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Chance The Rapper Endorses Amara Enyia For Chicago Mayor

Chance The Rapper Holds News Conference At Chicago City Hall

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Chance The Rapper has thrown his customary “3” hat into the political sphere in times past and now the hometown hero is putting his support behind a mayoral candidate in Chicago‘s stacked race. Chano endorses current Austin Chamber of Commerce director Amara Enyia for the mayor’s seat.

Earlier this week, Chance appeared with Enyia at a press conference, putting his star power to positive use but Enyia will have to contend with over a dozen other candidates, some of whom have deep ties to Chicago’s political scene. In a report from WLS, Chance hopes that his endorsement will bring people out at the polls in support of Enyia.

From local outlet WLS:

“I would like to say, very narcissistically, if I back you, you have a chance, absolutely,” Chance said. “I want to work with somebody that’s about change…the one person, in my research, of this wide open race that’s views align with me would obviously be candidate Amara Enyia.”

Chance said too many people don’t vote for who they think they should, but instead who they think could win.

“Chance and I, as evidenced by his work, and my work in the city of Chicago, have a shared vision for this city,” Enyia said. “Today’s announcement is just the beginning. This is not your typical flash of the pan endorsement. Today represents a commitment.”

The election doesn’t take place until Feb. 2019, and the filing deadline for candidates to get onto the ballot is on Nov. 26 of this year.

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Chance the Rapper Announces Endorsement of Amara Enyia for Chicago’s Mayor

When Chance the Rapper revealed an event for a mayoral announcement in Chicago many immediately looked toward a declaration that he would run for mayor. Instead, Chance revealed that he is endorsing Amara Enyia.

Enyia is the director of the Austin Chamber of Commerce and was on hand with Chance at City Hall to accept the endorsement. Online, Amara’s stance reads as wanting to further the city under the belief of “All people. All Voices. One City.”

“Right now, Chicago exists as two cities – one in which families are being displaced from the neighborhoods they have called home for generations, community schools are under-resourced and shuttered, leaving some families with few, if any, quality school options,” Enyia shares in an online statement.

View moments from inside Chicago’s City Hall and the tweet announcement from chance below.

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Chance The Rapper Goes Undercover as Lyft Driver to Raise Money for Chicago Public Schools

Chance The Rapper continues to use his blessings to give back to his community. Today (Oct. 15), the Chicago rapper appeared in a hilarious video as the lead of Lyft’s new Undercover Lyft battle, or, in other words a fundraiser to raise money for Chicago Public Schools.

For the video, Chano, who gave $1 million to Chicago Public Schools a year ago, drives some clueless Lyft travelers as he presents some healthy casual conversation and prods his genuine personality. While a few people get on, the larger part are left with the feeling that “John” is only a joyful driver.

One passenger eventually caught on and after giving a shocked expression he asked, “Do you know who you are?”

From that point, we see Chance driving about in Chicago giving us insight about his personality. At a certain point, he even uses one of his verses to do so.

“I’m only 25, but I bet I get a statue in my hometown when I die,” Chance casually tells a passenger, referencing his song “I Might Need Security.” When she asks him what the statue would be for, he says, “For this driving.” Got ’em.

The Undercover Lyft campaign promotes the driving service’s Round Up and Donate feature, which enables travelers to give to give donations. If passengers want to donate to the CPS, they can do so by selecting the New Chance Fund—which is a fund Chance The Rapper created to help support Chicago Public Schools—in the “cause” section of Lyft’s Round Up & Donate section.

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Izzy Strange ft. Mick Jenkins – “Halfway Crooks”

“Halfway Crooks” is the second release from Izzy Strange’s forthcoming mixtape, “Izzy Duz It”, which is set to drop this Halloween, October 31st. The first single was the eclectic “Just Me”, a soulful release that featured underground legend Blu and rising Pennsylvania single, Sara Fox. The mixtape title was inspired by the late Eazy E’s debut album, “Eazy-Duz-It”, and will also boast features from Tedy Andreas, Nacho Picasso, and more. “Izzy Duz It” will also be served as a precursor to his next full length album, “The Die Is Cast”, set to release sometime in 2019.

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Jason Van Dyke Found Guilty Of Murder In Shooting Death Of LaQuan McDonald

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Somewhat surprisingly, former Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke was found guilty for the death  LaQuan McDonald. The fact many people are shocked a cop was taken to task is a testament to the state of the justice system. 

Van Dyke, who is white, was found guilty of second-degree murder in the shooting death of the Black 17-year-old in 2014.

Reports CNN:

Chicago police Officer Jason Van Dyke was found guilty Friday of second-degree murder in the 2014 fatal shooting of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald.

Van Dyke, who was also found guilty of 16 counts of aggravated battery, sat impassively in a dark suit — his shoulders slumped — as the verdicts were read in the high-profile case. At one point, he sipped water from a bottle. He was found not guilty of official misconduct.
The officer’s wife sat stoically, arms folded, as the long verdict was delivered. His father lowered his head while some members of the McDonald family held hands.
Van Dyke’s bond was revoked and sentencing was scheduled for October 31. He was led out of the courtroom in handcuffs.

Van Dyke is reportedly the first Chicago police officer to be even charged with first-degree murder since 1980. Think about that.

The convicted murderer faces a minimum of 6 years in prison when he is sentenced.

Good riddance.

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Chicago Officer Jason Van Dyke Found Guilty in Murder of LaQuan McDonald


The Jason Van Dyke murder trial has concluded in Chicago and Van Dyke was found guilty on 16 charges of aggravated assault and one count of second-degree murder.

Jurors reached a verdict Friday afternoon declaring Van Dyke guilty of killing black teenager LaQuan McDonald. Van Dyke was originally charged with first-degree murder, aggravated battery with a firearm and official misconduct.

With the second-degree murder conviction, Van Dyke faces 15 years or more, but there is also an option for probation. The 16 counts of aggravated battery carry sentences of six to 30 years per charge.

Jason Van Dyke killed 17-year-old LaQuan McDonald on the 4100 blocks of South Pulaski Road in Chicago, Illinois on October 20, 2014. Van Dyke approached the teenager who was carrying a knife but walking away from surrounding officers. It was reported an inbound officer was 25 seconds away with a taser, instead of Van Dyke unloaded 16 shots into the black teen, some of which came after he already laid on the ground.

ABC 7 Chicago reports during the trial the judge requested that for the focus of the jury to be on the number of shots fired. Opposing arguments during the trial focused on excessive force and unreasonable cause for shooting, specifically Van Dyke’s statement that a knife was raised in his direction. The defense built their counterargument around the video not being enough evidence to accurately depict the scenario for Van Dyke.

The jury’s deliberation lasted Thursday evening and Friday morning for a total of seven hours. The jury had eight men and four women, of those, seven were white, three Hispanic, one Asian-American and one African-American.

In preparation for the verdict, Chicago authorities made sure the full police force would be available resulting in an additional 4,000 officers throughout the city.

Members of the Chicago community have reacted toward the news, which you can see along with media coverage from local outlets and journalists below.

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Chance The Rapper to Donate $1 Million to Chicago Mental Health Services

Chance The Rapper is loved for his music, but he’s also known for his philanthropic work in his local community. The25-year-old Chicagoan spoke at the second annual summit for his SocialWorks non-profit and announced that he will be donating $1 million to the city’s mental health services.

Six different mental wellness providers will be receiving $100,000 grants. Along with the donation, SocialWorks will also be kick-starting an initiative called My State of Mind in Cook County, Illinois to improve the city’s mental health resources.

“With the help of SocialWorks, we want to change the way that mental health resources are being accessed by you,” he said.

He also revealed that the New Chance Arts and Literature Fund that started back in 2017 would be giving $100,000 to 20 more schools in the Chicago area over the course of the next three years. In total, $2 million will be going to public schools with help from major companies like Google, Conagra Brands, and more.

One of the most notable events organized by Chance The Rapper and his non-profit organization is the monthly OpenMike night, where high school students are welcome to showcase their creativity on stage. There have been 33 OpenMike nights so far, and Chano brought out close friends like, Childish Gambino, to perform in the past.

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Chance The Rapper to Donate $1 Million to Chicago Mental Health Services

Chance The Rapper is loved for his music, but he’s also known for his philanthropic work in his local community. The25-year-old Chicagoan spoke at the second annual summit for his SocialWorks non-profit and announced that he will be donating $1 million to the city’s mental health services.

Six different mental wellness providers will be receiving $100,000 grants. Along with the donation, SocialWorks will also be kick-starting an initiative called My State of Mind in Cook County, Illinois to improve the city’s mental health resources.

“With the help of SocialWorks, we want to change the way that mental health resources are being accessed by you,” he said.

He also revealed that the New Chance Arts and Literature Fund that started back in 2017 would be giving $100,000 to 20 more schools in the Chicago area over the course of the next three years. In total, $2 million will be going to public schools with help from major companies like Google, Conagra Brands, and more.

One of the most notable events organized by Chance The Rapper and his non-profit organization is the monthly OpenMike night, where high school students are welcome to showcase their creativity on stage. There have been 33 OpenMike nights so far, and Chano brought out close friends like, Childish Gambino, to perform in the past.

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Kanye West and Chance The Rapper’s Children Dance to Michael Jackson’s ‘Thriller’

Chance The Rapper shared a video on Sunday (Sept. 23) of his three-year-old little girl Kinsley and Kanye West’s two-year-old child, Saint dancing  to Michael Jackson’s “Thriller.”

Saint is wearing the “West”- emblazoned Chicago White Sox jersey he wore while Yeezy tossed the main pitch before Sunday’s ball game at Guaranteed Rate Field in Chicago.

Kanye just announced that he’s working with Chance on another album titled Good Ass Job and that he is “moving back to Chicago” and “never leaving again.” The two were shot in the studio with Zaytoven a month ago. Kanye also allegedly re-hired his first manager John Monopoly, who is situated in Chicago, to continue management duties.

The rapper, maker and creator is booked to perform on Saturday (Sept. 29) during the season debut of Saturday Night Live. He’s also supposed to drop discharge another album titled Yandhi around the same time.

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Reunited and it feels so good 😊

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