Rihanna

02/24/2016 – Rihanna – BRIT Awards 2016 – Arrivals – O2 Arena – London, UK – Photo Credit: Landmark / PR Photos

Birth Name: Robyn Rihanna Fenty

Place of Birth: Saint Michael, Barbados

Date of Birth: February 20, 1988

Ethnicity:
*father – mix of African-Barbadian and European-Barbadian [Scottish, English, Irish]
*mother – African-Guyanese

Rihanna is a Barbadian singer, songwriter, rapper, dancer, record producer, and actress. She has been Barbadian Ambassador at-Large, since 21 September, 2018.

She is the daughter of Ronald Fenty, who is from Barbados, and Monica (Brathwaite), who is from Guyana.

Rihanna’s paternal grandfather was African-Barbadian. Rihanna’s paternal grandmother, who is white, has Scottish, English, and Irish ancestry. Rihanna’s mother is of African-Guyanese descent.

In an interview with Allure magazine, Rihanna stated that she was bullied in school and called ‘white’ by the other kids while growing up in Barbados.

Rihanna’s paternal grandfather was named Reginald Leslie Forde (the son of Helen Forde). Helen was the daughter of Joseph Nathanael “Joe” Forde and Louisa Jane Bascom.

Rihanna’s paternal grandmother is Elizabeth “Betty” Fenty (the daughter of Stanley Fitzherbert Fenty and Hilda Olga Coppin). Elizabeth is white. Her parents were born in Barbados. The surname Fenty is usually Scottish and the surname Coppin is usually English. Rihanna’s grandmother is also cited as having Irish ancestry. Elizabeth is from a family of “Red Legs,” descendants of slaves from the British Isles who were sent to Barbados. Stanley likely was the grandson of John Fitzherbert Fenty and Mary Louisa Jane Fenty.

Rihanna’s maternal grandparents are named Lionel Brathwaite and Clara “Dolly” Viola Venetta Johnson.

Rihanna in 2011

Sources: Genealogy of Rihanna – https://www.geni.com

Death record of Rihanna’s paternal great-grandparents, Stanley Fitzherbert Fenty and Hilda Olga Coppin – http://www.findagrave.com

Obituary of Rihanna’s maternal grandmother, Clara Viola Venetta (Johnson) Brathwaite – http://downesandwilson.com

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893 Responses

    • BigMama says:

      Her mother, Monica Braithwaite, is a retired accountant of Afro-Guyanese background, and her father, Ronald Fenty, is a warehouse supervisor of Barbadian and Irish descent. Rihanna has two brothers, Rorrey and Rajad Fenty, and two half-sisters and a half-brother from her father’s side, each born to different mothers from his previous relationships.

      Speaking to Allure in 2008, RiRi revealed that she was bullied at school because some of her fellow pupils thought she was too “white”. She said that she was cursed by her so-called friends, but had managed to overcome the bullies to become one of the biggest pop stars in the world. She said: “I didn’t understand. I just knew I saw people of all different shades and I was light. Now I’m in a much bigger world.”
      Read more at http://www.capitalfm.com/photos/famous-people-celebrities-bullying/rihanna/#gJxXcLfpDQ30VALD.99

      • midori29 says:

        @Big mama do not believe that bullied at school nonsense, that hard to beliveve. My grandfathers relatives came from Barbados and YES there are light skinned blacks in Barbados alot lighter than Rhianna.

  1. abbracci says:

    She thinks she’s so special. Barbados is a country with no civilization, culture or history. Rihanna is a trashy overrated hoe.

    • xoxo says:

      SALTY JEALOUS BITCH! I bet Rihanna looks a million times better than your busted ass. LMFAO you’re so pathetic logging on this site and bashing people who don’t even give a flying fuck about your opinions. They don’t even know you exist and yet here you are calling celebrities “ugly” and “hoes”. Get a life, asshat.

  2. midori29 says:

    Skin bleaching black celebrities , Nicki Minaj did it too and she tries to overmix herself as well.
    http://trace.tv/people/beyonce-ciara-nicki-minaj-rihanna-those-stars-who-bleach-their-skin/

  3. midori29 says:

    Basically its true these days, female music stars are making more money being know as “exotic” so there is money to be made in making people think that you are a black mixed female. I am telling you the worldwide success of Halle Berry started this stuff. being just black is not interesting enough for the general public. It used to be with Janet Jackson and Dianna Ross, Tina Turner, even Vanessa Williams never played up her admixtures. She is making money on what is popular and racist people want to know, because 100% and beauty does not go together .

    • cwm85 says:

      Rihan thagna is not just black. Her grandmother was white. Why should she say she is all african descent when she isn’t? Unless you are 100 percent of African ethnicity then you aren’t 100 percent African. She is multiracial like a lot of people. Like Halle Berry even though Halle Berry identifies as just black… I think, tho that is biologically impossible.

      • midori29 says:

        @cwm, a good number of black people in the Americas have white grandmothers. And all blacks are multicultural. Im not saying Rhianna should deny her white grandmother. But what I am saying is that she portrays herself as alot more mixed than she really is. Its not like one of her parents is totally white. She is mostly African. And Rhianna considers herself black but she tries to look more mixed with fake hair caucasian texture and skin bleach. Which is evident.

      • midori29 says:

        Grace Geely from the show Empire is a light skinned black girl from the Cayman islands in the Carribean and she does not try to overly mix herself up like Beyonce, Kerri Washington or Rhianna who are also of Carribean descent. Grace just says she is a light skinned black girl. Rhianna and Beyonce display self hate and they are bad for black women.
        Grace Geeley below Cayman Islands star of Empire on Fox tv. Link
        http://m.essence.com/2015/03/18/why-empires-grace-gealey-team-shorthairdontcare

    • BigMama says:

      She was bullied for being mixed race…. And you are here sayin she’s black…. Ridiculous.

      • midori29 says:

        @Big mama, I seriously doubt Rhianna was bullied as she says, she may be playing that up. There are alot of lighter skinned black people in Barbados, I have visited there, I am Carribean and I have some relatives from Barbados. Rhianna is not that light, especially when you have half black people who look like Mariah Carey all over the Carribean who many consider themselves black. Rhianna plays to American people who do not travel, she can basically say anything and fake the foolishness.

    • BigMama says:

      Her mother, Monica Braithwaite, is a retired accountant of Afro-Guyanese background, and her father, Ronald Fenty, is a warehouse supervisor of Barbadian and Irish descent. Rihanna has two brothers, Rorrey and Rajad Fenty, and two half-sisters and a half-brother from her father’s side, each born to different mothers from his previous relationships.

      Speaking to Allure in 2008, RiRi revealed that she was bullied at school because some of her fellow pupils thought she was too “white”. She said that she was cursed by her so-called friends, but had managed to overcome the bullies to become one of the biggest pop stars in the world. She said: “I didn’t understand. I just knew I saw people of all different shades and I was light. Now I’m in a much bigger world.”
      Read more at http://www.capitalfm.com/photos/famous-people-celebrities-bullying/rihanna/#gJxXcLfpDQ30VALD.99

      • midori29 says:

        @Bigmama, Rhianna will do or say anything for fame and money. I have seen her in real life, up close before her skin bleach and fame, she is only a medium toned dark caramel brown color naturally. Not very light at all. That story sells records, and makes her seem much more exotic. She is overwhelmingly West African, kinky bushy hair and green eyes. Google some young pics of her.
        Link:http://gossiponthis.com/2011/04/18/rihanna-big-secret-3-older-siblings/youngri2/

        • Man in NY says:

          “Not very light at all. That story sells records, and makes her seem much more exotic. She is overwhelmingly West African, kinky bushy hair and green eyes.”

          She could be naturally light-skinned, but with a tan in those photos. Other than that, I don’t disagree with you.

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