So you love Cardi B, but aren’t sure what race she is. Is Cardi B black?
Yes, Cardi B can be seen as black, or mixed race. Her mother is afro-Trinidadian, meaning Cardi B can claim she’s black. Her father is Hispanic or Latino, so because of this she can also be classed as mixed race.
Below we break this down a lot more, looking at her ethnicity, race, parents and more.
Where Was Cardi B Born And Raised?
Cardi B was born Belcalis Marlenis Almanzar on October 11th in 1992. She was born in Washington Heights, Manhattan in the United States.
Growing up, Cardi lived with her parents in the neighborhood of Highbridge in the South Bronx. Cardi also spent a lot of time at her grandmother’s house in Washington Heights (where she was born).
She attended a musical theater and technology high school in the Bronx that fueled her interest in the performing arts.
Cardi would later attend Borough of Manhattan Community College after high school, although she ended up dropping out of college.
Being a New York native, her rise to fame began in her state of origin. After college, Cardi was cast in a VH1 reality television series called “Love & Hip Hop: New York”.
After a couple of seasons on the show, Cardi would go on to pursue a career in music. She would go on to release a number of singles and mixtapes over a period of a couple of years. These releases garnered moderate success, but her real break came when she signed with a major record label; this sent her career on a high trajectory.
Cardi B eventually rose to fame with the huge success of her first major single that topped charts and earned her a number of Grammy Award nominations.
She also went on to release a very successful debut album entitled “Invasion of Privacy”.
All the while, Cardi B has remained a proud New York resident. She has spoken numerous times in the media about how proud she is of her New York roots and has a strong loyalty to it.
Although Cardi B has since moved to other places such as Atlanta, she still remains a proud New Yorker having been born and raised there.
What Race Are Her Parents? Is Cardi B’s Mother Trinidadian?
When it comes to addressing questions about Cardi B’s race, it is important to understand her parents’ background.
Both of Cardi B’s parents are immigrants who moved to the United States before she was born.
Cardi B’s father is known to be of Dominican origin. Because of this, we can say that ethnicity wise, he is Hispanic or Latino.
When it comes to her father’s race, it is not so clear cut. Because in the Dominican Republic, there are people of various races in the population who share the same Hispanic ethnicity.
Surveys of the racial makeup of the Dominican Republic have shown that for the most part, many of the population is mixed race. There are also significant numbers of people who identify as either white or black in the Dominican Republic.
You will also find that the Dominican population consists of people of other racial categories such as West and East Asian people (although to a smaller degree).
But because most of the Dominican population is mixed, it can be hard to narrow down any Dominican person’s race very precisely to any one category.
On the other hand, Cardi B’s mother is from the Caribbean, specifically from Trinidad. She is afro-Trinidadian when it comes to ethnicity.
Because her mother is of African descent, racially, Cardi B’s mother is considered black. Which means Cardi B is at least half black on her mother’s side.
The rest of the makeup of Cardi B’s race is hard to discern because it is not so clear cut on her father’s side.
Most likely, this means Cardi B is mixed race to some degree. Although we cannot be sure for certain what the mix is and to what precise degree.
Are Cardi B’s Parents Still Together?
Another thing that comes up in conversations about Cardi B’s race and other aspects of her life in general is the question of her parents’ current relationship.
Cardi B’s parents met while her mother was working as a cashier and her father was working as a taxi driver.
The two married in 1991 and they had two children together. Cardi was the first, born in 1992 and her sister Hennessey was born shortly after that in 1995.
When it comes to whether or not Cardi B’s parents are together, the information that has been publicized is quite conflicting.
There are some sources online that have reported that her parents divorced a while ago (after about 11 years of marriage).
However, Cardi B has never publicly confirmed this information. In fact, when it comes to her family, Cardi B tends to be open but private.
She has shared photos and videos online of her parents on numerous occasions and she has also spoken a lot about her relationship with them in the media.
However, she doesn’t like to share too much of her family with the public and has even said on some occasions that she prefers them to have their privacy in order to maintain their safety.
Since Cardi is so protective of her parents, it is hard to determine decisively some of the more private aspects of their life like the state of their marriage.
However, what we do know for sure is that they are a very active part of Cardi’s life and are very present as grandparents to Cardi B’s daughter.
Cardi has shared in multiple interviews how much she appreciates both her parents and how she wouldn’t be the person she is without them.
What Ethnicity Is Cardi B?
So now that we know all about the parents of Cardi B’s race and ethnicity, it is easier to understand Cardi’s own identity.
A common misconception that a lot of people have is that people’s ethnicities coincide with their nationality.
This is true for some people who have a particular nationality and grow up around that nationality’s culture and traditions. But it’s not so for everyone.
When it comes to ethnicity, Cardi takes after both of her parents. Ethnicity has to do with the culture, languages and traditions of the environment you are raised in.
Although Cardi B’s is American when it comes to her nationality, her ethnicity is much more complex.
Because Cardi was raised around the cultures of both her parents’ places of origin, which they passed on to her even as she was born in another country.
On her father’s side, Cardi is Hispanic. She grew up around her Dominican father and grandmother, who passed on their Hispanic culture and language to her growing up.
Cardi has spoken in the media about her accent, which is something a lot of people comment on.
She accredits the unique Dominican/New York accent she has to the fact that she was born and raised in New York but also was raised around her father and grandmother who passed it on to her.
And this is just one example of how they passed on their ethnicity to Cardi.
Cardi B also has afro-Trinidadian ethnicity from her mother’s side as this culture is something her mother passed on to her as well.
Cardi B has spoken a lot about her pride in being Caribbean and this just goes to show how much her Caribbean ethnicity is an important part of her identity.
What Race Is Cardi B Considered?
Having a full background of Cardi B’s family history and her ethnicity, we can finally answer to some extent the question of Cardi B’s race.
When it comes to race, Cardi B can best be described as being mixed race. She is at least half black on her mother’s side and this is something she has spoken about in public.
When it comes to racial identity, depending on the part of the world you live in, being mixed can constitute its own separate racial category.
Or it can mean you are considered one of each or some of the categories you are mixed with.
Because Cardi is American, being mixed (black and Hispanic) means that Cardi B can be considered black and can be considered Latina.
Cardi has on some occasions gotten into trouble online with people who claim that she has taken advantage of black culture when she isn’t really black.
This is because these people have just assumed on these occasions that she is only Hispanic and they do not understand her background.
But knowing of her afro-Trinidadian roots, we can see that this is far from the truth.
Cardi B has also always made sure it is understood that she is black while also acknowledging that she is mixed and she has never tried to make herself come across as any more black than she is.
Furthermore, Cardi has acknowledged in online discussions that she is also Latina from her dad’s side and both aspects of her identity are important to her.
Having established this information, we can conclude that Cardi B can be considered Latina, black and mixed race all at once as these are all parts of her racial identity.
Is Cardi B Black? Latina? Mixed Race? Other? Race & Ethnicity Revealed, Conclusion
When it comes to celebrities with mixed backgrounds like Cardi B, it can be hard to decipher their race and ethnicity.
Often times people can have misconceptions about these celebrities and misidentify them.
But hopefully, with this article, we have cleared up any confusions you may have had about Cardi B and her racial and ethnic background.