Chicago based DJ and producer The Black Madonna is being urged to change her name.
The American artist - real name Marea Stamper - has used the alias for a decade now, but its racial and religious connotations are now coming under scrutiny.
The conversation was launched by fellow producer and DJ Monty Luke, who says he reached out to the Black Madonna earlier this year.
Failing to receive a reply, he started a petition urging the DJ to change her name, and this has been signed by more than 1000 figures across club culture.
Luke writes: “On June 14 of this year, I emailed Marea Stamper, in an effort to open a dialogue about the possibility of her moving away from using her DJ alias, The Black Madonna.”
“This name, ‘The Black Madonna,’ holds significance for catholics around the world, but especially so for black catholics in the US, Caribbean and Latin America. In addition, Detroit’s Shrine of the Black Madonna has been an important cultural figure to many interested in the idea of Black feminism and self-determination for the past 50 years. Religious connotations aside though, it should be abundantly clear that in 2020, a white woman calling herself ‘black’ is highly problematic. I explained these things in my message and concluded the email with some practical suggestions on how the nickname/alias transition could take place.”
Luke explains that he didn’t get a reply from his initial enquiry, and “a follow-up email sent on July 7 also went unanswered. This is why I am now resorting to this public petition campaign to effect this change.”
You can find the petition HERE.
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