Known for the hip-pop of the Black Eyed Peas, will.i.am, 33, got political this year. After hearing a Barack Obama speech in New Hampshire, he produced the video “Yes We Can,” setting excerpts to music. Starring such celebrities as John Legend, the video became a viral hit. Even Michelle Obama reportedly forwarded it to her husband’s supporters. The artist says, “[Getting involved in activism] makes me realize…every person on the planet who is pushing for change can see that it can happen.”
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―PATRIK HENRY BASS