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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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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.
 
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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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LGBT+ groups say rapper DaBaby has gone too far with his offensive music video titled "Giving What It's Supposed to Give."

DaBaby directed the video himself because he couldn't find a director willing to take the heat.

The new video, released on Wednesday, July 28, appears to reference his controversial anti-ghey, anti-HIV rant at Rolling Loud festival in Miami on Sunday, July 25.

The 29-year-old Capricorn urged concertgoers who didn't have HIV or Aids or "any of them deadly sexually transmitted diseases that'll make you die in two or three weeks" to "put your cellphone light in the air".

He also urged men to raise their cellphone lights if they didn't give oral sex to other men in the parking lot.

His comments sparked backlash from stars including his "Levitating" collaborator Dua Lipa and gay rights activist Sir Elton John.

His upcoming concerts were canceled and BooHooMAN USA dropped him as a celebrity sponsor.

DaBaby has issued two apologies, asking LGBT+ members to give him the same freedom of expression that they expect.

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In his new music video, "Giving What It's Supposed to Give," the rapper holds up a sign that reads "AIDS" while being berated by two homosexual males. He lowers the sign, pulls out a gun and shoots both males.

In another scene, he is pleasured by a white woman in a kitchen while he raps, "That head is giving what it's supposed to give."

The video ends with the words "Don't Fight Hate With Hate" in rainbow colors, alongside: "My apologies for being me the same way you want the freedom to be you."

The music video only angered LGBT+ activists, who argue that DaBaby is not remorseful or sorry for his behavior.

DaShawn Usher, GLAAD's Associate Director of Communities of Color, said in a statement:

"The rhetoric that DaBaby used is inaccurate, hurtful, and harmful to the LGBTQ community and the estimated 1.2 million Americans living with HIV. It is critical that DaBaby and his fans learn that people living with HIV today... lead long and healthy lives and cannot transmit HIV.

"While DaBaby has made haphazard attempts to 'apologize,' actions need to be taken for full accountability and changes to do better in the future. It further confirms what GLAAD reported last year in the State of HIV Stigma Study that stigma and misinformation around HIV is widespread, and there is much work to be done to educate the public, including entertainers."

LGBT+ groups have reached out to DaBaby to help create an HIV awareness and anti-stigma campaign targeting Black males.

So far, the rapper has not responded.
 

CAUTION: This music video simulates graphic sex and violence. Viewer discretion is advised.

DaBaby - "Giving What It's Supposed to Give"

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