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Rapper DaBaby reportedly met with leading Black HIV activists representing nine HIV organizations across the U.S., according to a press release.

The private virtual meeting was held on Tuesday, August 31, "to discuss HIV facts and share personal stories of living and thriving with HIV."

The meeting followed an open letter signed by 125 HIV organizations to DaBaby after he hurled anti-HIV comments at the Rolling Loud music festival in Miami in July.

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DaBaby, real name Jonathan Kirk, was "canceled" following his Rolling Loud performance. Multiple summer festivals canceled his concert bookings, costing him over a million dollars in revenue.

The Black HIV leaders called for a meeting with the artist in an open letter on August 04 "to which DaBaby affirmatively responded," according to the press release.

The organizations provide HIV education and direct services to Black heterosexual men and women and LGBTQ communities across the southern United States, which account for the majority of new HIV cases. Last week, GLAAD also released findings from the 2021 State of HIV Stigma Study, funded by the Gilead COMPASS (COMmitment to Partnership in Addressing HIV/AIDS in Southern States) Initiative which found only 42% of Americans know that people living with HIV cannot transmit the virus while on proper treatment.

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In a joint statement, the Black Community Leaders/Meeting Attendees said:

"The open letter to DaBaby was our way to extend him the same grace each of us would hope for. Our goal was to 'call him in instead of calling him out.' We believed that if he connected with Black leaders living with HIV that a space for community building and healing could be created. We are encouraged he swiftly answered our call and joined us in a meaningful dialogue and a thoughtful, educational meeting.

During our meeting, DaBaby was genuinely engaged, apologized for the inaccurate and hurtful comments he made about people living with HIV, and received our personal stories and the truth about HIV and its impact on Black and LGBTQ communities with deep respect. 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...

The full Joint Statement can be read here.

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Kanye West brought out controversial music figures DaBaby and Marilyn Manson during his long-awaited DONDA album listening event at Soldier Field in Chicago on Thursday night, Aug. 26.

Kanye, who applied to legally change his name to "Ye," poked the cancel culture bear by inviting rocker Manson who is currently facing multiple sexual abuse lawsuits.

Rapper DaBaby was recently "canceled" following his anti-HIV and homophobic rant at Rolling Loud festival in Miami in July.
 
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As Kanye performed in front of a replica of his boyhood home, Manson appeared on the stoop of the structure followed by DaBaby.

Kanye purchased his mother's house for $220,000 after it changed ownership multiple times.

As Kanye rapped "Jail" - the first single from DONDA, DaBaby performed Jay Z's verse on the track.

It's unclear whether or not DaBaby's version will be a permanent replacement for the Jay-Z one or whether Manson has a feature on DONDA.

Kanye also brought out his estranged wife Kim Kardashian, who wore a wedding dress as he performed "No Child Left Behind" - the final song of the night.

The controversial rapper concluded the evening by appearing to set himself on fire, then walking around with flames billowing from his suit.

Despite insistence from Kanye's management that the DONDA album would drop Thursday night, a release date for the record has yet to be officially confirmed.


 
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DaBaby clapped back at "cry babies" during his first performance since his headline-grabbing homophobic outburst at the Rolling Loud music festival last month.

The 29-year-old rapper was humbled after NY radio station Hot 97 allowed him to perform at its Summer Jam festival at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey on Sunday, August 22.

A plethora of summer music festivals canceled the outspoken rapper's bookings after he uttered anti-HIV and anti-LGBT+ insults at Rolling Loud.

Before DaBaby took to the stage, a pre-recorded video was shown in which he thanked Hot 97 for letting him "to share my gift, share my blessing with y'all out here live on this stage amongst all the chaos and all the backlash."

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"They accepted my sincerity and all my apologies when I said I never, ever meant to offend anybody or say anything to make anybody feel any type of way live on that stage a few weeks ago.

"Hot 97 was also willing to stick they neck out on the line, willing to go against all odds with everything going on out here in the world, and still allow me to come out here on this stage and utilize they platform to help the world move forward."

After DaBaby hit the stage, he took the opportunity to apologize once again to the LGBT+ community:

"I never in my life meant to offend anybody, you know, and I apologize... that ain't even how I rock.

"But check this out, other than the people that was truly offended, I feel like the rest of y'all motherf**kers are being cry babies."

His remarks neatly segued into "Cry Baby" - his hit collaboration with Megan Thee Stallion.
 

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Saweetie commented on homophobia in rap after fellow rapper DaBaby was "canceled" for uttering anti-ghey and anti-HIV comments at Rolling Loud festival in Miami.

Saweetie insists people should "respect each other" as all humans are the same regardless of gender identity or sexual preference.

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The curvaceous rapper (pictured far right) says all people are "equal" and calls for more to be done to stop the spread of hate toward LGBT+ people.

Speaking about her LGBTQ fans, Saweetie tells PEOPLE:

"I think that it's important that we all respect each other. We all bleed the same. We're all human beings. I was raised in a household that believes in respecting everyone, no matter who they are, no matter what they do, because at the end of the day, we're all equal.

"We all need to call out what we're uncomfortable with. We need to call out what we stand for and for what we believe is right."

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The rapper's growing popularity landed her a corporate sponsorship and her own Saweetie Meal from McDonald's.

Saweetie's comments come after DaBaby deleted his apology that his publicist wrote to the LGBT+ community on his Instagram page.

The post read:

"I want to apologize to the LGBTQ+ community for the hurtful and triggering comments I made. Again, I apologize for my misinformed comments about HIV/AIDS and I knew education on this is important. Love to all. God bless."

The rapper was widely criticized for his original comments about HIV and AIDS. He has lost millions in endorsements and summer festival bookings.

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DaBaby said on stage:

"If you didn't show up today with HIV, AIDS, or any of them deadly sexually-transmitted diseases, that'll make you die in two to three weeks, then put your cell phone lighter up...

"Fellas, if you ain't sucking d**k in the parking lot, put your cell phone lighter up."

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Prosecutors say aspiring rapper Tory Lanez violated a restraining order requiring him to stay away from Megan Thee Stallion.

Lanez, real name Daystar Peterson, was allegedly within 100 yards of Megan when rapper DaBaby brought him out onstage at Rolling Loud festival in Miami last month.

Prosecutors filed a motion asking a judge to hold Lanez in contempt of court for violating a restraining order by getting too close to the "Savage" rapper.

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Sources tell TMZ that Lanez didn't even see his ex-girlfriend at the music festival. However prosecutors insist that Lanez, who was charged with felony assault for allegedly shooting Megan in the foot last summer, was within 100 yards of her.

100 yards is the length of a football field. That's sufficient distance to file documents to revoke Lanez's bail and send him back to jail.

A hearing on the contempt motion is set for next week, TMZ reports.

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Lanez was recently spotted out and about with a mystery woman.

He was discovered by hip-hop/reggae singer Sean Kingston. He signed to record producer Benny Blanco's Mad Love Records in 2015.

Lanez is best known for his debut studio album, I Told You, which dropped in 2016. His fifth studio album Daystar, which debuted at number 10 on the Billboard 200, featured responses to the allegations that he shot Megan, real name Megan Jovon Ruth Pete, 26.

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Lil Nas X refuses to talk about homophobia in rap, because he's getting death threats and he fears for his life.

The openly ghey country trap star has already irked fellow rappers with his flamboyant "Industry Baby" and "Montero (Call Me By Your Name)" music videos.

In the "Industry Baby" music video, LNX danced naked in a prison shower with other nude inmates. That scene in particular didn't go over very well with super straight rappers such as DaBaby and Boosie Badazz.

LNX also stirred up controversy at the recent BET Awards by French kissing a male dancer onstage.

LGBT+ groups praised LNX and asked him to do more to decrease LGBT+ stigma by discussing homophobia in hip-hop.

However, the "Old Town Road," star tells Variety.com he's not willing to go that far after receiving threats.

"The honest truth is, I don't want to speak on a lot of the homophobia within rap because I feel like this is a very dangerous playing field... It's more for my own safety rather than anything else."

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LNX reveals that after the "Montero" video was released, in which he gives Satan a lap dance, someone chased his car, yelling abuse at him.

LNX didn't reveal the names of rappers who recently threatened him with bodily harm.

"That's when I actually started getting security," he said.

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Rapper Boosie Badazz (pictured) recently went on a homophobic rant against LNX after fellow rapper DaBaby was canceled.

"If I was DaBaby, I'll tell them f**k y'all," said Boosie in defense of DaBaby on Instagram Live.

"Lil Nas, they want to perform naked for charity... That's the most disrespectful [expletive] in the world.... They got kids who watch that sh*t," he said, before urging LNX to give head on IG.

Boosie called LNX a "fa**ot" and said he would "beat up" the 22-year-old rapper on sight.

After Boosie's rant, Instagram deleted his account for the 4th time this year.

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50 Cent is confident the world will forget DaBaby's homophobic rant in Miami, and welcome him back with open arms.

DaBaby, real name Jonathan Kirk, was "canceled" after uttering anti-HIV and anti-LGBT+ comments during his set at Rolling Loud music festival last month.

The 29-year-old was dropped by a plethora of summer music festivals including Lollapalooza, Governors Ball, Parklife, Day N Vegas, ACL Fest, iHeartRadio Music Festival, and Can't Wait Live concert, among others.

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The pint-sized rapper further angered LGBT+ groups by deleting his publicist's apology to the LGBT+ community from his Instagram page.

But rapper 50 Cent doesn't believe DaBaby's homophobic rant is enough to cancel his rap career.

In an interview with E!'s Nightly Pop, Fiddy said DaBaby just doesn't realize he's a rap superstar who should watch what he says.

The 46-year-old rap veteran said DaBaby could benefit from media training.

"He just transitioned from being in that pool that everyone's in, as a rap artist. They didn't notify him that he's turning into a superstar. There's nobody that tells you, 'now you're being held to these standards that are mainstream standards that you can't say things, you can't do these different things.'

"He's just two years into his career, there's no artist development, no A&R... and he's definitely had no media training."

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Embattled rapper DaBaby apparently deleted his official apology to the LGBT+ community from his Instagram page.

The formal apology was posted to DaBaby's IG page last week -- before he was dropped from the Lollapalooza lineup and replaced with rapper Young Thug.

DaBaby was "canceled" after uttering anti-HIV and anti-LGBT+ comments during his set at Rolling Loud music festival in Miami last month.

He has since lost lucrative summer concert gigs including the Governors Ball, Parklife, Day N Vegas, ACL Fest, and the iHeartRadio Music Festival, among others.

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On Friday, Aug. 6, it was announced singer Ne-Yo will replace DaBaby in the lineup at the Can't Wait Live concert scheduled for Friday, Aug. 13, in Philadelphia.

The 29-year-old rapper reportedly refused to meet with LGBT+ and HIV/AIDS groups to develop a comprehensive anti-stigma HIV and LGBT+ campaign.
 
READ ALSO: DaBaby rejects calls by LGBT+ and HIV/AIDS Organizations to meet
 
GLAAD published an open letter to DaBaby on its website.

The organization asked DaBaby to "be a powerful and influential voice" within the Black community and to "become an agent of truth and change."

LGBT+ groups fear DaBaby, whose real name is Jonathan Kirk, has sabotaged their efforts to raise HIV awareness and decrease LGBT+ stigma in the Black community.

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More music festivals have dropped DaBaby after he again refused to meet with LGBT+ and HIV/AIDS groups to develop a comprehensive anti-stigma campaign.

The 29-year-old rapper sparked outrage by uttering anti-HIV, anti-ghey comments at Rolling Loud in Miami.

On Friday, Aug. 6, it was announced singer Ne-Yo will replace DaBaby in the lineup at the Can't Wait Live concert in Philadelphia next week.

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Multiple LGBT+ and HIV/AIDS organizations have contacted the rapper's reps to schedule a day they can meet to "educate" him about homosexuality and HIV/AIDS.

GLAAD published an open letter to DaBaby on its website:

"We heard your inaccurate and harmful comments at Rolling Loud and have read your Instagram apology. However, at a time when HIV continues to disproportionately impact Black Americans and queer and transgender people of color, a dialogue is critical. We must address the miseducation about HIV, expressed in your comments, and the impact it has on various communities.

"You can be a powerful and influential voice, especially across your home base in the South, where the Black community's needs are notoriously under-represented across every public spectrum. We encourage you to share this information with your fans and followers, and become an agent of truth and change."

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However, DaBaby has reportedly declined to meet with the groups.

DaBaby has lost lucrative gigs at Lollapalooza music festival, Governors Ball, Parklife, Day N Vegas, ACL Fest, and the iHeartRadio Music Festival, among others.

LGBT+ groups fear DaBaby, whose real name is Jonathan Kirk, sabotaged their efforts to raise HIV awareness and increase LGBT+ visibility in the Black community.

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Earlier this month, it was reported that rapper DaBaby did not respond to requests from LGBT+ groups to help create an HIV awareness and anti-stigma campaign targeting Black males.

DaBaby was "canceled" after uttering anti-HIV and anti-LGBT+ comments during his set at Rolling Loud music festival in Miami last month.

In addition to the PSA campaign, the "Suge" rapper was asked by music festival organizers to record a video of his "sincere and heartfelt" apology to the LGBT+ community.

According to industry insiders, DaBaby agreed to record a video in which he planned to confess that he was "touched" by a male family acquaintance as a child.

That incident reportedly fueled his longstanding hostility and resentment toward homosexuals as an adult.

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As reported by Billboard, a publicist for DaBaby reached out to seven fall festival promoters and assured them that the video was forthcoming.

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The apology video was to be played before he hit the stage at Lollapalooza. However, DaBaby missed the deadline to submit the video to Lollapalooza organizers for their approval.

He was dropped from the lineup and his slot was given to another rapper with feminine tendencies, Young Thug.

DaBaby has since lost lucrative gigs at other music festivals including Governors Ball, Parklife, Day N Vegas, ACL Fest, and the iHeartRadio Music Festival.

To control the significant damage to his rap career, DaBaby's publicist wrote a heartfelt apology to the LGBT+ community and shared it on the rapper's Instagram.

But the third party apology was too little, too late.