Uncle Luke Gives Away Free Condoms in the Hood
What time is it? Booty Time! What time is it? Booty, booty time!
But you better wrap it up before you have some fun, according to Miami hip-hop icon, community activist, and alternative weekly columnist Luther Campbell. As part of an endorsement deal with New York-based b Condoms, Uncle Luke is giving away 6,000 prophylactics to non-profit agencies providing social services in Miami's inner-city neighborhoods. It's part of a campaign to combat the disproportionate numbers of teen pregnancies, HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted infections in African-American and Hispanic communities.
Known for making raunchy rap hits like "Me So Horny," "Head, Booty & Cock," and "Face Down, Ass Up," in the '80s and '90s, an older, wiser Campbell is on a mission to educate young people on the importance of wearing a jimmy hat.
"I am very excited to partner with b condoms to advocate safe sex," Campbell says. "Teen pregnancy and STDs are mostly impacting African-Americans and Latinos and I want to help make a difference. It's time for everyone to go Platinum."
In March, the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation released a study asserting half of the 1.1 million people who've contracted HIV/AIDS in America are black and that New York and Miami metropolitan areas had the greatest numbers of Blacks living with an HIV diagnosis.
Campbell and b Condoms will donate 5,000 Platinum XL condoms to social services agencies in Miami. Over the weekend, he and the company donated 1,000 condoms to Empower U during a fashion designer's expo.
Reginald Thornton, marketing director for b Condoms. "Mr. Campbell is an iconic figure for his contributions to music, sports and at-risk youth," Thornton says. "We believe this partnership provides a unique opportunity to extend his impact to community health."
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