Jhené Aiko

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Aiko in 2015

Birth Name: Jhené Aiko Efuru Chilombo

Place of Birth: Los Angeles, California, United States

Date of Birth: March 16, 1988

Ethnicity:
*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:

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

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

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Aiko in 2014, photo by PrPhotos.com

Profile by Shanesha; contribution from MaYaYaYa

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163 Responses

  1. History Guy says:

    Her mother explaining her African American (Creole) heritage:

    Her mother at 14:12
    https://youtu.be/ne_FtShZxdo

  2. History Guy says:

    The family is keeping her grandmothers name private, but you look up her parents name, through their trees. African Americans voted for Republican, before switching to the Democratic part. They were Republicans first, then they switched over during the latter 60’s mostly I believe.

    Name: Mrs Esther Yamamoto
    Residence Year: 1958
    Street address: 14516 S Normandie Ave
    Residence Place: Los Angeles, California, USA
    Party Affiliation: Republican

    • fuzzybear44 says:

      Quote(They were Republicans first, then they switched over during the latter 60’s mostly I believe.)

      actually they started switching much earlier than that. Republicans didn’t continue to back up civil rights for black people hence the switch., and they still don’t really give a rat butt.

  3. History Guy says:

    *Maternal great grandmother

    Name: Verna Stone
    Birth Year: abt 1922
    Gender: Female
    Race: Negro
    Age in 1930: 8
    Birthplace: New Mexico
    Marital Status: Single
    Father’s Birthplace: Tennessee
    Mother’s Birthplace: Texas

    *Maternal 2nd great

    Name: Essie Stone
    Birth Year: abt 1895
    Gender: Female
    Race: Negro (Black)
    Birthplace: Texas
    Father’s Birthplace: Ohio
    Mother’s Birthplace: Virginia

    **Maternal 2nd great grandfather
    Name: John Stone
    Birth Year: abt 1882
    Gender: Male
    Race: Negro (Black)
    Birthplace: Tennessee
    Marital status: Married
    Father’s Birthplace: Louisiana
    Mother’s Birthplace: Louisiana

    • madman says:

      Well then, looks like she’s Creole.

      To put it all together:
      Jhené’s maternal grandmother is Essie Regina Pecot (the daughter of Forest Pecot and Verna Stone). Forest was Louisiana Creole, and was the son of Leon Pecot and Regina Prevost. Verna was African-American, and was the daughter of John Stone and Essie.

  4. History Guy says:

    Her mother said her mom is Black, with Creole roots.

  5. madman says:

    Jhené’s maternal grandfather is named Teddy Tadashi Yamamoto.
    —>
    Jhené’s maternal grandfather is Teddy Tadashi Yamamoto (the son of Soyie Yamamoto and Kimiko). Soyie was born in Japan. Kimiko was born in Hawaii, of Japanese descent.
    https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:K9ZK-2BZ
    https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KX2G-134

    http://www.discovernikkei.org/en/journal/2019/1/29/jhene-aiko/
    Here, Jhené’s sister refers to her grandmother as African-American (though I guess that doesn’t rule out that she was from the Caribbean). I haven’t yet found out where History Guy got the parents from, however.

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