The ‘ROCKSTAR’ hitmaker reportedly has not made a financial contribution to several HIV/AIDS organizations since their off-the-record meeting following his Rolling Loud controversy.
AceShowbiz –DaBaby apparently hasn’t fulfilled his promises. The “ROCKSTAR” hitmaker reportedly hasn’t made a financial contribution to several HIV/AIDS organizations he met after his homophobic rant during his set at Rolling Loud festival.
The “Suge” rapper hasn’t made a financial contribution to the organizations since their off-the-record meeting in August, per The Daily Beast report published on Wednesday, December 1. According to the outlet, three HIV/AIDS organizations, Black AIDS Institute, The Normal Anomaly Initiative and Positive Women’s Network, said that the North Carolina hip-hop star hasn’t made a financial contribution to them.
Pavni Guharoy, who works at the Black AIDS Institute, said, “Since then, we have not received any outreach, partnership, or funding from DaBaby.” Pavni added, “The onus is now on him, if he chooses to, to convert his misinformation into allyship by supporting the work of the Black AIDS Institute and other people of color-led HIV organizations.”
A representative for the Positive Women’s Network noted that they would be open to partnering with him further but haven’t received any communication. Ian L. Haddock, founder and executive director of the Normal Anomaly Initiative, weighed in, “Though we felt the conversation was extremely powerful a couple of months ago, we haven’t heard anything back as an organization since our conversation.”
Prior to this, DaBaby was invited by eleven organization following his dangerous false claims about HIV/AIDS and homophobic comments during his set at this year’s festival. At the time, he received an open letter from Arianna’s Center, Black AIDS Institute, GLAAD, The Normal Anomaly Initiative, Prevention Access Campaign, Relationship Unleashed, The 6:52 Project Foundation, and leaders from the Gilead COMPASS Initiative including Southern AIDS Coalition, Emory University, the University of Houston and Wake Forest University.
“We, the undersigned, represent organizations leading the fight to prevent HIV and provide care and treatment for people living with HIV, especially Black LGBTQ people across the Southern United States,” the organizations wrote in the letter. “We heard your inaccurate and harmful comments at Rolling Loud and have read your Instagram apology.”
Then on August 31, DaBaby met with nine HIV/AIDS awareness organizations as part of his apology. In a joint statement, the organizations revealed, “During our meeting, DaBaby was genuinely engaged, apologized for the inaccurate and hurtful comments he made about people living with HIV.”
“[DaBaby] received our personal stories and the truth about HIV and its impact on black and LGBTQ communities with deep respect,” so said the statement. “We appreciate that he openly and eagerly participated in this forum of black people living with HIV, which provided him an opportunity to learn and to receive accurate information.”
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