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

139 Responses

  1. MettaWorkPlease says:

    Beautiful. And you can tell that her black and Italian mix is the reason why she is ageing well. She’s 37, but doesn’t look a day over 21

  2. Devotion says:

    definitely looks her ethnicity.

    i thought she was african & middle eastern. but now i read that she’s half italian instead. so i was close

  3. xoxo says:

    Why doesn’t she sing anymore? I like a few of her songs.

  4. cwm85 says:

    Always thought she was pretty. Had a crush when I was younger. Figured she was mix. A lot of the mix musicians and actors always turn to predominantly black music and movie roles tho. It seems mixed black and white are more accepted in African-American communities. As a mix person I have been on the opposite end as more fully Caucasians have accepted me than blacks. Just an observation.

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