Rock Star

Comic CHRIS ROCK is gonna tell the truth. And there's nothing you, Bill Clinton or Marion Barry can do about it but sit back and enjoy it

Start with the pain. 'Cause we all know pain is what makes things funny. So start with the hurt, back when comic-actor-author-ad pitchman Chris Rock was li'l Chris from Bed-Stuy, just another black kid from a poor black neighborhood bused to another poor section of New York City because the school there was mostly white. Go back to the white kids spitting on him, week after week, calling him n______ this, n______ that, picking fights. And poor white kids, he says, are tough. They're not like your suburbanized white kids; they got all this frustration and anger 'cause they're white, for...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!