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18 People Named Christopher We Acknowledge On Columbus Day

Anyone is better than Columbus. 

Christopher Columbus Day is slowly becoming a thing of the past thanks to the vast increase in celebrations of Indigenous Peoples Day. There's also the cultural shout out every year that goes to Christopher Wallace, also known to the world as the Notorious B.I.G.

Given the constant unearthed facts about the mass genocide of Native Americans, Oct. 8 is now a means of celebrating Native Americans as well as other people not named Columbus. When it comes to stumbling across the so-called New World, there are folks like Leif Erikson and Amerigo Vespucci who are beloved by many.

But over here, we're happy to give praise to other guys named Christopher who've helped push the culture forward with their talents.

Take a look at some other decent folks named Christopher below.


1. Christopher Brian Bridges

Known As: Ludacris
Why We Acknowledge:

He’s known these days for his acting and hosting chops, but Luda was one of the many rappers of the early aughts who brought southern bars to the top of the charts. He recently celebrated the 15th anniversary of his classic album, Chicken and Beer which birthed hits like “Stand Up” and “Splash Waterfalls.” He’s also found clever ways to extend his legacy like creating the southern eatery Chicken + Beer at Atlanta’s Hartsfield–Jackson International Airport.

2. Christopher Wallace

Known As: Notorious B.I.G.
Why We Acknowledge:

Noted as one of the greatest rappers of all time, there’s no reason not to acknowledge Biggie Smalls. Recently plenty of films and documentaries have hit the big and small screen, teaching the youth about the rapper’s legacy. His fashion sense is also making a comeback as Versace announced plans to release their Medusa medallion accent shades made popular by Biggie in the 90s.

3. Christopher Lee Rios

Known As: Big Pun
Why We Acknowledge:

Also known as Big Punisher, the Bronx MC was the first Latinx artist to receive a platinum plaque. His bravado rhymes inspired the likes of Cory Gunz and Joell Ortiz while gaining strong co-signs from Kurtis Blow, LL Cool J and Sean “Diddy” Combs.

4. Christopher Peter Meloni

Known As: Det. Elliot Stabler
Why We Acknowledge:

Meloni has returned to his comedy roots, but the actor is widely adored for his role as Olivia Benson’s partner in fighting crime on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. Even though he was a bit of a jerk, he never claimed to discover America or push Indigenous peoples from their native land.

5. Christopher Emmanuel Paul

Known As: Chris Paul
Why We Acknowledge:

The Houston Rockets point guard is not only talented at what he does, but he’s also a snazzy dresser who isn’t afraid to speak out against social injustices.

6. Christopher Maurice Brown

Known As: Chris Brown
Why We Acknowledge:

Royalty’s dad still has the moves and tunes. He’s also one of three black artists to hit a billion Spotify streams in 2018.

7. Christopher Julius Rock

Known As: Chris Rock
Why We Acknowledge:

Rock’s social commentary is comedic gold. From Bigger and Blacker to Tambourine, his specials are one to take notes from. He also managed to flip Baz Luhrmann’s “Everybody’s Free To Wear Sunscreen” into “No Sex” with the late soul legend Gerald Levert.


8. Christopher Keith Irvine

Known As: Chris Jericho
Why We Acknowledge:

He was a hero during the 90s era of wrestling. He recently made his return to New Japan Pro Wrestling which is way better than lying about discovering a country.

9. Christopher Tucker

Known As: Chris Tucker
Why We Acknowledge:

He's in one of the best movies of all time.

10. Christopher Francis Ries

Known As: Young Chris
Why We Acknowledge:

He was the youngest in charge with Neef Buck as Young Gunz and released golden jams like "No Better Love."

11. Christopher Daniels Miller

Known As: YC
Why We Acknowledge:

The Atlanta rapper's hit "Racks" is still in heavy rotation, unlike Columbus' colonizing ways.


12. Chris Kelly and Chris Smith

Known As: Kriss Kross
Why We Acknowledge:

Because two Chris-es are better than one.

13. Christopher Dorsey

Known As: BG
Why We Acknowledge:

Before it was picked up by the masses, "Bling Bling" was a black national treasure like Juvenile's "Back That A** Up."

14. Christopher Edward Martin

Known As: DJ Premier
Why We Acknowledge:

The legendary producer has been behind the boards of plenty of legends like Jay-Z, Nas and Biggie Smalls. In addition to his gems in Gang Starr, he's made an effort to shine wisdom on the new generation.

15. Christopher Reid and Christopher Martin

Known As: Kid N’ Play
Why We Acknowledge:

This. Movie.

16. Christopher Chares Lloyd

Known As: Lloyd Banks
Why We Acknowledge:

As the lyrical maven in G-Unit, Banks gave us hits like "On Fire," "Help" featuring Keri Hilson and endless punchlines from his long discography of mixtapes.

17. Christopher Francis Ocean

Known As: Frank Ocean
Why We Acknowledge:

Because he's Frank Ocean. The artist might've changed his name, but he's still someone that needs to be acknowledged every day.

18. Christopher Robin

Known As: Christopher Robin
Why We Acknowledge:

Do we have to say?

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