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Chance The Rapper performs onstage during Chance The Rapper to Headline Spotify's RapCaviar Live In Brooklyn in Partnership with Live Nation Urban and Verizon on September 29, 2018 at Ford Amphitheater at Coney Island Boardwalk in Brooklyn, New York
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Chance the Rapper Credits His Philanthropic Spirit To Michael Jackson

Chance The Rapper's initiative to give back to his city of Chicago happens to be inspired by the King of Pop.

In an interview with Forbes, the artist shared how the late Michael Jackson provided a blueprint with his musical and charitable efforts. During his lifetime, Jackson assisted 39 organizations, giving him the title of the “Most Charities Supported by a Pop Star" in the 2000 edition of the Guinness Book of World Records. While Jackson's name has been embroiled in scandals, Chano pointed to Jackson as philanthropic inspiration.

"The greatest of all time, highest I think maybe for overall celebrities, but most philanthropic musician is Michael Joseph Jackson," Chance said. "I think he donated over $600 million to charities and more afterward. Obviously, in his music it was extremely provocative, gets the people going. The only person I can really think of off the top when I think of charity that's a musician is Michael Jackson. That's how I've always thought about it cause most of the people that I grew up listening to were hip-hop artists and I don't really remember there being a lot of...Ye (Kanye West) gave back to the people, but it was in a very different way. It was always through his music. I can't really think of anybody else."

Chano recently took part in WE Day, an annual charity event where young people volunteer for their favorite organizations and celebrate with some of the biggest names in music and entertainment. In 2018, WE Day welcomed acts like Jennifer Aniston, Martin Sheen and Selena Gomez with a performance by The Chainsmokers.

When it comes to Chance's charitable endeavors, the world has been treated to watching his philanthropic evolution. In 2016, Chance co-created the nonprofit, SocialWorks, based in Chicago that aims to create beneficial after school programs for the city's youth. The focus of SocialWorks is to empower the youth and provide them with access to a promising future. In addition to his work with his nonprofit, Chance is known for having donated millions of dollars to public schools in Chicago.

Read the interview in full here.

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Justice For Junior: Testifying Witness Says Hit Has Been Placed On His Life

Kevin Alvarez, one of several Trinitarios gang members responsible for the barbarous June 2018 murder of Lesandro "Junior" Guzman-Feliz, was indicted on murder charges.

However, after striking a deal with the prosecution, which involves flipping on his co-conspirators, Alvarez has pled guilty to manslaughter and conspiracy. He faces 25 years in prison and, according to him, a death sentence. Alvarez stated members of his former gang has been instructed to kill him on sight.

In a packed courtroom, Monday (May 21) he nervously identified the five others responsible for the vicious stabbing death of the Bronx teen. Alvarez said he drove one of the four cars to chase Junior and revealed the 15-year-old tried to run into St. Barnabas Hospital for help, but he blocked him, which is why Junior then ran into a bodega.

Alvarez, 20, said he assumed Junior was in another gang and involved in a rival shooting.

He then explained that he was the one who pushed the bodega door open, helped to drag Junior out and repeatedly punched and kicked Junior in the head while he was down. Junior tried to tell him he wasn't the person they were looking for, but Alvarez and co. didn't listen.

Video of Junior’s murder played again in court in slow motion. Junior’s mom with their heads between her knees, cried quietly throughout. #JusticeForJunior pic.twitter.com/APqZ2k8Odh

— CeFaan Kim (@CeFaanKim) May 21, 2019

The prosecution then played the heartwrenching footage from the bodega. Reportedly, Junior's mother turned away and kept her head between her knees crying.

If all members of the Trinitarios gang are convicted, they face life in prison.

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YG's '4REAL 4REAL' Album Cover Honors Nipsey Hussle

On May 24, YG will release his fourth studio album, 4REAL 4REAL, a feat that fans are eagerly awaiting. After debuting singles like "Go Loko" and "Stop Snitchin," the Compton native also revealed the project's cover, which is dedicated to Nipsey Hussle.

In script at the bottom of images of YG, "In loving memory of Nipsey Hussle" is cemented, canonizing YG's longtime friendship with the fallen rapper. Hussle was fatally shot on March 31 in Los Angeles, a passing that received a wave of condolences and memories shared of the 33-year-old entrepreneur/artist. The lyrical pair have a history of churning out collaborative songs like "You Broke," "I Wanna Benz," "FDT," and "Last Time That I Checc'd."

 

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4REAL 4REAL THE ALBUM. MAY 24TH! 🏁

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In a previous interview with Billboard, YG said music is his safe haven and shelters him from a dark place. "If I'm not doing music, I feel depressed," he said. "I feel like I ain't sh*t. I like to create, and right now, I know where I want to be, and I know how to get there."

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Search Continues For Missing Miami Educator Kameela Russell

It's been a week since the disappearance of Kameela Russell, a mother of two and educator who seemingly vanished while picking up her daughter in Miami.

The Miami Herald reports the 41-year-old was last seen on May 15 around 6 pm ET, when she went to pick up her youngest daughter from her aunt's house. Russell has two daughters with the oldest being 15 and the youngest, 6. Russell's aunt, Donna Blyden, said she believed she saw Russell's 2014 black Audi pull up to her driveway on Wednesday but when she checked the driveway, the car wasn't there.

Blyden then texted her saying, "‘Where are you? You were in the driveway just now, and now you’re not here. Where are you?'” She didn't get an answer. “She’s got two girls, and they need to have their mom,” said Blyden.

Russell works as a test chairperson at Miami Norland Senior High and went to work before she went missing. She didn't return to her job on Thursday or Friday. Students talked to reporters about Russell and were shocked to hear about her mysterious disappearance.

“It’s very crazy. I used to see her around a lot, always a smile. It was a real shock to see her missing and everything,” student Jamal Moss told WSVN Monday (May 20). “I’m very concerned. I hope she’s like OK, and they find her soon.”

Russell has worked for the Miami-Dade County Public Schools system since 2014 and was previously a teacher at Walter C. Young Middle School and once worked for the Broward County Public School System. She's originally from Nassau, New Providence in the Bahamas.

Russell's image has been printed on handouts and seen all over social media. District officials have also taken to social media to ask for the public's help.“Kameela’s family is incredibly worried about her and we @MDCPS are praying for her swift and safe return. Please take a moment to look at her picture and call the police if you have seen her," Superintendent Alberto Carvalho tweeted.

Kameela’s family is incredibly worried about her and we @MDCPS are praying for her swift and safe return. Please take a moment to look at her picture and call police if you have seen her. pic.twitter.com/S75aGzSauH

— Alberto M. Carvalho (@MiamiSup) May 19, 2019

Speaking to NBC6, her older daughter Skye pleaded for her mother's safe return. “Everybody’s fighting for you. People who I haven’t even seen in years are coming out just to try and help you. Your students, we need you. Just come back.”

Friends from high school have also taken to social media to help find the mother of two. "We need to find my buddy from high school. Always smiling, super smart Kameela," Twitter user Barby Vee tweeted over the weekend.

Russell was last seen in Miami Gardens wearing gray leggings with a striped shirt and sneakers and driving a 2014 black Audi A6 with the Florida tag HBQJ20. She is 5"7 with black and purple braids in her hair.

Anyone with information about her whereabouts are asked to contact the Miami Gardens Police at 305-474-6473. You can also remain anonymous.

 

 

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— Abu Salah (@itsmesalah_) May 18, 2019

Just spoke to Kameela Russell’s family about her disappearance. They are hurting but staying strong. If you know where she might be, please contact @MGPDFL. She has two beautiful daughters who need their mom. @nbc6 pic.twitter.com/viTY3DYkDj

— Katie Johnson (@Katie_Johnson_) May 18, 2019

The @MGPDFL is requesting the public’s assistance in locating 41 year-old Kameela Russell, who has been missing since May 15th, 2019. If you have any information on her whereabouts, please contact the Miami Gardens PD at 305-474-6473. @nbc6 @wsvn @WPLGLocal10 @MiamiHerald pic.twitter.com/dQYC4D07Y9

— Miami Gardens Police Dept. (@MGPDFL) May 17, 2019

BP BREAKING| Miami Gardens Police have just updated Bahamas Press to a missing Bahamian woman, who has not been seen since May 15th. BP can confirm 41-year-old, Kameela Russell, of New Providence but worked at Norland Senior High School as a test chair. #missing pic.twitter.com/E6xHToC5Dx

— Bahamas Press (@Bahamaspress) May 19, 2019

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