Rapper Eric Wright, known to the world as Eazy-E, dies of AIDS just weeks after making his condition public in 1995. He was just 31 years old. Wright was the first rap star to ever admit he had the disease. The following year, cover stories in the New York Times Magazine and Newsweek are littered with stories about the “end of AIDS.” Meanwhile, 1996 is the first year in which more Blacks die from AIDS than Whites.
February 7, 2009, marks the ninth annual National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. Get tested, promote awareness or help other African-Americans who need services. Visit blackaidsday.org for more information.