The Most Influential HIV/AIDS Moments in Black History

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  • Rae Lewis Thornton on the Cover of Essence Magazine
  • TLC and Condom Fashion
  • Eazy-E’s Death
  • Pop Culture's Obsession with the Down-Low
  • HIV Rates Go Down for Black Women, While MSM Rates Go Up
  • Mississippi Baby “Cured” From HIV/AIDS
  • The Past, Present and Future
  • Magic Johnson Coming Out as HIV-Positive
  • President Obama Signing the National HIV/AIDS Strategy
  • Salt-N-Pepa “Let’s Talk About Sex”

Eazy-E’s Death

The world of “gangsta rap” was shook when N.W.A. frontman Eazy-E died of complications of AIDS in 1994. At that time (and even now) hip hop was shrouded with hypermasculinity and homophobia. Eazy’s unexpected diagnosis and death forced folks to reevaluate who could be HIV-positive.  

(Photo: Al Pereira/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)

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