News: 50 Cent Proves The Hype's Real, Tackles Africa's Hunger Problems
Thursday, Feb 9, 2012 5:27PM
G-Unit leader 50 Cent is out to prove his global food awareness Street King campaign intentions are pure with new reports claiming he is tackling hunger in Africa this week.
ABC News reporter Dan Harris broke the news of Fif's Africa visit Thursday (February 9).
These are words I never thought I'd string together: I just spent the past few days on a humanitarian mission in Africa... with 50 Cent. The rapper/actor/entrepreneur has set a goal of delivering a billion meals through the UN World Food Programme. The money for this plan is to come from sales of his new energy drink, called Street King. It was fascinating to watch this guy who grew up on the mean streets of South Jamaica, Queens - his mom, a drug dealer, was murdered and he went in to the family business at age 12 - as he came face to face with a level of poverty and desperation he'd never before encountered. At a refugee camp in Somalia, he was left speechless at points. At a school in Kenya's largest slum, he danced with the kids. (ABC News)
Additional reports claim Fif is traveling throughout Africa's regions to provide help and guidance.
The In Da Club hitmaker has launched a new drink, called Street King, to raise funds for his charity drive, which aims to feed one billion kids. He joined officials from the World Food Program in Dolo, Somalia on Wednesday to see first-hand the effects of the devastating famine which has ravaged the region. The hip-hop star then jetted to Kenya and talked to residents of a slum, and he admits the visit has pushed him to ensure his campaign is a success. He says, "To meet those kids was so inspiring, they have nothing, yet they are so positive and optimistic. I want to do my part so they get food and an education. I hope more people will join me to help end this devastating situation." (Chron)
Last July, 50 revealed his initiative to provide food for millions of people in Africa by 2016.
"I want to impact peoples lives more. I created a new goal for my self, I want to feed a billion people in africa over the next 5 years," 50 tweeted Friday (July 16).
"Great Ill need your support moving forward RT @thequeuetip: You have my full support Fiddy (@50cent )" (50 Cent's Twitter)
Recently, Brooklyn rapper Fabolous co-signed Fif's anti-hunger Street King movement.
"I think it's dope, man. I salute anybody whose in a position to help other people out and take their time, take their luxury, their finance, their everything into putting a situation together that helps somebody else," Fab said in an interview. "I salute 50 with that. He briefly spoke to me about it while we were heading to Australia and I think it's only right to give back to someone else." (This Is 50)
Check out some recent 50 Cent footage below: