SPECIAL: Because It Is
A convergence of heart, mind and music, intensely driven to change the process of change itself. If there ever was a promised land, this is its frontier.
By Maria Popova
We rarely get inspired by celebrities or politics or mass movements of any sort. Which is why we’re even more adamant about sharing this particular piece of inspiration.
After Barack Obama‘s New Hampshire primary night speech, will.i.am of the Black Eyed Peas found himself captivated, inspired and ready to exorcise his overwhelming disappointment with the “unfair, backwards, upside down, unbalanced, untruthful, corrupt” process of the last election…in a positive, pro-active way.
So he called up a ton of his celebrity friends and created this truly moving video based on Obama’s speech.
We’ll just say that in this overwhelmingly celebrity-driven, superficial culture, it’s both tremendously inspiring and humbling to see celebrities singing back vocals, literally and metaphorically, to something much bigger and more powerful, to a movement and an ideology that can forever change minds, culture and society at large.
So vote, will.ia?
Published February 5, 2008