Akon, an artist, producer, and entrepreneur said he and Jackson hung out “practically four, five times a week” and had “real conversations,” according to HipHopDX. In their two-year friendship, Akon learned that Jackson always made sure “kids were in a comfortable position to be a kid” because “he never really had a childhood himself.”
“He was a big star as a child,” Akon told the online magazine. “He didn’t get a chance to go to the carnival, go to the movies, eat candy, like things that kids naturally did so when he got older, he surrounded himself with all those kiddish things that he never had a chance to be at.”
For Akon, who has devoted his life to creating a better future for the kids in Africa, Jackson’s character is a reflection of what he’s endured and paid forward. Jackson participated in humanitarian efforts to help people all over the world, especially children in need.
“We wanted to create a music school that allowed kids to learn how to play instruments, vocal coaching, the music business, entertainment, so they don’t just walk into it not knowing the education of how the business works and things like that,” the Senegal native revealed, adding that the first educational district in Akon City will be named after the late icon.
News Source: Black Enterprise/ Written Credits to: Atiya Jordan