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Contest: Who Am I?

24 January 2008 20 Comments

Just giving you guys a little something to ponder…this ’80’s crooner changed his name and his style, but I’m sure some of you will get this even though he’s rocking the Erykah Badu look in this photo.

UPDATE: All correct. On October 4, 2001 Terence Trent D’arby changed his name to Sananda Maitreya, saying “Terence Trent D’arby [is] dead…he watched his suffering as he died a noble death.” Not one of you were fooled by that sassy turban, so winner of best comment goes to Julian for dubbing him “Sundiata Mamakoosah” with classic “Momma call him Clay, I’mma call him Clay” finesse. And yes, IW, skin bleaching creme is a helluva drug indeed.

The pic is the cover of his album “Angels and Vampires.” Not sure which one he’s supposed to be in the photo, but my favorite single of his back in the day was “Sign Your Name,” so here it is. This video is proof that a tendril of hair across the forehead was required during the late 80’s.


  • Undercover Black Man said:

    The Artist Formerly Known as Terence Trent D’Arby?

  • Slaus of O Hell Nawl said:

    Dang that is terrence trent d’arby?? say it aint so!!!

    kissing like a baaaandit, stealing tiiime!

  • Julian said:

    He changed his name to like Sundiata Mamakoosah or somethin…

  • Invisible Woman said:

    Did he change his skin color too? Skin bleaching creme is a helluva drug…

  • justjudith said:

    i was just thinking about blogging about him yesterday. it’s amazing how big a hit somebody can be one minute and then…obscurity. oh well…make that oh wishing well…

  • thechocl8tdiaries said:

    Is that Terrence Trent Darby?

  • Anali said:

    He looks like Terence Trent Darby to me too! : D

  • Mes Deux Cents said:

    Hi Thembi,

    That’s Sananda Maitreya and he looks like he’s a cross between Michael Jackson and Erykah. Lol

  • Torrance Stephens bka All-Mi-T said:

    loks like a hemorphodite 2 me LOL

  • Luscious Librarian said:

    Oooh, No. Maybe he fell down that wishing well.

  • Ill Mami said:

    Terrence in this flic sort of reminds me of the evil stepmother in Snow White. Especially how he’s holding that apple.


  • Invisible Woman said:

    @luscious and ill mami: LOL!

  • Malcolm said:

    I have to get back in the habit of checking your blog on a regular basis. At first I was thinking, “Who’s that lady?” when I saw the photo until you said 80s crooner. I looked again and said, “Damn, that’s Terence Trent D’Arby!”

  • Lola Gets said:

    I was going to say that Justin dude from American Idol, lol.


  • LaJane Galt said:

    Terrance! It looks like he got the Michael Lite Special.

    Whoever called him Sundiata Mamakoosah is wrong!!

  • KelleBelle said:

    Can everyone please stop hating on his coordination game? Who else can match their blouse, stone necklace, turban, and lip gloss with such style and grace? Burgundy is truly his/her color.

    Well done TTD, well done.

    ps: I’d really like to see what’s going on underneath that head wrap. Twenty bucks says jheri curl twisties. I don’t even know what that means…But I bet I’m right!

  • theblackactor.com said:

    How come they be wantin’ to be white women when they’s all growed up?

  • Danielle said:

    Dang! It’s a shame that his attitude ruined his career. Dude was talented. He looks like an old Hadji from Johnny Quest. Wait, Hadji was darker. Scratch that.

  • Ginneh said:

    JHERI CURL TWISTIES!!!! hahahahahaha

  • Anonymous said:

    check his official my space


    awesome new songs 😉

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