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July 7, 2015

To Whom Does the Fourth of July Belong?

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White supremacy asks us, on the Fourth, to consider ourselves one American people. But this too is an injustice, because it asks many to forget the ways in which the promise of America never applied to them and still remains largely incomplete. Perpetuating the myth of American independence, while it doesn't fully apply to all, cannibalizes the very hope of full emancipation and real equality.

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What's In A Name?
Assuming a new identity is nothing new for celebrities who find success in the entertainment industry. It seems as though everyone, from Academy Award-winning funnyman Jamie Foxx to Carmen Electra has a stage name. And even teenage rap sensation Soulja Boy, doesn't use the one he was legally born with. There are many others who prefer to be known by their pseudonyms. Some like Lil' Kim and Redman are obvious. Others like Michael Keaton and Julianne Moore may surprise you. Take a look at the real names of some of your favorite celebrities.

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Michelle Williams
Real Name: Tenitra Michelle Williams
Profession: Singer-Songwriter, Actress
Factoid: While touring across the globe with her former group Destiny's Child, she may have picked up a few entrepreneurial skills from Mathew Knowles. In 2006, Williams was named a minority owner of the WNBA's, Chicago Sky.

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Lady GaGa
Real Name: Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta
Profession: Singer-Songwriter
Factoid: It has been reported that Lady GaGa bleached her hair blonde to avoid being mistaken for Amy Winehouse by the media while being discovered.

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The Game
Real Name: Jayceon Terrell Taylor
Profession: Rapper, Actor
Factoid: In addition to being a close friend and high school teammate, NBA star Baron Davis is also reportedly the godfather of Game's eldest son Harlem.

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Real Name: Tramar Dillard
Profession: Rapper
Factoid: Before FloRida was rapping about Apple Bottom jeans and topping music charts, he was discovered by none other than Jodeci's own, DeVante Swing.

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Tom Cruise
Real Name: Thomas Cruise Mapother, IV
Profession: Actor, producer
Factoid:Born in Syracuse, New York Cruise has also lived Ottawa, Ontario; Louisville, Kentucky; Winnetka, Illinois; and Wayne, New Jersey

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Sting
Real Name: Gordon Matthew Thomas Sumner
Profession: Music Genius
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Stage Name: Jamie Foxx
Real Name: Eric Marlon Bishop
Profession: Actor, Singer
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Demi Moore
Real Name: Demetria Gene Guynes
Profession: Actress
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Bob Dylan
Real Name: Robert Allen Zimmerman
Profession: Singer-Songwriter, Author
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