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[NOISE] Last night's season two premier of Black-ish, where they decided to take on the use of the N word. The youngest son Jake raps the N word while performing Kanye West's Gold Digger at a school talent show. When Jack gets threatened by the school with expulsion, it sparks a debate within his family, with everyone taking different sides on whether the word is okay. Okay. So is this a slay? Because people of every color have their own opinions about the N word. And show runner Kenya Barris wanted to use Blackish as a platform to continue an open and honest conversation about it. Or as a shade. Blackish, featuring the N word draws unwanted attention to the word and trivializes a very serious topic. Alright. Count of three, one, two, three. Slayed or shade? Slayed, slayed, shade. Ooh, Melanie! Okay. Oh. I'm sorry. I'm on the wrong side, actually. Oh. But I'll say this. Talk to me. [LAUGH] You can have a sla-shay, a sla-shay. Listen, I believe in the universe. This is what it prompted me to do and this is what came up. [CROSSTALK] You know what? Let me just own it. I just think both. If this could be a slayed and a shade, I would say yes. Absolutely, I think it trivializes the word to an extent. Yes, people have their right to express what they say. I'm not a fan of the word at all. But it is in music. It is in pop culture, which is why I could also say, a slayed. Slayed. I get that. And it is a reality of what it is. But The fact that this is what came up first, I'm gonna own this and I'm just gonna say I don't like that word. I don't wanna hear it. [LAUGH] Got you, all right. Cori? What I loved about Blackish last night was how they- But I love the show. [LAUGH] Really dwelled into the nuances of that word. Especially when Anthony Anderson's character came home and was talking with Laurence Fishburne like, well you've said it, you said it growing up. [LAUGH] And then his mom had said. Said it like literally five minutes before. So and I grew up in a household with the word. And I always go back to that Chris Rock line, there are black folks and then there are whatever. Mm-hm. I'll admit sometimes I use it. But I do remember Oprah Winfrey saying, when she did the interview with Jay-Z in They had this conversation and she said it's the last thing folks heard before they were lynched. And that made me check myself. I'm like okay, I need to stop saying it as well. But I think they slayed it as far as showing all the nuances and how complicated it is. But white folks shouldn't use it ever. No. You can never use it. [LAUGH] [INAUDIBLE] Essence.com. Tell your friends. They can't use it. Well, nobody, actually. No one. [CROSSTALK] And Bev, you get the final word. Well, the final word is this, for me. I think it's a teachable moment and I think we need more honesty around the world. We need to have more conversations and the fact that it's on a show called Black-ish that's on ABC means the world to me And I think that there are probably some white people, or people that are not black, that have been educated about the nuances of the word, because of the show. So I say kudos to them. I think Kenya is a genius show runner, and I love the show, and I'm glad they exist. [MUSIC]

'Black-Ish' Takes on the 'N-Word' in Season Premiere

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