will.i.am wants more inner city youth to get excited about studying abroad. Too bad Portland’s inner city leaders do not now support Portland Public Schools paying for a year of high school abroad for inner city youth. will.i.am needs to talk to them.
From the Hollywood Reporter (here):
The Black Eyed Peas' will.i.am is heading back to China in support of the Obama Administration's 100,000 Strong initiative, designed to boost the number of American students studying in the Asian country, for a concert announced for later this year.
The U.S. State Dept. said that following a meeting with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, will.i.am agreed to perform at and help promote the show, for which no date has yet been given. The concert is being organized by Americans Promoting Study Abroad, a U.S. nonprofit organization that sponsors low-income students to study Chinese language and culture in China. Clinton and will.i.am met on July 29 in Washington, according to the State Dept……
From wikipedia (here):
will.i.am was born and raised in the projects of East Los Angeles. He never met his father, William Adams, Sr., and grew up with his mother, Debra, who encouraged him to be unique and to avoid conforming to the tendencies of the other youth in his East L.A. neighborhood. She encouraged him to begin working on his musical career by sending him to school in Pacific Palisades. While attending Palisades Charter High School, will.i.am became best friends with Allan Lindo (stage name apl.de.ap), who was also a future member of The Black Eyed Peas. While still in high school, will.i.am and apl.de.ap performed in East L.A. clubs and were soon joined by three other entertainers to form the socially conscious rap group, Atban Klann. Atban Klann caught the eye of Compton rapper Eazy-E and was signed to his label, Ruthless Records, in 1991……
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