DJ Cipha Sounds Suspended From Hot 97 Over Haitian Comments

Morning show jock DJ Cipha Sounds sparked controversy over comments made about Haitian women last week on his show. “The reason I’m H-I-V negative is because I don’t mess with Haitian girls,” he said on air during the “Cipha Sounds and Paul Rosenberg Morning Show.” The jock almost immediately issued an apology and posted the apology on youtube:

However, the apology failed to quell the uproar his initial statement caused, as a group of activists, protesters and local leaders in New York City were calling for Sounds to be fired.

“We are here together to ensure that Mr. Diaz be removed from this station,” said New York City Councilman Matthieu Eugene.

“If we feel that they are not addressing it, I suggest we take our business and air to another station,” New York City Councilman Jumaane Williams said.

It has today been announced that Cipha has been suspended indefinitely from Hot 97. It is unknown when he will return to co-host the “Cipha Sounds and Paul Rosenberg Morning Show.” Hot 97 have also announced that Cipha will undergo sensitivity training in regards to the Haitian community and HIV/AIDS.

A rep from Hot 97’s parent company, Emmis-New York spoke to AllHipHop:

“Cipha made an immediate public apology and recognizes his insensitivity and the negative impact his comments have on all Haitians,” said Alex Cameron, SVP/Market Manager of Emmis-New York. “The Haitian community is an important part of our listenership whom we respect and value. The suspension is an indication of the importance we place on delivering a product that respects our Haitian audience.”

“It’s a very regrettable and unfortunate circumstance for all involved and particularly because we know this is not the nature of this young man who has been an advocate of the Haitian community and a big part of our fundraising efforts for Haiti,” Cameron continued. “He is committed to working with the Haitian community to make a difference and turn this negative incident into an opportunity for increased learning and awareness.”

In response to the incident, Hot 97 will also start working with local community leaders to help raise awareness about HIV/AIDS in the Haitian community.

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