J. Cole

J. Cole in 2011, kathclick/bigstock.com

Birth Name: Jermaine Lamarr Cole

Place of Birth: Frankfurt, Hesse, West Germany (now Germany)

Date of Birth: January 28, 1985

*father – African-American
*mother – Irish, German, English, Scottish

J. Cole is an American rapper, singer, songwriter, record producer, and record executive. He is also known as Therapist, Hollywood Cole, and Kill Edward.

J. Cole was born in born in the 97th General Hospital, on a United States Army base, in Frankfurt, West Germany (now Germany), to American parents.

His father is African-American. His mother, Kay, an actress originally from Michigan, is white, and has Irish, German, English, and Scottish ancestry. J. Cole grew up in Fayettville, North Carolina. He started rapping at age twelve, and making beats at fifteen. J. Cole graduated from St Johns University in New York Magna Cum Laude with a 3.82 GPA. His musical influences are Nas, Outkast, and Canibus.

J. Cole is married to Melissa Heholt, with whom he has two children.

J. Cole has said:

That brainwashing that tells us that light skin is better, it’s subconsciously in us, whether we know it or not… I can identify with White people, because I know my mother, her side of the family, who I love. I’ve had White friends… But at the end of the day, I never felt White. I don’t know what that feels like. I can identify. But never have I felt like I’m one of them… I identify more with what I look like, because that’s how I got treated. Not necessarily in a negative way. But when you get pulled over by the police, I can’t pull out my half-White card. Or if I just meet you on the street, you’re not gonna be like, This guy seems half-White.

J. Cole’s maternal grandfather was William Thomas Parkinson (the son of Floyd A. Parkinson and Anna A. Loftus). William was born in Michigan, to a father from Arkansas and a mother from Northern Ireland. Floyd was the son of Thomas J. Parkinson and Nora Howell. Anna was the daughter of Patrick Loftus and Mary Kenny.

J. Cole’s maternal grandmother is Helen Joanne Hester (the daughter of Edwin M. Hester and Myrtle/Marie M. Wood). Helen was born in Michigan. Edwin was the son of Edwin Miller Hester and Cora May/Mae Myers. J. Cole’s great-grandmother Myrtle/Marie M. was the daughter of Harry Wood and Nellie Martin.

Sources: J. Cole’s maternal grandfather, William Thomas Parkinson, on the 1940 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org

Obituary of J. Cole’s maternal grandfather, William Thomas Parkinson – http://www.prayfuneral.com

Marriage record of J. Cole’s maternal great-grandparents, Edwin M. Hester and Myrtle/Marie M. Wood – https://www.familysearch.org

by lex alexa


Curious about ethnicity

21 Responses

  1. xoxo says:

    His face though…. wtf?

  2. tinasheeeee says:

    CORRECTION: His mother is German http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/J._Cole

    • follers says:

      I don’t know… the Wikipedia article cites a source that doesn’t mention that part.

      • tinasheeeee says:

        Look in Early life. It says it.

        • follers says:

          For that claim, “the Wikipedia article cites a source that doesn’t mention that part”.

          • tinasheeeee says:

            this is what is EXACTLY says under his Early Life. “Cole was born in the 97th General Hospital at a United States Army base in Frankfurt, West Germany.[2][3] His father is African-American and served in the United States Army,[4] and his mother is German.[5] At the age of 8 months, Cole relocated to Fayetteville, North Carolina, where he was raised by his mother, aunt and cousin. His father left the family when Cole was still young.[5] He has an older brother named Zach Cole.[6]”

          • follers says:

            Yes, I know. For the last time, the statement on Wikipedia is cited with a source, “5”, that doesn’t say his mother is German. The statement has no source.

            His mother is originally from Michigan.

          • tinasheeeee says:

            Oh I’m sorry, I didn’t read it clearly, but I’d assume she’s probably German. But not sure I guess now

  3. Check7t says:

    Unibrow and he looks like Eeyore, ugly dude.

  4. boss says:

    ahahahah he looks funny

  5. Maria says:

    I love J Cole’s song Can’t Get Enough with Trey Songz.

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