After a long and hot morning spent foraging, this wild seven-banded armadillo needed a rest! Filmed in the southern Pantanal, Brazil, on assignment for @stevewinterphoto, @natgeo and @natgeowild. Follow Steve and I (@bertiegregory) for news on our jaguar film coming soon!

Jay-Z, photographed with the first bucket of water collected from a water pipe system he had installed in Mwananyamala, a ward in the Kinondoni district of the Dar es Salaam region of Tanzania, on October 4, 2006. 

The installation was donated to the ward from Hov as part of his United Nations-certified “Water for Life” charity tour. In partnership with MTV and the UN, Hov toured several developing countries, meeting with young people who do not have access to safe water. The network followed him and recorded the tour for a documentary titled “Diary of Jay-Z: Water for Life.”

“I was looking for a cause to attach myself to,” Jay explained in an interview upon the documentary’s release. “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. In 2006 the United Nations estimated that more than 1 billion people do not have access to clean drinking water and more than 2.6 billion live without proper sanitation. As of 2013 they estimate those numbers have dropped to 783 million and almost 2.5 billion respectively. 6 to 8 million people still die annually from the consequences of disasters and water-related diseases. As Hov explained, “Three people die every three minutes … from easily preventable diseases.

In order to witness these problems firsthand, Jay approached MTV and invited a crew to follow him during his first African tour. But he wanted to do more than entertain and meet and greet fans. “I set an incredibly lofty goal of getting the U.N. involved,” he said. “So they spoke to my people, they spoke to MTV and then the whole thing happened and it’s like… Wow!”

In the documentary Jay, who was 37 at the time, admitted that it had taken time for him to appreciate the value of his riches. “You put a guy who’s 16, 17 years old, a young guy who came from a difficult neighborhood and wasn’t used to having anything. In the next eight months he’s a millionaire. It’s shocking. It’s really shocking. It’s like ‘Wow, you mean I can go get a watch that costs whatever, whatever, whatever?’” he said. But he also recognized that his experiences in the hood were nothing when compared with the lives of those living in extreme poverty. “It made me realize that as tough as we had it – and there are tough neighborhoods in the places that I grew up – but that’s not the bottom,” he said. “You know they say 'I’m from the bottom.’ It’s not really the bottom, because you have water, and roads [that] are paved, and you can go to school … You don’t have to play out in open sewage. Now that’s the 'hood.”


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