In past years, there's been some criticism of black pop culture icons who don't use their celebrity to bring attention to key social concerns. In a recent interview, longtime activist and actor Harry Belafonte criticized black celebrity power-couple Jay-Z and Beyonce, saying they've "turned their back on social responsibility," and insinuating that celebrities with political agendas are a rarity nowadays.
The writing's on the wall: More black celebrities need to be on board with HIV/AIDS awareness, especially because African-American communities are disproportionately affected by the virus. Though more needs to be done, we can take a moment to acknowledge and thank some of the performers, award winners, divas and authors who've used their social status to educate the public around HIV/AIDS. The common thread among them? Talent, passion and the desire to use their celebrity for good.