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Slumdog Tourism - Who Really Profits?


In Slumdog Millionaire, people around the world could learn about the harsh realities of growing up in the slums of Mumbai while safely cocooned in a cool, dark theater, popcorn and coke in hand. While some people were outraged by the social realities revealed in the movie, they may have been eventually mollified by its end in which love conquers all. And while the movie may just have jump-started a budding industry in which Westerners get a glimpse of the world's worst slums, parceled out an day at a time, Kennedy Odede, a junior at Wesleyan University originally from one of the largest slums in Africa, argues in this New York Times' op-ed piece that the new wave of slum tourism brought on by movies like Slumdog Millionaire are no help for the people who actually have to live there: "Slum tourism is a one-way street: They get photos; we lose a piece of our dignity."

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The Fugees Will Be Playing Live Concerts In Ghana & Nigeria

Ready or not.

The legendary Fugees have announced that they will be reuniting for their first shows in 15 years for a string of concerts across North America, Europe and West Africa.

The reunion tour will be celebrating the anniversary of their classic 1996 album, The Score.

Ms. Lauryn Hill, Wyclef Jean and Pras Michel will be embarking on a 12-city global tour, which will have them landing in Nigeria and Ghana for a pair of December show dates — we'll have more details on those to come.

The tour starts this week with a 'secret' pop-up show at an undisclosed location in New York City on Wednesday (9/22) in support of Global Citizen Live. The rest of the dates will kick-off in November and see The Fugees playing concerts across Chicago Los Angeles, Atlanta, Oakland, Miami, Newark, Paris, London, and Washington DC, before finishing off in Nigeria and Ghana.

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