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In the interest of myth-busting, let’s just ask the question: Did the Senegalese-American singer Akon perform in a plastic bubble in a central African nation to avoid catching Ebola?
I know, crazy story right? But that is what some media outlets are saying. In particular, The Source’s online edition is reporting that this bubble-wrapped performance allegedly happened in an open-air concert in Goma, which is the capital city of the Democratic Republic of Congo. As many as 60,000 locals were in attendance for the free festival, which the Hip Hop magazine reports was held to help raise awareness about the United Nations’ International Day Of Peace. There is also photographic evidence of this alleged saran wrapping.
Moreover, the Source reports:
“Despite being born in St. Louis, Missouri, Akon considers Africa to be his home. So, when he performed in a large outdoor space neighboring an aiport in the capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo, one could consider it a homecoming for the immensely successful artist, producer, label executive, and 5-time Grammy nominee. That being said, the Ebola virus is no joke, and to avoid contracting it from anybody, when Akon left the stage to crowd surf with the people that were attending his concert, he did so in a huge plastic protective bubble.”
Well that’s just silly.
Firstly, if this story is true, the writer needs to step into a library, where he can be exposed to stacks and stacks (or if you prefer, racks on racks on racks) of geography books, and even maps. There, he would discover just how vast Africa is as a continent. He would also discover that the homecoming he was expecting to happen in the Democratic Republic of Congo might not be logistically possible considering that Akon’s roots, including his family and such, are in Senegal. And Senegal is in West Africa.
And if this story were indeed true, Akon should know that while there is an Ebola outbreak currently happening in the Congo, which we should be concerned about, the website for the Center for Disease Control says that the outbreak in the Congo, which has infected in upwards of 70 and killed 42 people in a remote northern Équateur village, is not related to the outbreak in West Africa, and now in America. Instead, this outbreak appears to have been traced to a single woman handling some bad bushmeat.
Therefore the chances of him catching Ebola from crowd-surfing in Goma, which is a major city on the other side of the Congo are probably the same as him getting it if he was jumping in a crowd of folks in Dallas, Texas. With that said, the chances of him looking like an complete douchebag idiot for performing in a plastic protective bubble because of the fear of Ebola is at an all time high…
Of course, that bit of advisement is contingent on the story actually being true, which it is likely not. In fact, a quick Google search resulted in several reports of Akon crowd surfacing inside a giant plastic bubble. Two of the results are YouTube videos, which show Akon bouncing around the crowd inside his plastic ballon at the 2010 Summerbeatz concert, which was held in Australia and again last year in Accra, Ghana.
Now it is possible that Akon is just some sort of germaphobe weirdo like Walt Disney – hell, you don’t even have to be a germaphobe to want to wrap yourself up in plastic . I mean, who wants a bunch of strange hands touching all over you, period? Only a freak would. More than likely this giant condom meant to protect himself from Ebola is just the interactive part of a stage show.
However if you are still concerned about Ebola and want to learn more about what it is, how it is spread and where we are in the process of finding both a vaccine and a cure for the deadly and horrible disease, you can try first the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.
When TMZ runs up on you, you never know what type of questions they’ll ask. And when they saw Akon, they decided he would be a good person to speak on all the rumors surrounding Beyoncé and Jay Z’s marriage. Among other things Akon said their relationship feels corporate. And while that may sound like he’s throwing shade, he was actually speaking more toward the zeitgeist right now, where everyone shares everything about every aspect of their lives. See what he had to say in the transcript below.
Their relationship has been more of a business to the outside world than an actual relationship. Now, to them it may be a relationship but it was presented to the world and it feels more corporate. Let me just speak for myself, I’m just saying how it may look from the outside coming in. I think they were trying to keep that relationship out of the public and when you’re a person of interest in the public, it’s almost impossible to do it without speculation.
So if you don’t open up to the public and let people know what’s really happening within it–because you are a public personality, we signed up for this. It’s a life we can’t run from. It’s like saying you’re not a role model. It’s impossible, right? So, if you become a public figure and you have a relationship, your relationship also becomes public. So if you don’t open up to the public and let people understand what this is, they will naturally speculate. And those speculations are going to be complete opposite or completely wrong of what could really be happening. So now you’ve got to come back to answer or reply to what you shouldn’t have had to in the first place.
It truly is no one’s business but it becomes a business of the public when you’re a person of public interest. So it’s a matter of them saying how do we go about moving forward, like this. Because this could become detrimental to their relationship if they’re not strong enough to keep it together.
What they’re going through is going to make great music, it’s going to make better music. Because they have more content to actually speak about. Because they’re not the only ones dealing with it. People are dealing with exactly the same thing, just on a lower scale as far as being financially comfortable. But other than that, the only thing that makes them different from anyone else is that they are famous, they’re well known. So it becomes a matter of, how do we deal with this in the public eye without it affecting us.
Interesting right? I can’t say I necessarily agree with Akon. But I get where he’s going. If you ask me I think Beyoncé and Jay Z’s problem came in that initially their relationship was super private. They never confirmed they were dating, didn’t speak on the fact that they were married for a good minute etc. And then as time progressed, one or both of them got the idea that it would be a good idea to start sharing more. And even that would have been fine. Because we, the public, were so thirsty for information that most of us accepted, without question, what they gave us. It was the only image we had. Until something came along to refute it.
Enter, the elevator video. I guarantee you that if that footage had never been found–and then sold to TMZ, we wouldn’t be having these breakup conversations. The elevator incident was so left of anything they had ever presented to us before. And not just the elevator footage but the response to the footage: Jay Z is directed to another car. Solange looks livid. And Beyoncé flashes the biggest “everything’s alright grin” to the camera…and gets in the car with her sister. I know for me personally, it made me question everything I’d ever seen beforehand. And I’m sorry but the pictures of them all smiling together as a happy family, didn’t help the matter. A couple of Instagram pictures weren’t enough to PR that mess away. I don’t know how they “should have” or what I would have done in a similar situation because it was just a lot. And it really sucks for them because since there was a lack of audio and Beyoncé didn’t seem to want to get involved, we’re all left to wonder what the hell happened and who really was to blame.
And since we’re on the topic, while Beyoncé and Nicki’s “Flawless” remix shut down the internet, Bey’s line about “of course sometimes sh*t go down when it’s a billion dollars on the elevator” doesn’t do much to refute the notion that their relationship is quite corporate. It’s like, oh, so because y’all have money attacks must be waged in close quarters? Naw. I just can’t buy it Bey. There’s something else going on here.
So, should Beyoncé and Jay Z tell us what happened in the elevator? Hell nawl. That really is their business and as much as I yearn to know, it wouldn’t help anything and it certainly wouldn’t squash the rumors. I’d actually argue against Akon and suggest they go back into private mode and wait for something else to come through and dominate the news and gossip cycle. After all, the speculation will never stop (ask Will and Jada) and we’re not buying all the Instagram photo opps anyway.
You can watch Akon’s full interview in the video below.
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Keri Hilson named her last album “No Boys Allowed” but after meeting Oklahoma City Thunder’s Serge Ibaka, she changed her tune. Born in the Republic of the Congo, Ibaka played basketball in Spain before coming to the NBA. Hilson, who is normally very private about her dating life, was rumored to have a new man in her life and after months of speculation, they came out as a couple in late 2012. Still going strong, Hilson was sitting in the stands cheering her man on a couple of weeks ago when he got ejected from the game against the Los Angeles Clippers.
For years rappers have been accused of being partial to lighter skinned women when selecting models to appear in their music videos. Unfortunately, it appears that the cycle is only getting worse. The latest rapper to be accused of being prejudice against dark-skinned models is Senegalese rapper Akon.
Recent reports have implied that while shooting a new music video with WizKid, the rapper turned away a few Ghanian models because of their darker skin tones. According to All Hip Hop, a few models who were reportedly turned away say that they were told by the person who originally invited them to the set said that producers only wanted “half cast” (aka mixed) women to appear in the video. As a result, people were reportedly seeking to organize a boycott against the “Play Hard” rapper.
TMZ recently caught up with Akon to discuss the allegations and afford him with the opportunity to clean up the rumors. He insists that the rumors are false.
“That doesn’t even make any sense. That don’t make sense at all, man,” Akon said in response to the allegations.
To clarify, the cameraman then asked if the rumors were true. Akon responded:
“Absolutely not. “
We’ll certainly take Akon’s word for it, though we don’t know many rappers who would actually admit to doing such a thing.
Watch his response below. Thoughts?
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The divorce rate in this country is pretty alarming. Although there are probably a ton of reasons why relationships are failing, recording artist and producer Akon believes that a huge reason is that men weren’t created to be monogamous.
“If America adopted that [pologamy] culture there would be less domestic disputes. The average guy in the world has a main girl and they got a side chick. And then they got a jumpoff,” the “I Wanna Love You” singer told TMZ.
He went on to say that this difficulty with being monogamous stems from men’s “natural” desire to “breed.”
“At the end of the day as a male we are natural breeders by nature. We can’t even escape it if we wanted to. Let’s say you put 1,000 guys on one corner and one bad chick walk passed. You gon’ see 1,000 heads go, ‘Damn.’ They don’t even know why they doing it. They’re natural breeders. It’s in their genes, they can’t help it. Even if you’re walking with your girl and you’re holding her hand and you see a bad chick walk by and she lookin’ at you like, ‘Boy you better not look,’ you gonna wanna look so bad and you don’t even know why that urge is there, but you’re a natural breeder. It’s what we do. Men are put on this earth to breed and the reason why God put multiple women on this earth is for that.”
Oh, and if you’re stomach isn’t turning yet, he also said that women should learn to “scientifically understand men” to foster better chances for relationship success.
“When looking at reproduction, there’s always going to be more reproducing that actual reproducers themselves. There’s more to it scientifically, but as humans, women need to take more time to understand men. If they can do that I think things will work out better for us.”
As for marriage…
“Marriage just solidifies a relationship between a man and a woman spiritually under God’s eyes. So, I can be spiritually attached to her, and still be spiritually attached to [another woman], and still be spiritually attached to [another woman.]
Now, when you’re talking about commitment, understanding, loyalty—that’s a different conversation because what happens now is that people are having relationships, boyfriend and girlfriend, and treating it like it’s actually marriage. You’re just dating. The whole purpose of dating is so you can date this one, and date this one, and date this one until you find out, ‘Okay, this is the person I want to spend the rest of my life with. Okay now, I commit to what’s called marriage.’ You find that one woman that supplies everything that you desire in a woman, of course that will be a motivation to stick with that one woman, but I don’t know no one woman that can satisfy every man’s one need. It’s impossible. Just like there’s not one man that can satisfy a woman’s every need, but women aren’t built to breed like that or mate with more than one partner. Women aren’t built that way, men are.”
Watch Akon’s interview on the next page.
The secret to producing a hit song may be the beat, or the chorus, or possibly even the timing of its release. But sometimes the secret is as simple as the person you get to feature on the song – especially if they’re one of these 15 go-to artists who everyone and their mama has had on their track at one point or another.
For a while there it seemed like the equation for a hit song equaled random person plus Lil’ Wayne. His name dominated airwaves and music charts, and he was easily regarded as the best rapper of the time – if only because he was the busiest. Now Lil’ Wayne has decreased the number of guest appearances he makes, though his collabos are still super successful.
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Over the last few years, NASCAR has been aggressively reaching out to the African-American market, trying to lure new fans to the sport. In fact, the organization has a Drive For Diversity program whose mission it is to engage women and people of diverse, ethnic and racial backgrounds in all areas of the NASCAR industry.
Now, Akon has announced that he will be launching Akon Motor Sports during the 2013 NASCAR season. And he has selected racing phenom Joe Henderson III to lead his Akon Motor Sports team. Henderson, who Akon calls “the best driver you have ever seen in your life,” will compete in the NASCAR Pro Series East race at Langley Speedway in Virginia on June 22, as well as other events around the country.
“I got into motorsports because I’ve always had a love for cars. Cars were always something that gave me that excitement and that rush for life,” Akon said in a press statement.
While there have not been many blacks in the sport, there have been a few notables. Wendell Scott was the first African American to start a NASCAR race in 1961. Engine problems stopped him from finishing the race. Willy T. Ribbs started three races in 1986 and became popular with race fans and the media. Bill Lester joined the sport in 1999. Then last year Tia Norfleet became the first black woman to join the NASCAR circuit. She was following in her father’s, Bobby Norfleet’s, tire tracks. Her dad made his NASCAR debut at the Portland International Raceway road course in 2000, competing against Lester.
Akon is not the first black celebrity to get behind a race car driver either. Bill Cosby partly funded car driven by Ribbs for the CART (not NASCAR) circuit. And the founders of urban wear company FUBU have long been involved in the sport. Just this year, FUBU founder Daymond John inked a sports business deal with NASCAR rookie driver Alex Bowman, who is not African American, reports The Post Game.
Do you enjoy NASCAR racing? Will greater diversity attract more drivers and backers?
Not good news for Akon. A company that worked with the singer on a website is suing for more than $127,000 for work to create Fantrace, reports TMZ. Akon and two business partners created Fantrace, which was to be sort of a Facebook-style site where fans could interact with celebrities.
Atlanta Business Video (ABV) claims in the suit that it was hired in 2011 to cut video for Fantrace but was never paid. ABV says it put in 1,023 hours of work — worth $127,875 — to take Fantrace live.
In its mission statement, Fantrace says its goal “is to break down the walls between fans and their favorite celebrities. Musical artists, actors, entertainers, comedians, and athletes can all come face to face with their most loyal fans and communicate on a one-on-one level.” But according to social media experts, the site has not done well. The site’s homepage says it offers a variety of services — sweepstakes, a social network, celebrity videos, and event services — but there isn’t much that indicates how exactly these services are offered.
Have you ever even heard of Fantrace?