Early Friday morning, pop culture was crushed with the recent news of the passing of Earl Simmons, famously known as DMX. Known for being a pinnacle in the ’90s and 2000s hip-hop scene under the Ruff Ryders label with songs like “Ruff Ryders Anthem.” He was also known for his acting abilities in movies such as Exit Wounds. The legendary rapper and actor was reported dead at the age of 50-years-old.
According to reports, Simmons was rushed to White Plains, NY hospital on April 2nd following a drug overdose and heart attack. DMX remained on life support in a coma until April 9th, 2021. However, there are rumors and speculations about the cause of the heart attack pending an autopsy.
One of DMX’s family members allegedly told a news source that the rapper had received the Covid-19 vaccine a week before being hospitalized. The family member told MTO News, “Yes, he has had problems with drugs in the past. But no one knows he had an OD. It is f***ed to be reported that way.”
When speaking of the covid vaccine, they stated, “He took that vaccine, and he had a heart attack. I’m not saying the vaccine did it, but he never had a heart attack before.”
There is no confirmation that the famed rapper received the vaccine. DMX now joins a list of other African American public figures claimed to have taken the Covid-19 vaccine and passed away days or weeks afterward. With Hank Aaron, Marvin Hagler, and DMX’s unexpected deaths, black Americans will continue to have a deep mistrust in the Covid-19 vaccines. Hagler and Aaron had both received the MRNA vaccine in the recent days leading up to their deaths. Immediately, big-tech news outlets rushed to block and disregard any reports speculating that the cause of death may have been due to them being vaccinated.
Black activists continue to be split on the Covid vaccine. Black public figures have been working around the clock to encourage the members of the Black community to get the Covid-19 vaccine. Cultural figures including Barack Obama, Kamala Harris, Hank Aaron, Marvin Hagler, and many others have all decided to roll up their sleeves and take the jab.
Despite the frantic attempt, many in the African American community remain very skeptical about the efficiency of the MRNA shots, and rightfully so. Painful memories of previous ethical violations of past studies like the Tuskegee USPHS Syphilis clinical trials remain fresh in the minds of Black Americans. A CDC resource claims that Covid-19 is affecting Black Americans and people of color more than most. Pew Research also confirms this higher risk and how it may contribute to the covid vaccine’s mistrust in Black American communities.
As the country slowly begins to re-open and public health officials are heavily endorsing vaccines, the controversial questions remain. How safe are these vaccines? Why are these vaccines being desperately pushed so heavily towards the black community? And most importantly, what is next?