurasian girls who were half Filipino and half white and they have a phenotype/appearance strikingly close to Zendaya’s.

midori29 February 28, 2015 at 9:24 am

@noneofyourbussiness Alot of Africans have an Asian appear ance. ALOT OF west Africans do. GOOGLE TUAREG people of Mali West Africa. They look just like this girl.

midori29 February 28, 2015 at 9:30 am

@noneofyourbussiness, she can fit right into the West African mostly subsaharan or part subsaharan Black African Taureg people.
Link below:
http://i-cias.com/e.o/tuareg.htm

hotvic September 22, 2015 at 8:54 pm

Some peoples from the North or northeast Brazil look like her and has definitely African origin, yes! As well as Euro roots but, I’ve never seen one that did not noticeably had Amerindian blood too. Usually European with native + african; or african with native + Euro; or any of these combinations, but always has something Amerindian or Asian.

someone from the internet August 21, 2014 at 6:35 am

She has a weird face.

bay watch knight January 17, 2015 at 4:50 pm

Your opinion, you must be a perfect person. Ha ha ha, you are perfect!!!!!!!!!!

hotvic September 22, 2015 at 8:57 pm

An weird and fine face. EXOTic beauty for me

WTF August 12, 2014 at 3:19 pm

zendaya looks different than most mulattoes. she looks like she’s mixed with 3 races or something. is her dad fully black? and is her mom fully white? she looks like she could be related to cassie who is black, asian (filipino), and mexican.

Caribbeangirl September 27, 2014 at 4:49 am

her father if African (Ghanian) Yes she is just Black And White

ihatemostpeople July 29, 2014 at 3:50 am

Thank god they fired her from the Aaliyah film. She is too ugly and untalented to play Aaliyah. Aaliyah was gorgeous. No one comes close to her. I wasn’t one of those crazy Aaliyah fans, but I did think she was a beautiful and talented girl. Too bad she died so young. I bet she would even be more famous than Beyonce, Rihanna, Lady Gaga, etc.. She had real talent.

bay watch knight January 17, 2015 at 4:36 pm

Aaliyah doesn’t deserve a movie in her honor, her music was trash. She wasn’t a musical prodigy like Richie Valens. Black folk like to descriminate against people who don’t look or act black enough, maybe Zendaya should apologize to the black community for not being “black enough”. Zendaya is beautiful. Aaliyah wasn’t all that like people think she is. Richie Valens is a legend, he wrote his own songs, sang, and played the guitar.

WTF January 17, 2015 at 6:22 pm

Zendaya isn’t pretty at all. She’s not an ugly girl, but I don’t think she’s pretty. She’s painfully average, and Aaliyah was beautiful and exotic so stfu. LOL bitch how the fuck you gonna say Aaliyah’s music is “trash” when millions of people still listen to her music and even after her death, her fan base grew even larger than it was when she was alive. I always laugh at these pathetic people who hate on talented people who are/were more successful than they’ll ever be.

bay watch knight January 17, 2015 at 8:42 pm

People like you are sheep, worshipping a skank ho like Aaliyah is a joke. Gracias puta :)

ShawntheGod July 28, 2014 at 12:56 pm
Your Mom August 4, 2014 at 4:37 am

OMG You’re Right. She Looks Half Filipino Instead Of Half Black.

midori29 August 4, 2014 at 3:58 pm

Do people realize that black Africans were the first people? And that Mexicans are mostly all AFRICAN mixed. Also the aborgines of the Filipines are african looking black negritos. Look it up on the internet. People dont read or study history. Saying that this girl looks half Mexican or Filipino instead of half black is a really stupid and uneducated thing to say when both Mexicans and Filipinos are partially African black even though they dont like to admitt it.

Gurrl August 4, 2014 at 6:21 pm

Most Mexicans are mestizos(Amerindian/Spanish)-not mixed with black although there is a small Afro minority in Mexico.

And the first type of humans who were in Africa didn’t evolve into a modern human yet at that point.

Superficial appearances do not determine genetics either. The Australian Aborigines look “black” but have different genetics from sub-saharans.

Anyway this girl looks as she is, a mix of black and white to me.

fuzzybear44 August 5, 2014 at 3:31 am

@Gurrl

(Most Mexicans are mestizos(Amerindian/Spanish)-not mixed with black although there is a small Afro minority in Mexico.)

Actually (European/Amerindian) is more up to date.They speak spanish,but every pretty much every European group has been up in mexico.Also( midori29) is correct on this part,by saying that the Average Mestizo has African Ancestry.There are Documentaries out there on the subject.

(And the first type of humans who were in Africa didn’t evolve into a modern human yet at that point.)

At what point are you talking about?

(Superficial appearances do not determine genetics either. The Australian Aborigines look “black” but have different genetics from sub-saharans.)

Ok when my mother won nurse of the year,I was talking to one of the doctors on this subject,and I’ve seen a Documentary on it.Now go by those two sources,it doesn’t take much to change your DNA.Exposure to different foods,environmental conditions,and fighting off different diseases,and time all play a major part in changing your DNA.So yes Aborigines are genetically Asian,because they’ve lived in that part of the world for a long time.Just like these people here:
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/c/cf/Great_Andamanese_scarification_pattern_-_1901.jpg
However since they moved to an environment that was apparently similar to what they left, there was no reason for their physical appearance to change that much
These people here,:
http://moodmoods.files.wordpress.com/2013/01/14_march-1.jpeg
https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4110/5095737777_802e803a2e.jpg
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/a/a9/Hausa_harpist.jpg/640px-Hausa_harpist.jpg
have their own version of R1B blood which is supposedly Eurasian. However they don’t look much different from haplogroup e neighbors

midori29 August 6, 2014 at 10:45 am
Cossette271 September 17, 2014 at 7:49 pm

You are all so confused that it is actually giving me a headache. It is like you do absolutely no research.

person August 5, 2014 at 3:41 pm

Midori29 just stop.

midori29 August 6, 2014 at 10:38 am

I have studied African history, if you look it up I am correct. You need to just stop it and go READ

midori29 August 6, 2014 at 10:42 am

Th aborigines of the Philipines are called “AETAS” look them up, they are black Africans/looking
http://kwekudee-tripdownmemorylane.blogspot.com/2012/10/aeta-people-one-of-first-natives-of.html

The African black history of Mexico and Afro-Mexicans
http://www.moreintelligentlife.com/content/places/alexis-okeowo/black-mexicans

*If you are too lazy to do your own research I can bring it to you. I have years of university study experience.

andrew August 6, 2014 at 2:17 pm

Aetas look like the Melanesians\Australoids

bay watch knight January 17, 2015 at 5:02 pm

People who read history books written by white people actually believe what they read is true. Some of what is written is true. What is true is that African Americans are mixed people, they have white and or Native American Indian add mixtures which have altered their genetics and appearance. That is why African Americans have that orangey complexion, because they aren’t pure Africans.

Sexy Brown August 31, 2014 at 11:04 pm

Yes your right

Cossette271 September 17, 2014 at 7:46 pm

@midori29, you are so confused that it scares me.

midori29 March 8, 2015 at 8:27 pm

COSSETTE271, IM not the one confused. I have especially read and studied African and African World history for years. You are the one confused. You do realize that the first person human came out of Africa and that all the aboriginal Asian people are black negritos. And they recently discovered that Australoid s are related to negroes. Not to mention they did a random sampling of many Chinese population s who all had African dna. I have an advanced degree in African studies. Most people do not take the time to study anthropology.

midori29 March 8, 2015 at 8:29 pm

Cossette271, I would like to know what is so confusing about stated facts and historically proven data?????? You can google all the links I have posted and see for yourself.

midori29 March 8, 2015 at 8:33 pm

Link Dna top scientists in China , says Chinese have African dna
http://youtu.be/lw-MSRWdEIM

yrotsih August 7, 2014 at 1:11 pm

your statement is a huge contradiction she’s obviously not half black ,black is a “color” and she’s clearly light brown with a yellowish tint.You can not look a place …..that is a man made ideology how one looks has nothing to do with their nation or culture it has everything to do with how God created that person …no living organism can naturally control how they come out only God can no one can control what they reproduce only God can one’s natural appearance is God’s are not the nations ,the land ,or the culture .And at the end of the day we are all related there is only one true race the human race of course there may be different or similar appearances ,different nationalities ,and cultures ,but we are all from one place , one planet (earth) and we are all from one creator .the man made ideologies of race is a social construct it was made to divide and don’t bring that phenotype ideal to this conversation I surveyed a Asians ,Africans,and Europeans they had the same phenotypes while people from their country who are immediately related to them had different phenotypes than them ,..phenotypes and genotypes are just an enhancement to make people believe different race(s) exist

cape verdean queen August 14, 2014 at 12:58 am

No she is not her father is BLACK

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