Chance the Rapper Came Through for Chi-Town Foundation | Deon Cole Surprises Shoppers

Blinkers, we are wrapping up this first week of 2018 (happy feel good Friday!!) with some charming stories out of Chi-Town.

Chance–you’ll likely spot him at a Chicago school board meeting and city council hearing–the Rapper issa legit real life Robin Hood for the windy city, y’all.

Black Celebrity Giving reports Chance the Rapper dropped by a local party for inner city kids from Gyrls in the H.O.O.D Foundation in Chicago, when founder Chez Smith asked him to come through.

The “Down Wit That” rapper did just that by showing some love to the kiddies and supporting the foundation’s aim of empowering young girls to be responsible women.

Chance the Mayor has a nice ring to it. You know, if the hip hop career doesn’t pan out.

“Black-ish” star Deon Cole can be his deputy mayor.

Last month the Christmas spirit guided the comedian to two Chicago Jewel-Osco grocery stores where he picked up shoppers tabs.

30 shoppers to be exact.

Deon’s rep told Chicago Tribune that it was a spontaneous decision. Deon picked random shoppers to give holiday cheer.

Deon bring that cheer to Charlotte. I shop at Family Lion, jus sayin’.

NBA Star Kyrie Irving Gives Second Chance to Sick NJ Boy | Chance the Rapper Inspires Investment in Chi-Town

Kyrie Irving has more than his NBA teammates backs. The Cleveland Cavalier also takes care of those reppin’ his junior high school alma mater—The Patrick School.

Upon learning 12-year-old Spencer Joyner was missing school due to a rare brain disorder—where spinal fluid leaks into his skull and cause excruciating headaches–Irving paid for his entire $11,000 tuition bill and medical bills.

The New Jersey native has been back in school for a month and still thriving from the boost Irving gave him.

“I would thank him for all the things that he’s done, paying for my tuition, paying for my medical bills,” Spencer said.

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Irving isn’t the only superstar to open his wallet and hope to make a difference. As you all know Chance the Rapper has been laying down a lotsa stacks to improve Chi-town public schools. This weekend he let his friends in on the act.

Like Seattle Seahawks player Michael Bennett, who vowed to donate his endorsements to the effort.

I was inspired by Chance The Rapper to ‘think bigger’ when he pledged one million dollars to Chicago kids and their school system. So, I’ll be joining him by investing in the future of our youth.

Chance even influenced the Chicago Bulls head office to write a $1 million check to the cause. Chance was even there to watch the check being presented to the schools.

The Chicago Tribune reports 12 Chi-Town schools will receive an extra $10,000 as a result.

At the announcement, Chance said “It is my job, just as who I am, to bring light and attention to public school funding, broken formulas and especially how it affects my hometown … where there’s 90 percent minority students.”

Chance the Rapper Chicago’s Mayor.

Chance The Rapper Donates $1 Million to Chicago Public Schools

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Aside from making good music, Chance The Rapper is always looking to help his city of Chicago in any way he can. In his boldest move yet, Chance announced that he is donating $1 million to Chicago Public Schools during a press conference at Westcott Elementary School earlier today (see the full video below). “This check that I donated is a call to action,” Chance says. “I’m challenging major companies and corporations in Chicago and across the country to donate and take action.”

The news arrives after his meeting with Illinois governor Bruce Rauner last week, where they talked about public education and more.

Finally, some good news for Chi Town.

Written by Joe Walker OnSmash.com

Chance the Rapper Performs Concert, Leads March to Polls

 

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“My name is Chance the Rapper. I’m from Chicago, Illinois. I’m here to make sure you all stay woke and vote,” said the omnipresent Chicago rapper from the stage of a concert and voting drive Monday at the Petrillo Music Shell in Grant Park.

The show was announced on Friday as a rooftop concert at the Virgin Hotel with his new non-profit SocialWorks, and featuring local artists, in a youth voting drive effort.

By Monday, the day of the show, the rooftop at the Virgin was traded for the Petrillo Music Shell in Grant Park to accomodate the thousands who RSVP’d on Facebook, retweeted to get the word out on Twitter, and the friends and family they brought with the them.

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Around two hours into the event Chance the Rapper took the stage. “I got my city doin’ front-flips!” He exclaimed, as the opening of his “Angels” was instantly taken over by the crowd.

He told the crowd he wanted them, the collective “us,” to show people that Chicago’s youth want to make their voices heard, finishing his set with “No Problem” and “Blessings (Reprise)” before he thanked everyone for being part of the event.

Earlier in the afternoon’s mini-festival, after a set to warm-up the early crowd from DJ OddCouple, Chicago’s Eryn Allen Kane performed a short set featuring her own track “Honey,” as well as a showstopping cover of “Shout” and The Jacksons’ “Shake Your Body (Down to the Ground).”

Chicago rockers Twin Peaks hit the stage next with a set that included “Boomers,” (in which bassist Jack Dolan threw in a colorful lyric about Donald Trump).

“Go out and vote tonight or tomorrow! Go out and vote, it counts!” Twin Peaks guitarist/vocalist Cadien Lake James implored before leaving the stage.

Taylor Bennett, Chance the Rapper’s brother, took the stage later, continuing the event’s theme, saying, “We’re here to vote tonight, Chicago!”

“It’s so important for you to make your voice heard,” he added. “Us as the youth, as the youth of Chicago, are all gonna march to the polls together and vote!”

Chicago’s Malcolm London followed Bennett.

“We all know racism is alive, right?” he asked. “But you know what? So are we!”

But the big reason the crowd turned out was Chance the Rapper, who emphasized Tuesday’s election as one of the most important of our lifetime, the 23 year-old stood on stage simply as an American with a passion for doing his part.

“Thank you to all the people who want to be a part of how democracy works and want to make their voices heard,” he said.

“You’ve got the spirit. If you wake up in the morning and feel like you’re just one person … man, you’re so much more than that!”

With that, Chance, along with organizers from Black Youth Project 100, led the thousands of concertgoers on a march to the polls.

Story originally reported by Chicago Tribune (Jessi Roti)

Ludacris and Chance the Rapper Make Surprise Visit to Chicago School

Chance giving out laptops  at the #getconnected event at Chicago's Alcott Prep. Ludacris looks on.

Chance giving out laptops at the #getconnected event at Chicago’s Alcott Prep. Ludacris looks on.

Luda and Chance the Rapper rewarded Chicago’s Alcott high school with brand new laptops for participating in the #getschooled Internet essential project. The goal is to rev students up to use the Web proactively–not just for Instagram and Snapchat–to prepare for college.

Alcott ranked second in the project’s success rate of using the Internet to help pave a career path. So, Chi town native Chance made a surprise appearance and brought along a famous friend…LLLOOOUUUDDDAAA.

Once the excitement died down, somewhat. Ludacris gave the teens these wise words of advice:

Life is all about competition. If I made my dreams come true you can make your dreams come true.”

Chance the rapper’s sage words were more to the point, this is what he told the young’uns.

If you are an aspiring artist, use the internet to promote your work.

Luda helped pass out laptops donated by Comcast Illinois. Followed by meeting all the teens requests to take selfies with him and Chance.

Saaayyyy Chheeesssee Ludacris taking a group selfie at #getconnected event held at Chicago's Alcott Prep.

Saaayyyy Chheeesssee Ludacris taking a group selfie at #getconnected event held at Chicago’s Alcott Prep.

But not before Luda took a group shot.

No doubt Luda and Chance made these kids week.

Christina Milian, Sway and Chance the Rapper ‘Get Schooled’

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In honor of MLK day of service, Chance the rapper and Sway visited Malcolm X College in Chicago to help donate $100,000 to Chicago Public Schools.

Chance, a Chi-town native, took part in the first annual Get Schooled, Get Connected Challenge event.

The educational initiative was in celebration of the whiz kids that aced a series of “quests” related to digital literacy and college prep.

The future techies were awarded laptops, gaming consoles and fitness gear for completing over 50,000 quests. And if free swag isn’t enough of a motivator, Internet Essentials presented a $100,000 check to divide among six high schools used to boost digital literacy in schools through new computer labs and WiFi coverage.

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“It means a lot when celebs come to the city and give back to a community they aren’t from,” says Chance, recently named “Outstanding Youth of the Year” by Chicago’s mayor, Rahm Emmanuel, for his activist work in combating youth violence in Chicago.The “Acid Rap” rapper received a plaque for his good works last year.

At the Get Schooled, Get Connected event, Chance talked to kids about how he used the Internet to build his music and brand and social media to boost his network.

Great way to honor MLK, Chance.