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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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9-Year-Old Commits Suicide After Intense Bullying Occurs At School

Nine-year-old Alabama resident McKenzie Adams committed suicide on Dec. 3, after experiencing intense bullying from classmates. Her grandmother found her hanging in their bathroom. After performing CPR, McKenzie was rushed to Bryan W. Whitfield Memorial Hospital, where she was later pronounced dead.

“Something happened that day from one of these bullies that pushed my niece over to the edge,” Adams aunt, Eddwina Harris, 33, tells People. “It’s an emotional roller coaster. We’re heartbroken.”

According to CBS News, Adams was receiving rude notes from classmates and was bullied on the bus due to her race. Her school U.S. Jones Elementary is predominantly white, but the bullies were both black and white.

Some of the student bullies would say to her, ‘Why you riding with white people? You’re black, you’re ugly. You should just die,'" explained the child's mother, Jasmine Adams.

"Certainly our hearts goes out to the family and friends of Mckenzie and her fellow students as well as her teachers," school officials said in a statement after the child's tragic suicide. "Demopolis school system has provided grief councilors and crisis councilors at the school since this and ministers and youth ministers have been at the campus since the date of this incident."

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Janet Jackson To Be Inducted Into The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame

Janet Jackson is among the many musicians who have been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s 2019 class.

Ms. Jackson, Radiohead, the Cure, Stevie Nicks, Roxy Music, Def Leppard, and the Zombies are the very talented musicians who will be honored at the 34th Annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. The highly-coveted ceremony  will be held on Mar. 29 at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center.

Jackson, whose career spans several decades, responded to the exciting news with a tweet. “We did it u guys,” she wrote with a purple heart. “Thank U for all your love and support. #RockHall2019.”

This has been a banner year for Jackson. Earlier this year, she performed at the 2018 Essence Festival, Billboard Music Awards, Panorama Music Festival, and the Global Citizens Festival. She also teamed up with Reggaeton artist Daddy Yankee for a new single, “Made For Now.”

“I'm deeply humbled and grateful for this award. I believe for all the challenges we live at a glorious moment in history,” she said during her Icon Award acceptance speech at the 2018 Billboard Music Awards. “It's a moment at long last that's made it clear that we will no longer be controlled, manipulated or abused."

Congrats to all of the inductees.

We did it u guys 💜 Thank U for all your love and support. #RockHall2019 pic.twitter.com/1APrRJdmTv

— Janet Jackson (@JanetJackson) December 13, 2018

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Ebro Calls Out Kodak Black For Sexual Assault During Interview

The Internet's latest victim of unwarranted hate is Ebro Darden, host of Hot 97's Ebro in the Morning. currently awaiting trialThe Internet is split on Darden's attempt to try to discuss Kodak Black's sexual assault allegations. He is for charges of criminal sexual conduct from a sexual assault indictment in 2017.

During the rapper's visit to the radio show on Wednesday (Dec. 12), everything seemed fine and dandy. However, around 15-minutes in, Ebro brought up the Floridian's current sexual assault case.

“Look man, at this point, it’s a pleasure to meet you man,” Ebro says near the 15-minute mark of the 17-minute interview. “You know, looking at all your cases and everything you’ve been through, and I know the recent one right now is very sensitive. Respect to everybody involved in that case, we can’t get into details today… We take sexual assault here serious. We can’t get into details, but we hope to have you back, so that we can have a deeper conversation about that. It’s a serious topic, we’re hearing these stories a lot."

Peter Rosenberg swiftly tries to deflect from the conversation by asking Kodak if the moon landing of 1969 was a conspiracy. However, Ebro brings up the musician's clear anxiety over the fact that he brought up the case.

"I feel like sometimes, when n***as like me are going through sh*t, y'all be entertained," says Kodak as he squirms in his chair. "Like, change the subject... talk about something else." Ebro then brings up that they tried to change the subject, and if there's nothing left to discuss, the interview could be over. At that point, Kodak gets up from the mic and walks away.

On Twitter after the interview began to gain virality, Ebro wrote that he did not discuss any specifics about the case, and that he was just trying to have a "balanced" conversation. While many members of the Twittersphere are praising Ebro for attempting to have a conversation about the elephant in the room, others are calling him out for "baiting" and bringing up something that "he shouldn't have brought up."

What are your thoughts?

I was tryna have a balanced convo with Kodak Black & not ignore the serious allegations against him but also not ask specifics to make his situation worse... and he wanna get an attitude with me?? Nah....

— El Viejo Ebro (@oldmanebro) December 12, 2018

He’s young black rich and ignorant. He was suppose to be uncomfortable about it.

— Nisha2much (@NautiNish) December 13, 2018

If you bring it up then say "we cant get into details tho" thats not a balanced convo thats baiting

— Scam SZN (@SumBlaqGuy) December 12, 2018

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