DJ Cipha Sounds Suspended by Hot 97 for Haitian Women Comment
by Brian Willett
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.