On Monday legendary Hip-Hop figure, Ice Cube was honored with a star on the iconic Hollywood Walk of Fame. Born Oshea Jackson, Ice Cube first made waves in the music industry as a member of the popular group N.W.A. Ice-Cube would go on to have a very successful solo career in music releasing several highly acclaimed albums. Following his acting debut co-starring along side actor Cuban Gooding Jr. in “Boyz in the Hood”, Ice Cube expanded his career in entertainment as a movie producer and director. As CEO of Cube Vision Productions, Ice-Cube has released multiple cinema productions including the “Friday” movie series, “Barber Shop” series, “Are We There Yet”, “Ride Along” with co-star Kevin Hart, amongst many others. These along with Ice Cube’s many other personal achievements are just a few reasons as to why he was selected for such a distinguished recognition, as well as, why he is revered as a leader in the field of music and entertainment.
Recently, Ice Cube made headlines for making an appearance on HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher, after an airing of a episode where show host, Maher, was seen jokingly using the n-word however, a lot of people were not amused by Maher’s usage of the word and for that reason Maher has received some public backlash for his comment. As fore mentioned Ice Cube was one notable person who took offense to Maher’s statements and he address just that during a recent appearance on the show. After first asking Maher what made him think it was okay for him to use the word, Cube went on to expound on why he is so adamant about Maher’s attempt at a joke being distasteful and unacceptable. Cube said “ it’s a word that has been used against us…issa knife man and you can use it as a weapon or you can use it as a tool. It’s been used as a weapon against us…and we’re not going to let that happen again because it’s not cool.” Below see the full remarks made by Ice Cube during his appearance on Real Time with Bill Maher.
— Bill Maher (@billmaher) June 10, 2017
Ice Cube’s challenging of Bill Maher’s usage of the n-word raises the age-old question of whether or not it is politically correct or correct on any level to arbitrarily dictate who can or cannot use the word. Due to the fusion that exists in pop-culture and the growing use of the n-word a lot of people are weary that usage of a word that is so loaded always has the potential to have negative effects and for that reason the word should be abolished. As a filmmaker and artist Ice Cube has advocated the use of the word throughout his career, which is why for some people he may not be the best spokesman to determine the appropriateness of the word. On the other hand, given Ice Cube’s reputation as being unapologetically outspoken chances are if asked again he would probably double down on his statements toward Maher. Steadfast and unwavering; just two of the words that describes Ice Cube’s persona and reasons why those who are familiar with him have grown to love and respect his work. It’s also another reason as to why his life work was culminated in a commemoration ceremony and Hollywood star unveiling. As Ice Cube puts in one of his most popular hit songs all in all, “..today was a good day”.
— MC REN (@realmcren) June 12, 2017
— ICE T (@FINALLEVEL) June 12, 2017
Congrats @icecube on your star. Well deserved ❤️
— Nia Long (@NiaLong) June 13, 2017
— DJ POOH (@DJPooh) June 12, 2017
Toast to all my Day 1 Riders! If it wasn't for you, I wouldn't be getting a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. ? pic.twitter.com/u18nM25rTp
— Ice Cube (@icecube) June 12, 2017