Akon Influences Global Change

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If you had a million dollars what would you do?

Musician Akon has answered this question 600,000,000 times, by providing electricity for many in his home country. Over the past decade celebrities such and Angelina Jolie, Bill Gates, Oprah Winfey, and many others have supported efforts in Africa. However, providing electricity is a momentous step forward for the growth and development of the continent.  The Senegalese-American singer’s initiative, appropriately called Akon Lighting Africa, aims to supply electricity to 600 million people in Africa who lack it with the launch of the Solar Academy.

The Solar Academy will help African engineers and entrepreneurs develop skills that will enable them to produce solar power.The goal of the academy is to teach people how to maintain solar-powered electricity systems and microgrids.  Both systems have been growing quickly in rural parts of Africa. In a continent that has 320 days of sun a year, roping in its natural resources will be valuable to the solar-energy efforts.

According to a Reuters report, experts will be on hand to help the participants with training and equipment.

 

“We have the sun and innovative technologies to bring electricity to homes and communities. We now need to consolidate African expertise,” said Samba Baithily, who founded Akon Lighting Africa with Akon and Thione Niang.

“We expect the Africans who graduate from this center to devise new, innovative, technical solutions,” said Niang. “With this academy, we can capitalize on Akon Lighting Africa and go furter.”

The organization also hopes to create jobs with its initiative.This initiative   will impact generations in the country of Africa. Akon has made history through his generous business savvy approach to offering the less fortunate a better way of life.

 

 

 

DJ Irie Weekend 10th Anniversary Major Success

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Jamie fox and DJ Irie-305access

A Party With a Purpose

The Irie Foundation is working year-round to improve the lives of South Florida’s at-risk youth. Through a number of proactive initiatives and programs, we are committed to helping kids get on the right track and strive for a successful future.The proceeds from Irie Weekend go toward foundation programming, as well as to benefit a number of other local and national nonprofit organizations.

Irie’s 10th Annual Irie Weekend was everything it was promised to be. A record number of attendees,turned out  to support not only fun in the sun, but a great charitable fundraiser, as all proceeds were attributed to the Irie Foundation.

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The National hotel on South Beach hosted the kickoff for the 10th Annual Irie Weekend celebration sponsored by Beats Music, KorbelJack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey, had party goers entertain and relax. Dascha Polanco, Alonzo Mourning, Chris Bosh, Omar Benson, Adrian Grenierand more were in attendance. The Irie Weekend celebration is a South Florida takeover of talent, celebs and pro athletes. Irie Weekend is where global A-listers come to play. Their celebrity golf and bowling events are open to the public and anyone can sign up to participate in these events at IrieWeekend.com. 

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The weekend also marked DJ Irie’s birthday. The events were  proudly hosted by Miami Hotspots Liv, E11even, the Miami beach country club and the National Hotel. The staff and production team was notably professional and polite. Special thanks to Jackie and Eric on the Irie team.

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Miley Cyrus Ruins Make-A-Wish Moment

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miley Cyrus, make a wish

Miley Cyrus did such a bad job at a recent Make a wish Moment for a 7 year old cancer patient. She did such a bad job, they are now asking Justin Bieber to come to  the rescue of a 7-year-old cancer patient whose Make-A-Wish wish was ruined by Miley Cyrus..

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According to RadarOnline.com, the twerking queen accidentally damaged Miley Hodge’s Make-A-Wish wish when she paid more attention to a new studio than the sick child during their visit.

“The family went to Los Angeles and were put off for nearly a week before they met [Cyrus]. They finally met at the recording studio and from what I understand, Cyrus was more interested in what she was doing in the studio than paying attention to the little girl,” a family friend told the site. When approached for comment, Miley’s dad Bert insisted the family was “grateful for the chance to meet Cyrus in person.”

Even though the little girl met the singer, her family wants to give their daughter to get what she’s wanted all along and that’s the opportunity to meet Bieber. Miley suffers from Stage IV Osteosarcoma, an aggressive form of bone cancer. Doctors told her family last December that she had just four-to-six months to live.

So far Beliebers are doing all they can on Twitter to get Bieber to meet the ailing girl. Tweeting #JustinMeetMiley and recently #Pray4Miley, her family, along with the organization Believe4Children, are hoping to get her wish granted. Celebrities like Diddy, Tara Reid, Kelly Osbourne and Bieber’s pal Milk Tyson have helped get Justin’s attention about meeting the girl too.