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7 popular black figures who have changed their names for political or artistic reasons

September 08, 2018 at 09:56 am | Lifestyle

Farida Dawkins

Farida Dawkins | Staff Writer

September 08, 2018 at 09:56 am | Lifestyle

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Some say your name defines your personality and characteristics.  For others, it’s just an identifier bestowed to them by their guardians or parents.

Some choose to change their names as part of a requirement for their professions such as actor, entertainer or singer.

Others change their names for political reasons or if they feel their birth name doesn’t fit the desired direction of their life:

Here are some popular black figures who have changed their names for political or artistic reasons:

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