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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.

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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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5 Stories From Meek Mill's #CRWN Conversation That Flew Under The Radar

Meek Mill made his return to Elliot Wilson's #CRWN conversation on Sunday (Dec. 2) for an in-depth discussion of Championships, his behind-bars experience and prison reform.

Live from New York City’s Playstation Theatre, the stage was set with two throne-like chairs as Mill and Wilson's fans began to swarm through the packed house. Loaded with fans from Philly, Jersey and NYC alike, the crowd was buzzing in anticipation for Meek’s grand arrival. Introduced by Wilson, the veteran journalist briefed in-house and live-streamed listeners with his relationship with the Philly rapper, discussing the many times the two have linked “from the MMG days to now.”

“It’s just amazing to see how he’s continued to fight this adversity and continued to deliver great music,” says Wilson, engaging in a back and forth conversation with the crowd. “When you put out a title and say you’re going to name your album Championships, you better deliver,” Wilson continues. “And he delivered.”

Appearing on stage sporting a mid-length fur coat and glistening jewels, Meek and Wilson exchange a quick embrace as the live audience jumps to its feet to welcome their champion. Taking his experience to lean into activism, Meek engaged in a 90-minute conversation with the journalist, answers fan-questions and candidly tell his story as he sees fit.

But as tabloid fate would have it, one of the sole stories to come out of the meaningful conversation was his awkward date with then-girlfriend Nicki Minaj, Jay-Z and Beyonce. The memories Meek decided to share like adorable moments with his son, his newfound position in the battle for criminal justice reform and recording Championships fell to the wayside.

But don't fret. Here are some other memorable moments from the interview.

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1. Meek's Best Day in Jail Included a Visit From Kevin Hart

Meek's final day in jail was similar to the others. He woke up, successfully avoided jail food by making his morning oatmeal and knew his day was heading in a good direction when he won five consecutive ping pong games against his daily opponent– who want the smoke?

After heading back to his cell, Meek's day got a whole lot better when Kevin Hart and 76ers co-owner Michael Rubin had pulled up on him by surprise. "They come on the block and I was like, 'Man come in my cell and see how this sh*t look,'" Meek starts. "So Kevin Hart and Mike, they come in the cell and they like 'It's not that bad,' they tryna make me feel good, I'm like 'The hell you mean it's not that bad? I got my boxers hanging up on the f**king string'" the rapper jokingly recalls. After the much-needed hour-long visit, Meek returned to his daily jailhouse activities when he learned that he would be released from jail within hours. What a day.

2. Friends and Family Would Send Him IG Post Printouts Through Mail

When Meek packed his cell to go home, he had over 10,000 photos to sift through since his tribe brought the world of Instagram to him through the mail. "I used to tell everybody like, 'Yo, just send me everything that's going on on Instagram, I wanna see everything that's  going on in life.'"

The rapper separated his photos by importance, keeping the photos of his family in a separate pile with his other pile (filled with pictures of all the IG models and famous ladies) holding a different level of importance to those who stood behind bars with him. "It was valuable cause some guys in there they got 25 years in this s**t, they ain't never see the fake a**es yet and the girls with the new bodies, so you know, they all in my cell like, 'What's up with these pictures?'"

3. He Purposely Steered Away From Lending Tekashi 6ix9ine Advice

While breaking down Championships cut "Respect the Game," Meek spoke on hip-hop's freshman class including Tekashi 6ix9ine, Lil Durk and YoungBoy NBA. "[Tekashi] used to be poppin' so much sh*t on Instagram, I be like 'I don't even wanna say nothing to this young boy, this young boy start sayin' all this crazy sh*t to me on the internet," he joked.

On a more serious note, Meek speaks on the real issue he had with 6ix9ine, sharing his concern for the 22-year-old's habits in starting drama with some of hip-hop's most dangerous faces. "With my music, I wanted to reach all of 'em," he said, explaining how when the music speaks for itself, you don't need to ensue controversy to sell records.

4. His 7-Year-Old Son Already Has a Rapper Name

Give it 10 years and we might see Meek Mill's son on the Billboard charts. Answering a fan question about "Lil Drip," Meek clarifies that Lil Drip is actually his son Papi's, rapper name. "Sometimes I be in the studio I be like 'Yo, I give you $500 if you go in the booth and rap right now and he just go in the booth and lay it.'" Sampling a few adorable bars, Meek reveals that his son consistently shocks him with his material, bringing up some of the most trivial experiences he's shared with Meek.

"He be like, 'Private jet/ Who I met/ Ben Simmons/ That's a bet,'" spits Meek, referring to a previous birthday trip he's taken with Papi.

5. Jay-Z's Verse on "What's Free" Was a Pivotal Moment in Meek's Career

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During the conversation, Meek speaks on "What's Free" with Rick Ross and Jay-Z, remembering the first time he heard Jay's 44 bar verse. "When I got it back I was in the bathroom, I was just standing in the mirror listening to it," he says while bopping his head, fully immersing himself in the moment.

"I represent the path that HOV created," Meek tells Wilson. "I always wanted that Jay-Z feature and he came through this time, shout out to HOV."

Stream the entire conversation here.

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