Various rappers and
celebrities are featured in the upcoming documentary, “THE N-WORD,”
a straight-to-DVD film exploring the use of the controversial word.
Russell Simmons, Chuck D., Quincy Jones, Whoopi Goldberg and
other celebrities share their personal experiences surrounding the word.
The 85 minute documentary is executive produced by best-selling
author Nelson George, produced by Helena Echegoyen and was written and directed
by Todd Larkins.
“It’s a word that’s been seared into the American
psyche,” Larkins said. “It’s used to insult, enrage, demean,
and oddly enough endear. It was a subject that begged for deeper examination.”
The documentary examines the generational differences regarding
the usage of the word.
Opinions differ in the documentary. For instance, Quincy Jones
believes the word shouldn’t be used at all, while Russell Simmons states
that the word has evolved into a non-racial term of endearment.
hits stores nationwide on Jan. 24 via UrbanWorks Entertainment.