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Chance The Rapper Announces New Arts Fund For Chicago's Public Schools

Another win for Chicago's youth.

Despite Donald Trump's proposed attack on the National Endowment for the Arts, Chance The Rapper seeks to preserve the light ahead of that dark future with this latest news. According to DNA Info, the Coloring Book artist announced a new arts program that'll benefit Chicago's public schools this fall.

Through the Social Works Chicago organization, the 23-year-old artist raised $2.2 million for the city's schools. Within that sum, the Chicago Bulls donated $1 million shortly after the Grammy Award-winner pledged the same amount. The information was made public during a press conference at Paul Robeson High School on Friday (March 31).

Earlier this month, Chance received praise from former First Lady Michelle Obama, who referred to the "No Problem" rapper as "an example of the power of arts education." Chance also mentioned that his donation was a "call to action" for other entities to step in and take the youth's education seriously. Per Uproxx, the Chicagoan affirmed, "we're just getting started."

The "New Chance Arts and Literature Fund" serves as another positive step in the right direction for the youth and Chance, who spearheaded a series of "Open Mike" events where teens could showcase their creative talents.

The recent news also instilled a sense of hope within social media users.

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John Witherspoon's Cause Of Death Is Ruled As An Heart Attack

TMZ reports that John Witherspoon died of a heart attack. Today (Nov. 12), the online news outlet gained access to the late actor's death certificate, which states that Witherspoon had several heart-related illnesses, but died of an heart attack.  The revered Friday actor was also battling coronary artery disease, and hypertension.

Witherspoon passed away on October 29th at his California home. He is mostly known for playing Ice Cube’s father in his directorial debut Friday, as well as its sequels, Next Friday and Friday After Next.

Witherspoon also played John “Pops” Williams on the sitcom The Wayans Bros, portrayed the character Spoon on NBC’s The Tracey Morgan Show, and had roles alongside Eddie Murphy in Boomerang and Vampire in Brooklyn. He contributed voice acting to The Boondocks, where he played Granddad alongside Regina King, who voiced the two children, Riley and Huey Freeman.

Most recently, Witherspoon received television credits on The First Family, black-ish, and the Adult Swim series Black Jesus.

 

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Eminem’s Rep Addresses 2009 Song That References Rihanna And Chris Brown

Since Eminem’s arrival onto the music scene, the Detroit native’s lyrics have been a source of opposition given content like violence, threatening comments toward women, homophobia and more. Recently, a song from a 2009 recording session leaked that assumably finds the “Lose Yourself” artist siding with Chris Brown after he assaulted Rihanna that same year.

“Of course I side with Chris Brown, I’d beat a bi**h down too,” Eminem reportedly said, according to The Guardian. The news site also reports that Eminem violently referenced Natasha Bedingfield and Dakota Fanning, and abusing a sex worker. Dennis Dennehy, a publicist for Eminem addressed the leak, noting “that’s over 10 years old. After Eminem recorded it, he scrapped it, and rewrote it. Obviously he and Rihanna have a great relationship.”

A year after this recording, Eminem and Rihanna partnered up for the chart-topping single “Love the Way You Lie.” Part one was featured on Eminem’s seventh studio album, Recovery, while the melody’s part two was listed on Rihanna’s fifth album, Loud.

A previous time when Eminem’s lyrics were addressed occurred during the promotion of his Kamikaze album. On the song “The Ringer,” Eminem referred to Donald Trump as “Agent Orange” and said the Secret Service paid him a visit. According to Buzzfeed News, Eminem was interviewed by the agency concerning “threatening lyrics” from a prior song titled “Framed.” The court documents solely outlined why the Secret Service stated the rapper presented “inappropriate behavior.”

Additionally, the news site says “a concerned citizen” brought this song to the agency’s attention, citing an “inappropriate comment towards President Donald Trump and a threatening comment towards Ivanka Trump.”

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Cam Newton Launches Limited Edition Backpack

Former NFL MVP Cam Newton has a reputation as one of the most fashion-forward athletes in the world. And now, he's placing his stamp on a new fashion accessory.

Newton joined the startup premium accessories company Vinta in early 2019 as a creative partner, and the two have launched Newton's first premium backpack, the TYPE-II C1N, available for pre-order at vinta.co. The bag, according to a press release, is "specifically created for style-conscious travelers and busy city living."

“I’m excited to be working with Vinta and putting my first bag out into the world. It’s called the TYPE-II C1N, and it’s designed for a person like me, with a constant schedule, who doesn’t stop and wants a fashionable, high-quality bag that’s functional for everyday life,” Newton said in a statement. “It’s customizable, stylish, and every feature has been so well thought out and designed. That’s what Vinta embodies: travel made easy. I know they’ve done it for me, and I know they’re going to do it for everyone who buys one.”

The TYPE-II C1N comes in two colors – sand and berry – and is made of a weatherproof coated twill exterior, with features such as a modular leather field pack and dopp kit, space for a 15” laptop, an elevated satin interior, internal mesh pockets and flatlay panels.

This isn't Newton's first foray into fashion and accessories. Along with turning heads with his outrageous outfits at game days and press conferences, earlier in his career, he launched a menswear line with the Southern department store Belk.

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