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My Favorite City
"I first visited Rio de Janeiro in 2005 on tour. What struck me most is that Brazilians are excited to be alive. These people have joy. Even in poorer areas, nobody's given up on themselves; they're working out on pull-up bars at bus stops. Ask a Brazilian mom, 'Do you think your son is going to have a better life than you?' and she'll say 'Yes.' American mothers might not say that. I'm an optimistic person, and when I want to be inspired by other optimistic people, I go to Rio."
—will.i.am, musician, actor, producer