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Many of us can honestly admit that we cruise the Internet in search of a laugh, a petty post or some combination of both. And when the latter is needed, we usually find ourselves on Joanne The Scammer’s popular Instagram page. The blonde wig-donning, chinchilla-wearing character gives us life as he causally scams people or verbally rips his past lovers a new one with his high sadity “better-than-you” accent.
And while we find Joanne hilarious, it has crossed our mind: Who’s the man behind the laid bob wigs?
Well, The Fader but an end to our curiosity with an in-depth interview with 25-year-old Branden Miller, the creator who plays the beloved internet sensation. During their conversation, Branden opened up about his personal life and, if we’re being honest, he’s way more interesting than Joanne.
Here’s what we learned:
For The Majority Of His Life, Branden Believed He Was White
Adopted by white parents, Branden Miller grew up believing he was Caucasian by default. It wasn’t until he was 17 that a family friend told him he was adopted. Then he learned that his mother was Puerto Rican and his father, Black. Unfortunately, Branden doesn’t know any more information about his parents.
He Used To Be An Adult Film Star
Before the birth of Joanne The Scammer, Branden used to pay his bills by doing adult movies. Once people started to make requests for Joanne to appear at parties and photo shoots, Branden decided to let go of the sex industry.
He Nearly Overdosed On Ecstasy
Two years ago, a friend gave Branden a crystal of ecstasy and because he didn’t want the “unselfconscious high” to end, he kept swallowing more of it until he had a frightening, near-death reaction. Although he survived the incident, Branden suffered from bouts of depression and anxiety afterward.
He’s Not Really A People Person
Branden told The Fader’s Patrick D. McDermott that he finds people to be “really cheesy” and he doesn’t get along with them.
Branden Has Been Scammed In Real Life
This past May, a person posing as a Twitter employee swindled Branden out of his account information, stating that it was needed in order to get him verified. The scammer got his account info but wanted more. After the scammer asked Branden for $500, Branden told the scammer, “I’m busy with wine forgery right now babe. Can we chat later?” This apparently made the scammer upset and all of Branden’s tweets were deleted. After the incident, Branden got his account verified by Twitter.
To read Branden’s entire interview with The Fader, click here.
— Simone Biles (@Simone_Biles) August 12, 2016
According to NBC News, there are about to be a lot of babies named Simone out here thanks to recent Olympic gold medalists Simone Biles and Simone Manuel.
“Simone baby name” searches have reportedly jumped up by a whopping 230 percent in August alone, this according to Google Trends. It’s the first time since 2010 that there has been such an immense interest in the name. According to People, Simone means “one who hears,” or in the French translation, “to be heard.” And as Laura Wattenberg, the author of Baby Name Wizard told USA Today, “In recent times parents have liked to search for a meaning, or something inspirational in the names they give their children. They want to be able to tell their children a story and not just give them a name that’s nothing more than a collection of letters.”
And as Wattenberg also pointed out, with the multiple films put out recently about Nina Simone (born Eunice Kathleen Waymon), the name makes people think of “a strong African-American woman.”
When asked by the publication what he thought about the idea of complete strangers giving their children the name Simone, Ron Biles said, “It would make me smile.”
And with such noble namesakes, we’re sure that being named Simone would make a lot of people proud. Biles did just win four gold medals and a bronze in Rio, while Manuel took home two gold and two silver. And Nina Simone is, c’mon, she’s Nina Simone. She was a dedicated civil rights activist and acclaimed musician.
Clearly the name has some special power (dare I say Black girl magic?) connected to it that allows those with it to be history-making individuals of amazing talent.
Yes, Mommy, we know the baby naming journey can be challenging. but we are thankful for the many naming guides and resources out there that exist. “The Best Baby Names Treasury: Your Ultimate Naming Resource” is a popular book and we’ve gleaned 15 names from it with the meaning ‘wise.’
Thinking of a meaningful yet unique name for your new baby can be a difficult task. We love being helpful for the moms-to-be who may need help conjuring up some ideas and ways to get creative for a name. Consider naming your child according to the day of the week they were born? There are a lot of baby names with African origins that you can choose from for each day of the week. Did you know that Kofi is an African name usually used for baby boys which means to be born on a Friday? Click continue to learn more African baby names for each day of the week.
Ekua is an African baby name usually used for baby girls which means to be born on Wednesday.
Adwoa is an African baby name usually used for baby girls which means to be born on Monday.
Akosua is an African baby name usually used for baby girls which means to be born on Sunday.
Soon-to-be parents everywhere are furiously searching the web for the coolest baby names—some predictable favorites, and some newer picks growing in popularity. Looking for more baby names options? Check out our list of top New York baby names, names that are inspired by spring and summer and the top names of 2015.
2016’s top baby name picks for girls are:
2016’s top baby name picks for boys are:
Whether you watched the original 1977 miniseries, Roots, or the 2016 remake, you remember when the beaten and bloody Kunta Kinte, a strong Mandinka warrior, finally succumbed to his American slave name, “Toby.” For African Americans, the pressure to assimilate to European culture and to subjugate African American culture is a struggle as old as “The Middle Passage.” What some call “Black Pride” has had sporadic mainstream relevance via Africana movements and organizations like The Black Panther Party, The Move People, and The Nation of Islam.
Now we have The Obama Effect!
A Texas A&M University study published in the Ethnics and Racial Studies journal discovered that post the 2008 election of President Barack Obama, culturally relevant names have been trending amongst African Americans parents.
According to Anderson-Clark and Green, the election of the first African American President was ‘likely to have positively affected the self-perceptions of African Americans regarding personal and collective feelings about being African American’. It would only follow, then, that African American parents might choose to reinforce their pride in their group identity through the names they chose for their children — a process called “basking in reflected glory.”
An article by Science Daily reports:
To find out if this was indeed the case, Anderson-Clark and Green analyzed the names of hundreds of African American babies born both before and after Obama’s election. They also measured their mothers’ personal and collective self-esteem with the help of questionnaires.
While naming a child according to one’s own racial or ethnic pride is a great thing, the Texas A&M researchers remind parents to be wary of the “unintended consequences” of giving their child such unique names.
“The ethnic sound of a child’s name may affect how the child is treated by others, such as teachers,” Anderson-Clark and Green wrote. “In reality then, the issue becomes a balancing act of choosing to affirm one’s racial identity through the expression of names while attempting to avoid the prejudice and discrimination that might be elicited through those names.”
There is a famous quote by Shakespeare that poetically reflects on the power of a name.
“What’s in a name? That which we call a rose. By any other name would smell as sweet.”
Is a Black man named Barack more proud of his ethnicity than a Black man named Michael? In the realm of credibility, is the boy named Joseph a better student than the boy named Nasir? Is there any way to actually prevent discrimination against ethnic names?
The study, “Basking In Reflected Glory: The Election of President Obama and Naming Behaviour,” was able to track a trend in what names parents chose for their children before and after The Obama Effect. It implies that a Black man with an ethnic name in position as the President of The United States of America boosts the confidence of other Black persons to take pride in their heritage. It also refers to the names of the newborns as means of identification and celebration of the African American culture.
What’s in your name? Does it give you pride? How much does your name matter in the scope of your cultural identity? We want to know!
Clarissa Joan is a spiritual life coach and editor-in-chief of The Clarissa Joan Experience, a multi-media inspirational platform. She resides in Philadelphia with her husband, their two girls, and a yorkie named Ace.
For most moms-to-be the baby-naming-journey can be both exciting yet challenging. Most times, it’s important to select a unique name with meaning and family significance, but it’s not always easy to do so. If you’re looking to be inspired by other mommies or curious about popular baby names in New York, click continue.
As an expectant mommy-to-be searching for the perfect baby name could be tricky. But no worries, there are many creative ways to get unique ideas for a baby name. If you’re like us and you love the spring and summer seasons, perhaps this time of the year could be your number one source for inspiration. We looked to the Baby Names Treasury for spring and summer inspired baby names and we love what we found.
Maia is a popular baby name for girls which means the great one. In mythology; the goddess of spring/a brave warrior.
Season is a unique baby name which means a fertile woman; one who embraces change.
June means one who is youthful and born during the month of June.
Kelby is such a cute name for a baby boy which means from the farm near the spring.
Leland is a unique name for a baby boy which means from the meadowland.
Mayer is a name usually used for baby boys which means a large man/ farmer / one who is shining bright.
Eartha is a name used for baby girls which means woman of the earth.
Lily is a name for a baby girl which means, resembling the flower; one who is innocent and beautiful.
Rose is a popular baby name which means resembling the beautiful and meaningful flower.
Meadow is a name used for girls which means from the beautiful field.
While you’re on the journey to find a meaningful name for your baby, finding inspiration can be extremely hard. Especially when you have little time to quiet your mind and summon a muse. As always we are big on resources and books—one of the books that we’ve been perusing is a popular 2011 baby-name guide by Emily Larson, The Best Baby Names Treasury: Your Ultimate Naming Resource. We highly recommend it! In this gem, you’ll discover many helpful tips for your journey. The book suggests several creative ways to get ideas for a unique baby name. We did the flipping for you—when you click continue, you’ll see some of the tips that Larson suggests that will inspire your imagination (plus we included a few of our own.)
Have you tried blending your name with your husband’s or putting an interesting spin on it? Maybe if you play around with both your names, you may surprise yourself with something interesting.
Find a theme
Choose a theme and look within it. Larson suggests the theme ‘American cities’ which has great names such as Brooklyn, Austin, Lexington. Brainstorm themes with your friends and family.
Oftentimes parents look to the arts and name their children after an artist that inspired them growing up. For instance, the singer Mya was named after the great Maya Angelou. Who inspired you growing up?
While you’re on this quest talk to as many people as you can. You’ll be surprised by what you’ll discover from these daily conversations.
That includes co-workers too
If you’re still going to work, talk to the office, ask them their thoughts on a baby name.
Get to the Library
If you can, go to your local library, make use of their research databases and other resources! Start researching everything, you’ll be very surprised at what a trip to the library can inspire.
Your family tree
Get inspiration from your ancestors. Trace your family tree as far as you can and you just might find the inspiration you’ve been looking for.
Now you can put the globes and maps that have been in your home for years to good use.
There are few things more engaging, informative and entertaining than a gathering of intelligent Black people. This past weekend, I trekked from Harlem to Brooklyn to attend such a gathering. And as usual, I was not disappointed. We talked about racial tensions at our alma mater that had finally come to a head, bad dates, HBCUs vs. PWIs, and most interestingly, the intersection of social media and our past lives.
What started off as talk of 10-year-high school reunions turned into a discussion about how social media has granted us access to information we never would have known in the past and arguably, might not need to know today. We talked about the fact that you know not only the relationship status but even the inner workings of said relationships because of Facebook or Twitter. We know how many children someone has had since we graduated high school. And the odd couple from college who got married suddenly.
And perhaps most interestingly, we know, for better or worse, what our exes have been doing since we parted ways.
It was then that my friend from college shared a very interesting story.
Like so many of us, after the breakup she decided to remain Facebook friends with her ex. The two dated two-three years ago and recently, he just so happened to pop up on her newsfeed. She learned that since the last time she’d checked; not only had he gotten married, his wife had recently given birth to a baby girl. Babies are always blessings, so she liked the picture of the little girl and then kept scrolling to find out more information.
After a few scrolls, she found that the little girl had a very interesting name, her name.
Now, for clarification purposes, let me just not that my friend’s name is not Ashley, Kate or Sarah. It’s quite unique and quite Afrocentric. For the sake of anonymity, I won’t use her real name but think along the lines of Fatima.
Most of us, American born Black folk, don’t meet too many Fatimas in our life times. And interestingly enough, her boyfriend wasn’t even American Black. He was Latino and White. So, I would assume that he too hadn’t run into too many Fatimas during his day either.
But after dating a Fatima, for just about a year, he decided that it would be a suitable name for his daughter, something he and his wife would call her for the rest of her life. My friend “Fatima” who had liked the picture of the girl, quickly scrolled back up to remove her like, not wanting to cause any strife in her ex’s household. Imagine what his wife would think to see Fatima liking a picture of her daughter Fatima on her husband’s page. Obviously, since she’s his Facebook friend she would know the two had some type of connection. And Fatima reasoned that if he hadn’t told his wife about the inspiration behind their daughter’s name, she didn’t want to be the one to expose it and cause any tension in their household.
While my friend said a part of her was a bit flattered by the name choice, she also found it exceptionally weird and inappropriate. (I leaned more toward the latter sentiment.) Maybe he just really liked the meaning of Fatima. And maybe we’re all just a little too self centered to see that some people are big enough to disassociate the name from the memories they have with and of a particular person. Still, there’s something strange about calling your daughter by the name of your former romantic partner.
What do you think about naming a child after an ex? Does it mean that they’re not over you and want to honor you in some way? Or does it just meant that they happened to like the name? Also, if you were to discover that your husband named your child after one of his exes, what would you do?