will.i.am announces partnership with Americans Promoting Study Abroad and Major Beijing Concert to benefit Study Abroad at Mendez Learning Center on Nov. 21, 2011 in Los Angeles
*Black Eyed Peas singers will.i.am and apl.de.ap will join John Legend and the Bucky Johnson band at a Beijing concert Dec. 17 designed to encourage study abroad programs in China, the musicians announced Monday in Los Angeles.
The concert, which supports the U.S. State Department’s 100,000 Strong Initiative to send that many American students to study in China, may see an appearance by martial arts actor and sometime-singer Jackie Chan, whose Jackie Chan Charitable Foundation Beijing is co-organizing the show, according to The Hollywood Reporter .
No venue was specified during Monday’s announcement, although one of Beijing’s former Olympic venues could play host. Tickets were not on sale in Beijing as of Tuesday afternoon local time.
will.i.am and Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa announce partnership with Americans Promoting Study Abroad and Major Beijing Concert to benefit Study Abroad at Mendez Learning Center on Nov. 21, 2011 in Los Angeles
In Beijing, the concert is being co-organized by Americans Promoting Study Abroad, which provides scholarships to inner city students. It is supported by both the U.S. State Department and Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa.
The Black Eyed Peas have performed as a unit twice previously in the Chinese capital city.
* Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and the City of Los Angeles will kick off its first ever, first ever Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Heritage Month celebration at a ceremony at City Hall today.
Joining Mayor Villaraigosa is Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck, Councilmember Bill Rosendahl, and Christopher Street West/LA PRIDE (CSW).
The City’s first ever LGBT Heritage Month themed “LGBT LA: Paving the Way Toward Equality” will highlight Los Angeles as a driving force in the LGBT equality movement. The event is presented by Toyota and Toyota Financial Services.
At the formal Council presentation, the Mayor will recognize CSW co-founder, the Reverend Troy Perry with the Spirit of Los Angeles Award; media strategist Chad Griffin with the Dream of Los Angeles Award; and actress and comedian Wanda Sykes with the Hope of Los Angeles Award. Vox Femina will lead the Council procession.