Chance The Rapper, Bud Billiken Parade

Chance the Rapper to give away 30,000 backpacks at Bud Billiken Parade

The Bud Billiken Parade is a major part of every Chicago summer. Once a year, one of the busiest streets that stretches across the city’s South Side is shut down for 16 blocks for the largest Black parade in the country.

Everyone from current, former and future presidents, celebrities, and athletes have attended the parade, and a privileged few have been granted the honor of being Grand Marshal. This year, the honor has been passed on to hometown hero, Chance the Rapper. 

Esperanza Spalding joins Harvard University faculty

They say the next thing to do after you reach the top of the mountain is to reach back and help someone else make it there.

Esperanza Spalding has already won pretty much every award she can in music – including Grammys, an NAACP Image Award, a Boston Music Award and a Soul Train Music Award. Now, she’s hoping to inspire the next generation to do the same. 

A. D. Carson, the Ph.D. student who rapped his dissertation, is now a professor of Hip-Hop

In a perfect career move, the Ph.D student who rapped his dissertation is now a professor of hip-hop. A. D. Carson graduated from the University of Clemson with a Ph.D in rhetorics, communication and information design in 2017 and made headlines by releasing a 34-track entitled “Owning My Masters: The Rhetoric’s of Rhymes and Revolutions.”

Carson’s official title at the University of Virginia will be University of Virginia as Assistant Professor of Hip-Hop and the global south.