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Obama's Unofficial 2012 Election Anthem Is Finally Here

Ne-Yo, Herbie Hancock, Natasha Bedingfield, Johnny Rzeznik, and Delta Rae have teamed up for 'Forward'.

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Back in 2008, Will.i.am's "Yes We Can" became the unofficial anthem of then Senator Barack Obama's campaign for President. Obama's 2012 reelection campaign hasn't had a similar unofficial song to inspire folks to head to the polls—until now. The same folks behind "Yes We Can" have teamed up to capture the spirit and the message of the 2012 Obama campaign with the just-released track, "Forward."

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Can an 'X Factor for Tech' Get Kids Excited About STEM?

Will.i.am and Simon Cowell are on the hunt for the next Steve Jobs or Bill Gates.


How do we turn science, technology, engineering, and math geeks into the rock stars of the 21st century? Given high demand for a STEM-proficient workforce, figuring out how to inspire student interest in those fields is a nut that pop star Will.i.am is doing his best to crack. He's plunking down his own cash for a STEM TV special, composing the first song to be beamed from Mars, and plugging STEM on the heels of the political conventions. His latest idea: harnessing the nation’s obsession with reality television by teaming up with Simon Cowell to create an X-Factor show for STEM.

"We're working on a project called X Factor for Tech—and it’s going to be out of this world," Will.i.am told U.K. paper The Sun, adding that they hope it "will help discover the next Bill Gates or Steve Jobs." That kind of tech genius could potentially have a much bigger impact on the world than a pop singer who might only produce a couple Top 40 hits before fading into obscurity. After all, says Will.i.am, creating one singing star only generates a couple of jobs, but a real STEM wizard creates so many more.

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Don't Hate Will.i.am: He's STEM's Biggest Champ

Hate 'My Humps' all you want, but Will.i.am's work promoting science and tech to kids is laudable.


Still cursing Will.i.am for penning "My Humps"? You're probably not alone. Tuesday night critics on Twitter threw major shade at CNN for picking Will.i.am as one of their Democratic National Convention pundits. ESPN writer David Hale tweeted, "MSNBC: great speeches! FOX: bad speeches! CNN: 'We're here with pop star Will I Am for his thoughts...' *sigh*."

Well, folks can hate all they want but in his post-DNC commentary on Tuesday night, the Black Eyed Peas frontman used his time in the spotlight to talk about why science, technology, engineering, and math is so critical to our nation's future.

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