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2017 BET Awards: Chance the Rapper Honored by Michelle Obama; Bruno Mars Wins First-Ever BET Award; Remy Ma Ends Nicki Minaj’s Reign; ’90s Nostalgia Rules

The 2017 BET Awards had stumbles, from technical problems during a performance to going well over its planned three-and-a-half hour time slot during the live show held Sunday in Los Angeles. But the show's performances and special moments made up for having to stay up late on a Sunday. (more…)

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Ice Cube Educates “Real Time” Host Bill Maher on the N-Word: ‘That’s Our Word Now. And You Can’t Have It Back.’

The legendary rapper sat down with the comedian on ‘Real Time’ to teach him a thing or two about racism and the legacy of the n-word. Maher looked stunned. (more…)

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Chance the Rapper Covers June 2017 Edition of EBONY, Talks God and Politics

EBONY caught up with Grammy Award-winning superstar Chance the Rapper to see if he'd actually be down to be POTUS one day At just 24, Chance the Rapper is wise beyond his years. The Chi-Town MC knows the secret to success, and it isn’t limited to simply being “blessed.” (more…)

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Kendrick Lamar Articulates What’s Missing from Preaching in the Black Church: Says Pastors Focus On ‘Someone’s Season Approaching,’ but Don’t Teach that God Demands ‘Obedience’ and Will ‘Discipline Us for Every Conscious Choice of Sin’

Last week, hip-hop review site DJBooth posted an analysis of Chance the Rapper and Kendrick Lamar’s respective perspectives on God. The article (which you should read in full) handled the dichotomy skillfully. (more…)

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Tamela Mann, Travis Greene, Shirley Caesar and Others Lead 2017 Stellar Music Awards Nominees

For more than 30 years the Stellar Gospel Music Awards have built a reputation as the premier gospel event of the year. By spotlighting both the traditional artists who laid the genre’s foundation and the newcomers who have shepherded its growth, the program, helmed by founder Don Jackson, has bolstered

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Chicago Public School Students Write Open Letter Thanking Chance the Rapper for $1 Million Donation

Grammy-winning artist Chance the Rapper donated a million dollars to Chicago Public Schools on March 6, following major funding and budget cuts for public schools in the city -- giving students a chance to reach their fullest academic potential, while at the same time inspiring a generation of kids who are watching

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Columnist Mary Mitchell Slams Chance the Rapper for Giving $1 Million to Chicago Public Schools but Not Keeping Up Child Support Payments

Just days after Chance the Rapper took $1 million out of his pocket and handed it the financially-strapped Chicago Public Schools, a columnist from the Chicago Sun-Times decided to write about the artist…but not about his donation. (more…)

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Chance the Rapper Gives $1 Million to Chicago Public Schools, Blasts Illinois Governor After Meeting

Chance the Rapper's unusual intervention into Chicago Public Schools' funding crisis took an even more curious turn Monday when the Grammy-winner presented a $1 million check to city schools and urged Gov. Bruce Rauner to use his executive powers to help the nation's third-largest district. (more…)

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Chance The Rapper addresses the media while walking out of the Thompson Center after meeting with Gov. Bruce Rauner on Friday, March 3, 2017. | Ashlee Rezin/Sun-Times

Chance the Rapper is Not Happy With Outcome of Meeting With Illinois Governor; Tells him ‘Do Your Job’ On Chicago Public Schools

Music impresario Chance the Rapper’s summit Friday with Gov. Bruce Rauner apparently did not go well, but the Chicago native and three-time Grammy winner pledged to collaborate with the governor to come up with plan to fund the city’s public schools by Monday. (more…)

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