Over the past month or two there has been a lot of discussion about the “N-word.” With the controversy surrounding Paula Deen and the George Zimmerman verdict, a lot of celebrities are speaking out on how they feel about the word in today’s society. But this isn’t a new topic of conversation. Celebrities have been speaking out for years about how the word is affects members of the Black community and how we’re perceived by others. Check out POVs from Ciara, Jay-Z, Oprah Winfrey, Chris Rock and more!

    —Erin A. Smith