Rachel Dolezal — the white NAACP leader who pretended to be black for years — has a new name: Nkechi Amare Diallo.
The U.K. Daily Mail reports this week that the infamous activist changed her name in a Washington state court back in October.
Nkechi, short for Nkechinyere, comes from the Igbo language of Nigeria and means “gift of God.”
The former president of the NAACP’s Spokane, Wash. chapter and part-time professor of Africana Studies at Eastern Washington University, made headlines in 2015 after her white parents, Lawrence and Ruthanne, told the media she was a fraud.
Not too surprisingly, she’s fallen on hard times.
In a long interview with the U.K Guardian last week, she said she can’t find work, having applied for more than 100 jobs — and has turned down offers for roles in reality TV and pornography.
“Right now, the only place that I feel understood and completely accepted is with my kids and my sister,” the 39-year-old said of her sons, Franklin and Langston, and her black adopted sister, Esther Dolezal.
Perhaps things will look up once her memoir, “In Full Color,” is released on March 28.
She wrote it, she says, “to set the record straight. But also to open up this dialogue about race and identity, and to just encourage people to be exactly who they are.”
Her supporters include those who compare her journey for self-identity to that of Caitlyn Jenner.
Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. March 2 for San Francisco’s biggest comedy (and music!) event since SF Sketchfest: The inaugural Colossal Clusterfest, happening June 2-4 in the Civic Center , features big-time acts including Jerry Seinfeld, Kevin Hart, Bill Burr, Sarah Silverman, Ice Cube, Tegan and Sara, Chromeo, Hannibal Buress — and dozens more. … On a more serious note, the classy 114-year-old civic organization Commonwealth Club is hosting its annual fund-raising Distinguished Citizen Gala Friday, March 3 at the Fairmont, with honorees including its own former board chairman John R. Farmer; Lata Krishnan, chair of the American India Foundation; Megan Smith, U.S. chief technology officer; Alex Macgillivray; deputy U.S. chief technology officer, and Bernard J. Tyson, CEO of Kaiser Permanente. … Mark Bernstein, CEO of San Francisco based MealEnders, is slated to appear on “Shark Tank” on March 3, pitching his health product, a lozenge that relies on behavioral sensory science (not drugs) to help people avoid overeating.
Actress Bryce Dallas Howard is 36. … Actress Rebel Wilson is 37. … Singer Chris Martin of Coldplay is 40. … Actor Daniel Craig is 49. … Singer Jon Bon Jovi is 55. … Author John Irving is 75. … Author Tom Wolfe is 87.
— Staff, wire reports