BET News Dives into the Subject of Racism

“Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words can never hurt me.” On Monday, the nation stopped and learned a new lesson derived from an old saying: words can hurt. In response to the insensitive and tactless remarks made by ex-MSNBC jock, Don Imus, BET News will take a provocative look at one of the most debated subjects in the country. Do we have the right to be angry? Should Mr. Imus’ comments end a 30+ year radio career? Or has the world of hip-hop made it acceptable to call women “hoes,” and use the term “nigga,” casually? These two BET News specials dig deep to deconstruct and examine these hot topics. Tune in tonight to catch the premiere of BLACK IS BEAUTIFUL: THE N-WORD at 8:00 p.m./ET on BET.

Thursday, April 12th @ 8pm-8:30 p.m./ET

BET NEWS: BLACK IS BEAUTIFUL: THE N WORD (PREMIERE) — TVPG/CC This 1/2-hour BET News special takes an in-depth look at one of the most notorious and controversial racial epithets in America and perhaps the world. We have to ask ourselves, are we responsible? Has our repeated use of the N- word in our music, movies, and conversations given white people a pass to do the same thing? BET News will discuss these issues and other double-edged swords as we explore the use of the word in everyday life. Completed interviews: Michael Eric Dyson; 50 Cent; Ving Rhames; Bow Wow; Meagan Good; Randall Kennedy; John Ridley, Paul Wall and Fat Joe. Encore presentations: Sunday, April 15, 2007 @ 11:30 a.m. & 10:30 p.m./ET

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