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Dr. Boyce: So, Jay-Z Will No Longer Use the Word B*tch – Whoopdy-d**n-Doo

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by Dr. Boyce Watkins

I hate having to be a hater, but I’ll probably sound like one in about 10 seconds flat.  I couldn’t help but put on my “what the hayell” boots when I heard that Jay-Z has decided that he will ban the word “b*tch” from his songs, out of respect for his new daughter, Princess Baby Jesus….I mean Blue Ivy Carter.

After building a multi-million dollar empire on the back of female degradation, Jay-Z has decided to soften up after giving birth to a little girl.   The births of millions of other precious little black girls apparently meant nothing to Jay-Z, as he’s never had a problem letting us know that he has “99 problems, but a b*tch ain’t one.”  So, all the other children NOT named Blue Ivy Carter weren’t even in the top 100 on Jay-Z’s distorted, dysfunctional priority list – but now he’s suddenly found religion.

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210 Responses to Dr. Boyce: So, Jay-Z Will No Longer Use the Word B*tch – Whoopdy-d**n-Doo

  1. Ok sir. I’m laughing…hard.
    But I do understand where you are coming from and why it must be said. I still couldn’t help but laugh at you. I’m not so sure you are a hater but rather hating what has been going on in this world in regard to our daughters.

    January 13, 2012 at 7:16 am

    • Interesting.
      Ummm so what if it’d been a boy..? The b*****s & hoes remain on the repertoire?
      I’m a jay-z fan – unfortunately didn’t get to see him play live here in London last year…but what’s up when he plays live from now on does he retrospectively censor his material?
      I’ve kind of always detached myself from the b******g and hoeing of hip hop seeing it more as a cultural commentary -altho sometimes pretty wincing, & there is some material from other artists that I cannot tolerate because it verges more on the violent rather than the lyrical.
      The terms aren’t racially specific – he has been dissing all our sisters & mothers in the name of his art. & realistically the derogatory terms usually pertain to less than umm, honourable women… so there are quite a few topics of discussion in there.
      I guess indignance would be justified if I were from a black American family.
      Lots of love people…

      January 14, 2012 at 12:13 pm

  2. why is it that what jayz is doing is different from any other man who decides to live a better life after becoming a father? articles like these disgust me and are the reason for this widening “generation gap”… as a “elder” why not praise jay for the progress he is making in changing up his style. maybe if he was encouraged and congratulated for “finally” making this change, he would be further encouraged to continue in this change in style, as well as, fuel the thinking in how he could further mature in his art. being who he is looked at as, he could be the catalyst in changing HipHop for the good and more importantly the long term… instead articles like these are one of the many reasons why “elders” are more confused than young people… why not build him up, rather than tear him down when he is (finally) trying… smh

    reggie hooks jr
    January 13, 2012 at 7:50 am

    • We all chamge in life, but karma…….

      January 14, 2012 at 12:31 pm


        January 18, 2012 at 10:11 pm

    • Maybe it’s because JayZ himself is an elder. The dude is 42 years old. I could be more sympathetic with such an immature statement had it come from a 25 year old. Jay Z is too old for this kind of nonsense. He should have stopped using the word without the “proclamation”, but making it a declaration for all to scrutinize put him in a prime position to be ridiculed.

      Penelope J
      January 14, 2012 at 8:00 pm

    • You’re spot on, Reggie.

      Michael Hyman
      January 14, 2012 at 8:10 pm

    • Uhhh, Jay-Z is over 40. He is not some ignorant young guy in his teens and 20s. HE consciously disrespected Black women to make money in all of his raps. He even went so far as to put his hands on a Black woman ( a darkskinned one of course) backstage at one of his shows a few years back. The attack was caught on video and swurled around the net for a minute before it and the assault case filed by the young woman suddenly disappeared.

      Rico in Dallas
      January 14, 2012 at 11:50 pm

    • I think you’re missing the point a bit. It’s not that what Jay Z is doing is bad. It’s too little too late. And I think pointing out that it is a good decision made WAY too late, and for incredibly selfish reasons is well within bounds. Especially because 1) Jay Z will get a lot of adulation for this decision, and 2) Jay Z probably expects a lot of pats on the back for this stance.

      January 15, 2012 at 12:49 am

    • The Dr. is right on this one. Jay was encouraged when he had only 1,000 dollars to be different and to respect women and your history. He as you seem to think that making money is real success and we ought to applaud him because he has money? I applaud the single parents who have no money and still try and build character in their children. He knew what the white records execs would pay the most money for the Nword and Bi**h because nothing else says Black thug like self degradation!

      Ifa-El Akbar
      January 15, 2012 at 3:36 am

    • Seriously – you want him to praise hypocritical behavior? This article speaks the truth in a very real way and there is a real lesson that comes out of it…the all familiar “Do unto others….”. As an elder especially he should not be congratulating the likes of Mr. Carter for simply “making a decision” in the midst of an emotional birth. Perhaps in 10 years after Mr. Carter has gone on a worldwide tour to repair the damage shoud he be congratulated. Actions speak much louder than words.

      January 15, 2012 at 8:34 am

    • The reason there is no point praising him, is because this is just another form of sexism, the over-sexualization of ‘other’ women, and a father’s attempt to ‘desexualize’ his own daughter, either way it’s men thinking they can or attempting to control / define female sexuality…

      women are women, full stop.

      Kelly Dickson
      January 15, 2012 at 2:00 pm

    • He had more than one opportunity to stop using the word, his Mom, wife, female in-laws. so he decides to stop using the word, it will still be used and unfortunately Blue Ivy will be called one in life..I’m sure.The rap community will not stop using it just like the N word.Not to mention he was a drug dealer and how many people possibly died as a result of his selling/dealing drugs, has he cured cancer, stop poverty, racism, should I conintue.So he turned his life around and we owe him praise, why. Good for him good for all that he will no longer use the B word. Whoopdy d**n Do!

      January 15, 2012 at 7:02 pm

    • No! Jay-z cannot be applauded for his actions. The world was asking/pleading with him not to be so disrespectful. In this day and age, ignorance or coming to your senses shouldn’t take THAT long

      January 15, 2012 at 10:50 pm

    • I don’t think it’s a matter of building him up or down. I think what he’s saying is that why does it taking something like having a daughter to make you stop using the word b***h or ho? It’s like he said, he made his money degrading women, now that he has his money, he wants to stop. Think of it like this, if someone is using you to get to where they are, once they’re done using you, they stop. And to some extent this article is telling the truth, if he was disrespecting women before, why stop now?

      January 16, 2012 at 12:02 am


        January 16, 2012 at 4:29 pm

    • Yo, the man is a joke. You diss women, and only now you realize how wrong what you are saying is. Maybe he need to revisit some more of his lyrics. He thinks he is bigger than he is. He has also open up the door for this poor child to be ridcule.

      Also a lot of the US is to blame for accepting his songs with the words N***ger and Bit**

      January 17, 2012 at 2:05 pm

      • Thank you DarkFox…. very! very! very! very well put!!!!! Some stans/fans still just don’t get the d**n eagles eye view of this whole situation. Jayz went from a “DRUG DEALER aka: killing off his own people physically to degrading his own people aka: killing off his own people with his low-down dirty filthy tongue”, and now he’s rich as dog-shyt and he wants to be excused from his table of death just because he’s got a new baby female. What about all the african americans he has (MURDERED) in the name of drugs and his huge ugly lips and low-down dirty filthy tongue? Forgive him, we must!!! But pay back is a m***a… You reap what you sew…MOI

        LADY DEE
        January 23, 2012 at 2:18 pm

        • It’s cool because that’s how it happens and we would attack a rapper for this instead of attacking major corporations for the mistreatment of their employee’s. Or questioning the death of TWO people who have discovered possible ways to use water as fuel or making water burn. They died a year or less after they made their discovery. I know people die all the time but we seem to think gas companies can’t hire people to do some crazy things or pay people to say how they died. It’s sad because we are trying to say he is an idiot when in fact we are ALL being idiots for over-reacting.

          February 26, 2012 at 3:48 am

    • THIS JUST IN, HITLER SAYS “I’VE STOPPED KILLING JEWS” – reggie hooks jr says “I accept this! He’s finally growing up!”

      January 26, 2012 at 12:41 am

    • I am not a hater and am extremely glad Jay-Z will stop degrading women. Will he stop degrading his race by using the word “n****s”. He has really been reckless much too long. I too wonder what if his wife had given birth to a boy child. I thought he should have stopped using his degrading words toward women when he married. Didn’t he see Beyonce as a beautiful woman? I would also like to see him drop the” aluminati” thing and worship the one and only real living God. I have no right to hold a grudge, so I do forgive him for the damage he has done, we all should. If we can’t forgive, then we are no better then him. Every saint has a past but every sinner has a future!

      January 27, 2012 at 9:16 pm

  3. what happened to the idea of forgiveness? sure he as done what he as done in the past, but are you perfect? are you without sin or error in your living? those who judge will be judged even harsher in the end… remember.

    reggie hooks jr
    January 13, 2012 at 7:53 am

    • Foregiveness does not mean that you do not hold a person accountable for his or her behavior. Jay z made it big off of disresecting young women. To say that he will not use the “B” word anymore because he wants to create a better world for his daughter is really narcissistic — totally selfish. He needs to be critcized for this. Had Jay Z even apologized his notice would have been easier to swallow. He should have made a personal decision and kept to it without making it a media event. That way no one would have anything to say. I respect him anyway and love Ms. B, however, they are among the 1% now. He does not get the pity card, sorry. At any event, I wish them the best and I applaud his dysfunctional attempt to grow.

      January 14, 2012 at 2:33 pm

      • Really??? Jay-z is 40 years old…it should not have taken a newborn to finally bring him to his senses…not only that, Jay-Z has another child out there that he doesn’t even acknowledge…funny how he makes a song about the one he had with Beyonce but that’s another topic in itself. We don’t even know if this is true because I didn’t see anywhere that he would stop using the word B***h…it could be a rumor for all we know. But, regardless if it is true, why stop now? I have no problem with forgiveness and yes we should all forgive. But I truly don’t think he will change. Do you think Beyonce will put on more clothes now that she has a baby girl? Do you think she will stop talking about being a “naughty girl” , or making love all night, dancing for them or showing them that she “can ride a pony”??? Of course not. Before you know it, they will raise the child to believe it’s only entertainment and there’s no problem in it unless you making money and headlines. Jay-z is a day late and a dollar short IMO…let’s see how it pans out…

        Alexis Brown
        January 14, 2012 at 5:32 pm

      • Thank you DJ…!!!!! Well said…. You are so right on my brother!!!!
        Forgiveness doesn’t mean that a person should not be held accountable, and that piece of wisdom came straight from the Throne of God… for it is the word.
        Whatsoever a man planteth, (HE SHALL REAPTH A HARVEAST IN HIS DAY)…
        Jayz and all the other rapper COHORTS time for reaping is here, for this is the year of the church, and (JUDGE) shall start in the house of the Lord… Now do yourself some justice and don’t get too excited about this baby who has just entered into the realm of this world, but allow God to minister to your spiritman the real truth about who this baby really is, it is not a good thing that has happened…. Something has entered our atmosphere that is setting the stage for something to come, and I believe this baby is a sacrafice for the Illuminatis / aka: satanic worshipers… Our people are blinded and see this as a good thing that has happened, but it is not. Time will tell all things, and our words have power, so be very careful what you are congratulating. For my people parish for lack of knowledge. DJ I challenge you to research the name “BLUE IVY”, and read the book called “BeHold A Pale Horse” by William Cooper.
        The time when most horrible things happen to African Americans is when we are (asleep / aka: too caught up into the things of this world) and (out of tune with our God)… African Americans are being attack by the blue-eyed devils because they are clueless to their true identity, they don’t know or understand who they really are and whom they truely belong to. Trouble is on the way, who shall be able to stand… PS: Locate the book of numbers and the book of colors, and locate a book that transfers information from English to Latin translations… I employ you to plezzz not get caught-up in the hipe of Jayz and Beyzz baby, but wait on God to reveal who and what this baby really is… It is a sacrafic for satan himself!!!! and may God be with you my brother….MOI

        LADY DEE
        January 14, 2012 at 9:13 pm

        • Hi lady Dee,
          Who are the authors of the books that you mention.
          The book of colors and the book of numbers.

          January 16, 2012 at 4:27 pm

          • Go to Chuck Pierce’s website and search his bookstore, you may even leave them an email requesting that information… Also check out the Cindy Trimm website. Just go thru your search engines, and also go to new and used books. Also Christian book stores.. The best bookstores to fine true information that has not been (tainted) by the USA come from out of the UK / Europe…. When you go to purchase Behold A Pale Horse, only pay cash for it, do not give your personal information, its wakeup time. Its also good to look for old books stores too ( Metaphyisics)… do your home work.. Go online and purchase a book called “Prayer Rain”, its straight from out of Africa thru (MOUNTAIN OF FIRE MINISTERIS)… Call this African woman for a list of books she sells in her bookstore in New York city… Her name is: Rose Faloye (718-940-8718 or 718-462-1613 or 718-462-1612…. Rose works for Mountain of Fire Ministeries out of Africa, she will have the best your looking for, most acurate information, powerful, very powerful… She also has the book Prayer Rain, and much much more… Do your homework /Peace Out And PS: Behold A Pale Horse is a very very important book all african americans need to read and investigate so they can start waking up to what really going on all around them. Its exposes (EVERYTHING) they don’t want us to know, from the smallest to the greatest…
            Chuck Pierce website is: / or .org

            LADY DEE
            January 19, 2012 at 8:24 am

          • Zique the authors name is: (Rose Crownover)……

            LADY DEE
            January 23, 2012 at 2:22 pm

      • Very Nice DJ. Whoever feels Jay-Z is doing the right thing here is just stupid. He is a selfish arrogant p***k whose presence on this earth is a waste.

        January 16, 2012 at 7:38 pm

      • *stands and gives slow clap* Your response is everything!!! Keyword: selfish. “At any event, I wish them the best and I applaud his dysfunctional attempt to grow.”…Me too!

        January 17, 2012 at 4:48 pm

    • He is forgiven by God if asked. But, he still will reap what he has sown. There are consequences to our actions. He blasphemed against the one true God and helped to decimate our communities by selling drugs.

      Black Pearl
      January 15, 2012 at 3:48 am

      • Nicely and accurately accounted. Thanks.

        Anna Richardson
        January 23, 2012 at 12:30 am

    • He isn’t asking for forgiveness. He is asking for the world to recognize that the character of millions of young women does not matter–only that of his daughter. When he apologizes and attempts to make restitution, perhaps by donating some of the money he has made at the expense of young girls back into their communities, then you might legitimately consider forgiveness.

      January 16, 2012 at 2:44 pm

  4. Love it!

    January 13, 2012 at 11:43 am

  5. Well said, Dr. Boyce!
    Jay-Z’s been a horrible example for our young men look up to and emulate for a long time.
    Would be nice if he came out and opted to drop “n***a”, too.

    January 13, 2012 at 12:29 pm

  6. Would he have felt the same way if it was a boy?

    January 13, 2012 at 12:41 pm

    • Bet he would not have abandoned the Nword if it was a boy, that’s the bread and butter of rap!

      Ifa-El Akbar
      January 15, 2012 at 3:38 am

  7. I’ve said this but you said it better! Amen!

    January 13, 2012 at 12:48 pm

  8. Oh my God! As a mother and educator, I’ve been preaching and teaching this for years. This word is not indicative of Black women and it should never be used to describe and/or define us. So Jay-Z has a daughter, well here’s a news flash, I not only have a daughter, but five granddaughters. Young man, I’m glad you grew up, but your newly found conscience is a little too late….the damage has already been done.

    January 13, 2012 at 12:48 pm

  9. I recall a photo of a girl with the name of a rapper tattooed on her forehead. I guess she is a forever B**tch. Sad.

    Debbie Dkb Brown-Hicks
    January 13, 2012 at 1:04 pm

  10. Dr. Boyce for this article, you have become my new BFF. Well said!can we get JayZ a therapist? I think hes going to need one.

    Vanessa D. English
    January 13, 2012 at 1:14 pm

  11. Thank you….Dr. Boyce Amen!

    January 13, 2012 at 1:14 pm

  12. I’m with you. I hate to be a hater too but come on… Did he not have a mother, grandmother, wife, etc., before the birth of his daughter. I’m glad he finally saw the light and owned up to bad behaviojr. Now I hope that others will follow his lead and remove the offensive word. I’m just saying… Be Continuously Blessed.

    January 13, 2012 at 1:15 pm

  13. While I agree with your anger / frustration, I’m happy he’s decided to REPENT, which means he must have had a spiritual moment of reflection on how valuable words are and more importantly how valuable human beings are, (namely our women). He is maturing, that is admirable and to be commended, regardless of his past actions. Therefore, I disagree with your tone of “who cares”.
    I think your intelligence and wisdom could be better used helping our youth, your readers and future artists see that there’s ALWAYS consequences to sin despite eventual repentance or not. The consequences dont need to be brought about by our revenge, nor “hating”. Instead, just as you eloquently stated, Jay – Z has destroyed so many lives by his reckless use of words and imagery. And
    we MUST all challenge our talented youth to create without destroying! Take a step forward WITHOUT first taking two steps backward, which is what these artist are constantly doing! Anyway, I appreciate your passion, insight and articles…thanks for what you bring to us all!

    January 13, 2012 at 1:15 pm

  14. AMEN! Dr Boyce…..In the words of Aaron Neville…”TELL IT LIKE IT IS”

    Omoye Cooper
    January 13, 2012 at 1:22 pm

  15. Man, stop it! When you have kids, it changes you! It is a good step in the right direction. There are probably 50 other things that he needs to change, at least he is man enough to do this one.

    Nathaniel Brown Jr
    January 13, 2012 at 1:39 pm

    • Not necessariliy true, I know guys who are still low down before and after they’ve had children.

      January 16, 2012 at 12:05 am

  16. I’m sorry celebrities are some sick, warped, selfish a*s people & it sickins me the attention they get for the unbenificial contribution they make to society, 1John2:16 says EVERYTHING inthe world-the desire of the flesh, eye & showy display of ones means of life doesn’t originate with God & 5:19 says the whole world is lying in the power of the wicked one & these Celebs solidify that Spirit as well as the politi ia.s & other so called men & women of fame!

    January 13, 2012 at 1:43 pm

    • Preach!!!!!

      January 13, 2012 at 3:04 pm

    • I am in such agreement with you!

      January 13, 2012 at 3:26 pm

    • I so concur with you!!

      January 13, 2012 at 4:05 pm

    • CUSS in one breath and quote the bible in the other one

      January 13, 2012 at 9:48 pm

      • LOL LOL LOL… (a*s) is in the bible…. (d**n) is in the bible… the definition of (b***h) is a female dog /animal… (BULL) is an animal, (s**t) is doo doo / aka dung… and your point is…
        Take a trip to the San Diego zoo, and see the word b***h planted next to a female puppy, read your dictionary BOO BOO… You must don’t read the word, and your probably extremelly religious too. Well I’m (NOT) religious, but very endowed… And I will keep on telling it like it really is weather you or anybody else likes it or not… I don’t believe in sugarcoating, especially when it comes to blind religious people like you. Now don’t get mad now… okay

        LADY DEE
        January 14, 2012 at 2:24 am

        • So.. you want to be called a b***h then? Because the last time I checked a human is NOT a dog. That’s where the degrading part comes from. Regardless of the definition of a word how you use it, is what makes it. Btw when they said a*s in the Bible they were referring to a donkey. When they say d**n in the Bible they were condemning someone. Please get your facts straight next time. Did you even read the blog before posting?!

          January 14, 2012 at 6:17 pm


            LADY DEE
            January 19, 2012 at 8:31 am

        • Umm, pls trust & believe that when Jay Z talks abt f**king a b***h, he’s not referring to s******g a female dog, puppy or animal. He’s referring to a woman.

          January 14, 2012 at 7:56 pm

          • LET ME SET THE RECORD STRAIGHT…!!!!! This comment was to the idiot who had an issue with people speaking their opinion concerning stupid a*s, b***h a*s, low-life Jayz…
            I do not applaud that selfish, thieving a*s b***h for nothing he has ever done on the face of this earth. He a very very very poor excuse of a blackman, oops!!! for got, he’s actaully not even a d**n man at all, he nothing but a d**n (DEMON). This is to the dumbfounded religous woman Delores, the person who made the comment about cussing… I know the jackass Jayz is not referring to a dog…

            LADY DEE
            January 20, 2012 at 3:45 am

  17. Let’s forgive this young Dad, like brothers. Can we, Dr Boyce???

    January 13, 2012 at 1:46 pm

    • Jay-z is not young, he’s 42. Yes, he is maturing, but do we give other 42 year olds a pass when they finally mature? My experience in this society is no, we don’t .We look down on them and wonder if they still live at home.
      Thankfully, those who listen to Jay-Z’s music know that most of his music is not about b–tches. In fact, his music is mostly about economic empowerment and retrospect of self, which is why he’s one of the best rappers of all time.

      January 14, 2012 at 11:59 am

  18. I could not agree more, thank you Dr.Boyce Watkins !

    January 13, 2012 at 1:48 pm

  19. Entertainers are just people like all of us are. People do better when they learn better. Knowledge is powerful. Popularity doesn’t mean that one knows the proper course to take for all.

    simtecsimmons (@simtecsimmons)
    January 13, 2012 at 2:02 pm

  20. I’m sorry I thought about your comments and deemed them comical. That being said why not commend him for changing, I don’t think it has anything to do with religion? Would you rather him continue to use the word. Everything is a perspective! Those comments were yours these few words are mine.

    Albert Pettibone
    January 13, 2012 at 2:13 pm

  21. Im gonna have to assume that you are not a practicing christian Dr. Boykins. You speak about a serial killer asking his victims families to be nice to his relative. What do the relatives have to do with his actions? Maybe you are not knowledgable of Jay-Z complete area of work or maybe you just choose to ignore it so you can go on this self-righteous rampage….but the truth is Jay-Z has music where he explains his use of the word b***h and how he applies it. Personally, Ive never taken offense to the word cause I know that it does not apply to me. But even so, let’s just say Jay-Z has had a change of heart. Who are you to say it should have happened 20 years ago. Its like the church telling a bad person to go home…you are not welcome…you should have been here 20 years ago. Even if you are not a christian, that type of non-forgiving attitude is just plain not right. I have respect for you…I read a lot of the things you write…some I agree with and some I dont but I always give you a fair hearing. Isn’t that the name of the game. Do you think its decent to refer to this newborn (she is still innocent, she hasn’t done anything to anybody) as Princess Baby Jesus. Her name is Blue Ivy Carter….show respect for her given name, at least. This man JayZ has tried to change his past; he has tried to seek ways in which he can be considered a decent citizen….he has stated many many times about regrets he has for his former behavior…but he is always met with distain, ridicule and hateful resistance. Should we just go ahead and do away with the word “forgive”? Open your heart Dr. Boyce; this kinda of low-mindedness does not suit a man of your intellect.

    Joyce Marie Wright
    January 13, 2012 at 2:17 pm

    • Wow…this is the best one yet. Haters don’t realize they are haters.

      January 14, 2012 at 11:27 am

    • I agree with you Joyce Marie Wright…I have not read any of Dr. Boykins writings but this one is too much. Forgiveness is the key and yes I agree “its like the church telling a bad person to go home…etc” exactly. Why do we put each other down especially when we ask for forgiveness…it’s usually something that changes our minds to do right so if it took his daughter to make him do right so be it. I’m with Jay Z and I don’t listen to his music I’m just going on what’s real and that’s he’s changing for the good. Peace.

      January 14, 2012 at 6:59 pm

    • Forgiveness does not absolve your accountability. Many criminals are sorry so should the get to go home?

      Ifa-El Akbar
      January 15, 2012 at 3:41 am

    • Your a sleep DING DONG!!!!! WAKE-UP will ya…!!!! News flash, you don’t have ears to hear, the damage has already been done, and Zebra’s really don’t change their strips, but they can make good perpertraiters….MOI

      LADY DEE
      January 15, 2012 at 10:04 pm

  22. Well spoken My Brother and my feelings precisely.

    January 13, 2012 at 2:19 pm

  23. he would need to do alot more than that to undo that kindof trash he spreading to the youth. a message of deep materializm…so if he chooses not to change those ways it will be the world he created for his children. good luck jigga, i hope you stop making music altogether..just sit back and watch the underground rize. all you fake poptart rappers, matter fact. its 2012 time to wake up. cuz som1 gotta teach the babies. peace

    January 13, 2012 at 2:28 pm

    • LOL LOL LOL ha ha ha…….!!! Too funny!!! and on time… Dr. Boyce got it goin on… I love this artical and it gets rave reviews, so every weak-link who has an issue with Dr Boyce because he didn’t sugarcoat Jayzzz game playing bullsh*t for yall, take a flyin leap and go play on another page….lol lol lol You go Dr. Boyce. They may not like what you said, but you sure did get all their d**n attention, its about time…wink!!! I’m behind you 100 plus 1% and somemore…MOI

      LADY DEE
      January 14, 2012 at 7:30 am

  24. It’s never too late to do better and unfortunately many humans don’t grow until an issue directly affects them.

    January 13, 2012 at 2:37 pm

  25. “I got 99 problems, and Jay-Z’s ego ain’t one; he should have done this over 20 years ago…..when my own daughter was born.”
    Dr. Boyce, you are really growing on me….keep up the positive work.

    January 13, 2012 at 2:39 pm

  26. Thank you soooooo much Mr Carter. Better late than never. But you couldn’t do this for your Mama, your Baby Mama, your sister(s), your female cousins, your aunties, your grandma, your greatgrandma, all the single mama’s, & just all the positive/strong/struggling/endangered/homeless/hopeless/holding the whole family down mama’s/ all the carrying the weight & hate of the world on her back females/all the beautiful ‘Absent Daddy’ Princesses/& etc &etc. Now maybe you can do a ‘Blue’ print cd in honor of Blue Ivy for all the other males who still have yet to get ‘it’. Please & thank you.

    gail pinkney
    January 13, 2012 at 2:47 pm

  27. Dr. Boyce, Was just having this discussion about this with a Facebook Fan, when I shared he would change his view. I admit I did not know it would be a Come to Jesus Moment. But calling out Jay’Z for disbarraging our mothers, sisters, aunties and daughters is just what she said black men have not done. While I have not listed to more than a few Jay Z Records over the year I thought about the Morals Clause in the NBA Owners Manual. And thought nothing about what this 30 year friend of mine Nads from NYC who called me out on congratulating the birth of Blue Ivy.

    I have two daughters who mean the world to me. They are the turn inspiration behind Today’s Transmedia Woman which has morphed into Today’s Transmedia Sports and Today’s Transmedia World. If seeing the Birth of your Little Girl in the World doesn’t Change you Nothing Will. So the sister called him out last week and you this week. Perhaps the creativity will flow in a positive direction and the Money can Flow to things that Uplift us and not destroy us for a dollar. Thanks Dr. Continue to Tell it Like it Is.

    Jay O'Conner
    January 13, 2012 at 2:47 pm

  28. There comes a point in every persons life when they realize they must make a change. Humans will never forgive but God will. What Jay-z has done in his past life is wrong but thanks to our media, our government our parents, and our schools for the help in creating this image for our boys and girls. Jay-z had the voice but we had the control to give his voice priority over others that could feed our soul with greatness. As you grow and you find out the truth about life of how you interpret it, then you make the necessary changes. I applaud him for finally seeing his mistakes and now he must move forward. We as a community have to love each child as our own. My grandmother always said who knows better does better and she loved everyone’s child as her own and fed their souls with wisdom and knowledge. This month is MLK’s Month be willing to Spread love the same way he has.

    Wisdom James
    January 13, 2012 at 2:48 pm

  29. I love it, Dr. Boyce!! Enough said.

    January 13, 2012 at 2:51 pm

    • Amen and Amen.

      January 13, 2012 at 3:18 pm

  30. I really wanted to comment, buy Dr Boyce stole all my sentiments. Well said Sir. I have no respect for JZ or any of his cohorts who disrespect and degrade Black women for their thirty pieces of silver.

    January 13, 2012 at 3:03 pm

    • Amen.

      January 13, 2012 at 3:03 pm

    • Ooh Judas! (in reply to them 30 pieces) This is a shame. I am so anti right now with this HIP-Hocracy. No female is a B unless she responds to that name, but it’s not ok for him to call his daughter a B, which it isn’t, but he calls his wife one?! Hmmm…

      January 14, 2012 at 2:52 am

  31. ITA Dr.Boyce. Jay-z is such a hypocrite. eloquently put.

    January 13, 2012 at 3:03 pm

  32. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you Dr. Boyce. I found it so interesting but far from surprising that this egotistical individual with his less than academically inclined wife (though a seemingly sweet girl and obviously capable of raking in millions despite of it) have escalated (in their own minds) to the point of thinking that his kid is better than mine. Boy please! This baby is not the next coming or any more precious than my daughters or any other beautiful little girl born during his “Reign of the B word” days. I would have thought that his birth, being that it was from a “daughter” or his marriage to a “daughter” would have provoked the same “epiphany” or Buddha-esque enlightenment. My bad for hoping that he might have a social conscience. Right now it just makes me sick to see just how freaking big his ego really is. Jay-Z? Quit playing with yourself. Fan down! Peace.

    January 13, 2012 at 3:18 pm

  33. Well, I am not going to call you a hater. However, I think this story is one big hyperbole–just another log placed on the fire to perpetuate the uneventful flame. Who cares?

    As a “FINANCE GUY,” I expected you to write a piece on the ingenuity and financial impact of Blue Ivy’s royalties—-at two days old. As a father of two daughters, Jay Z has inspired me to think of ways to leverage my skills and profession to build a foundation for them—-beyond a insurance policy and real estate.

    I remember making pledges when my daughters were born. I think any father or husband will agree, marriage and parenthood changes ones perspective on how one sees the world. Well—maybe not Little Wayne, who had is daughter on the stage, with other female minors, dancing to lyrics, which state “I just want f*ckevery girl in the world.” I digress.

    If reference to Jay Z’s music, if you haven’t seen the growth and Maturity in his content, you’re just not listening. In my opinion, 99 Problems reminded me of guys I know than women–just my opinion.

    Dr Watkins, at the end of the day, we expect more from you. Maybe it’s because it’s because you continuously remind us that you are a “Professor” at Syracuse University (which I think is AWESOME).

    What’s most interesting to me is that all of the hoopla around Jay Z and Beyonce’ newborn is mostly created by the media. Just another distraction… They are empire building while we waste time criticizing. We can learn from Jay Z and Beyonce.

    Too much overreach in this piece for me… You’ve got to do better.

    January 13, 2012 at 3:34 pm

    • OOHHHH!!!! go fart some where ALKHEMY……!!!!! You ole boring sucker!!!!!

      LADY DEE
      January 15, 2012 at 9:16 am

  34. Thank you, Dr. Boyce, for saying, out loud, what many of us have been to say!

    Ms. 007
    January 13, 2012 at 3:34 pm

  35. Dr. Boyce, you said a mouth full! I was in my middle 20’s when I came to my senses. I was an intelligent black female rapping the songs of Ice Cube, DJ Quick, Too Short, etc. It was then, at that time in my life, I came to the realization that I was STUPID! I really saw it when my first daughter was born. It was when I began changing my feelings toward that type of music that my brothers, whom I thought was cuttin’ for a sista, started to tell me I was stuck up for defending my womanhood. Let’s see if he will explain to his adoring fans, why he changed his approach to females, when of course we already know. Let’s see how he will explain to his daughter why daddy was calling all of these beautiful black queens b’s and h’s, including her mother.

    January 13, 2012 at 3:38 pm

  36. Fxxx JZ I agree when he was getting rich it was ok now that he is rich he wants to earn respect for the very thing he criticized wholeheartedly. Females Period

    walter latham
    January 13, 2012 at 3:41 pm

  37. I’m sorry Dr…speaking as a father of girls, i can tell you this much: baby Girls Change a man. I’m 36, had my first daughter at 25 after college, prior to that i was an Avid Hip Hp fan…Loved the misogyny, and the talk of the street life and all that came with it…after my daughters birth, my ears just couldn’t take it anymore…i didn’t even want t listen t it, let alone agree with it…I had a mother and sister, and aunts and cousins before that event, but it nothing is as eye opening as having your own daughter…I think Jay’s gesture is coming from a sincere heart CHANGED BY THE BIRTH oF HIS DAUGHTER.

    Willie Everett
    January 13, 2012 at 3:41 pm

    • We are not disagreeing with his sincerity but that ha still has to held accountatble for the young girlslives he has affected up until his epiphany. Sorry for a crime does not mean you get to go home you still have to face the judge or this case the voice of the people.

      Ifa-El Akbar
      January 15, 2012 at 3:44 am

  38. I could not have said it better , not to mention all the young Black men who have fallen pray to his nonsense , how many body’s is he indirectly responsible for ?

    January 13, 2012 at 3:43 pm

    • I Forgot he is OK now cause Obezzze invited him yo the” White” house.

      January 13, 2012 at 3:48 pm

  39. I used to listen to rap music because I liked the beat. One day, I happened to catch some of the filthy, violent and disrespectful lyrics and stopped cold. I’m so glad I grew up in the 60’s and 70’s with quality music that had substance. That is not to say that all rappers are bad. Some are quite enlightened and have something to say.

    Jay Z shouldn’t have used the word in the first place. He suddenly realized that it was disrespectful to women? Please.

    Ginger Allen
    January 13, 2012 at 3:48 pm

  40. Totally agree with Dr Boyce’s sentiments ,its a little too late to suddenly start changing your way of thinking at this stage because he now has a daughter ,the damage has been done alreadly Jay Z and the rest of his ilk have made a profit from degenerating and regressing his own people by totally using disrespecting references of B***hes, H**s, N****s etc and not seeing anything wrong with it just like the rest of these d**n rappers ,its about time that these morons get taken to task for the amount of damage they,ve done over the years.

    marcus davis
    January 13, 2012 at 4:01 pm

    • It’s NEVER too late to change and grow up…he’s just doing it publicly and most of you posting, who called any woman a b***h at any time in your life (and you’re lying if you say that you never used the word before) are hypocrites trying to sound intelligent on paper. In the words of Mike Ditka…”Stop It!”

      Obasi Kitambi
      January 13, 2012 at 6:02 pm

    • Iagree with all here and especially Dr. Boyce for you’ve waged a war that we all support U in and I love U for being not a hater but a man of Honor and a Black Man at that. I’m glad JZ finally came to his senses and it always happens when a man have a female daughter that he awakens to reality that OK now I can’t go around calling them B’s and H’s anymore for now I have one of them it should have been his Black Queen who inspired him to make that change but she’s not worthy enough I guess so she had to give him a female and that made him change. Well change is always inevitable and he’s gotten the wealth and now it’s his time to make his before it’s too late, OOPs it’s already too late.

      Marilynn Martin
      January 13, 2012 at 6:23 pm

    • YESSSSSS!!!!!!!! Thank you so much Dr. Boyce for stepping forward on this artical… I was just laying in bed early this morning thinking about how I could literally lay this d**n stupid a*s “JIGGA” out in one hard a*s punch to his ugly fat-a*s atomic lipps… This d**n (PLASTIC SO-CALLED Fakey Jakey zzzeee low-life SUPER Hero Icon), and all the walking dead fans of his) just “urks” my spiritman to no end. I am discerning his weak-a*s thought system so clean and smooth til it ain’t even funny!!!
      This weak minded little boy is just looking for (BROWNIE POINTS), because he and Bey Bey Boo Boo know they have messed up with everybody, except for all his clueless lost fans…
      Dr. Boyce I’m sorry to you that I sound this way, but I mean what I say, because I’m sick of all the mess, and I’m so sick of our black-people sitting idoli by and sugarcoating BullShyt accross these blog boards all the d**n time. Its time for change and a whole new direction in our black community, especially if we are ever gonna climb out of the “VALLEY of DEAD MANS BONES)…
      I wanna live and be free, and also see my people free too… I’ve learned that God’s word is true where it says that “WE ARE ALL A PART OF ONE BODY FITTLY JOINED TOGETHER, WHEN ONE SUFFERS, WE ALL SUFFER…), its time to wake up.
      The only way I know how to touch my people is through your website / aka blog post…
      I have a million and one, plus some more cards stacked against Flakey Jakey zzeee’s “SORRY LAME BRAIN a*s”, and Bey Bey Boo Boo…
      JAYZEEEE !!!! I lost all my respect some yrs ago before you married Beyounce, even though I have never actually listen to your music, I don’t like rapper music and I don’t care for rappers, especially those who disrespect the blackwoman.
      The List****
      #1. Jayz sent one of his filthy a*s flonkyies to bring one of my beautiful daughters over to him in a Las Vegas hotel, and he propositioned my daughter blah blah blah, then told her that its no secret that he was engaged and getting ready to marry Beyounce. * My daughter is a smart cookie, turned him down and kept it moving. I raised my children with integrity, money helps, but it ain’t everything… Fool!!! with all the money in this world, you will never get your d**n hands on my seed, not even touch my secred bloodline… I’d rather see God destroy your a*s off the face of this earth first…
      #2. He joined the Illuminati’s…
      #3. He called himself (GOD) to his fans, and they have fallen down to worship him and don’t even realize what they are doing because they are blinded by the devil himself…
      #4. He and Beyounce faked a pregnancy, literally lied to the world. That’s an attack against my intellect, and my intelligence. I ain’t no blind fool, and I show ain’t the walkin gullible dead, and all my bones are alive got damnit…
      #5. He named his baby “BLUE IVY”, which means (Satan’s daughter or Satan’s little girl) in the latin translation… Foolish clueless blind dum a*s “JIGGA BOO BOO”…
      #6. He and Bey Bey Bimbo went to a hospital in New York city, where “OCCUPY WALL STREET” is going on, and perpertraited fatherhood with a surrogate mother. What about all these homeless people who are sleeping out on the streets of New York city fighting for their lives and for the rights of the middle class and the lower class American people who have no jobs, when he and Bey Bey BOO BOO’s sorry wanna-be clueless donkey a***s have enough money to create jobs in America, without losing their lifestye… How dare these two “JACK-a*s For Brains” flaunt their wealth in this fallen economy, especially against our own black communities.
      #7. Bey Bey Boo Boo has a d**n clothing line that her own black people can’t even reach, and she has the d**n nerve to believe she doing something good and courageous…. Bullshyt!!!!
      #8. Then both their sorry a***s have the nerve to think and believe they have the same d**n clout as President Obama and first Lady Michelle Obama…
      #9. Micheal Jackson is dead and still doing better then the both of them put together, these two absent-minded fools can’t even touch MJ, especailly when it comes to being a great humanitarian..
      #10. Broke the camels back when all you low-life COONS stopped families from visiting their new borns in a hospital intensive care unit, where lives are always in a state of “LIFE or DEATH” in minutes… Jayz…!!! Your B*itch DONKEY a*s ain’t God, and you never will be… MOI
      I say what I mean, and I mean what I say…!!!! Jayz and Beyounce!!! Both of you are the biggest perpertraites I have seen in the black community. You both have enough money to have been more discreet, where nobody would have ever known that you and all your evil cohorts were even in that hospital to begin with. Who in the h**l do you think you are foolin…!!!! This was nothing but one of your sorry-a*s, dumb-founded, empty minded clueless a*s publicity stunts gone bad…MOI

      LADY DEE
      January 13, 2012 at 10:28 pm

      • LADY DEE, I absolutely love everything you have said. Some of our people are so brainwashed to know the truth. delusional stans(israel) praise jay-z&bey, more than the MOST HIGH!

        January 17, 2012 at 4:14 am

  41. Very well stated Dr. Watkins, Don king said something, “Only in America”. The truth hurts at times but it is also the source of enlightenment for those who take heed. If Jay doesn’t take heed, than it is to his own loss. They say a man who reaches 40 has reached the age of maturity, I believe that is an interesting perspective. I dare to Imagine if the Late Malik shabazz or Dr Martin luther king junior was given the opportunity to reach the age of 40, where would we be as men, in 2012. So called black men! Wondering if there would be such widespread systemic disrespect of the very source of our birth, the Woman, our Mothers and daughter as you stated! Something how being rewarded for this type of self defeating ideology is common place!

    January 13, 2012 at 4:06 pm

  42. DR BOYCE WATKINS..You may return to your seat…YOU GET A GOLD STAR!!!!! You put all that in correct content. “princess baby jesus” You are so on point with that!! I’m just shaking my head right now, I’m speechless. Keep up the good work!!

    January 13, 2012 at 4:07 pm

  43. Dr. Boyce, You took the EXACT words out of my mouth…

    Medinat Raji-Kuti
    January 13, 2012 at 4:17 pm

  44. Better late than never……. Sometimes it takes the birth of a daughter for some of our young men to wake up…… (there are other rappers with 2 and 3 daughters that STILL use those horrible words to describe us women in their likeness..)
    Its the next step of maturity for him…. we are all on our own journey….. Im just happy that he’s made it this far…
    We all have room to grow….. and do it in our own time…
    I say……welcome to a higher level of consciousness Jay-Z……. we are happy to have you on board…and hope that you will inspire most of your fans to follow.

    just glad he is finally on board
    January 13, 2012 at 4:18 pm

  45. KUDOS !!!

    January 13, 2012 at 4:18 pm

  46. Let’s not blame the individual too much, Dr. Boyce. The rap industry operates in a sexist and patriarchal society. Check out bell hooks’ reading of the rap industry here:

    Stephen L
    January 13, 2012 at 4:21 pm

  47. Now that this punk is finally going to stop referring to women as B***hes, and H**s, he should stop referring to Black people as N***ers. These bastards, have made millions of dollars denigrating our women, and people, all at the expense of our respect, and racial pride. Now you have every other racial group referring to us as N***gers. I am constantly getting into fights, and arguments because I refuse to let others call me this vile name.

    January 13, 2012 at 4:21 pm

    • …he and all the others will surely reap what they’s just a matter of time!!! I will not have sympathy for any of them including brownie Sharpton!!!

      January 17, 2012 at 4:18 am

  48. I agree 100%. All of a sudden it’s a good idea to stop referring to the rest of us that way. My beautiful daughter is a precious princess to me too. But that didn’t worry him none. Life is a b*&#$%, ain’t it?!

    January 13, 2012 at 4:26 pm

  49. He probably would not have changed a thing if he had a son instead

    January 13, 2012 at 4:31 pm

  50. This is something that should be read on national television, printed in all magazines and studied in all schools starting from pre-k to college.

    January 13, 2012 at 4:33 pm

  51. While I agree with your article, I ‘m just happy that he actually decided to do it. The sad part of this entire subject is that young women are calling “themselves” that word, as if it has some status. I’ve NEVER liked the words ‘Ni–er” “Bi–h” “Wh–e”, any derogatory term to descripe a culture, women, etc. Now if the Jigga Man can stop using the other words and other rappers (and the general public) can stop using those words and just respect others and themselves, the world would be a much better place. But, as I said before, you have to start (or stop) somewhere.

    nancy in vegas
    January 13, 2012 at 4:35 pm

  52. you can take the man out of the ghetto, but you can’t take the ghetto out of the man.

    January 13, 2012 at 4:44 pm

  53. First read the comments above then read this. Jay-Z didn’t write his new revalation for old people because he knew the response would be judgemental like I’ve been reading. If he can reach just 1 black child he would have done more for Black People than anyone of you critics. Doesn’t matter what brought about the change. “IT IS CHANGE”. Your GOD says “JUDGE NOT” Professor I am here to tell you and these other critics YOU ARE WRONG”. HE WHO IS WITHOUT SIN CAN THROW STONES, REMEMBER THAT. YOU are no better than white racist and pointing your finger. That is a mature decision that young man made and you all should respect him for it not beat him down.”BROTHERS”. His music made money for him because that is what happens in AMERICA. You pat your foot to it in your cars and in your homes even with the term b***h bouncing off the walls..

    Robert James
    January 13, 2012 at 4:47 pm

    • Robert James, you quote the bible on judging then the next sentence you judge the doctor. #fail

      Mario Robinson
      January 16, 2012 at 2:02 am

    • This man is 40 years old. That is not a kid and if you had an ounce of nuance in you you would understand that the issue here is HYPOCRISY and HUBRIS. Certainly make a personal decision to change how you portray women. But if you are putting it out there like you deserve a cookie is BS. Had he indicated that he had been wrong previously the maybe I would give him props but this makes it sound like his seed has “de-bitched” the world.

      January 16, 2012 at 3:55 pm

  54. btw, I’m sure he’ll have a lot of ignorant sistas and brothas nominating for a Father of the year award soon.

    January 13, 2012 at 4:50 pm

  55. I just want to piggy back on everything said. Kudos to all of you! I once worked in a place that allowed people to plug in to our sound system and practice or “workout” to their own music. It was really awful one evening when I walked in to hear Jay Z talking about “Ni@*#s and Ni@*#s and By!c@z over the loud speaker. The biggest surprise was when I went to turn it off and a white woman and her companions walked in and told me: “oh, that’s mine.” I was embarrassed that this group of people’s only connection to Black folks is probably that garbage! As everyday people, we work really hard to tear down stereotypes and then there’s JayZ, Lil Wayne and Nikki Minaj (Black Barbie? Now that’s truly hilarious!!) whose working even harder to keep Jim Crow, Massa Tom and Willie Lynch relevant.

    January 13, 2012 at 4:51 pm

  56. Just wondering…where have we seen a homophobic pastor who led a lynch mob? Where have gay people been lynched by pastors?

    James Jones
    January 13, 2012 at 4:55 pm

    • Have you ever heard the term “for instance” or “for example” or even “exaggeration”

      Mario Robinson
      January 16, 2012 at 2:04 am

  57. I’m a Jay-Z fan, but I totally agree with Dr. Watkins. I can appreciate Jiggas revelation, but his ah ha moment makes him sound dumb…immature at best. Congrats to B and Jay though.

    Damon Pritchard
    January 13, 2012 at 5:11 pm

  58. Dr. Boyce,
    If this was a sermon, my reply would be AMEN.

    January 13, 2012 at 5:12 pm

  59. Wow! So, now Jay Z plans to ban the b-word out of respect for his newborn daughter???? Why, do this for *his* newborn daughter when he hasn’t done it for his newborn daughter’s Mother? I’m sure that there is a song on his latest album with Kanye West that refers to his newborn daughter’s Mother as his “hot b-word at home”. Where was his respect for his beloved Grandmother, his Wife and other women both young and old prior to having a girl himself?

    Personally, I am *so* over Jay Z and Bey at this point. They have taken becoming parents to a whole “other” level and I am already sick of reading about their child and she is only a few days old.

    January 13, 2012 at 5:18 pm

  60. AMEN my brother.

    January 13, 2012 at 5:22 pm

  61. It is a trait of children to not learn something until they themselves experience it. An adult, on the other hand is supposed to be able to see a thing far off and adjust his/her thinking accordingly so as not to fall into whatever trap is laying in wait for them. JayZ is a forty something year old man. For him to wait until “He” gets a daughter to realize that disrespecting all women is wrong is as close to being an immature brain-dead man as one can be. I’m sure he has promised to kill anybody who calls his a daughter a b#*ch. By that measure of fairness he should have been hurt very badly a long time ago.

    January 13, 2012 at 5:23 pm

  62. I totally agree with Dr. Boyce as well and I’m really sick of hearing about the birth of Blue Ivy AND the song that her daddy wrote. I’m happy for any couple who has given birth, but all of this publicity has gotten out of hand. Yesterday they had to show the room where the baby was born. Who cares? It was reported that the song Jay Z wrote for his baby is number one. I’ve only heard a small portion of it and I just don’t get it. I guess it must have been purchased by his loyal fans.

    Barb Dover
    January 13, 2012 at 5:25 pm

  63. This guy disgusts me so much that I may need a garbage pail. He has made millions speaking disgust of women: other people daughters, mothers and sisters. Now that he is a father it is important that his daughter is not disrespected with that awful word? Please! Give me a break! I honestly do not understand why he or his wife are treated with such royalty; they are so undeserving. Now, will Beyonce stop dressing like a hooker for Blue on stage too and tone down her lyrics about s*x? My comments and not bowing down to them does not make me a hater.

    Pam James
    January 13, 2012 at 5:29 pm

  64. Well said Dr. Boyce. I agree with you wholeheartedly. I have said it before and I will say it again, Jay is being treated as a respected intelligent businessman and he doesn’t deserve it. He made his money degrading and demonizing women. It annoys me to see people like Oprah, Mayor Bloomberg and others put him on a pedestal for the rest of us to aspire to, completely ignoring the actions he chose to make his fortune. He can’t undo the damage done by his prior attitude and behavior and I for one don’t feel he shouldn’t be rewarded for being a misogynistic a**hole. With so many real black men out here who treat black women with the love and respect we deserve, I cannot imagine why any woman much less Beyonce would want to be with someone who built his career degrading not only black women but his own people. Sorry but I’m not impressed by his slow road to decency and finally realizing that he shouldn’t refer to women with such unkind names. I hope he truly is maturing and has learned that he was part of the problem, but somehow I don’t really believes he cares. He made his money and continues to make a fortune annually so I don’t believe he regrets anything.

    January 13, 2012 at 5:35 pm

  65. Agreed. 110% on this matter but I would like to remind the masses that this is not only in reference to black females. He has been referring to ALL females, regardless of their race. So, as a Caucasian female, I ask with the utmost respect that you keep that in mind.

    January 13, 2012 at 5:36 pm

    • Why? He represents his people first because before white kids started listening to hip hop in mass numbers he was only exposed to his own kind. He misrepresented his own “culture” first. How does you being White add to this conversation?

      Ifa-El Akbar
      January 15, 2012 at 3:48 am

  66. Dr. Boyce is absolutely incorrect and his premise is extremely flawed. I will write a post on my blog in response to this questionable article by Dr. Boyce, whom I actually read daily because I genuinely appreciate his ideas (most of the time). But this time he is wrong. Read below to see what I mean:

    Thank God for granting me this moment of clarity
    This moment of honesty
    The world’ll feel my truths
    Through my Hard Knock Life time
    My Gift and The Curse
    I gave you volume after volume of my work
    So you can feel my truths
    I built the Dynasty by being one of the realest n****s out
    Way beyond a Reasonable Doubt
    (You all can’t fill my shoes)
    From my Blueprint beginnings
    To that Black Album ending
    Listen close you hear what I’m about
    n***a feel my truths

    [Verse One]
    When Pop died
    Didn’t cry
    Didn’t know him that well
    Between him doing Heroine
    And me doing Crack sales
    With that in the egg shell
    Standing at the tabernacle
    Rather the church
    Pretending to be hurt
    Wouldn’t work
    So a smirk was all on my face
    Like d**n that mans face was just like my face
    So pop I forgive you
    For all the s**t that I live through
    It wasn’t all your fault
    Homie you got caught
    And to the same game I fault
    That Uncle Ray lost
    My big brothers and so many others I saw
    I’m just glad we got to see each other
    Talk and re-meet each other
    Save a place in Heaven
    ’til the next time we meet forever


    [Verse Two]
    The music business hate me
    ’cause the industry ain’t make me
    Hustlers and boosters embrace me
    And the music I be making
    I dumb down for my audience
    And double my dollars
    They criticize me for it
    Yet they all yell “Holla”
    If skills sold
    Truth be told
    I’d probably be
    Talib Kweli
    I wanna rhyme like Common Sense
    (But I did five Mil)
    I ain’t been rhyming like Common since
    When your sense got that much in common
    And you been hosteling since
    Your inception
    f**k perception
    Go with what makes sense
    I know what I’m up against
    We as rappers must decide what’s most important
    And I can’t help the poor if I’m one of them
    So I got rich and gave back
    To me that’s the win, win
    The next time you see the homie and his rims spin
    Just know my mind is working just like them
    (The rims that is)

    Everybody has the right to grow, no matter what the impetus is for that growth. Every man in America has, at some point in his life, called a woman a b***h and Jay-Z inherited a culture, not created it. We truly must be honest in our assessments of other people, particularly when none of us are perfect. Nobody made this argument when Richard Pryor returned from Africa and acknowledged that he did not see one n****r there and chose to stop using the word in his performances. Let’s not write just to be writing, all the while turning our passion to gossip column trash (see first paragraph above). Jay-Z, live many young urban males who make it, grow up in the public eye and it would better serve us all to teach rather than tear down! Just food for thought Dr. Boyce!

    See my post later today at

    Obasi Kitambi
    January 13, 2012 at 5:59 pm

    • You are pariah not a real man! You know he is right but you are jealous so you are trying to get people to listen to your blog instead of him. You do not get a “get out of jail” free card just because you have a aha! moment and want to change. You have to listen to the people you have already hurt, face the music. Thats’ a real man or woman!

      Ifa-El Akbar
      January 15, 2012 at 3:52 am

    • I see the brain wash clear as ever for Obasi to “quote” Jay’Z lyrics as to be clever.

      Well Lauryn Hill said, “You can’t slick talk on the day of judgement…”

      Mario Robinson
      January 16, 2012 at 2:08 am

    • Thank you…

      January 17, 2012 at 2:25 pm

  67. Wow! Thank you Dr. Boyce for not being afraid to speak up on an issue and word that continues to keep Black women invisible and that adds nothing of value to our self-worth and Jay-Z’s daughter will be no exception moving in a hostile world that her father played a major part in and made millions of dollars off the backs of degrading women.

    Lavon Grant
    January 13, 2012 at 6:00 pm

  68. I also agree with Dr. Boyce. While I am pleased to hear that Jay Z will not be using the “B” word anymore since the the birth of his daughter, that is not excuse. He should have never been using it in the first place. Did he not have any respect for his own Mom?? I am sure she must have taught him better.

    January 13, 2012 at 6:30 pm

  69. This was soooo well stated…Thank you!

    January 13, 2012 at 6:34 pm

  70. We are unfortunately mentally still just out of slavery! And worse do to the conditioning we are have under gone he in america and around the world, we now like the sharecroppers after slavery give our self to a voluntary slavery! We have been trained to protect their interest before we protect our own. I listen to a line in the new movie Red Tail Terrence Howard tell his squadren to forsake their own safety to protect the interests of an overtly racist government that served as a model for Hitlers Ge many’s racist Ideology. And these same Militarily trained men would not bust a grape to protect their own personal interest at home. Violence is not the answer when it’s our interest but Violence is the answer when we line up to die for their interest even today! So don’t be surprised at Mr. Carter shooting us down the line we all are guilty of this this to some degree. Every time we ship our children of to the school (re-education camps) we all might as well be degrading our brothers and sisters just as Jay=Z has been? Remember when you pointing a finger at someone you have 3 pointing back at you, so we need to examine ourselves. Excuse me but F#@K Jay-Z! What am i doing to help get us outta of this wicked situation?

    January 13, 2012 at 6:45 pm

  71. I guess the good part is that he is going to stop using such an awful word. I know a gentlement who use to sell drugs to others and he never thought about what it was doing to them until his brother started using and became addicted. Guess what? He stopped selling and helped his brother get clean. Can you imagine how many lives are no longer being affected because he is not there to introduce them to drugs. My point is, God has a way of making people look at the mess in their own yards and that’s when they decide to clean it up. I say better late then never. It’s easy to bash Jay-Z, but I say congratulations for finally having a reason to stop degrading women. As long as he stops, others may follow. I prefer to take the positive road.

    Pat Council
    January 13, 2012 at 6:48 pm

  72. why is everyone ganging up on j an b they can have a change of heart there are a lot of men who go to jail an the first thing out of there mouths is im saved ive found jesus so whats the problem with j doing the same thing an instuctor at school asked a question in class do you mind being called a b***h an some of the younger girls said no they dont mind its how they kid around so its no diffrent im glad to see 2 african americans succesful an living the life i think that a lot of people are just jealous of two african americans who have wealth white people have been the only one able to acquire wealth for years an so if they have made it as entertainers im proud let it do

    selina poston
    January 13, 2012 at 7:24 pm

  73. Kudos to you Dr. Boyce. You said what many are thinking. I’m willing to bet that Jay-Z won’t remove his past discrestions from the shelves. He isn’t so “born again” that he is willing to give up the profits from these songs!!!

    January 13, 2012 at 8:07 pm

  74. Bravo Dr. Boyce, well stated. As a woman I am always offended when I hear the word b***h, and it is extremely inflammatory, derogatory, and unacceptable. I hope others in the media will evaluate and eliminate the use of this nasty word. I hate that Tyra Banks, a woman herself, so freely uses and allows this word on her shows, and I don’t like hearing it on the ‘housewives’ and other reality shows. For me it’s in the same category as f****t, and one would NEVER get away with using that word in the media. But, somehow women continue to allow themselves to be constantly degraded. This places us in vulnerable positions, where we are not respected, and therefore can be easy targets for constant abuse and destruction.

    January 13, 2012 at 8:11 pm

  75. Omg y’all people need to go find a life and some business. You guys are the ones who put them to the fame where they are and all this nonsense stupid talk is gon keep them their. You can’t blame them or the lifestyle they live. So f*****g what he’s not using the b word anymore. Congratulate him or shut up. At least he is trying to do something different. So what it took the birth of his daughter to realize his wrong doing. You all sound like a bunch of mad a*s hater. h**l get to where he’s in life and let’s see how much stuff you say your not gon do get done. I’m just sick of people talking about them leave them alone and take care of yo own family and make sure they straight. Cause at the end of the day they gon still do the……..
    Sincerely a tired reader of bs

    January 13, 2012 at 8:14 pm

  76. dr boyce I agree with you as far as ‘whoopty d**n do”.
    Carter–i refuse to call him j z as he calls himself tha as a nickname for jehovah which he is not–
    didnt stop using b***h after marrying. But now that he has a daughter he has?

    Also, the song “99 problems” isnt about ladies. It is about the drugs dogs who would sniff his car when he was transporting drugs from NC to NY in the 90s.

    January 13, 2012 at 8:17 pm

  77. …So we bash someone for trying to do something that is good? Yes, it is a little weird and warped, but we are all guilty of changing our ways once our situation becomes different. People change, let it happen. Good for him if that’s what he wants to do.

    January 13, 2012 at 8:53 pm

  78. Thank you Dr. Watkins you are so on point. We didn’t need an announcement or proclamation from this boy, he could have just cut it out! Now if he had said he was going to raise her in Church he would have been saying something worthwhile and hopeful that he might learn something.
    Yeah Denise, let’s include his whole generation of great great, great, and grandmothers, his mother, his wife, his wife’s mother, all his aunt’s, niece’s and female cousins and all his wife’s great great, great, and grandmothers, aunt’s, niece’s and female cousins her sister and the list goes on.
    There’s so many things money can’t buy: sense, common sense, decency, respect for others, self-respect, respect in your ancestry, respect in your community, morality, valor, dignity, ethics, honor, goodness, integrity. He can’t buy none of this and Beyonce can’t buy them for him. Manhood is more than an organ and he’s got a long way to go! But no matter how much money he has and what he gives his daughter he can’t stop the generation he affected and the future generations and his daughters’ generation from calling her a b***h or a w***e(hoe?) her daddy gave them permission!

    January 13, 2012 at 9:50 pm

  79. Too late Shawn Carter…the damage is beyond repair! Because of you, your daughter will certainly be referred to as a “b***h”. One gotta be responsible and cognizant of one’s actions…the law of return.

    Etaniel Ben Yehuda
    January 13, 2012 at 9:54 pm

  80. I am SO not there anymore. Twenty years ago, coming out of college, I was SO Mr. “watch what I say because it might hurt someone’s feelings.” I was quick to correct a white person for using the N-word (I would use the real word but do not want to start a greater debate) or correct males/females that used the B-word. Then years later, I am just not there anymore. I am married (happily for 16 years), have a 14 yr. old son and a 12 yr. old daughter, and plenty of female family members and I love them all, but if they expect me to watch everything I say because it might hurt their feelings I ain’t the one. Call me a jerk, ignorant, or whatever if you want, but really, like the B or N-word they are just words too. So, IMO, if the word is not describing you, don’t take offense (if the shoe does not fit….). Whatever happened to sticks and stones….? To me what is so crazy about the ban is not that he waited until his daughter was born, but that he did it at all. As a father and a person that holds himself accountable for his own choices, I find the idea that “hip-hop artists have trained black men to show the utmost disrespect for their little girls” totally ludicrous. I could care less what someone calls me or my daughter (and that is how I am raising her), what matters is what I or we answer to…. I Know I have heard that before. So, if someone called me a feminine, pregnant, midget gypsy, since none of those words describe me, WHO CARES! Also, IMO, Jay-Z built his multi-million dollar empire through his ability to capitalize on his rapping skills and his hustling/entrepreneurial spirit. IMJUSTSAYING

    January 13, 2012 at 10:14 pm

  81. What a bunch of self loathing people hiding behind supposed moral righteousness you all are. Dr. Boyce should be a White slave owner then at least it would explain how no Black person does anything right in his eyes. Did this couple ask you to do anything for them? NO. Take that rock in your hand and put it down, before you break your own glass house.

    January 13, 2012 at 10:46 pm

  82. God has a way of getting our attention. This rap artist I always felt he was disrespecting his mother, grandmother and other Black Females in his family, now a daughter to bring him to reality. I believe it was Malcom X, who made the statement during the Kennedy years, about a rooster coming home to ______, and you know the rest.

    Rev. J
    January 13, 2012 at 10:55 pm

  83. I may be only 21 but I have a daughter of my own. And as a parent and a woman myself I have enough sense to know that Jay Z is just an artist and his job description is to rap to sell records. If I don’t like what he is rapping about, I have the free will to turn it off. Is it Jay Z’s responsibility to raise YOUR child?? No its not. Don’t blame some one else about how your child turned out. When the time comes I’m going not only tell my daughter but show her too that she is beautiful and no man will ever put her down and so will her father, the exact same thing Jay Z is doing, leading by example. Sad you people are so quick to judge that he is just now changing when I’m sure majority of you are with sin your d**n

    January 13, 2012 at 11:06 pm

  84. I wish he would have just did it and not announced it. I love Jay-Z, but announcing it makes him look rather silly.

    January 13, 2012 at 11:20 pm

  85. lol this is just too funny. Is Jay-z serious about this, how the h**l are you gonna up and play Mr. Gentleman just because u had a little girl. This just shows how self centered he really is, offending women never mattered till it hit home. I hope he has it good enough with the illuminati so that the karma of all his degrading songs doesn’t hit his “lil princess”.

    January 13, 2012 at 11:30 pm

  86. After reading through the article a few times, I’m nearly convinced that the author is not familiar with Jay-Z’s songs, only his song titles.

    The reference to 99 problems is particularly ignorant. Yes the hook uses the word b***h but in none of the three verses is he referring to a woman. In the first verse he is speaking to rap critics, and the people who run magazines and radio stations. In the 2nd verse, the b***h literally refers to the drug dogs. The third verse refers to a man who wants to fight him.

    I find it interesting that all this vitriol is shown toward Jay-Z especially when most of his music is NOT misogynistic. If you want to make that claim and be so harsh, you should cite examples in his lyrics, and maybe choose songs that are applicable; not 99 problems. Otherwise you come off sounding like you don’t know what you’re talking about.

    I understand that the rap genre is full of artists who degrade women and use inappropriate terms, but that doesn’t mean that they all do. And this statement: “After building a multi-million dollar empire on the back of female degradation” is patently false and borderline slander. I implore you to listen to Jay’s music learn more about what he is. You’ll find he’s one of the more intelligent rappers out there.

    January 13, 2012 at 11:45 pm

  87. All I can say is all praises due to Allah for people like u Dr. Boyce…I thought I was alone…feels good to know im not…thank you

    Alexander Abdul-Azeez Muhammad
    January 13, 2012 at 11:59 pm

  88. OK, even though what is being said is true. My question “Is it ever to late to start doing the right thing?” I think not. Be Blessed and Not the Judge. Lovin All my peeps

    January 14, 2012 at 12:14 am

  89. I did not use any profanity and I tried to be fair in my comments but I clearly disagreed with your stance on this issue; I posted my comments early this morning…are they still awaiting moderation?

    Joyce Marie Wright
    January 14, 2012 at 1:23 am

  90. So Jay is damned if he do and damned if he don’t! Slow your roll- is he doing a bad thing and basically word is he never said he was going to stop using the word b***h- so are you happy now?

    kalimah samiullah
    January 14, 2012 at 1:24 am

  91. You r so right,!! Speak my brother

    January 14, 2012 at 1:51 am

  92. Thanks you said a mouth full.. What about my granddaughters did they not deserve the respect of being called a princess?? One thing I do know is that what ever you plant is what will grow… Someone will call her his daughter one I pray he can handle it… We did… JS

    Sic and tired
    January 14, 2012 at 2:33 am

  93. One day someone will call his daughter B*&60, I pray he can handle it…

    Sic and tired
    January 14, 2012 at 2:35 am

  94. PREACH!!!

    Lizan Walcott
    January 14, 2012 at 3:23 am

  95. I hate to be the “that’s the trouble with black folk guy”, but hey, somebody’s gotta do it. Look, I have a ton of respect for you Dr. Boyce, and I can respect your points on this. However… I just find it a little disconcerting, that the first thing that we say when somebody makes a positive decision is that it’s basically null and void, because they didn’t arrive at that conclusion 5, 10, or 20 years ago. With all the rappers, baby daddies, and other extra-curricular dudes with kids that still cuss, smoke, drink, etc., I find it extremely interesting that you found nothing but repugnance in his decision. Ironically, the young lady named Denise, who co-signed your argument, only reached the same epiphany once she, likewise, had her first daughter. I am also an intelligent educated black man, a fan of hip hop since the early days. In my past, I have never called a woman the “B” word, despite the fact that I have met some individuals who directly resembled that sentiment. I simply, find it counter-productive to expound on all the reasons that this choice of a new father, to honor his daughter now, with the revelation of a potent truth, is moot, “Cuz he shoulda been done that”. Not to mention that, in your critique of his musical endeavors, and how he’s butchered the characters of countless other Black females, you neglect to allow for the growth of the artist, or the man. “99 Problems” came out 8 YEARS AGO!!! Dude, get over it. I don’t defend Jigga’s misogony, or the nihilistic imagery in his music. But dude’s made some provocative, heartfelt, and yeah, even spiritual music too. No man has only one side. And if we only focus on the negative aspects of even a positive decision, then where does that allow any of us to grow? Hey, if I can’t be a mega-millionaire, ultra successful, musical and cultural icon, and make the right choice without the weight of my own people’s high-minded resentment slamming down on top of me, then what shot has Malik from East Point got? Sometimes, Dr. Boyce, even you can be right, and do it the wrong way. As the father of a 3 month old little girl, I have to say, I see a whole lot of things in ways that I never had before. Raising a little girl is light years different from all that I had envisioned teaching a son. I can relate to Jay. When that little girl cries for the first time, and looks in your face for the first time, and smiles at you for the first time… it changes a lot about how you look at the world. And sometimes, you just never see it coming.

    Frederick Bussey
    January 14, 2012 at 3:50 am

    • People shouldn’t be dissed when they come to realizations, at any step in the game. However, this whole situation is ridiculous, because JAY Z decided to make a PSA about how he’s gonna stop using the word b***h because of his precious commodity.. err.. daughter, being born. Really? Congrats Jay Z! So should all people who make changes in their life and not use derogatory language to make a profit go on tirades with their own PSAs? No. Good for him for wanting to change (although it was probably his agent’s idea) but keep it to yourself.

      Also: He made a song produced by Pharrell using his daughter’s cries within 48 hours of her being born. Will Smith and Jada P-S’s egregious child commodification have nothing on this douchebag.

      January 15, 2012 at 8:58 pm

  96. While I agree with the authors points and all are valid, I find it a bit harsh to wish upon Jay-Z’s daughter the same fate as so many other of our black women. I would hope that even though Jay-Z’s hypocrisy is quite obvious, that we as a society of black people wouldn’t be so quick to criticize someone for finally making the right decision. I get that it is late. I get that his ego is out of control here. But I would hate for someone to read this article and people’s responses to it and think that even after years of doing the wrong thing they should not repent and start doing the right thing for fear that society will criticize them and take the opportunity to throw all the evil back in their face that they have ever committed.

    Corey Tolbert
    January 14, 2012 at 4:22 am

  97. We said Dr. Boyce, well said. He is built his empire by demeaning black girls and women and now he has a daughter and wants to change is tune. As a mother of a teenage daughter, he is scum and there is not enough money in the world to undue his damage and the firestorm of hatred he has ignited, just to make a buck.

    January 14, 2012 at 5:08 am

  98. Excellent article! And so glad the comments reflect common sense. He played his followers for 15-20 years. Too bad they weren’t bright enough to see through this hustler.

    January 14, 2012 at 5:41 am

  99. Well his wifey must have felt the same way, because she married the B and H man. Freed the body but not the mind.And I agree he will pay for the seeds he has sown for so long,With or without a daughter,He had a wife first.

    ms CL
    January 14, 2012 at 6:25 am

  100. Dr. Boyce, thanks for your leadership and commentary. Your work is inspirational.

    Greg Collier
    January 14, 2012 at 7:01 am

  101. Dr. Boyce!!!! Dr. Boyce!!!! Dr. Boyce!!!! I had to read this artical again and again and again. WOW!!! you really handled your business this time. I am so ontime with you right now. I am so proud of you slammmin down the truth on Jayz. I just can’t stop laughing, this artical is so d**n funny, yet so d**n true all at the same time… (Now this is what you call entertainment and something to read about)…. Guess what Dr. Boyce!!! You sure did get all their attention didn’t you… Their listening, they may not like what you said, but their listening. Its easy to forgive somethings, but that doesn’t mean the damage is nolonger there, so Jayz getting his a*s whip right now is a grand thing…MOI

    January 14, 2012 at 8:15 am

  102. the obvious spin to this for me is that his change of heart is probley not based on his new found love and respect for fatherhood but more than likely his long term finanical desire you see its gonna be really hard to market his young baby with such a dergotory term as infantile Bit*hism or even Newborn Bit*chy just to name a few new terms I dont think he would be able to compete in the clothing market with BABY GAP….sure it would be nice to say that we all believe the HYPE “but lets just keep it REAL this brothers got a long History and its gonna take more than a declaration in a song so that i would just believe that he no longer gonna flip his behavior in his own words reap the benefits of being sold out to the B- word it is part of the foundation of what he has built his empire on so you see for me a few carefully place words in the press doesnt erase the decisive action of a more consisely orchestrated career we shall watch as this story keeps unfolding that if by trading in the B-word for fatherhood sincere or just a launching board for the next phase in his Billion Dollar marketing of Blue? umm whats the rest of her name…(lol) either way I’m sure that just like Willow Smith we will be seeing alot more of Blue……

    melas gune
    January 14, 2012 at 8:45 am

  103. “When Jena 6 don’t exist, tell em that’s when I’ll stop sayin b***h”
    Jay-Z, Say Hello, American Gangster soundtrack

    January 14, 2012 at 12:04 pm

  104. Cool; But why he didn’t stop using the word when he first dated his wife? Now since he as beautiful daughter now he decided to not use the word B%#@; I forgive you and I know god can deal with us all when we act up or speak bad words at others, so you are forgiving and it’s about time, I love all my sisters and we should not be called a or that B%$# it’s aweful. Now we have the new generation coming behind us and it’s time to get our act together cause our children are our future….

    January 14, 2012 at 2:38 pm

  105. Someone needs to deliver this article to Jay-Z personally as quickly as possible. I would love to know what his response would be. Great job, Dr. Boyce.

    January 14, 2012 at 4:50 pm

    And THANK YOU!

    January 14, 2012 at 5:03 pm

  107. Although I do see your point I wanna say this you cannot put the total blame on why women are called b*****s all on his shoulder. You have not only him but politicians, athletes and women who chooses to call females this degrading name. Yes he should have not used it to help come up in Hip Hop however like ‘normal’ every day parents when we have kids the majority of us (if we have common sense) decide to calm down, change many of our bad habits, think differently because we realize first hand that our past actions is detrimental to our kids. I stopped smoking weed, going out every night and being reckless when my daughter was born. Unfortunately we sometimes don’t see the consequences of our action until it hits home on a personal level. I commend Jay for taking those rose colored glasses off and deciding to do something positive for his daughter. It’s called growing up. Everyone should do that!

    Talia Rice
    January 14, 2012 at 5:06 pm

  108. Hello Brother Boyce,
    Like you, I’m a college professor and have taught my students about this issue for years. You have stated the case against Jay-z appropriately. I would also add that the “n” word should be a part of the discussion as well. The untold damage that has been inflicted upon our people by the careless and wanton use of these words in our music, movies and comedy is immeasurable. In fact, I advocate that all such purveyors of these weapons of mass destruction should not only be called out about it by the community but they should also be boycotted, i.e., not supported. Great job my brother. A great contribution.

    Kamau Kenyatta
    January 14, 2012 at 6:47 pm

  109. Have you ever heard of the concept of personal growth? Epiphany, personal revelations? People evolve and in such they have experiences that change ones way of thinking. It is really easy to post an article and blame one person, host a symposium speaking to people that dont subscribe to such behavior and such but I would like to see just one of these people that stand at these pulpits and ostracize these people walk down a block in “the hood”, knock door to door and talk to the children and parents that speak this way. They wouldn’t because they would be scared to. Playing the blame game is really easy, but at the end of the day, this article has no merit because it serves no purpose. The people that speak as such, regard to women or people as such…probably wont be reading this. If you want to make a real impact with your disgust…speak to the people you want to change…not the audience you know will agree with you.

    Cleveland Dean
    January 14, 2012 at 7:46 pm

  110. I agree with Dr. Boyce. I love Jay-z’s music. I love it. But man I can’t help but feel this fool should save hos breath on that. He doesn’t have to make this public announcement to anyone. He can just silently take the word out of his rhymes.

    Daniel Jean
    January 14, 2012 at 8:36 pm

  111. So, what about the word, Ngger, Nigguh, n***a? Will he and Bey have to give birth to a slaveship carrying Afrikans to 400 years of brutality and bondage to stop saying these words in his raps?

    Rico in Dallas
    January 14, 2012 at 11:55 pm

  112. Haha…..well said. Pointing this out is not “hating”
    Using these terms to descripe half the human race is.
    Too bad he wasn’t moved to stop sooner, like when he got married…..or hey, out of respect for his MOTHER!
    You called hm on this s**t. Thank you.

    January 15, 2012 at 12:49 am

  113. If he is truly repenting in an accountable manner, then pull all the songs with the B word that even his own daughter will her. It is not about turning off the radio, it is about the millions of teens and children that don,t turn it off. Its not just bout degrading, its about safety. How many young girls, Esp black are walking streets and not in a car or w bodyguads? Reality check. And also, how can Beyonce not be insulted herself as he did not stop for her-how embarrassing. Glad he states change, but each song that don’t to play-makes it mean nothing but more cash.

    January 15, 2012 at 1:48 am

  114. I would not in a Million years call you a Hater. You have spoken the truth. And being a lover of the truth, I love the fact that you spoke it and quite well, I do say so myself.

    Ollie Moss
    January 15, 2012 at 1:58 am

  115. Hallelujah, he has banned the word b***h, but not n****r, or m****r f****r, etc etc etc. So his wife the whole time was not worth banning th3e B word but only we he finally had a daughter.

    Big fat happy whoop.

    January 15, 2012 at 4:35 am

  116. Dr. Watkins haven’t you ever repented for somthing that you said or had a change of heart for? Like ill appropreitlly using Jesus’s name in vain to describe an innocent little baby? How shameful you should be. See what happens when you don’t forgive one for their past sins? Yes! it now makes you sin. How can we win the worldto peace and rightousness? God will protect this innocent child from people like you with people like me whom will call you to repentence. NOW GO QUICKLY AND FALL UPON YOUR FACE TO THE LORD YOUR GOD>

    January 15, 2012 at 4:09 pm

  117. This same baby that made her father repent, will now be the cause of you having to repent to the same creator that made you!!! “AND A CHILD SHALL LEAD THE WAY.”

    January 15, 2012 at 4:21 pm

  118. I’m neutral on this subject. First things first there is a generation gap. No doubt the B and the N is very degrading and should not be used by anybody no matter what race. However, the two words has lost is power as time went by. A older man/woman would take more offense to those words than a man/woman my age. Don’t get me wrong, I’m proud to say I never cheated on, I never hurt, or disrespect any woman. That being said, every man will reap what he sows. I more concerned about what he did outside the studio rather what was recorded on a CD. Come on people let’s state some facts. 99 percent of all rappers and married with kids. Never been to prison, never sold any drugs, and fired a weapon. So, what’s done in real life is more important than what done on the track. As men we grow. There are things I did as a teenager that I’ll never do as a young adult. We must forgive and move on. True enough he will be process in order for him to learn how much he really hurt people. But, that not for us to judge.

    Malcolm Fleming
    January 15, 2012 at 5:14 pm

  119. I have to concur with Dr. Watkins 100%. I mean its wonderful that Mr. Carter had a “A-ha” moment, but in this stage of the game, I believe not only is it a late move, it shows us just how ignorant, self absorbed, and disingenuous he is. the facts are there are millions of young black males today who are either on the corner selling drugs or in prison doing a bid and they don’t even know they are apart of the problems that plague several communities across this country. All of us have choices and instead of these guys having the common sense to continue their education, get therapy, stay away from drugs, keep their d**k their pants, or the willpower to break the cycle that was handed to them, many turn to hip hop music (which is clearly a drug) and they look to individuals like Jay-Z (who is ex- crack dealer posing as a entrepreneur) for leadership and answers while they justify their poor choices. If you want to continue to follow behind those who mislead the flock down the wrong road for their own profit, by all means do you, but be prepared for the consequences and know that if Harriet Tubman & Dr. King were alive today, I’m confident they would not happy with us tearing down their legacy.

    DR. B
    January 15, 2012 at 7:06 pm

  120. “Whoopdy-d**n-Doo” says it all Dr. Watkins. Clarity regarding the rapper’s contradictions is certainly expressed in this piece.

    Carolyn Moon
    January 15, 2012 at 10:16 pm

  121. I agree wholeheartedly with you. For years I’ve worked to undo the damage to young woman caused by individuals like JayZ. He may have never personally felt the intense dislike and disrespect in his music for women by using that word, however, he is one of the greatest perpetrators of disrespect by his status alone. While he may be able to protect his child from those who pray on young woman and truly believe women are third class citizens, the rest of us has to spend the rest of our lives building or rebuilding a sense of self respect, worthiness and pride in our young African American women. With great wealth, comes great responsibility and receiving even $1 through the degredation of another is abhorrent. If his child was a boy, we would not be having this conversation.

    Gina Anderson
    January 15, 2012 at 10:19 pm

  122. I guess marrying his daughter’s mother wasn’t enough to cause him to stop referring to women as b*tches? Well, that’s not a surprise. Men of his ilk are married and still call women b*tches. Every woman is a b*tch, perhaps including his wife…like you said, Dr. Boyce, every other man’s daughter, including his father-in-law’s…but not his baby girl. WRONG. He’d better lock his daughter up because there’s are going to be a lot of n*ggas (another of their favorite words I absolutely loathe) who are going to be coming for baby Blue as those chickens Daddy hatched come home to roost. Sad to say but unless they prevail on God’s grace in God’s way, that’s as likely as rain.

    Dahna M. Chandler
    January 16, 2012 at 12:55 am

  123. “Princess Baby Jesus”…calling a female a b***h is the act of calling her out of her name. You are the pot calling the kettle black Doc…but you aimed yours at an infant. My my.

    Eric Brice
    January 16, 2012 at 1:21 am

  124. Haha All the controversy tickles me and irritates me.. Well what can be said that hasn’t been said!
    Some of you say this Others say that… Well I am a big Jay”Z fan… He inspires Pride and Motivation… However He is built with lots of wickedness … These days, I eat up the fish and spit out the bones… However on the subject of woopty d**n woo…. Its not enough Mr. Carter to make a PSA that you will stop referring to women as Bitchs because your daughter was born.. That’s an insult to the entire woman race including your wife and mother… You need to completely mortify yourself Mr.Carter. Say I’m sorry, and explain precisely why you are sorry.

    Mario Robinson
    January 16, 2012 at 2:14 am

  125. Well at least JayZ has enough sense, and has had it for some time now, to stop referring to women as b*****s. Whereas you have people like Luke Skywalker and Snoop Dogg who not only refer to women as b*****s and hoes, but have businesses in which women are treated as b*****s and hoes. Both have Adult Entertainment based businesses. Where is the commentary on the REAL offenders??

    January 16, 2012 at 2:46 am

  126. I stopped buying this sell out rap c**p years ago. Ironic,how all this talk about these updated house negrows are having some baby.While at the same time,all the black girls having abortions or can’t find a decent black man.This BS is promoted like it’s such big deal to the real masses of black people.
    This is some updated slave type BS.All the black’s that aspire to be in their shoes have become condtioned and brainwashed to except modern day slavery,21st century.Then to promote this trash during the time of earth day of MLK Jr. At least MLK Jr passed away fighting to try to make a positive,in comparison to some 21st century house negrows trying to impress other black’s and slavemaster with some excessive materialistic BS ” hey boss I am grinning and cooning for you

    January 16, 2012 at 2:55 am

    “The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; and the calf and the
    young lion and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them. Isaiah 11:6.”
    The TORAH/BIBLE wishes to commend Kushite King Jay-z and Nubian Queen Beyounce for lending to this
    world, which GOD_the JEW_ will Himself change where any Little Child will lead them.

    It is a good thing, that these are real animals, which this little child like Nubian Princess Blue Ivy Carter, will
    be leading and not this unforgiving group of self righteous-zealots. If GOD_ chose a Little Child for the model
    in characterizing his Kingdom? The why dam Jay-z for using his little daughter to convert himself?
    Did not Jesus tell Peter when you are converted: strengthen your brother? To the Erudite Professor Watkins
    now, it is your term to prove your valor.

    Jay-z has changed, where is GOD_the JEW_ love in us to forgive him? I have daubed David Hill CEO of www.
    TRUE-MAGAZINE.COM: as the HIP-HOPPER RAPPERS BIBLE. David challenge the Church in saying, that I
    will give you your own digital-magazine and you can preach the message of love and change into this
    I want to be among the few, who saw redeeming value in Jay-z. Now, I challenge Dr. Watkins and all of
    his for or against Jay-z conversion. For there is a far greater damnation, which await the Kushite/Black
    Race Globally in Ezekiel 38:6; 39:1-29 and Revelation 20:7-10: than the words b*itch and n****r.
    The TORAH/BIBLE states, that we will be Doom for slaughter in Satan Gog and Magog Army as proven
    in these verses. BELIEVE IT OR NOT?

    NOW, take your Bibles and take a razor or sizers and as I tell people, what part of the Bible, which you
    don’t believe: just cut it out and throw it in the trash can? Better still, let me see the hands or email me
    and let me know? How many of you have ever read these verses or heard a sermon preached on them?
    SHALOM, ,

    Ambassador Charles Linder Floyd
    January 16, 2012 at 7:02 am

  128. It seems as thoughthat their are some folks responding to this comment made by Dr Boyce are trying to rationalize and make excuses for Jay-Z. I agree that no one is perfect and that we all fall short,but we’ve got to stop making excuses for irresponsible behavior.He made his money by one of the basic tenets of Capitalism and that is “opportunistic exploitation”. Egotistical narcissistic behavior is another tenet of the capitalistic value system and this is what jay-z seem to suffering from. However,jay-z has lots of company from other brothers that love the limelight. I know of a brother that talks publicly about Black folks being a spiritual family and thatwe should come together in the name of our African ancestors and the brother is the kwanzza coordinator down in MS shamefully. Anyway,this brother has abandoned his child and talks about black folks being family. You see it is brothers like this that cause people to be skeptical about the stuggle. ALL brothers whether they are in the limelight or not should step up to the plate of accountability when it comes to our children and women. We have come a long way in our struggle but we still have a long ways to go.

    January 16, 2012 at 12:11 pm

  129. I am glad to here he is NOW seeing how degrading it is to call women b*****s after having birthed a daughter, but wasn’t every woman he’s been with somebody’s daughter too?

    January 16, 2012 at 3:05 pm

  130. Does this mean her mother will stop dancing like a stripper in her videos out of respect for her daughter?

    January 16, 2012 at 5:32 pm

  131. I have to disagree with this one. Dr. Boyce sounds as if she is condemning him about a sudden change. Maybe this is exactly what he needed to change his tune. Hey Dr. Boyce, try reading John 3:17. We are talking about his past. Even Saul got redemption on the road to Damascus.

    BK to the fullest
    January 16, 2012 at 6:23 pm

  132. Didn’t Jay-Z have a mother, grandmother, aunts, sisters, wife long before he had a daughter? Stop making everything a media spectacle so your motives won’t be scrutinized. Yes, we’re all humans; and yes, we all judge on some level. Heaven help us all.

    January 16, 2012 at 9:04 pm

  133. If Jay-Z wasn’t 40 something years old then this would be a pointless article. But I agree with Dr. Boyce. This is a 40-something year old man who should know better…if for anything…his age should be the factor. For him to all of a sudden think that the word “b***h” is now wrong because he’s got a daughter is gimmicky. To Dr. Boyce’s point, Jay-Z, you have sisters and a mother, nieces, God daughters, friends with daughters, etc. Did not of that mean nothing at all? It finally him now!? I’m not going to be a hypocrite and all of a sudden try to write my wrongs, simply because I don’t want someone calling my daughter a b***h. And was marrying “B” not enough to stop? No…you further made a brand out of “B”, edging on the side of insinuating that everyone else is a b***h, but not “B”. I’m not giving him a pass on this…He should have left this alone and quietly made the personal decision. As recently as “Watch the Throne”, he was calling women b!tches. The fact that “B” was pregnant didn’t make him make the edits before the album him the stores. Lets be real. That’s some b***h a$$ $h!t.

    Thomas Anderson
    January 16, 2012 at 9:27 pm

  134. Well well well Dr. Boyce…

    You got what you wanted: a visceral, vitriolic self-righteous reaction and an open invitation to people who love company in the misery bandwagon where there’s always room for one more…

    Hopefully Jigga Man will learn how to keep his mouth closed about personal decisions regarding his emotional maturity. He had a moment and slipped where he actually believed that folks would give a d**n about his light bulb moment. He’ll soon learn that its not worth it to speak truth to light when you have a bunch of bitter, angry, resentful, broke and lonely a*s people out here just waiting for a chance to sink their miserable fangs into non-factor situation.

    Jay-Z must realize that its lonely world being black and in the 1%. He’s an owner, he’s talented, stupid rich, his options have options, and he has an equally beautiful, talented, driven, loyal and ambitious wife partner in Beyonce. Of course ninjas are going to play the self-righteous violin as if they’ve never had to grow into learning a lesson. Of course not; they’re perfect (never cussed, cross all of their T’s and dotted their I’s) and they’ve all had the perfect answers from the day they were born (*Snarcasm).

    One thing about black people…we stay pulpittin and blame shifting….

    Poor Blue Ivy…

    January 17, 2012 at 12:29 am

  135. Real Man Learns Another Realm of Humility when he sees himself in the feminine form via his daughter(s)… It should be a quite Humbling Experience… If not, like the Elder Folks say; “You Must Have A Hole In Your Soul”

    January 17, 2012 at 3:15 am

  136. The article is a waste of time to get people all caught up in what Jay-Z has made a decision to change is a growth for him. But, as far as the word is concern, should we go back as far as the word mention in our home or in our neighborhood this is not entirely his fault. It is what you allowed for your children to see and hear. You can only hope that you grow like he did on a word that has been used by mean since the beginning of time, women use it as a badge of friendship. The article is pointless, talk about God and get people caught up in something that matters. Good Bless you Jay-Z and family at least you are trying and at least you are married to the mother of this child.

    January 17, 2012 at 2:21 pm

  137. Dr. Boyce when I frist heard this statement from Jay-Z, I expressed the exact sintiments you write about, after reading the many comments above I now fell that that Jay-Z is still a hypocrat, however he is still a human and we grow when grow, thank god for his growth he now has an opportunity to really represent. Jay-z I hope you are reading each and everone of these because they may help you to forgive your self and move on to help others.

    Stephen B. Harwell
    January 17, 2012 at 7:24 pm

  138. So now that he’s got a little girl he will stop talking c**p in his rap. This POS refused to stop when asked years ago but now that he has seen the error of his way because he has a daughter. Sorry Jay Z you didn’t care if my little girl had to listen to his chit or be called this chit. Go to h**l.

    January 17, 2012 at 8:23 pm

  139. Just a thought!! Since the news is Jay-z says he will no longer use the “B” word out of respect for his baby girl; does that mean he would still use the “B” word if he had a boy?

    Danielle Burks
    January 19, 2012 at 12:41 am

  140. Surely he is going to stop using the “N” word too. Would that be too much to ask for?

    January 27, 2012 at 9:44 pm

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  142. We can now call his daughter +itch and +h**e… ain’t gettin away with your misogeny that easy. You polluted our world with your woman hate and now that you have a daughter you want to refrain? While our daughters suffered? I don’t think so. In fact, why don’t you sing your daughter a lullaby using the word *igga since you think it is a word of endearment. Tell it to your kid!

    kimberley Merlin
    March 1, 2012 at 4:02 am

  143. Say what you will about the music that came before the early 1990s, but artists had to actually (gasp!) play instruments, write songs, and have good voices!

    Now, all you have to do is “rhyme” one or two syllable words and brag endlessly. Jay Z? So impressive that he swears off the word “b***h” but it’s apparently still ok to use “n****s” and hos.” And sooo boring to hear him “change his ways” only after he has his first half billion in the bank.

    Thank you to Outkast and Eminem for bucking the trend and actually bringing major talent to the table. Zeppelin, Stones, Rush…..These other new artists couldn’t even be their ROADIES!

    Paul Rosa
    May 22, 2012 at 11:10 pm

  144. So many comments agreeing with the Dr.

    Just last week the man (Jay-Z) had a sold-out concert in his new arena using the same explicit and invective words…

    After a long career of using these words and making hundreds of millions of dollars, the same people who bought the music, snapped their fingers and shook their booties to the music are complaining?

    The same people who are complaining bought the music, listen to the music; allowed their children to buy and listen to the music…

    The same women, who watched & listen to white women use the b-word on television are complaining…

    All of you are the same people who vote for the white man to build more prisons, refer to us as the n-word on every media outlet (TV, Radio, Internet) are complaining…

    My point is that all of these comments could have been used 20 years ago to keep what has become a standard today from happening…

    Jay-Z does not care about these comments as he already accomplish his goals, and will continue to do so with YOUR money, oops, I mean support & help…

    Here it comes, the next Biggie, 2PAC, or Jigga, and I bet all of you will be the first to buy the next album or allow your child to buy it…

    Too late people, the damage has already been done by the USA government and the self-destruction of Black Americans by Black Americans…

    Dr. Boyce, your article is useless, especially after you have jumped on JZ’s band-wagon over the years also…

    Well folks, hold your breath, as JZ has a major announcement to make…

    “I am giving back all of the hundreds of millions dollars I made off of you fools and your family & friends…I feel so bad for the use of the n-word & b-word…your check is in the mail”…

    I have read a lot of articles about NWA, but I have not read any articles about the one album they made before they broke-up…the album had one song on it that said thanks n-word and b-word for buying our album, suckers…

    But I do read articles about how good they were and how they changed the world…you read articles how snoop and dre bought 2pac back to life on stage, but you do not see the article about the use of the b-word or n-word during that same concert…

    If JZ would not have made this statement, I guess it would be business as usual and he knows (nose) it…

    By the way, a word to the wise…A man/woman becomes a wise man/woman at the age of 33…that is why you have 33 vertebrae’s, you are erect, you can stand up and see clearly…otherwise, you are a FOOL…

    PB Short
    October 5, 2012 at 9:31 pm

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