Magic Johnson wants to fight homophobia- say what?!?
Recently, in an interview with the Huffington Post, Johnson discussed his legacy of service to Black America from his Magic Johnson Foundation, but now he wants to focus his efforts not only towards HIV/AIDS prevention but, also, homophobia in the Black community and AIDS. In the interview he cites this as a "big issue." And, he's asking for help from hip-hop artists to spread the word in order to educate the black community on two issues it’s so afraid to discuss.
“I learned a lot from the white gay community because they had gotten their community, rallied them, educated them and did a wonderful job about driving the numbers down," he told the Huffington Post. "That is the best approach that I’ve seen; it’s been the most effective. So what we try to do in our community is bring those results to us. So I’m working hard to continue to educate minorities about HIV and AIDS and we’ve got to band together. We’re too fragmented right now, but if we can do that, we’re going to do well."
When I heard about this, I couldn't stop smiling. I must say, Black athletes, celebrities and news anchors are really "coming out" (excuse the pun) to help us. Finally, it feels like the Black community is recognizing that we can't do this alone or, more importantly, we need our family's support.
Magic is asking hip-hop fans to realize that homophobia is everywhere, especially in the Black community.
"When people are scared to talk about it, that’s how the disease spreads. So what have you been doing to get that risk reduced? What we’re trying to do is reach out to the hip-hop community because they have power — power with their voice, power with that mic in their hand and power with the lyrics that they sing. I have a lot of friends in that industry and so what we’re trying to do is rally them to get behind the cause, deliver the message to these young people that HIV and AIDS is big and it’s not going anywhere. They can make a difference right away by speaking out, because they have a big fan base."
According to Magic, apparently, a lot of hip-hop artist want to be involved.
"We’re going to name everybody in a little while because it’s more than one person. We’ve got about five or six people that we’re talking to. We’re going to come out next year with everybody and we’ll have a nice big press conference and what we’re going to do, what our plan is, because it’s so important that we rally — not just them, either. I need the hip-hop community but I also need the basketball players and football players. We need a little bit of everybody, so that’s what we’re working on now.”
My suggestions for this campaign are: Nicki Minaj, Kanye West, Jay-Z, John Legend, Common, Drake, Lil Wayne - hell, everybody!
Magic's campaign not only speaks volumes but, it takes a lot courage to do this because, as you know, most Blacks are still behind the times. I just hope the Black community listens and embraces this fight. To put it frankly, we need you guys. This no longer needs to be touchy issue or ignored, especially among African American males in hip hop.
In my book, Magic Johnson is now knighted as, "friend of the gays." There's no turning back now.
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