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Chance The Rapper: "Beyonce's Performance Was Better Than Any Performance Michael Jackson Ever Did"

You really can't talk about greatness and achievement without mentioning Beyoncé and Michael Jackson. That's one of the many takeaways from Chance the Rapper's commencement speech at Dillard University on Saturday (May 12). The 24-year-old artist looked to the two to distinguish between the meanings of "good" and "great."

"Today, I want to talk to you guys about greatness and what it means to live into your greatness without fear," he began. "In order to do that, I need to talk to you guys about the greatest performance of all time, put on by the greatest performer of all time. But in order to do that, I gotta take you back. I gotta take you way back."

He recalled his pre-school graduation in 1997, where his name was listed on the program "like a line item:" Chancellor Bennett, Michael Jackson dance. "They asked me to be Mike. And I delivered," he said. "Watching him, taught me a lot of the lessons I try to carry with me as a performer today: Work hard, captivate your audience, and...never set any limitations on your own greatness." He went on to call Jackson an inspiration for Beyoncé to outdo him and become the greatest performer of all time. And her greatest performance, according to Chance was her most recent production at Coachella.

"We have a responsibility to be not as good as them or live up to their example, but to actually surpass them, even when it seems scary," he said. "We have to overcome that fear and be greater than our role models." He asked that they use Jackson's dedication to becoming greater than his idol, James Brown, and Beyoncé becoming greater than the man who held the spot before her as a standard of what it looks like when good becomes great.

"Beyoncé's performance was better than any performance Michael Jackson ever did," he said. "We have to face the fear and stigma behind eclipsing our heroes...Some people might find this kind of talk disrespectful, but it's exactly the opposite."

The Coloring Book rapper asked the audience to consider the immortality that we attribute to the accomplishments of our predecessors and how it can stifle progress. To honor a single great accomplishment through time is to be still, he implied. Reverance should not be paralysis. It's okay to be greater than the greats. "Living up to your heroes is amazing, but it's not good enough... You have to push forward and surpass their greatness in order to pay homage to their struggle," he said.

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13-Year-Old Texas Girl On Life Support After Middle School Fit

A 13-year-old Texas girl is on life support after being attacked by a group of girls after school last week.  According to Houston's ABC 13, the middle schooler has been at the Texas Children's Hospital for the past two days.

Kashala Francis reportedly was attacked Thursday (April 18) by two girls when another jumped in and kicked her in the head. When she went home, Kashala had a bruise on her face and told her mother, Mamie Jackson, what happened, but said she was okay.

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"I drove over and I told her get up. I said 'Get up, Kashala.' She kept saying, 'Mama, my head hurt,' so she laid down," Jackson said.

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Trump Reportedly Complained To Twitter CEO About Having Less Followers Than Obama

Per The Daily Beast, Donald Trump had a meeting with Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, where he reportedly complained about having less followers than the 44th President, Barack Obama. The report reads that 45 spent “an inordinate amount of time” complaining about how he’s lost a sizable amount of Twitter followers, among other things.

Trump’s social media director Dan Scavino reportedly spent a large portion of the meeting, which took place in the Oval Office, discussing the likely reasons why Trump’s follower count has decreased. A source familiar with the meeting that took place says he believes that “anti-Trump, anti-conservative Twitter purges” are likely to blame.

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