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Gwyneth Paltrow, Russell Simmons, Jay Z, Kanye West N-word drama.

June 5, 2012 by  
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(ThyBlackMan.com) recently read an article in which Russell Simmons defended Gwyneth Paltrowin her use of the word “n*gga” to define her time in Paris with Jay-Z, Beyonce and the rest of her “n*ggas.”  Gwyneth Paltrow, like most “down-ass” white girls who get very comfortable around black folks, caught herself slipping into territory that only the bravest white people go.

I stand with Russell in that Gwyneth Paltrow is not entirely to blame.  At worst, we can blame Gwyneth Paltrow for not being sensitive enough to realize that Jay-Z and Kanye West are not ambassadors of the black community who’ve been given creative license to sell and market the word n*gga to audiences around the world.  Most of us aren’t getting any of the royalties being paid to Kanye West and Jay-Z from their decision to sell out.

Now, back to Russell Simmons, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jigga, and N*gga.  Russell, a man who has far more money than I’ll ever have, went out of his way to defend Jay-Z and Kanye West as “poets” who deserve the creative freedom to express themselves in ways that they see fit.    I find it interesting that black self-respect must be consistently sacrificed for the sake of creative freedom.   I have to openly wonder if the Asian community would be happy to hear about “Chinks in Paris,” or if Jews would support a song called “Hymies in Paris.”  In fact, I doubt that Russell Simmons could ever release such an album without having his power ripped out from under him.

Says Russell Simmons:

I have NEVER told any artist not to use that word or any word in my life and I never will; a poet can choose their own words to describe whatever they want in their art. 

Mind you, Russell Simmons’s careful selection of words like “art” and ‘poet” are wired to pre-empt the inevitable battleground that emerges when we realize that the minds of millions of black children are being destroyed, all so a bunch of grown men can have access to their precious art.  The difficult reality that Russell Simmons and other proud “n*ggas” in commercialized hip-hop must face is the fact that their music does little to elevate the masses, and only serves to make black boys think that it’s cool to stay high and drunk, have sex with everything that moves, kill each other on the street, disrespect black women and waste their money popping bottles at the club.

Of course, little Paquan in the hood doesn’t have to choose Jay-Z and Kanye West as his role models, but since all of his friends at school are influenced by the artists they hear on the radio every single day, he is constantly bombarded with messages that serve as a personal blueprint to his own self-destruction (get the joke?  Notice that used the word “blueprint”).

So, in the quest to protect the rights of “poets” to pursue their “art,” we are promoting the very worst that the black community has to offer.  Toxic thinking and behavior is being packaged and exported to predominantly white audiences around the world so that individuals like Russell Simmons and Jay-Z can get rich.  As a result of this deformed re-branding of the black community, white women like Gwyneth Paltrow think that we are all a pack of n*ggas who want to hang out with her in Paris.  In fact, being a n*gga has become so cool that Gwyneth Paltrow wants to be a n*gga too.

Let’s be clear:  Much of the commercialized hip-hop that we hear on the radio cannot be readily defended as art.   The core of the artistic value of music is undermined when a music industry executive walks in the room and says, “Kanye West, don’t rap about Jesus or living in the suburbs.  Just call yourself a n*gga and refer to black women as b*tches.  That’s how you can sell more records.”  It is at that point that the so-called “art” being produced in the studio turns into nothing more than a corporate commodity being sold to those who love seeing black people put on minstrel shows.

The bottom line is that commercialized hip-hop is not producing artists.  It is actually producing a whole gang of n*ggas.

So, with all due respect to anyone who wants to sit here and pretend that it’s OK for white people to refer to the black people around them as n*ggas, perhaps it’s time to realign our thinking.  This psychological poison affects all of us, and even I once thought that using the word n*gga was ok to do.  But there was also a point when I realized that it was “n*gga-like” thinking that led me to believe that referring to myself and my brother in the most degrading way imaginable was not good for my own soul or that of my community.

Russell Simmons, it’s time for us to stop thinking like n*ggas.  There are more intelligent and thoughtful ways for black men to reference themselves.  You know it, I know it and so does everyone else.  Let’s get away from selling poison.

Staff Writer; Dr. Boyce Watkins
 
Dr. Boyce Watkins is the founder of the Your Black World Coalition. For more information, please visit http://BoyceWatkins.com.
 
 

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15 Responses to “Gwyneth Paltrow, Russell Simmons, Jay Z, Kanye West N-word drama.”
  1. Umm Yeah says:

    “I find it interesting that black self-respect must be consistently sacrificed for the sake of creative freedom.” – Watkins

  2. bright says:

    There’s this animal called a Llamas, now people raise these animals on farms to sale later on, big mistake to keep one for a pet because than they become to familiar and they will spit at you. I see people mad because boundaries have been cross, lack of respect lost, and familiarity breeds contempt! black people feel that this will happen to them next ,because it does start at the top and filter on down, just like the incident in Inglewood at a charter school last week a anglo saxon teacher told a young black girl to sit her nappy head self down , the mother was very upset because the black principle backed up the teacher in her remark ,because in his words the girl was bad, now where is the professionalism in all this , I’m referring to Jay-z ,West,Simmons in all this ,these are what the anglo saxon call Non Threatening Black Men , so you can call or say anything to them. So I say black people watch who you put at the top ,you say I didn’t put them there , yes you do everytime you buy download or watch the junk they put out , they may have started out ok but thats over they can’t keep living off that yesterday reputation ,these guys are not the same they are in it to deep like a drug ,so boycott them! and save this young generation invest in their education and spend time with your family build a strong union among yourself ,keep your private life ,social life, and work or business life seperate and if people don’t respect that ,than you don’t need them around you to close anyway.

  3. bright says:

    There’s this animal called a Llamas, now people raise these animals on farms to sale later on, big mistake to keep one for a pet because than they become to familiar and they will spit at you. I see people mad because boundaries have been cross, lack of respect lost, and familiarity breeds contempt! black people feel that this will happen to them next ,because it does start at the top and filter on down, just like the incident in Inglewood at a charter school last week a anglo saxon teacher told a young black girl to sit her nappy head self down , the mother was very upset because the black principle backed up the teacher in her remark ,because in his words the girl was bad, now where is the professionalism in all this , I’m referring to Jay-z ,West,Simmons in all this ,these are what the anglo saxon call Non Threatening Black Men , so you can call or say anything to them. So I say black people watch who you put at the top ,you say I didn’t put them there , yes you do everytime you buy download or watch the junk they put out , they may have started out ok but thats over they can’t keep living off that yesterday reputation ,these guys are not the same they are in it to deep like a drug ,so boycott them! and save this young generation invest in their education and spend time with your family buid a strong union among yourself ,keep your private life ,social life, and work or business life seperate and if people don’t respect that ,than you don’t need them around you to close anyway.

  4. mumdawatahay says:

    This is really important.

    …HA-HAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!!

  5. Kim says:

    It is ridiculous for anyone to promote the word “nigga”. The “nigga” lifestyle is not a good model for our youth. I have to agree with the author in that. Our young people should not grow up thinking that all this BS drinking, getting high, thuggin’ , and gettin with hoes is what life is about. There are many problems in the African-American community, in the entire African American “culture” , that are reflected in these “poets” lyrics. The shame in it all is that when I say “culture” I mean to point out that many African Americans have allowed all of our societal problems to define us as a people, rather than overcome these obstacles and move up, giving our children the same opportunites as children of other races.

    We need to grow as a people and not only want brighter futures, but STRIVE for them, for our generations of black youth to come. Our legacy to the world is not rap and hip-hop; we have so much more to offer as a people. We should love and respect ourselves foremost, and all people, and stop idol-worshipping these “clowns” that think that they are the voice of the African American community. For those black men and women who make babies, be there. See that your children get the education that they are entitled to; and push higher education so that their own children have a better life.

    Teach our young people the value of getting a JOB and being responsible for themselves. No one in this world owes you sh!t. It is too easy to sit and moan about being oppressed than getting off your behinds and doing something about it. The African American community should not accept our obstacles and limitations to define us but overcome them and enter mainstream America and make an impact.

    Sorry for preaching but it really bothers me when we sit up here talking trash about white people and laughing at them for how they live, when most of it is fueled by jealousy. For real.White people are raised differently than most of us. Are they given opportunity. Yes. But they are (largely) given a lot more guidance too. We can’t expect other people to fix our problems. Jay-Z and Kanye got lucky- they do have talent but they’re lifestyle is very different from 99.9% of the rest of us, so why allow them to represent us. “Nigga” is not a word that boosts anyone and should be tossed out of modern slang. It is ridiculous and as far as Gwenyth goes, I hope she realizes how stupid she sounded.

  6. sankofa says:

    @Jared, @LaShay, @The 4th Letta Dee: The last Poets made crerated a clasic desertation on people like yourselves, Russell Simmons, Kanye West and JayZ.

    “niggers are scared of revolution” the only time that word is appropriate and speaks to appologists who will use eny excuse not to actually be responsible. Because being responsible raises the bar to a level where you will be held accountable.

    …. You hear niggers say
    Things are changing? Things are changing?
    Yeah, things are changing
    Niggers change into ‘Black’ nigger things
    Black nigger things that go through all kinds of changes
    The change in the day that makes them rant and rave
    Black Power! Black Power!
    And the change that comes over them at night, as they sigh and moan:
    White thighs, ooh, white thighs

    Niggers always goin’ through bullshit change
    But when it comes for real change,
    Niggers are scared of revolution….

    “Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will. Find out just what any people will quietly submit to and you have found out the exact measure of injustice and wrong which will be imposed upon them, and these will continue till they are resisted with either words or blows, or both. The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those whom they oppress.”

  7. The 4th Letta Dee says:

    What the hell? This is utter bullshit! The word “Nigga” is universal these days. Damn near every ethnicity uses it amongst themselves…it’s meaning has changed and so has it’s tone. You people need to calm the fuck down and do some history. People of color are the people that make the majority of the worlds population(African, Latin, Asian, & etc.). The original man/woman came from Africa(Land of Ham), and science has proven that even white people share the same DNA strands as everyone else. Stop playing the fucking race card when it’s convenient for you…with shit like this, we’ll never get past racism. If you really want fairness and equality, stop calling yourself “Black Man/Woman.” Black isn’t really a color…it’s the absence of light. Even if you do stop saying the word “Nigga,” you’re still sticking to a label that doesn’t represent decendants of Africa. So you all can go ahead a point the finger at “A distant decendant” of Africa which happens to be white, but you’ll never take away our accomplishment of turning a demeaning word into something we enjoy using with our people. I’m a L.A. “Nigga” amongst “Niggas” but will forever be a “Man” first, and “Black” don’t have shit to do with me. #4thletta Twitter: @the4thlettaD

  8. shauntae says:

    If Gwen was referring to the song off the CD, She would have made a reference to the CD.. NOT IM IN PARIS WITH MY NI***.. NOW WHAT?!!!I refuse to believe the BS!!!

  9. Veronica says:

    @ LaShay and Jared. Who is it that allow what people to say it, because I don’t! It kills me how black people make excuses for the use of the N word as if it won’t eventually effect them. I guess if some white person comes to you and calls you a racial slur, your going to let it slide because other black people say it too? Get the F out of here with that crap.

  10. sshoebeat says:

    These 2 idiots promoting this word now has all of these kids saying it 100 times more then they were before. These idiots need to be …………I’m so pissed right now with these two a**holes that I have lost all respect for them even more now than before because I never liked their a**es anyway. These guys should be role models and the stuff that they are selling these kids is designed to keep them stupid, uneducated, thugs, drug dealers , to hate themselves and their color, etc etc etc. There have been many of our ancestors who were murdered, burned alive and hung from tree and even worse stuff that I won’t mention as this word was yelled at them while they died and thru out black history to degrade us. I do not support them nor do I condone this behavior from them. Then they did this on a world wide level with this concert name …f**kin idiots!!!!

  11. Patty says:

    In addition, in French we hear nègre (which means nigger in English) but never négrier (which means slave holder). How come? Again, we know the answer.

  12. Patty says:

    It is about time for Black people to command respect like the Jewish people and Asians. Do you hear people call Asians Yellow people? We all know the answer. In Spanish, Black people are being called negro. There are people in the latin world who will pretend that it is normal but others who are more conscious feel that it is unacceptable. Worldwide we need to command respect!!!

  13. Jared says:

    So many years have been spent commercialising the N word & trying to change the meaning of it to something positive. Now that white folks are on board with that, people want to get mad about it. She obviously wasn’t using the term in a negative context. She lives in Europe where the N word is thrown around among black & white friends w/out problem. It’s a whole different culture. Jay Z was performing in France & was encouraging his mostly white audience to sing along w/ him that night. Look at whole situation before you try to attack.

  14. LaShay says:

    If you name the song ‘Niggas in Paris’, you invite the little white girl to your concert where you perform ‘Niggas in Paris’, you call the little white girl on stage while you sing “Niggas in Paris’, you smile & pose for pics with the little white girl where you sing ‘Niggas in Paris’, then don’t get mad when the little white girl TWEETS “Niggas in Paris’.

  15. kYm says:

    Well said!

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