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Hot 97 Suspends DJ Cipha Sounds For HIV Comments!

Cipha Sounds gets an indefinite suspension and sensitivity training after his comments about Haitian women and HIV.

New York area radio station WQHT “Hot” 97.1 FM announced DJ Cipha Sounds will be suspended indefinitely for offensive comments he made about Haitian women. Listeners, community leaders and members of the Haitian-American community called for Cipha Sounds termination after a Friday morning broadcast which found Cipha saying, “The reason I’m HIV negative is because I don’t mess with Haitian girls.”

Cipha Sounds, born Luis Diaz, is a 15-year industry veteran with experience in radio, television and behind the turntables with the likes of Lil Kim and Funkmaster Flex. After angry listeners began responding to the remark, Cipha Sounds issued a formal apology.

“I made a stupid, tasteless joke that was a one-liner,” Cipha told listeners. “It was taken totally the wrong way, and I want to say sincerely that I apologize for even saying this thing.”

Adding that he was embarrassed and didn’t want co-host Peter Rosenberg to share any blame for his comments, Cipha pointed to his relief efforts during the Haitian earthquake and his rapport with the Haitian community as evidence of his true feelings. Cipha Sounds will also undergo sensitivity training focused on the Haitian community, and the station announced it will work with community leaders to increase HIV awareness.

“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 via written statement. “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.”

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Haitian Community Set To Protest Outside HOT 97 Over Racial Comments By DJ Cipha Sounds!


A group of leaders from the Haitian community are calling for the head of Cipha Sounds.

Cipha Sounds has apologized for the comment he made about not having AIDs because he doesn’t sleep with Haitian women but the Haitian community has decided to boycott the radio station as well as holding a demonstration outside of the station today December 21st.

Haitian Fresh a cornerstone of the Haitian community was interviewed in regards to Cipha’s comments and threatened violence against him.

Hot 97 DJ Cipha Sounds apologizes for saying that he avoids HIV by not hooking up with Haitian women

Hot 97 morning personalities Cipha Sounds and Rosenberg may be known for their offensive humor, but looks like one joke may cost Cipha Sounds his job.

In an off collar joke last Friday (December 17), Cipha Sounds (who is of Puerto Rican decent) made the remark that he had not contracted the HIV virus due to “not dating Haitian women”.

“The reason I’m HIV negative is cause I don’t mess with Haitian girls.”

Outraged, the Haitian community struck back with phone calls, Tweets and Facebook posts slamming the DJ for his brazen and insensitive comment, which led to the DJ immediately apologizing for the remark.

“I made a stupid, tasteless joke that was a one-liner that was taken totally the wrong way,” Cipha said in an on-air apology. “I want to say sincerely that I apologize. I do nothing but rep for the Haitian people, but I said something stupid that I’m embarrassed about.”

Although Cipha Sounds apologized, Haitian community leaders are stating that it was not enough and are petitioning for the DJ to get fired.

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