Black News, Entertainment, Style and Culture - HuffPost Black Voices
iOS app Android app More
July 30, 2014

About a "Girl" Who Refused to Just Shut up and Take Orders

Donald Sterling ASSOCIATED PRESS

You could argue that the woman on the recording didn't really set up the man on the recording; instead, she let events play out in a way that seemed quite characteristic for the Clippers owner.

Ray Rice, Stephen A. Smith And The Black Male Masculinity Problem

Violence Against Women

Here They Go Again...

Atlah
Twitter

New York Lawmaker Wants To Outlaw Police Chokeholds Once And For All

Eric Garner
YouTube

'As A Black Person, I Want Less Encounters With The Police Not Friendlier Ones'

Black Man Arrest
Hill Street Studios via Getty Images

The Number Of Women Behind Bars Is Skyrocketing, And Here's The Upsetting Result

Orange Is The New Black
ASSOCIATED PRESS

George Zimmerman's New Job: Security Guard At A Gun Store

George Zimmerman
ASSOCIATED PRESS

Pregnant Woman Allegedly Put In Chokehold By NYPD

Pregnant Woman Choke Hold
Power

Professor Explains The 'Privilege' Problem In Higher Ed

Beverly Daniel Tatum
HuffPost Live

How Minority Women Have Been Left Out Of The 'Having It All' Conversation

Black Mother Sons
Ron Chapple Stock via Getty Images

The School-To-Prison Pipeline Can Start This Early

Black Preschool
Juan Silva via Getty Images

Man Wearing 'RIP Eric Garner' Dunks Over NYPD Patrol Car

Basketball
Vine

Obama's Already Emotional Over Malia Leaving For College -- Two Years From Now

Malia Obama
ASSOCIATED PRESS

Fertility Clinic Tells Woman She Can't Use Sperm Donor From Another Race

In Vitro Fertilization Lab
dra_schwartz via Getty Images

L.A. Mayor Accepts Michelle Obama's Challenge To End Veteran Homelessness By 2016

Michelle Obama
Kevork Djansezian via Getty Images

Homeless Man's Astounding Act Of Kindness Leaves Pranksters In Awe, Teaches Us Valuable Lesson

Homeless
ModelPrankstersTV/YouTube

Women And Minorities Are Punished For Promoting Women And Minorities At Work: Study

Marissa Mayer
ASSOCIATED PRESS

Republican Voters Want To Impeach The President. Good Luck With That.

Obama
ASSOCIATED PRESS

LOOK: One Of Heaviest MLB Players Ever Looks Like A New Man

Dmitri Young
ASSOCIATED PRESS

Obama To Rename Africa Program For Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela
Chris Jackson via Getty Images

Eric Garner's Widow Asks For Civil Rights Investigation Over Her Husband's Death

Eric Garner
Pool via Getty Images

Follow HuffPost

    1. HuffPost
    2. Black Voices
    1. HuffPost
    2. Black Voices
    1. Most Popular on HuffPost
    2. Latest News
    3. Black Voices
    4. View all RSS feeds

5 Ways James Brown Made A Major Impact On American Culture

James Brown
Evening Standard via Getty Images

Beyonce Responds To Jay Z Split Rumors In The Best Way Possible

Jay Z Blue Ivy
Instagram

Good News For Broadway's 'Lady Day'!

Audra Mcdonald
ASSOCIATED PRESS

Katy Perry Isn't Thrilled That Cultural Appropriation Is Uncool

Katy Perry Rolling Stone
Rolling Stone

Bey And Jay Z Divorce Rumors Are Getting Crazier By The Day

Beyonce Jay Z Divorce Rumors
Mike Coppola via Getty Images

Every Samuel L. Jackson 'Motherf--ker' ... Ever

Motherfucker
Paramount

Zoe Saldana Bares All For Women's Health UK

Zoe S
John Wright/Courtesy of Women's Health

The Latest Update On Missy Elliott's Long-Awaited Next Album

Missy Elliott
Rick Diamond via Getty Images

Watch DMX Lose His Mind While On An Amusement Park Ride

Dmx Amusement Park Ride
TMZ

Queen Of Soul Set To Debut New Music

Aretha Franklin
Kevin Winter via Getty Images

Rick Ross Wants You To Eat At His Restaurants, But Don't Bring Your Gun

Rick Ross
Dan Harr/Invision/AP

R. Kelly Dropped From Music Festival After Complaints

R Kelly
Frank Micelotta/Invision/AP

Dramatic Reading Of 'Single Ladies' Is Today's Beyoncé Worship

Beyonce Concert
Invision for Parkwood Entertainment

Whoopi Defends Stephen A. Smith's Controversial Comments On Domestic Violence

Whoopi Goldberg
Dave Kotinsky via Getty Images

Aretha Franklin Slams Johnny Rockets

Aretha Franklin
ASSOCIATED PRESS

LIFEBEAT Honors BET's Stephen Hill

Comments (12)

By Angela Bronner, AOL Black Voices

BET Metwork's Stephen HillStephen Hill, Executive Vice President of Entertainment and Music Programming at BET, is a man to whom controversy is no stranger.

Hello? This is the man who programs Entertainment and music at BET!

Yet, you might be surprised that not only was this Ivy-Leaguer a teacher in years past, but the former radio exec turned TV mogul also has been active in the fight against AIDS for many years.

For his work, he's being honored Tuesday, Dec. 4 by LIFEBeat, the Music Industry's charity against AIDS.

"We are going to have fun and in fun raise a lot of money so that we can continue our information distribution to the youth about AIDS," says Hill.

Tomorrow, the Brown grad will be feted by LIFEBeat's LIVE BEATS at New York's Highline Ballroom with special performances by Mary J. Blige, Kathy Sledge, Denise Rich and "you never know who else well be grabbing the mic!"

Hill, like many of us, came to the fight against AIDS because it touched his life in a very personal way.

For high school, Hill attended the exclusive boarding school, Groton School in Massachusetts and became fast friends with another African American from the city who also shared his passion for music.

"My best friend in Lloyd Keith Howlett, in 1989 he died of AIDS," says Hill. "It was absolutely devastating. The goal is to make it so that no one else ever loses their best friend."

Hill says that two young men used to come back from vacations with the latest music to share music (Hill from DC and Howlett from New York) and even performed The Sugar Hill Gang's hip hop classic, "Rapper's Delight."

"We'd have these great conversations about music and that's one thing we shared," Hill reminisces. "We even had little fake performances, and this is like when "Rapper's Delight" came out. We were the Sugar Hill Gang. I was Master G – yes, and he was Big Bank Hank!"

Hill is being honored not only for his individual work, but for BET's "Rap It Up" program which ran special programming this weekend in honor of World AIDS Day.

Rap It Up is a campaign that keeps it real for the young adults who most regularly tune into BET. The latest stats from the Centers for Disease Control show that those African Americans under the age of 25 make up 61% of new HIV/AIDS diagnoses.

Hill's hometown on Washington DC has also been especially hit hard by HIV and AIDS, with a recently released report showing that DC has the highest rate of AIDS infection of any other city in the United States. One in 20 adults in Washington is infected by HIV. (source)

"I am just honored. I saw this an opportunity to both raise money and in the spirit – this is a way to mix performance, and raising money for AIDS and having fun, it's the kind of show that Lloyd would sit in the back and he would just giggle over."

I'm sure Lloyd is somewhere smiling and rocking to the eternal beat.

Comments: (12)

Add a comment

Page 1 of 2

Most Commented Articles

Daily Drama

The Best Clips From TV's Hottest Shows


More Daily Drama >>

Get Closer to BV

  • slider Image
  • slider Image
  • slider Image

BLACK MUSIC NEWS
The latest news and updates on a multitude of music stars.
Check It Out!

BLACK MUSIC NOTES

       

MEN OF MCCAFÉ SEARCH
McDonald's continues its nationwide search to find five community-service minded black men during this year's CIAA tournament.


LOOKING FOR A FEW GOOD MEN

       
 

Find a Message Board

Discover conversations on everyone from Barack to Beyonce. There are nearly 50 forums, so click on a category below and find the right one for you.