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“Saturday Night Live” writer Leslie Jones landed in hot water after performing a Weekend Update segment where she joked she’d be the “number one slave draft pick.” It seems everyone had an opinion on the funniness and appropriateness of the joke and the event begged the questions: is it ever okay to make a joke around slavery? Many other comedians have done it including Richard Pryor and Dave Chappelle. Tuesday on “NewsOne Now,” guest host TJ Holmes debated the topic with the panel. Listen below to what they had to say and let us know what you think in the comments.

Be sure to listen to “NewsOne Now” with Roland Martin, weekdays at 7 a.m. EST and watch at 9 a.m. EST on TV One. 


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