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09.24.07 10:21 AM

An All Day Conference on the N-Word

Is this ban the N-word thing going to far? Sure, I don't want to hear the word in every song that comes on the radio or that's played at a party, but I'm starting to wonder if we're drawing too much attention to the word.

What are your thoughts?

Either way you feel about it, there's an all-day conference coming up that deals with the word's usage.

LAID TO REST? The N-Word and Other Language of “Dissed” Respect

Friday, November 2, 2007
Pace University • Pleasantville, NY

Welcome Address
Special Guest: AUTUM ASHANTE, 8 year-old Conscious Poet

Featured Speaker: JULIAN CURRY, as seen on HBO's "Def Poetry Slam," profiled in Forbes Magazine (2003), and 2003 Nuyorican Poets Cafe Grand Slam Champion

Lunch and Panel Discussion featuring:
ABOLISH THE "N" WORD.COM
BAN THE N-WORD.ORG
JABARI ASIM, author of "THE N WORD: WHO CAN SAY IT, WHO SHOULDN'T AND WHY"
WILBUR ALDRIDGE, Regional Director, NAACP Westchester/Rockland County Chapter
TAMIKA MALLORY, National Director of the National Action Network Decency Initiative
DAX-DEVLON ROSS, motivational speaker, mentor, teacher and author

Moderated by: MICHAELA ANGELA DAVIS, hip-hop feminist, fashion, lifestyle and pop culture commentator, and former executive fashion and beauty editor of ESSENCE magazine

Closing Featured Speaker: LEROY COMRIE, New York City Councilman (Queens)

From the conference organizers:

"Social scientists refer to words such as “nigger,” “kike,” “spic,” and “wetback” as ethnophaulisms—terms of disparagement; pejorative words and phrases that are either intended to be or are often regarded as insulting, impolite or unkind. Such terms are regarded by many as the language of prejudice, yet, after a period of relative dormancy, the word “nigger” has been reborn in popular culture."

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