Akon is catching heat after he sat down for an interview and advised Black Americans to "let go" of slavery in order to "move forward."
"In Senegal, we've kind of overcome the thought of slavery, we don't even think about it," he told DJ Vlad. "The only time we think about it, honestly, is when we're doing tours at Goree Island. Outside of that, people have lived and moved way beyond the slavery concept."
He continued, "And I think, in the U.S., they have this stigma of just not letting go of the past and blaming the past on every mishap or, you know, disappointment. I think as long as you hold onto that past, there's a lot of weight that you carry with you everywhere you go.
"It's hard to move forward and move fast when you got a weight on your back. You just gotta let it go."
Is he right?