We live in confusing times, when what used to be hard and fast rules have shifted, morphed, evolved into, well, new hard and fast rules. In a world where the only rock stars left are rap stars, where the biggest show on TV is Empire, where rich white “rappers” think that using the N-word is inclusive and not exclusive to Black people it seemed like the right time to, once and for all, tell everyone when they can and cannot drop the N-bomb.

Marc Bernardin is the Deputy Editor of Playboy.com. He once pulled the car over and used Jay Z’s “Niggas in Paris” as a teaching moment with his son. Thanks for that, Jay.