As if his initial $1 million donation to Chicago Public Schools wasn’t already more than enough, Chance the Rapper continues to outdo himself. The Chicago rapper held a second press conference last week to announce some major news. First, the Chicago Bulls organization would be matching his initial donation. Secondly, and perhaps most importantly, he announced the New Chance Arts and Literature Fund, according to The Chicago Sun-Times.
By: Sam Fleming, Teen Voice Contributor
Every Chicagoan knows the story of the typical Chicago entertainer. Like Kanye West described on “Homecoming,” Chicago entertainers “always leave.” Fortunately for the city, however, Chance the Rapper is on a mission to prove he is different.
Chance the Rapper, a proud product of Chicago Public Schools, was noticeably flustered this past Friday after meeting with Ill. Governor Bruce Rauner regarding funding for the school system.
Chance the Rapper recently sat down with ESPN’s The Undefeated for a joint interview with Chicago Bulls player Jimmy Butler. The two talked about the city and how they’re each leaving their own legacies, one being a hometown kid who just won three Grammys, the other being the centerpiece of an historic basketball franchise.
During part of the discussion, Chance responded to President Donald Trump’s vague threats to “send in the feds” if Chicago’s gun violence wasn’t curbed. As a native of the city’s South Side, the rapper had some interesting insight.
As they are every year, the Grammys were full of more than a dozen moments worth focusing on. However, unlike every year, 2017’s Grammys saw a handful of moments that reached peak Blackness and had us all standing and yelling at our televisions and laptops.
Hip-hop culture isn’t necessarily known for being the most welcoming community when it comes to a number of issues. Non-heterosexuality is, perhaps, at the top of the list behind women’s rights.
This history is exactly why it was inspiring when Taylor Bennett took the time to come out and tell the world he identifies as bisexual the day before his 21st birthday.
Christmas is less than a week away so we’re running out of time to get into the Christmas spirit. Luckily, Chance the Rapper took advantage of his appearance on Saturday Night Live! to help us out.
The Chicago rapper joined up with SNL”s Kenan Thompson to celebrate the last Christmas with Barack Obama in office by spoofing Run-DMC’s “Christmas in Hollis.”
Chance the Rapper yet again showed out for his city by organizing and headlining a free concert in Chicago’s Grant Park to encourage people to vote. But the more impressive part came immediately after when he led hundreds of concert-goers through the streets, with the help of Black Youth Project 100 organizers, to an early voting facility. The event was dubbed as a “Parade to the Polls.”