Nashville NAACP Invites Morgan Wallen To Have Conversation After His Use Of Racial Slur

The Nashville chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) has extended an invitation to Morgan…


Lauren Jo Black

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February 4, 2021


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Morgan Wallen; Photo by Andrew Wendowski

The Nashville chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) has extended an invitation to Morgan Wallen to join them for a conversation about his use of the N-word. 

Nashville NAACP President Sheryl Guinn told Nashville’s WSMV that they are willing to discuss the situation with Wallen and educate him on why the word is so offensive. 

“Even when you look at the other words that were spoken, that one has a certain venom to it that the words just don’t have,” Guinn told WSMV. “Because he was such a prominent celebrity and an artist here in Nashville – I mean he’s living here – we would love for him to have that conversation with us. I mean we invite him to come and have that conversation with us – the NAACP – as to why that word is so hurtful.”

Guinn’s statement comes as Wallen faces major backlash from the music industry in the wake of his use of the racial slur. On Wednesday (Feb. 3), his label, Big Loud, revealed that his recording contact has been suspended indefinitely. Additionally, his music was pulled from hundreds of radio stations across the country and removed from major playlists across various DSPs. The Academy of Country Music revealed that he is ineligible for the upcoming ACM Awards and will not be invited to participate in the show. His content and appearances were also removed from CMT and the Country Music Association. 

This all came after Wallen was seen on video shouting profanities and using a racial slur outside of his Nashville-area home. 

“I’m embarrassed and sorry. I used an unacceptable and inappropriate racial slur that I wish I could take back,” Wallen shared in a statement to TMZ. “There are no excuses to use this type of language, ever. I want to sincerely apologize for using the word. I promise to do better.”

Wallen has yet to respond to the NAACP’s invitation or release any additional statements. 

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Lauren Jo Black, a University of Central Florida graduate, has immersed herself in the world of country music for over 15 years. In 2008, she co-founded CountryMusicIsLove, eventually selling it to a major record label in 2015. Following the rebranding of the website to Sounds Like Nashville, Black served as Editor-in-Chief for two and a half years. Currently, she assumes the role of Editor-in-Chief at Country Now and oversees Country Now’s content and digital footprint. Her extensive experience also encompasses her previous role as a Country Music Expert Writer for and her work being featured on She’s been spotlighted among Country Aircheck’s Women of Influence and received the 2012 Rising Star Award from the University of Central Florida. Black also spent time in front of the camera as host of Country Now Live, which brought live music directly to fans in 2021 when the majority of concerts were halted due to the pandemic. During this time, she hosted 24 weeks of live concerts via Country Now Live on Twitch with special guests such as Lady A, Dierks Bentley, Jordan Davis, Brett Young, and Jon Pardi. Over the course of her career, she has had the privilege of conducting interviews with some of the industry’s most prominent stars, including Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Lainey Wilson, and many others. Lauren Jo Black is a longtime member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.