From Salon.com (8/25/08):  “What’s up with black names anyway?”

They are names like — to page at random through “Proud Heritage” — the catchy Maneesha and Tavonda, the magisterial Orencio and Percelle, or the evocative Lakazia and Swanzetta. They are names emerging from a tradition of linguistic and musical invention much like those that gave us jazz and rap. And they are names that have paved the way for Americans of all classes and colors to begin to loosen up a stodgy culture of traditional name giving.  (David Zax)

Key and Peele

Do these sketches criticize as silly or celebrate as creative the specialness of certain names specific to African-American culture?


“The Substitute”


















“The East/West College Bowl”



















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