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will i.am’s i am angel foundation to host First Annual TRANS4MATION EXPERIENCE at The Hollywood Palladium

will.i.am, apl.de.ap and Taboo of The Black Eyed Peas Stevie Wonder, Ne-Yo, Coco Lee, K’naan & Other Surprise Performers To Anchor The Experience

Hollywood, Calif., February 7, 2012 – He’s best known for being a multi-platinum music artist, producer and front man for The Black Eyed Peas, but will.i.am is also an innovator, entrepreneur and philanthropist. On Thursday February 9, 2012 the seven-time Grammy winner will host thei.am angel foundation’s First Annual TRANS4MATION EXPERIENCE at the Hollywood Palladium in Hollywood, CA.

will.i.am has invited Technology Titans, Taste Makers of Entertainment, and Philanthropic Game Changers to join him “to TRANS4M communities, beginning with his own hometown, Boyle Heights.”

will.i.am, apl.de.ap, and Taboo of The Black Eyed Peas are scheduled to perform and there will also be special performances by Stevie Wonder, Ne-Yo, Coco Lee, K’naan and other surprise recording artists and friends of will.i.am and the Peas. Past performers at will.i.am’s benefit concerts have included John Legend, Ciara, Natasha Bedinfield, LMFAO, Earth, Wind & Fire, Bobby Brown & More.

For more information about the event, tickets and VIP packages, please visit www.iamangelfoundation.org

“Inspiration without innovation is not good enough anymore,” said will.i.am.  “We need to have a clear vision for the future and then we need to transform that future.  We transform the future by transforming communities and making the lives of people better.”

 The i.am angel foundation was created to transform lives through education, inspiration and opportunity. The foundation was launched in 2009 around the idea of providing assistance to needy students wanting to attend college through its scholarship program. The foundation has grown to include additional programs such as i.am home to provide mortgage relief & financial literacy assistance and i.am First to promote science and mathematical skills for students.  Throughout that time they have collaborated with an amazing group of allied and partner organizations to help administer these ambitious programs including: College Track, the California Endowment, NASA Educational outreach initiatives, U.S. FIRST and others.

The foundations most recent venture brings all of their partners together to create the i.am boyle heights center, dedicated to transforming the greater community in East Los Angeles. The center will offer wide-ranging programs so that young people are provided with educational resources needed to graduate from high school and pursue a college degree, learn marketable and employable skills in the arts and digital media, and are guided towards the careers of tomorrow in science, technology engineering and mathematics. Each component of the i.am boyle heights center will be designed to educate, enlighten and inspire members of the community to be proud to say "i.am boyle heights". To learn more, please visit www.iamangelfoundation.org.

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Press Inquiries & Credential Requests for the Feb. 9th event please contact:

Steve Webster
Office 310.426.9900

For will.i.am press inquiries, please contact:

Sallie Olmsted
Rogers & Cowan
Office 310.854.8124

Photo Credit = “Comes The Tide” courtesy of Wesley Prints