Several episodes into the second season of Luke Cage, I've noticed what seems to be an intentional pattern:
Bushmaster insists that Mariah Dillard is Mariah Stokes, tying her to her relatives involved in organized crime.
Luke's father insists on calling him Carl. Luke insists that his name is Luke, the name he chose.
Mariah calls Stephanie Billie, because she thinks she has her number (but of course, she doesn't)...
Luke doesn't want people producing drugs with this name on them.
Bushmaster seems to love telling people his name.
It seems as if there's a definite theme of names, and who controls them.
Has anyone associated with the show commented on whether this theme was intentional?