"Boondocks" creator Aaron McGruder admits he regularly tosses around the "n-word" in his everyday speech — and will be pushing the hot-button word a lot on his new Cartoon Network show.

"The Boondocks (search)" is set to debut on the Cartoon Network's Adult Swim (search) block in October, bringing the 300-newspaper comic strip to animated life. While the strip regularly uses the n-word with profanity symbols, the show won't be hiding behind bleeps on the TV show.

"I think it makes the show sincere," McGruder said yesterday. "The n-word is used so commonly, not only by myself but a lot of people I know."

"It [the n-word] is what it is," he says. "I understand the word offends a lot of people. But that's what late-night cable is for."

McGruder's controversial, over-the-top strip is one of the few drawn by an African American. Its characters wear dreadlocks and Afros and talk in no-nonsense, street lingo.

McGruder, who save his most pointed criticism for black political and entertainment figures, says he believes the Rev. Jesse Jackson (search) still holds a grudge against him over their differences about the movie "Barbershop."

But all in all, McGruder said, the targets of his barbs are more than friendly to him.

But the comic strip creator said he still lives in fear of Vivica A. Fox (search). "There was a while when I was ducking Vivica Fox because I really thought she wanted to beat me up," he joked. "She still might."