“I just feel I’ve got thousands and thousands of young fans that have to learn about what’s real when it comes to AIDS.” Eric “Eazy-E” Wright in his final letter to fans
The year’s hit movie “Straight Outta Compton” opened dialogue on many fronts: the police, race relations and domestic violence. It also highlighted the death of Eric “Eazy-E” Wright, who died of complications from AIDS in March of 1995.
Educators in Maryland are taking advantage of the resurgence of interest in Eazy to educate young Black males at the state’s four historically Black colleges (HBCUs) about sexuality.
The HBCUs are coming together in an unprecedented show of unity, thanks to Hip-Hop music. Morgan State will host “Black Lives Matter: Health and Hip-Hop,” which will tackle sexual behavior and how Hip-Hop music impacts the health of young Black men.
Morgan State University student union will host the all-day event, which is also sponsored by Bowie State University, Coppin State University, and the University of Maryland Eastern Shore.
During the one-day conference, students will be taught the latest in HIV treatment and science by representatives from the Black AIDS Institute and the Department of Health & Mental Hygiene (DHMH). Also, students will critique Hip-Hop lyrics and create a roadmap to follow to improve the health of young black men in Maryland.
“We believe understanding both the science and the cultural context of HIV is critically important for both treatment and prevention,” said, Jeffrey Hitt, who is a director of DHMH.
“In Maryland, among those newly diagnosed with HIV, the proportion of those ages 20 to 29 nearly doubled — from 16 percent in 2003 to 31 percent in 2012,” Hitt added.
The Black Lives Matter: Health and Hip-Hop will take place on Saturday, October 24, 2015, at Morgan State University Student Union. Students can click here to register for this free event.
As a reminder, here’s Eazy’s final letter to fans in full, courtesy of Eazy-E.com: