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By Byron Woulard
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About this project

What's up world, some years back I was at a hip hop concert and had to go to the bathroom. When I walked in there were a few people at the urinals and someone in one of the sit down stalls. The people at the urinals finished up and left.

As I was finishing up and washing my hands an Asian dude walk into the bathroom and shouted out his friend's name, his friend who was in the stall screamed back, "what's up Nigga, these niggas is snapping tonight". The Asian guy had a look of worry on his face at that point because he didn't know how I'd react to his friend using the word Nigga, it wasn't like he could yell back at him "hey man there's a Black guy in here."

So as his friend, who was a white kid, exited the stall still talking loud, the look on his face was priceless! He just stopped mid sentence, it was like he had just seen a ghost. Just like his friend, I know he had to be thinking, "I hope this dude doesn't snap because I was using the word nigga." Truthfully, if it had been 5 years earlier I would have said something, but by then I had taken a different stance.

I looked at him smiled and said, "It's alright man, I know you wasn't using the word in malice". He said "sorry Bro" and left the bathroom with his buddy.

But after that incident I started thinking to myself, why do white, Asian and Hispanic kids feel like its ok to use the word nigga amongst each other, so I decided to ask them, and that's what My Nigga is all about.

I'm not talking about Nigger, although that’s how the word started; I'm talking about Nigga, the hip hop derivative. The word that black hip hop artist started using and made a part of the way mainstream hip hop heads utilizes the word. It is said to be a term of endearment between friends and a way to transform a word that is a racial slur into something that doesn't carry as much weight unless utilized as an insult.

This is when My Nigga The Documentary was conceived. So I set out to document how hip hop artist viewed other races using the word to address their friends, and then talk to White, Hispanic and Asians hip hop artist and fans alike to see why they felt it was ok to use the word in the manner that they use it.

After doing a few hours' worth of filming in Chicago I realized I needed to sit some established hip hop artist down and get their opinions, not just local artist, if I wanted to make an impact with this film. And that’s where the problem came in. It's a documentary, so I couldn't get these guys on the phone; I needed to talk to them face to face. And the only way to do that would be to travel to them because big name artist aren't going to come to you, you have to get in that car or jump on a plane if you want to talk to them face to face. So I went over the numbers and realized I didn't have the finances at the time to be able to get to these people so I shelved the project and continued on with my everyday life.

Then along came KickStarter a shining light in a dark tunnel. After funding a few projects on here I thought to myself, hey why don’t I create a project for My Nigga and see if the world really wants to see something like this. So I grabbed the old footage I had, did a quick iMovie hatchet job, and put together a rough cut of what I envision for this film.

As you can see from the footage above, I'm no editor, and I didn't do the camera work either, but I do know what I'm looking for, I guess I'm more of a director. This is why I need KickStarter to help fund the film. I need to hire a cameraman, pay for travel accommodations and hire an editor to piece things together the right way. We also need the money for the DVD and T-shirt production. I know the story I want to tell, I just need the right cinematography and editing so that the end product is worthy of your hard earned donations.

Once this project is funded I will begin using my industry contacts to set up interviews with prominent hip hop artist in New York, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Miami, Chicago and Minnesota. We will also interview people that are part of the hip hop generation (people born after hip hop was created) while we travel so be on the llokout.

Along the way we will be doing a video blog to let all our backers see the progress that we make as we take our journey to completion, and we will post our city schedule, and where we will be online if you want to come out and contribute your 2 cents. So please back my project and let your friends know about it, spread the word and let's get this project finished!

Thanks Byron Woulard of Hip Tech and Media

Risks and challenges

The only problem I can forsee with this project is not being able to get all the artist that I want to weigh in on the subject, but rest assured I will get a lot of them, and the experience will go unhampered. I have given enough lead time on this project to have it shot and edited within the 9 month window I set forth for it.

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