Hilary Saunders is a writer, editor, and proud alumna of The U. She firmly believes that rock and roll can save the world.
Celebrity Charities – Last thursday night, Black Eyed Peas frontman Will.i.am hosted a benefit concert at the Hollywood Palladium to support his namesake education program, the i.am Angel Foundation.
Bringing in support from the rest of the Black Eyed Peas (excluding Fergie), Stevie Wonder (who played piano, harmonica and sang classics like “My Cherie Amor” and “Superstition.”), Ne-Yo, K’Naan, and Flo Rida, the “Trans4mation Experience” event raised $5 million for the foundation. During the performances, videos played bringing attention to students in U.S. neighborhoods, including Boyle Heights, where the rapper grew up, struggling in poor educational climates.
Will.i.am also noted that the 2010 documentary about public education in America, Waiting For Superman, inspired the inaugural event. He said, “Superman is not coming to save no neighborhood or no education system…That’s the reason why I’m doing what I am doing because that movie hits straight to heart because my mom went to one of those schools.”
Will.i.am’s organization, which began in 2009, has three branches—i.am First is an after school program that specializes engineering and technology, i.am Home addresses foreclosure problems, and i.am Scholarship provides financial assistance for underprivileged youth striving for a post-secondary education.