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Exclusive! Will.i.am on the Possibility of First Black President

It's no secret that Black Eyed Peas member Will.i.am and Barack Obama are fans of each other. Will.i.am, and his famous friends, covered an Obama speech in his powerful video "Yes We Can," and Barack added the song to his top 10 favorites of all time. Last night I ran into Will.i.am and got to hear what he thinks about the possibility of the first black president.

Will.i.am said that he doesn't feel the the urgency for Obama to be elected because of his race, but rather because Americans of any color need an advocate in the White House to help them realize better job opportunities, healthcare, and education. He explained:

It's important that we build communities, as American communities, to the standards that every single person has equal opportunities. It has nothing to do with race. And if we harp on that, shame on us.

I think Will.i.am's words could be applied to many divisions manifested in American society — let's build better American communities regardless of political ideology, religion, gender, class, or sexual orientation. Watch the video, and tell me what you think!

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zcoral zcoral 7 years
Did anyone else see the video where a reporter asked Will. i. am if he knew anything about Obama before he decided to support him, and he looked stunned and then just said no? Honesty is always the best policy - but really, why is America jumping on the bandwagon? We can do better. Ask the tough questions and think about the answers.
0danielle0 0danielle0 7 years
If only more people could see things the way he does...
ilanac13 ilanac13 7 years
i think that the sentiment in the song is right and it's the way that we need to think, but unfortunately sometimes i have to be skeptical to think that it's going to take a bit more than a song about it and people preaching to it to make a difference. there has historically been way too much emphasis put on the white male from a certain cultural/religious background that it's nice to think that we can break the mold - but will it happen - i'm not sure just yet.
janneth janneth 7 years
Will.i.am is diplomatic. And he sees things globally.Too bad there are some who feel racist sentiments deep down in their guts. Maybe racism and sexism will change with the increasing influence of younger Americans. Thanks also to the hard work of Obama and Hillary Clinton.
janneth janneth 7 years
Will.i.am is diplomatic. And he sees things globally. Too bad there are some who feel racist sentiments deep down in their guts. Maybe racism and sexism will change with the increasing influence of younger Americans. Thanks also to the hard work of Obama and Hillary Clinton.
kastarte2 kastarte2 7 years
I like what he says about harping on race. I feel the same way. This election is about so much more than race and shouldn't be reduced to such.
kia kia 7 years
I am a strong believer of community participation or at least regard. I think my AmeriCorps time really instilled this in me and I preach it like some hippie dippe type.
popgoestheworld popgoestheworld 7 years
I couldn't hear what he was saying... too much noise. In general though I like the sentiments behind the quote I read.
popgoestheworld popgoestheworld 7 years
I couldn't hear what he was saying... too much noise. In general though I like the sentiments behind the quote I read.
LibertySugar LibertySugar 7 years
Hi bella! He's just another curious citizen!
Beauty Beauty 7 years
Who's the guy with the beard?
Beauty Beauty 7 years
Who's the guy with the beard?
LibertySugar LibertySugar 7 years
Hahaha, Vespa! I'm the one behind the video camera. ;-)
Vespa Vespa 7 years
So, Liberty Sugar, you're the one on the right with the beard? :ponder: Looks like some heavy airbrushing was done on that picture that shows up on the website.
CurvatudeBlog CurvatudeBlog 7 years
i agree! that quote sums it all up.and yes for goodness sake, it should not be about race but about our country being something real and special in the world again
CurvatudeBlog CurvatudeBlog 7 years
i agree! that quote sums it all up. and yes for goodness sake, it should not be about race but about our country being something real and special in the world again
Jude-C Jude-C 7 years
It's important that we build communities, as American communities, to the standards that every single person has equal opportunities. It has nothing to do with race. And if we harp on that, shame on us.
This reminds me of what Michelle said in her speech, about working to make this country what it should be instead of just accepting what it is, and I like it quite a bit. And, of course, absolutely agree that race should not play into it. It would be enormously exciting to have a minority President, but that wouldn't be a reason to vote for a candidate who is otherwise lacking.
Jude-C Jude-C 7 years
<blockquote>It's important that we build communities, as American communities, to the standards that every single person has equal opportunities. It has nothing to do with race. And if we harp on that, shame on us.</blockquote>This reminds me of what Michelle said in her speech, about working to make this country what it should be instead of just accepting what it is, and I like it quite a bit. And, of course, absolutely agree that race should not play into it. It would be enormously exciting to have a minority President, but that wouldn't be a reason to vote for a candidate who is otherwise lacking.
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