Lisa Ling, Will.i.am and Dante
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3:55 p.m. Monday, January 19, 2009
Backstage at The Oprah Show from the Kennedy Center. Will.I.am, Seal, Mary J. Blige, Faith Hill, Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore are roaming around. Will recited a beautiful poem that he wrote while sitting on the steps of the Lincoln Monument.

I have to say that I'm really proud of how much Will has evolved. I've known him since I was 19. Here's a pic of us with Dante Santiago who works with Will, someone I've also known forever.

Will is one of those artists who uses his platform for such good. Perhaps more than any other musician, he has been on the forefront of the movement to engage people in the political process. His "Yes We Can" video was one of the more far-reaching viral videos ever.

Oh...VP-elect Biden just came in. It was a surprise. So cool!

The song that Will and David Foster wrote for the show is amazing. Will be downloading it immediately!

After the show, we stopped by the Lincoln Memorial. I cannot describe how awesome it was to be there on MLK day—the day before Barack Obama becomes President. The historical significance of this day will not be forgotten. A beautiful, young African American woman standing in line at the memorial remarked that "Lincoln is probably smiling right now."

— Lisa

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