Hip-hop band takes a stand

Calgary Herald - - YOU - MESFIN FEKADU

NEW YORK The Black Eyed Peas tackle gun vi­o­lence at schools and im­mi­gra­tion in two new mu­sic videos for their song, Big Love.

The trio — it’s un­clear if Fergie is still part of the group — re­leased the videos Fri­day. They also an­nounced pro­ceeds from the song will ben­e­fit the stu­dent-led March for Our Lives or­ga­ni­za­tion, calling for stricter gun laws, and Fam­i­lies Be­long To­gether, a protest against the Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion pol­icy of sep­a­rat­ing chil­dren from fam­i­lies af­ter they are de­tained cross­ing the U.S. bor­der il­le­gally.

In the video con­fronting gun vi­o­lence at schools, BEP mem­bers will.i.am and Taboo — who por­tray a teacher and a coach — are shot by a gun­man along with sev­eral stu­dents, while oth­ers run for safety. Apl.de.ap is an of­fi­cer in the clip. The sec­ond video fo­cuses on bor­der por­tal of­fi­cers stop­ping im­mi­grants from cross­ing the U.S. bor­der.

Big Love, which is rem­i­nis­cent of the Black Eyed Peas 2003 hit Where Is the Love, will ap­pear on the band’s new al­bum, Masters of the Sun. It will be re­leased Oct. 12.

The group’s hits in­clude Boom Boom Pow, My Humps and I Gotta Feel­ing. They will launch their The Masters of the Sun Tour on Oct. 27 in Lon­don and wrap Nov. 18 in Dus­sel­dorf, Ger­many.

Fergie, who re­leased a solo al­bum last year, has not recorded with the group. Rep­re­sen­ta­tives for the singer and the Black Eyed Peas didn’t clar­ify her role in the group when asked.

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