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Rapper DaBaby is in hot water again after reportedly cutting ties with AIDS organizations.

Several AIDS organizations say DaBaby cut off communications after they asked for the funding he'd promised.

"Since [late Aug.], we have not received any outreach, partnership, or funding from DaBaby. 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."

If you recall, the AIDS organizations forgave the troubled rapper after his career was canceled following his homophobic rant in Miami earlier this year.

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"If you didn't show up today with HIV/AIDS, any of them deadly sexually transmitted diseases that will make you die in 2, 3 weeks, put ya cellphone light in the air... Fellas, if you ain't sucking d*ck in the parking lot, put ya cellphone light in the air. Keep it f**king real!"

The backlash was swift and a plethora of summer music festivals dropped DaBaby from their lineups.

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

After the meeting, they issued a glowing report and gave their blessing for DaBaby to resume touring -- as long as he gave them his tour proceeds. But those checks were never cut.

They said in a statement, at the time:

"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... DaBaby's willingness to listen, learn, and grow can open the door to an entirely new generation of people to do the same."

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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.

Amber Rose, Cordell Broadus, Karen Civil, Don Benjamin, Nina Parker, and Jacquees brought the Know Your Status Tour to the Clark Atlanta campus in Atlanta on Thursday. The stars Participated in a Panel discussion about knowing your HIV/AIDS status and took questions from the audience. According to the CDC, African Americans represent 12% of the US population, but account for 45% (17,670) of HIV diagnoses.

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