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All around the country and across the world, millions of Muslims are observing Ramadan, the month-long fast of the Islamic faith that involves abstaining from food, liquids and even swearing from sundown until sunset. Did you know these celebrities observing the holiday too?
Like a lot of other inmates who learn about Islam while being incarcerated, “Iron” Mike Tyson converted behind bars. The heavyweight-boxing champ was serving prison time after he was found guilty of raping former beauty queen Desiree Washington. After serving his time, Tyson continued to practice his new faith. In 2010, he made the holy pilgrimage to Mecca in Saudi Arabia and shared the experience with his followers on Twitter: “I just left the Holy City of Mecca where I was blessed to have been able to make Umrah…Inshallah (God willing), Allah will continue to bless me to stay on the straight path.”
We often say there’s nothing like black love and we’re pretty sure the ladies on this list would completely agree because they’ve taken their love straight back to their roots. Here are 10 celebrity women who have found love dating African men.
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.
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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?
Jazmine Denise is an entertainment and celebrity news blogger. Follow her on Twitter @jazminedenise.
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.
Believe it or not, what celebrities do or say can have an affect on their travel plans. For instance, these stars have been banned from foreign countries, either permanently or for a period of time, for acting out in one way or another.
Snoop Dogg/ Lion
He may have been reincarnated and born again as Snoop Lion, but back when he was Snoop Dogg, the California native was banned from the United Kingdom. Traveling through London’s Heathrow Airport with an entourage of five, Snoop and his boys caused a ruckus when they weren’t admitted into British Airlines’ first-class lounge. Apparently that, and his criminal record, were enough to issue a lifetime ban for Snoop. He’s also been banned from flying British Airlines as well.
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?
He Did What Now!?: Little Known Facts About Your Favorite Celebrities And Their Lives Before They Blew Up
The world of fame guarantees that all of your personal business will be aired out; it’s the simple downside to a life that’s decorated with the finer things. Even so, many celebrities, for years, have managed to keep small nuggets of knowledge about their past and personal lives from the public for long stints of time before that info is unearthed. We learned as much from Janet Jackson’s secret marriage.
So, in the interest of discovery, here’s a list of little known, but more fun facts about some of your favorite celebrities.
As a 2nd grader, Django Unchained star, Jamie Foxx was so talented at telling jokes, his teacher used him as a reward for the hard work and cooperation of her students. If the class behaved, Jamie would entertain them.
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It’s officially the internet age and everything celebrities Tweet, speak or claim is recorded. But that fact escapes a few of the rich and famous from time to time. Here are a few big celebrity lies your favorite stars have been caught in.
This all started when TMZ posted a clip of Tyga from an unaired MTV show called “Bustas.” In it, an 18-year-old Tyga bragged that he was named after Tiger Woods by wealthy parents who drove Range Rovers and brought him up in The Valley.
And that was news to Tyga fans who thought that the rapper was from Compton. Since the video’s release, Tyga says his parents were only wealthy during the time they were taping the show and that he’s really from Compton. OK Tyga.