Episode 023: Say My Name

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Say My Name

Would you change your name if it meant getting further in your career?

On this episode of UNGENTRIFIED, I am joined by Tanisha Colon-Bibb (@tanishacolonbibb), the entrepreneur who recently wrote an article about why she changed her name to something “less black” to get ahead in business, and her journey back to using her original name.

We discuss the response she got from her article, Black-on-Black name discrimination, the history of “ghetto” names in the Black community, and whether or not Oprah’s resume would get tossed in the trash. Listen and give us your opinion!

Guest: Tanisha Colon-Bibb (instagram.com/tanishacolonbibb)

Website: therebelleagency.com

Resources/People/Articles Mentioned in Podcast:

Two applicants receive rejections letters stating their names are “too ghetto”: https://thegrio.com/2018/08/15/mantality-health-accused-of-dismissing-black-woman-applicant-ghetto-name/ 

Tanisha’s article on why she changed her name to something “less black” to be successful: https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/i-changed-my-name-something-less-black-get-ahead-tanisha-colon-bibb/

Episode 012 of UNGENTRIFIED, where I discuss the history of the movie Boomerang with entertainment writer Kay-B.

Episode 019 of UNGENTRIFIED, where I chat with Cindy Wilson, a Korean woman who was adopted by a Black family when she was a baby, and ended up coming of age in the deep South.

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