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The Side Eye: Nas Promoter Held Hostage In Angola


Reports state that an American concert promoter and his son are being held "hostage" due to Nas' failure to appear at a heavily promoted New Year's Eve concert in Luanda. Patrick Allocco, a NJ-based promoter, had worked with Angolan promoter Henrique "Riquhino" Miguel to bring Nas to the southern African country.

Miguel wired around $300K to Nas' camp, but the rapper never even made it on a plane citing "miscommunication" (he did make it to LeBron James' party in Miami though). Allocco and his son were then allegedly kidnapped at gunpoint and are being held until Nas returns all the $300,000 owed plus an additional $50K for expenses.

There's a whole lot of details about this story that still remain unclear so we're side-eyeing the whole episode. Hope everyone stays safe though.

UPDATE: Patrick Allocco explains the Nas/concert/money situation via phone from Angola where he is still being held hostage via VLAD TV, stream below.

Ironic clip of Nas on the lack of American artists performing in Africa below.

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Zambian President Edgar Lungu Collapses During Televised Ceremony

Secretary to Cabinet, Simon Miti confirmed that the head of state experienced sudden dizziness during a commemoration ceremony in Lusaka on Sunday.

"His Excellency the President of The Republic of Zambia Dr Edgar Changwa Lungu, this afternoon experienced sudden dizziness while officiating the 45th Defence Force Day Commemoration and Investiture Ceremony. His Excellency recovered immediately and walked to the official car and returned to his residence at The State House," said Secretary to Cabinet Simon Miti in a statement.

This is not the first time the 64-year-old has collapsed during a public engagement. In 2015 President Lungu was rushed to hospital after collapsing during a Women's Day event, according to a report by The Mail and Guardian. After being discharged from Maina Soko Military Hospital in his home country, he was forced to receive specialist treatment in neighbouring South Africa.

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