Show Business: A New Black Superstar

The Pryor Engagements Go Up and Up

Words, too, can be born again. Just then it seemed to have been purged from the language, an epithet consigned to the ashcan by a more enlightened society, there it is again: nigger. But when Richard Pryor says it, it means something different from what it did through too much of America's history. Depending on his inflection or even the tilt of his mouth, it can mean simply black. Or it can mean a hip black, wise in the ways of the street. Occasionally, nigger can even mean...

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