There are the celebs who are all talk about their activism. And then there are the ones who are making a real difference.
Chance the Rapper, brand new multiple Grammy winner and Chicago native, has been fighting for politicians to give more funding to Chicago's schools for a long time. But since they won't do it, he will — he just announced that he's making a $1 million donation to Chicago public schools.
"This isn’t about politics. This isn’t about posturing. This is about taking care of the kids," he said during a Monday press conference at Westcott Elementary School on Chicago's south side. He also presented Westcott with an additional check for $10,000 during the presser.
We're all here for Chance's generosity, which grabbed the attention of former first lady Michelle Obama, who wrote on Twitter, "Thanks @chancetherapper for giving back to the Chicago community, which gave us so much. You are an example of the power of arts education."
Thanks @chancetherapper for giving back to the Chicago community, which gave us so much. You are an example of the power of arts education.— Michelle Obama (@MichelleObama) March 6, 2017
Chance's donation came after he had a meeting with Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner about a bill Rauner vetoed and the $129 million deficit in Chicago schools' budgets that resulted from the veto. He was frustrated by the meeting and by a phone call with Rauner that followed over the weekend, but urged his supporters not to be disheartened after dealings with Rauner didn't go as planned.
"Chicago Public Schools and I did not lose today. Please don’t let that become the narrative. Monday morning I’ll have a plan," he tweeted.
The money for Chance's $1 million donation will come from his spring tour, which starts April 1. He's also urging other wealthy Chicagoans to donate to public schools alongside him.
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