Jhené Aiko

jhene aiko ethnicity

Aiko in 2015

Birth Name: Jhené Aiko Efuru Chilombo

Place of Birth: Los Angeles, California, United States

Date of Birth: March 16, 1988

*62.5% African-American
*25% Japanese
*12.5% Louisiana Creole [African, French]

Jhené Aiko is an American pop and R&B singer. She is the daughter of Karamo Chilombo (born Gregory Wycliff Barnes) and Christina Yamamoto. Her sister is singer Mila J. Jhené’s parents are pictured here. Jhené has a daughter with R&B singer O’Ryan.

Jhené’s paternal grandparents were both African-American. Jhené’s maternal grandfather is of Japanese descent, while Jhené’s maternal grandmother is of African-American and Louisiana Creole [African, French] ancestry.

A DNA test taken by Jhené stated that her genetic ancestry is:

*34% Europe
——–*15% Trace Regions
——–*13% Ireland
——–*6% Europe West
*33% Africa
——–*17% Trace Regions
——–*16% Nigeria
*28% Asia
——–*28% Asia East
*3% America
——–*3% Native American
*1% West Asia
*<1% Pacific Islander
——–*<1% Trace Regions

Another version of Jhené’s DNA test result can be seen here.

Jhené has stated that her father also has German Jewish and Native American ancestry. It is not clear if this ancestry has been verified/documented. Her DNA result contains no obvious indicators of Jewish ancestry. Her DNA result does match 3% Native American roots.

It is also said that Jhené has Dominican Republic ancestry. This does not appear to be accurate.

Jhené has also stated that her black paternal grandparents were “mixed” (which is true, to some extent, of all people of African-American descent). All of Jhené’s paternal grandparents and great-grandparents are listed as black on United States Censuses.

LOS ANGELES – APR 3: Jhene Aiko at the iHeart Radio Music Awards 2016 Arrivals at the The Forum on April 3, 2016 in Inglewood, CA Photo by kathclick

Jhené’s paternal grandfather is George Warren Barnes (the son of George Washington “Jack” Barnes and Ruth Alberta Williams). Jhené’s grandfather George was born in Birmingham, Alabama, to a father from Alabama and a mother from Georgia.

Jhené’s paternal grandmother is Helen Viola Chisholm (the daughter of George A. Chisholm and Helen Imelda Duff). Jhené’s grandmother Helen was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Helen is pictured here and here. George was born in Pennsylvania, to Nelson Chisholm and Sally/Sallie Jane Green. Jhené’s great-grandmother Helen was born in Virginia, to Job/John Henry Duff and Catherine/Katherine Elizabeth Somers/Sommers.

Jhené’s maternal grandfather is named Teddy Tadashi Yamamoto (the son of Soyie Yamamoto and Kimiko). Tadashi was born in California. Soyie was born in Japan. Kimiko was born in Hawaii, of Japanese descent.

Jhené’s maternal grandmother is Essie/Esther Regina Pecot (the daughter of Forest Pecot and Verna Stone). Essie was born in Texas. Forest was a Louisiana Creole, and was the son of Leon Pecot and Regina Prevost. Verna was born in New Mexico, to African-American parents, John Stone and Essie.

Jhené’s maternal grandparents, as well as Jhené’s mother’s maternal grandparents, are pictured here. Jhené’s maternal grandfather’s mother is pictured here, and Jhené’s maternal grandmother’s parents are pictured here. A picture of one of Jhené’s maternal grandmother’s grandmothers (Jhené’s great-great-grandmother) can be seen here.

Sources: https://intothegloss.com

Jhené’s paternal grandfather, George Warren Barnes, on the 1940 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Jhené’s paternal grandmother, Helen Viola Chisholm, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Obituary of Jhené’s paternal grandmother, Helen Viola (Chisholm) Barnes – http://www.legacy.com

Jhené’s paternal great-grandparents, George A. Chisholm and Helen Imelda Duff, on the 1920 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Jhené discusses her background – http://noisey.vice.com

Jhene aiko Ethnicity

Aiko in 2014, photo by PrPhotos.com

Profile by Shanesha; contribution from MaYaYaYa


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174 Responses

  1. bablah says:

    Jhené’s maternal grandparents are Teddy Tadashi Yamamoto and Essie Regina Pecot

  2. Samiiraa says:

    Again, what is “Afro” Dominican when 73% of Dominicans are mixed ? With approximately 39% African dna, 52% European and 8% Native. It makes no sense. And her grandmother isn’t that “Afro” since Jhene is only 33% African, knowing her father is African American and looks at least 70% African.

    • fuzzybear44 says:

      I’m trying to understand why does it bother you that they’re called Afro? I mean lots of them actually call themselves Afro-latino, and many of them you wouldn’t see as black anything. Also those percentages are from a test group, other test groups might show different percentages, so nothing is written in stone

      • Samiiraa says:

        It bothers me because it makes no sense since there is no historical context behind that expression unlike the term African American. and Latin Americans don’t use the term “Afro” because the MAJORITY of Latinos are mixed. It bothers me because again, we have to submit to the americanization, because it denies the existence of MILTIRACIAL PEOPLE. Latin America is NOT like ANGLO-AMERICA

        • fuzzybear44 says:


          1. Quote(It bothers me because it makes no sense since there is no historical context behind that expression unlike the term African American.)

          What are you talking about,they’ve gone thru the the same thing. They’ve been taught that you should deny that part of their ancestry, and many cases to strive to improve their race by becoming more white. African Americans have been told, we had no history. Afro-latinos,(and I’m not the one who named them that), are looking to try and take back that part of their ancestry, they were taught to be ashamed of.

          2. Quote(and Latin Americans don’t use the term “Afro” because the MAJORITY of Latinos are mixed.we have to submit to the americanization)

          I think you’re misinformed, becausee a good amount of them do use the term. You could look at video where they call themselves that. Here’s a few:
          at the 1:05 mark

          Even Mexico is calling people Afro-latino on the census now.

          So as you can see, some of them actually do ID as Afro-Latino. So you can stop blaming us.

          Secondly,the vast majority of people of Afro whatever are of mixed ancestry, so what are you talking about?

          3. Quote(because it denies the existence of MILTIRACIAL PEOPLE. Latin America is NOT like ANGLO-AMERICA)

          No being called Afro, doesn’t deny anything. It’s just their way for them to be recognize, that they and that part of that culture exist. Secondly, you’re right, it’s not Anglo-America. It’s Latin -America and it’s just as bad. Latin American likes to promote one look .When you have to carry around a White goddess to celebrate your African culture, just so you don’t upset the white ruling class something wrong. Also to improve the race by marrying white, well something is wrong.Also your Arab culture does the same thing

      • Samiiraa says:

        And what also bothers me is that we use AFRO or AFRICAN to talk about people of WEST AFRICAN DESCENT, it’s a DENIAL of the diversity of the African continent. African isn’t a skin color nor a phenotype, nor a race, it’s being part of Africa which is HUGE and DIVERSE.
        Afro isn’t a synonym for West African, not all Africans are West Africans, not all Africans are black.

        • fuzzybear44 says:

          Quote(And what also bothers me is that we use AFRO or AFRICAN to talk about people of WEST AFRICAN DESCENT, it’s a DENIAL of the diversity of the African continent.)

          Well what bothers me, is the fact people like yourself like to regulate black people to just West Africa. Everytime you mention black people, like you just stated, West Africa is the only place that comes out .I swear black people were all over Africa the last time I checked.

          Quote(African isn’t a skin color nor a phenotype, nor a race,)

          Well it’s not now. However saying that, no place has just one ethnic group anymore. Secondly,You don’t seem to have a problem with regulating a certain coloration of the people who are a part of that huge diversity,to a certain part of Africa

          BTW, you still after everything you wrote, have not explained why a person being called Afro-latino bothers you. You have nothing to do with their culture. Their African ancestry for the most part comes from West Africa, where you seem to like regulating black people to , so what’s the problem?It’s the black or black-ish people over here that used the term , not you guys. Are you bothered that you being partially black , that they will call you an Afro-Arab and look at you as black? I mean that’s what the other Samira didn’t like

      • Multiethnicchick says:

        They call themselves afro latino because stupid americans are obsessed with their prefixes and like to make it seem like latinos with black in them are somehow less latino than mestizo or white latinos

  3. Mafia888 says:

    Ugly Blasian b!tch. She looks dirty.

  4. fuzzybear44 says:

    Ok I’m looking at her DNA percentages, and something is not adding up. It amounts to only 95%, what’s the rest?

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