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Why White People Can't Say The N-Word, As Told By Ta-Nehisi Coates

"There's a lot to be learned from refraining," Coates said to a group of white students Tuesday (Nov. 7). 

Author, comic book head and all around prolific thinker Ta-Nehisi Coates is adored for his ability to dismantle cemented concepts that are no longer needed in the world. The task fell in is lap yet again while promoting his new book, We Were Eight Years In Power with the topic being one we all know too well; wypipo and the n-word.

Speaking to Evanston Township High School last Tuesday (Nov. 7), Coates was asked by a white student about the n-word. Coates broke it down a few different ways, by explaining that it's normal for some groups to use words others cannot. He also ignored the weirdly suggested reparations comment.

"Words don't have meaning without context," he said. "My wife refers to me as 'honey,' that's excepted and okay between us. If we were walking down the street and another woman referred to me as 'honey' that wouldn't' be acceptable."

He also dropped examples related to his father's given name and the name for LGBT activist Dan Savage's proposed show where "fa**ot" is used in the title.

"The question one must ask is that why do so many white people have difficulty extending basic things that are basic laws with how human beings interact with black people?" he continued. "When you're white in this country, you're taught everything belongs to you. You're conditioned this way. The laws tell you this and that people have to accommodate themselves to you. Now here comes this word you feel you've invented and you think, how is someone going to tell you not to say a word that you invented. You say, 'Why can't I use it, everyone gets to use it? That's racism that I don't get to use it. I have to inconvenience  myself and hear this song and I can't sing along?'"

He also questioned how some white people are overzealous about black culture.

In all, he explains how holding back the urge to chant the n-word during a Kendrick Lamar or Lil Uzi Vert tune is a teachable moment of privilege.

"I think for white people the experience of being a hip-hop fan and not being able to use the word "ni**a" is actually very insightful. It gives you a peek into the world of what its like to be black. There's a lot to be learned from refraining."

The video, which was uploaded to YouTube and later picked up on Facebook went viral in a matter of days with over 4 million views. Reactions have been positive, with some people of color wanting the word out of everyone's mouths.

Others had clever suggestions on how they approach rap music with the n-word in it.

That works.

You can purchase We Were Eight Years In Power here.

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Pop Smoke: 5 Suspects Arrested In Connection With Rapper’s Murder

Five people have been arrested in connection with the murder of Pop Smoke, the Los Angeles Police Department's  Robbery-Homicide Division revealed on Friday (July 10). According to an LAPD news release, the suspects include two teenagers and three adults, the latter of whom were identified as Corey Walker, 19, Jaquan Murphy, 21, and Keandre D. Rodgers, 18.

The LAPD claims that the suspects are gang members who were involved in Jackson’s murder in February, and in the murder of an 18-year-old victim who was gunned down last year in the parking lot of the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif.

No other details were released as both investigations are ongoing.

Pop Smoke, whose birth name was Bashar Jackson, was gunned down at a temporary rental home in the Hollywood Hills while visiting Los Angeles. The 20-year-old Brooklyn native was the victim of an armed robbery, per the LAPD.

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Jada Pinkett Smith Confirms Past Relationship With August Alsina

As promised, Jada Pinkett Smith brought herself to the infamous red table but she wasn’t alone. Will Smith joined his wife to address August Alsina’s claims in a special mini-episode of Red Table Talk that premiered on Friday (July 10).

Jada confirmed that she was once in a relationship with the 27-year-old singer while “separated” from Will. According to Jada, things with Alsina started out as a platonic friendship before turning into something more.

“As time went on, I got into a different kind of entanglement with August,” she admitted.

The actress went on to clarify that Will never August “permission” to date her. “The only person that can give permission in that particular circumstance is myself,” she said. “I could see how he would perceive it as ‘permission' because we were separated amicably and I think he also wanted to make it clear that he’s not a home wrecker — which he’s not.

“I was in a lot of pain. I was broken. I definitely realized that you can’t find happiness outside of yourself, and luckily enough, you and I were going through a process of healing in a much different manner,” Jada told Will. “I would definitely say we did everything we could to get away from each other only to realize that that wasn’t possible.”

Later in the talk, Will asked Jada what she was looking for in August. “I just wanted to feel good,” she said. “And it was really a joy just to heal somebody.”

The couple, who have been together for 25 years, also revealed their relationship mantra: “We ride together. We die together. Bad marriage for life.”

Watch the full episode below.

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Kid Cudi Announces Eminem Collaboration, "The Adventures Of Moon Man And Slim Shady”

Kid Cudi and Eminem are releasing a new single, "The Adventures of Moon Man and Slim Shady,” scheduled to drop this Friday (July 10).

Cudster’s daughter, Vada, announced the news in an adorable video posted to his Twitter account on Wednesday (July 8).

And now a word from Princess Vada the chosen... pic.twitter.com/xmgIMkUntz

— The Chosen One (@KidCudi) July 8, 2020

Besides working with Eminem, Cudi collaborated with Kanye West on an upcoming Kids See Ghost animated series. Additionally, the Ohio native is gearing up to debut an animated Netflix series, Entergalactic, based off his upcoming concept album of the same name. Cudi will executive produce the series along with Kenya Barris.

The 36-year-old rapper and actor will also appear in the HBO mini-series, We Are Who We Are. The coming-of-age story centers around two teenagers living on an American military base in Italy.

Watch the trailer below.


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