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Coming soon: Hip-hop Condoms

CNN reports on Hip-hop Condoms to Hit Stores. Excerpt:

But this is no marketing ploy designed to line the pockets of executives, says Harry Terrell, CEO of Common Ground USA, the condom's manufacturer. "It's a full blown effort on our part to save our community."

Terrell says he was inspired to start the grass-roots campaign when he was coaching high school baseball and one of his students got infected with HIV.

...Out of that came the birth of his company. "I took all my money out of my 401k plan. Family members and friends have invested in the company," Terrell says.

...Terrell explains that until he saw the statistics, he was under the impression that HIV and AIDS was "a white man's disease." He says "I went to the Center for Disease Control Web site and I looked at the numbers. The numbers were staggering."

...His Jimmy Hatz Web site posts the latest information: "The CDC says the number of AIDS and HIV cases is increasing at alarming rate and shows no sign of decline. African-Americans represent the highest number followed by Hispanics. In 2000, the last year for which national facts are available, more African Americans were reported with AIDS than any other racial/ethinc group."

Terrell says he wanted to make wearing condoms "cool or the 'in' thing to do."


Much respect to Harry Terrell for risking his savings to make a change in his community. Hip-hop has far too many idle talkers who sit on the sidelines talking and debating yet never follow up with actions. With that said, I do have to give Mr. Terrell some advice- those condoms are crazy corny. Just look at the picture of the package. I can't imagine any of my 3 brothers (who are the Jimmie Hatz target audience) being caught with one of those immature looking condoms in their wallets.

I think a better idea would be to have a professional understated design and name. Still market it for the hip-hop crowd, but don't make it look cheesy with graphitti graphics and such.

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Holleration

I emailed Mr. Terrell the link to this article. In all fairness I'll quote what he told me:

"Thanks for the article and the advice. The company is global now and we pass out surveys to our partners that distribute the condom. You know how they say 9/10 people who try trident choose Trident Gum. Well we have been getting 100%. I guess what I am trying to say is that its okay to have a opinion but please this is way to serious to knock. I love my people and I love you too. If you want to help, try the product and then make an informed
judgment."

Readers, please let me know if you would try this condom. Post your comments below.

Posted by: Madison at Jul 15, 2003 9:25:38 AM

Heh heh. Um... I'll pass thanks, but I've got to post his reply. Good work M.

Posted by: Jon at Jul 15, 2003 8:51:49 PM

If some guy whipped this out as a joke I'd think they were kind of funny. At least I'd get a good laugh...

Posted by: Meghan at Dec 10, 2003 3:00:00 PM

Afer reviewing the comments about "Jimmy Hatz" I wanted to take a moment to congratulate the company on their work and give them kudos on their efforts. Because I am in on a similar mission with my company,(adult novelties and relationship seminars) I know first hand that it difficult to stress the importantance of safer sexual practices and employing alternatives for satisfaction. I truly wish you continued success on the mission to educate and empower people. Trust me, I know this is a great task. Keep your mission in mind and press forward. The end will justify the means.
Vixxxen

Posted by: Vixxxen at Oct 13, 2004 4:27:49 PM

Jeez, so much pessimism in your article.
I am a Public Health student and I happened to have volunteered in an HIV outreach and we had so many different condoms. But what got me was this condom- the other condoms were just bleh. I thought this was an excellent idea! Let me tell you, it was a huge hit in that community college we went in because we ran out of it. When people asked for XL condoms, this was what we gave them.

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Posted by: JSTAR at Dec 13, 2009 10:13:22 PM

I can't fucking believe it. HIP HOP CONDOMS ?! :))))))) these guys are impossible...

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