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Chris Brown in Ghana: 'Kiss Kiss' Ghana Goodbye

Chris Brown while in Ghana made Ghanaians made last week when he smoked weed while on stage. Watch the video here.

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"Bad boy" singer Chris Brown supposedly made Ghanaians mad last week when he lit up a joint on stage at a concert for the launch of a Technology City Project called Hope City. Let's be clear from the start that we are NOT Chris Brown fans. Dude is an idiot. However, executive director of Perfector of SentimentsJonathan Osei-Owusu's petition for prosecution is a little lame — we searched but couldn't find an online copy of it. Osei-Owusu went on to say that Brown "is on video to have encouraged the audience to take up arms against people who stand in their way to smoking weed." We watched the video (above) and Chris definitely wasn't on the militant tip.

Webehigh.org seems to think that Ghana, Accra in particular, is a fine spot to light up. Based on their scale of 1-5 (1 = very legal, 5 = virtually legal) Accra ranks 3.5 - virtually very legal in clubs, bars, and beaches. Cops focus more on "traffic management and not security." We'd say the only mistake made in this story was letting Chris Brown in Ghana. Garbage in, garbage out.

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Hugh Masekela's New York City Legacy

A look back at the South African legend's time in New York City and his enduring presence in the Big Apple.

In Questlove's magnificent documentary, Summer of Soul, he captures a forgotten part of Black American music history. But in telling the tale of the 1969 Harlem Cultural Festival, the longtime musician and first-time filmmaker also captures a part of lost South African music history too.

Among the line-up of blossoming all-stars who played the Harlem festival, from a 19-year-old Stevie Wonder to a transcendent Mavis Staples, was a young Hugh Masekela. 30 years old at the time, he was riding the wave of success that came from releasing Grazing in the Grass the year before. To watch Masekela in that moment on that stage is to see him at the height of his time in New York City — a firecracker musician who entertained his audiences as much as he educated them about the political situation in his home country of South Africa.

The legacy Masekela sowed in New York City during the 1960s remains in the walls of the venues where he played, and in the dust of those that are no longer standing. It's in the records he made in studios and jazz clubs, and on the Manhattan streets where he once posed with a giant stuffed zebra for an album cover. It's a legacy that still lives on in tangible form, too, in the Hugh Masekela Heritage Scholarship at the Manhattan School of Music.

The school is the place where Masekela received his education and met some of the people that would go on to be life-long bandmates and friends, from Larry Willis (who, as the story goes, Masekela convinced to give up opera for piano) to Morris Goldberg, Herbie Hancock and Stewart Levine, "his brother and musical compadre," as Mabusha Masekela, Bra Hugh's nephew says.

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