by TRN Staff Writers,
You Can’t Say That on TV! The “N-Word” On NBC Prime Time NBC is taking a big risk and hoping that audiences will find it funny. The peacock network’s “The Carmichael Show” is going to go there and air an unedited, full racial slur—not once, not twice, but several times in an upcoming episode this summer. The show’s creator and star Jerrod Carmichael addresses the decision head on saying, ” ‘The N-Word’ is childish…say it! We know what we’re talking about. We’re not speaking to children.” Co-star Loretta Devine who plays Carmichael’s mom on the sitcom says this isn’t the first time sitcoms have tried to tackle and diffuse racial timebombs. She says 70’s comedies like “Sanford and Son” and “All in the Family” dared to use the word pre-“political correctness”. The show will take the time to issue a disclaimer…running a parental advisory before the episode. Given the racial tension enveloping the country presently, NBC is definitely venturing into a new depth here that can only go one of two ways—either it will make the network into a hero or a villain. “The Carmichael Show” returns for its third season on NBC May 31.
Nicki Minaj-Queen of Soul Rap Apparently Minaj had time between throwing jabs in her very public beef with Remy Ma to rack up a new rap record. According to Billboard records, Minaj has managed to set a new record when it comes to female artists topping the Hot 100 charts. Billboard reported on Monday that Minaj has scored 76 total chart topping records. Her new record exceeds that of the previous title holder, none other than the Queen of Soul herself, Aretha Franklin who had 73 records that managed to chart on the Hot 100 hits. For the past 40 years, Franklin was the reigning queen who held the spot as the hottest female charting artist. Minaj jumped on IG to celebrate her new victory saying, “Man, I tell ya… God said he ain’t done showing off yet. Lol. Walked off stage to find out history was made yet again today…” Minaj wanted to not only share the good news with her fans, but she also wanted to thank them for pushing her over the top…“I fkn love u guys more than I’ll ever be able to put in words. Thank u so much for your unwavering love & support. God bless each & every one of you.”
For this week’s look at Black Celebrities, that’s a wrap!