*A white mother has opened up about how her 11-year-old adopted Black son is charging white kids at his school to say the N-word.
The woman explains in her letter to Slate that she and her husband adopted two Black siblings as toddlers who are now 16 and 11 years old.
Recently, her daughter Taylor tipped her off about what her brother Martin was doing.
“Taylor asked us after dinner if she could talk to us in private and showed us screenshots a friend had sent her. Apparently, Martin has been selling ‘N-word passes’ to kids at his middle school for $20-50! It’s been going on for weeks, and he had offered it to Taylor’s friend’s sister, who screenshot it and sent it to Taylor. They go to diverse schools for our area, but there are still a lot of white/non-Black kids there. Taylor told us that kids have been sending Martin money via Venmo, and she thinks he’s made almost $1,000,” the letter read.
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NEW: Students caught exchanging “N-word passes” Friday at Churchill H.S. in Bethesda.
The pieces of paper gave passholders “permission” to use the N-word.
MCPS hasn’t said how many students/passes were involved. We also don’t know if the students were black, not black or both. pic.twitter.com/VN4B2Zx57Z
— Kevin Lewis (@ABC7Kevin) February 12, 2019
“Martin’s actions must have made his fellow Black classmates upset and uncomfortable, and I feel like a horrible mother and person. I thought we did a good job, but we must have done something wrong. We need to give him consequences, but I don’t know how extreme to go,” the mother added.
Noted critic and commentator Jamilah Lemieux (who is Black) responded to the letter and noted in her response to the mother that her son is “naïve and shortsighted.”
“What Martin must understand is that while some of his classmates have played along with this charade, none of them who purchased his ‘passes’ were actually waiting for anyone’s permission to say ‘n***a.’ Furthermore, as they are unable to access the experiences that come with being a ‘n***a,’ he ought to spend some serious time considering that while he can pretend as though he is giving his friends access to one of the ‘fun’ parts of being Black, they will be spared the disenfranchisement and toll that comes with this identity—which should bother him,” Lemieux wrote in her response.
“Black people have an infinitely more complex relationship to the term, and he’ll have to learn how to grapple with that without doing something that could cause harm to other Black folks and/or his friends who were ‘waiting’ for permission to use it. Hopefully, there is a Black adult in Martin’s life—a godparent, a neighbor, etc.—whom he is close enough to that they can help you with this conversation,” Lemieux said.
“It sounds like Martin needs a reminder as to how ‘n***as’ are treated by our society and why he has very little to gain and a lot to lose from cheapening his people’s experiences to make a quick buck. It would be ideal for him to hear that from someone who has experienced the anti-Blackness that brought the word to life in the first place,” she added.
Lemieux urged the parents to find out how the other Black students at Martin’s school feel about his antics.
“If he and his sister are not regularly finding themselves in a community with children who look like them, then that is something you’ll have to address. Black kids who don’t have healthy social interactions with other Black kids have a world of trouble waiting for them,” Lemieux said.
Nicki Minaj Reveals Gender of Newborn Baby: ‘I Am So In Love with My Son’
*Nicki Miaj took to Instagram on Thursday to reveal the gender of her newborn baby.
The hip-hop star gave birth to her first child with husband Kenneth Petty on Sept. 30, in Los Angeles. She announced on social media this week that she welcomed a bouncing baby boy. Nicki also shared the congratulatory messages from some of her fellow artists, including Beyonce.
“Thank you to Queen B, Kim & Ye, Riccardo Tisci, Winnie, Karol & everyone who sent well wishes during this time. It meant the world to me,” wrote Minaj on Instagram. “I am so grateful & in love with my son. Madly in love,” she added. “My favorite liddo boy in the whole wide world.”
Her post shows a handwritten card from Beyoncé, which read, “Onika, Welcome to motherhood. God bless you and your family. B.” The singer shares three children with husband JAY-Z.
Another note from parents-of-four Kim Kardashian and Kanye West read, “Congrats! We love you! Kim + Kanye.”
Nicki announced her pregnancy back in July, posting a series of photos showing her looking at least 6 months along and captioning one post, “#Preggers.” She did the photoshoot with famed photographer David LaChappelle.
We previously reported… Nicki has been eager to become a mom for quite some time … remember, last September she claimed she was retiring from the rap game to start a family. She eventually got back into music but also got married to her childhood friend.
The Moment the Billboard Music Awards Stopped: Watch John Legend’s Piano Performance of ‘Never Break’
*John Legend has had some moving performances of his material at too many award shows to count, but none like the one Wednesday night at the Billboard Music Awards.
When he opened with the whisper, “This is for Chrissy,” you knew you were about to need some tissue. Legend poured his whole heart into “Never Break,” which he dedicated to his wife Chrissy Teigen less than two weeks after they announced the loss of their pregnancy.
Eyes pooled with tears, Legend willed his way through such lyrics as, “We will never break/ Built on a foundation/ Strong enough to stay/ We will never break,” and, “As the water rises/ And the mountains shake/ Our love will remain.”
Cardi B Confirms Divorce from Offset on Hold After They Reunited for Her Birthday
*Weeks after announcing she had filed for divorce from her cheating husband, Cardi B has confirmed that she and Offset are back on.
The estranged couple recently reunited for Cardi’s 28th birthday in Las Vegas. The two were seen partying together and showing plenty of affection, fueling speculation that their divorce is off.
“I just be starting to miss [him]… It’s hard not to talk to your best friend. And it’s really hard to have no dick,” Cardi told fans during an Instagram livestream on Tuesday.
She also shot down allegations that she’s bipolar. “I know I’m not bipolar ’cause I took a test.”
Offset gifted the “WAP” rapper with a Rolls-Royce Cullinan, Birkin bag, and even a billboard in honor of her big day, which won her over. “I do like material things,” said Cardi. “What do you want me to do, the ni**a gave me a Rolls-Royce and I snub him? And I really wanted some dick for my birthday.”
She went on to tell fans that she and Offset are simply a young, dysfunctional couple.
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HAPPY BIRTHDAY @iamcardib you are amazing woman you the best! Me and Kulture are proud of you!!! over came every obstacle in front you they was all sleep at once then you woke the world up! Thank you for being 1000% every min I known you live it up enjoy keep fucking balling I’m lucky
“We’re some really typical two young motherfu**ers, got married early, that’s what we are,” she said. “We’re not no different than y’all fu**in’ dysfunctional ass relationships. We’re the same way. We’re just more public. And I’m more retarded.”
Cardi previously defended her man after a fan criticized him for allegedly cheating on her.
When one of her followers on social media called the Migos member a “bad man,” Cardi was quick to fire back and explain how Offset has helped her career flourish.
“He a dumbass not a bad man,” she wrote in a since-deleted tweet, Complex reports. “…cause out of everybody that tried to steal, finesse me into working with their brand for less he got people coming for me with CORRECT CONTRACTS and never ask for a dollar or benefit like every1 else. Nikkas is nikka but a bad personality he not.”
Their relationship woes have played out on social media over the years, with endless rumors about Offset’s infidelity.
Cardi and Offset tied the knot in September 2017. They are parents to 2-year-old daughter, Kulture.
Hollywood Unlocked was the first to report that Cardi B, 27, filed for divorce from the Offset, 28, on September 15. The divorce petition was filed with the Fulton County Superior Court in Atlanta.
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