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12 Black Celebrities Whose Real Names Will Surprise You



Oprah Winfrey

Oprah Winfrey

Media mogul Oprah Winfrey was named “Orpah” at birth after the biblical character in the Book of Ruth, according to Wikipedia. But people mispronounced her name regularly, and eventually “Oprah” stuck.



Tupac Shakur 

The late rap star and actor Tupac Shakur was given the name Lesane Parish Crooks at birth, according to  His mother Afeni Shakur (born Alice Faye Williams) changed his name to Tupac Amaru Shakur when he was a year old, after her marriage to Mutulu Shakur.

She renamed her son after the Peruvian revolutionary Túpac Amaru II.

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  1. Guele Waar says:

    Funny how Akon pulled a fast one on Ellen. What is purported to be his name (as transcripted) actually meant "Alioune I Would Like To F**K You How About That Badara Akon Thiam" !
    Of course the real name would be Alioune Badara Akon Thiam.
    And seeing how Ellen always tru to be gracious and loving person, I'm not quite sure how to feel about Akon's uncouth and inappropriate prank.

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