In other news: John Galliano convicted, spared jail time; Mos Def changes name

Galliano at a June court appearance. (Thibault Camus/AP)

Mos Def is changing his name to Yasiin, effective the end of the year. The actor/rapper (born Dante Smith) told MTV2 that his old name is “a figure of speech that was given to me by the culture. . . and it’s time to expand and move on.”

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