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Akon Says He Had A "Solution" To Puerto Rico's Electricity Quandary

The 44-year-old singer/record executive provided details on this claim and said Puerto Ricans would've received a faster response from his team if they got the green light.

Five months after Hurricane Maria ravaged Puerto Rico and knocked out a significant percentage of the country's electricity, Akon revealed he had a "solution" to restore residents' power, but his offer was quickly quieted by the U.S. government.

In a brief interview with TMZ, the 44-year-old singer/record executive provided details on this claim and said Puerto Ricans would've received a faster response from his team if they got the green light.

"We actually presented a program for Puerto Rico and we got rejected," Akon reveals. "We had the solution for Puerto Rico, clearly. We would have power up in less than 30 days, and they rejected us." Akon cited reasons like "politics, propaganda, and special interests" as to why his company was denied. "They didn't care about the people - if that was the case, they would have allowed us to go in and just provide the solution," he said. "But I think it was bigger than numbers at that point."

Three years ago, Akon planned to bring his "Lighting Africa" initiative to Latin America. He posted a photo of Salvador, Bahia, Brazil's Mayor Antonio Carlos Magalhaes Neto on Instagram that showcased the pair presumably discussing electricity solutions for those without. The "Mama Africa" rapper previously attained praise and success for his efforts that brought electricity to rural areas of countries like Madagascar, Mali, and his hometown Senegal.

According to the Huffington Post, Akon's electric journey sought to place the power within the hands of people who've had to live without this amenity. In 2016, he established the Solar Academy in Bamako, Mali. Through solar-powered inventions, engineers hit the ground running to find ways to bring 600 million Africans power.

At the end of January, ABC News reports 450,000 Puerto Ricans were still waiting for full power restoration.

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Jeremih’s Mother Opens Up About His Battle With COVID-19

Three weeks into his battle with COVID-19, Jeremih has been removed from the ICU and transferred to a regular room at the Chicago medical center where he is receiving treatment. The 33-year-singer was at his mother, Gwenda Starling’s, home when he started feeling ill earlier in the month.

Within a couple of hours, he couldn't walk properly and decided to go to the hospital, where he has been since Nov. 5. “A couple hours later he was calling me saying, ‘Mom, I need to go to the hospital. All of a sudden he couldn’t walk,” Sterling told ABC Chicago. “He was barely walking. He was holding his stomach.”

Thankfully, Jeremih’s condition got worse from there. He was in critical condition and placed on a ventilator. Starling described the experience as a “tremendous nightmare.”

“The whole family was just so saddened and just shocked, first of all. After we gout out of that whole shock thing, it was like ‘OK, we’ve got to pray.’”

Jeremih’s condition has slowly improved over the last several days. His mother noted that she knew he was healing when he started asking her for real food. “I got so teary-eyed, but I get so joyful at the same time because he’s pulling through,” she said.

The family hopes that he will be home by Thanksgiving. “It may be a bit much to ask God, but I figure we’ve been asking for everything else.”

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‘Chappelle’s Show’ Removed From Netflix At Dave Chappelle’s Request

Chappelle’s Show is no longer streaming on Netflix, at the request of Dave Chappelle. The comedian reached out to the company to ask them to remove the series, for which he received no residuals, and they quickly complied.

On Tuesday (Nov. 24), Chappelle’s posted an Instagram video from a recent stand-up show, called Unforgiven, where he further explained his reasoning for not wanting the Viacom/CBS-owned show to stream on Netflix. “[ViacomCBS] didn’t have to pay me because I signed the contract,” he explained of the sketch comedy show. “But is that right? I found out that these people were streaming my work and they never had to ask me or they never have to tell me. Perfectly legal ‘cause I signed the contract. But is that right? I didn’t think so either.

“That’s why I like working for Netflix,” he continued. “I like working for Netflix because when all those bad things happened to me, that company didn’t even exist. And when I found out they were streaming Chappelle’s Show, I was furious. How could they not– how could they not know? So you know what I did? I called them and I told them that this makes me feel bad. And you want to know what they did? They agreed that they would take it off their platform just so I could feel better.”

Episodes of Chapelle's Show had been streaming on Netflix for about a month. While the showw has been wiped from the streaming outlet, episodes remain on Comedy Central, CBS All Access, and HBO Max.

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‘Black Panther’ Sequel Will Reportedly Begin Filming In Atlanta Next Year

Filming on the highly anticipated sequel to Black Panther is set to begin next summer. Marvel Studios will start shooting the Ryan Coogler-directed sequel in July 2021, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

“The series are the priority, “ a source told THR of Marvel’s film strategy going into next year. “Ramping them up takes a lot of focus. The movie machinery is well established.”

The shoot will last at least six months. Princess Shuri, the character played by Letitia Wright, who plays King T’Challa's sister Princess Shuri, could take on an expanded role given the death of Chadwick Boseman.

Narcos: Mexico actor Tenoch Huerta will reportedly join the cast, while Lupita Nyong’o, Angela Bassett and Windsor Duke are also expected to return for the second installment of the Marvel film.

In September, Black Panther’s executive producer Victoria Alonso denied rumors that Boseman would appear in the film via CGI technology. “There's only one Chadwick, and he's not with us,” Alonso said. “Our king, unfortunately, has died in real life, not just in fiction, and we are taking a little time to see how we return to the story and what we do to honor this chapter of what has happened to us that was so unexpected, so painful, so terrible, in reality.”

Boseman, 43, passed away from colon cancer in August.

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