Throwback Thursday “Where is the Love?” by The Black Eyed Peas (2003)
I had been doing all Pandemic inspired Throwback Thursday songs, but this week, I thought some other issues needed attention.
George Floyd was killed by police officers in Minneapolis which caused a ripple effect of protests and riots all over the country, including Sioux Falls.
Personally, I've been very anxious. I have so many feelings and don't know what to say or do or post to make any of it better or to make sense of it all. I don't want to sound ignorant or misinformed. I've been doing a lot of listening and learning and will continue to do so.
I think art in all forms helps people grieve and heal and it really can be a universal language sometimes.
"Where is the Love?" by The Black Eyed Peas was originally released in 2003. It was the first single featuring Fergie as a member of the group.
"Where is the Love?" was co-written by Justin Timberlake. Timberlake was also a featured vocalist, but was not in the music video or given official credit. The Black Eyed Peas didn't want to look like sellouts and Justin was just starting his solo career and risked overexposure so they compromised.
"Where is the Love?" peaked at #8 on the Billboard Hot 100, #1 on Mainstream Top 40, and #1 on the Rhythmic chart.
The song was re-released in 2016 with additional lyrics and a new music video.
According to Wikipedia, "All proceeds from the song will go to will.i.am's non-profit foundation, i.am.angel. – the charity funds educational programs and college scholarships. The Black Eyed Peas partnered with issues-driven media company ATTN and foundation education partner and leading geospatial company Esri for the single release campaign. It was the group's last song to feature singer Fergie."
The article continues, "Inspired by tragedies, like the attacks in Paris, and in Brussels and Orlando, and police shootings of Philando Castile and Alton Sterling, the Peas saw the relevance of the song and decided it was time to revive the track for a new generation. Family members affected by gun violence including (Alton Sterling's aunt Sandra, Philando Castile's mother Valerie) and police officials (Dallas Police Chief David O. Brown, Officer Miguel Salcedo) and more appear in the video."