The things they say:

“My father called me that so much… and he became a professor of black history, so he was not a lost soul. When I was 12, he took me in a room and said, ‘Yo, Russ, that’s your name…’ I thought my name was ‘N**ga…!’ It’s our expression and if you don’t have a slave in your background… maybe you shouldn’t use the word.” Rap mogul Russell Simmons has his own rules about the use of the ‘N’ word in popular culture.