LOS ANGELES — As a kid growing up in Boyle Heights, William Adams had to will himself to change course — and that started with changing his name.

“One day, I realized my name was a sentence, one with will,” said Adams.


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  • Will.i.am grew up in the Boyle Heights neighborhood of Los Angeles
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With his mom’s approval on his new name and advice to stay away from drugs and gangs, Adams focused on something he loved.

“I wanted to dance in the neighborhood I was from,” he said. “My brother begged my mom to take me to a Roosevelt…

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