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.
"The habit of black-eyed peas and collards may not be one that the younger generation — that is, millennials like my son — follow religiously — but who knows? "He's a vegetarian, so he certainly eats rice and beans a lot, as do many in his generation (and mine for that matter), so maybe in a few years he'll realize he needs to cook these items at least annually." "Heck yes they do!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.In the 1700s, black-eyed peas, exported during the transatlantic slave trade, were planted in the Carolinas and "eaten by enslaved Africans and poorer whites," Harris wrote.And the foods eaten by slaves eventually moved their way up to the master's table, where black-eyed peas became a staple ingredient in the dish Hoppin' John, made with black-eyed peas, rice and pork.