Magic Johnson Wants Rappers to Speak Out Against Homophobia

Magic Johnson Wants Rappers to Speak Out Against Homophobia

Magic Johnson recently celebrated the 20th anniversary of him telling the world that he was HIV positive. And to commemorate the occasion, Magic has a very ambitious plan that he wants to put into place. He wants to organize a coalition of rappers to speak out against homophobia in hip-hop and discrimination against gay people. Ultimately, he hopes that by getting rappers involved, he'll be able to help eliminate the stereotypes that still exist about those afflicted with HIV and/or AIDS.

"What we're trying to do is reach out to the hip-hop community," he told The Huffington Post recently, "because they have the power. Power with their voice, power with that mic in their hand, and power with the lyrics that they sing."

Magic says he's already got a handful of rappers who are down for the cause. And he's looking for athletes to get involved, too. "I need the hip-hop community," he said, "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."

Good idea, Magic. Now, let's just hope that it gets off the ground in 2012.

[via The Huffington Post]

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