will.on Friday clarified remarks he earlier made about Fergie's status with The Black Eyed Peas, making clear that the Fergalicious singer is still very much a member of the band.After reports spread that the 42-year-old songstress, whose real name is Stacy Ann Ferguson, was out of the Grammy-winning group, will.i.am, 42, wrote on Twitter that was not the case.Black-eyed peas were cultivated in Africa over 5,000 years ago, historian Jessica B.Harris explained in her op-ed, "Prosperity Starts with a Pea," in December 2010.Elephunk, released in 2003, was the third studio album by The Black Eyed Peas - which also includes ap and Taboo - but the first to showcase Fergie, who became a star via her work with the band.The will.Music Group and A&M jointly released The Dutchess, Fergie's smash hit debut solo album, released in 2006 and featuring her iconic song Fergalicious.He said: 'Lies…@Fergie is focusing on #Double Dutchess & @BEP is doing #Masters Of The Sun…That doesn’t mean @fergie is out of the group #BEP4ever.' He later vented on the social media site, 'People will report what ever they want to report regardless of the sources...It's a crazy world...' The Glamorous songstress herself didn't directly address the breakup chatter, but made clear they're on the same page, writing Friday, 'Everyone knows I will always love and support my @bep brothers.'The brouhaha kicked off Thursday when the I Got It From My Mamma singer, chatting with Emirati magazine Ahlan!
Louis postulates that eating black-eyed peas on New Year's may be a "Southern American conjunction of West African and Sephardic cuisine," she said via email.
"Just as nobody is sure of the origin of the name Hoppin' John, no one seems quite certain why the dish has become associated with luck, or New Year's," Harris wrote.
One theory (which has also been called a of eating black-eyed peas for fertility and luck continues through today for the Jewish New Year.
As we understand it, black eyed peas and collard greens eaten on New Year's is said to symbolize prosperity, good luck and good fortune for the coming year." And though our cash looks nothing like the stewed greens, Gillotte said the legend is still in place.
"Some folks consider the black-eyed peas to represent coins and the greens to represent folding money a la cash, while others simply consider it general good luck to eat them," he said.