Thandiwe Newton Reclaims Her African Name

The actress formerly known as Thandie Newton is reclaiming her African name. All her future credits will be for Thandiwe Newton. “That’s my name. It’s always been my name,” she told British Vogue. “I’m taking back what’s mine.” Newton’s parents named her Thandiwe at birth, which means ‘beloved’ in the Zimbabwean language, Shona. Newton’s mother is from Zimbabwe. Newton said she dropped the ‘w’ from her name in grade school in an effort to feel less out of place and face less discrimination as a young black girl in a Cornwall Catholic school. When she started in show business, Newton said the ‘…

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