Mulatto Mulls Over Name Change: ‘It’s Not Worth it Anymore’

by Yah Yah
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Mulatto is seriously considering changing her stage moniker after a slew of backlash she’s received.

“The older I get, you know, just the state of the world right now with Donald Trump being the president…police brutality, just reaching a point where the world is fed up,” Mulatto told. HNHH “I was out on the frontlines marching for victims of police brutality and the Black Lives Matter movement as a whole,” she continued. “To me, you get to a point where [the name] is not worth it anymore. I don’t know. Your intention is kind of being misinterpreted. So it’s like you’ve got to self reflect and go back to the drawing board.”

The term mulatto derives from the Mexican and Portuguese root word “mula,” meaning mule. A mule is the offspring of a horse and a donkey. The term was initially used as a slur to describe biracial children during slavery.

When the backlash first started, Mulatto defended the name, citing her biracial heritage. Her fans were not happy, with some on social media even threatening to boycott her music.

“I can’t say too much because we’re working on something right now, but I would be lying to say it hasn’t crossed my mind before,” Mulatto said during an interview with HipHopDX at the 2020 BET Hip Hop Awards. “It is a controversy that I hear and see every day as far as my name goes, so I would be lying to say no I never thought of that. But, I can’t say too much right now because it’s going to be a part of something bigger.”

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