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Metta World Peace's daughter stars in music video

October 12, 2011 |  1:15 pm

There are many tangible ways Metta World Peace's 8-year-old daughter, Diamond, wants to follow in his footsteps.

She too wants to change her last name to World Peace. She too wants to donate to charities in which she has a personal stake. She too has starred in her own music video, featuring her recently released single "Fighter" in a collaboration with Sade.

Of course, this generates understandable debate on whether the Lakers star formerly known as Ron Artest has the proper focus on basketball. But make no mistake on the intention.

Diamond's single, SMC Entertainment and Artest Media Group through Fontana/Universal, addresses her struggle four years ago in overcoming Wilms tumor, a kidney cancer that affects children. The song's release on iTunes coincides with 15% of the proceeds going to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, where she had kidney surgery in February 2008 before becoming cancer-free later that fall.

So overlook Diamond's singing abilities: it sounds like Dirk Pate Music helped her with musical synthesizers. Also don't dissect her song writing: Tanya White actually penned the lyrics. Value the simplicity of the direction under Dan Catullo and Troy Smith featuring Diamond standing before a blank background and cutaways of cancer patients at Children's Hospital of Orange County.

Diamond's message to cancier patients about overcoming the disease proves valuable enough: "What doesn't kill me makes me stronger/I won't give up until it's over."


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