Last week, Mister Cee found himself at the center of discussion after he resigned from Hot 97 as a result of footage that surfaced, which apparently showed him attempting to solicit sex from a transsexual prostitute-blogger. He renounced his resignation a day later during an emotional interview with Hot 97 program director Ebro Darden. Since then, the famed DJ has become a symbol of sexual freedom in a genre that’s historically been repressing it. He’s using his newfound status to speak out against the stigma surrounding sexuality and homophobia in hip-hop.
In a public service announcement for the AIDS Healthcare Foundation, Mister Cee states that it was the support of family and friends that helped him come clean about his sexual preferences and he encourages viewers to be honest about their sexuality as well. At the same time, he stresses the need for sexual safety. Mister Cee drops some stunning statistics as well, reminding us that 1,000 youths are infected with HIV each month and how one in three new infections occur in people between the ages of 13-24.
Mister Cee also informed viewers that young black and Latino women account for over 70 percent of infections in their age group. “We all have a right to a sexual life that’s free from shame and disease,” Mister Cee said, referring to this need for change as the sexual revolution. Mister Cee ended the announcement by promoting www.freestdcheck.org, the largest provider for free HIV, AIDS and STD services in the world. With that big of a resource, there’s no excuse not to get tested.