TMZ caught up with the Senegal-raised singer/entrepreneur at LAX Wednesday where he noted that the casting of African comedians or actors would make the film feel more authentic.
“One thing I would recommend though, make sure to put, and I don’t know, I haven’t seen the casting yet, but I would recommend them cast some African comedians and African actors because the film, in Africa as you know the film industry is huge,” he said. “It’s one of the biggest in the world, so to expose some of those actors and comedians, you have to. There’s no way you could do Coming To America without adding somebody like Michael Blackson who’s African and one of the most funniest African comedians out there and he’s well known in America so this is a way to really merge the two cultures together with African Americans and Africans can really do something on a huge scale.”
Hear Akon explain it in the clip above.
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In related news, the five-time Grammy-nominated artist has partnered with AI-solutions leader
Group A MondoBrain to provide sustainable energy solutions throughout Africa and America by leveraging the power of Artificial Intelligence, per Business Wire.
“I’m a true believer in the ability of combined forces and partnering with advanced technologies to help us combat climate change and make positive impacts in people’s lives. Integrating technologies such as artificial intelligence to our new sustainable energy solutions is a must” said Akon. “By partnering with Group A MondoBrain, we are committing to turn the promise of providing efficient sustainable energy solutions by using AI technologies into living reality for people in America and Africa.”
For over a decade now, Akon, through his Lighting Africa Initiative, has been delivering sustainable energy solutions to disadvantaged and rural populations in over 16 countries.