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Black Mainstream Artist Should Avoid Using the N-Word

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I use the word ‘Negro’ and ‘Niggah.’  I don’t use it daily, but I would be lying if I said that I do not use the word. I acknowledge the history, and I do not use it in malice. I may say it negatively when talking about a situation. It is synonymous with ignorant, outlandish, and disrespectful behavior if I use it negatively.  If I use it positively, then I am doing it as a ‘code switch’. I would not call my students this is good or bad connotation because it is not appropriate, but this is in conversation with my family and personal relationships.

Do I have to use the word, no. Yet, I refuse to have this conversation about the use of this word amongst mixed company.  I will not have a discussion with a non-Black person on if I should use the word. It is clear that non-Blacks cannot use the word under any circumstances. So why are these people in the room? Why should they have a voice to what Blacks can and cannot say?  For hundreds of years, Whites had control over what Blacks could say and do, and that time is now over. Don’t worry about what I say unless you are Black like me.

You cannot use it throughout your music that is now bought and sold amongst the mainstream crowd only to say they cannot sing the word. Click To Tweet

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With that said, Kendrick Lamar and other rappers need to evaluate themselves and their music with the flippant use of ‘Niggah.’  You cannot use it throughout your music that is now bought and sold amongst the mainstream crowd only to say they cannot sing the word ‘Niggah.’  One can say that they should know better. Fine. But, shouldn’t you also know better?

When Jay Z fathered Blue Ivy, then he stopped utilizing the word ‘Bitch.’  Is there a time that these artists need to evolve and minimize the word ‘Niggah’?  With songs that have 22 uses of the word ‘Niggah’ in the song, then every other word is a word that someone non-Black could not say.  Is this fair when we all know that these artists have a large non-Black crowd who is buying all of their music? In fact, when you go to the concert, it is predominately White. If you want to keep making music for only Black people to buy, then keep using the word ‘Niggah.’ But, these artists want more money (which is fine), so remove the word if you don’t want Whites to use the word.  If an artist does not care about who uses the word, then own it and keep doing what you have been doing.

Let’s be frank, what responsibility would these artists have in their art when they are trying to sell records?  If they don’t want White people to call them ‘Niggah’ at all, then do not sing a song with a crowd full of White people that have 22 uses of the word ‘Niggah.’ Telling a young White girl to sensor herself is very hypocritical. How about these artists find all of the many ways to express themselves?

We have many words in a dictionary.  These artists should use them.

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The Diversity JUMPED out: Savage x Fenty Fashion Show Gave us all the Inclusion we Needed

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Last night Savage x Fenty by Rihanna ended New York Fashion Week with a bang! The lingerie brand had an array of women from different skin tones to body types. Rih wanted to show the world that ANYONE can wear Savage x Fenty and feel sexy. There were even pregnant models featured in the show. Yes, pregnant. Get into the models and event down below:

 

Rihanna is taking the fashion industry by storm. Let’s hope other fashion brands can follow suit.

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Lawrence Makes His Way Back to Insecure and Leaves Us SHOOK

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Lawrence must’ve had a seasonal positional at Best Buy because he is back but will he be in a full-time employee in Issa’s life?

Insecure delivered one of the most sickening episodes with “High-Like” episode 4, and not because they brought back breaking couch potato, Lawrence. It was the conversation about friendships and how things change. Dealing with real situations and how friends can all have something going on but also come to support one another. But for some of us seeing Lawrence made us wet and how us wondering why since we didn’t want to see him anymore.

The last 2 minutes as Issa walks in 7-Eleven after trying to assure Tiffany that things will be the same after she has her baby. Tiffany seems to be reluctant that it will be. Issa walks into the store to get some water and runs into Chad the Bluetooth wearing real estate agent. As she looked over to her left (in my Tweet voice) their goes Lawrence looking so good without a mustache OH MY! Issa’s looks as if she is excited and Chad’s mood is all of us!

Take a look at some of the reactions from Twitter as some said: “To hell with Lawrence!”

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Black People Stay Winning! Tiffany Haddish & Katt Williams Win Emmys!

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Tiffany Haddish made history last year for the being the first black female comedienne to host “Saturday Night Live.” Her performance garnered her a Creative Emmy for “best guest actress in a comedy.” During her SNL episode, Haddish addressed the hot button issue of sexual assault in Hollywood. It’s great that Haddish was able to bridge the gap between comedy and current events and get an Emmy for it! Haddish beat out Maya Rudolph, Jane Lynch, Tina Fey, and Wanda Sykes.

Another Emmy award winner we’re excited about is Katt Williams. The comedian won “best guest actor in a comedy” for his appearance on FX’s “Atlanta.” Katt Williams played Earn’s Uncle Willy and stole the show. This is great news because Williams career has gone through its ups and downs along with his personal life. With the Netflix special and this Emmy hopefully, this indicates that the “It’s Pimpin’ Pimpin'” comedian’s career is on an incline and we get to see him in more TV and film projects. Williams beat out Bryan Cranston, Donald Glover, Sterling K. Brown, Lin-Manuel Miranda, and Bill Hader for the award.

It’s great to see black talent that would be classified as “ghetto” or “ratchet” win Emmy awards. This goes to show that that respectability politics isn’t ruling anything over here. Black people are being their authentic selves and getting awards for it.

Are y’all here for the Emmy’s now that we’re getting awards or are they still late like always? Let us know in the comments.

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