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Talk about giving back! Akon is lighting up the Mother Land with his new Solar Academy for over 600 million Africans without electricity. Get the deets on his solar energy powered project and check out Jennifer Hudson’s new visuals for her track “I Still Love You” inside…

International recording artist Akon, a Senegalese-American, is all about giving back. And for his latest philanthropic effort, he’s helping to provide electricity for over 600 million Africans with the launch of his new Solar Academy through his Akon Lighting Africa initiative.

According to Reuters, the institution will teach African engineers and entrepreneurs the skills needed to develop solar power to provide electricity to those who do not have it.

European experts and engineers will provide the training equipment and programs to school them on how to install and maintain solar-powered electricity systems as well as micro grids. It’s scheduled to open in Bamako, Mali’s capital, this summer.


Speaking of musicians who are making a difference:

Get More: Jennifer Hudson, I Still Love You, Music, More Music Videos

Jennifer Hudson shows her support for the LGBT community in her newest video treatment for her track “I Still Love You.” The video follows a father’s last-minute decision to attend his gay son’s wedding, in which he ultimately declines. But, that doesn’t stop the celebration.

JHUD opened up to MTV on how the concept for the video came about saying,

“I just think the concept was just powerful to go with such a positive song. It’s about love and everyone should have love and have the right to love who they want to love,” Jennifer told us. “So I thought it would be powerful to take a concept like trying to find your equality in love no matter who you love.”

In support of the LGBT community, the Grammy Award winning singer has teamed up with W Hotel’s marriage equality campaign, TURN IT UP FOR CHANGE, to help spread a positive message of love and acceptance.

She added,

“I hope people walk away with a broader perspective of marriage equality,” JHud said about what she hopes the video conveys. “And everyone being able to choose who they want to love and just accept each other as their own and just give love and receive love, just love and be happy people. I love seeing people come together, so I thought it was a very real, beautiful inspiring moment,” she said. “And I think the video is just beautifully shot.”

Check it above.

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