2009 January

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USA TODAY features Shakira and Barefoot Foundation sister school By Kelley L. Carter, USA TODAY

WASHINGTON— Don't count Shakira's voice out, just because she's not an American citizen.

The spicy Colombian singer and children's advocate stepped out early in the primaries to endorse Barack Obama because she felt he was the one to unite international relations and help underdeveloped countries.

The 31-year-old singer performed Sunday as part of the Lincoln Memorial inaugural concert. She also took the presient-elect's heed to pitch in on Monday for community service, spending Martin Luther King Day with Washington DC Mayor Adrian Fenty and a group of children at Oyster-Adams Elementary, a bilingual school in Washington and sister-school to her Barefoot Foundation's school.

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