Zendaya’s maternal grandfather was Phillip Hilary Stoermer (the son of Fritz Hillary Stoermer and Marian Elizabeth Peir).
Fritz was the son of Henry Stoermer and Etta Tyler Fritz.
In 1994, he released his self-titled debut album, Usher.
He rose to fame in the late 1990s with the release of his sophomore album My Way (1997), which spawned his first U. Billboard Hot 100 number-one single, "Nice & Slow", amongst top-five singles "You Make Me Wanna..." and "My Way".
Born in Dallas, Texas but raised and lived in Chattanooga, Tennessee until moving to Atlanta, Georgia.
At the age of 12, his mother put him in local singing competitions, before catching the attention of a music A&R from La Face Records.
is an American singer, songwriter, dancer, and actor.
Her mother, Claire Marie (Stoermer), who is white, has German, Irish, English, and Scottish ancestry.
Her name, “Zendaya”, comes from the word “Tendai”/”Tendayi”, which means “to give thanks” in Shona, a South Western African language common in Zimbabwe and southern Zambia.
Thelma was the daughter of Joseph William Kelly and Ella Sparling.
A picture of Zendaya with her parents Sources: Video of Zendaya and her parents talking about their ancestry – of Zendaya (focusing on her mother’s side) – of Zendaya’s maternal grandfather, Phillip Hilary Stoermer – maternal great-grandfather, Fritz Hillary Stoermer, on the 1920 U. Census – https://Zendaya’s maternal great-great-grandfather, Henry Stoermer, on the 1880 U. Census – https://Zendaya’s maternal great-great-great-grandmother, Ellen Grandona, on the 1860 U. Census – https://Her dad is African American, but to those saying he’s Ghanaian, are mistaken.