G-Unit leader 50 Cent is thinking bigger than album sales and movie deals these days by announcing an initiative to provide food for millions of people in Africa by 2016.
50 broke the news of a five-year game plan heading into the weekend.
“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 )”
“Every one who thinks my goal is good put #SK at the end of your tweets that’s all the support I need right now.”
“People here have a fair shot they don’t have water RT @SamRothstein@50cent What about feeding people in your hometown of NY or other states?” (50 Cent’s Twitter)
In 2006, Jay-Z became involved in a clean water initiative to help countries like Angola and South Africa.
“I was looking for a cause to attach myself to,” he said. “I knew I was going to some places where there was problems and as soon as I came across the problems of water, and seen the numbers that were attached to it, I was like — this is it.” After doing some research he learned that the lack of clean water is a global crisis that blights the lives of millions of people every day. The United Nations estimates that more than 1 billion people do not have access to clean drinking water and more than 2.6 billion live without proper sanitation. “Three people die every three minutes … from easily preventable diseases,” Jay-Z said. (ABC News)
A few years ago, MTV aired “The Diary of Jay-Z: Water for Life” focusing on his time in Africa.
The documentary mixes their stories with statistics that 1.1 billion people have no access to clean drinking water, and more than 4,000 children die every day from diseases related to the problem. In Angola, Jay-Z helped a schoolgirl lug a 20-liter container of water to the one-room shack she shares with six family members. The family has to pay a neighbor who has running water to fill the container twice a day. They make do with that even though the average person needs at least 20 liters a day for basic needs. (CBS News)
Last year, incarcerated rapper Ja Rule credited an Africa visit for changing his life and the name of a forthcoming solo album.
“I went to Africa — it took on a hold of me, when I was doing my album and the whole project, what I was going through right now, with the new beginning, I’m not with Murder Inc. anymore, but they’re still the family,” Rule explained in 2010. “I’m on my own venture, so it was a sign of a new beginning, new ambitions, new everything. They built this statue out there, it’s called The Renaissance and it’s a statue of a man holding his baby on his shoulders with his wife in his arms, pointing to the heavens. To me, it just symbolized what I’m about right now and just the word — fresh start, I said that’s what I want to call my project, The Renaissance Project and it represents what I’m about…” (XXL Mag)
Check out “Diary of Jay-Z: Water for Life” below: