While hanging out with two self-proclaimed “Niggas in Paris,”  A-List actress Gwyneth Paltrow — who for some reason can often be found shaking what her mama gave her somewhere in the vicinity of Jay-Z – decided to tweet that she was with “Ni**as in Paris for real.”

And the Civil Rights police turned on their loud sirens and went to work.

If you’ll notice by that first sentence, there’s a lot of “nigga” throwing going on, yet there was no outcry until the white woman said it. One has to question why exactly it’s perfectly acceptable for two, adult black men (Jay-Z and Kanye West) to make a song about a couple of “niggas” ballin’ in the City of Lights, but when their white friend tweets the name of the song, she’s all of a sudden racist.

[Side note: This criticism is directed towards those black people who say the word "nigga" freely or have no issue with it unless it comes from the mouth of a non-black person. If you do not condone the use of the word by anyone, regardless of race or ethnicity, then the "hypocrite" label does not apply to you.]

It’s this kind of backwards thinking that always amazes me. Many in our communities have co-opted a word created specifically by white Americans to degrade black Americans; yet when we say it it’s supposed to be an inclusive thing. It’s the unofficial logo on the “Black card,” accepted anywhere that you can find a group of “niggas.”

I’ve never understood the semantics hoops some black people go through to justify the word’s usage. No matter which way you slice it or dice it, brotha is short for brother; sista is short for sister; and nigga is short for nigger. The word is no different when used predominantly by black people in financial bondage or living in prison slave quarters, than when used by a white plantation owner. It amounts to nothing more than bastardized slang and they know it.

Re-enter Gwyneth Paltrow.

She had no idea that her words would cause such a maelstrom of controversy. Why? Because it’s the title of a song written by black men and since when is it a white woman’s job to show more respect for Jay-Z and Kanye West than they show for themselves? (And as Kanye told a recent Parisian crowd, he’ll grant them permission to say it, you know, to sing along). For anyone to find her words in any way disrespectful or culturally insensitive — while simultaneously Diddy-boppin’ along to lyrics — would require such a giant leap into insanity that I would suggest they seek professional help. To be honest, I even get the fellas point of using the word in this song. If we’re to sift through the negative historical and societal associations with the word, it’s easy to see that what they are saying is, “Look, society calls us niggas, but now these niggas are in Paris and white people are paying thousands to come see us.” It’s a rags-to-riches tale of two homegrown “niggas” making it from the hood all the way to Paree. It’s exhilarating, cathartic, validation and confirmation that they’ve made it to the big leagues. Instead of shucking and jiving in the United States, they can now do it in Europe – and doesn’t it feel grand?

If anyone should offer an apology to the insulted masses of black folk, it’s those two for crafting such an ignorant song.

Still…just as I heavily criticized the censorship of the word “nigger” in Huckleberry Finn, I defend Gwyneth’s regurgitation of the word “niggas” here. She has an appreciation of the commercialized Hip-Hop that she has been spoon-fed. She respects Jay-Z and his art. She’s proud of him for being a “nigga in Paris,” just as he’s proud of himself.

Maybe it’s time that those who are screaming “off with her head” all over the internet redirect that anger to the real source. You know, her “friends,” Jay-Z and Kanye who have yet to come to her defense, even as “The Dream” and Russell Simmons jump in to protect her from criticism (The Dream now claims he sent the tweet from Paltrow’s phone). If “nigga” is the terminology of oppression for the black folks who cried wolf, then they must also realize that degradation will always be degradation – even if the oppressors have black faces.

  • TRUTHTELLER

    Black people like JAY-Z and his generation made it easy for white people to use that word and I don’t care how you say it. I don’t listen to songs with that word.

  • TheBestAnonEver, Part 2

    Agreed.

    Her best friends (the Uncle Jay to her kids) whom she called ‘n***a’ do not seem to have a problem with her, I am not sure why I should. In fact, the men most affected by the word seem to have decided not to even bother offering support in silence, but actively defend her. I think everyone else harping on this should just give it up. If it annoys you so much, stop supporting Jay Z and Kanye, the ones that created this situation in the first place. We know for most black people that is never going to happen so ………..

  • Isis

    Blah blk ppl use This word all Day, everyday so Why cant others?? Next

  • DUMB DOWNED GENERATION

    WOW…what do you all stand for? Yet as soon as someone call gays that dreaded derogatory name, the world stops revolving.

    Well I hope when your YT friends or boss call you ladies that you smile and keep it moving!

    SMDH

    I do not support JAy Z, Kanye ,Beyonce or the Dream and I never will!

    As soon as these YT people they worship remind them who they really are again..don’t come running back to N****!

    WOW, just WOW anything to show your stan loyalty to Jay Z and Beyonce

  • Toppin

    I suggest this white woman find herself a more educated set of black friends. The bottom of the barrel set will turn on you in a heartbeat for pointing out the contradictions in the their reasoning. Her career must be flat-lining because I cannot recall her hanging around ninjas (yeah I do use the word…but only to describe the ignorant folks of the race) when she was in her prime.

  • cupcakes and shiraz

    Considering that she’s friends with that nouveau-riche ghetto rat (Jay-Z), I am not surprised that she thinks it’s ok to say the “n*gga”.

  • Isis

    I get tired of blk ppl complaining about stuff others do to them when they do The same thing to themselves. No One will Love u more than u do. When will blk ppl get that??

  • TheBestAnonEver, Part 2
  • TheBestAnonEver, Part 2

    They (Jay Z, Kanye West, The Dream, Russell Simmons) don’t have a problem being called the n-word so I wish all of them the best. As I have never used the word and no white/black/Asian/etc person has ever heard me use the word, I don’t expect them to direct that word at me or even mention it around me. If they do, I will take the appropriate action. The same cannot be said for Kanye or Jay Z or any of the other idiots mentioned in the article.

    I don’t know about you, but I am done getting upset on behalf of someone else. They love and welcome her use of the word and you are pissed? Okay then.

  • Queen

    I completely agree with the author. The whole idea of using the word is ridiculous. I think it’s a double standard to say that it’s ok in this context and not in this context. Why use it in the first place? We seriously need to step back from this idea that saying it takes the power away from it… it’s having the opposite effect. Now we have groups of people using it without regard to it to what it really means.

  • B. Payne

    Aside from the topic…this is the event where Bey got drunk, not sloppy drunk, but her eyes had that “glow” and I know this sounds ridiculous but it was actually cool to see her let loose.

    My fav pic is when she was laid out in the bentley cheesing like crazy! Goes to show you that these ppl ARE human not the next coming of Christ.

    Okay carry on…B-BALL SO HARD! LOL

  • Yb

    Gtfoh with that victim blaming BS. People who are victimized and attacked by a deragatory term have the right to claim the word as their own and appropriate it. That goes for women, gays, other POC and etc. If your okay with someone calling you a “Nigger” that on your sorry black ass. But not me. My ancestors won’t be spinning in their grade. And stopped pulling that tired, “if black people do this blah blah” card. No matter what black people do, for having the audisty to exist we will still be treated as lesser. Kill that noise.

  • Keri

    I think blacks decided to use the “n” word so pervasively in music as a way to remove the sting from it. However as its been shown time and time again, the word is still offensive to most blacks even though they use it. Nevertheless this topic is blue in the face and I am tired of it being used as a distraction. There are many and I do mean plenty more tangible issues requiring attention.

  • Isis

    Speak for yourself I dont claim that ignorant, hurtful word. Only ppl that dont Love themselves would embrace a word that was used to demean them. Ughh stockholm syndrome in The purest form. Get a clue And some self love

  • Kacey

    Blacks are the only group who eagerly embrace and perpetuate their own degradation. I have NEVER heard a latino call himself a spic, a jewish person call himself a kike, an asian person call himself a chink…yet black people happily call themselves nigger (and spelling it with just an “a” instead of an “er” makes it no different).

    Secondly, and this is besides the point, at first I didn’t quite understand the friendship between Gwyneth Paltrow and Beyonce. Now, I figured that Gwyneth is desperate to be “down” (that tweet was case in point) and Beyonce wants to associate with as many high-society whites as possible.

  • LemonNLime

    “If anyone should offer an apology to the insulted masses of black folk, it’s those two for crafting such an ignorant song.”

    Yes! Don’t get mad at Gwyneth for saying the name of a title, get mad at the low class ignorant people that use that word on daily bases on the streets and in their “music”.

  • http://www.tobiaswright.com Tobias

    I think we lost domain usage of the word. Black people have been selling the word for decades whether we were using it as a source of empowerment (which I think is bunk) or derision, we put it in the public domain as cool and hip, now, anyone can use it…we can’t have it both ways.

  • Erin

    I’m just tired of people saying it’s “our” fault, non-black people use the N word so casually. Jay-Z, Kanye, Beyonce and other artists like them are not representatives of blacks. Just because they choose to use that word in their songs doesn’t mean that it’s acceptable. I cringe when I hear that word in songs. I can’t stand it.

  • Me

    Whatever.

  • Yb

    @isis

    Reading comphrehesion is something you clearly need. Nowhere did I say I apprioprate the word or agree with an oppressed group reclaiming it but the fact is IT IS THEIR RIGHT to do so. And you preaching about self love, being one of the most self defeating black person on this board, blaming blacks for the racial hate that befalls, please miss me with mess. Bye

  • B. Payne

    OR…They could seriously just be friends, you know that happens, LOL

  • Pseudonym

    Given the context, I wasn’t particularly offended, HOWEVER I just don’t understand this one thing and want to ask liberal white people who seem to want to use the “n word” so badly: there are millions of words that you can use to express yourself. Why can’t you be okay with not using this ONE WORD? You would think that use of the “n word” pays $10,000 each time you say it and they don’t want to miss out on such a great deal. In my opinion, enough people don’t like you using the word and there’s a reasonable historical context for this view, so…why can’t you just not use this ONE word? (Or any racial slurs, though I don’t see whites as obsessed with sneaking in other racial slurs as they are getting away with using the “n word”…maybe b/c I’m not a part of those groups. Who knows. But it’s annoying.)

  • Yb

    @isis

    Reading comphrehesion is something you clearly need. Nowhere did for you. Nowhere did I say I apprioprate the word or agree with an oppressed group reclaiming it but the fact is IT IS THEIR RIGHT to do so. And you preaching about self love, being one of the most self defeating black person on this board, blaming blacks for the racial hate that befalls, please miss me with mess. Bye

  • COCOCHANEL31

    yea yea yea
    at the end of the day whether we use it or not this is taught to all white friends in racial sensitivity training 101 – just stay away from the word!
    I get Gywneths excitement, however, there was no need to tweet it, and I partially blame her dumb black friends enter the Dream, Jay, and Ye for not schooling her on the connotations and why its NOT okay for a non black person to use it, its bad enough we use it ourselves like the authors states, so we dont need YOU ( white) to use it as well.
    Im always baffled at white peoples defense of wanting to use the word bc we do,
    IT’s like do you really want to use this word THAT BAD?? SMH

  • who run the world?…GOD

    Regardless of who should or should not say the n-word, Gwyneth should’ve have known better. I find it hard to believe that Gwyneth, a 40-year old famous actress did not think there would be some kind of controversy or repercussions over her tweeting the word.

  • omfg

    @DUMB DOWNED GENERATION

    the problem is that black people have kept this word alive and well. the word is no longer taboo because black people so freely use it.

    it makes no sense for a black person to refer to another black person as a *igga. no sense at all, but we do it.

    the life that this word has nowadays is due to our behavior and low standards.

    if jay z and beyonce like calling each other and other blacks that word and they have a relationship with a white person who they don’t mind using it, let them.

    it’s rich when black people have no problem denigrating each other and have problems when a white person does it. their denigration is not worse than a black person’s. a black person shouldn’t get a free pass to denigrate another black person. in fact, we should hold ourselves to a higher standard.

    but whatevs…

  • Yb

    Thank you. What in the world was she thinking?

  • Ms. Information

    White people know better – they just could care less….Gwyneth Paltro knows better..whites end up becoming much too close thinking that they are now “down”…this is why I can’t personally (I said personally, don’t want to hear from the bw/wm nazis) date a white guy…the possibility of this happening is atrocious.

  • minna k.

    +1

    Also Jay and Ye are not “regular” black people, but very rich and very famous, and are not subject to the kinds of ordinary discrimination and hardships that most black folks couldn’t buy there way out of.

  • my_reply

    @TRUTHTELLER – Yes. A bunch of ignorant rappers decided it would be cool to embrace a hurtful term in their songs that white people recite. Now black people take to the Internet because a white woman did it. They should have had sense a long time ago to stop it. They didn’t. The hypocrisy and stupidity that comes from the black community machine is mind boggling.

    White people, Asian people, nor Hispanic people throw around racial slurs at their own group the way black people throw around the n-word. Black people just seem to have less respect for themselves than other groups. When you don’t accept and respect your identity, it makes it easy for people to ridicule the things you don’t like. Black people make fun of dark skinned black people. They make fun of nappy hair. Do you ever hear Asian people making fun of each other for having small eyes? No. They know that is what they are supposed to look like! Black people for some reason think we are supposed to have light skin and “good hair” like this is natural for a non-mixed black person.

    The way we promote exotic black people shows that we don’t like the way we look. I see beautiful dark women everyday, but black people themselves like to promote Beyonce and Halle Berry as the black beauty standard. Do Asian people only show women with big eyes? Do white people only show women with tan skin?

    Black people constantly show no self respect. It’s not surprising to me that others would choose to be disrespectful to us. I mean we have these rappers to thank for taking the sting out of the n-word right? See. This is a perfect case of promoting and engaging in ignorance coming back to bite us on the butt.

    I predict that one day, white rappers will take over hip hop just like they took over rock and roll. They will say the n-word, and then people on the street will start calling you the n-word. Many are bursting at the seams to say it without being labeled racist.

  • omfg

    @truthteller

    actually, i know asians who have mothers who tell them to get their eyes done and get their skin lightened.

    dark asian girls are not always viewed nicely among asians.

    also, unless you speak tagalog, mandarin, korean, etc you wouldn’t know if they make fun of them. but i once referred to lucy liu as pretty and this filipina was like no, she looks too chinky – uh, that’s cuz of the eyes.

    i understand your point but others do dislike their features.

  • omfg

    but who has done more to keep that word in the public sphere than us?

    it’s no longer a backwoods word; something that only those on the fringes would say. it’s a word that exists in our popular lexicon. it is pervasive now because of black people.

    we have come up with all manner of explanations and justifications for using the word. we’ve popularized it, made it cool and then we want others to not use it?

    entire languages die when no one speaks them. it’s the same with individual words. how many words were said 100 years ago that no longer have a use? many.

    this word has the life that it has because we’ve kept it alive and in the mainstream.

  • dee

    I could give a flying poop what Gwyneth Paltrow says or does. Honestly I could give a flying poop about what Jay-Z or Kanye West say or do becasuse at the end of the day the derogetory word is not going anywhere, people are going to continue to use it in all kinds of ways and the people who profit from it will always justify it’s use without a care in the world about the larger effects. So thanks Uncle Russel and Uncle Dream for once again coming to the rescue of a damsel in distress I get it. As a sidenote if Dream did say he sent that message from her phone then that’s even more idiotic and stupid. Maybe Gwen’s friends (black or otherwise) are okay with her using the word after all, Kanye gave permission to an entire city saying they could use it and since he is the spokesman for all things relating to black folks it’s all cool right? In my opinion It’s all stunts and shows really because everyone from politicians to the average joe uses it behind closed doors and in the off chance that it makes its way to the public ear black folks get all riled up and start the protest and then we get the same sappy insincere appology…which is really meaningless so lets stop wasting time on this thing because at most Gwyneth will appologize with the caveat of “it’s the name of the song” or “you all say it so why can’t I” or “my best friends are black so why isn’t it okay” or my favorite one “I was just kidding…can’t you all take a joke?”. So to Gwyneth I say God bless continue to be white rich and chillin in Paris with the n**as.

  • apple

    The “black people use it” so everyone else can argument is stupid because not every black person in America is using it ! Not all of them are enjoying the pleasures of the n word. Say the n word around my grandma she’ll cry . Say it around my friend he’ll declare a speech! So stop that stupid reasoning! Oh it’s okay to call women sluts and whores because they all each other it all the time so a man should enjoy the opportunity to join

  • Guest

    You’ve obviously never been around a lot of Asians Jews or Latinos.

  • my_reply

    @Erin – Yes. And that it was black people with sense should say when a non- black person complains about you being offended. I hope many black people will have the good sense to be offended. We will probably never be that post racial. Keep dreaming. Hip hop is the cause for the widespread use of the word. Hip hop chose low class idiots and told them that their opinion was law. Many ignorant non-black people think that what low class rappers think is what ALL black people think.

    There are a lot of black people who understand how hard our ancestors worked in this country. They have self respect. Just because these idiots are too ignorant or disrespectful doesn’t mean that the majority of black people are. I know lots of black people who hate the word. When non-black people complain, you tell them that a small group of ignorant black people decided that the word was okay. A larger group of black people let it happen. That does not mean that ALL black people are okay with it. I don’t know another group of human beings besides African Americans that come up with such ignorance. We keep spitting on everything our ancestors did.

    Jay-Z didn’t experience slavery, sharecropping, Jim Crow era racism, KKK terrorism, or extreme institutionalized racism. When you don’t work for something, you appreciate it less. He didn’t fight for the freedom he enjoys. He probably doesn’t know much about history either. That’s why it’s so easy to for him to engage in ignorance and not feel bad. Anybody who fought as hard as our ancestors or understands their struggles would not throw that stupid term around.

  • Teiko

    I simply don’t care. It’s a fruitless argument. The BP who use the word ‘nigga’ seem to far outweigh those of us who don’t.

  • Yb

    +1000000 @Erin

    Beyonce and Jay-Z are not the black communities appointed representatives. We did not elect them our Martin Luther King and Malcolm X. They do not speak for us. People need to stop seeing black people as a monolith and as individuals. Just because share the same features doesn’t mean we share the same views.

  • Angie

    Jay Z, Kanye, Dream and others like them should stop using the “n” word, and at the same time, Gwen should have known better. I guess she got real comfortable with her *igga friends and felt she was free and clear to use the word. She must have been sippin on something real strong to make her lose common sense.

  • iQgraphics

    Off topic: Beyonce looks BEAT TO DEATH in that pic! love it!

    on topic @The Best Anon Ever, Pt2 said it best: “I don’t know about you, but I am done getting upset on behalf of someone else.”

    For my own personal edification, there is no okay time for white folks to use this word period point blank.

    but if J ain’t gonna check GP, then why should I. Fcuk em all. they sold their soul long ago. the scope of Black folk pride and issues no longer seem to apply to these Illums

  • my_reply

    @omfg – I understand what you are saying, but Asians don’t really ridicule each other in public about their natural features in front of non-Asians like black people do. Asian people may secretly not like their eyes, but they don’t only show big eyed women. They don’t constantly put down people with small eyes. Also there are Asians who are pale, and there are Asians who are dark. They choose to promote the light ones as the epitome of beauty. I don’t think this is the same thing in our community. While some Asian people do naturally have white skin without bleaching, most black people don’t look like Beyonce or Halle Berry unless they are mixed to some level. Black people are naturally different shades of brown and black, but yellow and beige? No. You are probably mixed to some degree.

    I guess what I’m saying is that yes, many people have problems with the way that they look, but they try to hide that from outside groups.

  • Isis

    Totally agree with ur 2nd sentence

  • Dante M.

    I say nigga when I’m talking to my close friends and family. I’m 28, so I’ve never lived through the truly terrible times for Black people in America. Because of that, the word doesn’t affect me that much.

    My take is that it’s time for Black people to let out connection to the word go. It only has power now, because we give it power. I heard a comedian say the way we deal with Nigger is like leaving a loaded gun in your living room where your kids can reach it. If Black people are willing to stop holding on to the word, we neutralize the damage it fan do. We take the bullet out of the gun.

    When people want to hurt or degrade you, they will try to use something that hits home. If nigger bothers us, its because somewhere inside us, we believes we’re niggers. If we didn’t believe it, it would roll off our backs. The word isn’t going away. Everybody knows it exists. I think everyone should be able to say it. I say we treat it like any other curse word. We shouldn’t use it in certain settings, but it should be on the table like every other curse word. The day we stop allowing the word to define us, is the day it loses its power.

  • Gennatay

    @my_reply “The way we promote exotic black people shows that we don’t like the way we look”

    whats an “exotic” black person?

  • black_feminist

    @ apple: Agreed! This argument is sophomoric and disappointing. If the topic of using the word is taken up again, it would be useful to have a more nuanced discussion of it. While I am not a proponent of black people using the word, I am very skeptical of the notion that there is no difference between a black person and a white person saying it. I think white people are savvy enough (or at least familiar with the debate surrounding the word nigga) to know that it is somehow problematic for them to use it. Paltrow knows exactly what she is saying and doing. Typical hipster racism.

  • http://www.innyvinny.com Alicia

    I largely ignored this whole brou-ha-ha. I’m glad I did. I do agree with the author’s sentiment, though – it isn’t that Gwenyth should be given a pass or clearance for what she said…we should have more respect for ourselves and our predecessors to not fling it around so casually. I dig it.

  • Gennatay

    I don’t use the word and I don’t allow the word to be used in my house. The meaning of a word does not change because of who said it, it’s still derogatory.

    This word always brings over analyzed conversations of something that is so simple. No matter the context of how the word was used, its still a word that was born out of hate. It should be frowned upon and not tolerated by anyone.

  • Isis

    Exactly!!!!!

  • Cia

    I was bothered by Gwyneth’s use of the word because as I understand it she was in France, during a concert where the song was being performed. It did make me think of a Facebook post I saw recently…the 18 year old white girlfriend of my mother’s 18year old God-son posted and tagged him in a picture and she captioned it “that is my nigga” I was not so amused. He hit the “like” button. Another generation I guess.

  • The Comment

    Thank you! I don’t care if Romney said the word. What is the difference. There isn’t any. Jay Z is rich and stupid and so is Romeny. If I were Gwen I’d tweet….”niggas can kiss my pretty white azz.”

  • my_reply

    @Gennatay – To me, an exotic black person is a black person that has features not found in the average non-mixed black person. Beyonce, Halle Berry, and many African Americans are considered exotic and beautiful because they have lighter skin which is usually found in mixed black people. Halle Berry has less kinky hair that is not typical for the average non-mixed black person especially of West African descent. Beyonce has a narrow nose which is less typical in non-mixed West African black people. Tyra Banks and her green eyes are exotic. To me, they are exotic in the way that Kim Kardashian and Angelina Jolie don’t look like typical white woman or an Asian woman with large green eyes.

    Black people are the most genetically diverse people in the world and you will find a variety of nose sizes, skin tones, hair textures, and lip sizes, but many times black women are considered beautiful when they look like dark skinned white women. Most African Americans look that way because they are mixed to some degree. To me, when you promote those women over less exotic black women, you are saying that being all black is not beautiful.

    The term exotic is relative to the person. All black people are considered exotic to non-black people. But in your group, you know can also tell when someone is exotic.

  • Amber

    I don’t get it. Why put it as the title of a song and not expect people to use it, especially, when you’re as famous as those two. Why would someone not be able to quote the title? …it’s not an attack on a person or a group of people. I don’t understand how people get offended by this. I’m over arguing over this petty language usage when we have bigger fish to fry.

  • Afrostyling

    Oh so you want to call a song niggers in paris but you dont want non-white folks to call it what you titled it? GTFOH!

  • http://cupofjo-jo.blogspot.com bk chick

    I think the biggest reason why we seem so eager to demean ourselves is cuz we have HUGE ASS PLATFORM to show it. All groups of people speak lowly of their own kind–but it remains private. Although it is true that we seem more self-hating then all other groups, I would argue that it’s because we’re hated all around the world. Appropriating your own hate is easier than revolting against it. But, back to my original point, we have a big platform. Rappers made everything in ghetto culture “cool” so everyone wants to emulate it.

    With great power comes great responsibility. As soon as hip hop was co-opted by corporate America, rap artists should’ve taken the responsibility with their platform and try not to demean their own kind. Obviously that didn’t work, mainly because artists are getting paid to be disrespectful. When you pursue the dollar first and foremost everything else falls by the wayside.

  • Anon

    OMG. I swear, I read posts like yours and am so SO grateful I grew up in a cohesive black community. To not even understand… I can’t. I just… can not. Hood rats on stage I can get, they truly think they’re “reclaiming” something because they’re getting a paycheck. But average black people??? I understand why some of my cousins abroad have been tellign me to leave and not come back b/c so many here are just LOST.

  • Anon

    Ain’t nobody taking responsibility for anything this day and age.

  • tisme

    I always thought Jay-Z and Kanye and black men like them hate black people.
    It’s in their music and their way of life.

  • The Comment

    LMAO!!!!!!!!! reading comprehension……..that’s ya’ll favorite one! Vs just stating ur facts you got to make this into a SAT entrance exam and throw in reading comprehension as a requirement to oppose what ever the hell u saying.

  • Paris

    All I know is between Jay Z’s mumbling and Bey’s 4th grade diction….that baby gonna need a whole lot of speach therapy.

  • http://afrikanmami.blogspot.com African Mami

    We are addressing the wrong issue hurr, why is GP an A-LISTER?! Somebody riddle me dis…….apart from connections, acting wise, she is the Rihanna to music.

  • binks

    Co-sign! I had to do a double take when reading this thread and article. I mean really talk about being unaware here with that reasoning…smh I truly believe we are becoming way to desensitize to this stuff and frankly DUMBER when it is affecting us, what’s next is a lynch going to be the “new” black thing to do because some fools just revise it and made it cool so it is something to be endured than be offensive? And furthermore I don’t believe for a second that Gwyneth Paltrow didn’t know her tweet would be controversy. You honestly believe that white people don’t know that any variation of the N-word is offensive? If not then I have some land to sell you on Jupiter. Wake up people, they are laughing AT you not with you. And I so agree with Erin and a few above Jay Z, Beyonce, Lil Wayne, insert many others etc. do NOT represent me. I do think we need to hold these individuals in the public eye that uses any variation of the N-word to a higher standard and grill their behinds instead of silently saying nothing because we don’t want to come off as overly PC. And the funny thing is I’ am not really angry or mad at Gwyneth at this point but some of these off putting reasonings on why it is okay and that she should get a pass…smh

  • PJ

    I agree with this article “whole-heartily”. The N- word is derogatory and regardless of who utilizes it; it is still offensive. The main problem I have is our community capitalizing on this word within such a nonchalant manner. Yes, everyone is entitled to their own point-of-views. As we all know; due to the history of the N-word, it was NOT a word of “endearment”. However, it is continues to be used as such. It is a dissociation that a bundle of pain, lost, and dehumanization has resulted from this word. Nevertheless, the N-word has evolved to a place of being considered as showing love and a “likeness”. We’re cool in a sense. With some people within our community BELIEVING the usage of this word isn’t a problem; it follows that our non-white associates doesn’t think so either.

    Herein additional problems arise with the N-word usage. It goes without mentioning that we need to teach our youth not to utilize this word and explain why. To use a word that is derogatory is degrading yourself; not only that, you give others the permission to do so. The use of the N-word takes for granted we have fought as a race to triumph over an institutional system of considering you a “3/5th of a human being”. Now you think it’s acceptable to utilize this word so carelessly? Regardless of whom these A-list rappers are or other individuals, they may not care about ever using the N-word. Their main purpose could possibly consist of generating wealth. Due their popularity, I would hope that they would take into consideration of the impact of our youth. The N-word can generate much unnecessary controversy. Our youth may not realize this as well as adults. We have to be mindful because regardless of what one believes, it is still offensive to many genres. Young adults may be expelled from school, fights can materialize, job losses, business relationships strained, etc..

    It is taught in my home NOT to partake in the use of the N-word. I cringe whenever I do hear it. Unfortunately, everyone is not going to agree. We can NOT stop *completely* another person’s usage or belief, but what we can do is set boundaries within our families/circle.

  • Kathleen

    I get it. And its not the most logical arguement. We can use it but u cant. But we know what it means to be black. its not a choice. and it has its pitfalls.and thats something that no white person no matter their willingness could ever adopt. u cant take on that burden just b/c u hang w/ blacks. so its not fair but i think if we have to bear the cross, then leaving us alone to be entitled to one word, in my opinion isnt asking alot.

  • Ms. Terious

    you people on this site and your incessant whining about this word are exhausting. since you insist on writing about the same shit, i’ll add my same comment from the last time this was the topic du jour:

    to all you social police who keep saying only the ignorant, uneducated, etc. use the word nigga, please stop. i know PLENTY of scholars, educators, etc. who use the word in their everyday lives and it has no bearing on their intellect. what’s ignorant is human beings not understanding that humans created language and therefore, humans give words power. as a writer who understands language, semantics, etymology, etc. there is NO word that is off limits to me, whether it be traditional english or ‘hood vernacular/slang. yes, i have my fancy degrees, but i’m from an inner city ghetto where “nigga” was and still is indeed a term of endearment or just a way to address another person, often with no disrespect intended. i damn sure grew up speaking/hearing “ebonics” and see it as no different than a jamaican flipping between english and patois. the issue is not the word. it’s knowing when and where the word is appropriate. it’s the same thing with cursing. yes, i’ll use profanity to express myself and it’s not because i don’t know any more intelligent words—blah blah blah… it’s because that’s how i feel like expressing myself at that time. that said, i know better than to walk up to a 70-year-old woman and say, “could you tell me what f*cking time it is?” because she may take offense to that, being from a time when it was “unladylike” to speak in such a way in public. if black people truly educated themselves instead always trying to manufacture some flimsy ass plight (as if we don’t have enough real issues to deal with), we’d be surprised by how much the sh*t we get up on arms about doesn’t matter. freedom of speech is freedom of speech no matter who you are. i don’t want white people making laws hindering me from saying what i want to say, so i’m not going to advocate that for them. my message to white people about the use of the word nigga has always been, say what you want, just be prepared for whatever consequences come along with what you say. if that’s getting fired from your job, losing an endorsement, or getting your ass kicked, so be it.

  • twee

    I think it’s wrong for anyone to use the word, but at the same time the idea of entitlement has many of us losing our minds to where we lack a basic understanding of just flat out common sense. I don’t like when females call each other female dogs as a means of “taking back the word” but it really does take on something different when a male says it vs a female.

    I think today we can probably judge more easily if a person is using the word as an opportunity to do so in a demeaning way vs doing so out of ignorance, my friends say it all of the time so I don’t see the problem. I believe this is a bless her lil heart moment for Gwyneth, I don’t think she meant anything racist in saying it unless she was looking for the coverage that this is receiving. And even if still wouldn’t be used in a racist way. But it’s like come on really you didn’t know that would be a problem?

  • my_reply

    @Amber -It’s sad that you don’t get it. It’s offensive. Ignorant black people thought it was okay and that they were reclaiming the word. Ignorant black people decided to use it in their songs and speech. White people listen to and recite the lyrics in these songs. Their ignorant, naive, post-racial black friends who barely know American history told them it was fine. They will all start using it one day because of people who think like you. They will start using it in the streets. One day they will replace the -a with -er, and then you’ll feel the bite. Then you will realize that many of them weren’t laughing with you. They were laughing at you. Then you will be upset.

    I’m sure the big fish thing was one of the excuses people used before for letting this slide. There is a history behind the word. When many use it in a negative way, they use it to bring up that history of servitude. They want to make you feel inferior. Am I supposed to trust that every non-black person that calls me the n-word is doing it with the post-racial feelings supposedly found with the -a or are they hiding what they really think of me behind that -a and really think they are superior?

    To many of you, everything is rainbows and unicorns until someone says it in an obviously racist manner. Then you want to get mad. Then the racists will say well Jay-Z says it. Haven’t we seen that happen before?

  • Yb

    @The Comment

    Please contribute to the debate or STFU.

    Thank you

  • Dante M.

    We can’t put the cat back in the bag, or the toothpaste back in the tube. The idea that if nobody ever says the word again, it will somehow disappear, is wrong. It’s human nature that whatever is off limits, is what we want the most. The only way for us to get over the nigga/nigger problem, is for Black people to stop identifying with the word. We have collectively chosen to internalize all of the hate and pain associated with the word, and we are desparately clinging to it. No one really thinks Gwyneth Paltrow was trying to be offensive. But since we give the word nigger so much power, the moment anyone who isn’t sufficiently Black mentions the word, we crumble.

    A name only applies to you when you respond to it. That was what the famous scene in Roots was about. Forcing Kunta Kinte to accept the name he was given. We’ve accepted that “nigger” is our name, so we continue to respond to it. Walk up to a white person and call them a cracker or honky, and see if you get a response. Walk up to a smart person, and call them stupid to see what their reaction is. These people will not fall apart because they don’t believe what you said. They don’t identify with the name you called them. Honky and cracker are everyday words in our language.

    Nigger will become as harmless as honky when we stop seeing ourselves as niggers. It’s time for us to let our collective pain, and identification with the word go.

  • Dante M.

    +1 Glad I’m not the only one making this argument.

  • http://theantifash.blogspot.com The Antifash

    The real gag is that Kanye can grant permission (which is hilarious to me) to his audience to say it, yet will be the first mofo to spazz out if some random man said it to him on a whim.

    You can’t pick and choose people. It doesn’t work that way.

  • Beautiful Mic

    Toure and Jay-Z advocate and perpetuate the whitening of the black race (look at their spouses and body of work – the use black people to get money). Of course, they’re indifferent to Paltrow’s use of the word.

  • Kim

    @Anon,
    You are so right. These folks are truly lost. That is why there are more professional black men and women than any time in our history here, but they choose not to reach back and help others. These “other” folk are simply gone in the head and the heart. There is nothing left to save.

  • Kacey

    @Guest: I grew up, and currently reside in NYC and have been around a plethora of ALL kinds of people. Again, I have NEVER heard any other group of people degrade themselves the way blacks do!!!

  • jazzyphile

    It was a bad song title from the get go!

  • Isis

    It’s very sad And yes many black folks are lost. So far gone. I say forget them And save yourselves And Love ones when shit hits The fan. And its coming Cuz blks overall havent learned

  • Ms. Terious

    Dante, you came to preach the good word, I see. Lol.

    But the real issue is that many Black people are not ready to let shit go. It begs the question, who are we really without the pain and baggage of being “oppressed”? Many black folk wouldn’t have careers should we finally decide to stop internalizing all the BS we’ve been told about ourselves over the past 500 years. But I try to keep in mind that it took hundreds of years to get us here, so it may take that long to collectively get over it and pull ourselves out of this enslaved mind frame. We should be in the process of repairing and rebuilding, but we are indeed still in the land of dwelling and nitpicking at the minutia of it all. I am NOBODY’s slave. I will not be told how to live, eat, walk talk or shit by anyone, white OR BLACK. If I don’t have an issue with the word “nigga” let me live! If YOU don’t like the word then YOU shouldn’t be using it. It’s that simple.

    The so-called Black intelligentsia bring very little to the table in terms of progress, but instead continue to pick at the same old scabs under the guise of moving black people forward when all they are doing is continuing to give white people ammunition—something they can always go to whenever they want to get under our skin. Never mind the fact that we are a people KNOWN for taking fucked up situations and making them better. This is how we survived this mess! This is how we got soul food, jazz music, the blues, r&b, many of our fashion trends and, of course, hip hop—all of which have been accepted by the mainstream and have proven to be very helpful in the financial freedom of many Black people. I’m so sick of these uppity niggas (yeah i said it), many of whom haven’t stepped foot in a ghetto, except to fulfill some “I volunteered” requirement needed to pledge a fraternity or sorority, trying to police everyone’s art and/or telling other black folks how to live their lives. When they’re not playing word games and worrying about cats who are good out here (i.e., Jay-Z and Kanye), they’re shaming women for having kids out of wedlock as if any of them would be here had someone not had an “oops” moment somewhere on the family tree. Talk about living up to stereotypes. How about the one where black people are overly dramatic and emotional no matter how small the situation? This ban on the word “nigga” is nothing more than the bourgeoisie negro’s version of “when keeping it real goes too far”. I wish they would find a new horse to kick at. This one’s been dead.

  • Ms. Terious

    I’m sorry, but if any of you on this comment section are going to sit up here and tell me you don’t bob your head or tap a foot when “niggas in paris” comes on, you probably kick kittens for fun. Lol!

  • Kam

    Why assume that everyone liked the title in the first place? I hate that shi*ty song.

  • Dante M.

    Lost? How so? My take is that the word isn’t going away, so instead of allowing it to continue being our Achilles heel, we should drop it. I use nigga about as often as I use any other curse word. I don’t use it around my son, or my parents or grandparents, or at work, the same way I don’t use other curse words in those instances. I’m also not sensitive to others using it. I don’t consider myself to be a nigger, so I could care less if someone wanted to use that term.

    I would be more upset that someone who used it is trying to degrade or insult me, than I am that they used this particular word. The word isn’t important to me. It has no power other than the power we choose to give it. The oppression that Blacks suffered in America was a real thing, the name that was used was nothing. It wouldn’t have been any better if we were called Ebony Kings and Queens while we were being beaten, raped, enslaved, and murdered.

    I feel like we hold on to this word because its comfortable and familiar. We don’t want to let it go. “White people can’t say nigger/nigga under any circumstances” has become part of the Black manifesto. Even if they are singing a song, or typing a song title, or repeating what someone else said. It’s petty, and its a way to try to wield some power over whites. This is one of a handful of things we have over white people, and it feels good to us, to be able to make them grovel and apologize when they cross the nigger line. It is cathartic to be able to be indignant, and trot out the old memories, and talk about the injustices of the past, but its not beneficial to any of the involved parties.

    I believe there are portions of white America, that is ready to move past our painful racial past, but it seems like a large percentage of our people are not ready to let it go.

  • Amber

    The Dream admitted that it was him tweeting from Gwen’s phone. Gwen didn’t write that tweet. (Apparently)

  • Ms. Terious

    Based on these comments, some of you all seem so dry and lame. Loosen the hell up, already. It’s a party song. Geez!

  • Teiko

    Are you advocating that people should feel differently because of what YOU think?

  • Teiko

    Hold up, My_Reply!

    - Halle Berry is biracial, which explains her ‘less kinky hair’.

    - On one hand, you say that ‘lighter skin’ is usually found in ‘mixed Black people’, but then on the other, you say that Black people are the most genetically diverse.

    Who exactly are you talking about when you use the term ‘Black people’?

  • That’s That

    @ Dante M. & Ms. Terious I <3 you guys lol!

  • Bee

    @Anon: Damn, you preach that sh*t. I was nodding my head all the way through your comment. I totally agree. The comments on this post are a sad indication of the mindset of young (my generation – I’m a few weeks shy of 28yrs old) black folks. To be on here defending this white woman’s use of that word. Smh. A lost, intellectually lazy bunch. No cohesiveness. Sad. Like my grandma always said, it’s something wrong with any white person who wants to even use that word. A regular good white person would be too damned embarrassed to even want to associate him/herself with such a word.

  • Bee

    I agree.

  • my_reply

    @Dante M.

    Too stupid. White people don’t care about being called honky or cracker because black people never had any power over them. They were never in an inferior position or deemed subhuman by black people. There is no painful history of servitude only anger behind the word. Black people are still poor. They are still less educated. It’ll be many, many generations before the word loses it’s meaning. Maybe when black people start to improve.

    @Ms. Terious

    I guess we “uppity niggas” just don’t get it. To us, we see how African Americans embrace stupidity such as the n-word, Ebonics, illegitimacy, and dropping out of school. We see how this has not helped. It just seems what is going down in those neighborhoods just ain’t workin, but y’all keep on keepin’ on. I don’t waste my time trying to uplift, repair, or rebuild with people who just don’t get it. Too many black people think like you. You think ignorance is good ole fun! We are judging people’s “oops” moments? Please illegitimacy rates at 70% sounds like more than “oops” moments.

    Every group of human beings in the world knows large numbers of fatherless homes is a bad thing. Every other group of human beings knows dropping out of school is bad. Y’all can keep on keepin’ it real. I can’t wait to see all these statistics in five years. I want to see what another five years of keepin’ it real will bring.

    No one is talking about banning the n-word. Obviously that ship has already sailed. People like you two decided that it was a “cool” thing to do. We are simply taking time out of our day to voice our opinion. Don’t you worry. All your n-word littered songs will continue to be made. No one will arrest you on the street for saying the n-word. We are simply complaining that black people think it’s fine. Some of y’all keepin’ it real negroes probably think blackface is fun too. Retro right!

    “Uppity” doesn’t really offend me. It usually comes from people who support stupidity. I mean you think people like Jay-Z and Kanye West are amazing. Compare their music to our ancestors’ jazz, rock, funk, blues, or R&B. In my opinion, it’s inferior. In my opinion, they are a bunch of ignorant men who embrace negative stereotypes about black people and sellout to make money. They can’t sing. They can’t really play instruments. They make unoriginal songs that seem to always be about booty, money, and cars. If not that, they are talking about how awesome they are for making such unoriginal music.

    Am I supposed to be happy that a few black people have made it big by embracing negative stereotypes about black people which have negatively impacted our communities? You are happy that a few hundred rappers, producers, writers, and video dancers are rich while millions of our kids drop out of school and engage in violence and promiscuity to emulate these people. I guess we are uppity for saying we don’t care about a few hundred black people who benefit while millions hurt.

    Progress? Other groups of people don’t need other people to help raise their kids. Black people will start to progress in this country when they learn how to raise healthy children with good values. It’s that simple. I don’t think you need black intellects to tell you that many problems in the black community (crime, illegitimacy, poor education, lack of social mobility) are caused by raising kids poorly. They have kids (usually illegitimate), raise them poorly, and continue the cycle.

    Keepin’ it real folks like to make excuses for the very things that have led to problems in the black community. Instead of waking the heck up and seeing that fatherless homes are BAD! You call them “oops” moments. Keepin’ it real alright – real stupid.

  • Bee

    “Why can’t you be okay with not using this ONE WORD?” Because they actually think we are niggers. Any good, self-respecting, knowledgeable white person would be too embarrassed to even want to use such a word – such a white person would never want to associate him/herself with such an embarrassing horrific part of white history. Only an undercover racist white person would want to be able to say nigger. Plain and simple.

  • Bee

    Exactly. And even if all black people were using the world, that still does not give white folks the damned right to use a word that their ancestors used like a whip against us for 400 damned years. I maintain that only an undercover racist white person would even want to use the n word. And we need to stop making excuses for such a-holes: they are no clueless kids. They are grown a$$ people who are capable of critical thinking like the rest of us, and thus they know better.

  • tisme

    And this is why I think there needs to be an outright separation of black people.Not class or color wise but mentality wise.These people Dante Ms.Terious and others that think like them only hold black people back in the long run.

  • Singlequeen

    I don’t know about this… I just don’t feel so worked up about this controversy…. Interesting to read everyone ‘s comments though.

  • tisme

    tell this sh*t to the Jews,Chinese,Hispanics,Italians,gays and everyone else that has a derogatory name attached to them.

    the sign that you might be dysfunctional is when you’re the only one that is doing some behavior.as it stands black people are the only one’s allowing whites and others degrade them using offensive words directed toward their group

  • tisme

    you seem so ignorant and ratchet!the exact type of person that none of these dude would piss on if you were on fire. tighten the hell up already.

  • Ann G

    I do think, though, that people were offended because she added “for real.” So the full tweet read: “n*ggas in paris onstage for real.” So it’s like, calling black people n*ggas outside of the song. I understand why people are upset. But I also agree that Jay and Kanye- -or any other rapper/performer- – should bear the brunt of the backlash for writing songs with that term.

  • my_reply

    @reiki – I mentioned that Halle’s hair texture is not usually found in non-mixed people of West African descent. When I say black people, I am using the African American view of black. When I want to talk about black people who are not mixed, I say non-mixed.

    But the genetic diversity found in African Americans is not the same genetic diversity I am talking about that can be found in non-mixed black people say from a country in su-Saharan Africa. In Africa, many people from different parts of Africa have different physical features. African Americans have very varied appearances because they come from different parts of Africa ( mostly West), but also because many of them are mixed with white or Native American.

    Beyonce’s light skin would not be found on a typical non-mixed black person. She is light because she is mixed not because of the genetic diversity of black people.

  • Dante M.

    @My reply and Tisme-
    My argument was only that we stop fighting for this word. No number of rallies or public outcries will make nigger no longer exist. It will always be there like a fire extinguisher. “In case you want to destroy a black person, break glass”. The word loses its power when we stop responding to it.

    What do you guys suggest as an alternative to this? Should we never address our relationship with the word, and sit back and wait for white people to say it so we can blow up on them? Is that the most effective solution?

  • my_reply

    @Dante M. – We are simply voicing our opinion. There are more black people who feel the way you and Ms. Terious feel. We are outnumbered and people don’t care. We are called “uppity niggas” when we voice our opinion. I don’t like the word. The majority of black people seem to have the view that it is okay for black people to say it but not white people. I guess we will just have to deal with that.

    Black people like you and Ms. Terious should just get ready for the day when white people stop caring about that double standard. The majority of black people are still offended when white people say it. This incident shows that, but white people are sick of the hypocrisy. Some of them are just dying to say it without being seen as racist. It’s only a matter of time before some ignorant rapper decides that it is okay for white people to say the n-word all the time. Black people who mindlessly agree with rappers will agree, and I will start hearing n-word taunts all down the street.

    I mean it’s just a word right?

  • Divine

    Sooo….Just because rappers use this word, It’s OK for people to use it causally when speaking about black people? I am ashamed of black people for being so accepting of this. This is shameful. I hope when your boss says to you “Nigga in the Office” in jest because he likes you and respects your work, I hope you laugh and shrug and remember, that its in a song.. We are the only group/race of people who are not allowed to be upset about the derogatory words used towards us…

  • Simone L

    I almost spit my effin chai tea out..LMFAOOO

  • Simone L

    No one knows what that means. It’s provocative!! It gets the people GOING!!

  • http://method2hermadness.blogspot.com/ girlformerlyknownasgrace

    @Amber, it’s is a DAMN lie they made up to cover for Paltrow. Don’t believe it for a second.

  • Nadell

    In the name of freedom of speech, Gwyneth Paltrow, John Mayer, Mel Gibson, Kreayshawn, Iggy Azalea and Eminem can used this term. As well as Lil Wayne, Chris Brown, Samuel L. Jackson, Jay-Z, Nicki Minaj and Kanye West. Will it ever hold the same connotations in 1940 as opposed to 2012? Will that term have different meaning to my grandmother in comparison to me?
    If Jay-Z and any other artists sing or rap about it and put in their songs, of course this gives folks the privilege to freely and boldly use the term.
    Will you ever catch me using that term? ABSOLUTELY NOT! The meaning behind it bears too much weight.
    I’m sooo tired of people getting so steam pressed about who has the right to use or not use it when it is constantly used. You can’t force anyone to not use that term nor do you set a standard on who is entitled to use it. Your actions must line up with what you say. If songs sale and that word is used be prepared to hear it coming out of the mouths of just about anyone….

  • mgardner

    I have never liked the song and let’s be real about Jay, Dream, Kayne, and most of the other rappers who are out of touch with those in the field and on the streets they continue to pimp ghetto heaven (drinking, sex, Berkin bags and other sh*t to the masses of blacks salivating for a whiff of their “good life”.

    Their BS doesn’t hurt Gwen P nor other whites who get down with it because they are privileged (by their whiteness~ and they get extra love from blacks for being down too but in the end they take what they want of black life and leave the rest.

  • mgardner

    Agreed ! Russell Simmons too as if they speak for the Black race, they are So out of touch !

  • http://www.beautyinbaltimore.blogspot.com BeautyinBaltimore

    She had no idea that her words would cause such a maelstrom of controversy.

    The hell she didn’t. Gwyneth, queen of the WASPs & Nantuckett set, wanted to be edgy. Someone should edge a fist right into her grill piece.

    Too many Black folks willing to sell out have created this madness where White folks want to call us nigger again like it is 1855.

    I tell you what, you can call me nigger when you can call a Jew a Kike and any other offensive term and not have your life destroyed.

    Till then, show me some darn respect.

    Peace and blessings

  • apple

    Don’t you have a blog or use to have a blog around 2007/8???

  • http://www.beautyinbaltimore.blogspot.com BeautyinBaltimore

    “Look, society calls us niggas, but now these niggas are in Paris and white people are paying thousands to come see us.” It’s a rags-to-riches tale of two homegrown “niggas” making it from the hood all the way to Paree.

    Josephine Baker, Ella Fitzgerald, Count Bessey etc have been there, done that, and got the t-shirt to prove it. These cats are clowns plain and simple. Just simple idiots and I am sorry to say that at one point, I thought Kayne was a little bit different.

  • http://www.beautyinbaltimore.blogspot.com BeautyinBaltimore

    I defend Gwyneth’s regurgitation of the word “niggas” here.

    Gurl Bye!

    She has an appreciation of the commercialized Hip-Hop that she has been spoon-fed.

    If she was some sub 90 iq idiot then maybe, just maybe you would be making a point. Gwyneth attended one of the best schools in the country*. You better believe she is no dummy. She knew exactly what she was doing. This is all apart of post racial America and just letting white folks pop slick cause “we all equal now” jive but I ain’t fooled.

    *Kerry Washington was a classmate

  • http://www.beautyinbaltimore.blogspot.com BeautyinBaltimore

    Never even heard the song dear. Some of us have moved pass or never even gotten into the garbage genre of rap or rap at all for that matter.

  • http://www.beautyinbaltimore.blogspot.com BeautyinBaltimore

    I blog every now and then but I use tumblr now.

  • Melinda

    LMAO @ Simon!……I see you.

  • Isis

    What Beauty said

  • mztonichilds

    I think we are missing the bigger picture here. We don’t have to crucify Jay Z, Kanye or Gwyneth. In my opnion is, we can’t tell other not to do something that we still glorify ourselves. We have never been unified on the destruction of the word. We never took a FINAL stand. Although Oprah and others funeralized the word, but who’s really listening to her. Everyone knows that Gwyneth is a follower, and she is just doing what she thinks is “hot” now. I admit I bob my head to the song, but I don’t glorify the use of the word. If we want others to stop using, then we ALL must be the example.

  • Fools

    EXACTLY:
    Ann G
    June 6, 2012 at 7:50 pm

    I do think, though, that people were offended because she added “for real.” So the full tweet read: “n*ggas in paris onstage for real.” So it’s like, calling black people n*ggas outside of the song. I understand why people are upset. But I also agree that Jay and Kanye- -or any other rapper/performer- – should bear the brunt of the backlash for writing songs with that term.

  • Fools

    lets talk about Jay z not wanting to defend his YT audience???

    I’ll wait…………………….

  • Anon

    Ms. Terious
    I don’t listen to rap. I don’t listen to the radio much either, and haven’t for the past decade. Not everyone is fallin’ for the hype of being degraded on an international platform.

  • Anon

    Okay, I rolled at ****** in the office!

  • Anon

    I hate to break it to you, but “we” as in a black community ceased to exist sometime in the 80′s. Ain’t gonna be no “all” as long as someone can get a paycheck. Our community left behind the concept of shame decades ago, and social shaming is pretty much the only way that you get an “all” result.

  • Ms. Terious

    to all the “nigga” haters,

    first of all, this is an issue of freedom of speech. yours, mine, white people’s, it doesn’t matter. i don’t know how anyone with a journalism degree from an accredited college/university doesn’t get this. people know when and how to use that word just like they know when and where they can’t yell “fire!” come on people, are we really this closed off from reality? if what you’re trying to tell me is that jay-z and kanye using the word “nigga” is the cause (or even the aid) of our social woes, i’m sorry but i have to call bullshit. i grew up listening to ALL kinds of music. my mother respected my love of words and lyrics and did not try to cover my ears every time someone said a “bad word” because SHE parented me. not some damn rapper. contrary to what the closed minded and misinformed in this comment section believe, not everyone is so weak that they run out to do everything they hear in a song. the word nigga was not created by us, but it can indeed be redefined by us. why not? because you’ll break into hives if it even comes out of your mouth? puh-leez! millions of words have changed meaning over the course of history. the only ones keeping “nigga” alive in all its negative glory, is well, niggas. lol. instead of trying to police folks’ art (because that’s what it is whether you like it or not) we need to be explaining to our children that what these people rap about is not all life, but their interpretation of life through their chosen form of expression and therefore should not be taken so serioulsy. you same people who bitch and complain about hip hop being the beginning of the end for black folk were the same ones shaking your asses to lil’ john’s “get low” at a college party back in the day so please get off it. Lil Kim’s and Nicki Minaj’s lyrics are not making little girls hoes. Trust. jay-z could stop using nigga tomorrow and hood shenanigans would not come to a screeching hault. Trust. you mean to tell me we’re allowed to use nigger in literature (even the author of the article supports this), but when it comes to music all freedom of expression has to end because some don’t like how it makes them feel? it’s good enough for mark twain and toni morrison, but not hov and ‘ye? smells like a double standard to me. let me let you all in on a little something. what jay-z and kanye eat does not make me shit. the only person out here representing me is ME. and there is not a rap song or a word in this world that can make me feel like less than the fabulous woman i know i am. get on that level before you go talking about how i’m the problem.

    do you people know what real struggle is? it really seems like people of our generation (and this is not just black people, *ahem* tea party) need some cause to feel like they’re actually doing something to move the movement, when half of you don’t even know what the movement is. we have so many other things to worry about like say the collective post traumatic stress we all suffer that compels us to rip each other apart over semantics. we need to be looking at these shady politicians who are secretly (or not so secretly if you’re paying attention) trying make sure black people in america remain the underclassmen; or making sure that you’ll have the right to abort that child you so desperately don’t want to have out of wedlock for it might tarnish the family name or whatever. the point is, no one here in this comment section or here on this earth should be able to make you believe anything about yourself that isn’t true. jay-z, kanye and gwyneth paltrow should not have that much power over you. grow some balls and take your power. and furthermore, if you wanna get at white people? hold your head up, have some damn pride, show them that no matter what they say or do, we’re not going anywhere. be yourself instead of trying to live up to their standards and approval ratings (the way a lot of Jews, Chinese, Hispanics, etc. have). they really hate that.

    bottom line, if you don’t like the word, fine. don’t use it. but let those of us who can handle the word play without falling apart at the seams have our “nigga” fun. good day to you all. i have a business to run… peace.

  • black_feminist

    Preach!

  • Anon

    @Bee,
    I’m older than you by a few months. So, believe me that when I say that these fools have NO excuse for spouting whatever you wanna call these “enlightned observations”. I knew as a child, heck it was DRUMMED into me how this isn’t cute at all.

    I mean, just reading some of this mess is just… wwwwwwwwwooooooooooo chile! My jaw actually dropped. Mainly because folks BELIEVE what they’re saying!

    I’m with my_reply, these… you know what, let me not keep it 100% here, because the few times I have, folks popped off. By the time they catch a clue, it will be WAY TOO LATE. They’ll be the first ones running to black people who have distanced themselves asking for help, assistance, an explanation, something. I feel like these days I’m just trying to make sure that I’m no where near them when it hits the fan.

  • Anon

    @Tisme
    I’ve said that multiple times. On this site no less. I want a CLEAR dividing line between black people in their mentalities. That’s why BBW is upsetting to me, hood rats used to STAY in the hood. Now, acting a fool on national tv gets you a paycheck, so they’re wearing nicer clothes, going to restaurants (with no manners and apparently throwing bottles) and messing things up for those of us who were ALREADY there and folks who are trying to “come-up” on the correct tip.

    And you know when things get really real (and we’re getting there) they’ll be the first trying to latch onto “uppity knee-grows” coattails.

  • Anon

    @Tisme
    I want to take your reply at 7:14 and give it a hug, a parade, and a wedding!!!!!

    PREACH!!!! How come ALICIA and JON are the only ones I see who even know how to play an instrument? Thank you for taking the time out of your day to post that comment. I’m hoping that SOMEBODY out there on the internet is reading it and catching a clue as to what “uppity” folks are talking about. Folks are sitting up here trying to play checkers on a chess board.

  • Anon

    @ Ms. Terious
    ” i’m from an inner city ghetto” ———–> BAM!!! WOMMP there it is. Different social norms apply once you LEAVE the ghetto. Congrats on the degrees though… .

    “to all you social police who keep saying only the ignorant, uneducated, etc. use the word nigga, please stop. i know PLENTY of scholars, educators, etc. who use the word in their everyday lives and it has no bearing on their intellect.”—–> You know folks are laughing at this sentence right? Ain’t no social police. If there was, this lil’ internet conversation wouldn’t be happening because ole’ girl would have been SHUT DOWN. And actually, the title of that song wouldn’t be proudly sung if there was a “social police” situation.

  • Dante M.

    @ My reply- that’s basically the point I was trying to make. The 2 most obvious solutions to ending the nigger/nigga debate, are to 1) Everyone stop saying the word, it never gets mentioned again, and eventually, in 50 or 100 years, it no longer exists in the English language. 2) Black people unhitch our wagon from the word. We stop identifying with it. We stop trying to police who says it, when they can say it, how it can be said, etc. That’s an unwinnable battle. The fact that its taboo, and gets a reaction from people, will always make people want to say it.

    The war against the word nigger is just like the war on drugs. It takes up huge amounts of time, energy, and resources, and is almost completely ineffective. People want nigga/nigger, the way they want drugs, and they’re gonna get it. The effective solution is to legalize and regulate it. Let’s treat nigger/nigga the same way we treat mother fucker and bitch. There’s a time, place, and context for everything. I don’t curse in front of my parents or grandparents, or my child, or at work, or in elevators full of strangers. But if I wanna rap along with a song, or I’m talking to my friend, I might wanna drop a couple of “niggas”.

    When a white person sings a song that has the word nigga in it, I’m not offended. There’s a difference between reciting a song, and looking me in the eye and calling me a nigger. Context means everything. We’ve got in this pattern where white people can’t say the word under any circumstances, which is silly. This tweet was referencing a song titled Niggas in Paris. She didn’t write the entire word, she is friends with these people, and she is clearly not being insulting, but in our messed up thinking, we want to paint her as this terrible racist. Crazy.

    It seems like we have a fundamental disagreement and may just have to agree to disagree. Your solution to have no one mention the word ever again so we never have to deal with the pain of the past, would hypothetically work, if you could somehow stop the word from ever being spoken again. I just don’t think that’s likely to happen.

  • Angie

    Ok, Dante, well if you are cool with folks callin you nigga, that’s fine for you. As for me, I do not want anyone calling me a nigga/nigger whether in jest or seriousness. Just like I don’t want anyone calling me a bitch or any other derogatory term. I don’t hold my desire to be addressed with respect as some type of power over white people. I don’t want white people to tell me they are sorry, hell, I don’t even need white people to go out of their way to be my friend. I just simply want to be respected. The orginal meaning of the term was meant to be degrading. I don’t recall the dictionary stating that it had been turned into a term of endearment. We as human beings should respect each other, period. We aren’t niggers, spics, kikes, chinks, fags, retards, bitches, hoes, honkies or whatever. We are people…human beings.

  • Anon

    All of this fake philosophy is only exposing how much ya’ll don’t understand. Cause I laughed for all of the wrong reasons at ——->”bottom line, if you don’t like the word, fine. don’t use it. but let those of us who can handle the word play without falling apart at the seams have our “nigga” fun.”

    I shall bow out and let ya’ll do just that.

  • Mary

    Kanye and Jay-z are real n**gas as they are both music slaves to their white/jewish leaders who make most of the money of there music. Don’t be fooled into thinking jay’z roc nation is just owned by him, yes he is the face of the company but their is a white/jewish guy behind him as with bad boy and young money. Anyways they have a right to call themselves ni**as and so can their non black friends.

  • Ms. Terious

    in the immortal words of en vogue: free your mind and the rest will follow.

  • befree

    Black people on the other side of the n word argument have been very vocal about our dislike for the word in music. To act like white people are oblivious this is just not true. Gwen and her ilk have chosen which side of the argument they want to be on, stop making excuses.
    To act like whites don’t know SOME black find it offensive is a got damn lie point blank period. If Jay & Kanye called themselves Niggas, nigglets, coons, spear chucker… or whatever …sorry that doesn’t provide them some special privilege to give white people a passport to niggerdom.
    Black people can only be responsible for what we do; I will be damn if we are responsible for white people do too. I am not sure where this idea came from that white people NEED our permission to use the N-Word. It’s their word anyway!
    Gwen is a grown woman and made a CHOICE to cosign, I am not excusing her behavior. I am not coddling any damn white people when it comes to the n word, when I don’t do it with black folks. A 39 year old white woman has never heard that the n-word is offensive? Yeah right.
    I bet you two pigs’ feet and four ham hocks if someone ASKED Gwen what was the debate over the N-word she can rattle them off like she did NWA lyrics on a talk show.
    So, all black people must not use the n- word and if they all don’t stop, we can’t say anything to white people about it. What kind of logic is that? I am sorry but I refuse to let the most ignorant of us dictate how the REST should be treated.
    I don’t remember signing over my rights to any rapper as a representative of ALL black folks. Does this just apply to the N-Word? If ALL rappers don’t stop calling women Bitches, does that mean a white person can call your Mama, Wife, Sister, Daughter and you a bitch because Luda made the song “Bitch Get Out The Way”.
    I wonder if somebody has the phone number to all 40 million black people so I can personally call them and ask every single one not to use the n word so white will not be forced to use it. Even though they have been using it for 400+ years…. maybe they are all on twitter.
    No black person has the power to give “nigga” passes. Alec Baldwin and his daughter got dragged on twitter for the SAME nonsense. What I noticed was Alec used the same arguments Jay used. So that tells me he has heard both sides and sided with the nigga proliferation crew. Even if Gwen heard ONE Black person say the N-Word is offensive in music or anywhere else….she has chosen to side with the Blk & white people who say it’s okay.
    Also I take issue with your characterization of how the word Nigger became a part of our vernacular we just did not “co-opt” it. We can add your name to the list of black folks who have positioned themselves as white apologist. It must make Gwen’s day bright waking up white and having folks defend her without her lifting her lily white finger.

  • befree

    Black people on the other side of the n word argument have been very vocal about our dislike for the word in music. To act like white people are oblivious this is just not true. Gwen and her ilk have chosen which side of the argument they want to be on, stop making excuses.
    To act like whites don’t know SOME black find it offensive is a got damn lie point blank period. If Jay & Kanye called themselves Niggas, nigglets, coons, spear chucker… or whatever …sorry that doesn’t provide them some special privilege to give white people a passport to niggerdom.
    Black people can only be responsible for what we do; I will be damn if we are responsible for white people do too. I am not sure where this idea came from that white people NEED our permission to use the N-Word. It’s their word anyway!
    Gwen is a grown woman and made a CHOICE to cosign, I am not excusing her behavior. I am not coddling any damn white people when it comes to the n word, when I don’t do it with black folks. A 39 year old white woman has never heard that the n-word is offensive? Yeah right.
    I bet you two pigs’ feet and four ham hocks if someone ASKED Gwen what was the debate over the N-word she can rattle them off like she did NWA lyrics on a talk show.
    So, all black people must not use the n- word and if they all don’t stop, we can’t say anything to white people about it. What kind of logic is that? I am sorry but I refuse to let the most ignorant of us dictate how the REST should be treated.

  • befree

    oops for the double post..

  • my_reply

    @Ms. Terious – Noone is policing your art. You are free to shake your behind to being called a n****r, b****h, and hoe. No one is stopping you. We are simply on a website incessantly whining. You are free to speak anyone you like no matter how stupid it makes you sound. That’s what freedom is all about.

    I’m not trying to change your mind. Jay-z and Kanye don’t have any power over me because I don’t worship them, but you are either blissfully unaware or dishonest if you think that their behavior doesn’t affect people. Is Nicki Minaj making girls turn into hoes? No. But she makes them think it’s cool to act like one. Does Jay-Z make boys drop out of school? No, but they make it seem like being stupid will be rewarded. Kids are very impressionable. I’m glad your mother parented you, but the majority of African American kids are being poorly parented. They emulate entertainers. I don’t believe that you don’t understand this. You want us to believe that your case is the rule. You are an exception not the rule. So since parents don’t raise their kids correctly, they view and are impacted by the negativity of hip hop. We are not trying to shut down hip hop or the n-word because parents are failing. We are simply complaining. I mean black people show that they care more about shaking their booty to some derivative beats and lyrics rather than raising their kids correctly.

    Ratchet black people keep getting rewarded for being ratchet. Is it surprising that too many black people act low class and ratchet? Not to me. To me, too many African Americans are too ratchet to function outside the ghetto. I’m not shocked that African Americans are where they are. Too many of you are too blind and busy trying to save face to address problems.

    This is not a movement. I repeat WE ARE NOT TRYING TO HAVE SOME STOP SAYING THE N-WORD MOVEMENT. You still don’t get it. Jewish, Hispanic, And Asian people aren’t “acting white.” God that’s such a stupid thing to say. They never feel that way because acting white is really having basic human norms! Get it? Getting an education, providing for your family, and not being an EPIC FAILURE at raising your kids are universal human norms not just for white people. These people are not striving to live up to white people’s standards. They are striving to be productive members of society and raise children who will also become productive members of society. White people hate that? No they love it when people get their crap together. That means less of their taxpayer dollars are used to fix dysfunction by funding “programs” to fill in for papi.

    I just can’t with the majority of you. You’ve been brainwashed to think that acting stupid is acting black. You’ve been programmed to think that deviant behavior should be rewarded. You’ve been hoodwinked to think that all of your problems are caused by uppity black people and white people. Many of you are too stupid to function. That is why your communitites are so dysfunctional.

    One day white people will get sick of your ignorance. Why should they help people who don’t help themselves? They will stop giving taxpayer dollars for welfare. Low income housing will stop. White police officers will stop patrolling your neighborhoods. These neighborhoods will turn into mini-Rwandas. What will you do then? Have civil rights like protests? Riot in the streets? They won’t care.

    I mean aren’t you all watching the news? We have a debt problem. Republicans want to cut spending. Many of those cuts will be to these types of programs. You better get your minds right before you get cut off. I guess then maybe black folks can depend on these rich black people to “give back.” LOL

    I’m not surprised that African Americans are where we are. The majority of you wanted to start partying before you had attained any wealth, property, education, or status. It’s the reason why decades after the civil rights movement, people are still uneducated and in the same neighborhoods partying on the weekends laced up in name brands they can’t afford and returning to their low income housing. In short, misplaced priorities. I know people like you shout out mumbo jumbo about institutional racism and oppression. Those excuses don’t work with me and the majority of non-African American people.

  • MySister’sKeeper

    Woohooo!!!! I loved this response. The ignorant and I do not share a voice. Preach!

  • http://clutch Criquitt

    The n*gga word has no redeeming value anywhere and there is no defense of the word.

  • MySister’sKeeper

    I’ve grown up mostly around these other groups you speak of and I have heard them refer to themselves as all sorts of deragatory terms. Does it excuse those in the black community. Nope. The word needs to end.

  • Wow!

    You are the realist person on here. Perfectly articulated and more than true.

    First, rap didn’t do this. Black folks took hold of the word long before Rap music. I’ve got some old aunts and uncles that can tell you a bit about how folks could speak to each other in the good ol’ days. Superfly and blaxploitation was around long before rap and Snoops how persona comes from that time. Perhaps we should blame that era.

    Saying rappers using the n-word gives a white folks a pass is like saying Britney Spears and Nikki Minaj and Rhianna and Alanis Morissette’s use of the word #@itch in songs and titles makes it ok for men to use it recklessly around women.

    Saturday Night Live had a sketch called “@#tches Get Stuff Done.” It stared Tina Fey, who I know would not smile if I greeted her with the word.

    A black woman released a book called “Bitch Is The New Black.” Is it now okay for Donald Trump to take a pic with Oprah and twitt: “Out with the Boss of @@tches.”

    Come one folks, whether you like rap or not there is no grad school thesis to explain away not holding Gwen responsible, especially of she claims to be a empathetic ally of black people. But then again look at the folks she rocks with. Two rap clowns and a vapid pop diva. No wonder she thought is was the cool thing to do.

    Shout out to Q-Tip.

  • NoitAll

    Speak on it, sis.

  • Ms. Terious

    @anon, is your “BAM” and “womp” about me being from a ghetto somehow supposed to mean something? oh, i’m from “the hood” therefore i have no idea what “real black people” are up to? have a fucking seat, please. you can’t shame me because of my parents’ past economic situation. so you may want to miss me with that one. i have the advantage of knowing the world from different angles because i’ve LIVED it—the good and the bad and whatever is in between. look at my childhood and i can assure you, you came up no better than i did. i took what i needed to take from the ghetto as well as what i needed to take from my experiences outside the ghetto, including the ones from the classroom, to make myself a more well-rounded person who understands life outside of a pretty little bubble. i’ve been sitting folks like you down for years by being the living proof that where one comes from/lives has nothing to do with how one is raised when there’s been a real effort to raise your children and not let the streets/music/tv/internet do it for you. i have fun debunking all the myths folks like you believe about people from the ghetto being the anchor holding black people from rising to the top. you see the reason why shit like “nigga” doesn’t faze me is because i’m comfortable in my skin. no matter where i am—from marcy projects to rodeo drive—i’m good. i could chill with jay-z or the queen of england with seamless transition. this perfect combination of ghetto and “bougie” would have you trying to be my best friend or my man depending on which sex you are and which way your boat floats so before you start “bamming” and “womping” you may want to get on my level. you couldn’t last five minutes in the ring with me, boo—a real one or an intellectual one. but it’s cute that you think you’re somehow coming close to fucking with me because you had the right zip code growing up. let me know how that works out for you when you stumble down the wrong street during the wrong time of day. i may be the one keeping NIGGAS from running up on your ass since i do speak the language. lol!

  • Ms. Terious

    “We are not trying to shut down hip hop or the n-word because parents are failing. We are simply complaining.”

    right after “we are just complaining” is where you should have stopped because that is the point i’m making. you all come on here and COMPLAIN about dumb shit because you obviously have never experienced anything in your life worth really fighting for. period.

  • Ms. Terious

    here’s a thought: let’s stop having any semblance of a history/identity/culture of our own in this country, and just do everything like the good white folk. then everyone can be happy. *side eye*

  • http://akwardturtlejourney.blogspot.com/ Realityplease

    The song gives me a headache (only listened to it once) and I Love Kittens

  • Macy

    While I don’t feel like people should down Ms. Paltrow for her use of the N word and I agree with most of what’s said in this article. I feel like so many people simply write off rap as garbage simply because it’s rap. I feel that it’s a shame that we’re downing our own musicians. The reality of it is that they (you know who THEY are) see us as all the same and the division we’re making only makes us look stupid. To me, the message of the song is a rags to riches story. It’s simply about living the life. I also feel that if the black community were to take some of the negative power out of the N word, it could be nullified. Just so long as blacks outcry every time someone uses the word, we are continuously giving it power.

  • Mrs. Mac

    This argument doesn’t even make sense anymore, not in this regard! You cannot make a song or have your album full of songs with the word n*gga in it and expect Yt folks not to use it. Yt folks, buy my album, but you better not say that word!! Ridiculous. If you don’t want it to be said, then stop saying it! CLOWNS!

  • Kim

    Well Mrs Mac,
    I don’t have any albums, so I never asked any white people to buy them. I also was taught by my parents that you don’t use the word, so I can’t stop saying something I don’t say. I never gave any white person the ok to say N2igger, so why should I be held responsible.
    Some of you truly live in a make believe world. You live only in your heads, your little ghettos, your whatever. You don’t realize that there are millions of black people who don’t live like you. I didn’t go to medical school and law school to have to turn around and be told I simply have to accept being called N2gger when ever anyone feels the need to. It’s no wonder so many of my black collegues have walked away from the community. So many of you are death to the spirit and to the soul.

  • Ms. Terious

    so someone using “nigga” somehow lowers the value of your degrees? some of you people are so thirsty for acceptance from “the other”, it’s sad.

  • NoitAll

    Thank you @befree for articulating perfectly EXACTLY what I and so many others are thinking. I especially love the statements, “I am sorry but I refuse to let the most ignorant of us dictate how the REST should be treated,” and “I don’t remember signing over my rights to any rapper as a representative of ALL black folks.”

    Amen!!

  • NoitAll

    @befree You need to get yourself a blog “cause you are on point!

  • Kim

    @Ms. Terious,
    Sorry, but you have the wrong one. The acceptance of white folk has never been my desire. To be respected for what I am capable of doing has always been my aim. Save you ish for some else.

  • http://http://getaperspective.blogspot.co.uk/ AphroGaga

    Is this for real “nigga is short for nigger”, someone better pick up a history book! The word nigga or nigger however you choose to spell it is a derogative word for black people used during slavery and derives from the Portuguese word negro (meaning black).

    The problem with Gwyneth use of the word is that not all black people like the word and while her friendship with Jay-Z may permit her using the word, she was wrong to tweet it to the world and should have know and respected the fact that some people would have been offended.

    I ain’t even angry at Gwyneth, I blame rappers like Jay-Z for using such a offensive word in front of a mainsteam audience, because things like this happen where white people feel conformable using such a racial offensive word.

    These things need to be called out people, wake up!

    http://getaperspective.blogspot.co.uk/2012/06/gwyneth-paltrow-tweets-n-word-at-jay-z.html
    newblackman.blogspot.co.uk/2012/06/ill-doctrine-why-gwyneth-paltrow-should.html

  • black_feminist

    Exactly! Thank you for posting what I was thinking, but couldn’t quite articulate. I am so tired of this bogus argument that white folks cannot be held accountable or even critiqued for using this word as long as some black people are still using it. Ridiculous!

  • YouWishYouCouldBeMe

    Thank you Mrs. Mac. Black people, we need to stop using the word if it’s so bad, especially in rap songs marketed to multicultural audiences.

  • Ms. Terious

    @Kim

    “To be respected for what I am capable of doing has always been my aim.”

    like i said—thirst.

    you wanna be respected for something? try actually being great at what you do. there are countless morons with degrees out here [in both law and medicine]. having your name on a piece of paper doesn’t equal automatic respect. respect yourself and others will follow suit. so how about you save your shit for someone who might be impressed that you went ahead and did what everyone else on this thread has done, which is get a couple of degrees. we all have them, boo. xoxo

  • Ms. Terious

    @tisme

    you slay me with the “tighten up” mess. how about you get a life and find a new plight. i’m not looking for jay-z and kanye to piss on me or do anything because i don’t know those niggas and they don’t owe me a thing. all i expect them to do is make music, which is what they are here for—good or bad. i don’t look to undereducated musicians to champion my personal or political causes and for that, i’m the one who needs to tighten up? okay boo. i think you need to get a clue. rappers are not role models! CLEARLY.

  • Isis

    But rap music is trash And The rappers are pawns for whitey. Only ppl who hate themselves will rap about destroying ur own ppl And communities. All for The mighty dollar.

  • lindy

    If Gwyneth was a WHITE MALE would these black men be defending and giving a pass?

  • booboo

    I think that if black people say they want exclusive rights to the words nigger, nigga, nigra.. white people should shut the hell up and let em have it.. i mean.. cultural genocide without even as much as an apology should be enough reason to claim ONE word. Anyway.. why cant you let it go??? why are you so fascinated by it??? why do you FIGHT for the right to use a word that represents such a stain on your historical rap sheet???

  • http://getaperspective.blogspot.com Aphrogaga

    Either way, Gwyneth should apologise for causing offense considering its in her name instead of defending the tweet and her right to use the degrading racist word.

    An apology don’t take nothing, instead she’s arguing her right to be racially offensive to every black person on the planet and that ain’t right!

  • http://getaperspective.blogspot.com Aphrogaga

    You need to broaden you mind!
    While its great you are clearly not influenced by the foolishness of Hip-Hop, this ain’t the rule for the rest of the black ethnicity that span the globe.

    American hip-hop seems to unfairly define blackness for black people all over the world and coming from the UK I see how hip-hop culture has affected black masculinity here, with gang culture and turf wars clearly exports from American gangster rap. Jay-Z & Kanye may not be your idols but they are idols to many black boys who aspire to emulate them or black girls who’ll want to be with someone like them.

    This isn’t just about you and your local community, see the bigger picture!

  • Ms. Terious

    child, miss me with all that babbling, mumbo-jumbo and nonsense. no need to quit. you been lost. :-/

  • matreiya

    @aphrogaga, It’s the name of the song…how is she going to offend someone by repeating what was already written? Help them lord…

  • Sport

    “If Jay-Z and any other artists sing or rap about it and put in their songs, of course this gives folks the privilege to freely and boldly use the term.”

    No black person can give you “folks” permission or privilege to say that word “freely and boldly” period. Just because your favorite sell out rappers Jay Z and Kanye let you call them N**** doesn’t mean we will.

  • E.M.S.

    Oh certainly! Paltrow is super racist for quoting a song title that black people made when she hangs out with Beyonce & Jay-Z. Please get a grip.

    How about we stop being made at non blacks for saying it and start being mad at our own community for not laying that ugly word to rest?

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  • ed

    Nas (and other black rappers) are defending Gwyneth Paltrow’s “N….a” tweet. Let them.

    It seems that rappers (who are mostly felons, drug dealers and former drug dealers) are now the undisputed arbitrators of black popular culture. THUGS are now the deciders of whether a white person can say the “n” word (or not)! Nas is telling the NAACP, etc., to stay out of it because he will defend Ms. Paltrow’s right to use the word “n….a” with violence, if necessary! This from a man who had a problem paying child support to his ex-wife for their son!!

    It seems to me that it is time for black people with “old school”, middle class values to SEPARATE themselves and their families from this hip-hop menace: I mean separate physically, emotionally and psychologically. Without COMMON VALUES, you have NOTHING in common that’s worth anything. It’s at the point now that blacks in this country are two separate races. There is no point “debating” with this TRASH: you can’t win, you just go around and around in circles. Let’s make the separation official and MOVE ON.

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  • Kim

    You have made a complete fool of your self on this site. You are what is wrong with Black America.
    PS. You couldn’t achieve what I and others had if it was given to you at birth. Crawl back to your gutter and leave real black folks alone. The sooner the folks like you are put down(oh yes they are looking for you) the better it will be for the rest of us.

  • tabby

    if you care…..

    Jay Z Beyonce Dream Nas Russell Etc Do NOT Speak for the Black Community

    http://www.change.org/petitions/black-people-hip-hop-industry-jay-z-beyonce-dream-nas-russell-etc-do-not-speak-for-the-black-community

  • http://www.motravels.com Monique

    *Dead*

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  • http://www.oldschooljournal.com A C Powell

    However you slice it, whether “nigger” or “nigga” or “nig” (the variation of the N-Word preferred by closet racists like Rick Santorum and Paula Smith), the N-Word occupies a dubious status in American culture. Let’s be honest. It is the one of the ugliest words in the American vernacular; moreover, the dichotomous treatment the N-Word receives in the African American community in no way removes the hateful and blood-soaked stain of the N-Word’s regrettable place in American history. Who are kidding? That history still means something today, because when most white folks use the N-Word the intent is to injure. Then again, there are those white folks like Gwyneth Paltrow who foolishly believe that Jay-Z, Beyoncé and Kanye West speak for all black folks, because who could be a better representation of Black America than the three of them? Sarcasm aside, I have the solution for African Americans who still feel the hairs rise up on the back of their necks whenever a report surfaces about a white person using the N-Word. Walk up the next white person who offends you, look them straight in the eye and in a calm, distinctly audible voice call her or him a nigga. After a while, nobody will be using the N-Word, because the only thing many white Americans can image as being worse than being poor is being black. Furthermore, were it not for the intense absurdity of American racism, the N-word would have no power. So, to people like Gwyneth Paltrow, who seem desperate to create a post-racial America without addressing the layers of pain cemented by several centuries of racial animus toward African Americans, I would suggest applying the N-Word equally to people of all races.

  • my_reply

    @Ms. Terious – You are so darn stupid. This is a website with articles and a comment section for articles. What the heck did you expect to read on this page? If you didn’t want to read comments from black people with self respect, you should have stopped reading the comments. Do you know how these types of websites work? Do you understand that comment sections are there to get people’s inputs, thoughts, and COMPLAINTS? Have you never seen other people doing the same on other articles on the web? Is this your first time on the web and you don’t understand what goes on? Please sit down somewhere with that.

    Your “I keep it real, and I’ve been through ish so I get to say the n-word and decide it’s okay” argument is stupid. I don’t have to have grown up in some ghetto and had a hard life for me to hate the n-word. I’m black. That’s enough for me.

    Wait. You’ve experienced real hardship in your life and have bigger things to worry about. The n-word is so small. You are too stupid. Is it impossible to worry about more than one thing? Can’t you think about small and big problems? I guess you can only work one one problem at a time. Let’s see in the earlier part of the 20th century, black people dealt with a lot more problems than many of you keepin’ it real folks (you all cause your own problems), and they still had the good sense to fight against the n-word. Get out of here with that bullcrap. Your keepin’ it real neighborhoods are dysfunctional. You support their dysfunction. Most if the ish you go through is caused by people who engage in deviant behavior. It isn’t stopped because people like you glorify deviant behavior and make excuses for deviant behavior.

    Who decided ratchet people get to decide what “real”, “fake”, and “uppity” are? You have no standards. There are too many ignorant black people who agree with you, so you think you are right. “I’m real. Give me a badge, Y’all are fake uppity n*ggas. What I say is the law because I’ve been throug ish.” seems to be what you are saying. Take that crap over to World Star Hip Hop. You will find plenty of people to agree with you there.

  • Toni

    thank you ed

  • Toni

    but a couple of DECADES too late, eh??????

  • Truegoy

    @Isis: Yes ALL rap is trash just like ALL black people are niggas. And ‘whitey’ just tricked us into creating one of the most influential art forms of the past 5 decades.
    Seriously, you need to get over yourself.

  • http://urblk.blogspot.com Jen

    I think its stupid for all this back and forth about white people using the word “nigga” and blacks use of it. In our time, history of America, yes the word has had a negative connotation in reference to slavery and treatment of our people. Now decades later, the term is used in a positive light for some. I don’t have a problem with it. I don’t care for Jay-z or Kanye or their use of the word in the song. I don’t care if Gwenyth Paltrow climbed to a mountain and shouted it at the top of her lungs.
    I use the word a lot and I’m college educated. Now a college degree doesn’t guarantee my intelligence but nor does use of the word doesn’t deem me ignorant. I like to use it because I know its true meaning, its origin. The white man did not create it, we did. It was our word to begin with, with positive connotation. Nigga from nigger from naga which means God.
    I for some of this will be hard to believe but do your research before you
    attack. You’ll probably believe I’m the one brainwashed with me not having any problem using the word and associating it with God of all things. But I’m not brainwashed, you are if you can’t fathom the possibilty of it. You are if you haven’t taken the time to learn our history and see how they’ve warped our minds against things that was ours to begin with.
    And now we’re on this forum going back and forth with our opinions. I mean, it’s done and the word is here. I’m not a nigger but a goddess. We are all gods and goddesses and we could honestly take this energy and put it into something that’ll better help our communities.

  • http://urblk.blogspot.com Jen

    I think its stupid for all this back and forth about white people using the word “nigga” and blacks use of it. In our time, history of America, yes the word has had a negative connotation in reference to slavery and treatment of our people. Now decades late, the term is used in a positive light for some. I don’t have a problem with it. I don’t care for Jay-z or Kanye or their use of the word in the song. I don’t care if Gwenyth Paltrow climbed to a mountain and shouted it at the top of her lungs.
    I use the word a lot and I’m college educated. Now a college degree doesn’t guarantee my intelligence but nor does use of the word doesn’t deem me ignorant. I like to use it because I know its true meaning, its origin. The white man did not create it, we did. It was our word to begin with, with positive connotation. Nigga from nigger from naga which means God
    I for some of this will be hard to believe but do your research before you
    attack. You’ll probably believe I’m the one brainwashed with me not having any problem using the word and associating it with God of all things. But I’m not brainwashed, you are if you can’t fathom the possibilty of it. You are if you haven’t taken the time to learn our history and see how they’ve warped our minds against things that was ours to begin with.
    And now we’re on this forum going back and forth with our opinions. I mean, it’s done and the word is here. I’m not a nigger but a goddess. We are all gods and goddesses and we could honestly take this energy and put it into something that’ll better help our communities.

  • Anne

    @my_reply: I agree with everything you’ve said. Your comments are the most intelligently thought out ones on this forum.

  • charlie baker

    400 years? This is why the term “Forget about it” is so popular. Get on with your life….find a job and pay some taxes so the burden of welfare for the progenation of your race isn’t so heavy.

  • charlie baker

    This can be much simpler than you make it seem. The point of tweeting is to include everyone into that group we consider close friends. If you want to exclude yourself from that group quit reading Gwen’s tweet. very very simple. She is cool…..and sadly you’re not.

  • http://www.facebook.com/LadyAfia01 Yasmin Bithiah

    Beyonce has had her nose surgically manipulated. Check out her earlier photos. So she DID have a typical “African-American” nose. She is a lighter shade of brown, but she also has had some skin “lightening” done as well. She has allowed herself to become “white” washed.

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  • Jewel Black

    Or, to “cut to the chase”….

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