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Boyz II Men singer says Gina Rodriguez can say the N-word because she’s Black

Gina Rodriguez wore a salmon pink Gustavo Cadile gown with cap-sleeves and a short train, accented with Harry Kotlar diamond earrings, a Harry Kotlar ring and a Chimento bracelet while attending the 101st annual White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner at the Washington Hilton on April 25, 2015, in Washington, D.C. (Photo courtesy: D’Orazio & Associates)

Gina Rodriguez continues to face backlash after saying the N-word when rapping a song. On Monday, Oct. 14, Rodriguez, who is of Puerto Rican heritage, posted an Instagram story video where she rapped the Fugees’ “Ready or Not,” which includes the N-word in the lyrics.

After she posted the clip, Rodriguez received backlash from some of her followers for using the racial slur.

She apologized for saying the word, posting: “I am sorry if I offended anyone by singing along to The Fugees, to a song I love, that I grew up on.”

However, some people are coming to her defense. Boyz II Men singer Shawn Stockman stood up for the actress. In fact, Stockman believes that all Latinas should be able to use the N-word because he says that they are Black.

“Here’s my thing,” Stockman told a TMZ cameraman. “She was singing a song, and if you’re gonna sing a song, make sure that you censor yourself. We can all censor ourselves … But as far as I’m concerned, she’s Latina, right? Latinas are Black. A lot of people don’t want to acknowledge it … she’s Black … she’s from Puerto Rico. Puerto Ricans, Cubans, Dominicans, Mexicans, believe it or not, they all … we all here. Just look at history.”

Although there are Latinas who have African descent, there are others who have European descent as well.

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A.R. Shaw @arshaw

A.R. Shaw is an author and journalist who documents culture, politics, and entertainment. He has covered The Obama White House, the summer Olympics in London, and currently serves as Lifestyle Editor for Rolling Out magazine. Shaw's latest book, Trap History, delves into the history and global dominance of Trap music. Follow his journey on TrapHistory.Com, Twitter @arshaw and Instagram @arshaw23.

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