Gary catches you up on the reasons behind the recent backlash over Akon's comments that have sparked debate online.

Does Akon think Mary J. Blige, Rihanna Andre 3000, Usher and Nicki Minaj -- all who reportedly declined -- are "stupid"?

Akon criticized the government for not taking him up on his offer to let his organization, Akon Lighting Africa, help restore power to Puerto Rico.


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R&B artist and activist Akon joined Roland Martin on “NewsOne Now” to share his plans on lighting up Africa. His “Akon Lighting Africa Project” aims to bring electricity to one (1) million households in Africa by the end of 2014. Be sure to listen to “NewsOne Now” with Roland Martin, weekdays at 7 a.m. EST and watch at 9 a.m. EST on TV One.  […]

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Podcast: Download The  Israel-Palestine conflict continues to rage on in the Middle-East with the death toll climbing into the thousands. The conflict between the two warring sides has gone on for thousands of years. Will there ever be peace between Israel and Palestine? Roland Martin takes your calls in this edition of the “NewsOne Now” Audio […]

The Senegalese R&B, hip-hop singer Akon (pictured) is being sued by a former concert worker, Matthew Graham, for allegedly diving in to the crowd at a 2009 performance and landing on him, which allegedly resulted in Graham being permanently crippled, reports TMZ. SEE ALSO: 10 Celebrities With Big Tax Troubles Graham claims that when he was working […]

Music mogul Akon (pictured) is reportedly taking legal responsibility for two children whom he fathered out of wedlock, reports TMZ. SEE ALSO: Speaks On GOP The 39-year-old hip-hop performer, record producer, and entrepreneur filed a Petition for Legitimation in a Georgia Superior Court, claiming that he fathered the two young boys, one born in 2008 and the other, […]

A new study has found that listening to mainstream rock music from artists such as Bruce Springsteen and the White Stripes made white students more apt to look out for the interests of other whites rather those of blacks and Latinos. SEE ALSO: China’s Female Tycoons However, white students who listened to Top 40 pop […]

R&B singer Akon is defending President Barack Obama after Lupe Fiasco called him the “biggest terrorist. Akon spoke with VladTV in an interview and said that Lupe has to look at the bigger picture. BET reports: “I travel internationally, so I see what Obama is doing for the U.S.” explained Akon. “He’s actually changed the […]