Mýa in 2010, Featureflash / Shutterstock.com

Birth Name: Mýa Marie Harrison

Place of Birth: Washington, D.C., U.S.

Date of Birth: October 10, 1979

*African-American (father)
*Italian (mother)

Mýa is an American recording artist, songwriter, dancer, producer, and actress. She made her debut with her self-titled album in 1998, and has appeared in the films Love for Sale, Penthouse, and Shall We Dance? She is known for her beautiful vocals and can dance various styles from Hip-Hop to Tap. She appeared on season nine of Dancing with the Stars. She is also known as My My, Mya-Re, Smoove Jones, and Mýa Lan$ky.

Mýa was born in Washington, D.C., to an African-American father, Sherman Alphonso Harrison, Jr., a musician, and a mother of Italian descent, Theresa Marie, who is an accountant. She has stated:

My mother’s mother is from Italy, right outside of Rome. My dad is African-American. His grandmother is American Indian.

Mýa’s paternal grandfather was Sherman Alphonso Harrison (the son of Sherman Catlett Harrison and Lou Ethel Ware). Mýa’s grandfather Sherman was born in Essex County, Virginia. Mýa’s great-grandfather Sherman was the son of Catlett Alfonso Harrison and Carrie Muse Holmes. Lou was the daughter of Willie Allie Ware and Julia A. Fortune.

Source: http://randb.about.com

Mýa’s paternal grandfather, Sherman Alphonso Harrison, on the 1940 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org

Mýa’s paternal great-grandfather, Sherman Catlett Harrison, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org

Obituary of Mýa’s paternal great-grandmother, Lou Ethel (Ware) Harrison – http://www.legacy.com


Curious about ethnicity

140 Responses

  1. Masterlord says:

    That face (especially the nose) is soo italian! Take away her darker skin and Lady Gaga isnt too far away!

  2. California says:

    She’s very pretty, tf are you dumbasses talking about? Envy isn’t a good look, ijs.


    I heard she was pr back in the day..now I know. This pic is actually decent of her but I still think she uuugly!never thght she was pretty.sorry y’all.

  4. peppa says:

    Mya is not half Jamaican. Why would she be quoted saying her father is African American if he is Jamaican? No one hides their Jamaican heritage. She breaks down her mothers Italian heritage to a T, but doesn’t expand on her fathers Caribbean heritage? Makes no sense. Jamaican people have a habit of doing this and its a part of their pride. When an artist goes to Jamaica and makes a reggae inspired album or works with reggae artist they claim they are half Jamaican.

    Alicia Keys is not half Jamaican and Mya is not half Jamaican. They might love vacationing in Jamaica and performing with Jamaican artist but they are not Jamaican.

  5. Hyun Ahh says:

    She doesn’t look black to me

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