The N Word

The N Word

Director: Todd Larkins, Todd Williams Cast: Chuck D, Chris Rock
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The N Word

The biggest names in show business come together to offer their opinions on one of the most inflammatory words in the English language in filmmaker Todd Williams' revealing and thought-provoking documentary. In its long and complex history, the word "nigger" has gone from a cutting and derogatory racial slur to a term of endearment frequently used by African-American youth culture. Though the word has in a sense been "taken back" by the very people that it targeted, it still has the power to anger and enrage when taken out of its new context. As a variety of celebrities including Quincy Jones, Russell Simmons, George Carlin, Damon Dash, and Bryant Gumbel offer their opinions on this polarizing word, the taboo of language is broken to reveal an ever-changing society that is constantly attempting to make sense of a dark past while simultaneously attempting to build a brighter future.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/16/2007
UPC: 0893024001227
Original Release: 2004
Source: Medialink Ent Llc
Presentation: [Letterbox]
Sound: [Dolby Digital Stereo]
Time: 1:25:00

Special Features

2.0 Dolby Digital stereo; Letterbox; Audio commentary; Scene selections

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Chuck D Interviewee
Chris Rock Interviewee
Quincy Jones Interviewee
Ice Cube Interviewee
Dick Gregory Interviewee
George Carlin Interviewee
Michael Rapaport Interviewee
Damon Dash Interviewee
Samuel L. Jackson Interviewee
John Singleton Interviewee
Nia Long Interviewee
Cee-Lo Interviewee
Chi McBride Participant
LeVar Burton Participant
Whoopi Goldberg Participant
Bryant Gumbel Participant
Regina King Participant
Wynton Marsalis Participant
Russell Simmons Participant

Technical Credits
Todd Larkins Director,Screenwriter
Todd Williams Director,Screenwriter
Helena Echegoyen Producer
Nelson George Executive Producer
Peter Ochs Editor

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The N Word - Divided We Stand
1. My First "Nigger..." [12:28]
2. Neger, Niger, Nigger? [11:01]
3. The Politics of Nigger [5:55]
4. Nigger, Colored, Negro, Black [2:57]
5. That Nigger's Crazy [8:42]
6. The Rap on Niggers [10:58]
7. Niggers vs. Niggaz [13:37]
8. Birth of "The N Word" [19:47]

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This is one of the best documentaries I’ve ever watched, and one of the most powerful. It is an exploration of the ‘N’ word, and all the power, hurt, and connotations it has. Most of Hollywood and some of the music community offers their views on the word- when to use it, when not to, who to use it with. But this movie is so much more than that. It sounds way to much like an after school special to say that this movie will open up a dialogue between you and anyone you watch it with, or explain it to. Yes, this is the case with this film. Once the subject is breeched- and this is the perfect icebreaker to do it with- then you and others can start talking about what this word means to them and how it has impacted them or those they love. Everyone has something to say about it. So listen and learn. It’s powerful in a very magical way. Just don’t watch the film and expect easy answers on race or community issues, but do watch the movie and expect to have a very thought provoking experience. Recommended for everyone, but parents might want to screen this movie before watching it with young children as it has adult subjects and language. But watch this movie, then watch it with those you love. You’ll be glad you did. Talking about these issues is the only way to solve anything.