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Anderson .Paak’s family experience inspires him to give refugees and immigrants a “Fighting Chance”


ModeloAnderson .Paak is performing three benefit shows in November to assist refugees and immigrants. His mother and wife came to America from Asia, and he says their experience inspired him to become involved in the “Fighting Chance” concert series.

“My mom even came from Korea was adopted in the 50s,” the Grammy winner tells ABC Audio. “My wife, you know, I have a bunch of relatives that come from different countries or different backgrounds that have came into America and made something out of themselves.”

The concerts benefit the International Rescue Committee, which provides clean water, shelter, health care, education and empowerment support to refugees and displaced people around the world. 

As many people are criticizing the U.S. government’s immigration policy, .Paak says he’s dedicated to assisting immigrants and refugees: “Helping them have the resources, having a fighting chance to get to the next spot, which is super important,” he says. “We’re doing some free shows, benefit shows, in New York and in San Francisco and Atlanta where I have the whole band coming out.” 

The “Make It Better” singer says his goal is to “get people to unite and get people to feel something for others that are going through things that maybe they have no clue about, but getting them to feel for it and getting them aware so that they can help and be inspired to help other people be human.”  

The “Fighting Chance” concert series kicks off November 13 in San Francisco, followed by shows November 15 in the A-T-L, and November 17 in New York City.

Tickets for the concerts are now available on the Modelo USA website. You can also win a trip for two to New York City to see Anderson’s performance on November 17.

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