Black Eyed Peas made a rare appearance last Friday night to kickoff Into Action, a 9-day celebration of community power and cultural resistance in downtown Los Angeles.
Into Action consists of artists, activists and panelists alongside a powerful, thought-provoking gallery of visual art, installations and interactive works, aimed at maintaining momentum in the age of resistance and persistence. Artists featured include Shepard Fairey, Michele Pred, Guillermo Bert and many, many more.
Most importantly, Into Action emphasizes measures both big and small that individuals can “pledge” to do in their lives and communities every day – from signing petitions, making phone calls, valuing education, speaking your truth, protesting, organizing events in the neighborhood, extending love and compassion to those around you, and more.
The Black Eyed Peas showed their support for being active members of society by sharing the ways in which they’ve given back to their communities individually. Will.I.Am has implemented STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) programs to underserved neighborhoods, including California’s Boyle Heights where the singer grew up. Taboo spoke of his work with Joe Biden and his activism in defense of Standing Rock, and APL shared his experience building schools in his home of the Philippines.
Black Eyed Peas passion for providing a voice and opportunities for those in marginalized communities is front and center in their latest song and music video “Street Livin” – their first release in seven years – which addresses police brutality, prison and gun reform, and immigration.
Additionally The Black Eyed Peas previewed their new graphic novel, “Masters of The Sun: The Zombie Chronicles” with its companion augmented reality app. Set in Los Angeles in the early 80s, the comic tackles the crack epidemic, police brutality, racism and gang warfare. Via the AR app, guest voices include Queen Latifah, Jamie Foxx, Rakim, Ice T, Snoop Dogg, Mary J. Blige, and more.
The nine-day Into Action festival runs through Sunday January 21, 2018. Check out the schedule of events at into-action.us