DJ Cipha Sounds Suspended by Hot 97 for Haitian Women Comment

DJ Cipha Sounds is a favorite on-air personality in the New York area, but he made plenty of enemies recently with an insensitive comment about Haitian women.  However, it sounds as though Cipha Sounds got off easy, as many leaders of the Haitian community were calling for Cipha Sounds to be fired. All of the controversy surrounds a broadcast in which Cipha Sounds said, “the reason I’m HIV negative is because I don’t mess with Haitian girls.”

As of now, Cipha Sounds is suspended indefinitely and has to undergo sensitivity training. It’s surprising Cipha Sounds would make such a big gaffe, considering his 15 years of experience.  However, Cipha Sounds, real name Luis Diaz, did apologize.

“I made a stupid, tasteless joke that was a one-liner,” Cipha Sounds said. “It was taken totally the wrong way, and I want to say sincerely that I apologize for even saying this thing.”

You can check out Cipha Sounds’ apology in the video below.  While Cipha Sounds is suspended, you can make your own playlist by downloading music RIGHT HERE.

Cipha Sounds Apology Video

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  • Vanou

    Cipha you could go to hell, die, whatever dude nobody want your fake ass apology…(I am damn sure that i don’t want it). I lived in Haiti for 131/2 years i knew what AIDS was cause of Science class…I don’t even think that 5% of the population have it compare to the U.S 1 in 5 have that shit…When i saw that video at worldstarhiphop.com i was pissed off.. When someone say something like that it just make me stronger. I am so not going to let a fuck ass like u bring me down..I am a (19 Y/O) female Haitian in college studying to be a pharmacist doing my thing:)..

    Love my country and Love my Flag

  • THE_HITTMAN

    MR Luis Dias aka cipha sound.
    how is that major corporations like emis communications hot 97 give job to ignorant people like cipha sound. when somebody is a dj host off a readio show on a major market .

    That person need to be very smart intelligent because you guy’s giving that person the power to taLK every morning with millions and millions off people …. if he dont get fired over this i’m gonna make a movie_documentary about this and make sure that emis aka hot 97 get a big law suit.

  • lhexx

    WOW SERIOUSLY JR. YOU GOING TO ADENTIFY WITH THE RACIST PERSON, AND SYMPATHIZE WITH THE COUTLESS IN HAITI WHO DIE AND THOSE WHO LEFT WITHOUT FAMILY, AND THOSE IN THE US WHO CAN NOT DEFFEND THEMSELVES FROM VERBAL RIDICULE BASE ON WHAT A VERY POPULAR ON AIR HIP HOP PERSONALITY HAVE SAID, YOU SERIOUSLY DO NOT THINK, THEY WILL BE KIDS IN SCHOOL YARD ALL OVER THE US WHO GOING HAVE TO DEAL WITH THE BARAGE OF INSULT, VERY PERSONAL ISSUE, AND YOU THINK WE SHOULD GET OVER IT,,I DON’T THINK THIKING IS YOUR TALENT FAMILY,,, I SUGGEST KEEPING THESE HIDDEN AND OUT THE LIGHT SO THEY CAN WITHER AND DIE. PEACE AND LOVE TO ALL

  • Lawrence

    I love it when people try to “assume another identity” by trying to identify their race/ethnicity in their comments. Does anyone actually believe Wallace Jr. is BLACK???? LMFAO.

  • Wallace Jr.

    Wow seriously he was one of the few entertaining people in the morning. God our people take everything to dam seriously god forbid a white man even looks at us funny it gives us an excuse to jump to poor guy. If anyone need over sensitivity training are those people demanding action, and that get offended over a joke. Seriously how many time in your life have you heard a racial slur of every race out there, stop making a big deal out it its really not that serious. I don’t know what your talking about JC “we” people are doing just fine along with the yellows browns and every other race out there. It’s not racism that occurs when urban folk go for a job it more so a lack of education. The environment and household their brought up in not let most kids achieve this. Luckily for me my dad did get and education and it reflects on his future generations. I see you don’t tolerate ignorance well guess what most decent jobs require a bachelors and and “IGNORANCE” is not going to get you there.

  • Nelnel

    Cipha Sounds should be suspended from the morning show for what he said about Haitians. Aids is a very serious issue and not everything is funny. In the great words of my boy Obama “He’s a Jackass!!”

  • BlueJeans

    Sorry Evey! You obviously need to educate yourself. You don’t know anything about the history of Aids and the Haitian people. In the 80’s along with hemophiliac and homosexuals, lies were spread about Haitian peoples and we were told to have AIDS. Furthermore, people don’t know anything the Haitian situation in Haiti but they love to make stupid and ignorant comments about it. Haiti is in the poorest country in this hemisphere predominantly because of U.S. prejudice and mismanagement and corruption by Haitian government officials. In addition, If Imus got fired for making comments about those African American women basketball players then that asshole Sipha Sounds should be fired too. If Sipha Sounds would have made those comments about Jewish people he would have been fired immediately and never work again. As a Haitian person I’m tired of assholes like Sipha Sounds disrespecting me! HE SHOULD BE FIRED!

  • BlueJeans

    Sorry! You obviously need to educate yourself. You don’t know anything about the history of Aids and the Haitian people. As a Haitian person I’m tired of assholes like Sipha sounds disrespecting me! If Sipha Sounds would have made those comments about Jewish people he would have been fired immediately and never work again. HE SHOULD BE FIRED!

  • Juanita

    Does he makes jokes about the “moral fiber’ of other ethnic people? This “joke” blatantly suggests that Haitian women are the root of HIV…NO Chuckles here…It’s simply NOT FUNNY! Yo momma jokes are one thing but THIS is way out of line…If Imus was fired for making a “joke” about the black girls basketball team being lesbians…then Cipha should be fired Also!

  • Evey

    They make corny stupid jokes on a regular basis. Puerto Rican jokes are always being said over the radio stations and we know its a joke, you dont catxch us calling up the radio station making a big stink about it, or complaining a joke is a joke, thats a comedians job to make certain people laugh, he made a stupid comment for which he appologized already for geeese bring him back on the show he’s great i love to listen to the morning show.

  • PraisingGod

    I can understand a joke. I love to laugh which is one of the main reasons I listen to morning radio. But this was beyond a joke. This was a slap to the face to every Haitian and every respectable woman. He is extremely ignorant and classless. HIV aids have no race, color, or creed. I am launching a complaint to the FCC. This guy does not deserve to be heard.

  • PraisingGod

    There is a huge difference between a joke and ignorance.

  • Juanita

    It doesn’t matter that people who do not listen to the radio station have something to say. The fact of the matter is Cypher Sounds has disrespected Hatian women and that statement affects us all. If it was a politician who said something derogatory about black folks, we would have the million person match all over again…and NO ITS NOT SENSITIVITY it MORAL OBLIGATION!!!! ….Or the lack thereof on this Dj’s part

  • ganieves

    CMON SON!!!! That morning show is the best one in the tri-state area!!! They make corny stupid jokes on a regular basis. People are seriously too sensitive…….Dont like the show dont listen

  • THEMASTERAY

    CIPHA SOUNDS,GO WORK FOR BURGER KING!!! CUZ U WON’T BE ABLE TO DISRESPECT LADIES OF ANY RACE ANYMORE.

  • Daniel Haim

    He’s such a retard lol

  • Anonymous

    it’s was about time to get he’s stupid ass fired,how this mutherfucker be talking about haitian ladies like that?

  • Jc

    I DON’T TOLERATE IGNORANCE OF ANY KIND, BUT WHEN IT’S DIRECTED TOWARDS MY PEOPLE IT HURTS EVEN MORE. WITH ALL THE NEGATIVE STEREOTYPES ABOUT HAITIANS THAT I GREW UP HEARING LIVING IN NEW YORK THAT WAS JUST ANOTHER ADDITION TO THE NEGATIVE IMAGE PEOPLE HAVE PLACED ON OUR CULTURE FOR MANY YEARS. ONE SENTENCE, ONE WORD IT WAS STILL WRONG. WE ARE STRUGGLING TO GET PAST RACISM IN AMERICA AND IN OTHER PARTS OF THE WORLD AND FOR ONE MINORITY TO DISRESPECT ANOTHER IN SUCH A DEROGATORY WAY IS DISRESPECTFUL. LASTLY, HIV IS NOT SOMETHING TO JOKE ABOUT BECAUSE YOU NEVER KNOW HOW A PERSON CONTRACTED THE VIRUS IT COULD HAVE BEEN RAPE, INCEST, DRUGS, A BABY BORN WITH IT. YOU SHOULDN’T TALK ABOUT THINGS YOU HAVE NO UNDERSTANDING OF. HE OFFENDED THE WHOLE BLACK COMMUNITY THAT HAS BEEN PLAGUED BY AIDS HIV.