Keri Hilson: ‘We could do without the n-word in music’

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The singer-songwriter told theGrio “I think it’s a word we can just do without all together.”

Keri Hilson is speaking out about the use of the n-word in music.

The singer-songwriter told theGrio “I think it’s a word we can just do without all together.”

This week the media slammed celebrity chef Paula Deen for her use of the n-word and other racial slurs in the past, which is now causing many people to ask, is it ever okay to use the n-word?

During an interview with Access Hollywood Live on Tuesday, R&B star Ciara defender of the use of the n-word in her songs. “As an entertainer you have fun and it’s all about the context it’s used in. I am an African-American woman, so I can identify with that word in different ways,” Ciara said.

“I know where I’m coming from… If we have fun with it and you can understand where it’s coming from, then you can probably receive it in that way.”

Although Hilson has used the n-word in some of her past song lyrics, she thinks music artists need to “come to some unanimous decision about it.”

“I don’t love hearing it [the n-word],” the “Pretty Girl Rock” singer said. “When I hear the word, it does make me cringe, although people have become so comfortable with using it. We all know where it came from.”

“I’ve said it before. Some people use it in different ways. I think we are going to have to come to some unanimous decision about it, because sometimes I hear it, and the sting is a little less, and other times I hear it and I’ll turn the radio off. So I think it depends on the way that it is used.”

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