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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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Tyler, The Creator Reacts To Drake Getting Booed At Camp Flog Gnaw

Tyler, the Creator is speaking up about Drake receiving boos at the 2019 Camp Flog Gnaw Festival. The former Odd Future member took to his Twitter account to share his thoughts on the incident and address the reports of the Toronto native making an early departure from the event''s stage.

"I thought bringing one of the biggest [sic] artists on the f**king planet to a music festival was fire!" he exclaimed in all caps in a tweet on Monday afternoon (Nov. 11). "But flipside, a lil tone deaf knowing the specific crowd it drew. Some created a narrative in their head and acted out like a**holes when it didn't come true and I don't f**k with that."

Tyler continued by pointing out that although there were boos "in the front area" by folks who were "mad rude" and came off as "entitled," most attendees were having a great time. "That sh*t was like mob mentality and cancel culture in real life and I think that sh*t is f**king trash."

"Ni**a did feel no ways! That song is beautiful!" remarked Tyler about Drizzy's attempt to fully perform "Feel No Ways" a deep cut off his Views album. "Most guys don't do album cuts! Thank you, Aubrey! Like, I love that song and thought that would never happen....He really did that for me and I appreciate it because he did not have to come at all. See our worlds come together was so great in the theory."

Tyler went on to add a positive perspective to the whole incident and tweeted, "But hey man sh*t happens, all jokes aside, sh*t lowkey funny HAHAHA" he added. "Aside from that, hope everyone had a good time. Again, no [sic] arrests. No bullsh*t, man. A lot of people enjoyed it, thanks again!"

Read Tyler's tweets below and continue here to read about YG bringing out Stormy Daniels during his Camp Flog Gnaw performance of "FDT (F**k Donald Trump)."

I THOUGHT BRINGING ONE OF THE BIGGEST ARTIST ON THE FUCKING PLANET TO A MUSIC FESTIVAL WAS FIRE! BUT FLIPSIDE, A LIL TONE DEAF KNOWING THE SPECIFIC CROWD IT DREW. SOME CREATED A NARRATIVE IN THEIR HEAD AND ACTED OUT LIKE ASSHOLES WHEN IT DIDNT COME TRUE AND I DONT FUCK WITH THAT

— Tyler, The Creator (@tylerthecreator) November 11, 2019

THIS NIGGA DID FEEL NO WAYS! SONG IS BEAUTIFUL. ALSO, MOSTLY EVERYONE WAS HAVING A GREAT TIME, THOSE SHITS IN THE FRONT AREA WERE THE ONES BEING MAD RUDE, WHICH, I CAN SEE WHY, BUT, NAH, FUCK THAT, YALL REPRESENTED ME AND FLOG TO MY GUEST AND MADE US LOOK SOOO ENTITLED AND TRASH

— Tyler, The Creator (@tylerthecreator) November 11, 2019

THAT SHIT WAS LIKE MOB MENTALITY AND CANCEL CULTURE IN REAL LIFE AND I THINK THAT SHIT IS FUCKING TRASH

— Tyler, The Creator (@tylerthecreator) November 11, 2019

NIGGA DID FEEL NO WAYS! THAT SONG IS BEAUTIFUL! MOST GUYS DONT DO ALBUM CUTS! THANK YOU AUBREY!

— Tyler, The Creator (@tylerthecreator) November 11, 2019

LIKE, I LOVE THAT SONG AND THOUGHT THAT WOULD NEVER HAPPEN.......HE REALLY DID THAT FOR ME AND I APPRECIATE IT BECAUSE HE DID NOT HAVE TO COME AT ALL, SEE OUR WORLDS COME TOGETHER WAS SO GREAT IN THEORY

— Tyler, The Creator (@tylerthecreator) November 11, 2019

LIKE, I LOVE THAT SONG AND THOUGHT THAT WOULD NEVER HAPPEN.......HE REALLY DID THAT FOR ME AND I APPRECIATE IT BECAUSE HE DID NOT HAVE TO COME AT ALL, SEE OUR WORLDS COME TOGETHER WAS SO GREAT IN THEORY

— Tyler, The Creator (@tylerthecreator) November 11, 2019

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YG Brings Out Stormy Daniels For His "F*ck Donald Trump" Ritual

Rapper YG snagged adult film star Stormy Daniels to dish out some shade directed at President Donald Trump.

On Sunday night (Nov. 10), YG called on the porn star for his usual ritual of inviting someone on to disrespect Trump before going into his Nipsey Hussle-assisted "Fuck Donald Trump."

"My name is Stormy Daniels, and I'm the reason Donald Trump is fucked!" Daniels told the audience. For his part, YG appeared to suggest that he didn't know who Stormy was, but needless to say, it's unlikely that's actually the case.

Stormy Daniels is the adult film star whom President Trump allegedly told his former lawyer Michael Cohen to pay off in order to conceal an alleged affair Trump and Daniels had during the early years of his marriage to Melania Trump. Since that revelation, Daniels has intermittently shaded Trump, and this is just the latest example.

While Daniels had no qualms about denouncing the polarizing president, there has been at least one fan who turned down the chance to do so. A few weeks ago, a fan who was called up to the stage at YG's set at the 2019 Mala Luna Music Festival in San Antonio, Texas declined to scream out the song's hook. After that, YG asked him to leave the stage. Video of the interaction went viral and even prompted a response from the White House.

"Another example of the tolerant left," White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham said in a sarcastic tone.

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Drake Gets Booed At Tyler, The Creator's Camp Flog Gnaw Festival

Drake experienced a night he'd probably want to forget after getting boo'd off stage at Tyler, the Creator's Camp Flog Gnaw Festival in the wee hours of Monday morning (Nov. 10).  In footage making rounds on social media, the 6 God, who is arguably the biggest rapper in the world, can be seen pleading with the L.A. crowd:

"Like I said, I'm here for you," and, "If you want me to keep going, I'll keep going."

The "Mob Ties" rapper was met with a fusillade of boos and “nos,” which resulted in him leaving the stage. "It's been love. I go by the name of Drake, thank you for having me,” he says as he walks off, reportedly ending his set 20 minutes early.

Apparently, Drake was a victim of some fake news. An Instagram Live recording led concertgoers to believe that Frank Ocean, was set to perform. But even that news wasn't and hasn't been confirmed.

See the comments and videos below.

this was PAINFUL to watch drake literally got boo’d off stage 😭😭 #campfloggnaw pic.twitter.com/Ic6PenmPXc

— ➳ trash (@trashminajx) November 11, 2019

Incase you wanted to see Drake get booed off stage at flog gnaw... bruh pic.twitter.com/TgyqWvOZtq

— Baby Carrot (@lrroze89) November 11, 2019

yo this actually makes WAY more sense pic.twitter.com/4Gef3DHyh0

— JuliusJimmy (@TheInfinityJims) November 11, 2019

#campfloggnaw2019 drake deserved better /: pic.twitter.com/4WRonxcoXy

— :* (@wutangjass) November 11, 2019

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