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“The Carmichael Show” stars Loretta Devine, left, David Alan Grier, Jerrod Carmichael, Amber Stevens West, Lil Rel Howery and Tiffany Haddish attend a live table read of their controversial “Cynthia’s Birthday” episode at the Underground Museum on May 1, 2017, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Frank Micelotta/20th Century Fox Television/PictureGroup)


( Daily News ) “The Carmichael Show” is set to tackle several hot topics when season 3 debuts on May 31, including African-American literacy and the N-word.

One upcoming episode of the NBC sitcom titled “Cynthia’s Birthday,” centers around family matriarch Cynthia Carmichael — played by Loretta Devine — as she marks a milestone. But the festivities go sideways when son Jerrod, played by series star Jerrod Carmichael, gives her a Luther Vandross box set, candles and a book.

“What is this?” a perplexed Cynthia asks.

“This is a first-edition hard cover of the Jacqueline Kennedy biography,” Jerrod tells her. But son Bobby, played by Lil Rel Howery, says a book is a terrible gift because “black people don’t read.”


…The rest of the episode ventures into even more controversial territory when guest star Joshua Rabinowitz — who is Caucasian — affectionately refers to Carmichael as “My Ni—-,” stunning the family at Cynthia’s birthday dinner.

Carmichael said he based the script on his personal experiences.

“It’s a conversation I was having with a lot of my friends, just about who should use it and when it’s appropriate,” he explained. “I just wanted to do an episode that really articulated my feelings around it.”


He believes the word has been given too much power.

“So many people hear it constantly on a daily basis, and it’s like the more we can do to dilute the pain of that word, I think the better, because there are such bigger issues to focus on.”

While some may agree, Devine says the episode will probably make others uncomfortable.

“People are going to be shocked when they see the episode,” she said. “I just hope the NAACP doesn’t come and get us.”


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