This is Cristy Austin with her 19-year-old daughter, Kylie. Kylie’s original name was Keisha Lenee Austin. Kylie’s mother, who is white, had a specific reason for selecting the name “Keisha”:
… to her, it represented a strong, feminine, beautiful black woman. As a white woman who would be raising a biracial daughter she wanted to instill that confidence and connectivity to the culture.
“I saw it as a source of pride,” Cristy says. “I wanted her to have that.”
Kylie had her reasons for changing her name:
The one she was born with never felt right. The looks she got when strangers met her were rooted in racial stereotypes. Before she graduated from Shawnee Mission North High School last year, some classmates associated her name with video vixens, neck-rolling and Maury Povich tabloid fodder.
Story here. Go read it and come back to comment. Kylie also says that she never grew up around black people.