Black Eyed Peas' 'WHERESTHELOVE' Star-Studded Song, Video To Combat Violence, Racism
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The Black Eyed Peas have reunited for the first time in five years to refashion their 2003 hit "Where Is The Love?" into "WHERESTHELOVE," a star-studded throwdown calling out racism, violence and hatred.
The video, which was released to YouTube on Sept. 1, is fast approaching 7 million views. Credited to Black Eyed Peas + The World, an astounding cast of notable cultural names and A-list celebrities appear in the "WHERESTHELOVE" music video, including Sandra Sterling, Jamie Foxx, Vanessa Hudgens, Snoop Dogg, Quincy Jones, Wilmer Valderrama, Rosario Dawson, Adrianne Palicki, Jaden Smith and dozens more. In the video these star turns are woven in amongst photographs and footage of things like drowned refugees, protests in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, wounded Afghan children, Muslims at prayer and the U.S. Air Force's B-1 bomber in action.
In addition to the four key BEP members (wil.i.am, apl.de.ap, Taboo and Fergie), the likes of Justin Timberlake, ASAP Rocky, Mary J. Blige, DJ Khaled and Nicole Scherzinger all make vocal contributions to the song.
An official statement accompanying the song "calls for calm, asking citizens of the world to stop the hate and violence that has resulted in many lives lost."
The Black Eyed Peas, Interscope Records and iTunes will donate all of their respective U.S. proceeds to the i.am.angel foundation, the charitable organization set up by BEP frontperson wil.i.am. Started in 2009, the i.am.angel Foundation focuses on programs to provide college scholarships (i.am scholarship), college preparation (i.am College Track), and opportunities in the "STEAM" education fields of science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics.
The release of the "WHERESTHELOVE" video also coincided with geospatial company Esri creating an interactive map that tracks all of the neighbourhoods in America that are struggling due to low spending on education, high unemployment, high poverty and murder rates. Built using information from the Sentencing Project, the Bureau of Justice Statistics, the National Association of State Budget Officers, and the U.S. Census Bureau, the map is meant to give context and help understanding the neighbourhoods where actions such as police killing unarmed civilians, civilians killing police officers, and civilians killing each other take place.
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