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*BEYONCE KNOWLES' ORIGINS ACCORDING TO GOOGLE SEARCH

1,300

The number of people worldwide who Google the question, “Where was Beyonce born?” each month.

3,000

The number of people worldwide who Google the question, “Where is Beyonce from?” each month.

*All figures for “Beyonce Knowles' Origins According to Google Search”, supplied by Google. Stats include global totals for laptop and desktop computers and mobile devices.

Where Is Beyonce Knowles From? Is She African American, Native American, Indian, English? 55,000 Ask Google

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WHERE IS BEYONCE KNOWLES FROM? There is some confusion amongst many Beyoncé Knowles fans about where the music celebrity and wife to rapper Jay-Z was born, and the exact nature of her racial heritage. Many are unsure whether the singer is black, Native American or white. The answer is, the Texas-born beauty is all of them.

HER SKIN IS TANNED, but her hair is blonde — so where is singer Beyonce from, and is she black or white?
Many fans are unsure, and increasing numbers are turning to Google for answers. By Ben Arogundade.

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BEYONCE KNOWLES' ethnicity beguiles. According to Google's search statistics, approximately 3,000 Internet users per month from around the world ask the question, “Where is Beyonce from?” Another 1,300 want to know where she was born, 100 ask if she is Native American, and 200 people want to know if she is white? All together, this amounts to just over 55,000 queries per year about the music celebrity and wife to rapper Jay-Z.

In the 21st century race has become a movable concept. Black women can have blonde hair, and white women can have brown skin, blurring the racial boundaries. The fact that many people are unsure of Beyonce's ethnicity or where she is from works for her commercially, and fits in nicely with the desire of some to live in a less racially demarcated world.

NATIVE AMERICAN SOURCE CODE
Beyonce's multi-ethnic heritage epitomises the collective biology of modern America. Born in Houston, Texas on September 4, 1981, her father Mathew is an African American music business executive, and her mother Tina is a costume designer and hair stylist of so-called Créole origin (a French term for a person of Afro-European ancestry). More specifically, she is a Louisiana Créole — a mix of African, Native American and French. (The region was a French colony from 1682 to 1763, and from 1800 to 1803).

BEYONCE'S BLEND
Notably, Beyonce has been keen to define herself in more singular, non-racial terms. “I have kind of broken barriers, and I don’t think people think about my race,” she told Piers Morgan in a televised interview on June 27, 2011. “I think they look at me as an entertainer and a musician, and I am very happy that that is changing, because that is how I look at people…its not about colour and race.”

Simultaneously, some traditionalists are not happy with this view, and Beyonce has come under fire in the past for having blonde hair and light skin. A February 2011 article in the Daily Mail, by Yasmin Alibhai-Brown, carried the heading, “Why Beyoncé Is Betraying All Black And Asian Women”. The piece went on to criticise the singing star for veering away from traditional black beauty values, and therefore setting a bad example for young women of colour.

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EMBRACING FAMILY: Beyoncé Knowles and her mother Tina, who is of African, Native American and French ancestry.

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