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Public schools in Chicago definitely don’t have any problems with Chance the Rapper, because the 23-year-old just did something major.

On Monday, the Grammy Award winner announced that he will be donating $1 million to Chicago public schools. Yes, you read that correctly.

During a press conference at Wescott Elementary School on the South Side of Chicago, Chance suggested “While I’m frustrated and disappointed in the governor’s inaction, that will not stop me from doing all I can to support Chicago’s most valuable resource: its children three blocks from where I was raised.”

“Today, I am proud to announce I am donating $1 million to Chicago public schools,” he said during the conference, which was also streamed via Instagram Live.

Chance’s announcement comes on the heels of a meeting he had with Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner to discuss CPS funding. In December, Rauner vetoed a plan to allot $215 million to Chicago Public Schools. Following the meeting, Chance said that Rauner’s answers to his immediate questions were “vague.”

Chance said during the conference, “He has since called me over the weekend. Our talks were unsuccessful.” He also expressed frustratoin that the Republican politician “vetoed the funding to close out the school year. Our kids should not be held hostage because of political positioning.”

Chancelor Bennett, the rapper’s legal name, is one class act.


Exclusive: ‘The Oath’s Cory Hardrict, Kwame Patterson Recall Being Harassed By Cops



If you want to take an emotional, entertaining and dangerous ride through the corrupt land of law enforcement, then we suggest you tune in for The Oath.  

Delivering a unique perspective on what it means to wear the color blue, the show follows a group of police officers and their lives with badges on and off.

“With being a cop in the workforce, especially being an African American cop, when we step out there, we always want to do the right thing,” Cory Hardrict told HipHollywood. “The crazy thing about this show is we have another life as well outside of the cop world where things aren’t so perfect.”

Cory, who is expecting a baby girl very soon with his wife, Tia Mowry, continued, “When the badge comes off and we have on regular civilian clothes, we get treated like every African American harassed person out here in the world.”

Although this is just a television show, the narrative is not exactly a far cry from reality, a reality Cory Hardrict and Kwame Patterson personally know all too well. “I had one incident where he [the officer] took his blade and went to the back seat cut the back seat and sliced it … but you can’t do anything.”

Patterson added, “I’m from Baltimore, so Baltimore is one of the most corrupt police cities in the United States. So I’ve definitely dealt with police brutality, discrimination … it’s always my word against theirs.”

The new show, produced by 50 Cent, is now streaming on Crackle.

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