It was just over two decades ago that seminal rap group Salt-N-Pepa helped usher a discussion of HIV and AIDS awareness into the hip-hop community with their single "Let's Talk About Sex" and its reworking "Let's Talk About AIDS." Continuing that tradition of outreach, last weekend Pepa was on-hand for the launch of interactive art installation and social media HIV/AIDS awareness campaign The Arches of Hope. Along with an installation outside the lobby of urban resort The Out NYC, the Lifebeat: Music Fights AIDS and MTV Staying Alive organized campaign encourages a wide-scale sending of messages of hope with the hashtag #ArchesOfHope which will be beamed to jumbo screen in Times Square and shared across a dozen social media sites. We spoke to Pepa about her longtime involvement with raising HIV and AIDS awareness, as well as being on-hand for Arches of Hope's launch.
Ernest Estimé Pepa with Gary Dell'Abate (Lifebeat Board President, Producer of The Howard Stern Show)