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Video: 50 Cent Fights Hunger 'We Can't Eat Shoes'


HuffPost Live's Marc Lamont Hill spoke with 50 Cent about his Street King energy drink initiative and the rap music industry. Basically, the first 10 minutes of this 30 minute interview are what we find most interesting, or rather, amusing. For those unfamiliar, Fitty's Street King project teams up with the UN World Food Program to feed a billion kids in Africa by providing a meal to a hungry child for every drink purchased. Fitty tells Hill that the project spurred from his travels in Africa as well as the Occupy movement, in which people got angry that "corporations weren't conscious of the everyday person." To avoid "digging into his own pocket," Fitty started the SK brand as part of what he (and we're sure his colleagues at Product (RED) and TOMS Shoes) calls "conscious capitalism." If ya can't beat em, join em - despite the painful irony of a capital-based charity model. Concious capitalism isn't the only side-eye aspect of this interview, because surprisingly, Africans are missing from the whole conversation. In fact, at a certain point you get the sense that Fitty is confusing African hunger (whatever that is) with poverty in America. We can't say what's wrong or right in this situation - just seems like a morality link is missing somewhere. Judge for yourself above and view the whole article here.

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Angelique Kidjo Writes a Love Letter to 'Mother Nature'

We talk to the Beninese musical icon about assembling her new album on Zoom and the "bigger than COVID-19" threat that lies ahead!

The kind of infectious energy that lives within Angelique Kidjo can't be contained by Zoom. Her zest for life reaches out far beyond any screen, and burns stronger than the fastest internet connection.

"I can't wait until we're in person hugging again," she enthuses soon after joining our Zoom meeting to discuss her latest album Mother Nature. Having been on the receiving end of a hug from the four-time Grammy-winning singer, I know exactly what I'm missing out on. "Me too," I say, as I wrap my arms around my laptop, my face squishing the screen. "No, no," she retorts. "I don't want that. You keep it. I want the real deal," she chuckles, her full-bodied trademark laughter lovingly admonishing me.

The Benin-born musician is preparing to release Mother Nature, a collection of songs reflecting our one Earth, and cementing her status as an African musical icon. Collaborating with the likes of Yemi Alade, Mr Eazi, Burna Boy, Sampa the Great, Shungudzo and more, Kidjo's crossing through time and space, over age and country through Mother Nature's themes and stories. Each track is infused with a vigor that only she possesses — the kind that shares a significant message even as the listener is called to just dance or sing along.

Below, Angelique Kidjo reminisces about making the album, and chats us through her hopes and dreams for it!

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