Bow Wow

Bow Wow in 2011, s_bukley /

Birth Name: Shad Gregory Moss

Place of Birth: Columbus, Ohio, U.S.

Date of Birth: March 9, 1987

Ethnicity: African-American

Bow Wow is an American rapper, actor, and television personality, previously known as Lil’ Bow Wow. He is the son of Teresa Rena (Jones), who was born in Georgia, and Alfonso Preston Moss, who was born in Ohio. Bow Wow has a daughter.

Bow Wow’s paternal grandfather is Alfonso Preston Moss (the son of Frank Pierce Moss and Ernestine Williams).

Bow Wow has tweeted, among other things, “Im mixed. I dont know what my ancestors was doing”, “Im saying my moss side of family is NOT BLACK. Heritage different”, “my ancestors were in tribes. My moss side of my family is white and native”, “NO BLACK really on the moss side of the family. All my cousins have BLONDE HAIR BRO. Nephew etc.. look like bieber.”, among other statements of a similar nature.

He stated that he cannot relate to the civil rights struggles because of his heritage.

Hey if your cousins look like Justin Bieber and grandma look like betty white with looooooong blonde hair aye!

Sources: Information about Bow Wow’s family history –

Obituary of Bow Wow’s paternal great-grandmother, Ernestine (Williams) Moss


Curious about ethnicity

30 Responses

  1. Multiethnicchick says:

    Probably between 25-40% admixture

  2. dlxzvs says:

    correction, remove “possibly other” nothing is certified really, he’s black

  3. savanna says:

    His dad’s father was mixed, according to him. The Moss side is almost entirely white. “NO BLACK really on the moss side of the family. All my cousins have BLONDE HAIR BRO”. He also claims Native American ancestry on that side.

    • fuzzybear44 says:

      This Tweet up there that I just read, says his moss side of the family is not black? Now If this is his father, then someone on that side of the moss family is black

      Now while it’s possible, I don’t think that much more mixed than the avg black person here

      He may want to see himself as different, which is fine. However him not been able to relate to the civil rights struggles because of his heritage, is just crap. He doesn’t relate to it, because he doesn’t want to relate to it

    • midori29 says:

      @Savanna we have to cutt off this mixed nonsense somewhere. Everyone in the world has been mixed. Alot of peopl esee lighter skin and a light bulb says they ar emixed. NO NO NO. Pure Africans blacks can be light skinned too. You cannot pull ancestros from 100 years ago and say someone is mixed thats foolish. My fathers dad was mixed and my mothers mom was mixed but I dont consider myself mixed at all.

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