Prof. Kaba Kamene and Michael Imhotep – The Origins of the N-word, Larry Wilmore & President Obama

by Michael Imhotep,

Thursday, May 5th, 2016, 1:59AM EST

I interviewed Pro. Kaba Kamene (aka Booker T. Coleman) of the “Hidden Colors” documentaries on September 11, 2013 and we dealt with a number of different topics including the History of the N-Word and how it’s a corruption of the noble terms like Ngr, Negus, Negusti, Nagas, etc. coming out of various African languages.  These were noble terms mean king or referring to rulers, etc.  As these words went through various European languages it got corrupted to the N-word and had a negative, dehumanizing meaning.

For instance, the term Negus comes the Amharic language spoken by Ethiopians and explained by

Amharic nəgus, from Geez nĕgūša nagašt king of kings

First Known Use: 1594

I shared this interview from 2013 with my listeners of “The Michael Imhotep Show” on Monday, May 2nd, 2016. This was because of Larry Wimore on Saturday, April 30th, 2016 calling President Barack Obama the N-word at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner.  This has caused a firestorm behind these comments with many people saying that Larry Wilmore, the host of “The Nightly Show” on Comedy Central was out of line, and very disrespectful.  Others claim it is a term of endearment but fail to say that people will turn around and call some a “b*tch ass N-word” or a “hoe ass N-word”.  Are these terms of endearment also.   When we have these conversations, 99% of the time we never deal with the historical origins of the N-word and that is was we dealt with in 2013.

The real question we should ask is what happens to a people when they have been stripped of their history and culture and have then been called a N-word so many times that it is all through Hip Hop music and travels around the world.  What happens when you begin to answer when you are called an N-word, you begin to like being called an N-word, you begin to call yourself that term and ultimately being to think that you are one?  It is inevitable that you begin to act like an N-word.  Can we call ourselves dehumanizing terms and then want other people to honor and respect our humanity?  Who else does that?  No one who understands their history and culture.

On “The Michael Imhotep Show” on Monday, May 2nd, 2016 the topic for 2 hours was “Larry Wilmore, President Obama and The Origins of The N-Word”.   Here is an excerpt of the original interview with Prof. Kaba Kamene that I put on Youtube.


Listen to the podcast of “The Michael Imhotep Show”,

“Larry Wilmore, President Obama and The Origins of The N-Word”, 5-2-16

Michael Imhotep is a talk show host, researcher, lecturer, writer and founder of The African History Network.  He is the host of The Michael Imhotep Show on The Empowerment Radio Network and can be heard Monday-Friday, 10pm-12midnight EST on or the TuneIn Radio App and search for “Empowerment Radio Network”.  Visit his website for more information about his lectures, DVDs, our history and podcasts of the show.

You can follow him on Twitter @MichaelImhotep and his Facebook FanPage, “The African History Network”.  He is available for interviews and lectures.  He is a strong advocate of African Americans reclaiming their history, culture and controlling the economics, education and politics in our community. He is featured in the documentaries “Resurrecting Black Wall Street – The Blue Print 2016” and “Black Friday What Legacy Will You Leave” which deals with African Americans controlling our $1.2 Trillion economy and creating generational wealth.  He is also featured in the upcoming documentary “Elementary Genocide 3: Academic Holocaust” which will be released in late 2016.  Visit for more information.


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