Willow Smith

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Birth Name: Willow Camille Reign Smith

Place of Birth: Los Angeles, California, U.S.

Date of Birth: October 31, 2000

*75% African-American
*25% African-Creole-Barbadian and African-Creole-Jamaican

Willow Smith is an American singer, actress, and dancer. She is the daughter of actors/musicians Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith, the sister of actor and musician Jaden Smith, and the half-sister of actor and disc jockey Trey Smith. Her maternal grandmother’s family were of African-/Creole-Caribbean descent, while her other grandparents are African-American. Her uncle is actor/writer Caleeb Pinkett.

Willow made her acting debut in 2007 in the film I Am Legend, with her father, and later appeared in Kit Kittredge: An American Girl, alongside Abigail Breslin. Willow launched her music career in autumn 2010, with the release of the hit singles “Whip My Hair” and “21st Century Girl,” and signed to her current mentor Jay-Z‘s record label Roc Nation, becoming the youngest artist signed to the label.

Willow’s paternal grandfather was Willard Carroll Smith, Sr. (the son of George Wilmer/Willard Emmett Smith and Ellen King). Willow’s grandfather Willard was African-American. George was the son of William Smith and Orlinda Dickens. Ellen was the daughter of Claude King and Alice L.

Willow’s paternal grandmother is named Caroline Bright (the daughter of a father surnamed Bright, and of Helen). Caroline is African-American.

Willow’s maternal grandfather was Robsol Grant Pinkett, Jr. (the son of Robsol Grant Pinkett and Shirley Nancy Crystal Holland). Willow’s grandfather Robsol was African-American. Willow’s great-grandfather Robsol was the son of Maslin Frysinger Pinkett and Martha Josephine Dyer. Shirley was the daughter of James P. Holland and Alice Whitehead.

Willow’s maternal grandmother is Adrienne Banfield (the daughter of Gilbert Leslie Banfield and Marion Eliza Martin). Adrienne’s family were Black/Creole immigrants from the West Indies (Barbados and Jamaica). Gilbert was the son of Gilbert Banfield and Ella E. R. Parris/Paris. Marion was the daughter of Ralph Nunis Martin and Daisy Maude Costa/Coster.

Sources: Genealogies of Willow Smith – http://www.geni.com

Willow’s maternal great-grandfather, Gilbert Leslie Banfield, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org

Birth record of Willow’s maternal great-grandmother, Marion Eliza Martin – https://familysearch.org

Willow’s maternal great-grandmother, Marion Eliza Martin, on the 1920 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
Marion Eliza Martin on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

2 Responses

  1. Multiethnicchick says:

    These percentages are no doubt wrong. I’d wager she’s between 40-25 nonblack admixture

  2. Multiethnicchick says:

    She looks nothing like Naomi Campbell, your eyes need help

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