This is a life changing election and Americans are ready to rise above the division and hate; ready to choose a path of healing and unity.

By D. A. Buckna

Black Eyed Peas is an American hip-hop group, founded in Los Angeles in 1995. The group currently consists of rappers
will.i.am, apl.de.ap, Taboo and J. Rey Soul.

Black Eyed Peas’ first major hit was the 2003 single “Where Is the Love?” from Elephunk, that centered around police brutality and systemic racism. The single topped the charts in 13 countries, including the United Kingdom, where it spent seven weeks at number one, and went on to become Britain’s biggest-selling single of 2003.

Last month, Jennifer Hudson teamed up with will.i.am to create “The Love,” a reimagining of “Where Is The Love?”

The Love – Black Eyed Peas & Jennifer Hudson

From www.revolt.tv:

This time, the track incorporates excerpts from Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden…The accompanying video mixes footage of protests, essential workers preparing for the Coronavirus pandemic, and more with shots of Joe Biden speaking while Black Eyed Peas and Hudson sing along against a white background.

From American Songwriter: Now called “The Love,” it is sung against scenes of unrest in our streets, riots, and police brutality. Hudson brings the fullness of the song with poignant force, while will.i.am interjects a rhyming denunciation of bigotry, race hatred and white supremacy with some new lyrics:

“Because if you only have love for your own race, Then you only leave space to discriminate.”

Michelle Obama shared the video on Twitter with her 17 million followers with these words:
If you believe that America deserves better, vote for Joe and Kamala like your life depends on it. But don’t stop there — get everyone you know to vote for them, too. Michelle Obama (@MichelleObama)
October 20, 2020

The Love – Black Eyed Peas & Jennifer Hudson

[Intro: Joe Biden & Jennifer Hudson]
Good evening.
Ella Baker, a giant of the civil rights movement
Left us with this wisdom:
‘Give people light, and they will find the way.
Give people light’ (Hmm)
Those are words for our time

[Verse 1: Joe Biden & Jennifer Hudson, Jennifer Hudson, Joe Biden]

Just a week ago yesterday was the third anniversary
Of the events in Charlottesville (Yeah, yeah)
Close your eyes, remember what you saw on television
Remember seeing those Neo-Nazis
Remember seeing those Klansmen (remember)
Coming out of fields with lighted torches, veins bulging
Spewing the same anti-Semitic bile
Heard across Europe in the 30’s
Remember the violent clash that ensued
Between those spreading hate
And those with the courage to stand against it
Remember what the president said when asked?
He said there were quote, “very fine people on both sides”
It was a wake-up call for us as a country (Oh-oh-oh-oh-oh)
And for me, a call to action (Uhm-hmm)

[Chorus: Black Eyed Peas & Jennifer Hudson]

People killing, people dying
Children hurting, you hear them crying
Can you practice what you preach?
And would you turn the other cheek
Father, Father, Father help us
Send some guidance from above
‘Cause people got me, got me questionin’
Where is the love?

[Verse 2: will.i.am]

What’s wrong with the world, mama?
People livin’ like they ain’t got no mamas
I think the whole world’s addicted to the drama
Only attracted to things that’ll bring the trauma
Overseas yeah we trying to stop terrorism
But we still got terrorists here livin’
In the USA, the KKK
I can’t believe they’re still hatin’ blacks today
‘Cause if you only have love for your own race
Then you only leave space to discriminate
And to discriminate, only generates hate
And when you hate, then you’re bound to get irate, yeah
Madness is what you demonstrate
And that’s exactly how hate works and operates
Man you gotta have love and to set it straight
Take control of your mind and meditate
Let your soul gravitate to the love

[Chorus: Black Eyed Peas & Jennifer Hudson]

People killing, people dying
Children hurting, you hear them crying
Can you practice what you preach?
And would you turn the other cheek
Father, Father, Father help us
Send some guidance from above
‘Cause people got me, got me questionin’
Where is the love?

[Post-Chorus: Black Eyed Peas & Jennifer Hudson, Jennifer Hudson, apl.de.ap]

The love (Lo-Love, oh-oh), the love
Where is the love? The love, the love
The love, the love, the love
Where is the love? The love, the love, the love

[Outro: Joe Biden & Jennifer Hudson]

So the question for us is simple: Are we ready?
I believe we are. We must be.
We can choose a path of becoming angrier, less hopeful, more divided
A path of shadow and suspicion
Or, or we can choose a different path
And together (Ah-ah), take this chance
To heal, to reform, to unite (Hmm)
A path of hope and light (Umm-hmm)
This is a life-changing election
This will determine what America is gonna look like
For a long, long time (Yes it is)
Character is on the ballot
Compassion is on the ballot (Compassion)
Decency, science, democracy (Yeah)
They’re all on the ballot
Who we are as a nation. What we stand for.
Most importantly, who we want to be
That’s all on the ballot
And the choice could not be more clear

In order of appearance:

Jennifer Hudson
Apl de Ap
will.i.am
Reverend Barber/ Poor Peoples Campaign
Breonna Taylor Family/ Breonna Taylor Foundation
Alice Tsui – teacher – New Bridges Elementary School, Brooklyn, NY
Valerie Castile/ Philando Castile Foundation
George Floyd Family/ The George Floyd Foundation
Bria Smith/ 50MilesMore
Ben Crump/ Civil Rights Attorney
Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha/ Pediatrician and Author
Deshea Agee/ Historic King Drive BID- Community Change Agent
Jamie Margolin/ Zero Hour
Daphne Frias/ Box the Ballot Founder
Manju Bangalore/ Operation Period Founder
New Bridges Elementary School
Jaclyn Corin/ March For Our Lives Co-Founder
Becky G
Alvin Cole Family/ Alvin Cole Foundation
Congresswoman Veronica Escobar/ El Paso, Texas
Arthur “Silky Slim” Reed/ Alton Sterling Foundation/ StopthekillingInc
Valarie Kaur/ Revolutionary Love Project
Mayra, Public Health Worker / College Track
Cameron Kasky/ March For Our Lives Co-Founder
J.D. Scholten/ Candidate IA-4/ Rural Advocate
Alex King/ Chicago Peace Warriors
Taboo
Tokata Iron Eyes/ noDAPL – Standing Rock
Alica Garza/ Black Lives Matter Co-Founder
Jacob Blake Family/ Jacob Blake Jr Foundation

Jennifer Hamady is a voice coach and psychotherapist in New York City. She writes in Psychology Today (Oct. 22, 2020): “That these artists—Black Eyed Peas and Jennifer Hudson—have not only chosen to make their case again for these things… for the importance of hope and love, of inspiration and activism. But to use their voices to amplify Joe Biden’s voice so that the causes of justice and kindness and civility might be amplified beyond what his voice alone can say. Beyond what their voices alone can sing. Beyond what only one man or one artist—beyond what any one person—can do on his or her own.

They say that life imitates art. When I see an example like this I certainly hope so.

May we all, no matter our politics or particular viewpoints, be similarly inspired to choose to use our own gifts and talents in support of what we believe is right and true.

Indeed, this is the opportunity the true gift of and in life. To love support and serve one another. To be willing to lend our voices to someone else—including and especially those who struggle to use theirs—and a cause greater than ourselves. And by doing so to move our world evermore forward toward kindness and justice.”


#BlackEyedPeas #JenniferHudson #AmericanReckoning #JoeBiden #DonaldTrump #systemicracism #BlackLivesMatter #TrumpVirus #TrumpVirusOrg

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