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Chance the Rapper Donates $1 Million to Chicago Public Schools.

Chance the Rapper donated $1 Million to the underfunded Chicago Public School System. The Chicago rapper challenged others of privilege to do the same.

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Chance The Rapper, right, announces a gift of $1 million to the Chicago Public School Foundation during a news conference at the Westcott Elementary School, Monday, March 6, 2017, in Chicago. The Grammy-winning artist is calling on Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner to use executive powers to better fund Chicago Public Schools. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

It’s so good to see Black celebrities in the news for positive things. Chance the Rapper consistently makes headlines in the music industry but this week his philanthropic endeavors are all people are talking about.
The Chicago bred rapper donated $1 million to Chicago public schools on Monday, March 6. The 23-year-old rapper gave a press conference announcing his donation from Westcott Elementary School in his old West Chatham neighborhood. Chance earmarked the funds for “arts and enrichment programming”, which are severely underfunded in public schools these days.


Last Friday, Chance the Rapper met with Chicago Governor, Bruce Rauner to discuss options in getting the $215 Million Chicago Public Schools need to finish out the school year. Of his meeting with the Governor, Chance said “Gov. Rauner can use his executive power to give Chicago’s children the resources they need to fulfill their God-given right to learn.” The rapper, whose 17-month-old daughter is not ready for public school yet said. “The governor gave me a lot of vague answers in our meeting and since has called me over the weekend. Our talks were unsuccessful. Gov. Rauner still won’t commit to give Chicago’s kids a chance without caveats or ultimatums.”
The current deficit that Chicago Public School System faces means that the school year will be forced to end 13 days earlier or lay off thousands of staffers.

Chance The Rapper, right, announces a gift of $1 million to the Chicago Public School Foundation during a news conference at the Westcott Elementary School, Monday, March 6, 2017, in Chicago. The Grammy-winning artist is calling on Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner to use executive powers to better fund Chicago Public Schools. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

Chance The Rapper, right, announces a gift of $1 million to the Chicago Public School Foundation during a news conference at the Westcott Elementary School, Monday, March 6, 2017, in Chicago. The Grammy-winning artist is calling on Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner to use executive powers to better fund Chicago Public Schools. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

Chance the Rapper challenged other private citizens to step up as well. “This isn’t about politics, this isn’t about posturing. This is about taking care of the kids. Everybody and their momma knows about what’s going on in Chicago. It’s constantly talked about, but we’re about to enhance the conversation,” the Chicago native said. “As a private citizen, as a parent and as a product of CPS, I’m asking that you guys join and fight with me, organize with me, mobilize with me, for the interest of the children of Chicago. This is the very beginning.”

The rapper’s donation was recognized by another very notable Chicago native, former First Lady, Michelle Obama. She Tweeted to Chance the Rapper commending his generosity.

Thinker, Avid Reader, Couch Potato. Sapphire Hill is a writer from Baltimore Maryland who loves to delve deeper into the whys of everything. Staff writer for 86 Blvd and Badd Magazine. Blogger and talent promoter for Sapphire Spotlight On Talent.

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Megyn Kelly’s Ratings Hit “Possible All-Time Low for ‘Today’”

Megyn Kelly’s ratings continue to go down the tubes.

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NBC’s big gamble on Megyn Kelly taking over Tamron Hall’s old timeslot continues to not pay off the way they expected.


According to Page Six, producers were hoping for a ratings bonanza with Harvey Weinstein accuser Lauren Sivan on “Megyn Kelly Today” last week but only ended up with lower ratings, as viewership slipped from 0.77 ratings points on Monday to 0.54 ratings points on Tuesday.

“It’s a possible all-time low for ‘Today.’ It may even be lower than her [Fox] cable show. [NBC News president] Noah [Oppenheim] and [NBC News and MSNBC chairman] Andy [Lack] are in big trouble,” a source told Page Six.

Another source added, “That’s a big drop. They have to turn this around.”

Kelly also appeared for the first time on MSNBC earlier this week.

“It’s unthinkable. You don’t see Matt [Lauer] or Savannah [Guthrie] on MSNBC … It’s not a good sign.”

Kelly’s poor ratings have also affected “Kathie Lee & Hoda,” Page Six reported after Kelly’s hour of “Today” was down 32 percent as compared to a year ago, while “Kathie Lee & Hoda” fell 26 percent. Insiders are reportedly blaming that on Kelly’s “weak lead-in.”

But on Friday, an NBC insider insisted: “Megyn’s having a strong week. Her numbers are up double-digits versus last week,” and “NBC News anchors appear frequently on MSNBC.”

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Nelly’s Rape Accuser Refusing to Testify Won’t Stop the Police From Investigating the Case

The police are still investigating, although Nelly’s accuser refuses to testify in the case.

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Nelly’s rape accuser refusing to testify doesn’t change the police investigation, according to TMZ.


Law enforcement sources in Washington State say police in Auburn are not phased by the accuser’s noncooperation with the investigation. Auburn PD is reportedly still gathering evidence and plans to present the case to the prosecutor’s office.

The alleged victim says she couldn’t take the pressure of taking on a celebrity and felt betrayed by police — so she decided not to testify against Nelly.

While her noncooperation makes the case more challenging, it’s not impossible to prosecute.

Auburn cops want to present the case to prosecutors soon — within the next week, reports TMZ.

Nelly’s attorney, Scott Rosenblum, tells TMZ he’s confident the case will be closed based on the evidence. He adds, “I would expect the police to do their due diligence.”

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New ‘Black Panther’ Trailer Released and Gives Us a Closer Look at Wakanda and Their Technology

The new trailer for ‘Black Panther’ has been released and things definitely look good in Wakanda.

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Marvel Studios has released a new trailer for Black Panther, the new film starring Chadwick Boseman as T’Challa, the titular hero and the king of the technologically-advanced African nation of Wakanda.


Check out the trailer above.

Chadwick Boseman debuted as the Black Panther in 2016’s Captain America: Civil War as sought vengeance death of his father, King T’Chaka, against the Winter Soldier. Boseman will also reprise his role as Black Panther for Avengers: Infinity War in May 2018.

The new film sees Ulysses Klaue (Andy Serkis), who was first introduced in Avengers: Age of Ultron, attempting to return to the hidden nation of Wakanda. He is this time joined by Erik Killmonger (Michael B. Jordan), a mercenary with a grudge against Wakanda’s royal family.

As revealed in the trailer, it seems that both T’Challa and Killmonger will be getting new panther suits in the film. There’s also a brief hint that T’Challa’s sister, Shuri (Letitia Wright), may suit up. Shuri also became Black Panther in the Marvel Universe for a time.

Black Panther opens in theaters on February 16, 2018.

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