Cardi B

Cardi B – 2017 BET Awards – Arrivals – Microsoft Theater – Los Angeles, CA, USA – Photo Credit: phred mosbey / PR Photos

Birth Name: Belcalis Marlenis Almánzar

Place of Birth: Washington Heights, Manhattan, New York City, New York, U.S.

Date of Birth: October 11, 1992

Ethnicity: Dominican Republic [African and Spanish], some Trinidadian

Cardi B is an American rapper, songwriter, media personality, and actress.

She was born in Washington Heights, Manhattan, and was also raised in Highbridge, South Bronx. Her parents were born in the Dominican Republic, and her mother, Belkis Duran, lived in Trinidad. Cardi has said, “my mum is Trini &spaniard my pop Dominican.” Her parents both have African ancestry. Cardi stated on Breakfast Club Power 105.1 FM that she is a Boston Red Sox fan because “That’s where all the Dominicans are at,” that most Dominican players are with the Red Sox. A picture of Cardi’s mother can be seen here. She has also said that her maternal grandfather was a Spanish immigrant to Trinidad, and her maternal grandmother was born on the island.

Her sister is social media star and television personality Hennessy Carolina. Her uncle is Billy Duran, a Bachata singer, a popular music genre of the Dominican Republic.

Cardi B is married to hip hop recording artist Offset, with whom she has two children. She is also known as Belcalis Marlenis Almànzar Cephus, her married name.

Her name Cardi B comes from Bacardi, a type of rum.

Cardi has said:

One thing that always bothers me is that people know so little about my culture. We are Caribbean people. And a lot of people be attacking me because they feel like I don’t be saying that I’m black… Some people want to decide if you’re black or not, depending on your skin complexion, because they don’t understand Caribbean people or our culture. I don’t got to tell you that I’m black. I expect you to know it… I expect people to understand that just because we’re not African American, we are still black. It’s still in our culture. Just like everybody else, we came over here the same f**king way. I hate when people try to take my roots from me.


Cardi B with husband Offset in 2018, photo by kathclick/


Curious about ethnicity

39 Responses

  1. alexgxo says:

    Her page should have “Trinidad” removed. Despite what Cardi claims, her mother (Belkis Duran) is actually from the Dominican Republic and there are screenshots, as provided by “Alicemendina” of people backing up the claim that “Belkis Duran” is Cardi’s mother.

    I mean, Ronda Rousey’s page was corrected. She claimed to be “half Venezuelan”, but it turned out that she was actually 1/4th Trinidadian.

  2. alexgxo says:

    If the mods see this, CORRECTION: Cardi B is NOT Trinidadian. Her mother is from the Dominican Republic. I don’t know why Cardi claims she’s Trinidadian, apparently her mother worked there before coming to America?

    This is her mother, “Belkis Duran” who said in a profile/blurb for a job that she was born in the Dominican Republic. This was a screenshot taken from Instagram.

    • TB says:

      I’m not sure if your info is true or not. How can you be so sure that this woman is Cardi b’s mother ? I haven’t found the name of her mother. I suspose she looks like her mother from the photos I have seen of her.

      • alicemedina says:

        It’s definitely true information. Her mom is Belkis Duran and she worked at Pace University in New York City and she is indeed Dominican and was born somewhere in the Dominican Republic’s Cibao region, likely Monte Cristi.

        Here’s evidence from the students who attended pace that knew her mother personally even back before anyone knew who cardi was;

        I don’t think she’s Trinidadian by blood it doesn’t seem likely. Maybe just afro-Dominican, Taíno and Spanish

        • alexgxo says:

          Her mother is from the Dominican Republic. “Duran” is a very common surname in the Dominican Republic and throughout Hispanic America. She’s not Trinidadian, she was only lived/worked there.

  3. Oaken05 says:

    Take this crap somewhere else, troll.

  4. alicemedina says:

    Yeah idk what’s with some of these Latinos and claiming “we’re all the same, came here the same way etc etc” when that’s not even remotely true. How can you claim to be the same as every other black person while having 50%< European, Asian, Native etc dna? You can’t ignore all of your European ancestry for just a little bit of black blood. The one drop rule is old and outdated cardi is multiracial. I also don’t think her mom is a real Trinidadian either

  5. Ava900 says:

    @italiano90 Whitney Houston is Mixed-race. Her great-great grandfather was Scottish and Oprah’s great-great-great grandfather was a Native American. So they are both mixed as well

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