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Chance The Rapper Says He's "Angry" Over Chicago Public School Closings

Chance The Rapper discussed his distaste with the recent decision to shut down and integrate four public high schools in Chicago’s South Side

In a recent interview with esteemed journalist Adrienne Samuels Gibbs at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, Chance The Rapper discussed his distaste with the recent decision to shut down and integrate four public high schools in Chicago’s South Side, The Chicago Tribune reports.

Anyone who's been following the three-time Grammy Award winner's career knows that besides being a musical genius, Chance is also committed to social change. He’s raised $2.2 million to help fund 20 schools in the city and has donated $1 million of his own money for the cause. It’s a system he seems to know well, but the politics of it seemingly always get in the way of its improvement.

“I kind of went hard for CPS for a long time,” he said of the city's public school system. “Doing that work in the schools got me closer to the students and the faculty and the schools and the teachers and allowed me to step back and understand the difference between CPS — the students, the teachers, the faculty — and CPS, basically the business.”

Essentially, he blames members of his local government for not doing enough to help or fix what’s broken. He made it a point to call out Mayor Rahm Emanuel and others law officials on their incompetence with the issue.

“You grow up feeling like you’re fighting against the man, or like you’re fighting against this faceless entity of people who are out to get you — but these people have names, know what I’m sayin’?” he opined.

Yet the 24-year-old feels that the real work starts from the ground up, and more change can happen if neighborhoods united for a cause. “It starts on the my neighborhood, my ward, my block type s---,” he said. “It starts with block club presidents. It starts with starting a block club. But all those levels are accessible, you know?”

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The LAPD claims that the suspects are gang members who were involved in Jackson’s murder in February, and in the murder of an 18-year-old victim who was gunned down last year in the parking lot of the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif.

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Jada Pinkett Smith Confirms Past Relationship With August Alsina

As promised, Jada Pinkett Smith brought herself to the infamous red table but she wasn’t alone. Will Smith joined his wife to address August Alsina’s claims in a special mini-episode of Red Table Talk that premiered on Friday (July 10).

Jada confirmed that she was once in a relationship with the 27-year-old singer while “separated” from Will. According to Jada, things with Alsina started out as a platonic friendship before turning into something more.

“As time went on, I got into a different kind of entanglement with August,” she admitted.

The actress went on to clarify that Will never August “permission” to date her. “The only person that can give permission in that particular circumstance is myself,” she said. “I could see how he would perceive it as ‘permission' because we were separated amicably and I think he also wanted to make it clear that he’s not a home wrecker — which he’s not.

“I was in a lot of pain. I was broken. I definitely realized that you can’t find happiness outside of yourself, and luckily enough, you and I were going through a process of healing in a much different manner,” Jada told Will. “I would definitely say we did everything we could to get away from each other only to realize that that wasn’t possible.”

Later in the talk, Will asked Jada what she was looking for in August. “I just wanted to feel good,” she said. “And it was really a joy just to heal somebody.”

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Cudster’s daughter, Vada, announced the news in an adorable video posted to his Twitter account on Wednesday (July 8).

And now a word from Princess Vada the chosen... pic.twitter.com/xmgIMkUntz

— The Chosen One (@KidCudi) July 8, 2020

Besides working with Eminem, Cudi collaborated with Kanye West on an upcoming Kids See Ghost animated series. Additionally, the Ohio native is gearing up to debut an animated Netflix series, Entergalactic, based off his upcoming concept album of the same name. Cudi will executive produce the series along with Kenya Barris.

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