The Timeless Message of "Where Is The Love?"

The Timeless Message of "Where Is The Love?"

The Black Eyed Peas are opening minds "One Love" at a time.
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Back in June of 2003, The Black Eyed Peas released "Where Is The Love?"

The song features vocals from Justin Timberlake and served as the official debut of Fergie as a member of the band. While the first music video does not feature Timberlake, his popular chorus sets the mood for will.i.am, Taboo, and apl.de.ap to speak their minds.


The video was shot in East L.A. where the band as well as the general population post the infamous question mark in every place imaginable (stickers on wall, flags on bikes, tattoos, etc). The lyrics pose the question as each verse brings various injustices to light; they send a message so timeless, it's still just as relevant today.

In August of 2016, will.i.am revamped the original by including the same message in a more relevant format. His goal was to raise money for his educational nonprofit, i.am.angel, using various artists and media figureheads to voice over the similar lyrics.

The new composition, "Where's The Love?" even has it's own website to demonstrate the necessity for an increase in education in underprivileged areas.


One of the most prominent changes other than a new sound and black-and-white look was a verse by The Game who brings truth to the root cause of the issues America faced last year prior to the election:

"Where's the love when a child gets murdered or a cop gets knocked down? Black lives, not now. Everybody matter to me, all races. Y'all don't like what I'm sayin'? Haterade, tall cases. Everybody hate somebody, guess we all racist. Black Eyed Peas do a song about love and y'all hate this. All these protest with different colored faces. We was all born with a heart, why we gotta chase it?"

Taboo follows the verse with, "Every time I look up, every time I look down, no one's on a common ground."

The most recent revival of this classic was at Ariana Grande's One Love Manchester concert to raise money for the victims of the arena bombing on May 22, 2017. This performance (one that had me in tears) served as a reminder: we shouldn't need this message, but we should be thankful we have it.

War isn't something new. It's not something that just emerged one day and started to tear people apart. War has been around since humans discovered the value of competition thousands of years ago.

While it may seem ideal for everyone to put their differences aside and "just get along," there's always going to be an enemy. Whether it's domestic or international, political arguments have been the rise and demise of nations for centuries. They won't, "just go away."

World leaders can argue and put nations at risk day in and day out, but what matters at the end of the day is that they can't have a nation without people. Don't give up and see togetherness as a hopeless effort simply because of the inevitable. Unity is still necessary and will always serve a purpose.

As long as we have bands like The Black Eyed Peas promoting education and unity, the world cannot lose all of its hope.

They ask where the love is, but the truth is it lies within us.

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A Letter To My Go-To Aunt

Happiness is having the best aunt in the world.
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I know I don't say it enough, so let me start off by saying thank you.

You'll never understand how incredibly blessed I am to have you in my life. You'll also never understand how special you are to me and how much I love you.

I can't thank you enough for countless days and nights at your house venting, and never being too busy when I need you. Thank you for the shopping days and always helping me find the best deals on the cutest clothes. For all the appointments I didn't want to go to by myself. Thank you for making two prom days and a graduation party days I could never forget. Thank you for being overprotective when it comes to the men in my life.

Most importantly, thank you for being my support system throughout the numerous highs and lows my life has brought me. Thank you for being honest even when it isn't what I want to hear. Thank you for always keeping my feet on the ground and keeping me sane when I feel like freaking out. Thank you for always supporting whatever dream I choose to chase that day. Thank you for being a second mom. Thank you for bringing me into your family and treating me like one of your own, for making me feel special because you do not have an obligation to spend time with me.

You've been my hero and role model from the time you came into my life. You don't know how to say no when family comes to you for help. You're understanding, kind, fun, full of life and you have the biggest heart. However, you're honest and strong and sometimes a little intimidating. No matter what will always have a special place in my heart.

There is no possible way to ever thank you for every thing you have done for me and will continue to do for me. Thank you for being you.

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Abortion Bans Are Only A Small Part Of The Republican War On Women

These bans expose the Republican Party for what it truly is.

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This week, several states passed laws that ban abortion after six to eight weeks of pregnancy, before most women even know that they're pregnant. The most egregious of these is Alabama — the state has banned abortion except for in cases of danger to the mother. Exceptions in the cases of rape and incest were actively voted against by the state legislature. Under the new law, any doctor who is caught giving an abortion would be sentenced to 99 years in prison, and the woman would be charged with murder.

Apart from the fact that this explicitly violates the decision of Roe v. Wade (which is the point), this is only a small part of the slow but steady degradation of women's rights by Republicans in the United States. To anyone who believes that this is simply about people being "pro-life" or "saving the children," then tell them to look at what happens after the fetus is carried to term.

Republicans oppose forcing fathers to be involved in the lives of their children that were forcibly carried to term, desires to cut food stamps and make it more difficult to feed said child, cut funding for affordable housing to make it more difficult for them to find homes, cut spending to public education so these children can't move up the social ladder, and refuse to offer the woman or her child health insurance to keep them both healthy. What about efforts to prevent pregnancy? Republicans also oppose funding birth control and contraception, as well as opposing comprehensive sexual education. To them, the only feasible solution is to simply keep your legs shut. They oppose all of these things because it is, in their eyes, a violation of individual rights to force people to do something. The bill also makes women who get abortions felons, and felons can't vote. I'll let you finish putting those two together.

If you view it from this framework, it would seem like Republicans are being extremely hypocritical by violating the personal freedoms of pregnant women, but if you look at it from the view of restricting social mobility for women, then it makes perfect sense. The Republican dogma of "individual rights" and "personal responsibility" is a socially acceptable facade that they use to cover up their true intentions of protecting the status quo and protect those in power. About any Republican policy, ask yourself: does this disperse power or consolidate it? Whether it be education, healthcare, the environment, or the economy, Republicans love to keep power away from the average citizen and give it to the small number of people that they deem "deserving" of it because of their race, gender, wealth, or power. This is the case with abortion as well; Power is being taken from women, and being given back to men in a reversal of the Feminist Movement of the 1970s.

Republicans don't believe in systemic issues. They believe that everyone has the same opportunity to succeed regardless of what point they started. This is why they love capitalism so much. It acts as some sort of great filter in which only those who deserve power can make it to the top. It's also why they hate social policies; they think that helping people who can't help themselves changes the hierarchy in a negative way by giving people who don't "deserve" power, power. Of course, we know that just because you have money and power doesn't mean you earned it fair and square, and even if Republicans believe it, it wouldn't change anything because it wouldn't change how they want to distribute power.

In short, Republican policies, including abortion, leave the average American with less money, less protection, less education, worse health, less opportunity, fewer rights, and less freedom. This is NOT a side effect. This is the point. Regardless of what Republicans will tell you about "inalienable rights" and how everyone is equal, in reality, they believe that some people and groups are more deserving of rights than others, and the group that deserves rights the most are the ones "that will do the best with them." To Republicans, this group consists of the wealthy, the powerful, and the white — the mega-rich, the CEOs of large companies, gun owners and Christians.

So, who do Republicans think deserve power and give it to? People who look and think like them. This, however, begs the question: Who do they want to take it from?

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