Birth Name: Monica Denise Arnold

Place of Birth: Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.

Date of Birth: October 24, 1980

Ethnicity: African-American, possibly other

Monica is an American R&B singer, songwriter, actress, and entrepreneur. She starred in a reality show on BET called All Eyes on Me, the same title as her 2002 album. Monica’s stepfather is a cousin of singer Ludacris.

She is the daughter of Marilyn Best and M. C. Arnold. She has said that her paternal grandfather was of Irish and Black ancestry, and that her paternal grandmother was “entirely Indian.” A picture of Monica with her father can be seen here.

Monica is married to NBA player Shannon Brown. She has two children with her former fiancé, rapper Rodney “Rocko” Hill; and a daughter with Shannon.

Monica’s paternal grandparents are named M. C. Arnold and Maude R. Thomas (the daughter of Arthur Thomas and Clorena M. Johnson).


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21 Responses

  1. savanna says:

    She is the daughter of Marilyn Best and M.C. “Billy” Arnold Jr.

  2. savanna says:

    She claims in an interview from 2001 that her paternal grandfather was Irish and Black and that her paternal grandmother was “entirely Indian”. Her father has “blonde hair and blue eyes”. (at about 2:29 in the video)
    A picture of Monica and her father:

  3. amckenzie says:

    Ahhh man! I just wish that they would’ve listed her ethnicity as “African American, as well as European,” instead of “African American, as well as Caucasian”… For some reason, I always get bothered when the term “Caucasian” is mistakenly used in place of “European.” Unless someone is from or is descended from the peoples of the Caucasus region, they are not and should not be considered Caucasian. Hmmm, oh well…I’ll just have to live with it! :( LOL

  4. DA X mann says:

    I think their are some pure african americans out there. like wesley snipes, or 50 cents your not going to tell me they are mix.

  5. MariGarcia says:

    There are no 100% Pure descendants of African slaves in America or anywhere’s else. When will you people learn. This is not unusual. This is the norm in America. We just don’t flaunt it as if it something to be proud of like some people.

    • stopit says:

      Correct! I have siblings the color of wesley and some light as halle. It is in our genes. The GENES you people don’t get it we are African Americans/ Black Americans ancestors of slaves who were violated and this gives us many different appearances quit it! You don’t get to define and divide us. We know who and what we are.

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