is Mariah Carey black or white?
2006-04-24 08:27:54 UTC
is Mariah Carey black or white?
51 answers:
2006-04-24 08:28:30 UTC
shes malotto
2006-04-24 09:16:09 UTC
OK this is a good question! I wasn't surprised to find out that Mariah Carey is Irish (notice Carey the Irish surname )I had heard she was half Filipino (Filipina). A good mix if it is true since both are very devout Catholic countries. That would account for her dark complexion. Maybe her background isn't being fully explained. Heard one of her sisters was a prostitute.

About skin colour, she is mocha and skin colour doesn't determine race anyway. The skeleton does. Surprisingly Indians from India are Caucasian. Read about this and find the truth.
2006-04-24 08:28:49 UTC
Mariah Carey is a mixed ethnicity of Venezuelan, Irish and African-American
mks 7-15-02
2006-04-24 08:31:36 UTC
Shes Niether. Shes Mallatto.
2006-04-24 08:29:45 UTC
Both. I saw a special on her. One of her parents is white and the other is black.
2006-04-24 08:29:49 UTC
2006-04-24 08:31:08 UTC
Taking by her skin color Mariah is technichly Black.
2006-04-29 17:25:37 UTC
mariah carey is white and tan too.
2006-04-24 08:30:22 UTC
Yes, she looks white, doesn't she? But she is mixed. Her mother was white, and her father was black.
2006-04-24 09:08:48 UTC
I believe her mother is white and her father is black. She is half white and half black though.
2006-04-24 08:29:17 UTC
Mariah's father is African American and her mother is Irish... a red head. She is mixed.
2006-04-24 08:36:49 UTC
Her mother is Caucasian and her father is black. She's has a pretty rounded cultural personality too.
2006-04-24 08:32:01 UTC
mixed black and white
2006-04-24 08:30:22 UTC
Lol considers herself black. her mom is white and her dark is a dark skin venezuelan
2006-04-24 08:39:22 UTC
Every body Knows she mixed!
La Chica Sexy!
2006-04-24 08:28:41 UTC
She is half-white and half-black
2006-04-24 11:32:11 UTC
only Michael Jackson knows.
2006-04-24 08:30:25 UTC
shes a little bit of both shes a choclate vinalla swirl
2006-04-24 16:38:06 UTC
she's black her mother is white and father is black
2006-04-24 08:30:16 UTC
shes gray , heeeheee half black have white
2006-04-24 08:29:56 UTC
Bi-racial of course.
2006-04-24 08:31:15 UTC
shes a half cast
2006-04-24 08:29:23 UTC
shes mixed
2006-04-24 08:40:05 UTC
Her mother being Irish and her father being of Afro-American and Venezuelan decent. :)

Catepillar miss
2006-04-24 08:29:37 UTC
shes black and white NOT LATINO.
2006-04-24 08:29:29 UTC
2006-04-24 08:30:49 UTC
she's milato. one parent is black and one is white
2006-04-24 09:03:50 UTC
really? i thought she was white only
2006-04-29 18:21:02 UTC
She is like that cream (Half 'n' Half!) I crack my self up see lol!
Quarter Piece
2006-04-24 08:30:38 UTC
She is both.
2006-04-27 11:06:00 UTC
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2006-04-26 18:04:45 UTC
port. and black
my oh my
2006-04-26 07:25:23 UTC
2006-04-24 08:32:34 UTC
2006-04-24 08:30:36 UTC
do we have another Michael Jackson?
2006-04-24 15:08:14 UTC
She's both.
2006-04-24 11:41:35 UTC
She's both!
2006-04-24 08:28:35 UTC
white and/or latino
2006-04-24 08:31:07 UTC
she's mixed of both.
2006-04-24 08:28:41 UTC
she claims to be half and half
2006-04-24 08:29:27 UTC
She is a mutt!
2006-04-24 08:29:01 UTC
she is mixed
♥ Tori ♥
2006-04-24 08:34:10 UTC
She's tan.
2006-04-24 08:55:26 UTC
2006-04-24 08:44:12 UTC
half and half
2006-04-24 08:29:59 UTC
she is a fat slob, it doesn't matter
2006-04-24 08:29:39 UTC
2006-04-24 08:32:15 UTC
2006-04-24 19:35:41 UTC
Mariah Carey

Born: 27-Mar-1970

Birthplace: Huntington, Long Island, NY

Gender: Female

Ethnicity: Multiracial

Sexual orientation: Straight

Occupation: Singer/Songwriter

Nationality: United States

Executive summary: Diva with seventeen #1 hits

One of the most commercially successful pop performers of the 1990's, vocalist Mariah Carey was the third child of black/Hispanic aeronautical engineer Alfred Carey and Irish opera singer/voice coach Patricia Hickey -- a mix that made her the target of persistant racial prejudice throughout her childhood. The hostility against mixed marriages still persisting in New York at the time ultimately brought about her parents' divorce in the early 70s, putting Hickey in the position of having to keep multiple jobs in order to support her children on her own. By the age of 3, Mariah had already begun to show an enthusiasm for singing, and would sometimes accompany her mother while she rehearsed; taking note of her daughter's interest, Hickey initiated her vocal training soon afterwards. Singing quickly became the center of the young Mariah's existence: her first public performance taking place at the age of 6, and her schoolwork being largely ignored in favor of anything that could further her dream of becoming a star.

During her high school years, Carey made frequent trips to Manhattan in order to immerse herself in the professional music scene. After graduating in 1987, she immediately made a full-time move to the city -- sharing an apartment with two friends and attending beauty school, while supporting herself with a variety of menial jobs. In that first year, as much time as possible was spent in the studio, writing or creating demo tapes. Her entrance into the music business arrived the following year, when a friend convinced her to audition as a backing vocalist for Brenda K. Starr: Carey had little difficulty passing the audition, and Starr subsequently made it possible for the young singer to put one of her demo recordings in the hands of Sony/Columbia bigshot Tommy Mottola. The executive had been in search of a female performer who could compete with the success of rival label Arista's recording artist Whitney Houston, and a contract for Carey with Columbia was arranged in short order.

Work on Carey's debut continued between 1989 and 1990, maintained under the close supervision of a committee of Columbia executives seeking to maximize the album's "hit potential". The release finally materialized in June of 1990 and (as intended) was met with immediate commercial success, the singles Vision of Love, Love Takes Time, Someday and I Don't Wanna Cry all taking their turn at the #1 position, and the album itself reaching the top of the mainstream pop charts. Grammys for Best New Artist and Best Female Pop Vocal Performance (for Vision of Love) arrived the following year. Carey's next two releases were given a slightly more restrained but still enthusiastic response: 1991's Emotions reaching #4 and earning her a fifth #1 single with the title track, while her 1992 MTV Unplugged EP reached #3 and featured a sixth #1 song in the form of the The Jackson 5 cover I'll Be There. By this time Carey had assumed greater control over her output and significantly expanded on the production role she had taken on her first album; the Unplugged appearance also finally dispelled rumors that her unusually high vocal range was a product of studio trickery.

Having managed to establish herself amongst the most lucrative recording artists in the world, by 1993 Carey was already hard at work making all of the mistakes that typically accompany a sudden rise to fame. One of the more significant of these arrived in June of that year, when she took artist/management relations a little too far by marrying label head Mottola. Marrying the boss had it's perks, however, and her third studio release Music Box was given an enormous promotional push, making it her most successful release since her debut. Music Box not only returned her to the top of the album charts, but also added two more number one singles to her catalog, Dreamlover and Hero; the album's third single, a cover of Badfinger's Without You, made a respectable showing at #3 in early 1994 and provided the singer with her first UK #1.

After releasing the popular Christmas collection Merry Christmas at the end of 1994 (and no doubt the world needed yet another Christmas album), Carey made a stylistic shift towards R&B and hip-hop with her fifth studio effort Daydream (1995), surpassing the sales of even her first album as a result. Three more number one singles were included on the release -- Fantasy, Always Be My Baby and the Boyz II Men collaboration One Sweet Day -- and the album itself put her name back at the top of the mainstream charts for several more weeks. This genre-mixing direction was continued for the follow-up Butterfly (1997), an album whose title referred to her "emergence" from the stifling cocoon of her marriage to Mottola, which would be officially dissolved in 1998. Butterfly gave the singer not only another number one album and two more number one singles (Honey and My All -- her twelfth and thirteenth, respectively), but earned her some of the most positive critical notices of her career as well. The packaging and promotional videos for the album also revealed Carey moving away from the coy persona of her early career and assuming a more sexually aggressive public image.

In addition to the developments in her personal and performing life, the second half of the 1990s saw Carey establishing herself as an arranger and/or producer for other artists: Michael Bolton, Allure, Jermaine Dupri, 7 Mile, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, Blaque and even Placido Domingo amongst them. The singer closed the decade with her seventh studio effort Rainbow (1999), which reinforced her ties to hip-hop through guest appearances by rappers Jay-Z, Da Brat, Missy Elliott, Snoop Dogg, Mystikal and Master P. While still a huge commercial success by any reasonable standards, the album proved to be one of lowest-selling releases of her career up to that point, and was the first since Emotions not to reach #1 (it shows how astonishingly shallow and irrational the music industry (and its inhabitants) can be that a multi-million seller could be considered "a disappointment"). The release of Rainbow marked the end of her relationship with Sony/Columbia, and an extravagant contract with EMI was subsequently arranged in 2001.

The stress of her enormous celebrity inevitably caught up with Carey in the 00s, first revealing itself in the form of erratic behavior during personal appearances and culminating in a withdrawal from the public and a brief period of hospitalization at a psychiatric hospital. This breakdown came in the midst of preparations for the release of her semi-autobiographical film Glitter (2001) and its accompanying soundtrack album, both of which were given a harsh reception from both critics and the public upon their arrival later in the year: the film in particular fared extremely poorly at the box office and has been numbered by some sources amongst the worst movies ever made. The album version suffered a corresponding drop from her usual sales, but still easily reached a tally in the millions. Spooked by the dual disaster, EMI paid the singer out of her contract in early 2002.

In 2002 Carey managed to restore some of her acting credibilty through a role in the independent film production WiseGirls, also starring Mira Sorvino and Melora Walters; the recording side of her reputation did not recover quite so quickly, however, and Charmbracelet (2002) -- the singer's first album for the Def Jam label -- had some critics prematurely writing obituaries for her music career. Guest appearances on songs by rappers Busta Rhymes (in 2003) and Jadakiss (in 2004) were given a more optimistic appraisal, while also providing some renewed chart action. A dramtic turnaround in Carey's fortunes was subsequently made in 2006 with the album The Emancipation of Mimi, which once again found her making an immediate jump to the top of the album charts. Two more #1 singles (We Belong Together and Don't Forget About Us) were also launched by the release, as well the #2 entry Shake It Off.

Father: Alfred Roy Carey (black, Venezuelan) (d. 2002)

Mother: Patricia Hickey (Irish)

Brother: Morgan

Sister: Alison

Husband: Tommy Mottola (record executive, m. 5-Jun-1993, div. 30-May-1997)

Boyfriend: Luis Miguel (Latin singer, ex-)

Boyfriend: Derek Jeter (baseball player, ex-)

High School: Harborfields High School, Greenlawn, NY (1987)

Mariah Carey

Grammy Best New Artist (1990)

Grammy Best Pop Vocal Performance, Female (for Vision of Love) (1990)

Caribou Club

United ***** College Fund

Silver Hill Hospital

Nervous Breakdown (speculated) 2001

Irish Ancestry Maternal

Venezuelan Ancestry Paternal

Risk Factors: Smoking


State Property 2 (13-Apr-2005)

Death of a Dynasty (7-May-2003) Herself

Wisegirls (13-Jan-2002)

Glitter (21-Sep-2001)

America: A Tribute to Heroes (21-Sep-2001) Herself

The Bachelor (3-Nov-1999)

Official Website:
2006-04-24 08:33:13 UTC
who cares? I'd do her........

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