From Ban the N-Word

BN-W eNewsletter #50

Posted in: eNews 2005
Oct 31, 2005 - 1:53:52 PM



Before we get to our monitor of “G, we wanted to share some links with you on Rosa Parks who went home after 92 years on October 24th.


[Oprah lovers who want no questions asked, please stop reading now.]   Wouldn’t it be nice if Oprah surprised us and did a well-rounded story on Parks – not like the last minute, end-of-the-show mention she did on John H. Johnson or the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday she rarely (if ever) acknowledges?   Oddly enough though she gave a representative of that Hermes store (where she was “rudely” denied entry) time to sit with her on the show and basically encourage us folks to go ahead and spend, spend, spend.   Oprah, no doubt, is very generous, kind, and does a lot for many people – certainly more than most celebrities and any other television personality – but her reasons for doing (or not doing) some things, especially as it directly relates to African Americans, just make you wonder why/why not.   But those are just thoughts.

We’d also like to share the following link about Maya Angelou and her thoughts on the N-word, which was sent to us by “Ka.”  

With our new monitoring format, we will no longer put the range for the number of times the N-word is used in a film because once is too much, especially if it’s unnecessary and/or excessive usage.   Also, based on the history of White Supremacy in this country and the fact that there’s a connection between Blacks/Jews/White Supremacy that’s worth exploring in general, but specifically as it connects within the entertainment industry, we will include a column (for the monitored films only) that will note if any derogatory Jewish slang terms (kike, hymie, hooknose, etc.) are used.   [ NOTE:   If necessary, see BN-W #34 for a more detailed explanation of the unfortunate need to monitor this.]

If you missed any other BN-W monitors, just send an e-mail to and request that it be sent to you.   It’s very hard not to give any content critique on the films we monitor, so we will no longer even attempt to abide by that statement.   But we definitely do continue to highly encourage you to see these films for yourself and, if applicable, make your own judgment call on the N-word usage – appropriate/inappropriate? necessary/unnecessary? sensible/nonsensical? does it add to or take away from the film’s concept? does the N-word have to be used at all? is there a valid reason for doing so? is it mandatory for the scene(s) to be effective? what are the circumstances/situation that necessitate any use of the word? is it just thrown in for humor, fear, crime, insult? are other culturally insulting slang terms used as much as the N-word in the film?   Lots of questions and a whole lot of reasons to wonder what’s the real purpose and thought process behind why these actors, writers, directors, producers, executive producers, distributors, and studios/studio heads and executives give the “greenlight” for these crews to liberally use (or allow to be used) the N-word.



[Release Date:   10/28/05]

Starring Richard T. Jones, Blair Underwood, Chenoa Maxwell ; screenplay written by Christopher Scott Cherot, Charles E. Drew, Jr.; directed by Christopher Scott Cherot; produced by Andrew Lauren, Judd Landon; executive produced by [not listed]; studio – Aloha

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NOTE :   It’s nice to see a film with very talented actors and one that celebrates one type of lifestyle for some of the many wealthy Blacks in the United States as opposed to what’s typically shown, but could there be just one character added to the mix who has a viewpoint that expresses social/political critical thinking opposition to the use of “nigger/a” instead of acting as if there is not a long history of racism and degradation related to the use of this word?   The New York Amsterdam News describes this film best:   “As with most movies centered around hip-hop, the following applies:   There’s a gun, a shootout, a death, wild accusations, emotional outbursts, party scenes, drinking, and philandering.”   This movie is loosely (very, some say) based on The Great Gatsby, a novel by F. Scott Fitzgerald.   It is also produced by Andrew Lauren, who gave himself a role in the film and his dad, by the way, is Ralph Lauren.   And so it goes……


BN-W Monitor Coming Soon:  “Jarhead” [Jamie Foxx, Jake Gyllenhall]; “Get Rich or Die Tryin’” [Curtis ‘50 Cent’ Jackson]; “Rent” [Taye Diggs, Rosario Dawson, Jesse L. Martin]; “In the Mix” [Usher]; “Syriana” [Jeffrey Wright, George Clooney, Matt Damon]; “Pink Panther” [Steve Martin, Beyonce Knowles]

Also Coming :   DVD Monitoring; Fall 2005 Music Monitoring

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