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April 1, 2015

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Dear Apologetic Racists: Cry Me A River

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When a child actress is called a vile name by an long-running satire site, a beautiful young singer is labeled a stoner for wearing dreadlocks and a phenomenal 13-year old-female athlete is called a slut, they deserve more than a canned, robotic mea culpa.

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-- Grammy Award-winning rapper turned singer-songwriter Cee Lo Green on being sexually active with multiple women in his life. (The Sun UK)



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Celebrity Government Names

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 reality TV diva Nene Leakes, mainstream media bad boy Charlie Sheen and Grammy Award winner Cee Lo Green has a stage name. There are many others who prefer to be known by their pseudonyms. Check them out.

Celebrity Government Names

NeNe Leakes
Real Name: Linnethia Monique Johnson/Lenithia Bonita Smith
Profession: Reality TV Star, Author
Factoid: Many people think the 'Real Housewives of Atlanta' diva was born in Athens, Georgia. She was actually born in the St. Albans section of Queens, N.Y. and was raised in Georgia. For the first thirty years of her life, she was led to believe her legal name was Linnethia Monique Johnson but later discovered it was really Lenithia Bonita Smith.

Celebrity Government Names

Stage Name: Ne-Yo
Real Name: Shaffer Chimere Smith
Profession: Singer-Songwriter
Factoid: The chart-topping hit maker started using his legal name in the credits for 'Battle: Los Angeles' in an attempt for people to take his acting career seriously.

Celebrity Government Names

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.

Celebrity Government Names

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.

Celebrity Government Names

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.

Celebrity Government Names

Charlie Sheen
Real Name: Carlos Irwin Estevez
Profession: Actor
Factoid: Before Michael Keaton, the 'Two and a Half Men' star was once considered for the role of 1989 version of 'Batman.'

Celebrity Government Names

FloRida
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.

Celebrity Government Names

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

Celebrity Government Names

Sting
Real Name: Gordon Matthew Thomas Sumner
Profession: Music Genius
Factoid: As a solo musician and member of The Police, Sting has sold more than 100 million records and received sixteen Grammy Awards for his work.

Celebrity Government Names

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