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

*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 grandfather is named Lionel Brathwaite.

Rihanna’s maternal grandmother is named 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


Curious about ethnicity

906 Responses

  1. dlxzvs says:

    correction guyana is not in the caribbean, so it should not be included with african-caribbean

    • callmecharlie says:

      Actually, Guyana is a Caribbean territory. Just like Puerto Rico is a US territory.

      • dlxzvs says:

        Guyana is not a territory. It is a country in South America. You could’ve used google before saying stuff ok

        • callmecharlie says:

          As someone with Guyanese roots, I can tell you that while, geographically, Guyana is in South America, it’s culturally/ethnically a part of the Caribbean. The Caribbean is not a continent; it’s a region that includes countries/territories from several continents. You could read more than just the first sentence of a google search before saying stuff ok

          • dlxzvs says:

            Guyana is still not caribbean. It is not even an island or does it border the caribbean sea. Culture can be similar but that doesnt change these facts whether you like it or not. And if you’re from Guyana how can you say it is a territory? Lol maybe learn more about those roots then. Anyway im not going to argue with you further

          • Oaken05 says:

            You are correct. This is literally the second sentence of the wiki article on the country:

            ” It is often considered part of the Caribbean region because of its strong cultural, historical, and political ties with other Anglo-Caribbean countries and the Caribbean Community (CARICOM)”

            I don’t know how someone is going to tell you – someone with Guyanese roots – what is and isn’t Caribbean. Guyana is very culturally part of the Caribbean region regardless of its geography. The creole spoken there is related to the creoles of the Caribbean.

          • callmecharlie says:

            dlxzvs – I wasn’t using the term “territory” in it’s literal sense. I was using it to mean that Guyana is culturally/ethnically a part of the Caribbean. You tell me to do my research yet you can’t even be bothered to read past the first sentence of a Google search. Pathetic and lazy.

          • callmecharlie says:

            dlxzvs – “Guyana is part of the Anglophone Caribbean” <— taken straight from the wiki page…

      • dlxzvs says:

        You said a territory like puerto rico. You dont even know my roots so you dont have to tell me anything. Im from the region. It is considered culturally caribbean but not geographically, so it is not (factually). Talking about wiki, if you read the caribbean article it still is excluded. So the description of her ethnicity is better how it is now. I dont care what you consider yourself, i never asked about it you moron

        • callmecharlie says:

          Oh, piss off, Neanderthal. I said territory like Puerto Rico, meaning it is not a part of the 50 states of America but it is still considered to be a part of the United States. What exactly do you think the term “ethnicity” refers to? Ethnicity refers to culture. The term you’re looking for is “nationality” which refers to geography. Vietnam isn’t in East Asia but it is still considered an East Asian ethnic group because it is culturally East Asian. No one asked you for your ill-informed two cents but you still provided it. You’re not very bright, are you?

  2. A user says:

    Someone’s hating.

  3. Lady says:

    You must be gorgeous then.

  4. me says:

    She doesn’t look mixed at all.She is just a black girl.I don’t know why white people are trying to whiten her.

    • flo says:

      No one is trying to whiten her. Her father is mixed. That’s just stating a fact.

    • Greyface says:

      wrong! I always wondered why she was so pretty for a black girl, and now I know it’s because she’s 25% white!!!

      • flo says:

        Except Rihanna looks like her mother (who is not mixed). Sorry, you can’t credit her beauty with being a quarter white lol

      • Samiiraa says:

        She is more than 25% White. The average black American has 20% European ancestry and she doesn’t look like the average black American. Her father is probably 60% Euro and her mother has probably European dna too and maybe some Native also. Rihanna is a mulatto, that’s just a fact, she doesn’t look black, she looks mixed and she identify as mixed.

        • midori29 says:

          @Samiiraa you need to learn what BLACK Africans look like . You can have green , grey or blue eyes and be 100% black African check these pics below
          This was posted in an article:
          “There are also different types of albinism which feature different eye and hair colors including brown, green or blue eyes and red, brown or blond hair and some forms of albinism even allow the person enough melanin to tan… sound familiar? These aren’t “European features”, they’re inbred African features.”

          • italiano90 says:

            It’s obvious she gets her green eye gene from her irish grandmother’s family. Nothing wrong with that. No one is saying she looks mixed or biracial. She very much still looks like a black woman just with green eyes that were inherited from her father’s white side.

    • Multiethnicchick says:

      yes she does. Go to Africa where black africans are without any admixture. She would stick out because she’s mixed and looks mixed. that’s why black kids at her school called her white.

      • midori29 says:

        Rhianna is exaggerating here. There are much much lighter black people living in Barbados than Rhianna. Plus there are actual WHITE barbdians. Rhianna would NOT stick out. Everyone would think she was a regular black girl in Barbados. She just tries to male herself more exotic with that. Rhianna does not even have curly or straight hair. Its just kinky plus she had a nose job.

    • Samiiraa says:

      At all ? Haha I am mixed and has the same complexion and she has green eyes. She looks definitely mixed. She is probably not 25% European but more since Black Barbadians and Guyanese have also European dna. She is probably 35% or even 40% white.

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