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The N-Word to Air on TRIO Network

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By Belinda Ofordire

The N-Word is an original documentary that discusses the history and origin of the word nigger on the TRIO network.

The 60-minute documentary focuses on the huge impact of the N-word on America’s popular music, primetime T.V. shows and expanding global culture. It also discusses whether the word should be banned and taken out of the American dictionary because of its derogatory nature.

“Can you imagine Jews one day getting’ so upset and embarrassed for what the Germans did to them that they let the Germans change the word swastika to the ‘s’ word and concentration camp to the ‘c’ word? You have destroyed history,” author and activist Dick Gregory states in the program. Some African-Americans hear the word first in their own communities. Actor Samuel L. Jackson states, “I was probably crawling the first time somebody called me nigga. It was probably in my house, because I’ve heard it all my life.”

Many young people are unaware of the negative origin of the word and do not understand the enormous impact the word nigger had on African-American communities and America. Chris Rock recalls the first time he was called a nigger, “First time somebody called me a nigger was second grade, first day of school, little white girl. Her name was Carol. I’ll leave out her last name.

You know it wasn’t even… [meant to be] mean. It was like ‘Hi, nigger.’” The program also discusses the role that nigger plays in the hip-hop community. “Black people have done this with a lot of things, not just the word nigger…we take this word that’s been a burden to us…digest it, spit it back out as…a badge of honor…as defiance,” says hip-hop icon Ice Cube.

The documentary features commentary from Samuel L. Jackson, Chris Rock, George Carlin, Whoopi Goldberg and Dr. Randall Kennedy. Hip-Hop recording artist Chuck D will host TRIO’s week long programming that highlights a series of documentaries and movies that focus on the racial torment African-Americans have faced over the years. Chuck D, a multi-platinum recording artist, is the co-founder and front man for the groundbreaking group Public Enemy.

The N-Word premieres July 4 at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT; Nothing But A Man premieres on July 2nd at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT; Cooley High airs on July 3rd at 1:00 p.m. ET; A Rage in Harlem premieres July 3rd 3:00 p.m., ET; Biggie & Tupac television premieres July 4th at 10:00 p.m. ET; Panther airs July 3rd at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT and Public Enemy Live From The House Of Blues airs July 3rd at 7:30 p.m. ET on the TRIO Network.

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