#whereisthelove

The Black Eyed Peas have revised their 2003 hit song Where Is the Love? and asked a few of their close friends to help remind us all of what is most important – Love! The new updated version was released last Thursday on the groups Facebook page and has taken the world by surprise. The video clip above has already been viewed and shared by almost 50 million people, that’s quite a feat considering no advertising or promotion was involved.

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Justin Timberlake, Usher, Jessie J, Jamie Foxx, Nicole Scherzinger to name a few lend their voices to the track, helping to bring light to divisions in race and hatred including the refugee crisis. Other celebrities lending their names to the cause include Kendall Jenner, Rosario Dawson, and Olivia Munn while the families of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, both victims of police shootings, are front and centre. The former Dallas Police Department chief David O. Brown also appears on the politically-charged video.

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“We started remaking Where Is the Love? this year right after being bombarded by all the things the media were showing – the wickedness of the world, the conflict in Syria, the Paris terrorist attack, the Brussels bombing, the Turkey violence and the Orlando shooting,” lead singer Will.I.Am told Genius. “Every time I looked up there was severe hate and not enough love, so I wanted to get all of my friends together and re-imagine what we did after 9/11 with Where Is the Love?”

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This new version is much more emotional and reflects what is going on in the world today “I think they all distracted by the drama and attracted to the trauma” sings Will.i.am. So true! A black man gets shot and the community turns against the police, and all cops are bad… really??!! The country gets in on the drama and all hell breaks loose. The truth… no-one wants to know the truth. It’s not as exciting!

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Where is the tolerance? Where is the respect? Where is the love? I often wonder the same thing myself. These day people are more preoccupied with Kim Kardashians nipples than the military bases being built-in the South China Sea. Getting a promotion and making more money is on the top of some people’s lists rather than spending more time with their partner and children…. Where is the love? I don’t know anymore…..

x x x


Where Is The Love 2016 Version – Lyrics
People killin’ people dyin’
Children hurtin’, I hear them cryin’
Can you practice what you preachin’?
Would you turn the other cheek again?
Mama, mama, mama, tell us what the hell is goin’ on
Can we all just get along?
Father, Father, Father, help us
Send some guidance from above
Cause people got me, got me questioning
(Where’s the love)

[Verse 1: will.i.am (Jamie Foxx & Mary J. Blige)]
Yo, what’s going on with the world, momma?
(Where’s the love)
Yo, people living like they ain’t got no mommas
(Where’s the love)
I think they all distracted by the drama and attracted to the trauma, mama
(Where’s the love)
I think they don’t understand the concept or the meaning of karma
(Where’s the love)
[Verse 2: Diddy (Mary J. Blige)]
Overseas, yeah, they trying to stop terrorism
(Where’s the love)
Over here on the streets, the police shoot
The people put the bullets in ’em
(Where’s the love)
But if you only got love for your own race
(Where’s the love)
Then you’re gonna leave space for others to discriminate
(Where’s the love)

[Verse 3: will.i.am]
And to discriminate only generates hate
And when you hate, then you’re bound to get irate
Madness is what you demonstrate
And that’s exactly how hate works and operates
Man, we gotta set it straight
Take control of your mind, just meditate
And let your soul just gravitate to the love
So the whole world celebrate it

[Chorus: will.i.am, Mary J. Blige, Andra Day, Nicole Scherzinger & Tori Kelly]
People killin’ people dyin’
Children hurtin’, I hear them cryin’
Can you practice what you preachin’?
Would you turn the other cheek again?
Mama, mama, mama, tell us what the hell is goin’ on
Can’t we all just get along?
Father, Father, Father, help us
Send some guidance from above
Cause people got me, got me questioning
(Where’s the love)

[Verse 4: Taboo (Jessie J & Andra Day)]
It just ain’t the same, always in change
(Where’s the love)
New days are strange, is the world insane?
(Where’s the love)
Nation droppin’ bombs killing our little ones
(Where’s the love)
Ongoing suffering as the youth die young
(Where’s the love)

[Verse 5: Game]
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?
And every time I look around

[Verse 6: Taboo + Ty Dolla $ign (Mary J. Blige & Jessie J)]
Every time I look up, every time I look down
No one’s on a common ground
(Where’s the love)
And if you never speak truth, then you never know how love sounds
(Where’s the love)
And if you never know love, then you never know God, wow
(Where’s the love)
Where’s the love y’all? I don’t, I don’t know
Where’s the truth y’all? I don’t know

[Chorus: Justin Timberlake]
People killin’ people dyin’
Children hurtin’, I hear them cryin’
Can you practice what you preach?
Would you turn the other cheek?
Father, Father, Father, help us
Send some guidance from above
Cause people got me, got me questioning
(Where’s the love, where’s the love)

[Bridge: DJ Khaled (Usher, Nicole Scherzinger, will.i.am & Justin Timberlake)]
Love is the key
(Where’s the love)
Love is the answer
(Where’s the love)
Love is the solution
(Where’s the love)
They don’t want us to love
(Where’s the love)
Love is powerful
(Where’s the love)

[Verse 7: A$AP Rocky + Jaden Smith]
My mama asked me why I never vote, never vote
Cause police men want me dead and gone, dead and gone
That election looking like a joke, such a joke, man
And the weed man still sellin’ dope, oh no
Somebody gotta give these niggas hope, give us hope
All he ever wanted was a smoke, my gosh
Said he can’t breathe with his hands in the air
Layin’ on the ground died from a choke

[Verse 8: apl.de.ap + Fergie]
I feel the weight of the world on my shoulders
As I’m gettin’ older y’all people gets colder
Most of us only care about money makin’
Selfishness got us followin’ the wrong direction
Wrong information was shown by the media
Negative images is the main criteria
Infecting the young minds faster than bacteria
Kids wanna act like what they see in the cinemas
What happened to the love and the values of humanity?
(Where’s the love)
What happened to the love and the fairness and equality?
(Where’s the love)
Instead of spreading love we’re spreading animosity
(Where’s the love)
Lack of understanding leading us away from unity
(Where’s the love)

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